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.
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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 »
Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2010
July 2, 1917 – June 4, 1973
Murry Wilson was a songwriter, musician, record producer, and most importantly, the father of Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Wilson began as a songwriter during the ’50s, having a couple of his songs covered but never gaining much success. All the while, he was teaching his own sons how to write, sing and play music. The brothers eventually added cousin Mike Love and schoolmate, Al Jardine to become the Beach Boys. The Beach Boys would soon become one of the most popular bands in rock history by almost single-handedly defining a musical genre. While managing the boys’ career, Murry was known to be a fierce negotiator, and was reportedly just as ruthless at home. He and his sons had a tough relationship that may have actually fueled their creativity and drive. Murry Wilson died following a heart attack at the age of 55.
Posted in Early Rock, Manager, Musician, Producer, Publishing, Songwriter | Tagged: Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Murry Wilson | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on May 15, 2010
1920 – May 15, 2008
Al Gallico, center
Al Gallico was an immensely successful music publisher who owned the copyrights on such classics as “Stand By Your Man,” “House Of The Rising Sun,” “Ring Of Fire,” ” “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA,” and “Time Of The Season.” Over a career that stretched some 70 years, Gallico worked with such talent as the Zombies, Billy Sherrill, Joe Stampley, and Donna Fargo, whom he discovered. He began his career in his late teens, working first as an errand boy for a publishing house, and later a song plugger for Leed’s Music. Gallico died of cardiac arrest and pulmonary disease at the age of 88.
Posted in Country, Publishing, Rock | Tagged: Al Gallico, Billy Sherrill, Donna Fargo, Joe Stampley, The Zombies | 2 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on March 28, 2010
William Christopher Handy
November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958
W.C. Handy was born in Florence, Alabama in a log cabin that was built by his grandfather. By the time he was a teenager he was playing both trumpet and clarinet in a band. He would become a teacher by trade and was soon writing songs that would become blues standards. His “St. Louis Blues” as recorded by Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong is considered one of the finest songs of the era. Along with his autobiography, Handy wrote five books on the subject of music, blues and African-American life in the early 20th century. In 1943, Handy was blinded as a result of a fall from a subway platform. He passes away at the age of 84 from pneumonia. An estimated 25,000 people attended his funeral while an additional 125,000 gathered in nearby streets to pay their respects.
Posted in Blues, Jazz, Musician, Publishing, Songwriter | Tagged: Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, W.C. Handy | Leave a Comment »