Butch Skeene: Remembering the music and the man

By Jillian Marshall

January 24, 2014 Updated Jan 24, 2014 at 12:30 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Harold "Butch" Skeene was a musical staple in Binghamton and Broome County for decades. He played his final notes on Sunday, dying at the age of 73.

Friends of Skeene's got together Thursday afternoon to reminisce about the musician.

Skeene started his career in the 1950's and was in several bands that toured the country.

He also performed in local bars, festivals and weddings.

For his friends and fellow musicians, Butch leaves more than music in his legacy.

"Butch was, in my opinion, was just a tremendous talent. But the thing that overshadowed that, and most people didn't get to see, was that he was a kind, gentle, and I'll even say a bashful person," said drummer for Butch Skeene and the 2nd Editions, Ferris Lebous.

"Butch was shy, he was a bashful man. Until he got to know you, and of course in front of a crowd, he was a showman," said Barry Blakeslee.

Skeene died after a battle with stage 4 brain cancer.

His friends and family are planning a benefit in his honor. They hope to schedule it sometime this spring.