My sister was Ginger Mews….

Ginger Mews
Ginger Mews

Ginger passed away May 19, 2000 at the young age of 59.  (She came to be with us on Christmas Day 1999 with the hope treatment for her cancer would buy some time.)  We later flew to SF and had a wonderful celebration of her life.  There is a memorial bench in Golden Gate Park with her name that reads “for the city she loved, etc.”  I would love to hear any and all stories you might have about Ginger.  We visited every year and spent many hours with her at the Fillmore, Heider Studio (Christmas party), and enjoyed all the stories–Airplane/Starship, Doobie Brothers, Grateful Dead–hope to return again this year–what a wonderful time!  Thank you in advance!  Vicki

2 thoughts on “My sister was Ginger Mews….”

  1. Ahh.. Ginger… she was quite a positive and calming influence. She’s really the one who decided who got what new clients, and I suspect that she had some part in sending the Grateful Dead to me for their first Wally Heider session in San Francisco. As booking manager she had the very tough job of juggling the myriad of conditions that surround the running of a recording studio.

    Her positive vibe was also a great foil between the good-hearted but often excited and explosive Wally and the staff; she smoothed over a lot of pissed-off mixers and staff after getting a ‘Wally’. Fortunately, Wally didn’t micromanage the SF operation too much, as Mel Tanner and Ginger had things very much in control during those successful and historic early years.

    Traffic managing is so much more than just booking sessions. And she did it incredibly well, probably the most professional I’ve ever known.

    I really liked her, and I always felt like she was looking out for us. She was really physically pretty too, the 1 goofy photos doesn’t really show that – if I had been just a few years older…. but at the time – she was our ‘big sister’. It was a long time ago, but I remember her vividly. I hope others will add their comments.


  2. I am so sorry to hear about Ginger’s passing. I think about her often and in an attempt to reconnect- found this website and the sad news.
    I worked with Ginger at the Record Plant in Sausalito from opening day.
    Gary Kellgren had this picture in his head of visitors being greeted at the door by the sight of 2 long legged girls in short skirts – sitting on high stools and working at high desks – like Edwardian bookeepers.
    This lasted less than a week when Ginger revolted by cutting off the legs of the stools and having the carpenters cut down the desks. Ginger was like my older sister and spent a good amount of time giving me (very good) advice on life. I was the wild young girl of 19 who juggled 3 or 4 boys (and they were boys in those days…) while Ginger went home after a day of work and relaxed with a glass of wine, a book and a quiet evening. She always told me that one day – this would be my choice as well and not a Saturday night goes by that I do not look at my glass of wine and my book and think of Ginger’s wisdom. She was a great mentor and a lovely woman.
    Cheers – Pattie Spaziani

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