Posted by themusicsover on September 17, 2012
James “Sugar Boy” Crawford
October 12, 1934 – September 15, 2012
James “Sugar Boy” Crawford was a New Orleans R&B musician who, in 1953, wrote a song called “Jock-A-Moe,” which eventually morphed into “Iko-Iko,” one of the Crescent City’s most beloved standards. As a singer, trombonist, and later, pianist, Crawford began performing around 1950 when he formed the Chapaka Shawee with Doctor Daddy-O. The great Leonard Chess signed him to his Chess Records and changed their name to Sugar Boy & his Cane Cutters. In 1965, the Dixie Cups released “Iko-Iko” which sounded enough like “Jock-A-Moe,” that Crawford was eventually awarded 25% ownership. “Iko Iko” went on to become one of the most popular songs to come out of New Orleans and could be heard in countless movies and television shows. It has been covered by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Cyndi Lauper, Warren Zevon and Dave Matthews. In 1963, Crawford was pistol-whipped by the police to the point that he was laid up for two years. The beating put him into a coma and resulted in a metal plate replacing much of his skull. When he awoke, he had lost most of his memory and motor skills which took the best of two years to re-learn. He retired from the music business until 1969 when he returned to singing in his church only. Crawford resurfaced during the mid ’90s to perform on his grandson, Davell Crawford’s, album and made occasional appearances at New Orleans festivals well into the 2000s. James “Sugar Boy” Crawford was 77 when he passed away in hospice care on September 15, 2012.
Thanks to Henk de Bruin for the assist.
Posted in Musician, R&B, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Chapaka Shawee, Cyndi Lauper, Davell Crawford, Doctor Daddy-O, Grateful Dead, James "Sugar Boy" Crawford, Leonard Chess, Sugar Boy & his Cane Cutters, The Dixie Cups, Warren Zevon | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on March 8, 2012
DOB Unkown – March 8, 2012
Jimmy Ellis is best remembered the lead singer for the popular disco group, the Trammps. Formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1972, the R&B outfit first flirted with success with their unlikely cover of “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart,” a song originally made famous by Judy Garland some 30 years earlier. The following year, they released “Love Epidemic,” widely considered their first disco song. In 1976, they put out what would become their signature tune, “Disco Inferno,” a high-energy dance number that went on to help define the disco era. The song wasn’t initially a big hit, but when it was re-released as part of the Saturday Night Fever film and soundtrack in 1978, it hit the mainstream and landed at #11 on the pop charts. The song then took on a life of its own as it was played in heavy rotation at discotheques around the world and virtually every disco-themed party ever since. Its celebratory refrain can still also be heard at most major sports arenas around the US. It has also been covered by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner. In 2005, “Disco Inferno” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. The Trammps’ other hits included “The Night The Lights Went Out” and “Disco Party.” Jimmy Ellis was 74 when he passed away in a nursing home on March 8, 2012.
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Posted in Disco, R&B, Singer | Tagged: Cyndi Lauper, Jimmy Ellis, Judy Garland, The Trammps, Tina Turner | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on November 15, 2011
Mark “Moogy” Klingman
September 7, 1950 – November 15, 2011
Moogy Klingman was a keyboardist, singer, and songwriter who is perhaps best remembered as a founding member of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. Klingman was still in high school when he was fronting such bands as the Living Few and Glitterhouse. At 16 he found himself playing in the Blue Flame with Jimi Hendrix and Randy California. In 1969, Klingman hooked up with Rundgren and began playing keyboards in his band. He went on to play on several Utopia albums as well as nearly a dozen Rundgren long-players. He also played on and produced the Bob Dylan/Bette Midler duet, “Buckets of Rain.” Other artists Klingman worked with include Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Cyndi Lauper, and Jeff Beck, to name a few. Moogy Klingman, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away on November 15, 2011. He was 61.
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Posted by themusicsover on August 24, 2011
October 23, 1947 – August 22, 2011
With Michael Jackson
Frank DiLeo was a longtime and sometimes controversial music industry executive as well as a part-time actor. Launching his music career just after high school, DiLeo first worked as a rack jobber in Pittsburgh. He went on to work for several labels in radio promotion, while along the way, building a reputation for getting records played. He held high-ranking positions at CBS Records, Bell, RCA and ultimately, for Walter Yetnikoff at Epic, where during the ’80s, he was credited for taking the label from #14 in the U.S. to #2. He was largely responsible for the success of such acts as Michael Jackson, Quiet Riot, REO Speedwagon, Ozzy Osbourne and Cyndi Lauper, to name a few. His methods may have been considered less than above-board by some, but he clearly got results. After the success of Jackson’s Thriller, the singer asked DiLeo to be his manager in a partnership that lasted until 1989. Over the years, DiLeo also managed Richie Sambora, Taylor Dane and Laura Branigan. He also formed a business relationship with Prince. As an actor, DiLeo appeared in Wayne’s World, Wayne’s World 2, and Goodfellas in which he played Tuddy Cicero, based on real life organized crime figure, Vito “Tuddy” Vario. In March of 2011, Frank DiLeo had heart surgery. He died from complications on August 22, 2011.
Posted in Manager, Record Label | Tagged: Cyndi Lauper, Frank DiLeo, Laura Branigan, Michael Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne, Prince, Quiet Riot, REO Speedwagon, Richie Sambora, Taylor Dane, Tuddy Cicero, Vito "Tuddy" Vario | Leave a Comment »