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Posted: Aug 8, 2006 8:48 pm
Just heard that a great Memphis singer Steve Horton died yesterday.
Indulge me for a second....Steve sang with a GREAT Memphis band from the mid-late 70's called Bluff City. This was a band of Frayser boys who could rock your dick in the dirt......everything from Rock n Roll Trio stuff to Kinks and Dave Clark 5....equally at home covering Elvis or playing originals, Bluff City was a rockin' machine....the absolute KINGS of the Stage Stop.
So good as a matter of fact, when it came time to find a new bass player for The Crime, we nicked theirs...the great Rick Nethery.
Steve would come and sit in with us and I remember the monitors literally JUMPING off the stage as his voice was so strong and powerful.
Steve got a deal with Capitol in the 80's and cut a fine record called STEVEN WAYNE HORTON......his version of John Hiatt's Tennessee Plates is the definitive version for me.
Steve contracted hepatitis C and started a long downhill slide that culminated with his death on Monday August 7.......I won't see him again but I can close my eyes and HEAR him anytime I want....'cause I'll never forget his voice.
God speed Steve......the suffering is over.
Posted: Aug 8, 2006 8:51 pm
Wow, man. Sorry to hear that. He sounds awesome.
Posted: Aug 9, 2006 1:32 am
Sorry, Golightly.
Posted: Aug 9, 2006 2:24 am
i knew steve in 3rd thru 6th grade. he took me to the northgate to see the tami show. he kissed me but said i kissed like a brick wall. he had a cool garage band in 6th grade called the "youngsters". my mom made me move from frayser to east memphis. i always wondered what happened to him. those were the days of "pleasant valley sundays" on claire drive.
i'm sorry he had to suffer later. never got to hear bluff ciyt, only the youngsters.
Posted: Aug 15, 2006 3:32 am
i jsut heard of steves passing this evening and it saddens me to hear...such a loss...second "youngster' to die in the past year....fillaburger, who are you?....this is good ol gh...frm claire dr...lead singer in the youngsters
Posted: Aug 15, 2006 1:26 pm
Went to the services last night.....lots of people there and lots of faces i haven't seen in a long time.
Posted: Aug 15, 2006 9:16 pm
Just heard about Steve, Gosh what a talent! I remember a New Year's Night 1980 in Stage Stop as I sat gushing over Steve. He had the whole package, What a terrible waste. My prayers go out to his Family. I wish I had known about his death in time so I could have gone to the services. I found out from my guitarist Steve Johnston, who played with Steve in Even Steven. Well, everyone, we've lost another great Memphis talent. I wish that he could have gotten help before it was too late. We all need to check on each other from time to time, and be there for one another because being a musician is a hard life and God knows we need all the support and love we can get. There are still a lot of us out here trying to make a living playing music in Memphis OR make that Tunica these days,
God Bless all of you folks I haven't seen in Years, and I'll Keep a beautiful memory in my heart about Steve,
Posted: Aug 15, 2006 9:23 pm
Hi ghsong! You must be gary? I'm trying to remember the "youngsters" line-up. I know Steve W. on drums, and wasn't Fred on bass?Who else passed away from the group? I heard you moved to Nashville. I didn't live on Claire Dr. but my best friend did so I was always hanging out there.
Posted: Aug 15, 2006 10:01 pm
Gina....truer words were never spoken.
I know I am a lot older than most Goners but feel a true kindred spirit in what Zac and Eric are trying to do......and take it from me folks....you Do get older but you can still make rock......I'm 51 and rock harder than I ever did......but the older you get the more friends you lose and everytime that happens, your chain is a link shorter and weaker.

Heard a story about Steve last night that was typical.....riding with Rick Nethery to a Bluff City gig, running late....sees a dog get hit by a car.....makes Rick turn around, gets the dog and takes him to the emergency vet on Summer avenue. Rick said he was pissed off at the time but now sees the kindness in that act.....and I hope God did too.

True, there are many rooms in the mansion and Steve went into most of them....but we all fight demons from time to time and Steve's heart was big and good.
Cherish your band mates.....the noise you make with them will live in your heart forever.
Steve got a good send off last night......and the world is a little colder.
Posted: Aug 16, 2006 12:43 am
Gina,Golightly..ya'll touched a poignant place in my heart! A couple of years ago I ran across his 3rd grade class picture, he was wearing his cub scout uniform. What a great smile he had. I'll try to find it again. He was really my first love.
Posted: Aug 16, 2006 2:11 am
filla....got an email from steve w. today...he went to the service...many old friends were there... musicians and kids from the neighborhood[middle age kids]....w. said that as services go it was uplifting and nice to see old friends....... drop me an email at ghsong at america online dot com and let me know whats been going on the last 40 years.
Posted: Aug 29, 2006 4:27 am
Hi, this is one of Steve's ex-wives, Cathy. The good Lord brought Steve back home during his illness. I have no doubt that he is safe in his arms.....no more pain.......no more wondering what life is all about. Just wanted to let anyone interested know that Nita who owns the Stage Stop is having Memorial Concert for Steve at the Stage Stop on October 1 a Sunday night. Many of his musician friends will be playing in his memory...spread the word.
Posted: Aug 29, 2006 1:49 pm
Good to know about the memorial concert Cathy.....and bless you for all you did.
Posted: Aug 30, 2006 11:47 am
cathy..ill be attending an annual golf thing in a couple weeks....a lot of the guys there go back all the wayback to elementary schoolwith steve...ill be sure to tell them about the event, im sure they would like to know.are you cathy b.?
Posted: Sep 1, 2006 11:04 pm
Yes this is Cathy B. Who are you. It would be great for all you can to come. Steve would have loved it. Of course I am sure he will be there in spirit.
Posted: Sep 2, 2006 7:45 am
cathy..this is gary h.....from trez high....im in nashville lo these many years...the golf thing is an annual get together of frayser guys who grew up together...this is the 24th year....most of them grew up with steve...steve and i had garage bands when we were very young...my mother is coming up this weekend and i asked her to bring some boxes of old pictures...im pretty sure there are some band pictures of steve and me when we were 10..11...12 yrs old...sigh.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 6:07 pm
I was dating/later married to someone at the the time who did not like bars but I went with my best friend (her brother sang in Southern Comfort) to hear this WONDERFUL band called Bluff City perform. Here it is 9 months after the fact but I googled Steve to see where he was in his career as the last time I saw him was 5 or so years ago on the CMT station singing country music. As with everything else I've heard him sing, he was great. I didn't know Steve personally, only talked with him once at the Stage Stop, but was immediately drawn to his music/voice. He and Rick rocked! I was only able to go a few times to hear BC but kept up with what they were doing through my best friend. I AM SUPER BUMMED today to hear of his death. I can't even tell my best friend as she passed away 2 years ago from leukemia. Sounds to me like Steve was one hell of a guy. Heaven has 2 more rockin angels now.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 6:22 pm
Man....when this popped back up it reminded me.
I think Steve would dig what Rick Camp and I are doing now...too bad he ain't around to hear it.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 9:35 pm
Is Rick Nethery still in Memphis? I still live off Summer in Mid-town and just had my dog put to sleep in Jan. at a vet on Summer so the vet story was dear to my heart. Loved hearing of Bluff City's history and Steve's roots though. Now I know why I liked them so much. I recently met Nita from the Stage Stop last year as I was with someone who knew her well. she's a nice lady. I related in some way or another to the stories i read from BCs fans. Glad I had someone to talk about it with. Oh and whats wrong with being 51? its just a number and even us 51 year olds still love to rock! Just ask my 18 year old.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 10:28 pm
Rick Nethery has a band called The Beat Generation and mostly plays the casinos.
He is one hell of a musician.
Go to Cat's and look for some of the 3 Beat Generation cd's out there...or try cdbaby.com.
Good stuff
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 10:30 pm
Thx, you rock!!!
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 1:09 am | Edited by: ChicoHarris
Rick Nethery... He is one hell of a musician.

I agree. Good dude, too (as is the other Rick).
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 8:28 pm
Golightly, Who is Rick Camp? He sounds familiar....and what are yall up to....sounds interesting.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 8:34 pm
Rick Camp formed The Crime in 1981...now we play together in The Everyday Parade.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 8:49 pm
Rick Camp

He's the guy with the great grin...
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 9:03 pm
I know many musicians by name only as I am somewhat connected with Kevin and Beth Paige and Scott Sudberry so "the guy with the great grin" could be any number of them, ha ha...
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 9:10 pm
Rick invented the grin....
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 10:04 pm
You guys have piqued my interest now. I am going to have to make it out to Hi Tone to hear you...don't know about Tunica though....no money and all that....maybe TBG will be closer to home sometime in the future so I can hear them.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 11:46 pm
Kevin Paige

Did he play the John Lennon tribute show at (I think) 616 in December of 1990?
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 2:11 am
Yes he did. What he's talkin' about is
Greg Roberson and I had a couple of "Beatle Bash" concerts in the early nineties...gave the money to charity and had cool Memphis bands play Beatle tunes.
Kevin DID kick ass that year...he did the Earth wind and Fire version of Got to get you into my life.
I got both of those Beatle Bashs recorded on video...3/4 inch umatic -sp...3 camera shoots...gorgeous stuff.
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 4:00 am
cool Memphis bands

and one of them was pretty close to being the Crime.
Posted: Sep 18, 2007 4:14 pm
My ex emailed me of Steve's passing. We met at Sports Bar in Memphis where Steve's band was playing. Was just listening to tape of Steve's music last week! As someone wrote, all I have to do is think of his voice and hear it in my head. Cathy, reading your post brought back good memories of you also. Still have lots of photos of Steve with various bands and will cherish these memories. He touched many lives with his music and many more with his kind spirit.
Posted: Nov 20, 2007 5:37 am | Edited by: John Horton
Hi. If anyone still reads this, this is John Steven, one of Steve's sons. If anyone has any pictures of him or memories share them with me and send them to my email address. j.horton197@yahoo.com
Posted: Nov 21, 2007 2:20 pm
John, I just emailed you a picture I found of your Dad.
Posted: Jul 6, 2008 11:23 pm
Hi, this is John Sanders, Steve's Nephew. I see this is an old thread but I wanted to jump in on it. Thanks for all of the love you've sent!
Posted: Aug 7, 2009 1:07 am
Hey, this is Christy Steve's Niece. I have seen this thread many times and I still cry when I see the love for my uncle. We all appreciate the love and memories. Uncle Steve passed on 3 years ago today. He did have a big heart and loved his friends and family. THanks everyone for the love!
Posted: May 31, 2010 6:59 pm
Just getting back with old friends (thanks to Facebook) ...decided to look Bluff City. Sorry to hear of Steve's passing or his suffering. A very good and kind soul.
Now several of you mention Rick Nethery ...Bassist
there were several others that made that band.
Richard Hage ...guitarist
Dickie ????? ...guitarist
? Williamson ...keyboards
and for the life of me i can't picture the drummer.
Can anyone help?
Posted: Dec 22, 2014 2:48 pm
This is a very old thread, but I was looking for anything I could find on the Web about Even Steven and found you guys. After reading, I decided to sign up and pay my respects.

Me and a friend of mine used to catch Even Steven in a little club in Millington back in 1980 when I was in the Navy. Those guys were smokin'. I've never forgotten them and always think of them every time I hear a Cars or Dave Clark 5 song. Steve was really cool and hung out and talked with us on breaks.
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