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Died On This Date (June 4, 2015) Allan Fryer / Lead Singer of Heaven

Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2015

Allan Fryer
DOB Unknown – June 4, 2015

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Allan Fryer is perhaps best remembered as the lead singer of popular ’80s Australian heavy metal band, Heaven.  Following the death of Bon Scott in 1980, Fryer auditioned to replace him in AC/DC.  It was believed he secured the role until a surprise announcement (at least to him) that Brian Johnson had in fact been given the job.  Fryer went on to form Heaven whose sound was definitely cut from the same cloth as AC/DC, at least on the early records.  They  eventually grew into a more NWOBHM sound.  Heaven found some success in the US, enough to tour with Dio and Motley Crue in 1982.  Throughout their run, the band released four albums and also toured with Judas Priest, KISS, and Iron Maiden.  On June 4, 2015, Allan Fryer died following a long struggle with cancer.  He was 60.

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Died On This Date (April 7, 2014) Neil Smith / Former Bassist For AC/DC & Rose Tattoo

Posted by themusicsover on April 7, 2013

Neil Smith
1953 – April 7, 2013

neil-smithNeil Smith was an early bassist for legendary Australian rock band, AC/DC.  As the replacement for original bassist, Larry Van Kriedt in 1974, Smith was in the band for less than a year before being replaced by Rob Bailey.  In 1979, Smith joined Rose Tattoo, another popular Australian hard rock band of the day, for a brief period.   Neil Smith lost his battle with cancer on April 7, 2013.

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Died On This Date (April 3, 2013) Chris Bailey / Bassist For The Angels (Angel City)

Posted by themusicsover on April 3, 2013

Chris Bailey
1950 – April 3, 2013

chris-baileyChris Bailey was the longtime bassist for legendary Australian pub-rock band, the Angels.  Also known as Angel City so as to not be confused with Angel outside of Australia,  the Angels formed in 1974, with Bailey coming on board when original bassist, Doc Neeson moved over to lead vocals in 1977.  Often compared to as well as helped along by  AC/DC, the Angels went on to release a string of hits at home and abroad.  They are said to have been an influence on Guns N’ Roses, Great White, and many of the Seattle grunge bands.  Bailey was part of the band throughout their peak years of the late ’70s and early ’80s.  He can be heard on their two biggest releases, Face To Face and No Exit.  Bailey left the group in 1982 and went on to play in other bands before returning in 1982.  He continued on and off with them until his final days.  Chris Bailey lost a long battle with throat cancer on April 3, 2013.  He was 62.

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Died On This Date (June 4, 2012) George Marino / Legendary Recording Engineer

Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2012

George Marino
1947 – June 4, 2012

George Marino was a much-respected mastering engineer whose talents can be heard on such iconic albums as AC/DC’s Highway To Hell, Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions, Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Destruction, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy, and Whitney Houston’s Whitney.  Marino’s began his career as a musician, playing guitar in various bands in New York City. In 1967, he was hired by Capitol Records as a librarian and assistant in their New York studio.  After Capitol closed the studio, he went to work at the Record Plant before landing at Sterling Sound in 1973.  It was there that he worked on many of the most iconic albums of the rock era.  Besides those mentioned above, Marino worked on albums by Metallica, Coldplay, Cyndi Lauper, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, and many more.  Throughout his career, he was recognized with three Grammys including Arcade Fire’s Suburbs in 2011.  George Marino died of lung cancer on June 4, 2012.



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Died On This Date (March 24, 2012) Vince Lovegrove / Australian Singer, Manager & Journalist

Posted by themusicsover on March 24, 2012

Vince Lovegrove
1948 – March 24, 2012

Vince Lovegrove was a famous Australian artist manager, television producer, journalist, and one-time pop star himself.  As a singer, Lovegrove performed with several Perth bands during the early ’60s.  In 1966, he founded the Valentines in which he sang co-lead with future AC/DC front man, Bon Scott.  In fact, it was Lovegrove who ultimately introduced Scott to the other members of AC/DC who of course, went on to become a rock and roll dynasty.  The Valentines scored several Australian hits before disbanding in 1970.  Lovegrove went on to become a pop music journalist, writing for such magazines as Go-Set and Immedia!.  As a manager, Lovegrove, at one point or another, oversaw the careers of AC/DC, Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes, and the Divinyls.  During the mid ’80s, Lovegrove’s wife, Suzi Sidewinder, was diagnosed with HIV.  Prior to this knowledge, Suzi passed the virus along to their then-unborn son, Troy Sidewinder, while he was in her womb.  Suzi died of AIDS in 1987, while Troy passed away from it in 1993.  Lovegrove forged on as an HIV awareness activist, educating people that the virus was much more than a “gay disease.”  He made two very personal and critically acclaimed documentaries on the subject, Suzi’s Story, and A Kid Called Troy.  Lovegrove continued writing and performing well into the 2000s.  Vince Lovegrove was killed in an automobile accident on March 24, 2012.  He was 64.

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