Roundup: Farmers’ Market, More

The Westport Farmers’ Market continues its holiday drive for women veterans through Homes for the Brave, this Thursday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane). As always, click here to pre-order from the many great vendors.

And finally … Leslie West died last week of a heart attack. He was 75.

The leader and founder of Mountain — he named the trio after himself, because of his large size — may be best known for “Mississippi Queen,” the rock song with the most famous cowbell in music history.

Mountain’s drummer, Corky Laing, was well known in Westport. He was great friends with Gail and Terry Coen, and spent plenty of time at their Soundview Drive home.

4 responses to “Roundup: Farmers’ Market, More

  1. I’m a Staples grad, good friends with the Coens and have a deep connection to Leslie West. Leslie and my father gave me my first bass guitar. My father, Rich Totoian, was the promotion man who was largely responsible for getting Mississippi Queen played on the radio across the US. Rich worked with Windfall Management which handled Mountain and was on the road with the band as they toured extensively in the early 70s. Rich was good friends with Gail, Terry, Trevor and Davis Coen, and has great stories of time spent with Corky at the Coens home on Soundview Dr. Leslie will be greatly missed but his music lives on.

  2. Also..Miggs and Trace Burroughs interviewed Rich Totoian on their Westport Library Podcast this past summer. Check out for first hand accounts of stories of rock and roll greats. Rich will be posting a segment about Leslie and Mountain shortly.

  3. Hello Kevin, good to “see” you out here. We knew each other at Staples, WWPT specifically. I remember meeting your father while he was at the station during one of the Thanksgiving Marathons. Hope all is well with both of you.