Jim Mesi, Dave Stewart, Paul deLay, Don Campbell & Paul Jones - Early 1980's

Paul deLay Band
Portland, Oregon


John Bistline ~ Bass
Clair Bruce ~ Keyboards
Don Campbell ~ Bass
Fred Coyner ~ Bass
Peter Dammann ~ Guitar
Paul DeLay ~ Harp, Vocals
Tippy Hammond ~ Keyboards
Kent Henry ~ Guitar
Paul Jones ~ Drums
Bob Lyons ~ Drums
Cris Mercer ~ Saxophone
Jim Mesi ~ Guitar
Jeff Minick ~ Drums
Louis Pain ~ Keyboards
Dave Stewart ~ Keyboards
Don Thomas ~ Bass
Dover Weinberg ~ Keyboards

In Memory of

Clair Bruce
Paul DeLay
Kent Henry

The Oregonian

Thursday March 19, 2009, 6:17 AM

Kent Henry Plischke, a blues guitarist and singer who recorded with the bands Steppenwolf and Blues Image under the name Kent Henry, died Wednesday in Portland, his caregiver said.  He was 60.

He was easy going, and he was a humble man, said Patty J. Hill, 56, who cared for Plischke at her Southeast Portland home. He once gave a gold record away because he didn't want to look like he was bragging.

Plischke was born on April 5, 1948 in Hollywood, Calif., Hill said. He joined his first band, The Lost Souls, when he was 14 years old.

In 1969 he played on the album Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends which featured guitarists Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, bass player Noel Redding and drummer John Bonham.

Plischke provided guitar solos on the Blues Image song Ride Captain Ride, a hit that peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Music Chart in June of 1970.

Plischke joined Steppenwolf in 1971, and toured with the band through 1972, playing lead guitar on hits such as Born to be Wild and Magic Carpet Ride. He also played on their 1971 studio album For Ladies Only.

Plischke moved to Southwest Portland in the early 1980s, Hill said. He replaced local blues musician Jim Mesi in the Paul deLay Blues Band and worked for 15 years as a technician at Apple Music at 225 S.W. First Ave., where he met and briefly dated Hill.

Hill took Plischke in for emergency surgery about 2 a.m. this morning. He was given a sedative but died before surgery could begin.

A public service is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Omega Funeral Home at 223 S.E. 122nd Avenue in Portland.

-- Michael Russell

Kent Henry, Clair Bruce, Paul deLay, Don Campbell & Paul Jones - Mid-80's

Clair Bruce, Paul Jones, Paul deLay, Peter Dammann & John Bistline - Late 80's
Some of the other Pacific Northwest music groups represented in members of this group include:  Some of the other Pacific Northwest music groups represented in this band include:  Fat Twice Together, The Rhythm Tones, The Sleezy Pieces, The Troublemakers, The Squires, MOXIE, Brown Sugar, Robert Cray Band and many other NW bands.

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