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“I just found out today(Oct 21,2011) that Dick had passed earlier in the year. I was a fan......he was outstanding playing solo, heard him with James...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Ann Dane - Oklahoma City, OK

“I used to go and listen to "Dick" at the little restaurant down by the bus station in downtown Eugene....I was amazed at his artistry and power and I...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Judith Salyer - Eugene, OR - fan

“Richard will be missed. We took dance class together in the eighth grade but unfortunately didn't keep in contact too often. Loved his music and...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: karen thorne - eugene, OR

“I first met Dick in the early 80"s in Portland. We worked together with several other jazz musicians performing for the first time at Chucks. I will...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: starr padden - Portland, OR

“PLAY FOR THE ANGELS, DICK! AND FOR US, YOU ARE JUST A BREATH AWAY... ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: VALLEY HERMETTE - ALBANY, OR

“REST IN PEACE, DICK! I WILL CHERISH THE MUSICAL MOMENTS AND THE FUN TIMES! ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: MERNA BAKER BLAGG - ALBANY, OR

“The loss of Dick (Blake) Applegate is a loss for the music world in Oregon. He was a long-standing friend and will be missed. My regret is that I...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Darelle Baker - Eugene, OR


Richard Dale Applegate (Dick Blake) Dec. 14, 1937 – May 30, 2011 Joseph Campbell said, "Follow your bliss…and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be." This was Richard Applegate's life philosophy. Since childhood his bliss, his passion, was music. And he stayed the course, never wavering, the consummate jazz pianist, his music always swinging, always powerful, always rhapsodic. Each not played in jazz music is a new experience, a unique discovery behind each "door." Richard was born in Albany, graduated from Albany Union High School in 1956, and above all other place he had visited in the world, he loved this town the best—always returning—for the last time in 1995. During his lifetime Richard preformed music in many venues—Southern California, the Bay Area, Washington, Canada, and early on in New York City at age 16, playing on the Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour on television—then in France during 1957-59 while in the Army. Richard's devotees heard him most often in Portland, OR for the better part of 50 years where he was a very pivotal force of the jazz scene. Richard's parents, Ralph Applegate and Doris Sliger Gorrell, preceded him in death. Richard is survived by daughter, Tracy; son Daniel; and daughter-in-law Adriane. For the past 12 years, life partners Richard Applegate and Mary Arnett have shared a home in Albany, rekindling a relationship that originated in 1954. Memorial donations to SafeHaven Humane Society and Albany Regional Museum will be appreciated. The deceased wished no service to be held. A memorial celebration of life will be planned for the near future. From THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, Robert Frost: "…Two roads diverged into a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled. And that has made all the difference."

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