Posted by themusicsover on August 31, 2010
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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Posted by themusicsover on August 11, 2010
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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Posted by themusicsover on July 22, 2010
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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Posted by themusicsover on July 5, 2010
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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