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RIP, Ian McLagan (December 3, 2014) Legendary Rock Keyboardist

Posted by themusicsover on December 3, 2014

Ian McLagan
May 12, 1945 – December 3, 2014

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Ian McLagan was a much respected and highly influential English keyboard player who is perhaps best remembered for his years in the Small Faces/Faces, and for his collaborations with the Rolling Stones.  He also recorded several albums with his own band throughout the years.  Launching his career during the early ’60s, McLagan’s first band of note was Boz People, playing alongside Boz Burrell of future King Crimson and Bad Company fame. In 1965, McLagan was invited to join the Small Faces which morphed into the Faces when Rod Stewart joined the group in 1969.  Each version of the group had numerous hits during their runs while influencing a generation of musicians along the way. When the Faces broke up in 1975, McLagan continued on primarily as a session player and touring keyboardist for the Rolling Stones – a position he would hold for decades.  He also recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few.  He also released nearly a dozen albums with his own band over the course of his career, the most recent being 2014’s United States, for Yep Roc Records.  Ian McLagan ultimately passed away on December 3, 2014, and according to an official statement by Yep Roc, he died “surrounded by family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX, due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day.  He was 69 years old. His manager Ken Kushnick says,  ‘He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.’ Ian’s bandmate in Small Faces and Faces, Kenney Jones said, ‘I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie [Wood] and Rod [Stewart] also.'”

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RIP, Bobby Keys (December 2, 2014) Longtime Rolling Stones Saxophonist

Posted by themusicsover on December 2, 2014

Bobby Keys
December 18, 1943 – December 2, 2014

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Bobby Keys was one of the greatest saxophone side men the rock world has ever known.  Born in Lubbock County, Texas, Keys picked up the saxophone at an early age, and by the time he was 15, he was touring with Bobby Vee and Buddy Holly.  Throughout the years, he played on 100s of recordings, along with albums by Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo StarrPaul McCartney, the Who, Eric Clapton, and Elvis Presley, to name but a few.  But it was with the Rolling Stones that Keys truly made his biggest contributions to popular music.  He can be heard on every Stones album between 1969 and 1974, and from 1980 to their most recent.  He’s also played on nearly every tour since 1970.   His most famous solo is arguably the one he played on “Brown Sugar.”  Suffering from Cirrhosis in later years, Bobby Keys passed away in his home on December 2, 2014.  He was 70.

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RIP, Jimmy Ruffin (November 17, 2014) Motown Great

Posted by themusicsover on November 17, 2014

Jimmy Ruffin
May 7, 1936 – November 17, 2014

jimmy-ruffinJimmy Ruffin was an American soul singer who, through much of the late ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s, released several hit records.  Born in Mississippi to a family that would later would include brother and future Temptation, David Ruffin, Ruffin began singing at a very young age.  His first group of note was Gospel music’s, the Dixie Nightingales.  By the early ’60s, Ruffin was singing background sessions for Motown subsidiary, Miracle Records.  After serving in the US Army, Ruffin launched his solo career in 1964.  What followed was a succession of hits that included his signature song, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” which reached #7 on the Billboard charts.  The ’70s were less kind to Ruffin, but he still scored some lesser hits while discovering a new audience in the UK.  In the ’80s, he relocated to England where he did well along the Northern Soul circuit.  He also collaborated with Paul Weller, Heaven 17, Maxine Nightingale, and Brenda Holloway, to name a few.  Ruffin eventually moved back to the US, settling in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He continued to record and release albums as recently as 2010’s I Am My Brother’s Keeper.   Jimmy Ruffin was 78 when he passed away on November 17, 2014.

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RIP, Jonathan Athon (November 9, 2014) Bassist For Black Tusk

Posted by themusicsover on November 9, 2014

Jonathan Athon
DOB Unknown – November 9, 2014

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Jonathan Athon at center with Black Tusk. Photo by Geoff L. Johnson

Jonathan Athon was the bassist and vocalist for popular Savannah, Georgia sludge metal pioneers, Black Tusk. Inspired equally by ’70s metal, speed metal, and punk, Black Tusk formed in 2005 and quickly rose to the top of the Savannah metal scene which also includes Kylesa and Baroness.  After a handful of self-released albums and split EPs, the band signed with Relapse Records who released their breakout album, 2010’s Taste The Sin. The band continued to deliver what fans wanted, both on record and in concert, over the next four years.  During the night of November 8, 2014, Athon and his girlfriend were reportedly riding on his motorcycle when they were involved in a collision with an automobile.  Both sustained serious injuries but Athon was put into a medically induced coma to monitor his more severe head trauma.  Details of the accident, as well as the condition of the other driver, were not immediately released.  On November 9, 2014, Jonathan Athon was reportedly removed from life support and passed away.  He was 32.

 

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RIP, Wayne Static (November 1, 2014) Frontman Of Static-X

Posted by themusicsover on November 1, 2014

Wayne Static (Born Wayne Wells)
November 4, 1965 – November 1, 2014

wayne-staticWayne Static was the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist for the Los Angeles based industrial metal band, Static-X.  Formed in 1994, the band built a legion of followers thanks to a sound that co-mingled industrial metal, groove metal and nu-metal.  Over the course of the band’s 16 year run, they released six albums including their Platinum-selling debut, Wisconsin Death Trip.  Static was the only original member of the band throughout its entire lifespan.  Seemingly musically gifted at an early age, Static’s parents bought him his first guitar at the age of seven, and by the time he was 12, he was in his first band.  He eventually moved from Chicago to Los Angeles where Static-X was born.  After a very successful run, the band went on hiatus in 2009 during which time Static released his solo debut, 2011’s Pighammer, which peaked at #97 on the US Album Charts.  He formed a new version of Static-X in 2012, but disbanded it for good the following year.  Outside of Static-X, Static collaborated with the likes of Skinny Puppy, Godhead, Soil, and Run DMC.   He was scheduled to tour with Powerman 5000 and American Head Charge in November of 2014.  Wayne Static was 48 when he passed away on November 1, 204.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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RIP, Jack Bruce (October 25, 2014) Bassist For Cream

Posted by themusicsover on October 25, 2014

John “Jack” Bruce
May 14, 1943 – October 25, 2014

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As the founding bassist, songwriter and singer for the psychedelic rock trio, Cream, Jack Bruce will be remembered as one of popular music’s greatest bass players.  Formed with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker in 1966, Cream quickly formed a legion of fans thanks to their powerful hybrid of hard rock, electric blues, and psychedelic rock. Like no other group before or since, each instrument was as prominent as the other to the point where Bruce’s bass, Clapton’s guitar, and Baker’s drums could be called the “lead” instrument.  Even though they recorded only four albums across the span of just two years, Cream is regarded as one the most successful and influential “supergroups” of all time.  Their third album, Wheels Of Fire was the world’s first platinum double album.  Born into a musical family, Bruce took a shine to jazz bass early and eventually earned a scholarship to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he supported himself during by playing in a local jazz band.  In 1962, he joined the Graham Bond Organisation where he met Baker.  After leaving the band in 1965, Bruce released a solo album and then joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers where he met Clapton, who he recruited for his new band.  After Cream broke up, Bruce released several solo albums and collaborated with numerous rock and jazz fusion artists before reuniting with Cream in 1993 for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and again in 2005 for a series of successful shows at the Royal Albert Hall  in London and Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Bruce continued to record and perform live until his passing from liver disease on October 25, 2014.  He was 71.

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RIP, Raphael Ravenscroft (October 19, 2014) Provided Iconic Sax Solo On “Baker Street”

Posted by themusicsover on October 19, 2014

Raphael Ravenscroft
June 4, 1954 – October 19, 2014

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Raphael Ravenscroft was an in-demand session musician whose saxophone can be heard on albums by Robert Plant, Daft Punk, Mike Oldfield, Duffy, and Pink Floyd to name just a few.  He most famously provided the iconic sax parts for Gerry Rafferty‘s 1978 hit single, “Baker Street.”  The song reached #2 on the US charts, #1 in Canada and Australia, and #3 in the UK.  In 2010, BMI recognized the it for having been played more than 5 million times around the world.  Throughout his career, Ravenscroft also wrote several regarded saxophone instruction books.  He also composed music for numerous major advertising campaigns.  Ravenscroft semi-retired in 2012 due to health issues and died from a suspected heart attack on October 19, 2014.  He was 60.

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RIP, Paul Revere (October 4, 2014) Paul Revere & The Raiders

Posted by themusicsover on October 4, 2014

Paul Revere Dick
January 7, 1938 – October 4, 2014

paul-reverePaul Revere was the founder, keyboardist and iconic face of  late ’60s/early ’70s rock and roll band, Paul Revere & the Raiders.  Formed in Boise, Idaho in 1958 as the Downbeats (with Mark Lindsay on lead vocals), the band scored its first regional hit in 1961 with “Like, Long Hair.”  The song eventually found enough of a national audience to crack the Top 40 of the national charts.  By the mid ’60s, the group, now known as the Paul Revere & the Raiders, relocated to Los Angeles and began working with producer, Terry Melcher.  What followed was a string of future garage rock classics that positioned the band as America’s answer to the British Invasion.  Records like “Just Like Me,”  “Hungry,” “Good Thing,” and “Kicks” became radio staples throughout the second half of he 1960s.  For at least the year of 1967, the band was Columbia Records’ biggest-selling rock band.  The early ’70s found the Raiders’ style of music falling out of fashion, so they responded with 1971’s socially conscious “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)”, a #1 hit that went on to sell over six million copies.  The album from which it came, Indian Reservation, reached #19 on the album charts.  It was the band’s final appearance of any significance on the charts.  In 1976, Revere announced his retirement, only to return to the stage with a new Raiders lineup in 1978.  He continued to perform in front of cheering crowds along the oldies circuit until his second retirement in August of 2014.  In recent years, Paul Revere & the Raiders enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to carefully curated reissues and Hall of Fame type accolades.  Paul Revere was 76 when passed away on October 4, 2014.  Cause of death was not immediately released. 

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RIP, Jimi Jamison (August, 31, 2014) Former Lead Singer of Survivor

Posted by themusicsover on August 31, 2014

Jimmy “Jimi” Jamison
August 23, 1951 – August 31, 2014

Jimi-JamisonJimi Jamison is perhaps best remembered as a lead singer of ’80s rock band Survivor.  Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Jamison began singing and playing the guitar and piano as a child.  By the time he hit middle school, he was already playing in a band.   During the early ’80s, Jamison became the lead singer of a band called Cobra, and a few years later, he was invited to front Survivor after original lead vocalist (and “Eye Of The Tiger” singer) Dave Bickler left due to serious issues with his vocal cords.  Jamison’s first recording with the group was the hit, “The Moment of Truth,” for the Karate Kid soundtrack.  That was quickly followed by the Vital Signs album which went Platinum and reached #16 on the US album charts.  The album spawned the hits, “High On You,” “The Search Is Over,” and “I Can’t Hold Back.”  Its follow-up, When Seconds Count, also cracked the Top 50 on the US album charts powered by several radio-friendly pop-rockers.   The list of hit songs that Jamison sang lead on include “Burning Heart” from the Rocky IV soundtrack, and “I’m Always Here,” the theme song of the popular Baywatch television series.  He was also an in-demand session singer, having recorded with the likes of Joe Walsh and ZZ Top, whose Billy Gibbons often referred to him as the fourth member of the group.   Jamison continued to record and perform as a solo act, and upon occasion, with Survivor well throughout the rest of his life.  His most recent solo album, Never Too Late, was released in 2012.   Jimi Jamison was 63 when he died of a heart attack on August 31, 2014.

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RIP, Billy Rath (August 16, 2014) Bassist For Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers

Posted by themusicsover on August 16, 2014

Billy Rath
August 8, 1948 – August 16, 2014

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Billy Rath is perhaps best remembered as the second bassist for Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers.  The band formed in 1975, and Rath came on board in 1976 to replace Richard Hell who left to form the Voidoids.  Hitting Europe just as punk rock was taking hold, the Heartbreakers immediately fell into the scene and were quickly invited to tour with the Sex Pistols on their doomed Anarchy in the UK tour.  The band soon recorded their first and only album, L.A.M.F (Like A Mother Fucker), to mostly mixed reviews – although critics liked the band and the songs, they didn’t care much for the album’s production.  The Heartbreaker’s label soon went out of business, and the band’s dissolved in late 1977.  They did reform for occasional gigs in New York City during the late ’70s and early ’80s, but Rath left for good in 1985.  Over the next two decades or so, Rath stayed away from music business.  He studied Psychology and Theology, and eventually worked as a counselor addicts.  In 2010, he resurfaced at a  Max’s Kansas City reunion which lead to the formation of his own band, Billy Rath’s Street Pirates.  Rath continued to perform live to adoring crowds,even touring the UK during the final years of his life.  Billy Rath died at the age of 66 on August 16, 2014.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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RIP, Johnny Winter (July 16, 2014) American Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on July 16, 2014

Johnny Winter
February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014

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Johnny Winter was an American blues musician and producer who can rightfully be called one of the architects of blues-rock.  An electric guitarist who had few equals, Winter was signed to Columbia Records in 1969 to what is believed to have been the biggest deal for a solo artist at the time. Born in Beaumont, Texas, Winter and his younger brother, Edgar Winter, took to music at an early age.  By the time he was 10, Winter was already performing with a ukulele on local television.  When he was just 15, his band, Johnny and the Jammers, released their first single, “School Day Blues.”  He released his first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968. That was followed by Johnny Winter, his first with Columbia Records.  The following year, he released Second Winter, which included several songs that would become staples of his live shows and would enjoy recurring airplay on rock (and then classic rock) and blues stations ever since.  Over the next 40 years, Winter released critical and fan-acclaimed albums for such labels as Columbia, MCA, Alligator, and Virgin.  As a producer, Winter was recognized with three Grammys for albums he produced for Muddy Waters.  In 2003, Rolling Stone named him #63 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.  According to Guitar Blues Scene, Johnny Winter was 70 when he passed away on July 16, 2014.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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RIP, Tommy Ramone (July 11, 2014) The Ramones

Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2014

Tommy Ramone (aka Thomas Erdelyi; Born Erdélyi Tamás)
January 29, 1952 – July 11, 2014

tommy-ramoneThomas Erdelyi, later to be more widely known by his stage name, Tommy Ramone, was the founding drummer for the highly influential rock band, the Ramones.  Until he passed away, Erdelyi had been the last surviving member of the original foursome.  Formed with former high school classmates, Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), John Cummings (Johnny Ramone), and Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) in 1974, the Ramones were considered by many to be the first real punk band.  When discussing his Underground Garage channel on Sirius Satellite, Little Steven Van Zandt described its programming as “groups that inspired the Ramones, groups inspired by the Ramones, and the Ramones.”  Originally slated to be the band’s manager with Hyman on drums, Erdelyi was quickly moved behind the kit when Hyman realized he couldn’t keep up with the tempo of the songs they were writing.  He pretty much became drummer by default since no one else wanted to.  Erdelyi remained in the band until 1978.  He played on and co-produced the band’s first three studio albums as well as their 1979 live album, It’s Alive. Erdelyi was also an accomplished producer as well, most notably of the Replacements‘  Tim album.  He returned to the Ramones camp to produce their 1984 album, Too Tough To Die.  Tommy Ramone was 62 when he died in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.

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RIP, Charlie Haden (July 11, 2014) American Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2014

Charlie Haden
August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014

charlie-hadenCharlie Haden was an American jazz bassist who was most notably part of the Free Jazz movement of the ’50s and ’60s.  It was his work in Ornette Coleman‘s quartet during that time that endeared him to fans and critics alike.  The Coleman albums on which he played been called “game changers”, but it was 1959’s The Shape Of Jazz To Come that is considered a landmark of the genre. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, Haden worked with the great Keith Jarrett, playing on several albums that received critical acclaim as well.  In 1969, Haden formed the Liberation Music Orchestra whose output was more politically based, with Carla Bley contributing heavily.  Haden’s most commercially successful period began in the late ’80s with the formation of his Quartet West.  The configuration released albums well into the 2000s, The list of artists with whom Haden recorded over the years was not limited to jazz and includes Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, Beck, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and Robert Downey Jr.   Haden’s children have enjoyed careers in music as well – his son Joshua Haden is a member of the indie rock band, Spain, while his triplet daughters, Petra Haden, Tanya Haden, and Rachel Haden make up the acclaimed alt-country band, the Haden Triplets.  Charlie Haden was 77 when he passed away on July 11, 2014, following a lengthy illness.

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RIP, John Spinks (July 9, 2014) The Outfield

Posted by themusicsover on July 9, 2014

John Spinks
DOB Unknown – July 9, 2014

john-spinksJohn Spinks is perhaps best remembered as the founding and longtime guitarist and primary songwriter for Manchester, UK power pop trio, the Outfield. Formed in 1984, the band enjoyed tremendous success thanks to heavy video rotation on MTV when that actually mattered.  The band’s debut album, Play Deep sold over 3 million copies in the US alone thanks primarily to its biggest hit single, “Your Love.”  That song has since been covered by the likes of Less Than Jake, Wyclef Jean with Eve, and the Butchies.  It is believed that the record has been sampled over 1000 times – by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and B.o.B. to name a few.  The band’s second album, 1987’s Bangin’, was nowhere near as successful as Play Deep, but it nonetheless went Gold in the US thanks to its three singles, “Since You’ve Been Gone”, “No Surrender”, and “Bangin’ on My Heart”.   The Outfield continued to see moderate success throughout the ’90s and 2000s, recording and touring along the way.  John Spinks died of liver cancer on July 9, 2014.  He was 60.

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