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RIP, Lynn Anderson (July 30, 2015) Country Great

Posted by themusicsover on July 30, 2015

Lynn Anderson
September 26, 1947 – July 30, 2015

lynn-andersonLynn Anderson was a very popular country singer who had several hits during the ’70s and ’80s.  Her biggest hit was 1970’s “(I Never Promised You) A Rose Garden,” a Joe South penned song that hit #3 on the US Pop Charts and did nearly as well around the world.  Anderson had more than 50 Top-4o hits and hit #1 on the Country Charts twelve times.  She was nominated for seven Grammys and was awarded one for Best Female Country Performance in 1971.  In 1974, she became the first woman to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden.  Anderson took a break in 1980, but returned strong in 1983 with a Top 10 Country duet with Gary Morris, “You’re Welcome To Tonight.”  She continued to record and perform live well into the 2000s – one of her biggest crowds came in 2009, when she performed at Coachella’s sister festival, Stagecoach.  Her most recent release was a Country Gospel album, Bridges, which came out digitally in June of 2015.  Lynn Anderson was 67 when she died of a heart attack.

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RIP, Charanjit Singh (July 5, 2015) Influential Indian Musician

Posted by themusicsover on July 5, 2015

Charanjit Singh
1940 – July 5, 2015

charanjit-singhCharanjit Singh was a multi instrumentalist from Mumbai, India, who, during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, found his calling playing guitar and synthesizer on numerous Bollywood soundtracks.  In 1982, he released Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat to little fanfare.  But when it was reissued in 2010, it was embraced by the acid house community who acknowledged Singh as a pioneer of the genre.  The sound he created clearly had an influence on the likes of Aphex Twin and Ceephax.  Charanjit Singh was 75 when he died in his sleep on July 5, 2015.

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RIP, Chris Squire (June 28, 2015) Co-Founder Of Yes

Posted by themusicsover on June 28, 2015

Chris Squire
March 4, 1948 – June 28, 2015

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Chris Squire was a singer, songwriter, and co-founding bassist of the influential British progressive rock band, Yes. And to many, he was one of rock’s greatest bass players of all time. Born in a London suburb, Squire began his musical training as part of his church choir.  Like so many teens in 1964, Squire heard the Beatles and knew that was what he wanted to do, so he picked up the bass and began learning how to use it.  After perfecting his craft playing in a few bands around town for a couple of years, Squire was introduced to Jon Anderson. During the summer of 1968, and after recruiting Peter Banks, Bill Bruford, and Tony Kaye, Yes was born.  Over the next four decades, the band went through several personnel changes and a couple of breaks, with Squire remaining the one and only constant throughout.  They released twenty studio albums with nine reaching the Top 10 in either the US or UK and sold over 13 million in the US alone.  Along the way they not only helped create the blueprint for prog rock, but helped refine it along the way.  They were also very instrumental in expanding its fan base into the mainstream.  In May of 2015, it was announced that Squire was suffering from and acute form of leukemia. Less than six weeks later, on June 28, 2015, Chris Squire died from it at the age of 67.

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RIP, Wendell Holmes (June 19, 2015) The Holmes Brothers

Posted by themusicsover on June 19, 2015

Wendell Holmes
December 19, 1943 – June 19, 2015

wendell-holmesWendell Holmes was the guitarist, pianist and vocalist for the legendary gospel, R&B, and blues band, the Holmes Brothers. Formed in 1978, the trio built a legion of loyal followers thanks to their heavenly harmonies and overall sound that was once described by the New York Times as “deeply soulful, uplifting and timeless.”   Formed in Christchurch, Virginia, the Holmes Brothers moved to Harlem during the ’80s to try their luck in the city’s blues clubs.  They signed their first record deal in 1989 and went on to release 12 albums, including three that landed in the top five of the Billboard Blues Album charts.   The list of artists they recorded with includes Joan Osborne, Willie Nelson, Peter Gabriel, and Van Morrison.  In 2014, they received an National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship.  Wendell Holmes died from complications due to pulmonary hypertension.  He was 71.

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RIP, Ornette Coleman (June 11, 2015) Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on June 11, 2015

Randolph Ornette Coleman
March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015

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Ornette Coleman was one of the true greats of jazz.  As a saxophonist, he pioneered what would become to be called “free jazz.” In fact, he is often credited with actually inventing it, or at least putting a name to it, after naming his 1960 album,  Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. Born in Forth Worth, TX., Coleman spent much of his early career traveling around the United States performing along regional jazz circuits.  Along the way he began to incorporate country blues and R&B into his sound.  In his slower pieces, his high timbre can come across as crying, which appealed to fans of the blues as well.  In 1959, while living in New York, Coleman released The Shape of Things To Come, and a year later, Free Jazz.  Both releases broke him through in a big way and laid the foundation for the avant-garde movement of the 1960s and beyond.   In later years Coleman dabbled in rock, even performing with the Grateful Dead on occasion.  In 2007, he became the first musician to win a Pulitzer Prize – for his album, Sound Grammar.  He continued to perform and record up until the time of his death.  Ornette Coleman was 85 when he died of cardiac arrest on June 11, 2015.

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