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The nights up at the Blue Goose were the greatest seeing you up there. Watching you play the guitar with Mystery Train was a high lite in my life. I'll miss you my friend.

Posted by: Keith Bartholomew - St. Clair Shores, MI - friend   Apr 12, 2014

Ona conna punna Rick!!! Thank you for being such a special person in my life. You taught me to trust, love and to enjoy red wine!!! Rest in peace my friend. Your music will live on and continue to touch all the people who loved you. xoxo

Posted by: Carol - Roseville, MI - Friend   Apr 12, 2014

We were sad to hear that Rick had passed away this week. I have so many good memories of Rick from the time we spent in the youth group at Washington Baptist Church to the years spent playing the blues with the Yazoo Bros. in Mick's basement. He was truly the most talented person I have ever had the pleasure to have known. Gods Peace be with you old friend and all family and friends gathered in your memory.
Larry and Gloria Gloomis

Posted by: Larry and Gloria Gloomis - Laurium, MI - friend   Apr 12, 2014

You took some dreams of mine with you when you left

It's okay ....I love you anyway..

xoxoxoxox's in heaven for all the stringmen...

Nikki James

Posted by: Nikki James - Grosse Pointe Park, MI - Friend   Apr 11, 2014

Eric, my deepest sympathy to you and yours. I remember good times of sneaking through Memphis Smoke with you to see your Dad play. He was amazing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength and peace in the light he left behind.

Posted by: Jennifer Bouford - Oakland, MI - Friend   Apr 11, 2014

Rick was a wonderful musician and vocalist. I was glad to get to know him and work with him over these past few years. Warmest regards to his family and friends...

Posted by: Pat Smillie - Chicago, IL - friend   Apr 11, 2014

Rick I've known you since I was a teenager and was married to you for sixteen years. The world is a little less bright without you. I hope you're with your mother and I hope you meet up with your old golf partner, my dad. RIP

Posted by: Jackie MacDonald - Washington, MI - Mother of his son Eric   Apr 11, 2014

I missed gettin' to know you better and that it is a great loss. I am sorry you left so soon for you have been a good memory many a time.

Posted by: Rick Hemmle - Ellenwood, GA - High school friend   Apr 11, 2014
Blue Goose 5/18/91 - jamming with the band

Our deepest sympathies to Rick's family. I have fond memories of the band inviting me up to sing and Rick always made it easy for me to fit in. I was also lucky enough to golf with Rick one day when the band had a gig up in Alpena area. The musical memories are unmeasurable and he will be greatly missed by all.

Dave & Sandy
Fans from St. Clair Shores

Posted by: Dave Flansburgh & Sandy Grockau - St. Clair Shores, MI - A Fan   Apr 11, 2014

Rick and I started a band in oh I don't know, 1970 I think. I played drums Rick played his Fender Stratocaster, Mark Slumpka played bass and Don Cavanaugh play keys. we practiced in my basement and played at local dances and other gigs. Rick was a gifted player. I remember him in love with Johnny Winter and the blues. Which sucked for us drummers. but man rick could play. Good singer too.
Our big gig back then was playing a

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Posted by: Bob Frye - Nashville, TN - high school friend and band mate   Apr 11, 2014