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RIP, Greg Lake (December 7, 2016) Emerson, Lake & Palmer; King Crimson

Posted by themusicsover on December 7, 2016

Greg Lake
November 10, 1947 – December 7, 2016

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As founding lead singer of both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake was an early architect of what would become known as progressive rock – a style that borrowed heavily from classical and jazz for its sound, and poetry for its lyrics.  Born in Dorset, England, Lake began playing the guitar as a young teen.  By high school, he was friends with another musical schoolmate, Robert Fripp, who later asked Lake to change to bass and sing lead for his own new band, King Crimson.  The year was 1968 and the group quickly found a sizable audience thanks in part to their acclaimed debut, In the Court of the Crimson King. Produced by Lake, it is one of earliest and most influential prog rock albums.  After leaving the group in 1970, Lake joined up with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer to form one of rock’s early supergroups, Emerson, Lake & Palmer.  The band would become one of the most successful British bands of the era with such mind-bending albums as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, Trilogy, and Brain Salad Surgery, before parting ways in 1979.  During the ’80s, Lake played with Asia and Emerson, Lake &  Powell with drummer, Cozy Powell. Emerson, Lake & Palmer reunited for another album and a world tour during the early ’90s, and continued on in one form or another into 2010.  Greg Lake was 69 when he died of cancer on December 7, 2016.

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Died On This Date (December 3, 2015) Scott Weiland / Stone Temple Pilots; Velvet Revolver

Posted by themusicsover on December 3, 2016

Scott Weiland (Born Scott Kline)
October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015

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Scott Weiland was the front man for the popular ’90s alternative rock band, Stone Temple Pilots.  He later fronted Velvet Revolver, a harder leaning band that included Slash, Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses, and Dave Kushner of Wasted Youth. Weiland also released a handful of solo albums throughout his career. Born in Northern California, Weiland was living in Orange County, CA  by the time he was in high school.  In t he late ’80s, he co-founded Stone Temple Pilots who went on to enjoy massive success both on record and on tour.  The band’s first two albums, Core and Purple, sold over 14 million copies combined in the US alone, and produced such hits as “Plush,” “Vaseline” and “Interstate Love Song.”  Stone Temple Pilots split in 2002 and Weiland launched his second act with Velvet Revolver.  The band’s debut, Contraband, debuted on the Billboard chart at No. 1 and went on to sell over 2 million copies while its single, “Slither,” earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.  Weiland left Velvet Revolver and reunited with Stone Temple Pilots in 2008.  The band toured and recorded through 2013 with Weiland working solo both during, and after its second run.  It was while on tour with his solo band, the Wildabouts, that Weiland’s long-time demons got the best of him.  On December 3, 2105, Scott Weiland, age 48, was found dead on his tour bus prior to a show in Bloomington, MN.  Cause of death was ruled an accidental overdose.

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RIP, Colonel Abrams (November 24, 2016) House Music Pioneer

Posted by themusicsover on November 24, 2016

Colonel Abrams
May 25, 1949 – November 24, 2016

colonel-abramsColonel Abrams was an American R&B singer who launched his career in 1976 and rose to fame during the mid-’80s.  His biggest hit was 1985’s “Trapped,” which cracked the Top 5 in the UK and topped the US Dance single charts. A follow-up single, “I’m Not Gonna Let You” charted on several dance and R&B charts and further helped lay the foundation of House Music.  Abrams’ self-titled debut ultimately reached #75 on the Billboard Top 200, as well as #13 on their R&B Album chart. He went on to release three more albums over the next decade along with several more club and dance hit singles. In 2007 and 2008, Abrams released a handful of new singles on his own Colonel Records.  In more recent years, he could be  seen performing at ’80s revival shows.  Sadly, it has been reported that Abrams was homeless and living in poor health as recently as 2015.  Colonel Abrams was 67 when he passed away on November 24, 2016.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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RIP, Sharon Jones (November 18, 2016) Soul Great

Posted by themusicsover on November 18, 2016

Sharon Jones
May 4, 1956 – November 18, 2016

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Born in North Augusta, South Carolina, but raised in New York City, Sharon Jones was a soul singer whose talent was out-shined only by her performances in front of a crowd.  As a child, Jones often mimicked one of her idols, James Brown, and as an adult, it often appeared she was raising his spirit to join her on stage.  During her early years as a performer, Jones sang in gospel and funk groups and while entering talent contests around New York City.  In 2002, Jones released the inaugural album on the Daptone Records, Dap-Dipping with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, with the label’s house band, the Dap-Kings now in place as her permanent back up. Over the better part the next 14 years, Jones played in front of ecstatic crowds around the world, and released five more albums that many credit as having launched the current soul and funk revival.  In June of 2013, it was announced that she was suffering from bile duct cancer which was later re-diagnosed as stage II pancreatic cancer.  It hardly slowed Jones down however, she released what would become her two final albums, and performed to adoring fans at times, bald from her chemotherapy.  In 2015, the documentary,  Miss Sharon Jones! was released to critical acclaim.  It was at one of the initial screenings, that Jones announced that the cancer had returned.  It ultimately  took her life.  Sharon Jones was 60 when she passed away on November 18, 2016.

 

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RIP, Mose Allison (November 15, 2016) Jazz And Blues Legend

Posted by themusicsover on November 15, 2016

Mose Allison
November 11, 1927 – November 15, 2016

mose-allisonMose Allison was a revered jazz and blues pianist and singer whose influence reached beyond his idioms and into rock and blues.  Over the past four decades his songs have been recorded by the likes of the Clash, the Bangles, Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Robert Palmer, Bonnie Raitt, the Yardbirds, and most famously, the Who, whose version of “Young Mans Blues” reached the masses via their classic Live At Leeds album, and remained a concert staple ever since.  Born and raised on his grandfather’s Mississippi farm, Allison spent his formative years picking cotton while learning to play the piano and trumpet.  He was just 13 when he wrote his first song.  After spending a couple of years in the Army, Russell completed college and then moved to New York City to launch his music career.  While performing with such jazz luminaries as Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz, he recorded his debut album, Black Country Suite, which was released by Prestige in March of 1957. Difficult to classify, one label tried marketing him as a pop artist, while another tried blues, and yet another, jazz.  Regardless of any difficulties they might have had, his fanbase grew with each album. Throughout his career, Allison received countless honors including the prestigious Jazz Master award by the National Endowment For The Arts in 2013.  Mose Allison was 89 when he died of natural causes on November 15, 2016.

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