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Passings: Skip Haynes, Writer of Chicago Anthem "Lake Shore Drive"

by VVN Music

Skip Haynes, a member of the group Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah and the writer of their hit "Lake Shore Drive", died on Monday after suffering from cancer at the age of 71.

The song was very much a regional hit in the Chicago area with its references to the famous strip of road; however, many thought that the song also a veiled reference to the drug LSD with such lines as "Slippin’ on by on L.S.D." (Lake Shore Drive is also known as LSD to Chicago residents).

The song has liven on in mid-West lore but gained nationwide recognition earlier this year when director James Gunn used it on the soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

Originally made up of Mitch and Ted Aliotta and Haynes, Ted ended up leaving the group and was replaced by John Jeremiah, leading to the Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah name. Mitch had the most experience of the trio, having been a member of Rotary Connection with Minnie Ripperton and Phil Upchurch.

Between 1970 and 1977, they recorded four albums but never gained a wider audience outside of the Chicago area.

Later in life, Haynes with an active animal activist fighting the use of rodenticides. Earlier this year, he published his memoir Lake Shore Drive: Stories of the Road & Tales of the Tropicana. He also had released an album of music from his city, Chicago Songs, including songs by such artists as Steve Goodman, John Prine, Ed Holstein and Mick Scott.

Haynes was the only surviving member of Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah.


Unknown said…
Sad news, but interesting article, though it badly needs proofreading. For instance, do you mean "Mick Scott" towards the end?