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Died On This Date (July 11, 2001) Herman Brood / Popular Dutch Musician & Artist

Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2010

Herman Brood
November 5, 1946 – July 11, 2001

Herman Brood was a popular Dutch rock musician, TV host, and painter who was called by at least one critic, “the Netherlands’ greatest and only rock ‘n’ roll star.”  He achieved his musical fame during the ’70s and ’80s and became equally revered for his art work later in life.  After tooling around in a few different bands and spending some time in jail for drug dealing, Brood started his own group, Herman Brood & the Wild Romance. The year was 1976, and Brood was quickly becoming famous – and equally  infamous – for his sexually charged and drug fueled lyrics, as well as his candid and eyebrow-raising comments on those same topics in the press.  Meanwhile his hard drug use was becoming legendary throughout the Netherlands.   His then-girlfriend, Nina Hagen even released a song entitled “Herrmann Hiess Er” (“Herrmann Is High”) , reportedly about him.   In 1979, Brood enjoyed a small bump when he toured the U.S. with the Cars, the Kinks, and Foreigner.  During the ’80s and early ’90s, he recorded several albums, but soon began devoting most of his energy to visual arts.  His dynamic and sometimes graffitti-inspired prints became very popular throughout Europe, while many of his murals found homes on public walls throughout Amsterdam.  By the summer of 1991, Brood was apparently depressed over his inability to kick drugs and how their abuse had impared his health.  On July 11, 2001, Herman Brood leaped to his death from the roof of the Amsterdam Hilton.  He was 56.

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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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Died On This Date (December 23, 2008) Bud Prager / Legendary Manager

Posted by themusicsover on December 23, 2009

Bud Prager
DOB Unknown – December 23, 2008

bud-pragerBud Prager was a longtime artist manager who, with his ESP Management, steered the careers of the likes of Megadeth, Foreigner, Bad Company and Damn Yankees.  Prager passed away after a long struggle with cancer.

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Died On This Date (November 23, 1995) Junior Walker / R&B Sax Great

Posted by themusicsover on November 23, 2009

Junior Walker (Born Autry Mixon Jr.)
June 14, 1931 – November 23, 1995

jrwalkerJunior Walker was a saxophone player whose band, Junior Walker and the All Stars became part of the Motown family in 1961.  In 1965, the band released the Walker penned “Shotgun” which reached the top of the Billboard R&B chart, and hit #4 on the pop chart.   The tune became Walker’s signature song even though it was followed by several other hits over the next few years.  Walker had another top 5 pop hit with “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” in 1969.  In 1981, rock band, Foreigner took tapes of old Walker sax solos to put together their own “solo” to use as the centerpiece of their hit single, “Urgent.”  On November 23, 1995, Junior Walker died of cancer at the age of 64.

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