Posted by themusicsover on December 6, 2011
Barbara Orbison (Born Barbara Jakobs)
1951 – December 6, 2011
Barbara Orbison is best remembered as the longtime wife of rock ‘n roll pioneer, Roy Orbison. She was also a successful entrepreneur, producer and music publisher. Born in Germany, Barbara Jakobs was just 17 when on July 21, 1968, she met her future husband when he was on tour in Leeds, England. Although Roy was nearly twice her age, the pair married the following year. The couple raised three sons and stayed together until Roy passed away in 1988. During the ’80s, Barbara managed Roy’s career and was instrumental in the revival of his career, serving as Executive Producer for the popular television concert special, Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night, which featured among others, Bruce Springsteen, k.d. lang, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Jackson Browne performing alongside Roy. After Roy died, Barbara took over his business dealings and successfully kept his music and image alive for generations to come. Barbara also owned Still Working Music, a publishing company in Nashville, and was very active in philanthropic causes. Barbara Orbison was 60 when she passed away on December 6, 2011 – 23 years to the day after Roy passed away. Cause of death was attributed to cancer.
Posted in Manager, Producer, Publishing | Tagged: Barbara Orbison, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, k.d. lang, Roy Orbison, Tom Waits | 3 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on November 25, 2011
September 6, 1939 – November 25, 2011
Getting a shave from Johnny Cash
Don DeVito was a respected producer and label executive who, over a career that spanned five decades, produced landmark albums by Bob Dylan and played a key role in the successes of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, Aerosmith, and Simon & Garfunkel, to name a few. After an early career as a musician – he played guitar for Al Kooper – DeVito went to work for CBS Records as part of their Executive Training Program. The year was 1967, and by 1971, he was running the marketing department of what had recently been re-named Columbia Records. He later moved over to A&R where he worked more closely with Columbia’s jaw-dropping stable of artists. In the studio, DeVito produced Dylan’s Desire and Street Legal, among others. He was nominated for five separate Grammys, winning in 1989 for Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly. After the 9/11 attacks on New York City, DeVito was instrumental to the success of The Concert For New York City which raised over $1 million dollars for the victims and their families. On November 25, 2011, Don DeVito passed away following a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 72.
Thanks to Harold Lepidus for the assist.
Posted in Musician, Producer, Record Label | Tagged: Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Don DeVito, Johnny Cash, Leadbelly, Simon & Garfunkel, Woody Guthrie | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on October 23, 2011
DOB Unknown – October 23, 2011
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Gene Kurtz was a beloved Texas bassist and singer-songwriter who can be heard playing and/or singing on classic recordings by the likes of Edgar Winter, B.J. Thomas, Bo Diddley, and Roy Head, with whom he co-wrote the #2 pop and R&B hit, “Treat Her Right.” It took the Beatles’ “Yesterday” incidentally, to keep it from hitting the top of the charts. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Kurtz eventually settled in Austin where he played with Augie Meyers of Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados fame before hooking up with Head. The two soon wrote and recorded (with Head singing lead), “Treat Her Right” which went on to become one of the most famous Texas rock/R&B songs ever. Its bass line by Kurtz is one of pop music’s best. The song has since been covered by such luminaries as Otis Redding, George Thorogood, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant, to name a few. It has also become a staple in film and television – it was featured prominently in The Commitments, as well as numerous other films and television shows. After his tenure with Head, Kurtz went on to play on Winter’s 1970 debut, Entrance. During the 2000s, Kurtz played in Dale Watson’s band for whom he wrote “Way Down Texas Way,” which the band can be seen performing on an episode of the television hit, Friday Night Lights. According to the Houston Press, Gene Kurtz was 68 when he passed away on October 23, 2011. Cause of death was not immediately released.
Thanks to Paul Bearer for the assist.
Posted in Americana, Musician, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Augie Meyers, B.J. Thomas, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Edgar Winter, Gene Kurtz, George Thorogood, Otis Redding, Robert Plant, Roy Head, Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados, The Beatles | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on July 4, 2011
May 3, 1919 – July 4, 2011
Jane Scott was, simply put, a rock critic’s rock critic. For 50 years, she covered nearly every major concert that came through Cleveland, Ohio for the city’s major daily, the Plain Dealer. Born in Cleveland, Scott graduated from the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Navy before taking up a career in journalism. In March of 1952, just three days after Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed put on what has been called the world’s first rock concert, Scott was hired by the Plain Dealer to cover local society events. In 1958, she took over a column that was aimed at what now would be called “tweens,” and soon morphed it into one of the world’s first rock columns. Scott’s earliest major rock story came in 1964 when she covered the Beatles‘ first show at Cleveland’s Public Hall. She soon found herself covering the band’s tour through Europe. When the Fab Four returned to Cleveland in 1966, it was Scott who scored one of Paul McCartney’s first American interviews ever. By her retirement in 2002, Scott estimated that she had been to over 10,000 concerts, and along the way she earned the love, friendship and respect from everyone from Mick Jagger to Jim Morrison to David Bowie to Bob Dylan. So beloved by the rock community, it took her 80th birthday celebration in 1999 to reunite the Raspberries. And to help celebrate the occasion, Glenn Frey of the Eagles sent a note saying “Jane, you never met a band you didn’t like,” while Lou Reed wrote “I must confess, I love Jane Scott. When I was in the Velvet Underground in the ’60s, Jane was one of the only people I can remember who was nice to us.” Scott was 83 when she retired, but she continued to attend concerts by her favorites – the Rolling Stones, the Who, and Bruce Springsteen. Jane Scott was 92 when she passed away on July 4, 2011.
Posted in Journalist, Rock | Tagged: Alan Freed, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Jane Scott, Jim Morrison, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Eagles, The Raspberries, the who, Velvet Underground | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2011
DOB Unknown – June 4, 2011
Kevin Kavanaugh was a New Jersey keyboardist who is perhaps best remembered for his many years playing alongside John Lyon in his legendary band, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Kavanaugh can be heard on the Jukes’ outstanding This Time It’s For Real, Hearts Of Stone, and I Don’t Want To Go Home albums. In Kavanaugh’s early days as a musician, it was Bruce Springsteen who inspired him to look for a band that would command the same adulation from its audience. It wasn’t long before he was actually playing with Springsteen, in his Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom, and eventually in the Jukes. In 1982, Kavanaugh played on Little Steven’s first album away from Springsteen, Men Without Women. After leaving Southside Johnny in the early ’90s, Kavanaugh continued to play with numerous Jersey Shore bands like the Bobby Bandiera Band, High Voltage Brothers and Cats On A Smooth Surface, the so-called house band of Asbury Park’s storied Stone Pony club. Kevin Kavanaugh passed away on June 4, 2011 following a long illness.
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Posted in Musician, Rock | Tagged: Bobby Bandiera, Bruce Springsteen, Cats On A Smooth Surface, Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom, High Voltage, John Lyon, Kevin Kavanaugh, Little Steven, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes | Leave a Comment »