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Died On This Date (February 12, 2015) Steve Strange / Lead Singer Of Visage

Posted by themusicsover on February 12, 2015

Steve Strange (Born Steven Harrington)
May 28, 1959 – February 12, 2015

steve-strangeSteve Strange is perhaps best remembered as the front man for the popular ’80s new wave band, Visage.  Like many young people in the UK during the mid ’70s, Strange couldn’t resist the pull of punk rock.  After witnessing a Sex Pistols show in 1976, he began setting up gigs for punk bands in and around his Welsh neighborhood. Soon thereafter, he formed his own punk band, the Moors Murderers that counted future Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde and future Clash drummer, Topper Headon, as members during it’s rather short lifespan. Strange soon moved to London where he worked for Malcolm McLaren before forming Visage in 1978.  The group helped pioneer the New Romantic movement which also included such acts as Duran Duran, Culture Club and Spandau Ballet.  Visage’s second single, 1980’s “Fade To Grey,” was a big hit across the UK and beyond.  More hit singles and albums followed until Strange closed the initial chapter on the band in 1985.  During the late ’80s and early ’90s, Strange developed into a popular club DJ, helping to popularize the trance movement in its early days.  In 2004, he reformed Visage which continued on in one form or another through the remainder of his life.  Steve Strange passed away following a heart attack on February 12, 2015.  He was 55.

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Died On This Date (August 14, 2011) Tom Tilton / Former Capitol Records Executive

Posted by themusicsover on August 14, 2011

Tom Tilton
December 1, 1935 – August 14, 2011

Tom Tilton was a long time sales executive for Capitol Records and later, its distribution arm which was renamed Cema Distribution during the late ’80s.  Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Tilton went to work for Capitol as a young man, and ultimately found himself running the Cema sales branch in Dallas, Texas where he was loved and respected by his staff and colleagues throughout the entire company.  During his tenure with Capitol-EMI Music, Tilton played a key role in the successes of such artists as varied as the Beatles, Duran Duran, Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Garth Brooks, Iron Maiden, and the Beach Boys. Tilton left the music industry during the mid ’90s, but stayed in the Dallas area where he farmed and raised horses and cattle for the rest of his working life.  Tom Tilton was 75 when he passed away peacefully on August 14, 2011.

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Died On This Date (April 18, 1996) Bernard Edwards / Chic

Posted by themusicsover on April 18, 2010

Bernard Edwards
October 31, 1952 – April 18, 1996

bernard-edwardsBernard Edwards was a bass player and prolific producer.  In the mid ’70s, Edwards formed Chic, a disco group that had a massive hits with “Le Freak” and “Good Times.”  Edwards went on to produce hits for some of pop music’s biggest names throughout the ’80s and ’90s.  That list includes Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Power Station, Robert Palmer, Debbie Harry, Johnny Mathis, and Duran Duran.   While in Tokyo for a concert in 1996, Edwards became ill.  He was found dead in his hotel room.  Cause of death was determined to be pneumonia.

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Died On This Date (September 26, 2003) Robert Palmer

Posted by themusicsover on September 26, 2009

Robert Palmer
January 19, 1949 – September 26, 2003

Robert Palmer was a popular English rock and blue-eyed-soul singer who had a much longer and fruitful career than many realize.  He was just 15 when, in 1969, Palmer cut his first records as the lead singer of The Alen Bown Set.  That following year, he formed his own band, Vinegar Joe, with whom he sang and played rhythm guitar.  The group soon signed with Island Records and released three critically acclaimed yet commercially ignored albums before the label signed Palmer to a solo deal.  He began releasing a string of moderately successful albums that featured such radio-friendly tracks as “Some Guys Have All the Luck,” “Bad Case of Loving You,” and “Clues.”  The mid ’80s were particularly kind to Palmer.  He first hooked up with members of Duran Duran to form Power Station who scored two huge hits with “Some Like It Hot” and “Get It On (Bang a Gong),” with Palmer on lead vocals.  He soon followed that with a handful of his own hits, which included “Simply Irresistable,” “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On,” and “Addicted To Love.”  His catchy dance-rock songs and titillating videos were a perfect match for MTV during its most popular and trend-setting era.  Suddenly, Palmer found himself part of an internationally revered club of superstar pop singers that included the likes of Tina Turner, David Bowie and Rod Stewart.   By design, Palmer’s output during the ’90s was much more eclectic, making it critically lauded, but never matching his commercial success of the ’80s.  Palmer’s final album, 2003’s blues set, Drive, was praised by critics as his most sincere, if not best album he ever released.  Robert Palmer suffered a fatal heart attack on September 26, 2003.  He was 54 years old.

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