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MEMORIALS
" Let us remember the great talent each possessed "


Natalie Cole
February 6th 1950 – December 31st 2015

Daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole, and American nine-time Grammy Award winning singer, Natalie Cole died in a LA hospital, at the age of 65, as a result of heart failure brought on by idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). Natalie had undergone a successful kidney transplant in 2009, after which she was diagnosed with IPAH.
She sadly leaves behind her only son Robert Yancy,


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Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister
December 24th 1945 ~ December 28th 2015

English bassist, singer-songwriter, the founder of hard rock band Motörhead
, a true all time "rock n roller", Lemmy Kilmister, died aged 70, just 4 days after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He sadly leaves behind his beloved son Paul, with whom he was reunited in middle age after decades of separation.
Lemmy
English bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, Ian Fraser Kilmister better known as Lemmy, was born in Stoke-on-Trent, but he grew up on a farm in Benllech on Anglesey, Wales. He started performing in local bands in his mid teens and at 17 he met a holidaying girl who he followed to Stockport. They had a son Sean, who was given up for adoption. While in Stockport, he joined local bands the Rainmakers and then the Motown Sect before joining the Rockin' Vickers in 1965. They released three singles and toured Europe, reportedly being the first British band to visit the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Lemmy moved to London in 1967 where he shared a flat with Jimi Hendrix's bassist, Noel Redding and worked as a roadie for their band. In 1968 he joined the psychedelic rock band Sam Gopal and recorded with them for the album Escalator and their single "Horse". In 1969 he joined the band Opal Butterfly, before joining Hawkwind in 1971 as a bassist and vocalist.. He also provided the lead vocals on several songs, including the band's biggest UK chart single, "Silver Machine", which reached No.3 in 1972. He was sacked from the band in 1975 for drug charges while on a North American tour, although all charges were dropped. Next Lemmy formed a new band called "Bastard" with guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. When his manager informed him that a band with the name "Bastard" would never get on Top of the Pops, Lemmy changed the band's name to "Motörhead", the title of the last song he had written for Hawkwind. Soon after, both Wallis and Fox were replaced with guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor and with this line-up the band began to achieve success. Motörhead became one of the most influential bands in heavy metal, they went on to release 23 studio albums, 10 live recordings, 12 compilation albums, and five EPs over a career spanning 40 years and as of 2012, they had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. In 2005 Motörhead won their first Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category with their cover of Metallica's "Whiplash". Their – and Lemmy's – last live performance was in Berlin December 11th 2015. Over his long career, Lemmy worked with several non Motörhead musicians; he wrote the song "R.A.M.O.N.E.S" for the Ramones, which he played in his live sets as a tribute to the band. He provided lyrics for the tracks "Hellraiser" "Desire," "I Don't Want to Change the World" and "Mama I'm Coming Home" for Ozzy Osbourne. Lemmy made appearances in film and television, including the 1990 science fiction film Hardware and the 1987 comedy Eat the Rich, for which Motörhead also recorded the soundtracks including the title song. He also appeared in several movies from Troma Entertainment, including the narrator in 1996's Tromeo and Juliet and as himself in both Terror Firmer and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV. His last role was portraying the President of the United States in Return to Nuke 'Em High. He also appeared in a 2001 advert for Kit Kat, playing violin as part of a string quartet in a genteel tearoom. The rockumentary film Lemmy directed and produced by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, a documentary film profile of Lemmy premiered in March 2010 at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. In 2015 Lemmy appeared as a central figure in the silent film Gutterdämmerung opposite Grace Jones, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Tom Araya of Slayer and Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes. Lemmy never married, explaining on many occasions that the love of his life had been Susan Bennett, a girlfriend who had died aged 19 from a heroin overdose, and this had left him with a lifelong hatred of heroin.

Stevie Wright
December 20th 1947 ~ December 27th 2015

One of Austalia's most uninhibited and exciting frontman, rock trail-blazer, and singer-songwriter Stevie Wright passed away in Moruya Hospital, N.S.W. The 68 year old musician died with complications from pneumonia. Sadly, he leaves behind his partner Fay Walker, his son Nick, and two grandchildren.

Stevie Wright
Stephen Carlton Wright was born in Leeds, England, but when he was nine in 1958, his family migrated to Melbourne, Australia, then moved to the Villawood Migrant Hostel, Sydney in 1960. In his early-mid teens Stevie was lead vocalist with a local band, The Outlaws and by 1964 had formed Chris Langdon & the Langdells, which played The Shadows-styled surf music but converted to beat music under the influence of The Beatles. While he was performing at Suzie Wong’s Chinese restaurant, he met up with two Dutch immigrants, Vanda , born Johannes Hendricus Vandenberg and Dingeman Van der Sluys aka Dick Diamonde, the three decided to form a new band along with Vandenberg's friend and fellow hostel resident Scottish-born George Young and another UK musician, Gordon "Snowy" Fleet; they formed the Easybeats in mid-1964. Early hits for the Easybeats were co-written by Stevie and George Young, including, "She's So Fine", "Wedding Ring", "Women (Make You Feel Alright)", "Come and See Her", "I'll Make You Happy", and "Sorry". "Friday On My Mind", was their only international hit, which peaked at No. 1 in Australia in 1966. It also made No. 6 in the United Kingdom, the Top 10 in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, No.13 in Canada, and the Top 20 in the United States in 1967. While in the UK the Easybeats disbanded in 1969, Young and Vanda went on to great success as a writing and production team and Stevie returned to Australia to begin a solo career and in 1972 he joined the band Black Tank and was also he was given the part of Simon Zealot in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, later moving to the Palais Theatre in Melbourne. Two years later he reunited with Harry Vanda and George Young, and released the 11 minute opus "Evie (Parts 1, 2 & 3)". Sadly by 1976 Stevie was addicted to heroin, which he had begun using during his time in the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. He was hospitalised and undertook methadone treatment. His mental health suffered further after his self-admission to the notorious Chelmsford Private Hospital in Sydney. Psychiatrist, Harry Bailey, administered a highly controversial drug addiction treatment known as deep sleep therapy, a combination of drug-induced comas and electroconvulsive therapy. Many patients, including himself, suffered brain damage and lifelong after-effects. The scandal was later exposed and Bailey committed suicide. His performing and writing were subsequently erratic, though he emerged from further rehab treatment in 1979 to perform Evie for a 100,000-strong crowd on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. In 1986, he joined an Easybeats reunion tour, and undertook some solo work with his own band. In 2005 he was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame with the Easybeats. Before retiring to Moruya on the South Coast of NSW, Stevie made his final live performance on January 31st 2009, headlingthe Legends of Rock festival in Byron Bay; songs played included "Sorry", "I'll Make You Happy", "Evie (part 2)", "Friday on My Mind", "She's So Fine" and "Wedding Ring".

Raul Rekow
June 10th 1954
~ November 1st 2015
American top percussionist and a member of the Carlos Santana band for over 34 years, Raul Rekow, the heartbeat of the band, has sadly died while bravely battling lung cancer at the age of 61. Raul sadly leaves behind a loving family including his two children and wife Diane.

American top percussionist and a member of the Carlos Santana band from 1976 through to 2013, Raul Rekow was born in San Francisco were he learned Afro-Cuban percussion from Santana veterans Armando Peraza and Orestes Vilato, after seeing a pre-fame edition of Santana at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1967. By the age of 15 Raul played Santana songs in a cover band called Soul Sacrifice at the age of 15, after which, he became a member of Malo, the Latin funk-rock outfit which featured Carlos’ brother Jorge Santana on guitar; they had a huge crossover hit in 1972 with “Suavecito”. Then after a stint from 1972 to 1976 with Sapo, another Latin fusion/Chicano rock band, in 1976 Santana invited Raul to record on their album “Festival” as a substitute for the ailing Armando Peraza. From then on, for 34 years Raul was the heartbeat of the band. He appeared on 16 Santana studio efforts, including 1977’s Top 10 hit Moonflower, 1981’s Zebop! which featured the Top 20 song “Winning”, 1999’s 15-times platinum Supernatural and Carlos Santana‘s most recent solo album, 2014’s Corazon. He also recorded and performed with Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Tremaine Hawkins, Herbie Hancock and others, while releasing solo music and doing instructional film work. Raul has a ‘Signature Series’ conga drum and bongo made by Latin Percussion, and along with fellow Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo, recently completed the CD "Just Another Day In The Park", and the video/interactive DVD "Supernatural Rhythm and Grooves", where students and fans can play along with Raul’s magical beats.


Dave Carey
1925 ~ October 31st 2015

English musician Dave Carey, the singer behind "Bingo" (I'm In Love) has sadly died at the age of 90 years. David who had been battling Alzheimers passed away peacfully in his sleep, leaving behind his loving family, including his wife of many years, Brenda.
Dave Carey... photo courtesy of The Swindon Music Scene
English singer Dave Carey started out on the drums in the 1940's he was conscripted into the armed forces, the Cheshire Regiment, were he carried the big Bass drum in the Marching Band. He was also in the army band; he had a week at Scarborough with the Military Band playing in the middle of the lake and performing in the Open air Theatre. While in the army, he, along with tenor sax player Eddie Ward formed a small dance band with himself playing drums and main singer, Bill Harries on trumpet, Sgt. Joe Jelly on alto sax and a few others. Dave and Eddie also founded a trio for fun, called "The Edwardian Trio", consisting of himself on drums and lead vocals, Eddie Ward on Tenor sax; and Ham Cunningham, a Canadian soldier, on bass; they made one record in a Chester studio, with the band, Eddie played the "Airmail Special" and while Dave sang "You keep coming back like a song". When demobbed Dave first played with Harry Leader, before joining The Lew Stone Orchestra. Lew Stone’s band was one of the most inventive and accomplished of all British Dance Bands. They played and recorded many genres from novelty to ballroom to jazz; the band was not afraid of modern music and keeping with the times. In the early 50's Dave hung up his sticks for full time vocals and joined The Stargazers. They had two UK number one hit singles on their own, "I See The Moon" and "Broken Wings", along with a third, a No.1 hit with Dickie Valentine on "Finger Of Suspicion", and they were much in demand for back-up work with many of the greats of the era. They also did masses of radio work especially with Cyril Stapleton. Dave with the Stargazers were voted "most popular vocal group" by readers of the New Musical Express five years running. Then in 1961 we see Dave as a solo artist who released the novelty song "Bingo!".


Cory Wells
February 5th 1941 ~ October 20th 2015

Three Dog Night singer and founding member, Cory Wells, who had recently been suffering acute back pain has died suddenly in his sleep at his Dunkirk, New York home; he was 74. Sadly he leaves behind his long-time wife Mary, their two daughters Coryann and Dawn Marie, and five grandchildren.
Cory Wells
American singer Cory Wells was born Emil Lewandowski in Buffalo, New York into a family with several polka musicians among his relatives. He was brought up in a rough area and suffered an abusive step-father, but while still in school he formed a band called The Enemies, before joining the US Air Force directly after high school. While in the Air Force, he formed a band of interracial musical performers, inspired by his boyhood love of a similar popular band called The Del-Vikings. Following his military tour of duty, he returned to Buffalo and joined a band named the Vibratos. He travelled to California with the band, where they changed their name to "The Enemys". After the band had been house band at the Whisky a Go Go for a year and appearing in several movies and TV shows including The Beverly Hillbillies, Burke's Law, Riot on Sunset Strip, Harper with Paul Newman and Shelley Winters, Cory was asked by the singer Cher if the band would tour with Sonny and Cher. While on tour he met up with Danny Hutton for the first time. In 1967 Cory, Danny Hutton and Chuck Negron formed a vocal trio; the three recorded demos under the name "Redwood" with Brian Wilson as producer. Having perfected their 3-part harmony sound within Redwood, they, along with the addition of a four piece backing group made up of friends, guitarist Mike Allsup, Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards, Joe Schermie on bass, and drummer Floyd Sneed, they began performing as Three Dog Night in 1968. The band became one of the most successful bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits, which include three chart toppers and seven of which went gold. Cory sang the lead vocal on Three Dog Night's No.1 hit song "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)". After Three Dog Night broke up in 1976, Cory launched a solo career, recording the album Touch Me, in 1978. Cory re-launched Three Dog Night and in the mid-1980s they recorded an EP, "It's a Jungle." A falling out with Negron left Cory and Wells with the name "Three Dog Night" as an entity, under which Cory performed successfully until his death. The pair, along with original member Mike Allsup, toured regularly each year, original member Jimmy Greenspoon also toured with Three Dog Night until his diagnosis of metastatic melanoma in late 2014. The band was inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.


Coleridge Goode
November 29th 1914 ~ October 2nd 2015

One of the finest jazz bassists who worked in Europe, the double bass jazz giant, Jamaican born Coleridge Goode, sadly passed away at his home in West London following a heart attack, just short of his 101th birthday. Sorrowfully his death has come only weeks after the passing of his loving Viennese wife of 67 years, Gertrude, in June of this year. Coleridge leaves behind their son, James and daughter, Sandy.
Coleridge Goode, aged 97.
Jamaican-born British jazz bassist Coleridge Goode was born in Kingston, and moved to Britain in 1934 as a 19-year-old student at the Royal Technical College in Glasgow, before reading for a degree in engineering at Glasgow University. He was already adept as an amateur classical violinist but took up the bass and turned to jazz after hearing the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday. With his love of music and jazz so strong, and influenced by the likes of bassists Walter Page, Slam Stewart and Jimmy Blanton., Coleridge decided to embark upon a musical career instead of returning to Jamaica as an civil engineer. So he moved to the soon to be war torn London in 1941, where he worked with Johnny Claes, Lauderic Caton, Eric Winstone, Dick Katzand many others; he became a founder member of the Ray Ellington Quartet and he recorded with Django Reinhardt in 1946. He also led his own group before being invited to join Joe Harriott's new band in 1958. He worked with Joe's jazz quintet throughout its eight-year existence as a regular unit. Then during the mid-late 1960s and through the 1970s he worked extensively with pianist-composer Michael Garrick; Coleridge was still performing in the house band at Laurie Morgan's Sunday jam sessions at the King's Head in Crouch End until well into his nineties. In 2002, his autobiography Bass Lines: A Life in Jazz, co-authored with his friend, and jazz writer Roger Cotterrell; his book not only tells his own story but provides poignant and vivid memories of the brilliant and tragic Joe Harriott and of the birth of free form jazz in Britain. On 18 May 2011 Coleridge was honoured with the Services to Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, held at the House of Commons.
He spent his 100th birthday with all his family and friends at EFG London Jazz Festival at a special celebration in The Purcell Room, QEH Southbank.

Ben Cauley
October 3rd 1947 ~ September 21st 2015

Sole survivor of the 1967 Otis Redding plane crash, Ben Cauley, trumpeter and founder member of The Bar-Kays died at Methodist South Hospital, where he'd been taken because of ongoing health issues; Ben was 67. He sadly leaves behind his wife Shirley and
his daughters, Shuronda Cauley-Oliver, Chekita Cauley-Campbell, Miriam Cauley-Crisp, Monica Cauley-Johnson, Kimberly Garrett and his sons Phalon Richmond and Ben Wells.
Ben Cauley
American trumpet player and vocalist, Ben Cauley was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He learned to play trumpet while at school, and formed a band with guitarist Jimmy King, saxophonist Phalon Jones, drummer Carl Cunningham, keyboardist Ronnie Caldwell, and bassist James Alexander. The group was originally named the Imperials, but later changed to the Bar-Kays in the mid-1960s. He started attending LeMoyne College in 1965, before becoming a professional musician.The Bar-Kays had joined the Stax studio by 1966, and were signed on to Stax's subsidiary Volt Records in the beginning of 1967. Al Jackson, Jr. groomed them to become the 2nd house band for Stax after Booker T and the MGs. They backed numerous recordings for Stax artists such as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Carla Thomas. Otis Redding took such a liking to the band that he chose them to be his touring backing band in the summer of 1967. Tragically the tour ended in a fatal plane crash. Ben was the sole survivor of the crash that claimed the lives of Otis Redding and four members of the six Bar-Kays, after which Ben suffered nightmares for the rest of his life. Ben along with James Alexander, who had been on a different plane, gradually rebiult the Bar-Kays and went on to record with Stax artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, and The Staple Singers, as well as appear at Wattstax, "The Black Woodstock". He also toured with Hayes, and played with Aretha Franklin, the Doobie Brothers, BB King, Al Green, Hank Williams Jr., the Replacements, and many others. Stax went bankrupt in 1975, and in 1989 they bulldozed the studio, replacing it with a plague. That day, Ben, stood outside playing a requiem on his trumpet by the historical marker. Later that same year, he faced another brush with death when he suffered an aneurysm and massive stroke. Doctors told his family he would not survive more than a couple days, but he eventually made a full recovery after having to relearn how to walk and talk and function, and by the mid 90s he became a presence at the Memphis airport. He performed regularly at Da' Blues Restaurant and helped to put the imprimatur of Stax and Memphis music on the airport. In the 2000s he could be heard backing jazz and blues singer Liz Lottmann, or performing live at the Memphis club, Rum Boogie, on Beale Street. His final two appearances came on 2015 albums by Boz Scaggs and Keith Richards. Ben also directed the choir of Calvary Longview United Methodist Church where he and his wife Shirley attended.
In September 2008, Attorney B.J. Wade donated $100,000 to Stax Records that would be used to create the Ben Cauley scholarship, in his honor and to shed light on his accomplishments. On September 12th 2008, the scholarship was founded and on June 6th 2015 Ben was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, MS. along with other Bar-Kays.


Gary Richrath
October 18th 1949 ~ September 13th 2015
Gary Richrath, former guitarist for the classic rock band REO Speedwagon who also co-wrote the group's hit song "Take It on the Run" has sadly died at the age of 65. Gary had abdominal surgery a few days before his death and was still in hospital recovering from the operation. He is survived by his wife Justine, and by two sons from a previous marriage.
Gary Richrath
American guitarist and songwriter born in Peoria, Illinois; he played the saxophone at high school, switching to the guitar at the age of 14. He taught himself the guitar by listening to his idols, Jeff Beck and the Yardbirds, watching other bands and playing gigs at school dances with a group called Mach Four. Then built up a local fan base with his next band, Suburban 9 to 5. But he best known as the lead guitarist and a songwriter in his next band, REO Speedwagon. He was invited into the band in 1970, performing with them until 1989. His songwriting skills and on-stage presence helped propel them to fame, they played to thousands of fans in vast stadiums and his s guitar slashing was a highlight of every performance. He wrote many of the REO's songs including "Golden Country", "Son of a Poor Man", "Flying Turkey Trot", "Only the Strong Survive" and "Take It On the Run". He also sang on several REO Speedwagon songs including "Find My Fortune", "(Only A) Summer Love" and "Wild as the Western Wind". In 1977, Gary and other members of the band took over their own production, which resulted in the band's first platinum album, 'Live: You Get What You Play For'. The band went on to sell over 20 million albums, with six going platinium and four going gold. Due to his battle with alcoholism and his growing musical differences with other band members, Gary left REO Speedwagon in 1989. He released a solo album 'Only the Strong Survive, in 1992 under the name "Richrath"
. In December 2013, Gary reunited with REO for a performance of "Ridin' the Storm Out" to end REO's set at the sold-out concert, "Rock to the Rescue", to raise money for the affected families of the tornado in central Illinois. He stayed on stage for the encore of "With a Little Help From My Friends" along with REO, Styx, Richard Marx and others.


Rico Rodriguez
October 17th 1934 ~ September 4th 2015

Reggae and jazz trombonist who brought the sound of Jamaican ska to the music of the Specials, Rico Rodriguez, has sadly died following a short illness in a London hospital, at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife, Tracey.
Rico Rodriguez
Cuban-born British trombonist, Emmanuel Rodriguez
, was born in Havana, but at an early age moved with his family Kingston in Jamaica. He attended the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, a Catholic charitable trust run by nuns “for wayward boys”. He, along with his school friend, the saxophonist Don Drummond and countless other reggae musicians, benefited greatly from the school’s disciplined music tuition. In 1958 he became a Rastafarian and moved to the Rastafarian community in the Wareika Hills near Kingston, which had been set up by the drummer and band leader Count Ossie. Rico went on to become a much sort after session musician and between 1958 and 1961 he had been credited on around 100 songs. In 1961 Rico moved to the UK where he found work with producer Laurel Aitken and started to play in various reggae bands. In 1969, he released his first solo album, Reco in Reggae Land, a tribute to his old friend Don Drummond. Soon after, Rico was approached by Island Records wanting him as a session musician. This lead to the creation of Rico’s own classic album, Man From Wareika, which combined reggae and jazz and is regarded as some of his finest and most influential work. This in turn lead to Rico and his band, The Rudies, being asked to be support for fellow countryman Bob Marley and his Wailers on their 1977 European tour. In the late 70s, with the arrival of the 2 Tone genre, he played with ska revival bands such as the post-punk English ska band, the Specials including their rendition of "A Message to You, Rudy" which Rico's witty and elegant trombone solo transformed it into a classic.
In 1982, Rico returned to the Wareika Hills where he stayed for the next eight years. The following year however more chart success followed, with "Love of the Common People", recorded before he left for Jamaica. Before returning to the UK Rico was invited, by Swiss musicians, to work on a reggae project in Europe. Around the same time he also met a Japanese musician called Kuubo, who specialized in reggae, and had been staying in Jamaica.
This was the beginning of huge affection for Rico in Japan. On his return to the UK he worked with many musicians and joined up with the band, Jazz Jamaica. From 1996 tthrough 2012, he became a member of Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, as well as performing at various ska festivals throughout Europe with his own band. Rico was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace on 12 July'07, for services to music. In October'12 he was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of his contribution to Jamaican music.

Billy Sherrill
November 5th 1936 ~ August 4th 2015

Producer, pioneer, songwriter, and A&R man, Billy Sherrill, one of the most influential non-performing figures in country music of the '60s and '70s has sadly died after a brief illness at the age of 78. Billy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charlene, his daughter Catherine Lale and two grandchildren.

Billy Sherrill
American record producer, songwriter and arranger, born in Phil Campbell, Alabama. He was initially attracted to jazz and blues music, learning to play the piano and then in his teens, the saxophone at which time he led a jump blues band, and toured the southern states playing in R&B and rock 'n' roll bands. He signed a solo record deal with a small independent label, though this led to little success, after which he moved to Nashville to work with music legend Sam Phillips. He became famous for his association with country artists, notably Tammy Wynette, George Jones and Charlie Rich. Billy and business partner Glenn Sutton are regarded as the defining influences of the countrypolitan sound, a smooth mix of pop and country music that was popular during the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "The Most Beautiful Girl", written with Rory Bourke and Norro Wilson, and "Stand by Your Man", written with Tammy Wynette. Along with songwriter Norro Wilson, Billy won a Grammy Award in 1975 for Best Country Song for Rich's version of the song "A Very Special Love Song". By 1975, he was regarded as "the most reliable hitmaker in Nashville". Other artists with whom Billy worked included Barbara Mandrell, Sandy Posey, Shelby Lynne, Marty Robbins, Ray Charles, Johnny Paycheck, Bob Luman, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Cash, Janie Fricke, Lacy J. Dalton, Ray Conniff, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Duncan, Jim and Jesse, Jody Miller, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Charlie Walker, Barbara Fairchild, Andy Williams, Cliff Richard-"The Minute You're Gone", Mickey Gilley, and David Allan Coe. In 1981, he produced Elvis Costello's album Almost Blue. In 1984, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he was immortalized in the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008, and in 2010, he became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Cilla Black
May 27th 1943 ~ August 1st 2015
Much loved 60s singing star and
showbiz legend, Cilla Black, has died unexpectingly at the age of 72. Cilla died from a stroke following a fall while at her holiday villa in Estepona, Southern Spain. Her husband of more than 30 years, Bobby Willis, died of cancer in 1999, but sadly Cilla leaves behind their three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack. Robert, succeeded his father, as his mother's manager.

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Lynn Anderson
September 26th 1947 ~ July 30th 2015

The Great Lady of Country Music, American country singer, Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1971 hit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" has died at the age of 67. She was in hospital in Nashville, recovering from pneumonia when she suffered a fatal heart attack. Twice divorced, Lynn sadly leaves behind three children, a daughter Lisa, from her first marraige to songwriter Glenn Sutton; Melissa and Gary, from her second marraige to Louisiana oilman Harold "Spook" Stream III, and four grandchildren.


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Val Doonican
February 3rd 1927 ~ July 1st 2015

Irish singer noted for his
relaxed style, warm personality and wooly jumpers has sadly died at the age of 88. He died "peacefully" at a nursing home in Buckinghamshire. Val sadly leaves behind Lynette Rae, his wife of 53 years, their two daughters, Sarah and Fiona, and two grandchildren, Bethany and Scott

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B.B. King
September 16th 1925 ~ May 14th 2015

"The King of the Blues", the last of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" and to many the most influential blues musician of his generation, B.B.King died in his sleep Las Vegas at the age of 89. He was twice married and twice divorced and is survived by 11 children by various partners; sadly four others predeceased him.

BB King
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Errol Brown
December 11th 1943 ~ May 6th 2015

British-Jamaican singer and songwriter, best known as the frontman of the soul band Hot Chocolate has sadly died of liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife Ginette and his two daughters, Colette and Leonie.
Errol Brown
British-Jamaican singer and songwriter, Errol Brown was born Lester Errol Brown in Kingston, Jamaica, but moved, with his family, to the UK when he was twelve years old. In the late 60s, Errol and his friend Tony Wilson formed a band which was first called 'Hot Chocolate Band' but this was soon shortened to Hot Chocolate by Mickie Most.
Hot Chocolate started their recording career making a reggae version of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance", but Errol was told he needed permission. He was contacted by Apple Records, discovered that Lennon liked his version, and the group was subsequently signed to Apple Records. The link was short-lived as The Beatles were starting to break up, and the Apple connection soon ended. But it was in the disco era of the mid-1970s when Hot Chocolate became a big success. A combination of high production standards, the growing confidence of the main songwriting team of Errol and Tony Wilson and tight harmonies enabled them to secure further big hits such as "You Sexy Thing" and "Every 1's a Winner", which were also U.S. hits, peaking at No.3 in 1976 and No.6 in 1979, respectively. After Tony's departure for a solo career, Errol took over songwriting duties on his own. In 1977, after 15 hits, they finally reached Number One with "So You Win Again". The band became the only group, and one of just three acts, that had a hit in every year of the 1970s in the UK charts, the others being Elvis Presley and Diana Ross. The band eventually had at least one hit, every year, between 1970 and 1984. Critically, they were often lambasted or simply ignored, and apart from compilations their albums such as Cicero Park sold modestly. The band continued well into the 1980s, and clocked up another big hit record: "It Started With a Kiss", in 1982, which reached Number 5 in the UK. In all, the group charted 25 UK Top 40 hit singles. Their single "You Sexy Thing" became the only track that made British Top Ten status in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In 1981, he performed at the wedding reception following the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, at Buckingham Palace and when Hot Chocolate disbanded in 1986, Errol began to concerntrate more on his solo career. Two of his singles "Personal Touch" and "Body Rockin'"made the UK Singles Chart. Errol was highly honored in 2003, when Queen Elizabeth II named him a Member of the Order of the British Empire for "services to popular music for the United Kingdom". Then honored again the following year in 2004, he received an Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contributions to British music.

Ben E. King
September 28th 1938 ~ April 30th 2015
R&B and soul singer Ben E King has sadly passed away at his home in Teaneck, New Jersey at the age of 76. He
died of natural causes but he had been suffering and fighting heart illnesses over the past few years. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty; their three children and six grandchildren.
Ben E. King
American soul and R&B singer Ben E King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina and moved to Harlem, New York, at the age of nine in 1947. As a teenager in Harlem, he helped out in his father’s three restaurants, he sang in church choirs but also joined his school friends in a street-corner vocal group, the Four Bs, imitating the harmonies they heard in recordings by such doo-wop heroes as the Cadillacs, the Five Satins, the Charms, the Moonglows, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. Aged 20, in 1958, he joined a doo-wop group the Five Crowns; later that year, the Drifters' manager George Treadwell fired all the members of the original Drifters, and replaced them with the members of the Five Crowns. Ben co-wrote and sang lead on the first Atlantic hit with the new incarnation of the Drifters, "There Goes My Baby" in 1959. He also sang lead on a succession of hits by the team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, including "Save the Last Dance for Me", "This Magic Moment", and "I Count the Tears". Ben only recorded 13 songs with the Drifters, two backing other lead singers and eleven lead vocal performances. The last of his Drifters led singles was "Sometimes I Wonder", which he recorded in May 1960, but it was not released until June of 1962. Due to contract and management disputes, Ben rarely performed with the Drifters on tour or on television. On television, fellow Drifter's member Charlie Thomas usually lip-synched the songs that Ben had recorded with the Drifters. He left the Difters in May of 1960, he changed his name to Ben E King and began his solo career. He scored his first solo hit with the ballad "Spanish Harlem" in 1961, followed by, "Stand by Me", of which he co-wrote the words about his wife-to-be, Betty, whom he would marry in 1964. "Stand by Me", went on be voted as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America. In the summer of 1963, Ben had a Top 30 hit with "I (Who Have Nothing)", which reached the Top 10 on New York's radio station, WMCA. His hits "Stand by Me", "There Goes My Baby", and "Spanish Harlem" were named as three of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll; and each of those records plus "Save The Last Dance For Me" earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Ben's other well-known songs include "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", "Amor", "Seven Letters", "How Can I Forget", "On the Horizon", "Young Boy Blues", "First Taste of Love", "Here Comes the Night", "Ecstasy", "That's When It Hurts", "What is Soul?", and "Tears, Tears, Tears". A 1986 re-issue of "Stand by Me" re-entered the Billboard Top Ten after a 25-year absence, after the song's use as the theme song to the movie Stand By Me. As a member of the Drifters, Ben E was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, alongside Clyde McPhatter, Rudy Lewis, Johnny Moore, Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher and Charlie Thomas. In 1990, Ben, Bo Diddley, and Doug Lazy, recorded a hip hop version of the Monotones' 1958 hit song "Book of Love" for the soundtrack of the movie Book of Love. In 1998, he recorded a children's album, I Have Songs In My Pocket, written which won the Early Childhood News Directors' Choice Award and Dr. Toy's/the Institute for Childhood Resources Award. He continued to record and tour until nearly the end, despite health problems, his love of music and his love for his fans Ben E still toured the United Kingdom in 2013 and played concerts in the United States as late as 2014.

Percy Sledge
November 25th 1940 ~ April 14th 2015

Soul singer
Percy Sledge, best known for his million-selling hit "When a Man Loves a Woman", has sadly died at the age of 74. He died of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge. Married twice, Percy is survived by his second wife, Rosa Sledge, and his 12 children, two of who became singers.
Percy Sledge
American R&B, soul and gospel singer, Percy Tyron Sledge was born in Leighton, Alabama, and while growing up he would sing in church on Sundays. As a teenager he worked on several farms in the fields before taking a job as an orderly at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama. Through the mid 1960s, he toured the Southeast with the Esquires Combo on weekends, while working at the hospital during the week. A former patient introduced him to record producer Quin Ivy, who signed Percy to a recording contract. "When a Man Loves a Woman" was his first song recorded under the contract, and was released in April 1966. It reached No. 1 in the US and went on to become an international hit, charting twice in the UK, reaching No. 4 in 1966 and, on reissue, peaked at No. 2 in 1987. The song was also the first gold record released by Atlantic Records. It was followed by a string of hits including "Warm and Tender Love", "It Tears Me Up", "Take Time to Know Her", "Love Me Tender", "Cover Me", "I'll Be Your Everything" and "Sunshine". Percy became an international concert favorite throughout the world, especially in the Netherlands, Germany, and on the African continent; he averaged 100 concerts a year in South Africa. He was honored with the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award in 1989 and honoured with the Blues Music Award in 1996 for best Soul/Blues album of the year with his record Blue Night. Already a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Carolina Beach Music Hall Of Fame, in 2005, Percy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in May of 2007, he was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame in his home city of Baton Rouge. 2011 he toured with UK singing star, Sir Cliff Richard during his Soulicious tour. Sadly his 2014 tour was cancelled through ill health.

Jackie Trent
September 6th 1940 ~ March 21st 2015

English singer-songwriter, and actress, Jackie Trent, who wrote or co-wrote more than 400 numbers, has sadly died in a hospital in Menorca, Spain, after fighting a long illness. Jackie was 74. She leaves behind her husband, Colin Gregory, her former husband, friend and working partner, Tony Hatch and their two children, a son Darren and daughter Michelle.
Jackie Trent
English singer-songwriter and actress, Jackie Trent, was born Yvonne Burgess in Newcastle-under-Lyme; at the age of nine she won first prize in a national poetry competition and her first stage appearance was as a ten-year-old ingenue in the pantomime Babes in the Wood. At the age of 11 she won the "Carrol Levis and His Discoveries" talent show. She soon began to sang to packed audiences in local British Legion and working men's clubs, also with all the local big bands and became known as "the Vera Lynn of the Potteries". She released her first single, "Pick Up the Pieces", in 1962 and and three years later that she scored her first hit with "Where Are You Now", featured in the popular TV series It's Dark Outside, which was written by herself and Tony Hatch. A year later, the couple were married and their duet "The Two Of Us" topped the Australian charts. Over the years she and Tony wrote extensively for other artists, including Petula Clark, Scott Walker, Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones, Nancy Wilson, Des O'Connor, Val Doonican, Shirley Bassey, Vikki Carr, and Dean Martin. In the late 1960s, Jackie returned to the stage with a UK tour of the musical Nell with Hermione Baddeley. In 1972 the couple wrote the song "We'll Be With You", a celebration of Jackie's home town football club Stoke City reaching the final of the Football League Cup. Released under the name 'The Potters' (the club's nickname), 43 years on it is still played at all Stoke City home games. Stoke beat Chelsea F.C. 2–1 in the final. The 1970s saw Jackie and Tony diversify into the world of musical theatre. Their first project, The Card, based on Arnold Bennett's novel, with book by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, ran in London's West End. The second Hatch-Trent musical was Rock Nativity, which first played in Newcastle upon Tyne. An updated version of the show toured nationally in 1976. In 1978, the couple moved to Dublin, where they hosted TV shows. Four years later, they departed for Sydney. After Jackie and Tony relocated to Australia, they were asked to write the theme song for the TV soap-opera Neighbours. The soap opera was going to be called Ramsay Street, before the couple penned the song. In her recording career spanning 1962-1990, Jackie released a total of twelve albums, five compilations and 51 singles. She and Tony separated in 1995, and returned to ther UK and toured in High Society before going into semi-retirement in Menorca. Jackie and Tony divorced in 2002. Jackie married Colin Gregory in November 2005, and the couple lived in Menorca, Spain. Tony had married again and also lived in Menorca.

Daevid Allen
January 13th 1938 ~ March 13th 2015

The psychedelic maverick musician and eccentric beat poet, Daevid Allen has sadly died after a brave fight with cancer. He was 77 years old. Daevid, the co-founder of Soft Machine and Gong leaves behind his four sons, Tali, Orlando,Toby and his youngest, Ynys born in 1994.
Daevid Allen
Australian beat poet, guitarist, singer, composer and colourful performance artist, born Christopher David Allen in Melbourne, Australia. He co-founded the psychedelic rock groups Soft Machine and the legendary Gong and other of it's offshoots. Daevid worked in a book shop before moving to Paris, France; then in 1961 he travelled to Dover, England, where he formed the free jazz outfit, the Daevid Allen Trio which included his landlord's son, 16-year-old Robert Wyatt. In 1966, together with Kevin Ayers and Mike Ratledge, they formed the band Soft Machine, the name having come from the Burroughs novel The Soft Machine. Following a tour of Europe, he was refused re-entry to the UK because he had overstayed his visa on a prior visit. He returned to Paris where he formed a relationship with Gilli Smyth, who was teaching at the Sorbonne. With Daevid playing guitar and Gilli reciting poetry, the couple formed Gong. They took part in the 1968 Paris protests which swept the city, after which they fleed to Deya, Majorca, where Daevid met poet Robert Greaves. They recorded an album Magick Brother under the name Gong, in which they were joined by flautist Didier Malherbe, whom they claim to have found living in a cave on Robert Graves's estate. The band are best known for their Radio Gnome Trilogy, made up of the albums Flying Teapots, Angel’s Egg and You. In 1970 Allen recorded and released his first solo album, Banana Moon which featured Robert Wyatt, among others.
In 1971 Gong released Camembert Electrique and between 1972 and 1974 they formed a somewhat of an anarchist commune in rural France. In 1977 he performed and recorded as Planet Gong. Daevid separated from Gilli in 1979, but they continued to have a professional relationship. In 1980 Daevid lived in America with new partner Maggie Brown and he teamed up with Bill Laswell for the punk-influenced band New York Gong, before returning to Australia with Maggie, taking up residence in Byron Bay. For many years, Daevid was a member of the University of Errors, who released four albums, and performed with the jazz rock band Brainville 3. He also recorded with Spirits Burning and worked with the noise band Big City Orchestra. In November 2006 a Gong Family Unconvention was held in Amsterdam, which included a reunion of many former Gong members and in November 2007, he held a series of concerts in Brazil, with a branch of Gong, which was called Daevid Allen and Gong Global Family. In 2013 , Daevid performed solo material and poetry at a special event entitled "Up Close with Daevid Allen". He also joined The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet (UK) on stage to perform songs including the classic Gong song "Tried So Hard". Daevid revelled in being the court jester of hippie rock and through his long of music never lost his enthusiasm for the transcendent power of the psychedelic experience. Never attaining the riches and fame of many of his contemporaries, which he deserved, did not concern him. He once remarked: “Psychedelia for me is a code for that profound spiritual experience where there is a direct link to the gods”. Daevid performed his final gig in his home town, Byron Bay, just two weeks before his death, back as a beat poet, for one final curtain fall.

Jimmy Greenspoon
February 7th 1948 ~ March 11th 2015

Jimmy Greenspoon aka Maestro, long time keyboardist and member of the rock band Three Dog Night for 46 year, has sadly died at the age of 67. He died while bravely fighting metastatic melanomaat his home in North Potomac, Maryland, surrounded by his family. Jimmy is survived by his wife Susie, his daughter Heather Miller, and two granddaughters.

American keyboard player and composer Jimmy Green spoon also known as Maestro was born in LA, California and raised in Beverly Hills. He was taught the piano at aged 7 by his mother, the silent screen star, Mary O'Brien. While at senior school he formed a surf group The New Dimensions, in 1963, before attending the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music to studiy piano. Jimmy worked on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s with the groups Sound of the Seventh Son and The East Side Kids. His bands held residence at The Trip, Stratford on Sunset now The House Of Blues, Brave New World, Bidos Litos, Ciros, and The Whiskey.
In late 1966, Greenspoon he to Denver, Colorado, with the members of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and formed the group Superband. In 1968, he moved back to Los Angeles, where he met Danny Hutton, and subsequently formed Three Dog Night with who he performed with until he was too ill to tour in 2014. The band earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold. Their first gold record was "One", and they had three US No.1 songs, "Mama Told Me Not to Come", "Joy to the World" and "Black and White". As well as Three Dog Night, over his long career Jimmy has performed and recorded with the likes of Linda Ronstadt, America, The Beach Boys, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Nils Lofgren, Lowell George, Donovan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills, Jeff Beck, Chris Hillman, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, James Burton, Hal Blaine, Leon Russell, The Wrecking Crew, Osibisa, Shaun Cassidy, Cheech & Chong, Redbone, and Jimi Hendrix. He also served as an Entertainment and Media Consultant with the Murry-Wood Foundation and composed original music for the movies Fragment, produced by Lloyd Levin, United 93, Hellboy, Watchmen, Field of Dreams, Predator, and Die Hard. He collaborated with the composer Neil Argo and in 2000, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to Jimmy.

Clark Terry
December 14th 1922 ~ February 21st 2015

Highly awarded, world renowned swing - bebop trumpeter and pioneer of the flugelhorn, Clark Terry, has died fighting advanced diabetes. Sadly, he leaves behind a loving family and his third wife, Gwen.
photo courtesy of jazz photographer Brian Mcmillen at http://www.brianmcmillenphotography.com/
American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee, Clark Virgil Terry, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, he attended Vashon High School and began his professional career in the early 1940s, playing in local clubs. He served as a bandsman in the United States Navy during World War II, but his years with Count Basie and Duke Ellington in the late 1940s and 1950s established his prominence. With a career in jazz that spans more than seventy years, he went on to tour the world and perform and with many artists and bands such as: Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, J. J. Johnson, Oscar Peterson, Skitch Henderson, Doc Severinsen, Bob Brookmeyer, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, Bob Cranshaw, Louie Bellson, T-Bone Walker, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, and Terri Lyne Carrington among thousands of others, as well as major major groups including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch Metropole Orchestra, and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, hundreds of high school and college ensembles, his own duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, octets, and two big bands:. According to his website Terry was "one of the most recorded jazz artists in history and had performed for eight American Presidents. Clark has benn honoureed with over 250 awards, medals and honors, including NARAS Present's Merit Award in 2005, the 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, two Grammy certificates, and three Grammy nominations, he has sixteen honorary doctorates, he has been inducted into several Halls of Fame such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame; he has a Knighthood in Germany, the keys to several cities, and a life-sized wax figure in the Black World History Museum. In April 2014, saw the released of "Keep on Keepin' On", a documentary which followed Clark over four years to document the mentorship between himself, and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, as the young man prepares to compete in an elite, international competition.

Sam Andrew III
December 18th 1941 ~ February 12th 2015

Sam Andrew, co-founder of Big Brother and the Holding Company, the guitarist who powered many of Janis Joplin's biggest hits, has died. Sadly, Sam died aged 73, from complications after open heart surgery due to a heart attack he had suffered ten weeks before. He leaves behind his wife Elise Piliwale and his daughter, Mari Andrew, from his previous to marriage to Suzanne Thorson.
Sam Andrew .... photo with courtesy of The Michael Mendelson Archives
American guitarist Sam Andrew was born in Taft, California, but having a military father he mov
ed a great deal as a child. His early influences were Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard and by the time he was seventeen living in Okinawa, he already had his own band, called the "Cool Notes", and his own weekly TV show, an Okinawan version of American Bandstand. He attended the University of San Francisco, and became involved with the San Francisco folk music scene of the early 1960s. However it was not until he returned from over a year in Paris and almost a year in Germany, that he met Peter Albin at 1090 Page Street. After playing together at Albin's home, Sam suggested they form a band. They found guitarist James Gurley and drummer Chuck Jones, and Big Brother and the Holding Company was formed ready for their first gig, at the Trips Festival in January 1966. Soon after painter and jazz drummer David Getz, replaced Jones. Big Brother became the house band at the Avalon Ballroom, when they contacted Janis Joplin in Austin, Texas, who traveled to San Francisco and debuted with Big Brother at the Avalon on June 10th 1966. It took a while for some of the band's followers to accept the new singer. Her music was completely different from that which Big Brother was playing at that time. Big Brother had a very experimental and non-conventional sound, but with Janis, their songs adopted a more conventional structure, and the band started to increase its popularity in the underground San Francisco psychedelic scene. The band's historic performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 attracted national and international attention and they also released their self titled debut album in 1967, followed by Cheap Thrills in 1968 which went gold. At the end of 1968 Janis and Sam left Big Brother and Sam joined Janis's new band, Kozmic Blues Band. After about nine months and one album, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, Sam returned to Big Brother. After Big Brother stopped performing in 1972, he moved to New York City, where he studied harmony and counterpoint at the New School for Social Research and composition at Mannes School of Music. During this period he also scored several films in the US and Canada as well as writing two string quartets and a symphony. He remained in New York City for eight years before returning to San Francisco, where he began playing clarinet and saxophone, before Big Brother and the Holding Company reunited in 1987. During the 1990s, in addition to touring with Big Brother, he was involved with his solo project, The Sam Andrew Band and toured across North America. He performed at the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock Concert on August 15th 2009 at Bethel Woods, New York and was also the Music Director of the musical Love, Janis, based on the life of Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randal Myler and based on the book by Laura Joplin.


Steve Strange
May 28th 1959 ~ February 12th 2015

The Welsh New Romantic icon Steve Strange, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage has sadly died from a heart attack while holidaying in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Steve Strange
Welsh singer, Steve Strange was born Steven John Harrington in New Bridge, Caerphilly where he went to Newbridge Grammar School. After attending a Sex Pistols concert at the Castle Cinema in Caerphilly in 1976, Steve befriended the bass player Glen Matlock. He then began to arrange gigs for punk bands in his home town and befriended Jean-Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers before leaving for London where he worked for Malcolm McLaren and
co-founded the Blitz Club in Soho, central London, which would become a focal point for the New Romantic movement. Steve also formed a punk band called The Moors Murderers with Soo Catwoman. They recorded a song called "Free Hindley" but split early 1978, when he
briefly joined the punk/new wave band The Photons, before forming Visage later in 1978. The band became closely linked to the burgeoning new romantic fashion movement of the early 1980s, and are best known for their hit "Fade to Grey". Following the demise of Visage, Steve then formed the short-lived band Strange Cruise.
Steve also starred in the video of his good friend David Bowie's number one single Ashes to Ashes in 1980. At the time, the futuristic mini-film was hailed as the most expensive pop music video in history. Later in the 1980s, he went to Ibiza, Spain, and became an integral part of the budding trance club movement and hosting parties for celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone. In the 1990s he was the host at the "Double Bass" club in Ibiza. After several years of battling a heroin addiction and other personal problems in 2002, Steve took part in the Here and Now Tour, which featured a revival of various 80s pop acts. In 2004, he then formed a new version of Visage, dubbed Visage Mk II, with various musicians from modern electronic bands. In early 2013, he announced another new version of Visage featuring himself and former member Steve Barnacle, along with former Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon and vocalist Lauren Duvall. A new album, Hearts and Knives, was released in May 2013, the first new Visage album in 29 years. In support of the album, the band made live appearances in the UK and Europe. Before his death, Steve, who had always been an icon of fashion was putting together a book of fashion styles based on the New Romantic movement.

Joe B. Mauldin
July 8th 1940 ~ February 7th 2015

Double bassist, Joe B. Mauldin, a member of the original Buddy Holly's Crickets for over 50 years, a pioneer who helped shape early rock and roll, has sadly died while bravely fighting cancer. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and daughters Jennifer Mauldin and Melody Stephenson.
Joe B.Mauldin
American double bassist, songwriter, rock n roll pioneer and audio engineer, Joseph Benson Mauldin, Jr. was born in Lubbock, Texas. He started his musical journey playing in a local band called The Four Teens with a very young Terry Noland in 1955, before he joined Buddy Holly's Crickets in 1957. Their first hit record was "That'll Be the Day", released in 1957. The single became No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in Billboard magazine, which was followed by hits such as "Peggy Sue", "Not Fade Away" "Rave On" and "That'll Be the Day" .They helped set the template for subsequent rock bands such as the Beatles, with their guitar-bass-drums arrangements and tendency to write their own material. Joe and drummer J.I. Allison became one of the most influential rhythm sections in rock music history. After Buddy's death in 1959, he played on and off for over 54 years as an original Cricket with J.I. Allison, Sonny Curtis, Glen D. Hardin and with Niki Sullivan on occasion, and he remained a vital member of the band until his death. But in 1964, he enlisted in the Army, after which he moved to Los Angeles where he became a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, the Los Angeles studio that became the hit factory for Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and other major 1960s rock performers, before re-joining the Crickets in the early-mid ’70s. In 1978, the award-winning film, The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey as Buddy Holly, presented an engaging but somewhat inaccurate depiction of the band's early years. Allison and Joe's names were altered as Jesse Charles and Ray Bob Simmons, while Niki Sullivan, Sonny Curtis, Bob Montgomery, Don Guess & Larry Welborn were written out of the film altogether which made them vote their portrayal as negative. Through the 80's, 70's and 2000s, Joe along with The Crickets continued to tour the world many times to sold out venues. More recently The Crickets released "The Crickets and Their Buddies" in 2004 which features several classics from all parts of their career featuring guest appearances by several prominent artists including Eric Clapton, Rodney Crowell, Waylon Jennings, Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Graham Nash, Bobby Vee, Tonio K. and more. Joe was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee as an original Cricket. In 2012, he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Crickets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the mistake of not including the Crickets with Buddy Holly when he was first inducted in 1986. Sadly Joe was too ill to attend.

Demis Roussos
June 15th 1946 ~ January 25th 2015

"The Kaftan King", Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died at the Hygeia Hospital in Athens at the age of 68. He had been in the private hospital with an undisclosed illness for some time. He sadly leaves behind survived by his mother, Olga, children Emily and Cyril, long-term partner Dominique, brother Costas and his ex-wives Pamela and Monique.
Demis Roussos
Singer and musician, Artemios Ventouris Roussos was born in Alexandria, Egypt, into a musical Greek family; his father George was a classical guitarist and his mother Olga was a singer. As a child, he studied music and joined the Greek Byzantine Church choir in Alexandria, but sadly his parents lost their possessions during the Suez Crisis and decided to move to Greece. As a teenager he sang in several local groups, including The Idols, where he met Vangelis. In 1967 he joined progressive rock band Aphrodite's Child, with his friends Vangelis and Loukas Sideras, initially as a singer but later also played bass guitar, achieving commercial success in France, where Demis lived part of his life, and other parts of Europe. His operatic vocal style helped propel the band to international success, notably on their final album 666, based on religious texts from the Apocalypse of St John, which became a progressive rock cult classic. After they disbanded, Demis continued to record sporadically with Vangelis. In 1970 the two released the film score album Sex Power, although the album has also been disputably credited to Aphrodite's Child. They also recorded the '77 album Magic, but their most successful collaboration was "Race To The End", a vocal adaptation of the musical theme from the film Chariots of Fire. Demis also guested on the soundtrack to Blade Runner in 1982, with "Tales Of The Future". In 1971 he also launched a solo career with the song "We Shall Dance". His single "Forever And Ever" topped the charts in several countries in 1973, including the UK in 1976. Other hits were "Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun", "My Reason", "Someday Somewhere", "Velvet Mornings", "My Friend The Wind", "Goodbye My Love, Goodbye", and "Lovely Lady Of Arcadia". His popularity in the rest of Europe, but not the UK, fascinated BBC TV producer John King who made a documentary entitled "The Roussos Phenomenon" in 1976 and Philips Records released a four-song record of the same name, which was the first extended play to top the UK singles chart. He was equally successful in Latin America, the Middle East and Japan. In 1973, Demis made one of his earliest television appearances on The Basil Brush Show and also appeared on Nana Mouskouri's TV show in the UK. In 1980, he had a hit with a cover of Air Supply's "Lost In Love", sung as a duet with Florence Warner. In June 1985, Demis was among the passengers of TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome, which was hijacked by Lebanese militants, but he was released along with four other Greeks after five days while most of the other hostages remained there for seventeen days. He continued to record and tour well into the 2000s and from 2006 to 2008, he was part of the Âge Tendre Et Têtes De Bois tour, a series of concerts featuring French singers from the 1960s and 1970s.


Kim Fowley
July 21st 1939 ~ January 15th 2015
American singer, keyboardist and record producer, Kim Fowley, who has been described as "one of the most colourful characters in the annals of rock & roll" has sadly died at the age of 75 after a long battle with bladder cancer. He leaves behind a loving family and his wife, music executive Kara Wright.
Kim Fowley
Kim Fowley, was born into an acting family in Los Angeles, where he attended University High School at the same time as singers Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Johnston, as well as actors Ryan O'Neal, James Brolin and Sandra Dee. In 1957, he suffered with polio, after which he became manager and publicist for a local band The Sleepwalkers which included Johnston, drummer Sandy Nelson and, occasionally, Phil Spector. In his early days he worked in various capacities for both Alan Freed and Berry Gordy. His first record as producer was "Charge" by The Renegades. He also worked on occasion as a recording artist in the 1960s, with Gary S. Paxton, he recorded the novelty song "Alley Oop", which reached No. 1 on the charts in 1960 and he was credited to the non-existent group The Hollywood Argyles. In 1965, he wrote and produced a song about the psychedelic experience, "The Trip", and later appeared on Frank Zappa's first album 'Freak Out!'. In the 60'he also worked with P.J. Proby, an early incarnation of Slade known as the N'Betweens, Gene Vincent, he appeared on hypephone on Frank Zappa's first album Freak Out! and wrote the lyrics for the song "Portobello Road" recorded by Cat Stevens. The 70s saw Kim produce three recordings, "At the Hop", "Louie Louie" and "She's So Fine" by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, for the film American Graffiti. He also co-wrote songs for KISS, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell and Kris Kristofferson. He also made recordings with Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers. The 80s find Kim talent hunting in Australia and New Zealand and he worked with The Innocents, Candy,
Steel Breeze, The Runaways and Shanghai. Kim is featured in Mayor of the Sunset Strip, a 2003 documentary about the disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer. He became an experimental filmmaker after the DVD release of Mayor of the Sunset Strip. His written and directed works include: Black Room Doom, Dollboy: The Movie, Satan of Silverlake, The Golden Road to Nowhere, Frankenstein Goes Surfing, Trailer Park's On Fire and Jukebox California. He also played three dozen gigs between June 2007 and February 2009 as the act Crazy White Man, a duo featuring him on vocals and Richard Rogers on guitar. In 2012, Kim won the Special Jury Prize at the 13th Melbourne Underground Film Festival for his two feature projects – Golden Road to Nowhere and Black Room Doom, and in 2014 he also made an appearance in Beyoncé's music video "Haunted".

Little Jimmy Dickens
December 19th 1920 ~ January 2nd 2015

Longtime and oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry, Little Jimmy Dicken
has died at the age of 94 from a cardiac arrest. He had been taken ill and admitted into a Nashville based hospital after suffering a stroke on Christmas day. He sadly leaves behind a loving family and his wife of 44 years, Mona.
Little Jimmy Dickens
American country music singer and songwriter
James Cecil Dickens was the oldest of 13 children born to a farmering parents in Bolt, West Virginia. He began his musical career in the late 30s, performing on WJLS radio station in Beckley, while attending West Virginia University. He soon left school to pursue a full-time music career, and travelled the country performing on various local radio stations under the name "Jimmy the Kid". He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became easily recognized for his rhinestone-studded stage costumes and he also began using the nickname, Little Jimmy Dickens, inspired by his short stature of 4'11". He recorded many novelty songs including "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed", "Country Boy", "My Heart's Bouquet", "Out Behind the Barn", "Hillbilly Fever" and "The Violet and the Rose". His song "Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)" inspired Hank Williams to nickname him "Tater" and George Jones released a tribute to the music of Little Jimmy in 1964, titled George Jones Sings Like the Dickens". Also in 1964, Jimmy became the first country artist to circle the globe while on tour, and also made many TV appearances, including on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. sHe achieved a No.1 country hit in 1965 with "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose", with also reached No.15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. With the death of Hank Locklin in March 2009, Jimmy became the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 90. He made regular appearances as a host at the Opry, often with the joke that he is also known as "Willie Nelson after taxes". In 2008, he climbed up a step-ladder on the Opry stage to invite 6-foot-6 country singer Trace Adkins to be a Grand Ole Opry member and at the 2011 CMA Awards, Jimmy was dressed up as Justin Bieber, and made fun of Bieber's then-current paternity scandal.
His last performance was at the Opry on December 20th 2014 as part of his 94th birthday celebration.


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