Son of Capricorn Records Founder Killed in Car Accident
Sad news in the music world. Philip Walden, Jr. died in what is being called a freak accident Tuesday evening in Atlanta, Ga. It was determined that Walden, 48, died of blunt force injury to the chest during an accident at the Piedmont Driving Club.
Mike Morris, a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, gives us the details:
Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones told the AJC that, according to witnesses, Walden was found pinned between a concrete pillar and his truck door.
‘It appeared the victim placed the vehicle in reverse, and then noticed his sunglasses had fallen outside of his truck,’ Jones said.
Walden apparently opened the driver’s door ‘and attempted to grab his sunglasses from the ground while keeping his foot on the brake,’ Jones said. ‘At some point, the vehicle rolled back, possibly from his foot coming off the brake, pinning him against the pillar.’
After Walden was found, club members were able to move the vehicle, freeing Walden. They administered first aid until the arrival of paramedics, to no avail.
Walden’s father was the founder of Capricorn Records and while you might not know his name, you certainly know some of the names he worked with. Don’t just take my word for it, listen to Ray Fitzgerald of Spinning Soul:
Walden Sr., who befriended a young singer named Otis Redding as a teenager, rose to fame as the duo took the Soul music world by storm. Walden later found massive success with his younger brother, Alan, as the two formed Capricorn Records, eventual home to the Allman Brothers Band.
Before starting his legal practice, Walden worked for his father’s label at a point when it was very high profile in the “Southern Rock” genre. From 1993-2000, for a full seven years, he was the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Capricorn. In 2000, he left to start his own firm. Since 2006, he’s been a legal counsel to Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta.
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