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Died On This Date (April 11, 2014) Jesse Winchester / Respected Singer-Songwriter

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James “Jesse” Winchester
May 17, 1944 – April 11, 2014

jesse-winchesterJesse Winchester was an American singer-songwriter who made his biggest mark on popular music during the early ’70s.  Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Winchester moved to Montreal in 1967 in order to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War.  It was while in Canada that he launched his career in music thanks to early encouragement and support from the Band’s Robbie Robertson.  Winchester released his debut self-titled album in 1970 and continued to record acclaimed albums on and off over the next 40 years.  Since he couldn’t tour the U.S. as a draft resister during the peak years of his output, Winchester became better known as a songwriter than a live performer and recording artist.  The long list of those who recorded his songs includes Elvis Costello, George Strait, Jimmy Buffet, Joan Baez, the Everly Brothers, and Wynona Judd. In 1976, President Jimmy Carter pardoned many so-called draft dodgers, so Winchester was allowed back into the US.  His first show back on US soil was in April of 1977, a performance that prompted Rolling Stone magazine to declare him “the Greatest Voice of the Decade.”  He permanently relocated back to America in 2002 and continued to record and tour throughout the remainder of his life.  Jesse Winchester died of cancer on April 11, 2014.  He was 69.

 

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Died On This Date (January 27, 2014) Pete Seeger / American Folk Singer and Activist

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Pete Seeger
May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014

pete-seegerPete Seeger is regarded by many as the single most important figure of the American folk music revival of the late ’50s/early ’60s.  Just as important to many, he used his talent and popularity to shine a light on social injustice, poverty, environmental issues, anti-war movements, and more.  Born into a highly academic  and musical family in New York City, Seeger was exposed to music at a very young age.  Educated primarily in boarding schools, he was very well-educated and somewhat withdrawn until he found his spotlight while entertaining classmates with a ukulele he picked up on his own.  By the late ’30s, he switched over to the banjo, the instrument he would help popularize three decades later.  As the years went on, Seeger went from small festival folky to cultural hero thanks in part to his songs that would become the soundtrack to the ’60s Civil Rights Movement and beyond.  Tunes like “If I Had A Hammer” written with Weavers band mate, Lee Hays), “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” have become folk standards as well as part of the fabric that is American music.  They, and many others, have been recorded by a who’s who of pop, rock and folk singers throughout the past half century.  To name just a few of his honors, Seeger has received the National Medal Of Arts, the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a George Peabody Medal, and multiple Grammys, including one for Best Children’s Album in 2010.  To list those who could rightfully say “if it wasn’t for Pete Seeger…” would take days, but two in particular were Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. It was Seeger who urged Columbia’s John Hammond to produce Dylan’s first album.  Springsteen meanwhile would devote much of his career paying tribute to Seeger, including naming his 2010 album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, which ironically, included no songs penned by Seeger, but whose influence can be heard throughout.  With an astonishing career that spanned 75 years, Seeger remained active up until his final days, including a September 2013 performance at Farm Aid at the age of 94.  Pete Seeger was nearly three months shy of his 95th birthday when he passed away on January 27, 2014.

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The Music’s Over’s Favorite Albums Of 2013

Posted by themusicsover on December 28, 2013

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy checking out some NEW music here on The Music’s Over for a change. Here were our favorite albums of 2013.

1. David Bowie / The Next Day

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2. Dropkick Murphys / Signed And Sealed In Blood

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3. Jason Isbell / Southeastern

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4. Black Sabbath / 13

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5. Charles Bradley / Victim Of Love

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6. Johnny Marr / The Messenger

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7. Bobby Rush / Down In Louisiana

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8. Daniel Romano / Come Cry With Me

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9. Motorhead / Aftershock

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10. Will Hoge / Never Give In

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11. Sturgill Simpson / High Top Mountain

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12. Arctic Monkeys / AM

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13. The Thermals / Desperate Ground

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14. Paul McCartney / New

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15. Carrie Rodriguez / Give Me All You’ve Got

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16. Fates Warning / Darkness In A Different Light

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17. The Slide Brothers / Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers

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18. Kylesa / Ultraviolet

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19. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Push The Sky Away

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20. Big Harp / Chain Letters

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21. Valerie June / Pushin’ Against A Stone

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22. Johnny Flynn / Country Mile

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Died On This Date (April 22, 2013) Richie Havens / Iconic American Folk Singer

Posted by themusicsover on April 22, 2013

Richie Havens
January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013

richie-havensRichie Havens was a world-renowned folk singer whose intense guitar-playing and renditions of others’ works endeared him to a legion of fans since the mid ’60s.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Havens was still a child when he started out singing in corner doo-wop groups.  At 16, he became a member of the McCrea Gospel Singers.  In his early 20s, Havens threw himself into the Greenwich Village folk scene where he began building his reputation as a premier solo act.  He made two albums with Douglas Records before signing on with Bob Dylan‘s manager, Albert Grossman who brought him to Verve Forecast Records and thus taking his career to the next level.  Over the next several years, Havens released such classic albums as Mixed Bag, Something Else Again, and Richard P. Havens.  His recordings of “Here Comes The Sun,” “Just Like A Woman,” and “Freedom” helped define the era.  On August 15, 1969, Havens kicked off the Woodstock Festival with a remarkable three-hour set – partly due to instructions to stretch as many of the performers were late in getting to the grounds, and partly because of being called back to the stage for multiple encores.   After he was showcased in the festival’s subsequent documentary film, Havens found devoted fans the world over.  Havens also dabbled in acting, winning small roles in such films as Catch My Soul, Greased Lightning, Hearts Of Fire, and I’m Not There.  Havens continued to record and perform as recently as 2009.   In March of 2012, it was announced that Havens was retiring from the road after 45 years due to health concerns.  Richie Havens died of a heart attack on April 22, 2013.  He was 72.

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Died On This Date (April 16, 2013) Rita MacNeil / Canadian Country & Folk Great

Posted by themusicsover on April 16, 2013

Rita MacNeil
May 28, 1944 – April 16, 2013

Rita-MacNeilRita MacNeil was a popular Canadian folk and country singer who had the honor of outselling both Garth Brooks and Clint Black in Canada during 1990, at the height of their careers.  Born and raised on the eastern tip of Nova Scotia, the incredibly shy MacNeil was 27 when she first performed on stage – relatively late by pop music standards.  The year was 1971, and within just a few years, she recorded her first album and was becoming a popular draw along the Canadian folk festival circuit. Based on her growing popularity and work on behalf of women’s rights, MacNeil was secretly spied upon by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service on the unwarranted suspicion that she had communist ties.   Her first single of note was 1986’s “Flying On Your Own” which reached #42 on the Canadian charts and was covered by Anne Murray the following year.  MacNeil went on to have numerous hits throughout the ’80s and ’90s, both in Canada and the UK.  In all, she released 24 albums which sold in the millions.  During the mid ’90s, MacNeil hosted her own CBC variety show, Rita And Friends.  Over the course of her career, she was recognized with a Juno, five honorary doctorates, and was a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia.  On April 16,  2013, Rita MacNeil died unexpectedly from complications of a surgery.  She was 68.

 

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