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Died On This Date (September 30, 1977) Mary Ford / Popular ’50s Vocalist, Wife of Les Paul

Posted by themusicsover on September 30, 2009

Mary Ford (Born Iris Summers)
July 7, 1924 – September 30, 1977

Mary Ford was the wife and musical partner of Les Paul.  She sang and played guitar when performing and recording with her famous husband.  They were extremely popular in the early ’50s, scoring sixteen top-10 hits and selling over six million records in 1951 alone.  Ford married Paul in 1949 and the two almost immediately launched a radio show on NBC.  The signed to Capitol records at around the same time and began releasing a string of hits.  Their popularity began to wane in the late ’50s, and the two divorced, thus ending their professional relationship in 1964.   Ford spent the latter years of her life performing occasionally with her sisters and brother.  She died of complications from diabetes on September 30, 1977.  She was 53 years old.

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Died On This Date (September 29, 2009) Greg Ladanyi / Grammy Winning Producer

Posted by themusicsover on September 29, 2009

Greg Ladanyi
1952 – September 29, 2009

greg_ladanyiGreg Ladanyi was an engineer and producer who worked with some of the biggest acts of the ’70s and ’80s.  His talents can be heard on landmark albums by the likes of Fleetwood  Mac, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, the Church, the Cruzados, David Lindley, and Toto.  In 1983, he won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album for Toto IV.  In recent years he was working with Greek singer and actress, Anna Vissi.  On Friday, September 25, 2009, Ladanyi was injured in an accident while on stage with Vissi.  He suffered head injuries that lead to his death on September 29, 2009.  He was 57 years old.



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Died On This Date (September 28, 1991) Miles Davis / Jazz Icon

Posted by themusicsover on September 28, 2009

Miles Davis
May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991

milesMiles Davis was trumpeter who was one of jazz’s must influential musicians of all times.  Over the course of his career, he helped launch the careers of some of biggest names in jazz by hiring them for his bands.  That list includes John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.  In 19444, Davis moved to New York City right after graduating from high school.  He became an integral part of the be-bop scene there.  He also helped pave the way for other forms of jazz as well, including hard bop, fusion, cool jazz, and free jazz.    In 1959, Davis released A Kind Of Blue, which would go on to be his biggest selling album and a key release of all jazz.  Over the course of his career, Davis was awarded nine Grammys for now classic albums like Bitches Brew, Aura and Sketches of Spain.  Davis suffered from cocaine addiction for many years, and was finally able to kick it in the early ’80s.  That decade proved to be a nice renaissance period for him thanks in part to his associating with more contemporary pop artists like Public Image Ltd., Scritti Politti, and Artists United Against Apartheid.  Miles Davis passed away on September 28, 1991 at the age of 65.  Causes of death was pneumonia, stroke and respiratory failure.

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Died On This Date (September 28, 2008) Walter Lee / Longtime Capitol Records Promo Man

Posted by themusicsover on September 28, 2009

Walter Lee
September 29, 1942 – September 28, 2008

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Photo courtesy of Deborah Lee Germain

Walter Lee, began his career in music as lead guitarist for the Boston-area rock ‘n roll combo, the Uniques, a band who had some local success after releasing two singles.  He was eventually hired by Capitol Records and moved to Detroit where he is credited for bringing Bob Seger to the label.  After a handful albums failed to get Seger noticed outside of the Midwest, Capitol was ready to give up on the artist until Lee persuaded the higher-ups to put out an album that captured Seger in his element, live on stage.  That album was Live Bullet, and it launched Seger into the stratosphere.  The ’80s found Lee running Capitol’s radio promotion department in Hollywood.    His leadership as Vice President and GM at the label contributed to the success of Duran Duran, the Motels, Missing Persons, Iron Maiden, Steve Miller and many more.  After leaving Capitol, Lee lead the promotion team at Morgan Creek Records.  In recent years, he was a partner at Pro Sports Music, a firm that promoted music through sporting events.  Walter Lee died of colon cancer on September 28, 2008.

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Died On This Date (September 28, 1972) Rory Storm / ’60s British Rock Star

Posted by themusicsover on September 28, 2009

Rory Storm (born Alan Caldwell)
September 21, 1939 – September 28, 1972

Rory Storm with Ringo Starr on drums

There was a time when Rory Storm & the Hurricanes were more popular than the Beatles.  Also from Liverpool at the time, Storm and his band offered up a rollicking show mostly covering the popular American early rock ‘n roll and rockabilly, much like the Beatles were doing at the time.  In fact, Storm’s drummer at the time, was Ringo Starr who left him to replace Pete Best in the Beatles.  Although the band were a great live act, generally opening for popular American rockers that came through town, they never were able to parlay that into a recording career.  They made just two singles during their run.  Storm broke up the band in 1967 after original member Ty O’Brien died of complications from appendicitis surgery.  He had collapsed on stage, from the appendicitis.  Storm went on to become a local disc jockey and ski instructor.  In September of 1972, Storm was living back to take care of his mother after his father died.  Battling a chest infection, he took sleeping pills to get a good night’s sleep.  The next morning, both he and his mother were found dead.  It is believed that Storm died of an accidental overdose since there was also alcohol in his system.  It was suggested that Storm’s mother, who also had sleeping pills in her system, may have committed suicide after discovering her son dead.  Rory Storm was 33 when he died.



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