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RIP, Tom Petty (October 2, 2017) American Rock Great

Posted by themusicsover on October 2, 2017

Tom Petty
October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017

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Tom Petty, the iconic American singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer passed away peacefully following a massive heart attack he had suffered earlier in the day.  He was 66.  Born in Gainesville, Florida, Petty, like many kids his age, had their first rock and roll moment after witnessing Elvis Presley. But unlike other future rock stars, it wasn’t The King’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that changed his life forever – it was a more personal encounter.  Turns out Petty’s uncle was working on the Presley film, Follow That Dream that was filming nearby, and he invited the 10-year-old down to the shoot. Petty was able to watch Presley up close and in person doing what he did best, albeit in an entirely different arena. He soon traded his slingshot to a buddy for some Elvis 45s, and he was on his way.  Petty’s first band of note – that would reform for kicks in 2007 – was Mudcrutch, which he put together in 1970. Six years later, they morphed into Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. During the next several years, they released a series of hit singles and albums that appealed equally to the fans of the current “heartland rock” movement led by Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen, and the punk and new wave movements which were grabbing hold on the east and west coasts, as well as in the UK.  Over the next four decades, Petty, both with the Heartbreakers and solo, sold upwards of 80 million albums, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.  Throughout his career, Petty collaborated with many of the biggest names in music, perhaps most famously, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison as the Traveling Wilburys.  This “supergroup” recorded two well-received albums together, 1988’s Vol. 1 and 1990’s Vol. 3.  Others of note with whom Petty had memorable collaborations with were Stevie Nicks, Johnny Cash, Dwight Twilley, and Del Shannon, whose career he revived in 1982 with the album, Drop Down and Get Me.  In 2002, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while November, 2015 saw the much-lauded release of the best-seller, Petty: The Biography, by Warren Zanes.  Around that time he partnered with SiriusXM on Tom Petty Radio, a channel devoted entirely to his music and the music he loved. By all accounts, he was very hands-on with it, making sure the content would be loved by his fans. On Monday, September 25th, 2017, the band played their last of three spirited shows at the Hollywood Bowl in their adopted hometown of Los Angeles, to cap off the hugely successful 40th Anniversary Tour – their longest in 15 years. One week later, Top Petty was gone.

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The Music’s Over – The Most Best Albums of 2014

Posted by themusicsover on December 28, 2014

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy some NEW music for a change here on The Music’s Over. Presenting the most best as well as the greatest albums from 2014.

1.  Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey / Going Back Home

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2.  Jimmer / The Would-Be Plans

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3.  The Strypes / Snapshot

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4.  Various Artists – Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life

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5.  Spanish Gold – South Of Nowhere

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 6.  Bruce Springsteen / High Hopes

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 7.  Sturgill Simpson / Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

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8.  Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings / Give The People What They Want

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9.  Mastodon – Once More Round The Sun

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10.  U2 / Songs of Innocence

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11.  Nikki Lane / All Or Nothin’

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12.  The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt

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13.  Bob Seger – Ride Out

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14.  The Reverend Horton Heat / Rev

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15.  Dwight Twilley / Always

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16.  Ex Hex / Rips

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17.  Future Islands / Singles

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18.  String Cheese Incident / Song In My Head

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19.  Imelda May / Tribal

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20.  Marianne Faithfull / Give My Love To London

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21.  Joe Louis Walker / Hornet’s Nest

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22.  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye

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23.  Drowners – Drowners

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24.  Cocktail Slippers – People Talk

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25.  Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class

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26.  Supersuckers – Get The Hell

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27.  Billy Joe Shaver – Long In The Tooth

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28.  The Whigs – Modern Creation

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29.  Jerry Lee Lewis – Rock & Roll Time

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30.  Benjamin Booker / Benjamin Booker

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Died On This Date (August 17, 1993) Phil Seymour / Dwight Twilley Band

Posted by themusicsover on August 17, 2010

Phil Seymour
May 11, 1952 – August 17, 1993

Phil Seymour was a singer, songwriter and musician who gained a following during the new wave era thanks to such power pop classics as “Precious To Me” as well as “I’m On Fire” from his days fronting the Dwight Twilley Band.  Seymour grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he met Dwight Twilley, another aspiring musician at a 1967 screening of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night.  The struck up a friendship and a musical partnership that would eventually get them signed to Shelter Records who in 1975, released their first single, “I’m On Fire” which reached #16 on the Billboard singles chart.  They would record just two classic albums together before Seymour went of on his own.  Before the release of the first of his two solo albums, Seymour did session work, playing drums on power pop icons 20/20’s debut album, as well as singing backing vocals on Tom Petty‘s “American Girl” and “Breakdown.”  During the early ’80s, Seymour released two albums, Phil Seymour (featuring “Precious To Me”) and Phil Seymour 2 before the death of label head, Neil Bogart derailed his record company as well as Seymour’s career.  In 1984, he joined the Textones, a Los Angeles band fronted by Carla Olson that was alt-country twenty years before the genre had a name.  Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with lymphoma not long after recording an album and touring with the band.  Phil Seymour died as a result of the cancer at the age of 41.

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Died On This Date (January 28, 2010) Geoff Workman / Respected Rock Producer

Posted by themusicsover on January 28, 2010

Geoff Workman
DOB Unknown – January 28, 2010

Geoff Workman was a record producer and engineer who was partly responsible for some of rock’s greatest albums during the ’70s and ’80s.  He began his career working with King Crimson in 1970.  Over the course of his career he either engineered or produced some of rock’s most celebrated releases.  That list includes Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil, Journey’s Infinity and Departure, the Cars’ self-titled debut and Candy-O, Queen’s Jazz, Foreigner’s Head Games, and Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry.  His credits also include recordings by, to name a few, Toto, Jason & the Scorchers, Sammy Hagar, Dwight Twilley, and Tommy Tutone.  Geoff Workman passed away peacefully in his home on January 28, 2010.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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