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Jim Lang, 55, Drummer for the Deadlies: "He Loved Napa"

The sudden death of Jim Lang, drummer for Napa surf-rock trio the Deadlies, on his 55th birthday Thursday has left those who knew him "shocked and devastated," says the group's guitarist.

Musicians and friends of a popular Napa drummer are mourning his unexpected death Thursday, his 55th birthday.

Jim Lang was born Nov. 22, 1957, said James Patrick Regan, guitarist with the Deadlies, the popular surf-rock trio Lang played with for the past three years.

"We miss him greatly and are shocked and devastated with his untimely death," Regan said. "I believe the coroner is still looking into the exact cause of death. I've heard he had a heart attack. 

"As far as I know he had no health problems, didn't smoke, very rarely had a glass of wine and was fairly well known for never using drugs," Regan continued.

Lang, a Napa native who attended St. Apollinaris Catholic School and Justin-Siena High School, was married to "the love of his life, Joan," Regan said.

A longtime landscaper for the city of Larkspur, Lang had begun playing drums while in grade school, Regan said.

"Jim played with the Deadlies for almost exactly three years," said Regan, adding that Lang's first gig with the group was Nov. 28, 2009.

"We played over 200 gigs together and recorded with producers Jack Douglas, Joe Chiccarelli and Jay Messina," Regan continued.

In addition to playing the Uptown Theatre, Napa on Ice, Napa Porchfest and other Napa Valley venues and events, the Deadlies have been the house "cave band" on "Creepy KOFY Movietime" on KOFY TV 20, the house band at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and regular guests of the "Car Czar" on KMAX 31 in Sacramento, Regan said.

At the time of Lang's death on Thanksgiving, "he was looking forward to playing both the Yountville Festival of Lights and the Napa Christmas parade," Regan said.

"He loved Napa."

Did you know Jim Lang? Share your memories in the comments section.

Timmy "The Fonz" Hanf December 04, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I met Jim Lang from my friends Kellie Fuller & Bob St. Laurent at KVYN 99.3 FM Radio almost a year ago when I won The Deadlies Christmas CD, I listened to the CD for Christmas, Jim's memory will always be with Bob & the rest of the Deadlies as they remember his memory being there for his friends and most importantly his family and loved ones. God Bless Jim Lang, you'll be missed.
Rich Young December 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I worked with a Band that Jim drummed for in the late 80's called X-men. He was a great guy and an awesome musician. Although I haven't seen him since '90 and I didn't know him long, it is a great shock to me that he's left us. He will be sorely missed.
Kymba January 14, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I was unaware that Jim had past. It really blows my mind. He was always a gentleman and an excellent drummer. I have worked with him in several of his musical endevours through the 80's and upward. He will be sorely missed R.I.P Jimmy.
Clark A. Blasdell February 06, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Hi Laura, Me and my EXXE days go way back to when Jim Lang, introduced himself and his not yet named Band EXXE through the great Sonoma Harp player. Norton Buffalo (who is also recently deceased in 2011): Mike Whittington, Mark Tate, Sam Neff, Rick Joens - later also Henry Hewitt. I am sorry I did not hear about Jim's passing earlier. Just heard today. I have not kept up with many in the former Band EXXE: I was only their Manager and just loved all the things we did as a great young Band of youngsters who when I met them told me that they played original music, like from Led Zepplin and AC/DC - with the introductory words "If it's too loud, you're too old, you better leave ...Sorry to hear and blessings to Jim's Family. I'm still in Novato, turmed 69 this past December:: Clark Blasdell, My email address is: clark@nfh.org 2/5/13
Joanne March 18, 2013 at 05:56 AM
It's been over three months and I am still in shock that my brother has passed away. He had many great friends that played in the bands (Elixir, Topaz, Exxe, X-Men J. Silverheels and the Deadlies} I think that I have all of them!!! It was nice talk to them, at that sad time. You are part of our family. I do remember the shows that Exxe played with the Micheal Spears Band because I dated and married Rhino. Jim was a great drummer and the dedication he had shows by the respect of those who knew him, as well as, worked with him.

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