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Rod Powell, who delighted Vail apres-ski crowds for decades, dies from coronavirus complications

Nancy Powell Wilson said her brother’s memorial service can wait until the pandemic has passed

VAIL, Colorado — The pandemic sweeping the nation has claimed the life of a Vail musical icon.

Rod Powell, who delighted apres-ski crowds for decades in Vail with his musical talents, died from complications from coronavirus.

“Rod Powell was a legend in Vail and brought joy to so many over his tenure as Vail’s #1 Entertainer,” Shannon Tanner, his longtime friend and fellow musician said in a mass email.

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Powell, who played for decades at Pepi’s and other watering holes around Vail, was the first to welcome Tanner as a “kid entertainer” from South Carolina.

“I learned much from Rod Powell … his friendship I treasured. There is a Hole in the World today,” Tanner said.

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