Vaughan Mason, ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’, Dies At 69
Vaughn Mason wasn't necessarily a "big star" but he helped create one of the most timeless songs that we're still jamming to this day.
Rolling Stone is reporting that Mason has passed away last Thursday (April 2) of natural causes at the age of 69. His death was confirmed by his son Baron.
Mason was a studio engineer and music manager before becoming a musician and producer himself but he used a little bit of research and hustle to create a classic.
In order to capitalize on the "roller skating" craze of the late 70's and early 80's, Mason researched what was popular at the time, borrowed $7,000 from friends and recorded the smash hit "Bounce, Rock, Skate, & Roll" in just a few days in 1978. Based off the buzz of that single he would launch "Vaughn Mason & Crew" and sign a record deal in 1980.
Vaughan Mason & Crew released two more singles, “Roller Skate” and “Jammin’ Big Guitar,” before linking up with singer Butch Dayo to release an EP called "Feel My Love" which was unsuccessful but beloved by DJ's and samplers.
Mason continued making music into the late 80's while never duplicating the success of "Bounce", the song lives on thanks to lots of samples and interpolations by hip hop artists over the decades and the skating community.
We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and fans.