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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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RIP, Bobby Womack (June 27, 2014) American Soul Legend

Posted by themusicsover on June 27, 2014

Bobby Womack
March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014

bobby-womackBobby Womack is widely considered one of the greatest R&B singers and songwriters the world has ever known.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Womack began his career singing in the family group, the Womack Brothers.  Legend has it that when he was just eight years old, he broke a string on his father’s guitar, so the elder Womack replaced it with a shoelace and handed it back to his son who began to play it well enough that his dad went out and bought him one of his very own.  The Womack Brothers began touring the Gospel circuit and soon caught the ear of Sam Cooke who signed them to his SAR Records.  They then changed their name to the Valentinos and scored a 1961 hit with “Lookin’ For A Love.”   That was soon followed by “It’s All Over Now,” a co-write by Womack which became an even bigger hit by the Rolling Stones in 1964.  After Cooke was killed later that year, the label folded and the Womack Brothers split up.  Womack went on to have a successful solo career throughout the ’70s and early ’80s, with such hits as “Harry Hippie,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “Looking For A Love,” and “Across 110th Street.”  Many of his songs have been prominently featured in films, television programs, and even games over the past few decades.  During the mid-80s, Womack’s career was sidelined due to addiction problems, but he fought his way back, and a decade later, he jumped right back into his work.  Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.  And in 2010, his talent reached a whole new generation when he contributed lyrics and sang on “Stylo,” the lead track on the Gorillaz massively popular album, Plastic Beach.  Two years later, Damon Alborn (Blur/Gorillaz) produced The Bravest Man In The Universe, Womack’s first album since 1994.  The LP left critics gushing while earning the #36 slot on Rolling Stone‘s year-end best-of list.  In the UK,  The Guardian ranked it at #10 for the year while the Q Awards called it the Best Album of 2012.   On June 27, 2014, Bobby Womack passed away at the age of 70.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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