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Died On This Date (April 13, 2013) Vincent Montana Jr. / Founder Of The Salsoul Orchestra; Member OF MFSB

Posted by themusicsover on April 13, 2013

Vincent Montana Jr.
February 12, 1928 – April 13, 2013

vincent-montana-jrVincent Montana was an American percussionist and band leader who is best remembered as the founder of popular ’70s disco group, the Salsoul Orchestra.  He was also a member of another disco standout band, MFSB.  Both groups, which counted members of each within their folds, released some of the era’s most recognized hits.  MFSB was assembled as the house band for Philadephia’s legendary Sigma Sounds Studios affording Montana the opportunity to play on hits by the O’Jays, the Stylistics, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and many more.  With Salsoul Orchestra, he recorded such disco hits as “Tangerine,” “Salsoul Hustle,” and “Nice ‘N’ Naasty.”  The vast list of others that Montana either played with or produced includes Frankie Avalon , Dusty Springfield, the Delfonics, Johnny Mathis, the Jackson 5, La Belle,  and more recently, the Pet Shop Boys.  Vincent Montana was 85 when he passed away on April 13, 2013.

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Died On This Date (April 8, 2013) Annette Funicello / Legendary Mouseketeer, Singer & Actress

Posted by themusicsover on April 8, 2013

Annette Funicello
October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013

annette-funicelloAnnette Funicello was an American child actress who parlayed her popularity as one of the Mouseketeers on the original Mickey Mouse Club into a lifelong career in film, television and pop music.   Trained in dance and music at an early age, Funicello was discovered by Walt Disney when she was 12 years old.  She was one of a very few to have been selected by Disney himself.  After the first show’s first season, she reportedly received over 6000 pieces of fan mail per month. After graduating from Disney,  Funicello became a teen idol, starring with Frankie Avalon in popular beach movies like Beach Blanket Bingo, Beach Party, How To Stuff A Wild Bikini, and Muscle Beach Party.  Throughout her career, she scored charting hits with “Tall Paul” (#7), “Pineapple Princess” (#11), “First Name Initial” (#20), and many more.  In 1987, Funicello and Avalon reunited for Back To The Beach, a parody of their earlier beach movies.  They also toured the U.S. singing their hits.  In 1992, she revealed that she was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis to discount rumors that she was battling alcoholism.  Annette Funicello ultimately died as a result of MS on April 8, 2013.  She was 70.

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Died On This Date (March 9, 2011) Bob Marcucci / Original Rock ‘n Roll Idol Maker

Posted by themusicsover on March 9, 2011

Bob Marcucci
February 28, 1930 – March 9, 2011

Bob Marcucci was a successful artist manager who is perhaps best remembered for discovering and guiding the early careers of Frankie Avalon and Fabian.  Born in Philadelphia, PA, Marcucci was just 25 when he entered the music business as a song writer.  A short time later, he launched his own Chancellor Records where he signed Avalon and Fabian.  In later years, Marcucci managed popular gossip columnist Rona Barrett, and served as co-producer of the Bill Murray film, The Razor’s Edge.  The 1980 film, The Idolmaker was loosely based on his life in the music business.  Bob Marcucci died of respiratory failure on March 9, 2011.  He was 81.

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Died On This Date (December 23, 2008) Clint Ballard Jr. / Successful Pop Songwriter; Wrote “You’re No Good” For Linda Ronstadt

Posted by themusicsover on December 23, 2009

Clint Ballard Jr.
May 24, 1931 – December 23, 2008


Clint Ballard Jr. was a successful American songwriter who, over the course of his career wrote numerous charting singles.  Some of his most recognized songs are “You’re No Good” (Linda Ronstadt), “Game of Love” (Wayne Fontana), and “I’m Alive” (the Hollies).  Two of his songs landed at the top of the Billboard singles chart while two others made it into the UK top ten.  His songs have also been recorded by the likes of Ricky Nelson, Frankie Avalon, Connie Francis, and Jan and Dean.  Clint Ballard Jr. was 77 when he passed away on December 23, 2008.

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