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Chaino 
Chaino
July 8, 1999
Age 71  
 
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     I just spoke with Kirby Allen who told me that Chaino passed away yesterday,  
    July 8, at the age of 71 of a heart attack, the result of surgery to remove a  
    brain tumor. 

    Chaino was born in Philly, raised in Chicago, then came to LA, where he met  
    Kirby Allan. 

    I'm getting a list from Kirby of TV and movies from the early 60s that  
    featured Chaino and Kirby's music or screen appearences.  

    Chaino and Kirby appear in two films, "The Devil's Hand", and "Nighttide." 

    Sorry for the bad news folks. 

    Lee Joseph 
    Dionysus Records 
    (any replies, please send to DDionysus@aol.com)

 
 
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      The African and Caribbean influenced enigmatic drummer CHAINO, "the  
      percussion genius of Africa" passed away July 8, at the age of 71 of  
      a heart attack, the result of surgery to remove a brain tumor. 

      Words somehow fail to describe CHAINO'S unearthly mix of staccato  
      drumming , eerie chants, grunts and female panting as heard on long  
      out-of-print albums like "Jungle Mating Rhythms, "Jungle Echoes" and  
      "Africana". According to liner notes of one album, "CHAINO is the  
      only survivor of a lost race of people from the wilds of the jungle  
      in a remote part of central Africa where few white men have ever  
      been" (In reality, CHAINO was born in Philly, raised in Chicago, then  
      came to LA, where he met and recorded with producer Kirby Allan).  
      Liners on another album boasted that "CHAINO could play seven or more  
      drums at the same time, with such a blur of speed that you can hardly  
      see his hands". 

      The theme to the Ren & Stimpy Show, "Dog Pound Hop" was inspired by  
      CHAINO's version of "Bongo Rock". 

      CHAINO appears in two films, "The Devil's Hand", and "Night Tide."

  
 
 
 
       
 

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Chaino - Kirby Allan Presents Chaino Africana & Beyond! (Bacchus Archives)

In 1958 a man named Kirby Allan produced, composed and arranged
eight albums and a stack of 45's with the African & Carribbean influenced
drummer Chaino. Combine the talents of this percussionist with sleazy
lounge, rock n' roll and R&B and you've got a winning compilation. Some
of these tunes appeared on the Las Vegas Grind and Frolic Diner comps.
27 amazing tracks in all!
 
 
 

 
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