You use the full name for births, weddings and funerals: Charles Owen McCormick IV, "Corky" to his friends, died last week at the age of 18, of still unknown causes, found dead on his couch by his mother, 12 hours before he would have graduated high school.
Corky McCormick of the Spade Kicks performing at the Abbey earlier this year.
Corky was the guitarist for a band called the Spade Kicks, a group of high school students that I reviewed a while back. They released a CD in October 2004. When I first heard them they were a revelation, the kind of storytelling music-of-a-generation band that I frequently lament no longer exists. Easily one of the best shows I'd seen in a while. I had particularly high praise for Corky; I wrote that he "did a more-than-passable imitation of Eric Clapton."
And that was certainly true; he whipped through covers from the 1960s Clapton-is-God era like he'd written them himself, and his own compositions were remarkable chunks of epic rock that filled the space. He was an intense kid, very focused on his music during the performance I saw, not into a lot of performing tricks - though his mom does say he did a mean rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" behind his head, just like Jimi Hendrix.
I have to admit I'm still a little stunned, even though I only met him once. I don't know where the Spade Kicks will go from here; I'm not even sure they know themselves. Whatever the case, Corky was the kind of guy that would have ended up appearing in these pages a lot more in the years to come, and I'm deeply saddened that this will not be the case.
Online tributes to Corky can be found at www.lifestorynet.com/details.cfm?OBIT_ID=6573 and segmentofsociety.com.