Posted by themusicsover on December 12, 2011
DOB Unknown – December 12, 2011
John Atterberry was a respected music manager, publisher, and promoter who began his career at Tabu Records where he worked in A&R. After a short detour into the fashion industry, Atterberry was named Vice President of Death Row Records where he was instrumental to the success of such acts as Snoop Dog, Tupac Shakur and Doctor Dre. He later formed Margela Records & Consulting, and then, Infusion Music Group, a publishing company that counted the Spice Girls and Jessica Simpson among its artists. In 2007, Atterberry went to work for GridLock, an event promotions company while also acting as CFO of the VIP Group, a real estate brokerage firm. On Friday, December 9, 2011 Atterberry was on Sunset Boulevard at Vine Street when he was shot in the face and upper body by Tyler Brehm who was firing random shots into passing cars as he walked down the middle of Sunset. Police say that Brehm shot nearly 20 bullets into the air and at cars while he screamed that he wanted to die. A brave witness in a nearby building held his attention long enough for police to arrive on the scene and order him to drop his weapon. When Brehm reportedly aimed at the officers, they shot and killed him. Charles Atterberry, who was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, succumbed to his injuries on Monday, December 12, 2011. He was 40 years old.
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Posted by themusicsover on December 6, 2011
Barbara Orbison (Born Barbara Jakobs)
1951 – December 6, 2011
Barbara Orbison is best remembered as the longtime wife of rock ‘n roll pioneer, Roy Orbison. She was also a successful entrepreneur, producer and music publisher. Born in Germany, Barbara Jakobs was just 17 when on July 21, 1968, she met her future husband when he was on tour in Leeds, England. Although Roy was nearly twice her age, the pair married the following year. The couple raised three sons and stayed together until Roy passed away in 1988. During the ’80s, Barbara managed Roy’s career and was instrumental in the revival of his career, serving as Executive Producer for the popular television concert special, Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night, which featured among others, Bruce Springsteen, k.d. lang, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Jackson Browne performing alongside Roy. After Roy died, Barbara took over his business dealings and successfully kept his music and image alive for generations to come. Barbara also owned Still Working Music, a publishing company in Nashville, and was very active in philanthropic causes. Barbara Orbison was 60 when she passed away on December 6, 2011 – 23 years to the day after Roy passed away. Cause of death was attributed to cancer.
Posted in Manager, Producer, Publishing | Tagged: Barbara Orbison, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, k.d. lang, Roy Orbison, Tom Waits | 3 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on January 17, 2011
April 17, 1934 -January 17, 2011
Don Kirshner was a music publisher, producer, songwriter-manager, and television host who rightfully earned the nickname, The Man With The Golden Ear. His music career began during the ’50s when he and his partner, Al Nevins, launched Aldon Music, a publishing company that included such future superstar talent as Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Neil Sedaka. Kirshner also owned three successful record labels during the early part of his career. In the early ’60s, the creators of a new NBC television program enlisted Kirshner to provide songs for that show. The influential sit-com followed the fictional adventures of an up-and-coming band as it bounced from one loony situation to another while performing catchy pop songs along the way. The show was called The Monkees, and Kirshner brought songs like “I’m A Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” and several others that would become hits that help define the era. He later helped create an animated version of that same concept with The Archies. Then in 1973, Kirshner became a television star in his own right with the launch of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. The late night show offered full live performances of songs by current rock stars, making it unique in a time where lip syncing on television was the norm. For many rock music fans in a pre-MTV, pre-youtube era, it was THE only way to enjoy your favorite bands live. Along with being executive producer, Kirshner introduced each act in a monotone manner that was later popularly parodied by Paul Shaffer on Saturday Night Live. The show’s premiere episode included the Rolling Stones and and the series continued at that pace hosting the likes of Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Rush, the Eagles, the Ramones, KISS, and Kansas. It quickly became serious competition for other late night programs like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The show ran until 1981. Don Kirshner was 76 when he died of heart failure on January 17, 2011.
Thanks to Craig Rosen at Number1Albums for the help
Posted in Producer, Publishing, Record Label | Tagged: Alice Cooper, Allman Brothers Band, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Don Kirshner, Gerry Goffin, Kansas, Kiss, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Paul Shaffer, Rush, The Eagles, The Monkees, The Ramones | 2 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on August 26, 2010
October 23, 1940 – August 26, 2009
Ellie Greenwich was a prolific songwriter, writing or co-writing some of the most enduring pop songs of the ’60s and ’70s. Either on her own or with such songwriting partners as her one-time husband, Jeff Barry, Greenwich penned such gems as “Be My Baby” (The Ronettes), “Then He Kissed Me” (The Crystals), “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” (Darlene Love), “Hanky Panky” (Tommy James & The Shondells), “River Deep, Mountain High” (Ike & Tina Turner), and “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (Manfred Mann). In later years, Greenwich co-formed Tallyrand Music to publish her recent discovery, Neil Diamond. Ellie Greenwich died of a heart attack on August 26, 2009. She was 68 years old.
Thanks to Craig Rosen at Number1Albums for the assist
Posted in Musician, Producer, Publishing, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Darlene Love, Ellie Greenwich, Ike & Tina Turner, Ike Turner, Jeff Barry, Manfred Mann, Neil Diamond, the Crystals, The Ronettes, Tina Turner, Tommy James & the Shondells | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on June 24, 2010
1940 – June 24, 2010
Francis Dreyfus was a successful French music producer, publisher and label head for many years. As a publisher, he signed the likes of Cat Stevens, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd to his Francis Dreyfus Music. He mostly specialized on electronic and jazz music on his labels, Disques Dreyfus, Disques Motors, and Dreyfus Jazz. His most notable discovery was electronic pioneer, Jean-Michel Jarre. Dreyfus published his first recordings and released his groundbreaking Oxygene on his label. Other notable artists he signed over the years included jazz greats, Marcus Miller and Alan Stivell. He was also a one-time president of SPPF, a French rights society. His was the father of popular French actress, Julie Dreyfus. Francis Dreyfus was 69 when he passed away on June 24, 2010.
Posted in Producer, Publishing, Record Label | Tagged: Alan Stivell, Francis Dreyfus, Jean Michel Jarre, Julie Dreyfus, Marcus Miller | Leave a Comment »