03.30.13

Doug Roth, LV rock n roll guitarist

Posted in Rock 'n' Roll at 1:17 pm by George Smith


Doug Roth and the Blissters, the Allentown Parkway, 1985.

Doug Roth, aka D Smash of the Lehigh Valley rock n roll band, The Blissters, died this week.

Roth, who was 50, was the Lehigh Valley’s pre-eminent electric guitarist. As a member of the Blissters, his local popularity and career in that band spanned decades. Put another way, Dougie Smash was the very definition of rock and roll.

A brief history of the Blissters was published at DD blog years ago here.

The YouTube film is from a free Summer Sunday festival on the Allentown Parkway in 1985. I was living on Cumberland Street at the time, a hundred or so yards away, and walked to it with my ex-wife.

It was one of the type of late summer outdoor rock affairs notorious for large numbers of partying young men and women, often with their shirts off, more remarkable because it was purely a local affair of significant size and enthusiasm.

The first clip features Roth performing Nazareth’s “Woke Up This Morning.”

The second clip, below, has an engaging poor man’s D. A. Pennebaker feel. The cameraman shows you just what it was like on the Allentown green that joyful warm afternoon.

It’s a good way to be remembered in eternity. RIP, Doug Roth (1962-2013).


Another old review of Doug Roth and the Blissters, opening for Steppenwolf, in Allentown.

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