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Died On This Date (November 17, 2011) Joe Gracey / Austin Radio Legend

Posted by themusicsover on November 17, 2011

Joe Gracey
DOB Unknown – November 17, 2011

Joe Gracey was an Austin, Texas radio disc jockey who, since the early ’70s, championed what was then called progressive country on KOKE-FM.  Also referred to as alt country, Americana, outlaw country, redneck rock, or simply Texas music, this hybrid of country, blues, rock, and folk found its home outside the mainstream.  And it was Gracey who helped make many of its practitioners – like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kinky Friedman, Townes Van Zandt, Asleep at the Wheel, and Jerry Jeff Walker, household names throughout Texas and beyond.  After being named “Radio Trendsetter of the Year” by Billboard magazine in 1974, Gracey helped launch the popular music program Austin City Limits and was the show’s first talent coordinator.  He later opened his own recording studio where he recorded Stevie Ray Vaughan.  In 1978, he married fellow Texas musician, Kimmie Rhodes for whom he also played and recorded.  Other artists with which he collaborated were Willie Nelson, Ray Price, and Calvin Russell, to name a few.  Joe Gracey died of cancer on November 17, 2011.  He was 61.

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Died On This Date (October 29, 2011) Jimmy Savile / Longtime British Radio & TV Host

Posted by themusicsover on October 29, 2011

Jimmy Savile
October 31, 1926 – October 29, 2011

Jimmy Savile was an English disc jockey and pioneering television personality who, since the dawn of the 1960s, was a familiar face on such music related television programs as Top Of The Pops, Pop Go The Sixties, and New Music Express.  He, in fact, hosted the very first edition of Top Of The Pops on January 1, 1964, and again its finale on July 30, 2006.  Savile also presented several popular radio programs throughout the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s on both Radio Luxemburg and the BBC Radio.   Over the course of his long career, Savile became arguably as popular – at least throughout the UK, as the countless pop stars whose careers he helped launch.  Jimmy Savile was 84 when he died of pneumonia on October 29, 2011.



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Died On This Date (September 13, 2011) DJ Mehdi Faveris-Essadi / French Electronic & Hip-Hop Producer

Posted by themusicsover on September 13, 2011

Mehdi Faveris-Essadi
1977 – September 13, 2011

Known professionally as DJ Mehdi, Mehdi Faveris-Essadi was a prominent French DJ and producer who has been praised throughout the underground hip-hop scene for his skills at combining elements of hip-hop and electronica.  During his early professional years, Faveris-Essadi was a DJ or producer for such acts as Different Teep, Ideal J, and 113.  He also worked on several French film soundtracks.  As his reputation grew, Faveris-Essadi began collaborating with the likes of Chromeo, Daft Punk and Asian  Dub Foundation.  Faveris-Essadi released a handful of his own critically albums as well, beginning with 2002’s The Story of Espion.  On September 13, 2011, DJ Mehdi Faveris-Essadi died in a tragic mishap that resulted in his falling through the roof his house.  He and friends had reportedly been on the roof celebrating his birthday.

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Died On This Date (August 6, 2011) Fred Imus / Radio Personality & Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on August 6, 2011

Fred Imus
January 11, 1942 – August 6, 2011

Photo by Don Imus

Fred Imus was a songwriter, radio personality, younger brother, and frequent guest of controversial radio talk giant, Don Imus.  In 1962, the Imus brothers co-wrote and recorded “I’m a Hot Rodder (and All That Jazz)” under the name Jay Jay Imus and Freddy Ford. Years later, while working on the railroad during the mid ’70s, the younger Imus and friend, Phil Sweet co-wrote “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You” which shot to #1 on the country music charts as recorded by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius.  The tune was ultimately named Song of the Year by Music City News.  During the ’90s, Imus began restoring vintage cars at his Auto Body Express which eventually became extremely successful for its branded clothing and food products thanks to publicity from his brother’s radio show.  The shop, along with a second gift shop in the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, closed in 2003.  In recent years, Imus could be heard on his weekly Americana music program, Trailer Park Bash, which aired on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel.  The program was literally broadcast from his trailer in the Arizona desert.   On August 6, 2011, Fred Imus was found dead in his bed when he failed to report to the studio for his radio program.  He reportedly died in his sleep at the age of 69.

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Died On This Date (August 1, 2011) Jevon Hollywood / Popular Detroit Disc Jockey

Posted by themusicsover on August 1, 2011

Jevon Hollywood (Born Jevon Hotchkiss)
DOB Unknown – August 1, 2011

Jevon Hollywood was a popular radio disc jockey, most recently heard on Detroit top-40 station, WDTW-FM (106.7 The Beat).  In his early days at the station, Hollywood built a following as an intern for on-air personality, Lisa Lisa.  He eventually landed his own program, the “Late Show,” which aired from 10pm to 1am throughout the week.  He was also a popular draw at station events around town.  Early reports indicated that Hollywood was walking along the shoulder of  a Novi, Michigan-area road (just northeast of Detroit) near his home around 5:30 am, when he was struck by a 61-year-old driver.  The apparent accident occurred on  July 28, with Hollywood ultimately dying of his injuries on August 1, 2011.  He was 34.

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