Most Numero readers know Norman Whiteside. Norman is the singer and songwriter responsible for a few songs off our first ever release, Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, and the * label release Wee: You Can Fly On My Aeroplane. As is detailed in the liner notes of the latter, Norman was convicted in the early 1980s of accessory “after the fact” to murder. Although the details are hazy, it’s clear that he had nothing to do with the killing itself. Those killers have long been out of prison. Norman has been denied for parole several times for reasons that are not clear, despite the fact that he has been noted for good behavior and has pursued a college degree to prepare for freedom.
We are trying to get supporters to write to the Parole Board and let them know that Norman has supporters who want to see him released, making music again. Please address letters to the Ohio Adult Parole Board but send to:Numero Group Attn: Norman Parole Package 2348 S. Marshall Blvd. Chicago IL 60623
Here’s an excerpt from the letter written by Numero’s Rob Sevier, for some content ideas:
I did not know the Norman Whiteside that was sent to prison over 30 years ago, but the Norman I know is an extraordinarily warm and generous person. He is optimistic and well-spoken, thoughtful and focused. My involvement with him includes working to release some of his compositions and I know that, when released from prison, he will not lose a step to once again contribute great beauty in the form of words and music to our society. I could never be more confident that an individual is fully reformed and prepared to enter society at large and contribute greatly. There is truly an audience for the music he has created, and that interest has been growing. We have been bearing witness to this as his music is continues to find fans around the country and the world.It would help to introduce yourself, explain who you are, and a quick statement of how Norman’s music has had an impact and he will be released to a world that wants him back.
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