Posted by themusicsover on December 2, 2013
Murvin “Junior Murvin” Smith
1949 – December 2, 2013
Junior Murvin was an influential reggae performer whose 1976 recording of “Police And Thieves” is considered one of the genre’s most important records. Born in Jamaica, Murvin began singing at an early age. After graduating from high school, he moved to Kingston to launch a career in music. After unsuccessfully auditioning for Lee Scratch Perry and Coxsone Dodd, he landed a deal with Gayfeet Records and later Crystal Records with whom he landed a minor hit with 1972′s “Solomon.” Murvin continued to build a following while performing throughout Jamaica’s many nightclubs and hotel bars until once again, auditioning for Perry in 1976. This time, Perry agreed to record a new song Murvin wrote called “Police And Thieves,” which lead to a full album by the same name for Island Records. The song became a fast hit in Jamaica as well as London where it became an anthem for the local rioters at the time. The album from which it came is considered by many to be Perry’s finest moment as a producer. The song made such an impact on Londoners, that the Clash recorded it and included it in their 1977 debut album. Murvin’s version later appeared in the films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Rockers, and The Royal Tenenbaums while Dave Grohl recorded it for Reno 911!: Miami. Murvin’s final album, Signs And Wonders, came out in 1989. Junior Murvin was 64 when he passed away on December 2, 2013. He was reportedly suffering from diabetes.
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Posted by themusicsover on November 25, 2013
Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton
September 20, 1921 – November 25, 2013
Chico Hamilton was an influential American jazz drummer who helped define the West Coast cool jazz style of the 1950s. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Hamilton played in the same high school band as future greats, Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon before going on to play with the likes of Lionel Hampton, T-Bone Walker, and Gerry Mulligan. In 1948, he was hired to tour with Lena Horne with whom he performed for over six years, thus establishing himself as one of the era’s top sidemen. In 1955, he recorded his first album under his own name and continued to do so more than 60 times throughout the rest of his career. Hamilton also appeared as a drummer in the film Sweet Smell of Success and others. During the ’60s, he scored numerous movies and television programs. In 1987, he co-founded the jazz department at New School University. Chico Hamilton was 92 when he passed away on November 25, 2013.
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Posted by themusicsover on November 20, 2013
DOB Unknown – November 20, 2013
Nick Babeu was the lead singer for Montreal, Canada punk band, Trigger Effect. Formed in 2003, the band built a sizable following thanks to their energetic live shows and the three albums they have released. Their most recent album, What’s Left To Eliminate? came out in early 2013. Nick Babeu passed away on November 20, 2013. Cause of death was not immediately released.
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Posted by themusicsover on November 11, 2013
July 8, 1927 – November 11, 2013
Bob Beckham was a successful Nashville music publisher who, over a career that began in the late 50s, helped guide the early careers of Tony Joe White, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and many more. Born in Oklahoma, Beckham got the show business bug early on so began performing in a traveling when he was just eight years old. He later spent time in Hollywood where he did a bit of acting. After a stint in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during World War II, Beckham signed to Decca Records and charted twice with 1959′s “Just As Much As Ever,” and “Crazy Arms,” which reached #2 on the pop charts the following year. He moved to Nashville in 1959 and landed jobs plugging songs, eventually co-owning Combine Music where he stayed until it sold in 1986. In 1990, he formed HoriPro Music as a U.S. division of Taiyo Music publishing company in Japan. He retired in 2006. Bob Beckham was 86 when he passed away on November 11, 2013.
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Posted by themusicsover on November 1, 2013
August 8, 1963 – November 1, 2013
A music lover since childhood, Joel Oberstein played in three Los Angeles bands while launching his career at the Los Angeles area-based Tempo Records chain, where he eventually rose to GM. He also did stints at Atlantic Records and Right Between the Acts, an innovative company that promoted new releases between sets at concerts. Oberstein eventually hooked up with Clark Benson, an entrepreneur known for the eCrush and Ranker Websites, to form Almighty/Isis. Now known as Almighty Music Marketing, the 18-year-old company, which continues to thrive, started out specializing in listening station programs in hundreds of independent record stores. Oberstein spearheaded expansions into other areas of music marketing, including the Almighty Retail Database, and its weekly New Releases Now email blasts and website. Even in the darkest days of independent retail, Oberstein was a champion of the stores and worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between the labels and the retailers who shared his passion for discovering new music and bringing attention to unappreciated classics. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis four years ago, Joel Oberstein died from complications of West Nile Virus. M.S. and steroid treatments to fight the disease had weakened his immune system to the point that he was unable to fight off WNV. Oberstein was 50 when he passed away on November 1, 2013.
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