Monday, September 12, 2011

Aerosmith: Steven Tyler’s father dies at 95

The Aerosmith family lost a member over the weekend as Steven Tyler’s father, Victor Tallarico, died Saturday in Nashua, New Hampshire at the age of 95.

The Nashua Telegraph reports Victor Tallarico passed away at the same retirement community where his wife of 63 years, Susan Ray Tallarico, died in 2008 at the age of 84.

According to Victor's online obituary, he was surrounded by family when he passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 10.

"Victor was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Susan Ray (Blancha) Tallarico. He leaves a brother, Ernest Tallarico, of Tampa, Florida, two children, Steven and Lynda; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many friends," the obituary reads.

"Among Victor's proudest accomplishments were his offspring: Lynda, a retired teacher who resides in southern Vermont, and Steven, who, having been well launched into the music business by Victor, became famous as Steven Tyler, the lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith."

Tallarico said he considered his son, Steven, a “genius,” and said his favorite Aerosmith song was the 1973 classic “Dream On.” “(He’s) number one in the rock field. There’s none like him. There will never be,” Victor Tallarico said.

Both of Victor's parents were musicians; his mother taught piano and his father played the saxophone and cello. While serving in the Army during World War II, Tallarico was one of 24 people selected to perform at Fort Dix in New Jersey, instead of fighting overseas.

“No one else was even in the U.S. Army like I was,” Tallarico said. “I was not in the ‘Army.’ That’s quite a statement to make. Because I went in… as infantry, military police… and became a musician.” Fort Dix was also where he met his wife, Susan, marrying her within six months of that meeting.

After studying at Columbia University and Juilliard, he played the ballrooms of historic resort hotels in Sunapee, including the Granliden, the Indian Cave Lodge and the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club, according to his obituary.

More details at the Nashua Telegraph here.

hennemusic offers its condolences to the Tallarico family during this difficult time.

Victor Tallarico – Nashua Telegraph feature

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