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Died On Ths Date (April 14, 2013) George Jackson / Southern Soul Great

Posted by themusicsover on April 14, 2013

George Jackson
1936 – April 14, 2013

george-jacksonGeorge Jackson was an American southern soul singer and songwriter who penned a number of songs that became major hits throughout the ’70s and ’80s.  Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Jackson eventually settled in Memphis where he wrote songs for such studios and labels as FAME, Goldwax, Muscle Shoals, Malaco and Hi Records.  Over the years, Jackson released numerous records but none achieved the popularity of song of his that were recorded by others.  In 1970, the Osmonds recorded his “One Bad Apple,” which ultimately topped the pop charts.  And Bob Seger had a huge hit with “Old Time Rock And Roll” thanks in part to  Tom Cruise’s iconic dance scene to it in the 1983 film, Risky Business.  The song, co-written with Thomas Jones III, has since become a Classic Rock staple.  Jackson’s “The Only Way Is Up” as performed by Yazz and Coldcut topped the US dance charts and UK charts in 1988.  Others who have recorded his include Otis Clay, James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, Z.Z. Hill, and Clarence Carter.   George Jackson died of cancer on April 14, 2013.  He was 68.

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Died On This Date (October 13, 2010) Norman “General” Johnson / Popular Soul Singer

Posted by themusicsover on October 13, 2010

Norman Johnson
May 23, 1943 – October 13, 2010

Norman Johnson, known professionally as General Johnson, was as Grammy-winning songwriter, as well as a producer and the lead singer of popular late ’60s/early ’70s soul group, Chairmen of the Board.  Johnson was just 16 when he made his first recordings for the storied Atlantic Records.  In those early days he fronted his own group, the Humdingers, and shortly thereafter, the Showmen.  It was with the latter that Johnson first started cracking the R&B singles chart with such records as “39-21-40 Shape.”  After a short and less fruitful run as a solo artist, Johnson formed the Chairmen of the Board.   The year was 1967, and it was with that group that he went on to release such hits as “(You’ve Got Me) Dangling On a String,” “Pay the Piper,” and “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” which sold in excess of one million copies.  In 1970, Johnson won a Grammy as the songwriter of the mega hit “Patches” as recorded by Clarence CarterJerry Reed, Honey Cone, and Freda Payne also had hits with songs penned by Johnson.  As was the case with many R&B acts of the era, Johnson and Chairmen of the Board’s music fell out of favor with the general public.  But during the ’90s, the group reformed and found renewed success touring the vibrant Beach Music circuit along the coastal towns of Southeast United States.  Norman Johnson was 67 when he passed away on October 13, 2010.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (October 29, 1971) Duane Allman / The Allman Brothers

Posted by themusicsover on October 29, 2009

Howard Duane Allman
November 26, 1946 – October 29, 1971

Before becoming a household name as founding lead guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band Duane Allman was an in-demand session guitarist who played on many classic records of the late ’60s.  His amazing guitar work was first heard on Wilson Picket’s superb 1968 recording of “Hey Jude.”  Eric Clapton was so impressed by Allman’s playing on that record, that he invited him down to the studio for the Derek & the Dominos sessions.  The two clicked and Allman joined on to add his signature guitar sound to most of the tracks on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.  It’s Allman’s guitar that is the most recognizable and most celebrated on the album.  Allman also played on hit recordings by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter and Boz Scaggs.  In 1969, he and his brother Gregg Allman, formed the Allman Brothers band, which went on to become one of the most influential rock bands America has ever produced.  Albums like The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East, and Eat A Peach are considered landmark recordings of the rock era.  In Rolling Stone’s 2003 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, Allman came in at #2, just behind Jimi Hendrix.  On October 29, 1971, just as the Allman Brothers were reaching new heights in their career, Allman was out riding his motorcycle while the band was taking a break from the road.  In what was ruled an accident, Allman lost control of his bike as he tried to avoid a large truck that was turning up ahead of him.  Duane Allman died of his injuries at a local hospital.  He was just 24.

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