Sadly Merced native Bill Whittington passed away in San Francisco on November 12. He was the bassist of the seminal Merced band The Brogues. Though only together a short while The Brogues continues to have an impact on California music and is still known worldwide.
After The Brogues Bill was a founding member of The Broughs with Bob Segarini then The Family Tree. That lineup was Newman Davis – drums, Mike Olsen (aka Lee Michaels) – keyboards, Bob Segarini – vocals and Bill Whittington – bass. They were one of the first bands to play the Fillmore Auditorium and became regulars there.
His accomplishments were many but his time too short.