Charlie "Chalo" Quintana, one of the most sought after drummers in music, has sadly passed away in Mexico, earlier this week, (March, 13).
The Texas-born Chalo started his music career in the early 70's in an L.A-based punk band The Plugz.
Chalo's talent and reilability saw him progess and grow as drummer, performing for a shitload of acts including Bob Dylan, Agent Orange and John Doe, as well as a decade long-stint with SoCal heroes Social Distortion.
He was also the drummer for Izzy Stradlin's first solo album in 1992.
There are no words that will comfort those who loved him, and there are no words for those who made money off him and didn’t pay it back when he needed them.
Chalo's death was announced via the a post on Facebook last night (see below). The cause of death is yet to be released.
The post articulates that Chalo had his share of low points, and ended up relocating to Mexico to care for stray dogs, where he found happiness.
He may well have been a victim to the music industry. One of the more poingnant lines in the Facebook annoucement says: "There are no words that will comfort those who loved him, and there are no words for those who made money off him and didn’t pay it back when he needed them."
He reportedly left Social Distortion on good terms, posting public announcments in good faith, so this may well reference to earlier musicians he worked with.
Currently there's a GoFundMe page that's kicked off to bring Chalo's body over from Mexico, so he can be laid to rest in the US.
Chalo, an absolute legend, R.I.P.