Damn. I had no idea Gil Bernal had passed. And it was last July. He was one of the people who made me want to play rock 'n' roll. Like a lot of other players, I didn't know who he was until recent years when I started to research who all those guys were who played sax on all those seminal rock records. I learned, like the obit says, that he was on several of the early Coasters records (before King Curtis) and also on Duane Eddy's Rebel Rouser. A few years ago, I learned he occasionally played in the L.A. area, I think it was at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. I planned to go see him at a gig, just like I did with Plas Johnson, and every time I went down to L.A. I'd check his web site to see if he was gigging somewhere, but I never did get around to seeing him. RIP Gil Bernal.
A forum community dedicated to saxophone players and enthusiasts originally founded by Harri Rautiainen. Come join the discussion about collections, care, displays, models, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!