Vivian Walsh, of the popular Hamptons band Vivian and The Merrymakers, died overnight, succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
As the frontman for the steel drum band, Walsh had East Enders dancing the summers away for decades.
“He is now playing his steel drums with the angels,” Walsh’s granddaughter, Claycia Louisy-Joseph, posted to the Vivian and The Merrymakers Facebook page.
“So sad to hear the news,” Wendy Miller Fellows said. “Throughout the years Vivian has spread so much love through his music. My thoughts are with you and your family.”
“Vivian and his music gave all of us a respite from reality and stress,” Mary Ellen McGuire wrote. “He was the ultimate entertainer and loved his fans. All of us looked forward to hearing him and seeing his joy…his laughter was contagious…Thank you Vivian for all you have to us. May you rest in peace…We will miss you.”