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Posts Tagged ‘Blood Sweat & Tears’

Died On This Date (August 29, 2012) Bill Tillman / Blood, Sweat & Tears

Posted by themusicsover on August 31, 2012

Bill Tillman
DOB Unknown – August 29, 2012

Bill Tillman was a gifted saxophone player and flutist who is perhaps best remembered for his three years playing in popular American rock band, Blood, Sweat & Tears.  Like contemporaries, Chicago, BS&T pioneered the use of a horn section as a lead instrument in rock music.  Tillman played in the group’s horn section between 1974 and 1977 and can be heard on eight of their albums.  Born and raised in Texas, Tillman was recognized by the Texas Public School Board as the most outstanding musician of 1965.  He soon hit the road, playing tours for the likes of Gladys Knight – as music director, the Coasters, Chuck Berry, and Roy Orbison.  In 1978, Tillman began a two-year run as a soloist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  He also released a handful of his own albums beginning in the ’80s and culminating with 2000’s  Altogether.  On August 29, 2012, Bill Tillman passed away after reportedly hitting his head during a fall in his bathroom.  He was 65 and was awaiting a was apparently on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.

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Died On This Date (June 11, 2011) Steve Popovich / Music Industry Legend

Posted by themusicsover on June 8, 2011

Steve Popovich
July 6, 1942 -June 8, 2011

Steve Popovich was a long-time music industry powerhouse who, over a career that spanned some 50 years wore many hats.  He started in the Columbia Records warehouse in 1962, and quickly moved into radio promotion, sales, TV promotion and even inventory control.  In those early years, he helped promote the likes of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Simon & Garfunkel, and Paul Revere & The Raiders.  In 1972, he became Columbia’s Vice President of Promotion – appointed by Clive Davis. At just 26, he was the youngest VP there ever.  In 1974, he moved over to Epic Records where he helped launch the careers of Boston, Cheap Trick, and Ted Nugent, to name just a few.  In 1977, Popovich founded Cleveland International Records where he would release Meat Loaf’s landmark album Bat Out Of Hell, which went on to sell upwards of 40 million copies during an era when most new releases sold at best, 5000 copies.  He later went on to work as Sr Vice President at Polygram Nashville where he was responsible for numerous other successes.  In recent years, Popovich found himself embroiled in a legal battle with Sony Music over royalties and failure to put the Cleveland International logo on millions of CDs.  Steve Popovich died of an apparent heart attack on June 8, 2011.  He was 69.

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Died On This Date (August 9, 1974) Bill Chase, Wally Yohn, John Emma, Walter Clark / Chase

Posted by themusicsover on August 9, 2010

Bill Chase
October 20, 1934 – August 9, 1974

Wally Yohn
DOB Unknown – August 9, 1974
John Emma
DOB Unknown – August 9, 1974
Walter Clark
DOB Unknown – August 9, 1974

Bill Chase, John Emma, Wally Yohn and Walter Clark were members Chase, an early ’70s jazz rock band whose sound was not dissimilar to Chicago or Blood, Sweat & Tears.  Formed in the late ’60s by Bill Chase, a trumpet player who had previously played with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson, the band released their debut album in 1971.  That album, Chase earned them a Best New Artist Grammy nomination.  Known for their rousing live shows, the band toured the world, in many cases blowing the headlining act off the stage.  They recorded a few more albums and had some personnel changes over the next couple of years.  While working on their fourth album in August of 1974, the band were en route to perform at a fair in Minnesota. Bad weather caused the plane to crash, killing Bill Chase, Wally Yohn, Walter Clark and John Emma as well as the pilot and a female passenger.

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Died On This Date (September 21, 1987) Jaco Pastorius / Influential Jazz Bassist

Posted by themusicsover on September 21, 2009

John “Jaco” Pastorius
December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987

One of the most influential bassists of all time, Jaco Pastorius was arguably the greatest modern jazz bass player of all time.  Regarded as a gifted athlete growing up, Pastorius began to focus on his second love, music following a football injury to his wrist at the age of 13.  At the time he was playing to drums, but the injury was bad enough that he had to give up the sticks and find another instrument to excel at.  It was then that he picked up the bass.  As he developed, his interests began to lean toward jazz and R&B.    He began playing with then-unknown Pat Metheny, with whom he made his first recordings.  He got is break in 1975 when Bobby Colomby, then of Blood, Sweat & Tears helped him get a deal with CBS Records who released his self-titled solo debut in 1976.  With a stellar cast that included David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, many consider Jaco Pastorius to be the best bass album ever recorded.  Shortly thereafter, Pastorius was invited by Joe Zawunil to join the great fusion band, Weather Report.  Though his contributions to Weather Report were undeniable, his tenure with the band was rocky at time due to his increasing abuse of alcohol coupled with his then undiagnosed bipolar disorder.  He parted ways with the band in 1981 and continued his downward spiral.  Although diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982, and receiving treatment for it, things weren’t getting much better.  By mid ’80s he was living on the streets of New York City and in 1986, he moved down to Florida where he continued to be homeless.  On September 11, 1987, Pastorius was kicked out of a Santana concert after sneaking up on stage.  He found his way to a local club and after being refused entry, he became violent and confrontational with the bouncer.  A fight ensued during which Pastorius sustained head injuries severe enough to require a visit to a hospital where he soon fell into a coma.  He died ten days later at the age of 35.  The bouncer at the club later served eight months in prison for manslaughter.

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