JESSE LYLE | I'm not sure how it came to be but somehow in the late ’80s I became the keeper of a huge box of his "concert tapes" – a big collection of recordings he had made live at concerts. I think I was supposed to be listening to them to find good bootleg segments. But instead what I listened to was everything that could be heard/recorded from Billy's inside coat pocket. Enthusiastic and joyful greetings mingled with the murmur of muffled voices. When the music started it came through as a dull roar punctuated with joyful exclamations followed by more roar. Inevitably the tape ended with a muffled thud and near silence after Billy found his resting spot for the night. Rest in Peace dear Billy.

Billy Ruane, RIP.
Slideshow: Images of Billy Ruane throughout the years.
Arts editor Jon Garelick remembers Billy Ruane .
Saying goodbye to a whirlwind .

Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash, to benefit the Billy Ruane Archives, care of the Mark Sandman Music Project | November 17 | 7 pm | Middle East and T.T. the Bear’s Place, Central Square, Cambridge | 18+ | $10 | Performances by: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Drug Rug, Hallelujah the Hills, Peter Wolf, Hilken Mancini and Thalia Zedek, Chris Brokaw, Bill Janovitz, Pat McGrath with Steven Fredette, Mary Lou Lord, and more

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