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RIP, Johnny Kemp (April 16, 2015) New Jack Swing Pioneer

Posted by themusicsover on April 16, 2015

Johnny Kemp
August 2, 1959 – April 16, 2015

johnny-kempJohnny Kemp was a Bahamian R&B singer who, during the 1980s, helped lay the foundation of what would be called new jack swing.  Kemp launched his career at the age of 13, singing in local nightclubs.  In 1979, he moved to New York City where he sang with the band, Kinky Fox.  In 1986 he released his first album which contained his first hit, “Just Another Lover.”  What followed was a string of R&B and pop hits including, “Just Got Paid,” “Dancin’ With Myself,” and “Birthday Suit.”  Johnny Kemp was 55 when he died on April 16, 2015.  Cause and circumstances surroundings his death were immediately unclear.

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RIP, Percy Sledge (April 14, 2015) American R&B Great

Posted by themusicsover on April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge
November 25, 1941 – April 14, 2015

percy-sledgePercy Sledge was a beloved American R&B singer whose recording of “When A Man Loves A Woman” went on to become one of popular music most enduring ballads.  Born in Leighton, Alabama, Sledge earned his keep working in the fields and later as a hospital orderly while singing in area clubs on weekends.  A former patient introduced him to a producer friend, leading to his first recording contract.  What followed was a string of R&B hits that included “Warm and Tender Love,” “Take Time To Know Her,” “It Tears Me Up,” and of course, “When A Man Loves A Woman,” which was not only a hit upon its original release in 1966, but again in 1983 thanks to its placement in the film, The Big Chill.  Sledge continued recording and performing well into the 2000s, and was ultimately inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.  Percy Sledge was 73 when he passed away on April 14, 2015.  Cause of death was not immediately released

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RIP, Bob Burns (April 3, 2015) Original Drummer For Lynyrd Skynyrd

Posted by themusicsover on April 3, 2015

Bob Burns
November 4, 1950 – April 3,  2015

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Bob Burns is perhaps best remembered as the founding drummer of iconic Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Formed in 1964, the band would help create the foundation of a genre of music that married rock and roll with country and blues, and amped up the electric guitars.   The band slugged it out on the road in and around the southeast region of the U.S. until they got their break by getting signed to MCA Records in 1972.  The following year, they released their debut album, pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd, which included such future hits and Southern rock staples as “Gimme Three Steps,” “Tuesday’s Gone,” and of course, “Free Bird.” Burns also played on the band’s equally influential second album, Second Helping, before leaving in 1974 due to the stress of the lifestyle.  From time to time, Burns joined the band on stage for special occasions including their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2006.  On April 3, 2015, Bob Burns died of injuries sustained when the car he was driving reportedly went off the road accidentally and struck a tree.  He was 64.

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RIP, A.J. Pero (March 20, 2015) Adrenaline Mob; Twisted Sister

Posted by themusicsover on March 20, 2015

Anthony “A.J.” Pero
October 14, 1959 – March 20, 2015

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A.J. Pero was a hard-hitting American drummer who is best remembered for his many years playing with Twister Sister, as well as his recent years behind the drums for Adrenaline Mob.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Pero took to the drums at an early age, and by the time he was in high school, he was playing in local bands.  In 1982, he joined Twisted Sister who, within two years, became one of the biggest bands in the world thanks to their hook-laden loud teen anthems and MTV-perfect videos.  Although Twisted Sister cringed at the “glam metal” moniker many placed on them, they were heavily influenced by such ’70s glam acts as KISS, New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper.  Pero left to group in 1986, but returned for periodic reunions, and then permanently rejoined the group when they officially reformed in 2003.  In 2013, while still playing with Twisted Sister, he joined Adrenaline Mob, another hard and heavy band formed and fronted by Russell Allen of Symphony X fame.   It was while touring with Adrenaline Mob that A.J. Pero died of a heart attack on March 20, 2015.  He was 55 years old.

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RIP, Mike Porcaro (March 15, 2015) Bassist For Toto; Session Great

Posted by themusicsover on March 15, 2015

Mike Porcaro
May 29, 1955 – March 15, 2015

mike-porcaroMike Porcaro is perhaps best remembered as the longtime bassist for Toto, however, he didn’t become an official member until he replaced original bassist, David Hungate, in 1982.  He went on to tour and record with the band until his retirement in 2007. He can be heard on such Toto albums as Isolation, Fahrenheit,  The Seventh One, and their popular soundtrack to the motion picture Dune. As an in-demand session player, Porcaro’s list of credits reads like a who’s who of popular music of the past five decades.  That list includes albums by Aretha Franklin, Cher, Country Joe McDonald, Dan Fogelberg, Donna Summer, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Sparks, Steve Perry, Stevie Nicks, and Wanda Jackson.  In 2007, Porcaro retired from playing due to a numbness he was feeling in his fingers, and three years later, it was announced that he was suffering from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or as it is more commonly known, “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”  On March 15, 2015, Mike Porcaro finally lost his brave battle with the disease.  He was 59.

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