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Posts Tagged ‘Great White’

Died On This Date (September 27, 2013) Lorne Black / Bassist For Great White

Posted by themusicsover on September 27, 2013

Lorne Black
DOB Unknown – September 27, 2013

Lorne Black at left.

Lorne Black at left.

Lorne Black is perhaps best remembered as the original bassist for Los Angeles metal band, Great White.  Originally formed as Highway in 1978, the band morphed through a few different names and lineups until finally settling as Great White with Black on bass during the early ’80s.  Black played on the band’s debut EP, Out Of The Night as well as their first three LPs, Great White, Shot In The Dark, and Once Bitten while helping them build a sizable following outside their hometown by nearly non-stop gigging.  Those early shows included tours supporting Whitesnake and Judas Priest.  After parting ways with the band during the late ’80s, Black went on to play in a prog rock band, LBC, do soundtrack work, and record at least one solo album, Who’s Doing Who?.  Lorne Black passed away on September 27, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (April 3, 2013) Chris Bailey / Bassist For The Angels (Angel City)

Posted by themusicsover on April 3, 2013

Chris Bailey
1950 – April 3, 2013

chris-baileyChris Bailey was the longtime bassist for legendary Australian pub-rock band, the Angels.  Also known as Angel City so as to not be confused with Angel outside of Australia,  the Angels formed in 1974, with Bailey coming on board when original bassist, Doc Neeson moved over to lead vocals in 1977.  Often compared to as well as helped along by  AC/DC, the Angels went on to release a string of hits at home and abroad.  They are said to have been an influence on Guns N’ Roses, Great White, and many of the Seattle grunge bands.  Bailey was part of the band throughout their peak years of the late ’70s and early ’80s.  He can be heard on their two biggest releases, Face To Face and No Exit.  Bailey left the group in 1982 and went on to play in other bands before returning in 1982.  He continued on and off with them until his final days.  Chris Bailey lost a long battle with throat cancer on April 3, 2013.  He was 62.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus at Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.

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Died On This Date (June 18, 1999) Frank C. Starr / The Four Horsemen & SIN Lead Singer

Posted by themusicsover on June 18, 2010

Frank C. Starr
1958 – June 18, 1999

Frank C. Starr was a charismatic lead vocalist for hard rock bands, Alien, SIN, and most famously, the Four Horsemen. Raised on Long Island, NY, Starr eventually landed in Los Angeles to take his shot at the big time. After a short run in a band called Alien, Starr began to make a name for himself fronting a band called SIN through the mid ’80s, but struggled to get noticed in the same Sunset Strip scene that gave us Guns ‘n Roses, Ratt, and Great White. After the band called it quits in 1984, Starr landed in the Four Horsemen, a rock band that took its cue more from ’70s rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd or AC/DC than such contemporaries as Poison or Faster Pussycat. After self-releasing a four-song EP in 1989, the band were snatched up by Rick Rubin’s Def American label and went into the studio with Rubin producing. The resulting album Nobody Said It Was Easy, garnered enough critical praise and fan support to land them on the road touring with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Black Crowes as well as regular video rotation on MTV. But all this wasn’t enough to translate into significant album sales. At the same time, word was getting around that Starr was developing a reputation for his drug use and subsequent run-ins with the law, reportedly leading to a stint in jail on drug charges forcing the label to drop the band. But all were false claims according to the band, the only reason they were dropped was because of poor record sales. The sudden rise of grunge as well as some internal fighting seemed to be the end of the Four Horsemen, but after some personnel changes, they regrouped and began working on a new album in 1994. But after losing original drummer, Ken “Dimwit” Montgomery, to a drug overdose in September of 1994, the band suffered another serious blow on November of 1995 when Starr was struck by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle along Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. He went into a coma and never recovered and eventually died from those injuries on June 18, 1999.


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Died On This Date (February 20, 2003) Ty Longley / Great White Guitarist; Died In Tragic Club Fire

Posted by themusicsover on February 20, 2010

Ty Longley
September 4, 1971 – February 20, 2003

tylongleyTy Longley was born in northwest Pennsylvania.  In 2001, he joined metal band, Great White, one of the top rock acts of the ’80s, as they were beginning to mount a comeback for the new millennium.  Unfortunately, their return to the national headlines was caused by a tragic event that claimed Longley’s life.  While on stage at The Station club in West Warwick, Rhode Island, on February 20, 2003, the band’s pyrotechnics accidentally set off a fire that quickly consumed the venue.  In all, 100 people perished in the fire, including 31-year-old Ty Longley.

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Died On This Date (December 3, 2008) Elmer Valentine / Co-founded The Whiskey a Go Go, The Roxy, The Rainbow Bar & Grill

Posted by themusicsover on December 3, 2009

Elmer Valentine
June 16, 1923 – December 3, 2008

Photo by Art Streiber

Photo by Art Streiber

Elmer Valentine played a critical role in the growth of popular music in the Los Angeles area by co-founding the legendary Sunset Strip clubs, the Whiskey a Go Go and the Roxy.  Born and raised in Chicago where he worked on the police force, Valentine transplanted to the L.A. area in 1960.  In 1964, Valentine and three partners opened the Whiskey which would help define the west coast rock scene of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.  Acts like the Doors, the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield played some of their earliest gigs there during the ’60s, while the likes of Great White, Motley Crue and Guns ‘n Roses did the same during the ’80s.  And of course, there were countless others between and since.  In 1966, he and investers that included Lou Adler, opened the Roxy (and later, the infamous Rainbow Bar & Grill next door).  Like the Whiskey, the Roxy hosted its own share of legendary early shows.  That list includes Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Warren Zevon, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Frank Zappa.  The Roxy’s small upstairs bar, On The Rox was also the site of some of rock music’s most notorious incidents.  In the mid ’70s, it played host to John Lennon’s infamous “lost weekend” gatherings with Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, and Alice Cooper.  And in March of 1982, it was reportedly the last place John Belushi over-indulged before calling it a night and dying of an overdose in his hotel room.  Elmer Valentine sold his share of the Whiskey during the ’90s, but held on to his share of the Roxy and Rainbow until he passed away at the age of 80.

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