It’s terribly sad to have to report the passing of Dick King this evening. Dick died this afternoon at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. He was 85.
Since 1976 he led the Dick King Classic Swing Band. As we said in an earlier blog, Dick almost single-handedly kept the big band sound alive in our area.
I always enjoyed talking with Dick. He had a lot of stories. (He met Sinatra on a couple of occasions.)
A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Forks. A memorial concert is being planned for Friday, September 8, at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks.
Our condolences to Delores, Dick’s family and his many friends. Our hope is that somehow his big band will be able to carry on without him.