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Died On This Date (January 7, 1964) Cyril Davies / British Blues Musician

Posted by themusicsover on January 7, 2012

Cyril Davies
January 23, 1932 – January 7, 1964

Cyril Davies was one of the pioneers of the British blues movement of the 1960s.  He began his career during the ’50s when he actually played the banjo in an acoustic skiffle group.  He soon switched to the harmonica, eventually becoming Britain’s first Chicago blues style player.  In 1962, he and fellow musician, Alexis Korner, opened the popular Ealing Club.  It was there that they founded Blues Incorporated, a highly influential electric blues band that counted Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Charlie Watts as members over the years.   The club became hangout for up-and-coming musicians like Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Eric Burden who generally ended up jamming together by the end of the night.   Cyril Davies was 31 when he died on January 7, 1964.  Cause of death was either leukemia, lung cancer or pleurisy, depending upon your source.

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Died On This Date (July 18, 1988) Nico / Velvet Underground

Posted by themusicsover on July 18, 2010

Nico (Born Christa Päffgen)
October 16, 1938 – July 18, 1988

Nico was a German-born singer, actress and model who is best remembered for her work with Velvet Underground as well as Andy Warhol.  As a young adult, Nico worked as a model, appearing in such magazines as Vogue and Elle.   After landing the lead in the 1963 French film, The Strip-Tease, Nico recorded the Serge Gainsbourg produced theme song.  In 1965, Nico recorded her first single with the help of Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones.  It was around this time that Nico began working with Andy Warhol who managing the Velvet Underground at the time.  The band reluctantly agreed to let Nico sing lead on three songs on their 1967 debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico,  considered one of the most influential albums of the era.  The partnership soon dissolved with Nico moving on to a critically acclaimed solo career.  She recorded and performed into the 1980s.  On July 18, 1988, Nico fell from her bicycle after suffering a minor heart attack.  Unconscious, she was taken to a hospital where she was misdiagnosed with heat stroke.  She died the next day of a cerebral hemorrhage from the fall.

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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

brian-jonesMember of the 27 Club

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 (July 2, 2009) Tom Keylock / Rolling Stones Confidant

Posted by themusicsover on July 2, 2010

Tom Keylock
August 9, 1926 – July 2, 2009

With Brian Jones

Tom Keylock was initially the Rolling Stones’ driver during the early years of their career.  Due to his strong loyalty to the band, he quickly moved up through the ranks to more care-taker and confidant of the group.   His duties over the years included acting as body guard, road manager, escort, cook and “fixer.”  He established a personal relationship with the guys, who oftentimes sought his counsel on relationships and such.  When Brian Jones drowned in 1969, it was Keylock that was one of the first on the scene, resulting in unfounded rumors about his possible involvement in the mysterious death.  After leaving the Stones, Keylock started his own chauffeur company, and in the ’80s, he worked as a driver for England’s football team.  He passed away at the age of 82.

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Died On This Date (January 1, 1984) Alexis Korner / Founding Father Of British Blues

Posted by themusicsover on January 1, 2010

Alexis Korner
April 19, 1928 – January 1, 1984

Alexis Korner has been rightfully called the “Founding Father of British Blues.”  In 1955, Korner and fellow blues enthusiast and musician Cyril Davies opened the London Blues and Barrelhouse Club so there would be a place in town for American blues artists to play.  It would be the first exposure to American blues music that many young Londoners ever  had.  Korner and Bond soon formed Blues Incorporated, an electric band whose ever-changing roster included Charlie Watts, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, and Jack Bruce.  Future greats like Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, John Mayall, and Jimmy Page and Brian Jones were all fans and occasionally sat in with the band.  By 1966, Blues Incorporated was over and Korner moved over to British television where he was an entertainment news correspondent for a children’s program.  The ’70s and ’80s found Korner working in a few different jazz- and blues-centric groups.  He died of lung cancer on January 1, 1984 at the age of 55.

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