RANGI WILLIAMS (R.I.P.)

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First published April 2018

Rangi Williams, soulful vocalist and occasional keyboardist with The Arch and Freedom Express, passed away on 20th March 2018.

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TRIBUTES

I remember Rangi from his performances at the Galaxie and also Redwood 70.  Then I met Rangi through my work when he was staying at Beach Haven Hospital years later.  Rangi seemed to remember everything and more when I talked about the past.  He was humorous and very good natured.  Rangi always wanted me to read from a very profound philosophical book and I think we just about got all the way through it.  He amazed me with his understanding of the material and I donít know where he got it from.  It was a pleasure to meet up with him - Tim Biggs
We are losing far too many great singers!  Sincere condolences to Rangiís whanau.  RIP Rangi Ö. - Larry Morris  
I knew Rangi when I was playing in the Troubled Minds in Auckland in '67 -'71.  Rangi was a great talented singer and a peaceful humble soul compared to many front men in bands at the time.  I'm sure he will be missed.  Condolences to his family. - Richard (Dick) Roberts  
Very sad. We were born a few days apart, played together in '67 and '70. I sent a eulogy to his niece as she requested, read at the funeral. A wonderful guy... here on Paul Hewson's Ekosonic. - Peter Grattan

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(email me your tribute to Rangi and I'll add it in - andy@nzmusos.co.nz)

 

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