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Died On This Date (July 10, 2011) Travis Bean / Innovative Guitar Maker

Posted by themusicsover on July 10, 2011

Clifford Travis Bean
August 21, 1947 – July 10, 2011

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Travis Bean was a Los Angeles, California area electric guitar maker who helped revolutionize the instrument during the 1970s.  In 1974, he launched Travis Bean Guitars to mass produce high-end electric guitars that had solid aluminum necks instead of the customary wood ones.  Besides giving the instruments a unique tone and durability, the metal added heft and cost to the guitars, upwards of $1000 each, which was a fairly large sum at that time.  Loyal fans of Bean’s guitars included Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, and jazz great, Stanley Jordan.  Bean also constructed a similar bass guitar that was used by the likes of Bill Wyman.  Bean halted production of the guitars in 1979 rather than compromise on the quality to meet lower cost demands.  Over 3600 guitars and basses came off the line during the five years of production.   Bean returned with another round of similar guitars and basses during the late ’90s.   Travis Bean was 63 when he died on July 10, 2011 following a long battle with cancer.


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Died On This Date (July 3, 1969) Brian Jones / The Rolling Stones

Posted by themusicsover on July 3, 2010

Brian Jones
February 28, 1942 – July 3, 1969

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Brian Jones was a multi-instrumentalist who is most famously known as founding member and guitarist for the Rolling Stones.  By the age of 17, Jones was already adept at the clarinet and saxophone and had taken up the guitar.   While in high school, Jones got his then 14 year-old girlfriend Valerie Corbett pregnant and was forced to leave the school in shame.  When he announced to Corbett that he wanted her to have an abortion, she refused and broke up with him for good.  After the child’s birth, Corbett gave him to an infertile couple who apparently never learned  the identity of the boy’s father.  Corbett later married a friend of Jones.   By the early ’60s, Jones was in London where he became immersed in he local blues scene, playing with the likes of Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce and Bill Wyman.  In a short time, he was forming the nucleus of what would become the Rolling Stones who played their first gig on July 12, 1962.   When the group eventually began recording, it was Jones’ exceptional abilities on various instruments that would help define the Rolling Stones sound.  As the band’s fame and fortune grew, tension between Jones and the other members followed the same trajectory.  By all accounts, his growing addiction to various drugs and alcohol didn’t help.  By the summer of 1968, Jones was barely contributing to the band’s recordings, his final participation being on Beggars Banquet before parting ways the following year.  By all appearances, his life was on a downward spiral due to his drug dependency, his estrangement from the band that he had created, as well as his growing legal and financial troubles.  On the night of July 3, 1969, Brian Jones was found unconscious (and perhaps dead) at the bottom of his swimming pool.  As expected, there are many theories about the mysterious death of Brian Jones. Was it suicide?  An accident?  Did his bad heart or liver simply give out as the coroner stated?  Or was he perhaps murdered by a worker at the house?  Years later, that builder, Frank Thorogood allegedly confessed to the murder on his deathbed.  Although that “confession” was made to one-time Rolling Stones driver, Tom Keylock, many doubt its validity since there were no witnesses to the “murder” or the “confession.”

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Died On This Date (June 27, 2002) John Entwistle / The Who

Posted by themusicsover on June 27, 2010

John Entwistle
October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002

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John Entwistle was best known as the bass player for the Who.  His loud and fast style of playing was as important to the group as the voice of Roger Daltrey; the songwriting and guitar of Pete Townshend; and the sloppy but essential drumming of Keith Moon.  If one of those parts were missing, the magic of the Who would have never happened.   Entwistle also played the trumpet, piano, and french horn; wrote great songs and sang.  Playing the bass like a lead guitar, would influence such greats as Geddy Lee, Phil Lesh, Flea, Tommy Stinson and Billy Sheehan.   He even went as far as being the first known bassist to use Marshall stacks in concert, a practice normally reserved for guitarists.  The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman once described Entwistle as “the quietest man in private but the loudest man on stage.”  Entwistle stayed with the Who during their 30+ year run, staying busy during band hiatuses with his own side projects or on tour with Ringo Starr.  But he apparently had a difficult time managing his own money and some have said that each time the Who reunited, it was out of the love that Daltrey and Townshend had for him – their way of helping him out of financial straits.  It was one day before the start of one of these tours that Entwistle was found dead in his Las Vegas hotel room.  It was June 27, 2002, and John Entwistle was dead of what was ruled a heart attack caused by a relatively small amount of cocaine.  It should be pointed out that the Who were such a powerful four-piece live band, that it took an added keyboardist and a second guitarist to, in later years, take the place of John Entwistle and original drummer, Keith Moon.

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Died On This Date (June 4, 1997) Ronnie Lane / The Small Faces

Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2010

Ronnie Lane
April 1, 1946 – June 4, 1997

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Ronnie Lane was born in the east end of London, and from an early age, he wanted to be a musician. Meeting drummer Kenney Jones at 16, Lane formed his first band, the Outkasts with him initially on guitar, but quickly switching to bass. Lane soon met Steve Marriott and together with Jones and Jimmy Winston, they formed the Small Faces in 1965. In 1972, Lane broke from the Small Faces to embark on a solo career. During that time, he hooked up with Pete Townsend to record an album called Rough Mix that was released in 1977. It was during the Rough Mix sessions that Lane discovered he was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, which barely slowed him down for a bit as he continued to tour and record. In fact he spent most of those days as a gypsy minstrel, traveling the highways of England playing acoustically along the way. In 1983, Lane’s then girlfriend, Boo Oldfield helped arrange an MS benefit concert (A.R.M.S Concert) that featured performances by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Jones and Andy Fairweather-Low. Joe Cocker and Paul Rodgers were added to a US tour. Suffering from the effects of MS, Lane moved to the better climate of Austin TX, where he continued to work with the likes of Alejandro Escovedo. Since he wasn’t earning royalties from his days with the Small Faces, friends like Jimmy Page and Rod Stewart generously helped with the medical bills. Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan were able to arrange Small Faces royalty payments to Lane, before he died of pneumonia as a result of the MS on June 4, 1997.

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Died On This Date (December 12, 1985) Ian Stewart / Co-founder of Rolling Stones

Posted by themusicsover on December 12, 2009

Ian Stewart
July 18, 1938 – December 12, 1985

ian-stewartIan Stewart was a Scottish boogie-woogie piano player who, in 1962, was the first to respond to Brian Jones’ ad looking for musicians to form a band.  Dick Taylor, Tony Chapman, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were soon to follow, and the original unit of the Rolling Stones was born.   Within a few months, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman replaced Taylor and Chapman.  In early 1963, the band’s manager convinced the others that Stewart’s burly physique just didn’t fit in with the image the band was developing, so he was relegated to road manager and studio keyboardist.  He played on all but one Stones album between 1964 and 1983.   Over the years, Stewart played keyboards on Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” and “Boogie With Stu” (named for Stewart), as well as George Thorogood’s Bad To The Bone and Howlin’ Wolf’s London Sessions albums.   On December 12, 1985, Ian Stewart, 47,  went to a local hospital to have an ongoing respiratory problem checked out.  While in the waiting room, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

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