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us remember the great talent each possessed "
April 7th 1938 ~ December 29th 2008
70 year old Grammy award winning jazz musician Freddie Hubbard, whose
style influenced a generation of trumpet players has died in the at
Sherman Oaks Hospital, a month after suffering a heart attack. He had
been hospitalized since suffering the heart attack a day before Thanksgiving
and leaves behind his wife, Briggie and his son, Duane.
Hubbard, he started playing the mellophone and trumpet in his
school band, studying at the Jordan Conservatory with the principal
trumpeter of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1958, at the age
of 20, he moved to New York, and began playing with musicians such as
Philly Joe Jones, Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, Eric Dolphy , J. J.
Johnson and Quincy Jones. In June 1960 he made his first record as a
leader, 'Open Sesame', with saxophone player Tina Brooks, pianist McCoy
Tyner, bassist Sam Jones, and Clifford Jarvis on drums. The 60s sees
Freddie as a sideman on some of the most important albums from that
era, including, Oliver Nelson's 'The Blues and the Abstract Truth',
Herbie Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage', and Wayne Shorter's 'Speak No Evil'.
He also recorded extensively for Blue Note Records, eight albums as
a bandleader, and twenty-eight as a sideman. He had further success
in the 1970s with a series of albums for Creed Taylor and his record
label CTI Records, his early 1970s jazz albums Red Clay, First Light,
Straight Life, and Sky Dive were particularly well received and considered
among his best work. "First Light" won him a 1972 Grammy Award
and included pianists Herbie Hancock and Richard Wyands, guitarists
Eric Gale and George Benson, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Jack DeJohnette,
and percussionist Airto Moreira. The 1980s sees Freddie again leading
his own jazz group, playing at concerts and festivals in the USA and
Europe, often in the company of Joe Henderson. He played at the legendary
Monterey Jazz Festival in 1980 and in 1989. In 1985 he recorded and
played with Woody Shaw, and two years later recorded Stardust with Benny
Golson. In 1988 he teamed up once more with Blakey at an engagement
in Holland, from which came Feel the Wind. In 1990 he appeared in Japan
headlining an American-Japanese concert, he also performed at the Warsaw
Jazz Festival at which Live at the Warsaw Jazz Festival. In 2006, The
National Endowment for the Arts honored Freddie Hubbard with its highest
honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award.
July 1st 1939 ~ December 27th 2008
Singer-songwriter, producer and guitarist Delaney Bramlett has sadly
passed away. The 68 year old icon, who worked with John Lennon, Jerry
Lee Lewis, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and so many more
died in the arms of his wife, due to complications of gall bladder surgery.
He is survived by his widow Susan Lanier-Bramlett, his three daughters,
Suzanne, Michele, and Bekka Bramlett and his son, Dylan Thomas.
Delaney Bramlett was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, but he moved to
Los Angeles, California in the mid 50's after his few years in the United
States Navy. In the mid 60's he became a regular on the U.S. television
show Shindig! as member of the show's house band, the the Shin-diggers,
later renamed the Shindogs, along side a young Glen Campbell, Joey Cooper,
Billy Preston, James Burton, and pianist Leon Russell. He also worked
with J.J. Cale and Leon Russell on their own material. In 1967, Delaney,
his wife Bonnie and Leon Russell formed the band Delaney & Bonnie
and Friends with often featured other gust artists. Eric Clapton took
them on tour in mid-1969 as the opening act for his band Blind Faith.
Clapton became fast friends with Delaney, Bonnie and their band, preferring
their music to Blind Faith's; he would often appear on stage with Delaney
& Bonnie and Friends during this period, and continued to record
and tour with them following Blind Faith's August 1969 breakup. Eric
asked Delaney and Bonnie and their band to back him on his debut solo
album of which Delaney produced and also co-wrote many of the songs.
Eric has often said "Delaney taught me everything I know about
singing," and George Harrison had his first slide bottle placed
in his hand by Delaney, who taught George how to play slide guitar,
which led into a gospel jam that resulted in Harrison's hit "My
He produced an assortment of artists, such as Etta James, Elvin Bishop,
John Hammond, Dorothy Morrison and The Staple Singers. He also wrote,
recorded, or appeared on stage with many notable performers, including
Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Rita Coolidge, Dave Mason, Billy
Preston, John Lennon, The Everly Brothers, Spooner Oldham, Dr. John,
George Harrison, Gram Parsons, Steve Cropper, Billy Burnette, Mac Davis,
Dennis Morgan, and his own daughter, Bekka Bramlett. In 2006 he was
one of the duet artists on the Jerry Lee Lewis album Last Man Standing,
singing and playing guitar on "Lost Highway". As well as his
countless guest and session appearences, over a 40 year span, he recorded
17 albums as Delaney & Bonnie and solo, his last being a solo album,
A New Kind of Blues, which was released in early 2008.
9th 1947 November 12th 2008
Mitchell, UK drummer of the legendary
Jimi Hendrix Experience, the last surviving member of the power trio
which proved one of the most influential bands in
the history of rock music, has unexpectedly
died at the age of 61. He had just finished an eighteen city, coast
to coast tour across American, and was due to fly back home to the UK
12th, but was found dead that morning in
his hotel bedroom at Portland, Oregon, USA. Officals report that he
had died from natural causes. He is survived by his wife Dee, and one
John "Mitch" Mitchell was born in Ealing, west
of London; he started life in show business as a child actor on the
TV series "Jennings At School". His love and lust for jazz
and pop music drove him to become a musician. Mitch's
main influences in music were Max Roach
and Elvin Jones, teaching
himself on the drums, he
mixed jazz and rock styles, which later become known as fusion,
of which he was a pioneer. In the early days he found work as a session
player and worked with groups such as Johnny Harris and the Shades,
the Pretty Things and the Riot Squadand in 1965 he began playing with
Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. It was in 1966 when he got a phone
call from Chas Chandler asking him if he was interested in playing with
a guitarist, singer song-writer he had brought over from America called
Jimi. He met up with "this guy in a burberry raincoat" in
what he described as a "sleazy little club" and soon after
with Noel Redding on bass guitar, one
of the most influential bands in
the history of rock music was born,
The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Almost immediately after their first rehersal
on October 6th 1966, they were touring France, warming up for Johnny
Hallyday. Their debut single "Hey Joe" charted in the UK.
Mitch's playing not only provided a rhythmic support for the music,
but also a source of momentum and melody. He made heavy use of snare
rudiments, fast single and double stroke rolls, and jazz triplet patterns
in his playing, and shifted between both traditional and matched grips.
"Hey Joe" was a fine example of his
style which included the rudiment-heavy fills which help to carry the
song through a series increasingly intense crescendos. Mitch
with Jimi Hendrix recorded on the albums Are You Experienced?, Bold
As Love, Electric Ladyland, The Cry Of Love, Rainbow Bridge, War Heroes
and the relivant hit singles, and played with Hendrix at all the big
festivals including Montery, Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festival.
During a tour of the United States they had given 54 concerts in the
space of only 47 days, and the band split up in 1969. Mitch did some
work with Martha Velez, and played on her Fiends and Angels album, but
Mitch still worked a lot with Jimi, in 1970
he had been offered the drum spot with ELP, but he turned it down to
play with Band of Gypsies. After
Jimi's untimely tragic death, Mitch formed a band Ramatam,
cutting 2 albums "Ramatam"
and "In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns". Over the
following years Mitch has had steady work as a session musician, touring,
gusting and recording with the likes of Junior Brown, Greg Parker, Bruce
Cameron, Roger Chapman, Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Jack Bruce, and played
live shows with the Hendrix emulator Randy Hansen. More recently, he
was part of the Gypsy Sun Experience, along with former Hendrix bassist
Billy Cox and guitarist Gary Serkin. His final tour was in the US celebrating
the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix on the 2008 Experience Hendrix
Tour, the music he loved. Also featuring in the tour were Buddy Guy,
Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo,
Brad Whitford, Hubert Sumlin, Chris Layton, Eric Gales and Mato Nanji.
This legendary pioneer drummer has given so much to the generations
that followed him and will be sadly missed.
February 1st 1938 ~ November 1st 2008
sometimes lead vocalist, the
Indian of the group, who discovered Frank Zappa and drummed with Captain
Beefheart has sadly died at the age of 70. Diagnosed this August with
lung cancer, he leaves behind his second wife Monika, having tragically
lost his first wife in the 90's, his three sons and two daughters.
Born James Inkanish, Jr. Jimmy spent his childhood in
Texas, he was of Cheyenne heritage. He recorded his first single in
1962 with a band called "The Keys" in Wichita, Kansas. He
moved to California in 1964 where he met Roy Estrada and Ray Collins
and started the band called "The Soul Giants", playing rock
'n' roll covers at local clubs, performing 3 to 5 sets a night. In 1964
he auditioned Frank Zappa for lead guitar position in his band. Frank
soon pursuaded Jimmy to stop the covers and try out Franks compositions.
The idea was to create an image of the band as the ultimate set of freaks,
to cash in on the peace and love hippie era. They changed the band's
name to the Mothers of Invention and in 1965 released the first double
album in rock history. Frank Zappa exploited the eccentric character
of Jimmy, the Cheyenne Indian musician, knowing that Jimmy's personality
was unsual for rockers of that era. It was the Mothers of Invention's
"We're Only in It for the Money"
which gave Jimmy his trademark line, when he ad libbed "Hi Boys
and Girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group".
Jimmy and Frank released a full-length film, 200 Motels, in which Jimmy
was prominently featured in what came to be one of his signature songs,
"Lonesome Cowboy Burt". The Mother's played with all the top
stars including Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin,The Doors, Howling Wolf,
B.B. King, The Greatful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, Cream and many
more. After Zappa went solo, Jimmy, formed the rock-blues band Geronimo
Black, writing several classic native American protest tunes for the
band's debut album. Other groups he played in were Captain Glasspack
and the Magic Mufflers and Big Sonny and the Lo Boys, and in 1975, he
joined the rock legend Captain Beefheart as one of a set of double drummers.
The 80's see's him founding The Grandmothers making the album A Mother
Of An Anthology and also working with Arthur Brown. He moved to Europe
in the 90's continuing to tour and record with his band The Grandmothers.
In l995 Jimmy started a 2nd band, a blues band called "The Farrell
& Black Band" , recording 2 albums over the next 5 years. Also
that year he started playing with a Liverpool (UK) band, called the
Muffin Men. Over the years he did six tours with them as a lead singer,
the last one in 2007. Jimmy
was told by his doctor in October 2001 that he had a weak case of Leukima.
Driven by his love and thirst for music he continued recording and touring
with his different bands and in 2002 he reunited with Roy Estrada after
a long 32 years to record the album "Hamburger Midnight" An
autobiographical audio production by Jimmy was recorded in 2007, called
The Jimmy Carl Black Story. Then tragically Jimmy was diagnosed with
lung cancer in August 2008. A benefit will be held on Nov 9th 2008 at
the Bridgehouse II in London.
6th 1936 ~ October 17th 2008
Former lead vocalist of the Four Tops, Levi Stubbs, one of the most
profound lead vocalist in American history has died at his Detroit home
at the age of 70. He had suffered a series of strokes and had been battling
with cancer for a number of years prior to today's tragic news. He is
survived by his wife of 48 years, Clineice, five children, and 11 grandchildren.
Born Levi Stubbles in Detroit, he formed a doo-wop quartet with his
friends Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, Renaldo 'Obie' Benson and Lawrence Payton
in 1954. In 1953 Levi, then a student at Pershing High School in Detroit,
and his friend Abdul Fakir, known as Duke, attended a birthday party,
it was here where he met Renaldo 'Obie' Benson and Lawrence Payton,
both students from Northern High School, together the four students
formed a vocal group called the Four Aims. To avoid confusion with a
group known as The Ames Brothers, they changed their name to the Four
Tops in 1954. They went from strength to strength from backing up Jazz
musicians like Count Basie to singing R&B, recording for Chess,
Red Top and Riverside Studios before signing up to Motown in 1963. Their
first substantial hit, the first of many with Motown, was "Baby,
I Need Your Loving" in July 1964. This was followed by many more
memorable hits including "I Can't Help Myself", "It's
the Same Old Song", "Something About You", "Shake
Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)", "Loving You Is Sweeter than
Ever", "Reach Out, I'll Be There", "Standing in
the Shadows of Love", "Bernadette", "7 Rooms of
Gloom" and "You Keep Running Away". The Tops last R&B
Top Ten on Motown, was "(It's the Way) Nature Planned It".
Levi had been offered a solo career, but chose to stay loyal to his
friends, his fellow group members and when Motown closed the Detoit
studios and moved to Los Angeles in 1972, Levi and the Tops stayed behind
in Detroit. They were soon enjoying a long string of hits for ABC Records,
Dunhill Records and MCA Records, these included "Keeper of the
Castle", the gold-selling "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I
Got)", "Are You Man Enough", "Sweet Understanding
Love", "One Chain Don't Make No Prison", the hit theme
for Shaft in Africa, Are You Man Enough", "Catfish"and
"Midnight Flower". They moved to the Casablanca Label, now
PolyGram for their R&B number one "When She Was My Girl".
Between 1964 and 1988 they had a staggering 45 top 100 singles, plus
all the *original members* performed up to 200 times a year together
well into the 90s. Levi stepped down from his role in 2000 after he
was diagnosed with cancer. He later suffered a stroke, and had been
in poor health ever since. In the movies, Levi also made a lasting impression,
as the voice of the man-eating plant, Audrey II, in Little Shop
of Horrors and singing the memorable Mean Green Mother From
Outer Space.. Levi was also the voice of Mother Brain, an evil
character on the cartoon show Captain N: The Game Master,
from 1989 to 1991. This mighty icon and legend will be so sadly missed.
May 12th 1940 ~ September 16th 2008
and producer, best known for his work with the Motown label and bringing
the sub-genre of psychedelic soul to Motown has died at the age of 65.
He had been fighting against diabetes and other ailments for some years,
but has sadly lost the battle.
Norman Whitfield was born in Harlem, he used to earn a living as a hotshot
pool player, before becoming a junior at Hitsville, in Detroit. He watched
and learnt, seeing how everything worked. After writing hits for Marvin
Gaye, the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes and after the success of Ain't
Too Proud to Beg, he gained control of the Temptations from Smokey Robinson.
Strongly influenced by Sly and the Family Stone and the Holland-Dozier-Holland
team gone, Norman took Marvin Gaye, Edwin Star, but mainly his Temptations,
into rockier territory with hard-hitting songs, driving rhythms, wailing
guitars and ominous string arrangements. The
first Temptations single to feature his new "psychedelic soul"
style was "Cloud Nine" in late 1968, it earned Motown its
first Grammy award for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo
or Group. He co-wrote and/ or produced many funkier hits for the label,
including "Heard It Through the Grapevine," "I Can't
Get Next to You," "Cloud Nine," "Ball of Confusion,"
"Just My Imagination," "War," the Grammy-winning
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and many others. His most frequent
collaborator during this era was lyricist Barrett Strong. At the same
time other Motown artists would record his songs entirely differently.
This is how he worked, exploring many sounds and trying out funk and
psychedelic experiments on his productions. Norman left Motown in 1973
and set up Whitfield Records, where he found chart success Rose Royce,
who were originally Eddwin Starr's backing group and Norman won a Grammy
Award in 1976 for his work on the "Car Wash" film soundtrack.
He had retired from music by the late '80s, only to resurface in 2005
when he pleaded guilty to settle a tax-evasion case. The final months
of this innovator were spent in
at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was undergoing
treatment for his diabetes and other ailments.
28th 1943 ~ September 15th
English pianist, keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter,
Rick Wright, best known for his vast work with the legendary Pink Floyd
has sadly died of cancer, aged 65. He leaves behind his son James and
daughter Gala from his first marraige and his son Ben, from his third
multi-musician, Richard grew up in Hatch End, North London and is best
known for his long career with Pink Floyd. Although he wasn't really
credited as a singer, he frequently sang background and occasionally
lead vocals onstage and in the studio with Pink Floyd most notably on
"Time", "Echoes", "Matilda Mother", and
"Astronomy Domine", as well as notable harmonies on "Chapter
24" and "The Scarecrow". Examples of his early compositions
include "Remember a Day", "See-Saw", "Paint
Box" and "It Would Be So Nice". He also wrote significant
parts of the music for classic albums such as Meddle, The Dark Side
of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, as well as for Pink Floyd's final
studio album The Division Bell. His instrumental compositions include
"Cirrus Minor", "Interstellar Overdrive", "A
Saucerful of Secrets", "Careful with That Axe, Eugene",
"One of These Days" and to musical themes for film scores.
During 1984, he formed a new duo with Dave Harris called Zee and released
only one album, Identity, with EMI. In 1996, inspired by his successful
input into The Division Bell, he released his second solo album, Broken
China. On July 2nd 2005, Richard, Gilmour and Mason were joined by Waters
on stage for the first time since the Wall concerts for a short set
at the Live 8 concert in London. Richard contributed keyboards and background
vocals to Gilmour's solo album, On an Island, and performed with Gilmour's
touring band for over two dozen shows in Europe and North America in
2006. His final vocal performance took place at "The Madcaps Last
Laugh" a tribute concert in London on May 10th 2007 organised by
Joe Boyd in the memory of Syd Barrett who had died the previous July.
Boyd rounded up many musical guests all paying their tributes to Syd
including Captain Sensible, Chrissie Hynde, Damon Albarn, Kevin Ayers,
Kate McGarrigle with Martha Wainwright and Lily Lankin, Mike Heron,
Nick Laird Clowes, Vashti Bunyan, Robyn Hitchcock and performing solo,
Roger Waters. His final live performance was as part of David Gilmour's
band at the premiere of Gilmour's concert DVD Remember That Night on
September 6th 2007, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
1939 ~ September 9th 2008
Legenary pianist, producer, band
songwriter, Popcorn Wylie has unexpectedly died at the age of 69. The
one time Motown musician was sadly found dead at his home in Detroit
by a family member. He had been battling congestive heart disease for
five years since he lost his wife. He leaves behind a loving family.
native, Richard "Popcorn" Wylie was born into a musical family,
learning the piano at a very young age. It was when he was at high school
that he formed his first band with his fellow school friends James Jamerson
on the upright bass and Clifford Mack on the drums, the three were dedicated
musicians, and had a huge love of jazz. They soon became a popular band
at parties, weddings, colleges functions and night spots around Detroit.
Popcorn's band gradually evolved into Popcorn and the Mohawks. In 1960
Popcorn signed with the Northern label to record his debut single, "Pretty
Girl" before signing with the Tambla Motown Label. At this stage
Popcorn and The Mohawks consisted of Richard "Popcorn" Wylie
playing piano, James Jamerson grooving on his upright bass, Eddie Willis
on guitar, Robert Finch on drums, Andrew "Mike" Terry playing
the sax, and Norman Whitfield on the tambourines. While with Motown,
Popcorn and The Mohawks released "Shimmy Gully," one of the
earliest Motown releases, "Money (That's What I Want)" and
"Real Good Lovin'.". His piano work was also featured in the
Miracles' "Shop Around" and the Marvelettes' "Please
Mr. Postman" , he also served as the bandleader for the first Motown
Revue tours. Popcorn left Motown in 1962 for a solo career signing with
Epic records releasing 4 singles over 2 years. In 1964 he freelanced
as a songwriter, producer, and session player for SonBert and Ric-Tic
label, after which in 1966 he formed his own labels, Pameline