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Edwin E. Appleby




Marin Independent Journal

San Rafael, California

Tuesday, March 7, 2000


Edwin Appleby, Musician

       Edwin "Captain Ned" Appleby, a former Marin County resident, died February 9, in his Hawaii home. 

Born in Marin in 1927, Mr. Appleby was raised in Mill Valley.  He was a graduate of Park School and Tamalpais High School.  He attended Santa Rosa Junior College, San Francisco State University and College of Marin.


      He was best known as a musician and performed in many bands, including COM-Tam Dance bands, Sky Blue Band and Dale Alstrom Quartet.  He organized and directed the Cascade Chorale, sang with the College of Marin Chorus and other professional vocal groups.


     Mr. Appleby was known for his Hawaiian shirts and captain's hat.  In the 1970s, when he joined the rock group "The Beefy Red," he earned the sobriquet "Captain Ned of the Beefy Red" and became known as "Captain Ned."


     He toured for many years as a ship's musician and bandleader in the American President Cruise Lines.  He toured with the Jack "Jive" Schaffer organization around the United States and Canada, and played the trumpet, trombone and bass.  He also dabbled in comedy.


     His musical specialty was jazz, and he performed with the Lional Hampton Orchestra.  In the 1980' he organized a Sunday afternoon jazz session at Pier 23 in San Francisco called "Captain Ned and the Jazz Buccaneers."  He also performed at the Traditional Jazz Festival in Sacramento with the Jazz Buccaneers."


     He returned to California last August to perform at the Jazz Festival at Big Bear Lake with "Nani Maui Token Haole Jazz Band."  He also appeared in last year's Fairfax Jazz Festival.


    He was a lifelong sailor who began sailing in Mill Valley with the Sea Scouts program in the 1930's.  He was active in racing on the bay and was a past member of the Sausalito Cruising Club.


    He was a life master and certified instructor-director in bridge.  He taught the game on board the American President Lines when he wasn't playing music.


    At the time of his death he was working on a publication of a new bridge system.  He is survived by his wife, Ann, of Texas, and extended family in California and Hawaii.  Friends are invited to a musical celebration of Ned's life at 5 p.m. March 26 at 10 Broadway in Fairfax.


Appleby Heritage Notes:


Edwin Ellsworth Appleby, a son of Edwin E. & Edna (Parkes) Appleby, a grandson of Grant E. Appleby and his second wife, Emma (Rappell) Appleby and great-grandson to Edwin R. Appleby and his first wife, Allia (Higbie) Appleby.

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