Former Redondo Beach folk singer Mary McCaslin dies at 75

Folk singer Mary McCaslin died Oct. 2 in Hemet, Calif. at age 75. 

Known for her mountain-ballad versions of pop and rock songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s, such as the Who’s “Pinball Wizard” and The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”,  McCaslin’s own songs told of the Old West, her most notable album “Way Out West” released in 1974.

She was born in Indianapolis at a home for unwed mothers, adopted and grew up in Redondo Beach. McCaslin played banjo and ukulele, self-taught, and played guitar with a distinguished type of open tuning.

She died at her home of progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare neurological disease. ER


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