Joel "Bishop" O'Brien
July 27, 1943 -- September 9, 2004
in loving memory
OBITUARIES THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2004
- Joel. 61, in Los Angeles on September 9. Beloved musician and artist.
He was an impeccable rock drummer who recorded with James Taylor, Carole
King and many others; a visual artist of fertile and whimsical imagination;
a jazz instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer steeped in the tradition
that he loved passionately. He was a conserver of lost treasures and an
inventor of new combinations. His family of friends mourn his loss and treasure
the memory of his humor, generosity, and rare freedom of spirit.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2004
O'BRIEN, Joel "Bishop" (61)
and artist, died at home in Los Angeles, September 9, of liver cancer.
His drumming made the earth move on Carole King's "Tapestry".
His jazz piano and singing and his art collages have made countless feet
bounce, hearts soar, souls stir, imaginations leap. His brilliance, wit,
grace, and tenderness, his strong and gentle heart, remain always in the
loving memory of his wife Harriet Katz, his father Joseph O'Brien, his
brothers Robert and Geoffrey, sister-in-law Kaalii, niece Heather, aunt
LaVerne Owens and all the friends and family he loved so much.
You are listening to "Early Times," composed and
performed by Joel O'Brien.
Through this website, sponsored by Joel's friends and family,
people will be able to enjoy his art and
music for years to come.
Visitors are welcome to download any of the music and print any of the art for