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Posts Tagged ‘George Strait’

Died On This Date (April 11, 2014) Jesse Winchester / Respected Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on April 11, 2014

James “Jesse” Winchester
May 17, 1944 – April 11, 2014

jesse-winchesterJesse Winchester was an American singer-songwriter who made his biggest mark on popular music during the early ’70s.  Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Winchester moved to Montreal in 1967 in order to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War.  It was while in Canada that he launched his career in music thanks to early encouragement and support from the Band’s Robbie Robertson.  Winchester released his debut self-titled album in 1970 and continued to record acclaimed albums on and off over the next 40 years.  Since he couldn’t tour the U.S. as a draft resister during the peak years of his output, Winchester became better known as a songwriter than a live performer and recording artist.  The long list of those who recorded his songs includes Elvis Costello, George Strait, Jimmy Buffet, Joan Baez, the Everly Brothers, and Wynona Judd. In 1976, President Jimmy Carter pardoned many so-called draft dodgers, so Winchester was allowed back into the US.  His first show back on US soil was in April of 1977, a performance that prompted Rolling Stone magazine to declare him “the Greatest Voice of the Decade.”  He permanently relocated back to America in 2002 and continued to record and tour throughout the remainder of his life.  Jesse Winchester died of cancer on April 11, 2014.  He was 69.

 

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Died On This Date (July 9, 2013) Jim Foglesong / Legendary Record Label Executive

Posted by themusicsover on July 9, 2013

Jim Foglesong
July 26, 1922 – July 9, 2013

jim-foglesongJim Foglesong was a longtime record company executive who, for the better part of 50 years, helped countless country music performers become household names.  A singer himself, Foglesong began singing in church before he turned four years old, and by the time he was in high school, he was singing on local radio stations throughout Charleston, West Virginia.  During WWII, Foglesong performed at USO shows while serving in the Army.  After his service ended, he enrolled in college where he studied music.  After graduating and moving to New York City, he found himself working as a session singer on recordings by the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, and Dion & the Belmonts.  During the early ’50s, Foglesong worked at Columbia Records where he helped start Epic Records.  While there, he began producing records. He eventually moved to RCA where he produced records by the likes of Robert Goulet and Doris Day.  By the late ’70s, he was working in Nashville where the list of artists he went on to work with reads like an encyclopedia of country music.  During that time he also found himself running labels like Dot and MCA Records.  In 1984, he was named president of Capitol Records’ Nashville division where he signed Garth Brooks.   Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Reba McEntire, and George Strait are just a few of the country stars whose recording careers he helped guide. After retiring from the record business in the early ’90s, Foglesong went into education.  He served as the music business department head at Trevecca Nazarene College and taught a music business class at Vanderbilt University, both in Nashville.  In 2004, he was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Jim Foglesong was 90 when he passed away on July 9, 2013.


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Died On This Date (November 21, 2011) Paul Yandell / Band Leader For Chet Atkins

Posted by themusicsover on November 21, 2011

Paul Yandell
September 6, 1935 – November 21, 2011

Paul Yandell was a Nashville guitar wiz who is perhaps best remembered for the 25 years he served as Chet Atkins’ band leader and guitar duo partner.  Having become proficient on the guitar at an early age, Yandell moved to Nashville during the mid ’50s and launched his Music City career playing with the Louvin Brothers.  From there he joined up with Kitty Wells on whose show he performed from 1961 until 1970.  After a brief run with Jerry Reed, Yandell was hired by Atkins.  The year was 1975, and he went on to play alongside the guitar legend for the next quarter century.   Throughout his career, Yandell released a handful of albums, including a tribute to Atkins, Forever Chet after he passed away in 2001. As an in-demand session player, Yandell can also be heard on records by the likes of Dolly Parton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Perry Como, George Strait, and more.  Paul Yandell died of cancer on November 21, 2011.  He was 76.



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Died On This Date (July 1, 2011) Charlie Craig / Celebrated Nashville Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on July 1, 2011

Charlie Craig
September 30, 1938 – July 1, 2011

Charlie Craig was a respected Nashville songwriter whose Grammy nominated catalog includes hits he penned for the likes of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Travis Tritt.  A gifted musician as well, Craig began performing in clubs when he was barely out of high school. By the time he hit his early 30s, he was living in Nashville and forging a name for himself as a songwriter to reckon with.  He remained in demand for the next 40 years.  In 2009, he released his autobiography, Old Memories and Me.    Charlie Craig was 73 when he died of cancer on July 1, 2011.

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Died On This Date (March 14, 2011) Todd Cerney / Celebrated Rock & Country Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on March 14, 2011

Todd Cerney
DOB Unknown – March 14, 2011

Todd Cerney was a brilliant songwriter, musician, and producer who was based in Nashville, Tennessee.  Born in Detroit, Cerney moved to Nashville during the ’70s to further his career.  His songs have been recorded by George Strait, Tanya Tucker, Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Cheap Trick to name a few.  His hits include the Grammy-nominated “I’ll Be Loving You” (Restless Heart) and the country chart topping “Good Morning Beautiful” (Steve Holy).  As an in-demand session player,  Cerney has performed live or recorded with a list of superstars that includes the Dixie Chicks, the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, and Jackson Browne.  In November of 2010, Todd Cerney suffered a brain seizure and subsequently learned he had stage four melanoma cancer.  On March 14, 2011, Cerney died as a result of the cancer.



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