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Died On This Date (July 4, 2011) Jane Scott / Beloved Cleveland Rock Journalist

Posted by themusicsover on July 4, 2011

Jane Scott
May 3, 1919 – July 4, 2011

Jane Scott was, simply put, a rock critic’s rock critic.  For 50 years, she covered nearly every major concert that came through Cleveland, Ohio for the city’s major daily, the Plain Dealer.  Born in Cleveland, Scott graduated from the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Navy before taking up a career in journalism.  In March of 1952, just three days after Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed put on what has been called the world’s first rock concert, Scott was hired by the Plain Dealer to cover local society events.  In 1958, she took over a column that was aimed at what now would be called “tweens,” and soon morphed it into one of the world’s first rock columns.  Scott’s earliest major rock story came in 1964 when she covered the Beatles‘ first show at Cleveland’s Public Hall.  She soon found herself covering the band’s tour through Europe.  When the Fab Four returned to Cleveland in 1966, it was Scott who scored one of Paul McCartney’s first American interviews ever.   By her retirement in 2002, Scott estimated that she had been to over 10,000 concerts, and along the way she earned the love, friendship and respect from everyone from Mick Jagger to Jim Morrison to David Bowie to Bob Dylan.  So beloved by the rock community, it took her 80th birthday celebration in 1999 to reunite the Raspberries.  And to help celebrate the occasion, Glenn Frey of the Eagles sent a note saying “Jane, you never met a band you didn’t like,”  while Lou Reed wrote “I must confess, I love Jane Scott. When I was in the Velvet Underground in the ’60s, Jane was one of the only people I can remember who was nice to us.”  Scott was 83 when she retired, but she continued to attend concerts by her favorites – the Rolling Stones, the Who, and Bruce Springsteen.  Jane Scott was 92 when she passed away on July 4, 2011.



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Died On This Date (September 13, 2008) Nappy Brown / Early R&B Great

Posted by themusicsover on September 13, 2009

Napoleon “Nappy” Brown
October 12, 1929 – September 13, 2008

Nappy Brown was one of the most popular R&B singers during the ’50s, often touring with Alan Freed’s rock ‘n roll reviews.  He was part of that first wave of black performers whose music was embraced by young white audiences.  He had two significant hits during his early career, “Night Time Is The Right Time,” and “Don’t Be Angry,” which made it to#2 on the singles chart in 1955.  Like so many R&B stars of his era, Brown’s music fell out of favor with American audiences during the mid ’60s so he all but retired from the business.  He was coaxed out of retirement in the early ’80s and continued to record and tour up until the year of his death.  Nappy Brown passed away in his sleep on September 13, 2008.  He was 78 years old.

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