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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Writer honors famed doo-wop dad with play about love, family, and organ donation

Playwright Ray Quick wrote “Eight Parts of Life” as part of his effort to promote organ donations and to honor his father, Clarence, a member of the Del-Vikings. Clarence Quick died of liver cancer at age 46.


Ray Quick's father, Clarence, made a name for himself as a founding member of the Del-Vikings, a pioneering, Pittsburgh-based doo-wop quintet that was among the first racially integrated singing groups of the 1950s.

Clarence Quick penned the group's biggest hits, including "Come Go With Me" - the tune John Lennon's band the Quarrymen was playing at a Liverpool church in 1957 when Paul McCartney first noticed him, according to Beatles lore.

As magical as those moments are, they are not why Ray Quick most remembers his father and devotes his life's work to his memory.

Quick, 51, a College Park, Md., self-employed graphic artist turned playwright and screenwriter, is driven by another memory: the painful liver cancer death his father suffered at age 46 in 1983.

While liver transplants were evolving from experimental treatment to definitive therapy for end-stage liver disease during that era, Quick said, his family members knew nothing of organ transplantation as they watched his father wither and die inside a Brooklyn, N.Y., hospital. Continue reading
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