Local flamenco guitarist William "Paco" Strickland passed away Monday afternoon. He had been battling cancer for the better part of 5 years. Having been the host of Flamenco Cafe, a program carried on WHQR for more than 15 years, Paco was part of the WHQR family and a great friend to all who were lucky enough to know him. Four years ago today, Paco performed on the program Soup to Nuts Live in the WHQR gallery. In remembrance of Paco, we have a clip from that performance in which George Scheibner asks Paco about his cancer and how it was impacting his life at the time. Additionally, I
Flamenco guitarist William “Paco” Strickland passed away Monday afternoon after battling multiple myeloma – a form of blood cancer – for years.
In the early 90s, Strickland launched what became a nationally-syndicated flamenco guitar show called “Flamenco Café” on WHQR. The station carried his show for more than 15 years.
He also continued to play flamenco music in venues around the area. Exactly four years ago today, he performed on the program Soup to Nuts Live in the WHQR Gallery. And he talked with WHQR’s George Scheibner about his struggle with cancer.