R.I.P. Larry Ramos Everything That Touches You

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Submitted by Don Graham

Larry Ramos of The Association by way of The New Christy Minstrels has passed away at the age of 72. Although Ramos was blessed with natural musical ability he started his career in acting. He had a part in the movie Pagan Love Song with Esther Williams at the age of 7and appeared on both Arthur Godfrey's radio and television shows. He began touring in his teens in The King and I starring Yul Brynner.

Larry went to college and, after he graduated he started playing coffeehouses around the Los Angeles area. At one of his coffee house gigs he caught the eye of Randy Sparks who brought him into the New Christy Minstrels where he started playing banjo and other instruments.

He stayed with the Minstrels for four years before going out as a solo act and he began filling in on occasion in the Association. When founding member Jules (Gary) Alexander left the band in 1967 Ramos was asked to join.  He was with them from the recording of their third album, Insight Out, until he left in the mid-1975. While he was not involved with the group's early hits ‘Along Comes Mary’ and ‘Cherish’, his voice and playing is heard on such standards as ‘Windy’, ‘Never My Love’, ‘Everything That Touches You’ and ‘Time For Livin'.
Larry rejoined the band in 1979 for an HBO Special, Then and Now, and was active with them through the years since with occasional recording and regular touring. In January, both Russ Giguere and Ramos announced they were retiring from touring. Larry had previously had a heart attack but he was keeping his latest diagnosis secret. Ramos played his farewell concert on February 24 in Grandville, ID.

Larry’s daughter posted the following to her Facebook page:
“It is with immense sadness I write this. My Dad, Larry Ramos passed away this evening. As you all know he had been ill for the past three years following his heart attack in 2011. What you don't know is he was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma last year (he wanted that diagnosis to be kept private while he was alive.) While his illnesses were trying at times, his passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by family.  We are devastated beyond words at our loss and will miss him tremendously! I personally will miss his endearing salutations but find comfort in a conversation I had with him upon learning his condition was terminal. I said, "Well Daddy, it looks like we're going to have to finish your bucket list, what it is you still want to do?"

He simply said, "Nothing honey, I've done it all."Not many people can honestly say that but Daddy did and meant it. He had a wonderful life (got to go home and eat the biggest and best LauLau on the islands) and will forever be remembered and immortalized in his music. At his retirement concert in February he asked my sister how he did and was happy when her response was, "You did great Daddy!"

He said, "Good honey, cause that's how I always want you to remember me." We will and hope you do too!” Thank you for all your love and support, it has meant so much to us. Daddy loved performing and genuinely loved connecting with fans. Aloha, The Ramos Family”

RIP Larry Ramos.