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us remember the great talent each possessed "
~ December 31st 2004
has just reached us that our dear friend and fellow musician Bubbles
has sadly and very suddenly passed away. It seems he suffered a massive
heart attack in the early hours of this morning. He leaves a son, Sam.
Bubbs drummed with us for a number of years in Bitter Suite and again
with Gerry in TNT in the 80's. I am sure you will remember what an amazingly
strong rock drummer he was. As well as being a supurb drummer he will
be remembered for his sense of humour and fun too! Bubb, shortened from
Bubbles also played in "Big Sky", some of Frank Whites line
ups, and was at present drumming in a new band he had formed called
"Charley Don't Serve". He will be very sadly missed on the
music scene and by his friends.
May 23rd, 1910. ~ December 30th, 2004
year old, accomplished jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and writer
Arty Shaw sadly died December 30th 2004.
Born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky in New York City, United States, and began
learning the saxophone when he was 15 and, by age 16 Artie went to Cleveland,
where he remained for three years, the last two working with Austin
Wylie, then Cleveland's top band leader, for whom Shaw took over all
the arranging and rehearsing chores.. He returned to New York and became
a session musician. A year later, at the age of 19, Artie moved to Hollywood
to join the Aaronson band. Shortly afterwards, the Aaronson band spent
the summer of 1930 in Chicago, where Artie "discovered a whole
new world" This influence would soon surface in Shaw's own work
when he began to use strings, woodwinds, etc. -- notably in a highly
unusual album entitled Modern Music for Clarinet, selections of which
were also featured in several of Shaw's Carnegie Hall concerts. When
the Aaronson band came to New York in 1930, Artie decided to stay there,
and within the year, at age 21, he became the top lead-alto sax and
clarinet player in the New York radio and recording studios. During
the Swing Era, his big band was very popular with hits like "Begin
the Beguine". He was know for being an innovator in the big band
idiom, at time using unusual instrumentation. His piece Interlude in
B-flat was the first known example of what came to be known as Third
Stream Music. He hired Billie Holiday as his band's vocalist, becoming
the first white bandleader to hire a black female as a full-time singer.
The Artie Shaw Orchestra was earning as much as $60,000 weekly -- a
figure that would nowadays amount to more than $600,000 a week! During
WWII he enlisted in the U.S. Navy (along with his entire band) and served
with them in the Pacific theater (similar to Glenn Miller's wartime
band in Europe). He spent approximately 18 months playing for navy personnel,
sometimes as many as four shows a day. He received a medical discharge.
In 1951 Shaw quit the music business, this time moving to Duchess County,
New York, where he bought a 240 acre dairy farm and wrote his first
book, a semi-autobiographical work entitled The Trouble With Cinderella:
An Outline of Identity, sections of which have appeared in many anthologies,
and which is still in print. In 1954 Artie Shaw made his last public
appearance as an instrumentalist when he put together a new Gramercy
5 made up of such superb modern musicians as pianist Hank Jones, guitarist
Tal Farlow, bassist Tommy Potter.Artie Shaw packed his clarinet away
once and for all in 1954. In 1955 he left the United States and built
a spectacular house on the brow of a mountain on the coast of Northeast
Spain, where he lived for five years. On his return to America in 1960
he settled in a small town named Lakeville, in northwestern Connecticut,
where he continued his writing Shaw was married eight times. Among his
wives were Betty Kern, daughter of songwriter Jerome Kern, and actresses
Ava Gardner, Lana Turner and Evelyn Keyes.
In 2004, he was presented with a lifetime achievement Grammy Award
November 11th, 1930. ~ December 27th, 2004.
year old, legendary country, rock and jazz guitarist Hank Garland, who
performed with Elvis Presley, Charlie Parker and many others, sadly
passed away yesterday (Dec. 27) in Orange Park, Fla. He lost his long
fight for life to a staph infection
Born Walter Louis Garland in Cowpens, South Carolina on November 11,
1930. He began taking guitar lessons when he was six years old from
a neighbour, appeared on radio shows at age 12, he was dicovered by
Paul Howard's Georgia Cotton Pickers at 14/15 and he had his first million-selling
hit at 19 with "Sugar Foot Rag," a famous country tune. When
Paul Howard took Garland with him to Nashville, the child labor laws
soon put his professional playing days on hold until he was 16. When
he returned, he set the country music capital on fire. Garland assumed
his place in the group in 1946, performing with them both at the Opry
and on regional tours. in the early 50s he joined Eddy Arnold's band,
while still maintaining his session career. His reputation within the
industry steadily grew, and in 1954 he was invited by the Gibson company
to design his own model of guitar; along with friend Billy Byrd he came
up a short scale neck, hollowbody guitar.In honor of the two, the guitar
was known as the "Byrdland.". Latter 50's he made many anonymous
contrbutions (frequently using his 'Byrdland' guitar) to a wide variety
of recordings - primarily country, of course albums by Don Gibson and
Patsy Cline but also leaning towards pop with Patti Page and the early
forms of rock The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, between '57 &
'61 he worked on most of Elvis's tracks and concerts. He also played
and recorded with Brenda Lee, Web Pierce, Bobby Helms, Kitty Wells,
Johnny Horton, Mel Tilis, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Eddy Arnold, Jim
Reeves, Hank Snow, Porter Wagner, Boots Randolph, Conway Twitty, Hank
Williams to mention a few. In 1961, he performed with Elvis at his 'farewell'
concert in Honolulu; this was to be one of his last concerts. Soon after
while working on the sound track to the film "Follow That Dream",
a near fatal car crash put him in a coma for months. Brother Billy Garland
claims the crash was no accident, but an attempted killing by someone
in the Nashville record scene. The crash injuries and a series of 100
shock treatments administered at a Nashville hospital left him a shadow
of his former self. He had to relearn everything from walking and talking
to playing the guitar. Garland spent the final years of his life fighting
ill health, trying to pry royalties out of record companies and talking
with Hollywood about a movie based on his life. But in the 1950s and
'60s, Walter "Hank" Garland was the talk of Nashville, known
for musical riffs that could take a recording from humdrum to dazzling,
as he did on Elvis hits like "Little Sister" and "Big
Hunk of Love."
August 14, 1942. ~ December 20th, 2004
brilliant raw and uncompromising bluesman for over 40 years Son Seals
sadly died Dec 20th in Chicago of complications from diabetes at the
age of 62.. He is survived by a sister and 14 children.
Born Frank Seals in Osceola, Arkansas in 1942, Seals grew up immersed
in the blues. His childhood home was a few rooms in the back of his
father Jim's juke joint, The Dipsy Doodle (famous for blues in the front
and dice in the back), with musicians like Sonny Boy Williamson, Albert
King and Robert Nighthawk playing within earshot of his bed nearly every
night. Frank was the youngest of 13 children, and gained the nickname
"Little Son" in deference to his father, Jim, who was known
locally as "Ol' Man Son". Jim Seals had been a professional
musician, touring and playing piano, drums and guitar with the Rabbit
Foot Minstrels, an outfit famed for its association with Ma Rainey and
Bessie Smith, before aquiring The Dipsy Doodle. Son's father Jim was
his greatest inspiration. As an accomplished drummer by the time he
was 13, Son was backing many of the artists who came to The Dipsy Doodle.
At 18 he was lead guitarist of his own band during the week and playing
drums behind whomever was playing at his father's club on the weekends.
Son went on the road playing guitar with Earl Hooker in 1963, and soon
after that as a drummer with Albert King. Moving to Chicago in 1971,
Seals played regular gigs on the city's South Side with such legendary
artists as Junior Wells. Seals made his recording debut in 1973 with
the "The Son Seals Blues Band," released by Alligator Records,
which in 2002 issued a career retrospective, "Deluxe Edition."
Among many honors, Seals was the winner of W.C. Handy Blues Awards in
1985, 1987 and 2001. He was nominated for a Grammy in 1980 for his participation
in the live compilation "Blues Deluxe," recorded at the Chicago
fest event with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor and others. Seals, made his
last public performance appearance in October in California
Sound Seal Advice: "My father taught me everything from the
start," Son recalls. "Tuning the guitar, fingering. Where
I wanted to be riffing around all up and down the neck right away, he'd
keep me on one chord for hours, until I could feel in it in my sleep.
I'd get up the next morning, grab the guitar, and I'd be right on that
26th 1934 ~ December 17th 2004
British musician Dick Heckstall-Smith, an influential saxophonist who
played with the most important English blues-rock and jazz-rock bands
of the 1960s and '70s, lost his fight with cancer on Friday, December.
He was 70.
Born Richard Malden in Ludlow, UK, raised in Knighton, Radnorshire,
and played piano, clarinet and alto saxophone in childhood. After refusing
a second term at a York boarding school, he went to Gordonstoun, where
his schoolmaster father, Reginald, had taken a job. Reginald soon fell
out with the autocratic Kurt Hahn and the family retreated to Dartington.
Heckstall-Smith completed his education at the Foxhole school before
reading agriculture - and co-leading the university jazz band - at Sidney
Sussex College, Cambridge, from 1953. Aged 15, he had taken up the soprano
sax while at Foxhole, captivated by the sound of Sidney Bechet. Then
the smokiness of Lester Young's sound caught him, and the music of tenor
saxist Wardell Graybridge, who was the bridge between Young and the
Charlie Parker bebop generation. Heckstall-Smith was an active member
of the London jazz scene from the late '50s. He joined Blues Incorporated,
Alexis Korner's groundbreaking blues group, in 1962. The following year,
he was a founding member of that band's breakaway unit, the Graham Bond
Organization, whose lineup also included two future members of the blues-rock
supergroup Cream: bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. In 1967,
Heckstall-Smith became a member of keyboardist-vocalist John Mayall's
prominent group the Bluesbreakers. That jazz-skewed edition of the band,
which also included drummer Jon Hiseman and future Rolling Stones guitarist
Mick Taylor, released the album "Bare Wires" in 1968. From
1968-70, Heckstall-Smith and Hiseman were the key creative members of
the pioneering U.K. jazz-rock band Colosseum. The act was a showcase
for the saxophonist's writing and his instrumental virtuosity; like
American saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, he could blow two saxophones
simultaneously. After exiting Colosseum, Heckstall-Smith fronted several
other fusion units, including Manchild, Big Chief, Tough Tenors, Mainsqueeze
and DHSS. He participated in a '90s reunion of the original Colosseum
lineup and played the hard-working Hamburg Blues Band. In 2001 cut the
all-star project "Blues and Beyond," which reunited him with
Mayall, Bruce and ex-Mayall and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.
His party piece was playing two horns at the same time.
August 20, 1966 ~ December 8, 2004
heavy metal artist Dimebag Darrell, Damageplan and Pantera guitarist
was brutally murdered on stage at about 22.00, less than a minute into
their concert on December 8, 2004, the 24th anniversary of John Lennon's
murder, at a Damageplan concert at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus,
Ohio. He was 38.
Abbott grew up outside of Dallas, Texas, where his father who was country
songwritter Jerry Abbott owned a recording studio. He saw many great
blues and country artists come through his father and he learned from
them ~ so quickly that he was not allowed to enter any guitar contests
in the whole state because he'd already won them all... He was 16. By
the early '80s, Darrell (who was going by the name Diamond Darrell),
had co-formed Pantera, along with his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and
bassist Rex Smith ( Rex Rocker). This band would one day become one
of metal's leading forces, Pantera early influences were Def Leppard,
Judas Priest, and (visually), Mtley Cre. Pantera finally made the jump
in 1990, signing on with the Atlantic subsidiary East West. Almost overnight,
it seemed like Pantera was reborn, as they completely rejected their
early pop-metal direction in favor of a much more heavy and brutal one,
which focused on such bands as Slayer, Metallica, and Black Sabbath.
This touched off a string of classic metal releases that would see Pantera
become one of the world's top metal bands -- 1990's Cowboys From Hell,
1992's Vulgar Display of Power, and 1994's Far Beyond Driven. Darrell
(who was now known as Dimebag Darrell) soon became recognized as one
of metal's finest players, as evidenced by his annual appearances in
guitar publication polls. Pantera split in May 2003, and the Abbott
brothers went on to form Damageplan, releasing their debute album 'New
Found Power' earlier this year. Additionally, Darrell has appeared on
recordings by other artists, including Anthrax, Nickelback and done
solo recordings for the Supercop motion picture soundtrack. Pantera's
Grammy nominations were for best metal performance in 1995 for "I'm
Broken" and in 2001 for "Revolution Is My Name."
Recently, Darrell Abbott said that some of Pantera's hard-core fans
were struggling with the band's breakup. "They act like they can't
get on with their lives. I can tell by the looks on their faces they
are (angry), I feel like I'm half guitar player and half Dr. Phil. I've
spent a lot of my time just talking them down off the ledge." He
was well loved and respected & will be sadly missed
January 1944 ~ December 2nd, 2004
fella they wanted to front Doors after Jim, British singer-songwriter,
painter, writer, and rock 'n' roller extraordinaire Kevin Coyne passed
away December 2nd at his home in Nuremberg, Germany. He was 60 years
Kevin Coyne was born in Derby, January 1944 and was educated at Joseph
Wright School of Art (1957-1961) then Derby College of Art (1961-1965)
where he studied graphics and painting, obtaining the N.D.D. in 1965.
Early musical influences were Little Richard, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry
and later (at art school), Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed.
While this wildly prolific artist Coyne remained a cult figure in the
U.S., throughout Europe he was a revered, legendary, and--with more
than 40 releases, Coyne's music was rooted in the blues, but he used
it as a jumping-off point to venture into nearly every genre imaginable,
from sentimental love songs and full-on rockers to catchy pop songs
and twisted ballads. His voice was one of the most powerful and distinctive
in all of rock. Coyne was "discovered" by the late John Peel
and, in 1971, when Doors frontman Jim Morrison died, Coyne was asked
to fill his shoes. Although Coyne was diagnosed with lung fibrosis two
years ago, he continued to tour, record, paint. and write. His most
recent record, Donut City, his best in years, was the first release
on his own Turpentine Records. And finally: Was Kevin Coyne really offered
the Jim Morrison job in the Doors? The answer is a very firm "yes".
And why , you might ask, did he turn it down? Well, the rumour is that
he didn't fancy wearing the leather trousers.
February 8th 1942 ~ November 19th 2004
Melcher, a producer, composer and songwriter who worked with the Beach
Boys and helped shape the '60s era California surf music sound, died
Friday at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with cancer, he
was 62. Terry is survived by his mother singer/actress Doris Day, his
wife Terese, and son Ryan.
Born Terry Jorden, Melcher was the son of Doris Day and her first husband,
Al Jorden. He was later adopted by Day's third husband, Martin Melcher,
and took his name. He began his career as "Terry Day," capitalizing
on his mother's famous name. However he later became known in his own
right, singing background tracks, writing lyrics, playing the piano,
composing, and producing. Melcher teamed with future Beach Boy Bruce
Johnston in the early 1960s. The duo eventually formed the group the
Rip Chords, who recorded the 1964 hit "Hey, Little Cobra."
He also wrote songs with Bobby Darin and Randy Newman. But it wasn't
until the mid-1960s, when he joined Columbia Records as a producer,
that he made his mark on the California sound. He was instrumental in
helping craft the Byrds' groundbreaking fusion of rock and folk and
produced several of the group's hits including their versions of Bob
Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man", Pete Seeger's "Turn, Turn,
Turn." 'The Ballad of Easy Rider'. Melcher also co-wrote the hit
"Kokomo" for the Beach Boys. The song, used in the movie "Cocktail,"
was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988 for best original song. During
his career Melcher also worked with Paul Revere and the Raiders,Taj
Mahal, Ry Cooder, Glen Campbell, Gram Parsons and the Mamas and the
Papas, among others.
In 1969, Melcher's name was associated with convicted murderer Charles
Manson and the deaths of actress Sharon Tate and her friends. The murders
took place in a house that Melcher had sublet to Tate. Manson had known
about the house through an acquaintance with Melcher. Melcher had auditioned
Manson for a recording contract but turned him down. After the murders,
rumors swirled that in choosing the Tate house for his gang to commit
murder, Manson had intended to send a message to Melcher. The police
later discounted this theory.
Melcher worked more frequently with his mother. From 1968 to 1972, he
served as the executive producer of her "The Doris Day Show"
on CBS. He also co-produced "Doris Day's Best Friends," which
ran in the 1980s. Doris Day was in Carmel on Sunday and unavailable
for comment. She and Terry were extremely close and close in age because
she was 17 when she had him. There wasn't a day that went by when Terry
wasn't involved with one of his mother's projects.
16th February 1962 ~ 18th November 2004
John Balance, co-founder of Coil died on Saturday. Under the influence
of alcohol at home, Balance fell 15ft from his first floor landing hitting
his head. He was rushed to the hospital and passed away soon after.
He was 42.
in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, as Geoffrey Laurence Burton.
Rushton is the Sir-name of his step-father and Rushton was the surname
he carried thru school etc.
Coil co-founder, writer, producer, remixer, has been a member of 23
Skidoo, Psychic TV, Zos Kia, and Current 93. John met Peter Christopherson,
as a teenager and being a big fan of Throbbing Gristle and attended
the live recording of Heathen Earth. Throbbing Gristle performed at
Oundle School, but John was attending Lord Williams in Thame Oxforshire,
contrary to rumors that John arranged for TG to perform at his school.
John and Peter started to officially work as Coil on May 11, 1983 after
working together as members of Psychic TV.
November 15th 1969 - 13th November 2004
aka Ol' Dirty Bastard, collapsed and died in New York, he was found
in a recording studio complaining of chest pains. Paramedics were called
but were unable to save him. A spokeswoman said the cause of death at
present is unknown. Russell, 35, had a history of drug abuse, but a
spokesman said he was clean at the time of his death and had been taking
court-mandated drug tests.
of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, who recorded some of the
most influential hip-hop of the '90s Ol' Dirty Bastard was the loose
cannon of the group, both on record and off. Delivering his outrageously
profane, free-associative rhymes in a distinctive half-rapped, half-sung
style, but his criminal lifestyle and strange behavior overshadowed
his brilliant work.
Ol' Dirty Bastard was born Russell Tyrone Jones in Brooklyn in 1969,
and grew up in the neighborhood of Fort Green as a welfare child. As
he got older, he started hanging out more and more with his cousins
Robert Diggs and Gary Grice; they all shared a taste for rap music and
kung-fu movies. The trio parlayed their obsessions into founding the
Wu-Tang Clan, renaming themselves Ol' Dirty Bastard. In the hip-hop
genre, where many performers attract the attention of the law and most
spare no expense flaunting their extravagant lifestyles, Jones was in
a class of his own. Jones fathered 13 children, according to Blender
magazine. His other stage names included Dirt McGirt and Big Baby Jesus,
the latter moniker inspired by his belief that "I always been Jesus."
The group released its debut album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),"
the following year and it peaked at No. 41 on the U.S. pop album charts.
Its 1997 follow-up, "Wu-Tang Forever," boasting some bizarre
ranting by Russell Jones, debuted at No. 1.
In 1998, he stormed the stage during the live telecast of the Grammy
Awards to complain that Wu-Tang Clan should have won a prize in part
because he went to the trouble of buying an expensive new outfit.
"Russell inspired all of us with his spirit, wit, and tremendous
heart," said a statement from Roc-A-Fella Records, the label founded
by rapper Jay-Z. "The world has lost a great talent, but we mourn
the loss of our friend."
spokesman said Jones had almost completed a new album.
13 April 1919 - 7 November 2004
winning 6ft 4ins baritone Howard Keel, one of the ultimate musical stars
of the 1950's from the likes of "Annie Get Your Gun," "Showboat,"
"Kiss Me Kate" , made over 40 movies & too many to mention
albums in his career ... sadly lost his battle with colon cancer at
his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 85. He is survived by wife Judy,
4 adult children, 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Howard started life April 13 1919 as Harold Clifford Leek in Gillespie,
Illinois, of Irish decent. His X-navy father Homer now a poor coal miner
became a violent alcoholic, committing suicide when Howard was 11. His
mother Grace was a tall, plain woman, often mistaken for Eleanor Roosevelt.
She worked as a cook and cleaning woman to make ends meet. At this point
Grace repaired their old car and took Howard to join relatives in L.A.
but the car broke down at Fallbrook, in the Palomar Mountains, were
he happily finished his high school education. After which he and his
mother moved to Los Angeles to live with his uncle. Here Howard had
all sorts of jobs from washing dishes to car park attendent. A lady
Mom Rider, heard him sing. Impressed, she got him a job as a singing
waiter and he moved into her boardinghouse. She took him to a concert
to see Lawrence Tibbett whom Howard would later credit- with John Charles
Thomas- as inspirations to him because of their abilities to phrase
and interpret music. She also got him to take singing lessons with Ralph
Bloom at Los Angeles High School. When George Huston needed someone
for the operas, which he and his partner staged for the American Music
Theatre in Pasadena, he asked Bloom to send someone over. Howard was
chosen and also won the George Huston Scholarship. He worked by day
at the factory and studied under Huston by night. The job worked out
for him. By the time he was 20, he had 350 men working under him. After
the war Howard's singing ability caught the attention of Rodgers &
Hammerstein, and he was signed to replace John Raitt in the Broadway
production of "Carousel." In
1947, Howard opened "Oklahoma!" in London's famous West End
theatre district. He took a staggering 14 encores. With his surname
now Keel -- he reversed the spelling of Leek -- he excelled on the stage,
which led to movie roles, beginning with "The Small Voice"
1948. Keel achieved movie stardom in 1950 with his second film, "Annie
Get Your Gun," for this film he changed Harold to Howard .. so
Howard Keel was born. From 1949 to 1959 he made many famous classic
musicals Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Calamity Jane, Kismet, Kiss
Me Kate, Rose Marie ect, etc. 1957 marked the end of his MGM career.
MGM were wanted to take a new direction, away from the more romanticized,
escapist entertainment that had made MGM huge and go into grittier,
moralistic dramas. After all his years and millions he made for the
movie studio, there were no official goodbyes or acknowledgements.
Publicity chief Howard Stickley gave him a note informing him he had
one week to leave the lot. Keel went back to the stage, tv movies, tv
appearances in many well known shows, over singing for people like Clark
Gable, touring the world with smaller budget musicals like "Camelot",
"South Pacific" bits parts in over 40 movies. Not forgetting
1981. What was supposed to be a two-episode deal turned into 10 years
in TV series Dallas. In 2000, Howard won the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. Surviving life
almost constantly on the road and the strains of living from show to
show are not to be sneered at. While many stars work only to be celebrities
and give up when their zenith has passed, Howard proved himself a true
show business trooper. For this type of performer, the work is everything
and to remain a viable attraction, after so many years, is a source
of great pride.
7 November 1916 - 3 November 2004
pianist and songwriter Joe Bushkin, who performed with some of the best
jazz musicians of his time, has died of pneumonia at his Santa Barbara
home. He was 87. Bushkin performed and recorded with such jazz and big
band greats as Fats Waller, Eddie Condon and Billie Holiday. As a member
of the Tommy Dorsey band, he co-wrote the hit "Oh! Look at Me Now"
with John DeVries. The song launched the career of a young Frank Sinatra,
the band's vocalist. Joe is survived by his wife, Francice, daughters
Christina, Nina, Tippy, and Maria, and six grandchildren.
Born Nov. 7, 1916, to Russian immigrants in New York City, Bushkin learned
to play the piano at 10 and started playing professionally in 1932 with
Frank LaMarr at the Roseland Ballroom in Brooklyn. Three years later,
Bushkin became intermission pianist at the Famous Door, where the Bunny
Berigan Boys, a group that included guitarist Eddie Condon and pianist
George Zack, performed. Bushkin ended up replacing Zack and went on
to play with Condon, Joe Marsala and Dorsey. He played on Billie Holiday's
first recording under her own name in 1936. He joined the Army in 1942
and rose to the rank of master sergeant. Aftre the war he was hired
by Benny Goodman, and he continued to compose and arrange on a regular
basis. After Goodman broke up his big band to concentrate on small groups,
Bushkin formed his own band and began working the Manhattan club circuit,settling
into a regular spot at the Embers. Capitol Records hired him to do a
series of mood albums, featuring his piano backed by a lush string orchestra,
a slightly jazzier version of Jackie Gleason's work. Kenyon Hopkins
provided the arrangements for Night Sounds and several other Bushkin
Capitol LPs. Bushkin moved into small group and studio work by the 1950s,
recording as a featured soloist on occasion, but more often backing
singers. He began performing in clubs in Hawaii in the 1960s, and eventually
settled there for a time. In 1970, he moved back to California and set
up a horse ranch outside Santa Barbara. Bushkin appeared for a few nights
at Michael's Pub in New York City in 1975, while his daughters were
there to compete in the National Horse Show. He was a featured performer
on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" in 1991 but performed
only intermittently after that. His last concert was in 2001.
Hicks aka Mac Dre
July 5th 1970
~ November 1st, 2004
Hicks, 34, Vallejo gangsta rapper also known as Mac Dre has been killed
in a shooting that ended in a fatal car crash in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mac Dre, was killed about 3:30 a.m. Monday, when another vehicle pulled
up beside the driver's side of the van he was in and began shooting,
police said the van swerved across the highway median, across the southbound
lanes and down a steep embankment. Hicks was thrown from the van, but
police said he died from the shooting.
Andre has had a very checkered career. In the early 1990s, police began
investigating Andre and several associates thought to be members of
the Vallejo, Calif.'s Romper Room Gang, which was suspected in a string
of bank and business robberies. He was eventually charged in federal
court with conspiracy to commit bank robbery after he and several others
were arrested 1991, when the FBI spotted him riding in a vehicle with
one of the suspected bank robbers, who was also wired."We were
on his tail for a long time," Vallejo police Lt. Rick Nichelman
said. Hicks recorded raps mocking law enforcement, often naming specific
officers, including Nichelman, who was a lead investigator on the case.
Nichelman said some of the lyrics reportedly were recorded over the
phone while Hicks was in jail awaiting sentencing. He was released from
prison in 1996. Andre had been performing at a concert in Kansas City
2 nights before his death. He has recorded over 16 albums since 1989.
His latest being Thizzelle Washington , Heart of a Gangsta, Mind of
a Hustla, Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics & Genie of the Lamp
1939 - October 26th, 2004
irreplaceable, veteran DJ and band's champion John Peel sadly passed
away today of
a heart attack whilst on a working holiday in Peru with his wife. He
was 65. Three years ago he had been diagnosed with diabetes. John was
a broadcasting legend, his contribution to modern music and culture
was immeasurable. John's influence has towered over the development
of popular music for over four decades. He helped launch the careers
of rock 'n' roll icons across a diverse spectrum, from Rod Stewart and
the Faces to Joy Division and The Fall, and music from hippy to punk
John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, in Heswall near Liverpool, educated
in Shrewsbury, when in the 50's he heard Elvis Presley singing 'Heart
Break Hotel' it changed his life forever. After his army call up he
left the UK in 1962 for the states where he started his music career
as a DJ for WRR radio in Dallas. He then moved to KLMA in Oklahoma City,
a station that claimed the largest night time listenership in the country,
and later to KMEN in San Bernardino, California. Returning to UK in
1967 he worked the pirate station, Radio London, before joining the
BBC's new national pop channel, Radio 1. He remained there for the rest
of his life, the only survivor of Radio 1's first lineup. His Radio
1 show ran three nights a week. In the early days Peel championed acts
like The Beatles, Marc Bolan, David Bowie and Captain Beefheart, as
he did throughout his career, by giving them studio-time to record legendary
"Peel sessions". He gave air space too, to the new sounds
of the 70's bringing new Peel discoveries like Joy Division and the
Undertones, whose Teenage Kicks was his all-time favourite single. He
was responsible for introducing BBC listeners to punk rock, reggae and
hip-hop. James Dean Bradfield, lead singer of the Manic Street Preachers,
paid tribute to Peel and said: "He was a lifeline to hearing music
I would never have heard otherwise. The service he provided was getting
to hear music that you couldn't buy in Cardiff. He was a portal to a
whole new world." In addition to his Radio One show, he also broadcasts
as a disc jockey on the BBC World Service and on Radio Eins in Germany.
His audience has also broadened to include listeners around the world
listening to Internet audio broadcasts. Peel was eleven times Melody
Maker's DJ of the year, Sony Broadcaster of the Year in 1993, "Godlike
Genius Award" from the NME in 1994, Sony Gold Award winner in 2002
and is a member of the Radio Academy Hall of Fame. He has several honorary
degrees including two doctorates and an honorary fellowship of Liverpool
John Moores University. He was appointed an OBE in 1998. More recently,
Peel had branched-out, presenting Home Truths. He continued to remain
at the cutting-edge of popular taste, featuring 'world' music and rap
alongside good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. BBC director of radio and
music Jenny Abramsky said "He nurtured musicians and listeners
alike, introducing them to new sounds. His open-minded approach to music
was mirrored by his equally generous approach to his audience when he
went to Radio 4 to present Home Truths. He had a remarkable rapport
with all his listeners. Everyone at BBC Radio is devastated by the news.
John is simply irreplaceable. Our hearts go out to Sheila and his 4
April 2003 the publishers Transworld agreed to a total package worth
up to £1.6 million for his autobiography. The planned release
date is in 2005. He was the world's truest fan to all music ~ world
music like us, will truely miss him.
March 6th, 1942 - October 26th, 2004
saxophonist Robin Kenyatta, known for his free style of jazz and bop,
passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, October 26 in Lausanne,
Switzerland where he had traveled just a few days before from NY in
preparation to perform at a sold-out concert Thursday evening at the
Seehotel in Lucerne. He was 62 and a resident of Manhattan. is survived
by his mother, Rebecca; a brother Thomas; a sister, Doris; two sons,
Brandon and Lorin, one daughter Ayo
and two grandchildren.
Kenyatta collaborated with musicians like saxophonists Archie Shepp,
Sonny Stitt, trumpeter Bill Dixon, and trombonist Roswell Rudd. Although
known as an alto saxophonist, he also played tenor saxophone and flute.
Born Robert Prince Haynes in 1942 in Moncks Corner, S.C., Kenyatta's
family moved to New York when he was four and he began playing saxophone
at 14. He adopted the name Kenyatta in honor of Kenyan nationalist leader
Jomo Kenyatta. He recorded three albums for Atlantic Records in the
1970s: "Gypsy Man," "Terra Nova" and "Stompin'
at the Savoy." He also recorded "Until," "Girl From
Martinique," and "Cool Blue." He moved to Switzerland
in the early 1970s, performed throughout Europe and founded a music
school in Lausanne called Hello Jazz. Recently, he taught at Bentley
College in Massachusetts. In 2003, in Boston, he gave his first United
States performance in years.
October 31, 1951 - October 16, 2004
Bennett, lead singer of Doug & The Slugs, died on Saturday, October
16th at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. He was admitted to hospital
on October 9th, suffering acute symptoms from a long-standing illness.
He lost consciousness soon after his arrival and remained in a coma
on life support until he passed away. He is survived by a wife and three
Doug was born in Toronto in 1951, moved to Vancouver in 1973 and formed
Doug & The Slugs in 1977. The Slugs had many hits including; Too
Bad, Day By Day, Making It Work, Tomcat Prowl, among others. The Slugs
toured extensively throughout Canada and the US over the past 27 years.
He was lead singer and main creative force behind roadhouse mainstays
Doug and the Slugs being a prolific songwriter whose background in film
and graphic arts has enabled him to stretch out beyond the realm of
music to become a multi-dimensional artist. The Slug's songs have been
part of films and televisions shows such as
Iron Eagles II / Meatballs
III / Tough Love / Neon Rider
Music awards from The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Song of the year - 80 / Independent Release - 80 / Album
Graphics 80 /Album Graphics - 81 / Song of the year - 85 / Male
Vocalist -85 / Album of the Year -85 / Group of the Year -85 / Independent
Release -85 / Album Graphics - 87
Doug himself has received
The Canadian Organization of Campus Activities [COCA]
Hall of Fame award for live performance. 1989
The Pacific Music Industry Association Special award for outstanding
contribution to the BC Music Industry 1997
As a film maker, Doug has written, directed and produced over 23 music
videos including work for Doug and the Slugs / Trooper / Headpins /
Zappacosta / Images In Vogue ... All of which were played extensively
on Much Music and MTV. The seven Country Music videos he produced and
Suzanne Gitzi / Rhodes and Marshall / Wynona Sue and
the Turnpikes all received maximum air play on CMT [ Country Music Television
] His work in music video has been honored with the Best Director award
from the Chicago Film Festival and CARAS [The Canadian Academy of Recording
Arts and Sciences] As well, he has won the Best Music Video from the
Yorkton Film Festival.
1957 ~ 11th October 2004,
songwriter, keyboard player, Nathan Heathman (musical director for Jean
Carn) died of a heart attack in his sleep on Monday the 11th of October
2004. He was 47.
Nathan had worked with many of the soul greats including Phyllis Hyman,
Rachelle Farrell, Norman Connors, Jennifer Holliday, Miki Howard, Angela
Bofill and Jean Carne.
He was also known as the man who comically played the requests of hundreds
of nearly intoxicated tourists who stumble upon the piano bar of a swanky
Washington DC hotel, steps away from the White House, where Nathan entertained
weekly. Nathan became and continued to serve as Jean Carne's musical
director. Between then and 2004, he founded the band, 'Moment's Notice',
a band comprised of handpicked musicians who regularly
assisted him in backing national artists throughout the world. Nathan
starred as 'Purlie Victorious', the lead role in the off-Broadway production
of 'Purlie' and wore the hat of musical director for Marymount University's
production of 'Little Shop Of Horrors.'
He had entertained at 'open mike' nights at clubs and piano bars all
over the east coast-playing a repertoire from smooth jazz to requested
show tunes. Nathan travelled extensively with his gift throughout Europe,
Canada, Japan and the Caribbean. 'Right Here, Right Now,' his solo debut
CD, was intended to place him next to his peers such as Will Downing,
Luther Vandross and Peabo Bryson. When asked if he was ready to step
into the solo spotlight, he smiled and said, 'I've been training for
this moment for almost 15 years'.
September 9th 1946 - October 1st 2004
Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer passed away October 1, 2004 after suffering
a heart attack in Bellville, Ontario. He was 58.
Brought up in Toronto, Canada, Bruce began playing music at age 10.
He played in the Mynah Birds with a young Rick James, which would eventually
include fellow Canadian Neil Young. Mynah Birds auditioned for Motown
Records but split when James left the band. He went on to co-found Buffalo
Springfield in April 1966 in Toronto with Young, Stephen Stills, Dewey
Martin and Richie Furay. Over just 19 months in 1967 and '68, the group
established itself as a folk/country/rock pioneer, producing the transcendent
political anthem "For What It's Worth". Bruce left Buffalo
Springfield in January 1968, replaced by Jim Messina, but the band was
finished shortly thereafter. He went on to release a 1971 solo album
for Verve, "The Cycle is Complete," featuring James on percussion.
In 1982, Bruce reteamed with Young to play on the album "Trans,"
and paired with Martin a few years later to form Buffalo Springfield
Revisited. The group's legacy was celebrated on the 2001 88-track Rhino
retrospective "Box Set." An
enigmatic stage presence, Bruce frequently performed with his back to
the audience and was often photographed with his hair covering his face.
"Bruce was the mysterious one in the group," says Furay. "You
may not have always known what he was thinking as he just looked at
you and smiled, but when he plugged the bass in, there was no mistaking
his life was truly about the music. There's not a person who listened
to the Buffalo Springfield that wasn't drawn to the way he played bass,
He made the music move -- Bruce was truly a musician's musician. I consider
it a privilege to have played with him in such a creative time in my
April 3rd 1937 ~ September 27th 2004
of Earth, Wind & Fire, Louis Satterfield died on the 27th of September
2004 in Chicago. He was 67. Louis was a fine bassist and trombonist
Wind & Fire fame was just a small part of this great musicians life.
Other bands included The Pharaohs and The Jazzmen. He played bass on
many great classics from Chess Records, recording with Muddy Waters,
Howling Wolf, Muddy Rich, Little Milton and many others. Not forgetting
his greatest bass line from Fontella Bass's hit "Rescue Me".
He also played trombone on many Chicago Soul classics of the Chi-lites,
Tyrone Davis, Jackie Wilson being but a few. He has toured extensively
and recorded with Phil Collins through out the 80's and early 90s. Louis
had been involved with a court battle, recently, involving Phil Collins
in a Court Suit, along with Rahmlee Davis, regarding a live album and
alleged royalties dating back to 1990. Before his death he had been
working and touring with Cash McCall. The music world has lost a great
musician, may he R.I.P.
June 22nd 1930 ~ September 23rd 2004
Grand Ole Opry star since 1959, Roy Drusky has sadly lost his long battle
with cancer. Roy passed away 10am Sept 23rd Nashville, Tennessee.
Born Roy Francais Drusky on June 22, 1930, in Atlanta, Drusky's mother,
a church organist, tried for years to interest her son in music, but
throughout his childhood he focused the majority of his energies on
baseball. It was not until during a two-year stint in the U.S. Navy
that he bought his first guitar, and soon after began performing for
his fellow crew members. As a recording artist, Drusky's success tapered
off after 1965; although he released 11 chart hits between 1966 and
1969, only two, "Where the Blue and Lonely Go" and "Such
a Fool," reached the Top Ten. However, in the early years of the
next decade he made a comeback: 1970's "Long Long Texas Road,"
from the album All My Hard Times, was his first Top Five hit in six
years. After releasing two LPs in 1976, he returned to writing and producing.
He began a new sideline as a country-influenced gospel balladeer in
the early 1990s. Jim Reeves was an avid fan of Roy's voice and works.
December 30, 1931 - September 19, 2004
Skeeter passed away in Nashville on September 19, 2004 at age 72. after
a long battle with cancer. Skeeter was diagnosed with breast cancer
in 1988 and had a recurrence in 1996. Survivors include two sisters,
Katherine Elfers and Carolyn Sue Penick; brothers James William Penick
and Harold Lee Penick.
Frances Penick was born in the small Appalachian town of Dry Ridge,
Kentucky. As a child, her grandfather nicknamed her "Skeeter"
because she was always active and buzzing around like a mosquito. She
got her start in music as part of the duo, The Davis Sisters, along
with childhood friend, Betty Jack Davis. Thus, Skeeter Davis was born
to the rest of the world. With its strings, piano and smooth vocals
on "The End of the World" was a classic ''Nashville Sound''
recording that brought Ms. Davis to the attention of many listeners
who previously had ignored country music. By the time of that single's
1962 release, though, Ms. Davis was already well-known to country fans.
She burst onto the Nashville scene in 1953 with The Davis Sisters, her
ground-breaking double-tracked harmonies (essentially, she would record
her lead vocal, then record a harmony part over that vocal) made waves
in 1957, and she was made a member of the Opry in 1959.
Skeeter wrote about her real life experiences. Her autobiography, "Bus
Fare To Kentucky," was published in 1993. Davis pulls no punches
in this brutally honest account of her life. She tells how she endured
a family history of alcoholism, incest and murder. She also tells her
side of the story regarding her four year marriage to Ralph Emery, following
the heavy criticism which she received in Emery's autobiography. In
1997, she co-wrote a children's Christmas book, entitled "The Christmas
Note," based on her own childhood.
1942 - September
Izora passed away in San Leandro Hospital, near Oakland, California
16 September 2004 at age 62 of heart failure. She is survived by a sister,
Laversa, seven children and several grandchildren.
Rhodes Armstead, one-half of disco/pop acts the Weather Girls and Two
Tons O' Fun Armstead began her career as a backup singer for disco artist
Sylvester, along with her future music partner Martha Wash. They lent
vocals to four Sylvester albums, including the 1978 Fantasy Records
set "Step II," which spawned two No. 1 Billboard club hits:
"Dance (Disco Heat)" and "(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real."
The former was also a top-20 hit on the Hot 100, while the latter reached
the top 40. In 1979, Armstead and Wash left Sylvester to record as Two
Tons O' Fun. Honey/Fantasy released two albums by the duo, "Two
Tons O' Fun" (1980) and "Backatcha." The pair's debut
included such now-classic dancefloor hits as "I Got the Feeling,"
"Just Us," "Do You Wanna Boogie, Hunh?" and "Earth
Can Be Just Like Heaven." In the early '80s, without a label to
call home, Armstead and Wash regrouped as the Weather Girls and signed
with Columbia Records. The duo scored a global smash with "It's
Raining Men," which spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot
Dance Club Play chart in 1982. A follow-up single, "No One Can
Love You More Than Me," was an underground club hit. After three
albums, the Weather Girls were dropped by Columbia, and Armstead and
Wash, while remaining friends, went their separate musical ways. Izora
she moved to Frankfurt, Germany in 1989 and returned to the music scene
in 1991 with her only known solo 12" single "Don't Let Love
Slip Away." After the song tanked she recruited her daughter, Dynell
Rhodes, and reformed the Weathergirls. They recorded two successful
12" singles, "Can U Feel It" in 1993 and "We Shall
All Be Free" in 1994. Mother and daughter also recorded several
albums for WEA/Germany and toured the club circuit globally. Izora returned
to the Bay Area last month for treatment of heart problems. Heart problems
brought on by years of being overweight and very hectic touring schedules.
She has left the world a wonderful legacy of sparkling upbeat tunes
and will be missed by her loyal fans.
October 8th 1948 - September 15th 2004
55 year old Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk
rock band The Ramones passed away in his sleep after a 5 year on going
battle against prostate cancer. Johnny is survived by his wife Linda
Cummings and his mother Estelle
rebel in a rebel's world, Johnny was raised Queens, N.Y., where as a
teenager, he played in a band called the Tangerine Puppets with future
Ramones drummer Tamás Erdélyi aka Tommy Ramone. Influenced
by the likes of the Stooges and MC5, in 1974 he co-founded "The
Ramones", often regarded as the first punk rock group, with Tommy
Ramone, Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone. They went on to perform 2,263
concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years. The Ramones were a
major influence on the punk rock movement in the US and the UK, though
they achieved only minor commercial success. Their only record with
enough U.S. sales to be certified gold was the compilation album Ramones
Mania. Recognition of the band's importance has built over the years,
and they are now cited in many assessments of all-time great rock music,
such as the Rolling Stone lists of the 50 Greatest Artists of All Time
and 25 Greatest Live Albums of All Time, VH1's 100 Greatest Artists
of Hard Rock, and Mojo's 100 Greatest Albums and in 2002, the Ramones
were ranked the second greatest band of all time by Spin magazine. Alongside
his music career, Johnny appeared in nearly a dozen movies including
Rock 'n' Roll High School and documentaries. He also made television
appearances on such shows as The Simpsons - 1F01 "Rosebud"
in 1993 and Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Episode 5 "Bobcat".
In 2003 he was named the 16th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling
Stone Magazine and in 2009, Time Magazine named named Johnny on its
list of the 10 best electric guitarists of all-time.
b. April 1, 1945. - d. September 12, 2004.
influencial session drummer, died at his home in Nashville on September
12th of cancer, he was 59. Kenny is survived by his wife, a son, three
daughters, two brothers and two sisters.
Kenny Buttrey was one of the most influential session musicians in Nashville
history, in demand as drummer and arranger on sessions with a host of
artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Neil Young to Jimmy Buffett and on
classic songs ranging from "All Along the Watchtower" to "Tonight's
the Night" to "Margaritaville" to "Rainy Day Women"
and other landmark recordings of the '60s and '70s. He began his career
as the drummer with the Nashville band, Charlie McCoy and the Escorts,
a staple in Printers Alley. He later was a co-founder of the groups
Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry, with such session players as McCoy,
David Briggs, Mac Gayden, Wayne Moss, Weldon Myrick, Buddy Spicher and
Bobby Thompson. Area Code 615's Trip in the Country, especially, remains
a favorite album among musicians. Barefoot Jerry was popular in Japan
and Europe and once played 31 straight sold-out concerts at Paris' Olympia
Theatre. Area Code 615 played in public only twice -- at San Francisco's
Fillmore West and on Johnny Cash's ABC-TV series. The group's "Stone
Fox Chase" harmonica instrumental was adopted as the theme for
BBC-TV's Old Grey Whistle Test in the 1970s. In
addition to playing on Young's Tonight's the Night, Harvest and After
the Goldrush albums, Buttrey also toured with Young in a band that included
Ben Keith (steel guitar), Tim Drummond (bass), Jack Nitzsche (piano)
and Danny Whitten (guitar and vocals). Other artists with whom Buttrey
recorded include Bob Seger, Elvis Presley, Steve Goodman, Dan Fogleberg,
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Donovan, George Harrison, J.J. Cale, Joan Baez,
Kris Kristofferson, the Everly Brothers, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, the
Beau Brummels and John Hammond.
18th August 1943 ~ 31st August 2004.
Tuesday 31st August, at 2am in the morning, Carl Wayne passed away peacefully
in his sleep at the age of 61. He had been suffering with cancer of
the esophagus. He leaves a Wife Sue and one son, Jack.
Carl was the lead singer and front-man of influential and legendary
Birmingham group, The Move, which he founded in 1965 with Roy Wood,
Bev Bevan, Trevor Burton and Ace Kefford. A true musical pioneer, Carl
sung on Flowers In The Rain, the very first record played on BBC Radio
1 in 1967 and achieved major success with a series of Top 10 hits that
included I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Blackberry Way, Curly, Fire Brigade
and Night Of Fear. . After leaving The Move in 1970, Carl worked extensively
in theatre, television, film and cabaret. Carl was one of the UK's most
in-demand singers and recorded countless sessions for the music and
advertising industries worldwide. In 1990, he played the role of The
Narrator in Willy Russell's West End hit musical Blood Brothers, a performance
that was acclaimed as "definitive" and lasted six years. His
first professional group was the highly respected and popular Brum band,
Carl Wayne And The Vikings, who were signed to Pye Records. Though Carl
had recently been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus, the illness
had not interfered with his session recording or concert tours with
The Hollies, whom he joined in 2000. During the group's European shows
in July, Carl was his usual enthusiastic and energetic self, dominating
the stage and dazzling the audience with his superb performance and
vocal skills. A few weeks after his last concert with the band, Carl
went into hospital for a routine check up. Without warning, his condition
suddenly deteriorated and within a few short days, with his family at
his bedside, Carl died.
7th 1921 ~ August 28th 2004
piccolo and flute virtuoso, Clement Barone, sadly died after a brave
battle with cancer. 82 year old Clement is survived by his wife, Margaret
and a son.
Photo with courtesy
of Margaret Barone, wife of the late Clement Barone
Born in Philadelphia, Clem first learnt his piccolo
and flute skills from his flutist-father Clemente Barone, who taught
him an open g-sharp system. Other teachers included Joseph La Monaca,
Frank Versaci, Fernando Morrone, and the eminent William Kincaid. His
first major orchestral position: piccolo and assistant first flute in
the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Clem went to Detroit in 1958 to play
flute and piccolo in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under principal
conductor Paul Paray, where he was a member for nearly 34 years. (1958
~ 1991). Clement Barone also taught the flute and piccolo to many students,
he and his wife welcomed them into their home to learn the skills from
this master. As well as this, Clem was a regular sessionist in Motown's
"snakepit" at Hitsville. This awesome piccolo player can be
heard on many Motown hits such as 'Bernadette', 'Reach Out I'll Be There',
'Standing in the Shadows', 'Uptight', 'How Sweet It Is', 'Heard it Through
the Grapevine', 'War', 'I just Want to Celebrate', 'Do You Love Me',
'Heat Wave', 'Baby I Need Your Loving', 'I Can't Help Myself', 'Signed,
Sealed, Delivered'. His
advise to his many devotee's was to "sing", the flute "should
imitate the human singing voice in style and quality of lyricism."
February 1st - August 6th 2004
James passed away in the morning hours of August 6th 2004, in his sleep
of natural causes at his Los Angeles home, (per his spokesperson). He
was 56 years old. He is survived by his 3 children (Ty, Rick Jr., Tazman)
and 2 grandchildren (Jasmine and Charisma).
in Buffalo, NY, known as the King of Punk Funk, and the bad boy of Motown,
Rick James blended the hard core funk of his predecessors James Brown,
Sly Stone and George Clinton with the Rock and Roll theatrics of the
Rolling Stones and Kiss. Rick James was the quintessential "Super
Freak," a term he coined in the 1980's with the multi-platinum
song he wrote, arranged, produced and performed sharing that same title.
The single catapulted the album Street Songs to #1 on the R&B charts
and #3 on the pop charts. This mega-talented, multi-Grammy and American
Music Award winner played at least five different instruments and had
not only sold millions himself, he wrote and produced songs for Eddie
Murphy, Mary Jane Girls, The Temptations, Teena Marie and Smokey Robinson,
all selling millions as well. He licensed his work for sampling by artists
such as Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and MC Hammer, whose sample of "Super
Freak" for the hit single "U Can't Touch This" made Please
Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em the biggest selling rap album in history.
February 3rd 1949 - July 13th 2004
Kane Jr., legendary bass player and charter member of The New York Dolls,
died from complications of leukemia. He had caught a flu in London,
and checked himself in to a Los Angeles emergency room, complaining
of fatigue. He was quickly diagnosed with leukemia, and died within
two hours. He was 55.
'For anyone who was fortunate enough to know Arthur "Killer"
Kane, or even just to have met him, you know how hard it was not to
love the guy. He was one of the most soft-spoken, gentle and kind-hearted
souls one could ever come across in the world of rock 'n' roll. W.C.
Arthur, passed away in an L.A. area hospital on July 13 from an advanced
case of leukemia that he didn't even know he had. Arthur had not been
feeling well. He finally went to the emergency room around 3:30 p.m.
on the afternoon of July13 thinking he had a bad flu virus. By 5:30
p.m., he had been diagnosed with leukemia. And by 7:30 p.m., he was
dead. Kane was born in the Bronx, New York, to Irish parents. A model
student at the local Pratt College, he moved to Amsterdam in 1971. Having
failed to put a band together, he lived on selling hashish and went
back to the states. Later 1971, five cross-dressing musicians combined
glam rock and punk to form The New York Dolls. After building a dedicated
following and touring with The Faces in Great Britain, the group's drummer
Billy Murcia drowned in his bathtub. The Dolls hired Jerry Nolan as
a replacement. They released their self-titled debut album in 1973,
an album that heavily influenced future punk rockers in America and
the UK. Originally conceived as America's answer to the Rolling Stones,
the group started an entire new scene in Manhattan, Although androgyny
was always something just beneath the tip of the iceberg in most rock
'n' roll, the Dolls took it all the way. Motley Crue, Kiss and others
would later ape and capitalize on the group's bisexual, glam-drag look,
which America was not ready for at that time of the 'Dolls'. Thunders
died from a drug overdose in 1991. Nolan died from a stroke in 1992.
Johansen recorded several solo albums as lounge singer named Buster
Poindexter, and launched a movie career. Kane went on to play bass with
The Corpse Grinders and The Idols. Earlier this year , Johansen,
Sylvain and Kane re-formed The Dolls and performed at Morrissey's Meltdown
Festival in London.
September 23rd 1930 - June 10th 2004
"Music to me is just like breathing. I have
to have it. It's part of me."
Last summer, it was reported that Charles was suffering from acute hip
discomfort. Doctors successfully replaced his hip, but other ailments
were diagnosed, including a liver disease. Ray Charles aged 73, passed
away at 11:35 a.m. (2:35 p.m. ET), in Beverly Hills, California, his
publicist said. The cause was of complications from liver disease.
is survived by 11 children, 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren
been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after Ray
Charles is dead," he told the Washington Post in 1983. "I
just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If
it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the
was a towering figure in pop music history. The term "genius"
came from Frank Sinatra. Ray, who virtually invented soul music by infusing
R&B with gospel fervor, was born dirt-poor in Albany, Ga., started
to go blind at 6. He went to a school for the blind in St. Augustine,
Fla., where he learned Braille and got formal musical training. He compensated
for his blindness with acute hearing and a keen musical sensibility.
Charting 85 singles, It was Charles' blending of gospel and blues music
on the 1954 recording of "I Got a Woman" -- created at a small
radio station studio in Atlanta, Georgia -- which is often credited
as the beginning of soul music. Charles also put out the seminal Genius
+ Soul = Jazz in 1961, and remained immensely popular through the '60s.
He topped the R&B chart with Let's Go Get Stoned in 1966. He hit
No. 1 on the country charts in 1985 with Seven Spanish Angels, a duet
with Nelson, and topped R&B charts again in 1989 when he joined
Chaka Khan and Quincy Jones on I'll Be Good to You. The 12-time Grammy
winner received countless awards and honorary college degrees. He played
before kings, queens and presidents and was inducted into nine halls
of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall in 1986. Two years ago played
the first music concert in the 2,000-year existence of the Roman Colosseum.
He received the President's Merit Award just before this year's Grammy
Awards , and got the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame Award on
March 6. Charles' last public appearance was alongside Clint Eastwood
on April 30, when Los Angeles named the singer's studio a historic landmark.
His final work, Genius Loves Company, a collection of duets with such
admirers as Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Nelson and John,
arrives in stores Aug. 31 2004.
Mable John, a member of his backing singers, The Raeletts, says Charles
"taught me how to listen. He taught me to hear things I never heard
before musically. He said most people hear with their eyes, but he taught
me to see with my ears."
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started these pages June of 2004. When the great Ray Charles died,
I wrote a tribute to him... and just carried it on from there.
Sorry I haven't the time to write past ones too.
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