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Skip Groff, record store owner and early DC punk producer, has died

Skip Groff, a renowned early producer of DC Punk and owner of independent label Limp Records, has died at the age of 70.

Groff’s influence in punk had a big impact in America, eventually building the voice of an alternative sound by giving a helping hand to local bands through his famed record store ‘Yesterday & Today’ which celebrated it’s 40th anniversary two years ago.

Groff’s wife, Kelly, confirmed in an interview with WTOP that her husband had suffered a seizure at their Montgomery County home Monday night. He eventually died at MedStar Montgomery Medical Centre.

An outpouring of tributes has begun to seep onto social media. Market Baby lead singer Boyd Farrell, who released multiple records on Groff’s Limp Records, said: “Sleep peacefully my old friend, and thanks for believing in us.”

Cerphe Colwell, who was playing music on the radio station set up in Groff’s own record store, said: “He had great ears and was able to spot bands that would go on to be superstars of the new sound and attitude.

He added: “Skip became a respected guru of the scene — all of us at WHFS were fans of the vinyl he stocked and of Skip himself.”

Danny Ingram, a man who had a heavy part to play in the formation of many early DC punk bands said: “It’s hard to understate how Groff affected the lives of so many in the D.C. music community,” in a post on social media.

In the same interview with local news outlet WTOP, Kelly Groff confirmed that she was aware of the many tributes to her husband that had been posted on social media. “I haven’t checked Facebook — I know there will be a lot of reading and a lot of crying,” she said.