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Fudgie Kae Solomon


                                                                                 

Respect Goes Out to the memory Of Fudgie Kae Solomon the most under rated bass player of the 1970s time period. I talked to Claude Coffee Cave over the phone while working with Funkadrill on this sight and he said this about Fudgie:
Fudgie joined Mandrill in 1972 after the departure of Bundie C. Charlie Padro knew Fudgie and brought him in to audition. The band fed him a couple of tunes and hired him on the spot". Fudgie performed live  with the band before recording on "Mandrill Is" . His bass playing was phenomenal. His blend with the band was perfect.

 Listen to Fudgies performance on:

Children Of The  Sun
Ape Is High
The Sun Must Go Down
 Golden Stone
Hang Loose
After The Race
Mini Suite For Duke
Positive Thing  Jam
Songs Fudgie Composed:

Mandrill Is:
  Lord Of The Golden Baboon   
     Co/wrote with mandrill:        
Composite Truth:
     Out With The Boy

Just Outside Of Town:
     She Aint Lookin Too Tough

Mandrillland:
     Reason I Sing
Music: D. Rodrigues
Lyrics: F. Solomon
     El Funko
 Co/wrote with mandrill :
     Armadillo
 Co/wrote with mandrill :
     The Road To Love
 Co/wrote with mandrill :

Funkadrill: "I miss Fudgie and I always will. Fudgie was a melow kind of guy. He love his music and was able to leave us a little of it on Mandrill lps. While we where working on Mandrillland I had the opertunity to watch Fudgie write on piano. "The Reason I Sing " is one of my favorite Mandrill songs. Sometimes I look over my left shoulder and catch a glimpse of him through Lou Castro's playing but no disrespect to Mr. Castro, but no one can fill the Mandrill spot the way Fudgie did.
He was always making me laugh. As a drummer he was my equal, grooving together was a treat that turned into a full meal everytime we locked.
I really don't know Fudgie's People, I know he was in love with a girl from Pasiac New Jersey so if you read this please get in touch with me, I would love to talk with you. I'd really like to give this tribute some justice about his life. I think it would be important to his fans."

In the morning we'll say, good-by for the day
Before an hour is gone, I feel it's too long that you've been away
In the evening we'll meet at some quite retreat
Two sips on wine, where will we dine and soon it's the time
How many books could I write of your looks
And lovers for ages will thumb through those pages and see what I mean
When I say, you are my summer my spring, the seasons you bring
You are my life, my thing, the reason I sing
So glad being here as we both share, each others eyes I reolize how much you care
How many books could I write of your looks
And lovers for ages will thumb through those pages and see what I mean
When I say, you are my summer my spring, the seasons you bring
You are my life, my thing, the reason I sing
                                                                                                                                                           Fred  Fudgie Kae Solomon, Doug Rodrigues  1974



 The Complete Mandrill History
                                   1999                                                          Omar             Ric           Lou/Nefty    Wolf  Carlos    Arlan
                            photo Mandrill ©1999                                                                                                                                photo Marc Rey ©1999
                                                  Carlos                            Lou C.                          Lou             Omar    in Germany 1999
  photo Marc Rey ©1999

Mandrill in Paris at "Nova" Radio Station 1999
                                                            Nefty                                                          Lou             Remie Top DJ Paris  
 photos Neftali Santiago ©1999
                                            Nefty, Marc, Chico, Remie, Lou, Ric     Nefty,   ?                  Lou     Remie      Doc

photos Neftali Santiago ©1999
                                                Marc                    Lou           Chico        Screaming Fans at "New Morning Club" Paris
 photos Neftali Santiago ©1999
Carlos                                                                   Lou
 photos Neftali Santiago ©1999
 photos Neftali Santiago ©1999
                                                                        Ric Doc                              Wilson Brothers on train to Germany
 photos Neftali Santiago ©1999
Wolf                                                                                        Marc Rey
 photos Neftali Santiago ©1999
                                                                Lou                                            Mandrill with Hamburg record shop staff            
 photos Neftali Santiago ©1999
                                        JFK Center 1973                                                           1973 in front of Tower Records Sunset

LA Radio Station 1973

                                   Wolf                                                      Nefty                             Carlos                         Marc
Jackie Robinson foundation fundraiser 2001
 photo Santiago Santana ©2001
                               RRa                Wolf              Ric    Carlos    Mrs. Robinson  Lou     Marc  Lou C.
Jackie Robinson foundation fundraiser 2001
 photo Santiago Santana ©2001


Dell East 1998 with Roger and Ohio Players