Bartley Graham "Bartholomew" Bishop was born May 15, 1953 in Portland, Oregon. Bart , as he was lovingly known to his family and friends, died October 19, 2009 at his home in Valencia, California. He is survived by his parents, Norm and Jean Bishop of Newport, Oregon, his wife, Annie Priesach Bishop, Son Graham Bishop, Daughter, Jodi Bishop, Step Son, Adam Priesach, Brothers Rand, Ted, Greg and Jayson.
Bart was best known for his musical talents and his ever enthusiastic personality in face of many life disappointments.
Well known in Boise and throughout the West Coast as the lead singer and 1970’s musical group "Providence" the only group besides the Moody Blues to record on the Threshold Records Label. A Boise band their album “Ever Sense the Dawn” received airplay on radio stations throughout the Northwest and in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other members Jim Cockey and Tom Tomkins have gone on to compose for and play with the Boise Philharmonic respectively.
Untrained but extremely gifted he gathered band members asking "Do you play an instrument? Lets get together and jam sometime.” His enthusiasm and openness encouraged many who had never improvised or played pop music to branch out and explore new horizons.
Bart was a born salesman inheriting talent from his grandfather, "Biddy" Bishop and his father Norm. He worked at Real Estate sales, leasing and department store sales and management. In a $20 suit he purchased at The Salvation Army he landed a job selling men's suits at Nordstrom, eventually becoming the department manager for Robinson-May Company.
He had a great enthusiasm for history, collecting old books, a love for politics, and World Peace. He worked enthusiastically for the election of President Barack Obama and proudly received a personal invitation to the inauguration.
In recent years he worked with his brother, Theo, recording the self titled CD ”Bartholomew Bishop” on his own Peace Cymbol Records. His most recent projects included another CD of original music and a tribute project honoring Sid Bernstein who who was responsible for bringing the Beatles to the U.S.
Bart is missed by his family and everyone he ever met.
Contributions can be made @ http://bartbishopmemorialfund.blogspot.com/