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Died On This Date (August 31, 3014) Jimi Jamison / Former Lead Singer of Survivor

Posted by themusicsover on August 31, 2014

Jimmy “Jimi” Jamison
August 23, 1951 – August 31, 2014

Jimi-JamisonJimi Jamison is perhaps best remembered as a lead singer of ’80s rock band Survivor.  Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Jamison began singing and playing the guitar and piano as a child.  By the time he hit middle school, he was already playing in a band.   During the early ’80s, Jamison became the lead singer of a band called Cobra, and a few years later, he was invited to front Survivor after original lead vocalist (and “Eye Of The Tiger” singer) Dave Bickler left due to serious issues with his vocal cords.  Jamison’s first recording with the group was the hit, “The Moment of Truth,” for the Karate Kid soundtrack.  That was quickly followed by the Vital Signs album which went Platinum and reached #16 on the US album charts.  The album spawned the hits, “High On You,” “The Search Is Over,” and “I Can’t Hold Back.”  Its follow-up, When Seconds Count, also cracked the Top 50 on the US album charts powered by several radio-friendly pop-rockers.   The list of hit songs that Jamison sang lead on include “Burning Heart” from the Rocky IV soundtrack, and “I’m Always Here,” the theme song of the popular Baywatch television series.  He was also an in-demand session singer, having recorded with the likes of Joe Walsh and ZZ Top, whose Billy Gibbons often referred to him as the fourth member of the group.   Jamison continued to record and perform as a solo act, and upon occasion, with Survivor well throughout the rest of his life.  His most recent solo album, Never Too Late, was released in 2012.   Jimi Jamison was 63 when he died of a heart attack on August 31, 2014.

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Died On This Date (December 14, 2011) Ed Roman / World Renowned Guitar Maker

Posted by themusicsover on December 14, 2011

Ed Roman
DOB Unknown – December 14, 2011

Ed Roman was a fiercely independent Las Vegas guitar builder whose creations were lovingly played by Ted Nugent, John Entwistle, Billy Gibbons, Ace Frehley, and Rick Derringer, to name just a few.  Roman began playing the guitar as a youngster growing up in Connecticut where he found early inspiration in the Ventures.  He began building guitars in 1976 and eventually settled in Las Vegas where he opened his world famous guitar shop.  The list of faithful customers also includes Lita Ford, Leslie West, Keith Urban, and Marie Osmond.  Ed Roman was 61 when he passed away on December 14, 2011.  Cause of death was not immediately released, although he had reportedly been ill.

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Died On This Date (April 10, 2009) Rocky Hill / Houston Guitarist; Brother of ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill

Posted by themusicsover on April 10, 2010

John “Rocky” Hill
December 1, 1946 – April 10, 2009

rocky-hillRocky Hill was by all accounts, a killer guitar player, as well as the older brother of Dusty Hill, bassist for Texas rock band, ZZ Top.  The Hill brothers began playing together in their early teens eventually forming a trio called American Blues with future ZZ Topper, Frank Beard on drums.  The band broke up in 1969 when the Hills moved from Dallas to Houston.  Dusty and Beard soon joined up with Billy Gibbons to form ZZ Top.   Rocky, who was more of a blues loyalist continued on alone, at times playing with the great Lightnin’ Hopkins.   He apparently struggled with drugs and alcohol through much of his adult life.  Cause of death was not immediately released but was called medical in nature.



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Died On This Date (March 16, 1975) T-Bone Walker / Blues Icon

Posted by themusicsover on March 16, 2010

Aaron “T-Bone” Walker
May 28, 1910 – March 16, 1975

T-Bone Walker was a highly influential Texas blues guitarist, songwriter and singer.  His electrifying blues solos laid the foundation for such future disciples as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Berry, and Jimi Hendrix.  Walker learned to play the guitar while in his teens, getting a helping hand from family friend, Blind Lemon Jefferson.  He moved to Los Angeles and began making records in 1929.  He soon became a popular draw along the city’s fabled Central Avenue jazz scene.  He made several albums through the early ’70s, with his 1971 release, Good Feelin’ earning him his only Grammy.  Health issues dogged Walker during his later years which no doubt, lead to a stroke in 1974. In March of 1975, T-Bone Walker suffered a second stroke and ultimately died of bronchial pneumonia on March 16, 1975. He was 64 years old.

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Died On This Date (November 12, 1997) Rainer Ptacek / Guitar Great

Posted by themusicsover on November 12, 2009

Rainer Ptacek
June 7, 1951 – November 12, 1997

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Rainer Ptacek was one of those rare breeds that was known as a “musician’s musician.”  As a guitarist he developed the ability to use loops, picking, the slide and other such manipulations to raise him above his peers.  Guitar gods no less than Jimmy Page and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons held Ptacek in the highest regard.  He released several albums during his 20+ year career.  Rainer Ptacek learned he had a brain tumor and lymphoma in early 1996 prompting Robert Plant and fellow guitarist, Howe Gelb to arrange benefits to help with medical bills.  Ptacek, 46, succumbed to the disease in November of 1997.



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