Rest In Peace Richard Allen Peterson (Born: Sept. 12 1946 D: Oct. 12 2009)

I am truly fortunate to have gotten to know such a great musician and man. And even more so that he truly was a friend and made an effort to show his appreciation. "Dickie" Peterson passed away in October of 2009. We had met at a show here in Hoboken, NJ in 2006. I had some Blue Cheer items and a P Bass pickguard to get signed. Dickie inquired as to where I got the guitar part, and our conversation led to me telling him I worked on guitars for a living. We instantly hit it off and having no tech on the road, he asked if I could look at his bass it needed adjustments. Locating some tools I got to work and made it right and a friendship was born. I left that night with his phone number and we started having some great conversations and it eventually led to me offering to build him whatever he could think up between a P Bass or a Jazz bass, his instruments of choice. We created the "Power Bass" and I flew to California in September of 2007 to present it to him. It was a memorable weekend and then he took it out on tour so we could test it and tweak it. When he felt it didn't have enough low end, it was sent back to me and I started putting together a new "test" body trying a different pickup configuration. He got photo updates as it progressed. Unfortunately at the same time he recieved a devistaing diagnosis, cancer. He called me to inform me of his news and not many people knew. I even had the phone number for his hospital room, which he would return to for supposed treatment, but it seemed like he wasn't being attended to very well. His health got worse and I spoke to him just weeks before he died. I called to tell him a birthday gift was on the way and we spoke about his upcoming book that he was so excited about, the bass progress, and this very site. He gave me permission to own his domain name. He still had hope for getting better. The night before he passed, he asked his friend over in Germany to call me to say goodbye for him. He was too sick to be on the phone. It was all happening so fast. He was sorry we couldn't talk but wanted me to know he loved me and thanked me.....the news broke big when Dickie passed away. He left me with a thank you on the last BC album, on the dvd release as well as talking about our bass creations in the commentary on the dvd, he mentions me in his book, which was his dream but the release had some unfortunate complications, sadly....and the very last time we spoke, he mentioned these things and wanted me to know he appreciated what I had done for him. That is truly a friend. His friendship was truly a gift, I could never have imagined that one day I would call the man singing and playing on one of my favorite albums ever a friend. Fortunately, I recorded a lot of our phone conversations and one day will review them. There may be a story in there and I can put my own book together. I want to put together a short film with all of my video footage to tell the story of knowing this man and giving him something that made him so happy. About a month after he passed away and the smoke cleared, I posted this on my "Blue Cheer Fan" website, it still reflects my feelings back then and I keep it here for that reason. I had lost 2 family members at that time. This was from November 2009. It was hard to write...

I'll really miss him and our phone calls. Since he was in Germany, I'd have to call in the morning because his time was 6 hours later. We'd talk for an hour or so sometimes. And within the last 6 or 7 months, I've been working on a new bass design for him. The new "Powerbass". The original "Tunis #1" was a little too bright for him compared to the "gray" one. So, after he toured with it for a year and tried it out, it was returned to me early this year. Dickie wanted me to shave down the back of the neck to make it thinner and to change out the abalone side dots to pearl, so he could see them better on a dark stage. I bought a used P bass style body, and decided I would fit the old neck on the new body, with a new pickup configuration. I would then take the original body, and put on a bass neck that I had, and that would become my bass. I had taken the neck with me out to Dickie's, and had him autograph the front. He wrote lines from "Doctor Please" on the back, the line I told him we should design a t-shirt around. The line is kind of ironic, and at the end of his life, I'm sure he said "Doctor, Please" at least once.

So on Sunday, Nov. 1, I finished his new bass. It's mine now. He told me "If I don't live, you don't give those basses to anyone. You created them for me and no one but us should have them. Maybe one day you will finish what we started." I did play his bass on my own. I did tell him I would play it. I convinced some friends to learn "Parchment Farm" and I have it on video. The very first and so far only time I've gotten to do it. As for the bass, My friend Anders K from the band VOLBEAT got the bass I believe Dickie would have ended up with. The night Anders came out on stage with his new "TUNIS" bass and I was in the pit to take pictures, I swear Dickie was right there with me hearing the low end and big sound of his "Power Bass" and a chill ran down my spine and I will never forget the feeling. Thank you Dickie my brother.....

I truly miss him. I will miss Blue Cheer performing, and seeing the regulars I've met. Going to dinner with Dickie before the shows. The chance to go to Germany and see him. The chance to re-record "Cowboy Blues" better than our first time. The chance to record my "Country Summertime Blues" Johnny Cash sounding version with him. I wanted him to touch and play his new bass, and not just see pictures of it through e-mails. I'll keep my promise to him though. I'll play the bass and start jamming. it won't just be stuck in my closet. It's me now. Thanks to Dickie, he's still teaching me and there's a different future. I take his thanks and his compliments on my guitar work into the future of my craft. I'll keep his memory alive. I'll never forget him. Our beloved cat Grynell passed away the very next day that Dickie did. It was a loss so great, I can only be at ease knowing that Dickie has one of his "Grandkitties" on his lap now.

We miss you, we love you Dickie, from Bill Baker and your family, friends, fans, and 1%ers everywhere....