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RIP, Nick Menza (May 21, 2016) Former Drummer of Megadeth

Posted by themusicsover on May 21, 2016

Nick Menza
July 23, 1964 – May 21, 2016

nick-menzaNick Menza was an American metal drummer who is best remembered for playing in Megadeth during a period that many consider their greatest.  Born into a musical family – his father was Don Menza, longtime sax player for Buddy Rich – Menza started playing drums at the age of two.  He began playing professionally at 18 and soon found work as a session player covering many genres of music. His most notable early gig was on recordings for John Fogerty. In 1989, Menza was asked to join Megadeth although he had played with the band live on occasion going back a year prior.  His contributions to Megadeth were felt immediately.  Menza played on the band’s next for studio albums, including the two that many consider the band’s greatest, Rust In Peace and Countdown to Extinction.  On stage, he added a new force to band’s live show, most notably due to his skills on the double bass drum kit.  Menza left Megadeth due to knee problems in 1998.  He went on to play in bands over the years until his most recent, OHM.  It was with OHM that he was playing at a club in Studio City, CA when he died unexpectedly of  heart failure on May 21, 2016.  He was 51.

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Died On This Date (August 31, 2002) Lionel Hampton / Jazz Legend

Posted by themusicsover on August 31, 2010

Lionel Hampton
April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002

Although he started his career as a drummer in the late ’20s, Lionel Hampton went on to become one of jazz’s premier vibraphonists, playing with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and Quincy Jones to name just a few. By the early ’40s, Hampton was fronting his own group, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, who would become one of the most popular big bands of the ’40s and ’50s.  Over the years, his band would feature several performers who achieved their own fame.  That list includes Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus, and Wes Montgomery.  Hampton continued to perform and record through the ’80s, but a stroke in 1991 lead to his retirement.  He died of congestive heart failure at the age of 94.

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Died On This Date (August 11, 1996) Mel Taylor / Drummer For The Ventures

Posted by themusicsover on August 11, 2010

Mel Taylor
September 24, 1933 – August 11, 1996

Mel Taylor is best remembered as the second drummer of surf instrumental pioneers, the Ventures.  Influenced by Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson, Taylor’s early career consisted of playing with Boris Pickett and Herb Alpert before replacing Howie Johnson in the Ventures.  The year was 1962 and Taylor would stay with the Ventures on and off for the next thirty years.  He passed away as a result of cancer on August 11, 1996.


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Died On This Date (July 22, 2008) Joe Beck / Respected Jazz Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on July 22, 2010

Joe Beck
July 29, 1945 – July 22, 2008

Joe Beck was a much respected jazz guitarist who was equally at home whether performing mainstream jazz, soul jazz, post bop or fusion.  Beck released numerous albums dating back to 1970.  Over the years, he’s played wth the likes of Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, James Brown, Herbie Hancock and many more.  Beck died of lung cancer at the age of 62.

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Died On This Date (July 5, 1983) Harry James / Jazz Trumpet Legend

Posted by themusicsover on July 5, 2010

Harry James
March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983

Harry James was a popular band leader and trumpet player whose career started in the mid ’30s.  After performing with Ben Pollack, James joined Benny Goodman’s band for about a year, leaving that to form his own big band in 1939.  One musical footnote includes Frank Sinatra, who sang with James very early in his career.  Legend has it that James wanted Sinatra to change his name to Frankie Satin.  Fortunately, Sinatra refused.  Later employing Buddy Rich, James stayed active with his band until the early ’80s.   In 1983, he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, likely due to years of heavy smoking.   And even though he was dying, James continued to perform right up until nine days before he passed away on July 5, 1983.

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