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Russ Gibb memorial scheduled for May 17

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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A formal memorial service has been schedule for Russ Gibb, the founder of Detroit's famed Grande Ballroom and the radio DJ who spread the rumor of Paul McCartney's supposed death back in 1969.

The service will be held 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, in Studio A at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Gibb estate executor Andrew Fradkin says the event will be "a gathering of friends, students, rock 'n' rollers and everyone else to pay tribute to Uncle Russ," who died April 30 at the age of 87.

An informal tribute for Gibb was held last Sunday, May 5, at the Grande site on Grand River Boulevard.

Fradkin says that in lieu of flowers contributions are encouraged for the Russ Gibb Memorial Scholarship that's been established within the Dearborn Cable Communications Fund. A GoFundMe campaign for the scholarship will be established soon.

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