Electronic Music Pioneer, Silver Apples’ Simeon Coxe’s Death

2 min readSep 9, 2020

Inventor and electronic musician behind the experimental psychedelic rock group Silver Apples Simeon Coxe’s death occurred on Tuesday, September 8, in Fairhope, AL, as he was at the age of 82. R.I.P.

Silver Apples Simeon Coxe’s death occurred on Tuesday, September 8, in Fairhope.
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Coxe co-founded the Overland Stage Electric Band in New York City in the 60s with Danny Taylor had started to incorporate the sound of a vintage oscillator into the music, which separated the other members and made them quit the band. In the end, only two members remained.

Simeon Oliver Coxe's death who was born June 4, 1938, in Knoxville, TN, grew up in New Orleans from the age of seven.

He wasn’t just an artist but a news reporter-producer for TV, Mobile, AL in the 70’s, and other out of state television stations in the 70’s and 80’s. His worldwide fans remember Simeon Coxe for his brilliant work in electronic music with his band, Silver Apples.

He claimed that he was fired from his news reporter job over an exposé about local mall Santas. “When that came out on television, mothers started calling that station, said their children were on the floor screaming that I had ruined Christmas,” he said.

No memorial events following Silver Apples’ Simeon Coxe’s death

The electronic rig, made by himself, was named the Simeon, and it featured 16 oscillators, foot pedals, telegraph switches, wah-wah pedals, Echoplexes, and more. Jimi Hendrix was a fan of Silver Apples, and Coxe jammed with Hendrix on “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to Hendrix’s iconic Woodstock performance.

“Yeah the tapes would sometimes roll when we were playing together and some of that has survived,” Coxe explained in an interview.

He added: “We found a two-track dub of Hendrix and me working on the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ Danny had taken it home to try and figure out a way to put a drum part to it because the way Jimi and I played it was almost non-rhythmical.”

After Simeon Coxe’s death He is survived by a brother, David S. Coxe (Foster); a nephew, Aaron Coxe, and family and an old companion, creative collaborator, Lydia Winn LeVert.

No memorial events are currently planned, possibly he preferred no formal services be held.

Originally published at https://usdaynews.com on September 9, 2020.




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