Me and Dem Guys (Bass-vocals), Kingtones – (1982-1985) (RIP)
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Sad news everyone!
Bobby Stiles, bass player/vocalist for all 8 years the band was together passed away at noon today, June 11th, after suffering a severe brain injury.
Will keep you posted on memorial information.
Posted by: Keith at June 11, 2009 02:05 PM
I heard about Bobby a couple of days ago. I’ve known him through my brother Frank Eimer since I was a kid and am sorry to hear this tragedy. I also played bass so he and I never performed together, but did play at a lot of jam sessions, though it’s been a long time. To all his friends, fans and family, he had a lot of wonderful times and now is in the hall of fame.
Posted by: George at June 12, 2009 10:36 PM
Every time we lose someone of the calibur of Bobby Stiles we are diminished. I met Bobby back in the 70’s. I found him to be very tolerent of the young guns who were at that time attempting to rise in the local ranks. I recall that, back then, I felt honored to be fortunate enough to actually not only to meet but to have a chance to get to know an accomplished fellow musician. Especially one that I had looked up to when I was just entering the local arena. He was a solid musician. A very cool person. He made an impact here that is not forgotten. Rock on Bobby. That’s one hell of a jam session going on.
Posted by: david pratt at June 14, 2009 12:29 PM
On Saturday June 13,2009 I had a graduation party for my Grandson. Along with others In attendance were Bruce Snoap, Phil Roberts, George Campbell & myself Jim Lewis. We all talked about Bobby Stiles with fond memories as Bobby played with Us,The Kingtones back in the early 80’s. Phil said Bobby was such a nice fit and an Honor to play with as Bobby added an atmosphere of Cool to the Band. We recalled Bobby singing Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs hit Woolly Bully as Bobby had a resemblance to Sam. He did a wonderful job on that song and for Us. We all hated to See Bobby leave but He went to play more nights a week at that time with his Friend and former band mate Frank Eimer. Bobby was a great guy and a pleasure to share the stage with. We will Miss Him deeply! So on behalf of The Kingtones Keep Rockin’ & God Bless Ya Bobby!
Posted by: Jim Lewis at June 15, 2009 01:05 AM
Hi, This is Cassie Stiles, Bobby Stiles (daughter)
Would like to say thanks to all who attended the memorial and those who have expressed sympathies. He will be greatly missed for sure. Keith has info to contact me if anyone would like to. I would love copies of pics anyone may have of my dad. Keith has been a huge help.Thank God for him.
Thanks again for all your kind words.
Posted by: Cassie Stiles at June 16, 2009 09:12 PM