Western Music Icon Guy Porter Gillette, son of Doris and famed photographer Guy Gillette, and brother of Pipp Gillette, whom he performed and co-owened Camp St. Café & Store, passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
Guy, and his brother Pipp, grew up in Yonkers, NY and spent their summers on their grandfather, V.H. “Hoyt” Porter’s ranch in Lovelady, Texas. In their teen years they put together a band called the Roadrunners that featured a young Diane Keaton as the lead singer. Diane Keaton eventually left the band to star in the musical Hair where she was discovered by Woody Allen. The brothers continued to play the coffeehouse circuit up and down the East Coast and throughout the Midwest from 1968 to 1983. They made two albums and a few singles.
In the early 1980s, Guy and Pipp, who had been leasing their grandparent’s ranch in Lovelady that they had inherited, decided to move to Texas and refurbish the family homestead. Not long after, Guy met and married Cathi Stas from Wheeler and the couple was blessed with a daughter, Dorcie.
The Gillette Brother also refurbished the historical Camp Street in Crockett and created a “listening room” out of a former pool hall and barbershop that was built and owned by their grandfather. Their new venue became known as Camp Street Cafe & Store. Together they continued to entertain crowds at Camp Street and across the nation, with their own brand of blues, cowboy ballads and Celtic folk songs. Their shows often included vaudeville and old minstrel show comedy routines that featured the two playing anything from guitars, banjos, harmonicas, tambourines, kazoos and even the bones – which Guy Porter Gillette was fantastic at.
The brothers continued to record as well and were the recipient of the Wester Heritage Award for Best Traditional Western CD of 2010 with their Cowboy Minstrel and Medicine Show CD. They also received the Wrangler Award for Best Original Composition of 2012 for Waddie Mitchell’s song “Tradeoff.” These awards are among their many honors and praise for their preservation of traditional cowboy music.
Guy Gillette has been battling a cancer for the last year and succumbed to that illness at 5 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2013. Camp Street will never be the same with out the pure tenor voice of Guy that blended perfectly with Pipp’s strong baritone.
Guy and Pipp’s father, Guy Gillette passed away just two weeks ago on Aug. 19.
A celebration of the life of Guy Porter Gillette has been set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at Camp Street. This would have been Guy’s 68th Birthday. Friends are coordinating food. If you would like to help contact PJ Lucas at 936-546-8446 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jeanette Masters at 936-545-1906 or email her at email@example.com.
Cards and Condolences can be sent to:
Pipp and Jessica Gillette
Dorcie and Cathi (Mrs. Guy) Gillette
Camp Street Store
215 Third Street
Crockett, Texas 75835
The Gillette family remains in our thoughts and prayers at this time.