A Damn Shame: Rest In Peace, Kathy Johnston of Mydolls

When bad news hits, it all hits at once, it seems like, and this week’s no exception; got word the other day that Mydolls/No Love Less guitarist Kathy Johnston, passed away this past Saturday, Sept. 4th, having battled leukemia since she was diagnosed back in 2004. I was never fortunate enough to meet Ms. Johnston, but I’ve got a lot of respect for her band and am told she was one hell of a guitarist. My heart goes out to her fellow Mydolls and partner Dianna Ray for their loss.

I found out about this, btw, via Dead RosesKirston Otis, who dedicated this Tuesday’s KTRU Local Show to the memory of Johnston & to Mydolls in general. Kirston’s tribute starts with Willie Nelson‘s “Can I Sleep in Your Arms”, and he talks a bit about Johnston after the song ends and then queues up Mydolls’ “For Her”; it’s a pretty touching thing, at least to me.

Check out the recording of the whole show over here:

For friends, family, fans, & fellow musicians, Ozone City Outrage reports that there’ll be a memorial service for Johnston this next Saturday at The Lambda Center on Clay from 2-3PM.


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3 Responses to “A Damn Shame: Rest In Peace, Kathy Johnston of Mydolls”

  1. Justice Tirapelli-Jamail on September 9th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    A real shame. One of the first Houston punk bands I ever heard. RIP.

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