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Posts Tagged ‘Billy Bragg’

RIP, Greg Trooper (January 15, 2017) Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on January 15, 2017

Greg Trooper
January 13, 1956 – January 15, 2017

Greg Trooper was a singer-songwriter who, besides building up a hefty library of his own releases, had songs recorded by Vince Gill, Steve EarleMaura O’Connell, Robert Earle Keen, and Billy Bragg, among others. Born in Neptune, New Jersey, Trooper spent much of his teenage years frequenting folk venues of Greenwich Village. It served him well. After a detour to Kansas for college, he settled in New York City where he spent more than a decade playing clubs, pitching his songs, and recording his first couple of albums.  By the mid ’90s, Trooper was living in Nashville where he released several more albums, working with producers like Buddy Miller and Garry Tallent of the E Street Band.  Throughout his career, he released more than a dozen albums – the studio albums at least, to critical acclaim.  During the summer of 2015, Greg Trooper was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which took his life on January 15, 2017.  He was 61.

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Died On This Date (November 14, 2011) Jackie Leven / Scottish Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on November 14, 2011

Jackie Leven
June 18, 1950 – November 14, 2011

Jackie Leven was an influential Scottish folk singer who actually first found recognition as part of a new wave band, Doll by Doll.  The group, formed by Leven in 1975, was critically acclaimed, but never quite caught on like many of its peers, perhaps due to their darker sound.  Following the break up of Doll by Doll in 1983, Leven went on to have a notable solo career during which time he released over 20 albums.  In 1984, Leven was randomly attacked and strangled which left him unable to speak for nearly two years.  In 1994, Leven signed with the influential Cooking Vinyl Records, who was also home, at one point of another, to Billy Bragg, Prodigy, Killing Joke, and the Lemonheads, to name a few.  He released his final album, Wayside Shrines And The Code Of The Traveling Man, in September of 2011.  Jackie Leven died of lung cancer on November 14, 2011.  He was 61.

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Died On This Date (January 18, 2010) Kate McGarrigle / Popular Folk Singer

Posted by themusicsover on January 18, 2010

Kate McGarrigle
February 6, 1946 – January 18, 2010

Kate McGarrigle, along with her sister Anna McGarrigle, made up the popular Canadian folk duo, Kate and Anna McGarrigle.  They began singing and playing in folk groups during the ’60s, but went off on their own during the early ’70s, releasing their debut album in 1975.  Over the course of their career together, they released ten albums, two of which won Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys).  Their songs have been recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Billy Bragg, and Emmylou Harris.  They have also collaborated with Nick Cave.  Having been married once to Loudon Wainwright III, Kate is the mother of popular contemporary singer-songwriters, Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright, with whom she made her final television appearance on a 2008 episode of Spectacle:  Elvis Costello with….  Diagnosed with cancer in 2006, Kate McGarrigle died of clear cell sarcoma on January 18, 2010.  She was 63.

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Died On This Date (November 26, 2008) Rob Partridge / Publicist; Helped U2 Get Signed To Island Records

Posted by themusicsover on November 26, 2009

Rob Partridge
June 2, 1948 – November 26, 2008

robpartridgeRob Partridge was a UK music industry veteran who founded and ran the Coalition Group, a powerful management and PR firm.  Partridge began his career in the mid ’70s when he worked as a journalist Music Week.  By the late ’70s, he was the head of the publicity department at Island Records where he worked directly with such greats as Bob Marley, Marianne Faithfull, U2, Steve Winwood and Robert Palmer.  He left Island in 1990 to form a PR firm which would eventually be called the Coalition Group after he opened a management division of the company.  Over the years, Partridge represented the likes of Johnny Marr, Tom Waits, Bloc Party, and Billy Bragg.  In recent years, Rob Partridge had been suffering from cancer.  He died as a result of it at the age of 60.

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