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Monday, December 31, 2012

Nick Ogilvie, PH Phactor Band

Nick Olgilvie Passes

By Rowan Wolf

Nick Ogilvie

After a long battle with cancer, chemo, open heart surgery, and more cancer, Nick Ogilvie, leader of the PH Phactor Jug Band, a San Francisco icon and Portland musical pioneer, died at 11:20pm February 21, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Tina, son Ian, and daughters Melissa Sutphin and Mohee McBride, plus a very large and diverse extended family of musicians and friends. Nick was born in Medford, Oregon December 9th, 1937 and grew up in Portland.
Nick Ogilvie, singer, songwriter, guitar-, saxophone-, harmonica-, and piano-player performed in the 60's in San Francisco and Portland, later to make Portland his permanent home, after a 7-year stay in Taos, New Mexico. In Taos, his band The Oriental Blue Streaks performed at various venues including the Old Martinez Hall and the Thunderbird in Placitas. From jams to jug band music to jazz, blues and other roots music, Nick Ogilvie was a giant of the West Coast scene, and played at the Avalon Ballroom, Fillmore West, Winterland, and The Matrix. Nick played on the same bill with numerous major acts, including: Jefferson Airplane in Portland's Coliseum; with the Grateful Dead & Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Crystal Ballroom; the Doors; the Byrds; Jan & Dean; Lightning Hopkins, etc .....
Nick Ogilvie was recently profiled in the movie "The Life & Times of the Red Dog Saloon" by Mary Works, a music history film narrated by Howard Hesseman, about the bands that played at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada, the first rock n'roll club with live music, lightshows, dancing and hand drawn posters--a first in the modern era, the conception of the San Francisco Family Dog dance concerts. Nick performed in the 1969 movie Paint Your Wagon with Lee Marvin, Jean Seburg and Clint Eastwood that included 200 Hippie "extras" living in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Northeastern Oregon.
The movie "The Life & Times of the Red Dog Saloon" will be shown at the Mission Theater on Thursday March 18 as a tribute to Nick.
A memorial tribute to Nick Ogilvie will be presented at the Crystal Ballroom on Sunday afternoon, March 21, 2004 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. The event will be free to the public, with live music, archive video, and poster showing.
For further questions contact Gary Ewing at 503-238-0733 or

Photo by Herb Greene, San Francisco 1965

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