Eight Finger Eddie's time had come and gone.
When the 85-year-old, touted as the godfather of Goa's hippie scene, died last week in a beachside village in Goa, he had helped put on the travel map for global backpackers and stoners had long since turned its back on him and his kind.
Goa is now a top vacation and party destination, thronged by tourists hungry for its high-end hotels and chilled-out beaches. Along with the tourism has come wealth, helping Goa to be come one of India's wealthiest states in terms of per capita income.
It was a different scene at Anjuna beach, now the epicenter of tourism in Goa, when Eddie arrived with his half-naked buddies, Junky Robert, Hollywood Peter and Trumpet Steve.
It was 1965 - the year a Russian became the first to walk in space, America sent combat troops into Vietnam and Bob Dylan went electric - and Anjuna was just a tiny hamlet with a few tea stalls and houses dotting a pristine sandy beach.
Just the sight of the hippies, lean and wearing next to nothing apart from unkempt Beatles-inspired haircuts and earthen pipes on waist-cords for smoking hashish, gave locals a shock.
"They were in love with this place. And we fell in love with them, because of the way they lived," recalled local writer Dominic Fernandes, 65.
Image: This undated photo provided on Wednesday October 27, 2010 by Goa Gil, a close friend, shows Eight Finger Eddie in Goa.
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