Dick Wagner

31 July 2014 14 Comments Home » Books | Art | Misc

The great rock guitarist Dick Wagner is gone. I’ve been a fan since his time leading The Frost;
I was fortunate to see them many times at sock hops around Detroit.

I made this portrait of him not long ago and it was a real pleasure
to know it was one of his favorites; he used it as the cover
of his last album, “Captured”.

It takes a great spirit to make such great music – rest in peace, Dick Wagner.

Dick Wagner

Detroit Free Press story
Rolling Stone


  • Jeffrey on Facebook said:

    He was one of those musicians who shaped the sound of a lot of good music without drawing a lot of attention to himself.

  • Mayo on Facebook said:

    That is an evocative, compelling, and defining image of Wagner’s masterful legacy.

  • Sylvia on Facebook said:

    I loved The Frost and remember seeing them years ago. Had their first LP.

  • Robert on Facebook said:

    I remember going to one of those sock hops when The Frost played.
    The opening band was The Electric Prunes.

  • April on G+ said:

    Wonderful portrait. The body of his work was massive. His legacy and your capture of him will certainly live on. :)

  • Michael on Facebook said:

    I listened to his work with Alice Cooper and on Kiss’ “Destroyer” non-stop thru my teens. Huge influence on me, especially my writing. Love that photo, Rick.

  • Jeffrey on Facebook said:

    Lou Reed’s “Berlin” or “Rock N’ Roll Animal” does it for me.

  • John on G+ said:

    Easy to see why he treasured it so much. Very nicely composed.

  • Don on Facebook said:

    Very sad to hear this today. Great portrait, Rick.

  • Greg on Facebook said:

    What a Compelling image, Maestro.

  • Paul on Facebook said:

    Wow — sorry to hear this.

  • Eric on Facebook said:

    Most sorry to hear that. There are several Rock and Roll Animal tour shows on Wolfgang’s Vault. What about Steve Hunter?

  • David on Facebook said:

    What Don said…

  • Roger on Facebook said:

    I noticed your photo in his last CD, a fine player and a gracious gentleman.

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