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Al Jarreau
March 12th 1940
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Seven time Grammy winner, jazz legend Al Jarreau died at the age of 76, just two days after announcing his retirement. Al died after he had been hospitalized in Los Angeles for exhaustion. Sadly he leaves behind his wife of 40 years Susan; and their son Ryan.

American jazz and R&B singer was born Alwin Lopez Jarreau in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied at Ripon College, where he also sang with a group called the Indigos, before he graduated in 1962 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He then earnt a master's degree in voc
ational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa and also sang with a jazz trio headed by George Duke. In 1967, he joined forces with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez; the duo became the star attraction at a small Sausalito night club called Gatsby's, then in 1968, Al made jazz his primary occupation. Television exposure came from Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, and David Frost and he expanded his nightclub appearances performing at The Improv between the acts of rising stars such as comics Bette Midler, Jimmie Walker, and John Belushi. In 1975, he was working with pianist Tom Canning when he was spotted by Warner Bros Records, then on Valentine's Day 1976 Al sang on NBC's new Saturday Night Live, after which he released his critically acclaimed debut album, 'We Got By', which catapulted him to international fame and garnered him an Echo Award and a second Echo Award followed with the release of his second album, 'Glow'. In 1978, Al won his first of seven U.S. Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for his album, 'Look To The Rainbow'. One of Al's most commercially successful albums, his 1981 ' Breakin' Away' includes the hit song "We're in This Love Together". He won the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for 'Breakin' Away'. His last big hit was the Grammy nominated theme to the 1980s American television show "Moonlighting", for which he wrote the lyrics. Among other things, he was well known for his extensive use of scat singing and vocal percussion. Al was also a featured vocalist on USA for Africa's "We Are the World" in which he sang the line, "...and so we all must lend a helping hand" and another charitable media event, HBO's Comic Relief, featured Al in a duet with Natalie Cole singing the song "Mr. President". Al toured and performed with the likesn of Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Rick Braun, and George Benson among others and also performed the role of the Teen Angel in a 1996 Broadway production of Grease. On March 6th 2001, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2006, he appeared in a duet with American Idol finalist Paris Bennett during the Season 5 finale and on Celebrity Duets singing with actor Cheech Marin. In February 2012, he was invited to the Italian Festival di Sanremo to sing with the Italian group Matia Bazar. In June 2012 Al was diagnosed with pneumonia, which caused him to cancel several concerts in France; he made a full recovery and continued to tour extensively until his retirement in February 2017, but after having been hospitalized for exhaustion in LA, sadly he died just two days after announcing his retirement.

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John Wetton
June 12th 1949 ~ January 31st 2017

Progressive rock figurehead, John Wetton, who performed in bands such as King Crimson, Uriah Heep, and the supergroup Asia has died at the age of 67, following a battle with cancer. Sadly he leaves behind his wife Lisa, son Dylan, brother Robert and his mother Margaret.

English bassist, singer-songwriter, John Kenneth Wetton, was born in Willington, Derbyshire, and grew up in Bournemouth.
He was in a number of early bands including, The Corvettes, The Palmer-James Group, Tetrad, and Ginger Man. A key early band was Mogul Thrash; after live work with Renaissance, he joined Family and also did various sessions. His first big break came when he joined musician Robert Fripp in his new line-up of King Crimson in 1972, as a lead singer and composer. After King Crimson's split in 1974, John continued to work on various projects, including a tour with Roxy Music and two albums with Uriah Heep. In 1977, after failed attempts to reunite King Crimson and create a new band with Rick Wakeman, John formed the supergroup U.K. In '78 and '79 the band released two studio albums and toured in support of Jethro Tull, but disbanded in 1980. Later that same year, he had a brief stint in Wishbone Ash, contributing bass and vocals to their album 'Number the Brave'. In 1981, John started working and writing with Steve Howe, and they went on to form Asia; their debut album sold eight million copies worldwide and was Billboard magazine's No.1 album of 1982. He worked with Asia until 1983, when he was fired from at the insistence of Geffen Records, ostensibly because of less-than-expected sales of the 'Alpha' album, but he was brought back to Asia in 1985, with Mandy Meyer replacing Steve Howe, to complete their Astra album. The 1990s saw him mostly out of Asia and focusing on a solo career. In 1999, another attempt to reform Asia resulted in Wetton participating in the short-lived progressive rock group Qango with Carl Palmer, John Young, and Dave Kilminster. In the early 2000s, John reunited with Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes for iCon. Then in 2006, an official reunion of the original Asia line-up, John, Downes, Howe, and Palmer finally happened, they released three albums Phoenix in 2008, the original band's first since 1983's Alpha, 'Omega' in 2010 and 'XXX' before Howe departed in January 2013. With new guitarist Sam Coulson, Asia released 'Gravitas' in 2014. Over his long career, John also worked extensively as a session musician with musicians and bands such as Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry, Family, Mogul Thrash, Jack-Knife, Atoll, Phil Manzanera, among others and in 2013 he guested on the album 'Grandine il vento' with Renaissance, with whom he had played live 42 years before.

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February 28th 1948 ~ January 28th 2017

Geoff Nicholls, Black Sabbath's longtime keyboardist who performed with the heavy metal legends for 25 years, sadly died Saturday following a long brave battle with lung cancer. He was 68.

English keyboardist, guitarist, bassist and longtime member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, until 2004. Born Geoffrey James Nicholls in Birmingham, he played in several local bands as a teenager; the first band he joined in the early 60s was Colin Storm & the Whirlwinds, then in the late 1960s/early 1970s, he played lead guitar for the Birmingham band Johnny Neal and the Starliners, before joining a new wave of British heavy metal band, known as Bandylegs, which soon changed their name to Quartz, whose members also included Mick Hopkins and Malcolm Cope and their 1977 self titled debut album was produced by Iommi. He first worked with Black Sabbath in 1979, originally as a second guitarist when the band doubted whether they would even continue under that name. He then switched to bass guitar when Geezer Butler left briefly, after which he became the band's keyboardist upon Butler's return and the decision was made to keep the Sabbath name. His first appearance on a Black Sabbath album was on 'Heaven and Hell' in 1980, and he was credited as keyboardist on every Sabbath release from that time until '13' in 2013, nine studio albums in all. He was not actually an "official member" until 1986 and remained an official member until 1991, then regained member status again from 1993 to 1996. He was an unofficial member once again since the reunion with Ozzy Osbourne in 1997. Although his main role with Sabbath for over 25 years was on the keyboard, Geoff also played some rhythm guitar on the reunion tours, e.g., during Iommi's solo in "Snowblind" and a few tracks during the Headless Cross-1989 and Forbidden-1995 tours.
In addition to not always being credited as a full member of the band, he has rarely appeared on stage proper during Sabbath shows; instead the unsung hero usually played in a side-stage or backstage position. An exception to this was the tour in support of the album 'Seventh Star' in 1986, wherein he played on stage as an equal member of the band. Another was a concert in May 1988, wherein he played bass for a charity function and of course we remember he filled in as lead vocalist for Sabbath during the ill fated tour with Glenn Hughes, with Glenn 'unable' to perform live vocals, Geoff stepped in to save total embarassment. Geoff also played behind Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin and drummer Cozy Powell on their respective solo projects. After Sabbath until his death, Geoff played keyboards for Tony Martin, in his band Tony Martin's Headless Cross.

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