We were contacted not long ago by a guy named Phil Kawa who played with Roger Pace at the Intermission Lounge in Boston’s infamous “Combat Zone” back in the day. They started a discussion group among musicians and dancers who used to work the Combat Zone clubs … posts go back to 2004. The discussion worked its way to Roger and they got to talking … heard he had died … started getting curious and found their way to the BaltimoreJam website.
I talked to Walt Bailey and Trudy Morgal to help them sort fact from fiction. Apparently someone in their group had some skip-trace experience and eventually they found Roger’s Social Security records. The following is posted at their discussion group:
Roger’s family name was Paesch and according to the social security record he was born Nov. 24, 1944 and died May 29, 2001.
Roger died of sudden cardiac arrest while in the hospital overnight for a biopsy to check a spot on his lung. It was unrelated and totally uexpected, and in Trudy’s words, “Just one of those things … and very sad.” The Boston folks have started a blog in Roger’s honor. It’s just getting started but I thought some this blog’s readers might be interested. It’s at http://rogerpace.wordpress.com and you’ll also find that link in the blogroll down in the sidebar here. Like I said, they’re just getting started, but they have a great photo of Roger Pace and the Pacemakers that is worth the click … here’s a teaser.