Elton "Smokey" John, bass player extraordinaire of City Symphony Steelband (T&T) and the National Steelband of Trinidad & Tobago (1960's), and founder of the Mississauga Academy of Steelband Music passed away yesterday in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He was a pan pioneer in Trinidad & Tobago as well as Canada. Condolences to his widow, Janet, and his family. May God grant him eternal rest!
Chair, Ontario Steelpan Association
My deepest sympathies to Smokey's family. Pan Alive, Snowflakes on Steel and all the major events in the Toronto's pan community won't be the same without his lively, humorous and upbeat presence.
To mentor young people in the art of the pan, takes thinking about the future of this art form. And smokey was one of the lovers of the arts. My you rest, and be a great player up there.
Stay up, brother Rico!
Smokey will be missed.
His legacy- teach pan to kids, he had the best collection of pans ever in Canada.
Le us all keep his legacy going.
"The "Smokey" award at Pan Alive
The Ontario Steelpan Assos. must name the winning trophy after our most senior and distinguished Pan Pioneer/Ambassador- The Elton "Smokey" John award/trophy.
Save the Steelband.