1983 – Felix Pappalardi dies at age 41 after being shot by his wife in their New York apartment. The producer worked on records by Cream, Hot Tuna, Mountain, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What a bitch!
Rock Star Shot Dead
by Peter Mclaughlin and Larry Sutton
with Thomas Raftery
New York Daily News April 18, 1983
Felix Pappalardi, the producer of the rock supergroup Cream in the ’60s, was shot dead yesterday in his elegant apartment above the East River. Police charged his wife in the slaying.
Detectives from the E. 21st St. stationhouse said 911 emergency operators recieved a call from Pappalardi’s wife, Gail, 43, about 6 a.m. When police arrived at the apartment, they said, they found the musician lying on the bed in his underwear, a single bullet in his neck.
Pappalardi, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene. A .38-caliber two-shot derringer was lying nearby, police said.
Mrs. Pappalardi apparently called her attorney after notifying police of the shooting. Authorities said she refused to answer questions at the couple’s fifth floor apartment at 30 Waterside Plaza, a fashionable residence overlooking the river at 28th St, until her attorney arrived a short while later.
Mrs. Pappalardi was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. She later was admitted to Belleview Hospital after complaining of severe head pains.
Neighbors said the couple had quarreled just before the shooting. They reportedly had a history of arguing.
Pappalardi was credited with fashioning the “heavy” rock and roll sound -emphasizing loud guitars and a thumping bass – favored by many of today’s popular groups. He first gained fame in the mid-’60s as the record producer for Cream, a British group featuring Eric Clapton.
Pappalardi later founded his own group, Mountain, and played bass in the punchy style of Jack Bruce, the bass player for Cream. Mountain was among the headliners at Woodstock. “Mississippi Queen”, the band’s most popular song, was a favorite on many rock radio stations.
Pappalardi was born in the Bronx. He started playing guitaron the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s, working with such performers as Joan Baez, the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Youngbloods.
Mountain broke up in 1972. The group reunited two years later, but Pappalardi soon left to organize another group, Creation. He produced his own solo album, “Don’t Worry, Ma”, in 1979.
_________________________________________________This article is from AP, dated April 18, 1983…
Associated Press NEW YORK