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Died On This Date (June 19, 2013) Chet Flippo / Respected Music Journalist

Posted by themusicsover on June 19, 2013

Chet Flippo
1943 – June 19, 2013

chet-flippoChet Flippo was a respected author and music journalist who, over the course of his career was the Editorial Director at CMT and Billboard‘s Nashville Bureau Chief.  Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Flippo served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War before earning a degree in Journalism from University of Texas.  Although his name is practically synonymous with country music for many fans, he was also wrote about rock music as well.  As a contributor to Rolling Stone while he was earning his Master’s during the ’70s, Flippo championed many of the rock musicians of the era.  Before leaving the magazine in 1980, he served as the its New York Bureau Chief and Senior Editor.  He also contributed features to numerous periodicals like the New York Times, Q Magazine, and TV Guide. From there he went to Billboard and later CMT/cmt.com Throughout his career, Flippo penned several books on music as well.  They include Your Cheatin’ Heart: A Biography of Hank Williams, It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll: My On-The-Road Adventures With The Rolling Stones,Graceland: The Living Legacy of Elvis Presley, and  Yesterday: The Unauthorized Biography of Paul McCartney.  Chet Flippo died of pneumonia on June 19, 2013.  He was 69.

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Died On This Date (March 27, 2013) Paul Williams / Founder Of Crawdaddy! Magazine

Posted by themusicsover on March 27, 2013

Paul Williams
May 19, 1948 – March 27, 2013

paul-williamsPaul Williams was the founder of Crawdaddy!, considered by many to be America’s first national magazine devoted to rock music.  Launched while he was in college in 1966, the magazine first consisted of mimeographed pages written entirely by Williams himself.   Landing before by Rolling Stone and Creem, Crawdaddy called itself, “the first magazine to take rock and roll seriously,” making Williams a pioneer of rock journalism.    He left the magazine in 1968, but took it back over in 1993.  It ultimately closed shop in 2003.  Through a time before the internet and MTV, the pages of a handful of magazines like Crawdaddy! was where music lovers went to learn the goings-on of their favorite rock bands and musicians.  Throughout his career, Williams also penned more than 25 books including the widely acclaimed Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, a three book series.  He was considered to be an expert on the works of Dylan, Neil Young, and Brian Wilson.  In 1995, Williams suffered a severe brain injury during a bicycle mishap.  It is believed that that injury lead to his dementia and ultimately his death on March 27, 2013.  Paul Williams was 64 when he passed away.

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Died On This Date (February 12, 2013) Ben Todd / Bassist For D. Watusi; Founder Of Nashville’s Dead

Posted by themusicsover on February 12, 2013

Ben Todd
1988 – February 12, 2013

Photo by Lance Conzett

Photo by Lance Conzett

Ben Todd was a Nashville musician who played bass in local punk band, D. Watusi.  He was also the founder of Nashville’s Dead, a punk rock blog and record label.  Launched in 2009, Nashville’s Dead quickly build a legion of followers thanks to its focus on Nashville’s indie rock, punk, and garage scene.   Every year in March, the site puts on the popular Freakin’ Weekend music festival.  Ben Todd was 24 when he passed away on February 12, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

 

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Died On This Date (January 19, 2013) John Braheny / American Songwriting Great

Posted by themusicsover on January 19, 2013

John Braheny
December 9, 1938 – January 19, 2013

john-brahenyKnown throughout the industry as “The Songwriter’s Best Friend,” John Braheny was a successful songcrafter as well as the author of to best-selling manual, The Craft and Business of Songwriting.  Braheny began his career during the late ’60s as a recording artist – his only album, Some Kind of Change came out in 1970.  S0me may argue that this album was the birth of the Laurel Canyon country rock scene since its “December Dream” was later popularized by Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys.  In 1971, Braheny co-founded the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase which at one point or another showcased such future greats as Stevie Nicks, Dianne Warren, Janis Ian, and Warren Zevon.   As a journalist, Braheny had upwards of 600 interviews and features published in numerous magazines and newspapers.  In later years, Braheny taught songwriting classes at UCLA and other Los Angeles area schools.  He also served on numerous music industry organization boards throughout his career.  John Braheny was 74 when he passed away on January 19, 2013.

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Died On This Date (August 4, 2012) Kevin O’Hare / Respected Music Critic

Posted by themusicsover on September 4, 2012

Kevin O’Hare
DOB Unknown – August 4, 2012

Kevin O’Hare was a respected Boston area music critic who also fancied himself a human encyclopedia when it came to music trivia. Although his writings appeared in dozens of periodicals across the US, he called The Republican home since 1982.  Starting out as a sports writer, he later became a news writer, and eventually the paper’s senior music writer.  His weekly column, “Playback,” included interviews of the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney who once marveled at how at ease O’Hare put him during his interview.  Throughout his career, O’Hare critiqued over 7000 albums and nearly 2000 concerts.  During the early ’80s, O’Hare played in the Cardiac Kids who built a sizable regional following.  Kevin O’Hare was 55 when he passed away on August 4, 2012.  Cause of death was not immediately released but he had been suffering from an undisclosed illness.

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