C., born Joe Calleja, passed away Thursday (November
26th, 2000). His death was the result of an intestinal disorder
that had affected the 26 year for most of his life. Calleja, who
stood about 3 feet 9 inches, had to take almost 60 pills a day
for his disorder. He joined Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band
after Kid Rock spotted him in the audience at a show and thought
he was a child.
Kid Rock had fond
memories of his friend and stage partner. He said: “Joe C. – that
little mother used to come to all my shows. He would stand on
tables in the front row, and sing all the lyrics. It bummed me
out because I thought he was some little kid. After one of the
shows, Joe C comes up to me and asks if I wanted to smoke a joint.
That was the final straw. I asked him to take me to his dad, and
he got pissed. He started yelling, ‘I’m grown! I’m grown!’ No
matter what color, religion, race, or beliefs we have, he made
us all smile. He gave us the gift of joy. Joey, thank you. We
will never forget you. We love you.”
Joe C. debuted on
Kid Rock’s Devil Without A Pause album and contributed to the
South Park Soundtrack.