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Died On This Date (July 11, 2014) Charlie Haden / American Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2014

Charlie Haden
August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014

charlie-hadenCharlie Haden was an American jazz bassist who was most notably part of the Free Jazz movement of the ’50s and ’60s.  It was his work in Ornette Coleman‘s quartet during that time that endeared him to fans and critics alike.  The Coleman albums on which he played been called “game changers”, but it was 1959’s The Shape Of Jazz To Come that is considered a landmark of the genre. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, Haden worked with the great Keith Jarrett, playing on several albums that received critical acclaim as well.  In 1969, Haden formed the Liberation Music Orchestra whose output was more politically based, with Carla Bley contributing heavily.  Haden’s most commercially successful period began in the late ’80s with the formation of his Quartet West.  The configuration released albums well into the 2000s, The list of artists with whom Haden recorded over the years was not limited to jazz and includes Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, Beck, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and Robert Downey Jr.   Haden’s children have enjoyed careers in music as well – his son Joshua Haden is a member of the indie rock band, Spain, while his triplet daughters, Petra Haden, Tanya Haden, and Rachel Haden make up the acclaimed alt-country band, the Haden Triplets.  Charlie Haden was 77 when he passed away on July 11, 2014, following a lengthy illness.

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Died On This Date (August 4, 2007) Lee Hazlewood / Country Music Great

Posted by themusicsover on August 4, 2010

Barton Lee Hazlewood
July 9, 1929 – August 4, 2007

Lee Hazlewood was a country singer, songwriter, musician and producer whose work with Nancy Sinatra during the ’60s are essential records of the era.  Hazlewood settled in Arizona as a disc jockey after being leaving the military in the early ’50s.  He soon partnered with Duane Eddy as a songwriter and producer on such hits as “Peter Gunn.”  During the mid ’60s, he began working with Nancy Sinatra, writing and producing “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” and many more.  Hazelwood all but retired from music during the ’70s, but his songs lived on having been covered by such unlikely artists as Megadeth, Beck, Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch and the Tubes.  He died of renal cancer at the age of 78.

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Died On This Date (January 17, 2010) Gerald McCabe / Founder of McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Los Angeles

Posted by themusicsover on January 17, 2010

Gerald McCabe
January 30, 1927 – January 17, 2010

Gerald McCabe was the founder of Santa Monica, California’s McCabe’s Guitar Shop, a popular instrument store as well as beloved concert venue.  Opened in 1958, the club became the focal point of the folk scene of the ’60s and continues to host the most respected singer-songwriters to this day.  Over the years, the store’s intimate backroom stage has presented the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Beck, Hoyt Axton, Steve Earle, Jeff Buckley, Peter Case, Jim Carroll, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, The Dillards, John Hammond, and PJ Harvey, to name just a few.   Hanging on the walls throughout is a remarkable collection of vintage acoustic instruments for sale.  And on the upstairs walls hang live photos of those who have graced the stage.  It’s as close to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we have in Los Angeles.   A furniture builder by trade, it was McCabe’s love of folk music and the fact that his wife’s musician friends came to him for instrument repairs that lead to him opening the shop / club.  Following the folk boom of the ’60s, and with his desire to focus more on furniture design, McCabe sold the shop in 1986.  His furniture work has been featured in respected design magazines and related art exhibits over the years.  On Sunday, January 17, 2010, Gerald McCabe died two days after suffering a stroke.  He was 82.  If you’re in Los Angeles, be sure to visit McCabe’s at 3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica.



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Died On This Date (November 2, 1966) Mississippi John Hurt / Blues Legend

Posted by themusicsover on November 2, 2009

Mississippi John Hurt
July 3, 1893 (or March 8, 1892) – November 2, 1966

Although he was small in stature, picked the guitar lightly, and sang almost in a whisper, Mississippi John Hurt’s influence on folk and blues was huge.  He learned to play the guitar before he was ten, and by the early 1920s, he had already been playing in front of crowds at local barn dances.  In 1928, and on the recommendation of a friend who had recently won an Okeh Records contract in a talent contest, Hurt was asked to audition for the label.  He was signed that same year and given two recording sessions that produced collection of sides that sadly, never had a chance to develop since Okeh soon went under due to the Great Depression.  Hurt soon retired from the music business and went back to his life as a sharecropper.   Fast forward about 35 years to 1963.  The folk revival was in full swing when music historian, Tom Hoskins heard those old recordings and sought out to find Hurt.  He tracked him down still living in Avalon, Mississippi and convinced him to move to Washington DC and relaunch his music career.  Hurt’s set at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival was that of legend, and he was subsequently signed to legendary folk label, Vanguard Records.  He went on to tour the country and even perform on the Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.  Hurt’s music influenced a new generation of singer-songwriters from blues to country to folk.  Mississippi John Hurt died of a heart attack on November 2, 1966.  In 2001, Morgana Kennedy and the folks at Vanguard records released Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt.  It contained versions of John Hurt songs by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Ben Harper, Beck and John Hiatt.

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Died On This Date (October 3, 1969) Skip James / Blues Legend

Posted by themusicsover on October 3, 2009

Nehemiah “Skip” James
June 21, 1902 – October 3, 1969

skip-jamesSkip James was a hard living bootlegger, a sharecropper and a hard laborer.  But above all, he was one of the most influential of the early Delta bluesmen.  With a unique and highly sophisticated style of picking coupled with a ghostly falsetto voice, James was indeed one of a kind.  His form of playing and singing was a direct influence on many, such as Robert Johnson, but no one has ever truly been able to replicate it effectively.  James’ professional music career began in 1931 when he began recording sides of Paramount Records.  James re-recorded many blues standards at the time, but it was generally his versions of the songs that later got covered by the likes of Johnson and even later, Cream, Deep Purple and Beck.  As quick as James came onto the scene, he vanished.  Over the next three decades, he rarely performed live and made no new recordings, becoming not much more than a footnote in blues history, until the early ’60s when he was “re-discovered” during the folk and blues revival.  After being descovered by folk guitarists John Fahey, Bill Barth, and Henry Vestine in a Mississippi hospital in 1964, James’ career was put back on track.  During his later years, he was a featured performer at the Newport Folk Festival and recorded for Takoma Records and Vanguard Records, where he was dubbed a “Vanguard Visionary” by future Vice-President, Dan Sell.   His influence on pop culture has been felt in recent years as well.  Indie rock icon, Beck covered his “He’s A Mighty Good Leader” in 1994, while Chris Thomas King recorded his “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” for the O’ Brother, Where Art Thou flim and soundtrack.  And his “Devil Got My Woman” was prominently featured both the plot of and soundtrack to the 2001 cult hit, Ghost World, starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson.  With his health deteriorating in later years, Skip James passed away in 1969 at the age of 69.

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