Posted by themusicsover on February 7, 2015
Joe B. Mauldin
July 8, 1940 – February 7, 2015
At right with The Crickets
Joe B. Mauldin is best remembered as the influential double-bassist for Buddy Holly & the Crickets. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Mauldin’s first band of note was the Four Teens, which he joined in 1955. Two years later, he joined up with Holly and the Crickets who went on to record some of the most iconic songs in the history of music, among them, “That’ll Be The Day,” “Rave On,” and “Peggy Sue.” The Crickets have been rightfully acknowledged as a direct inspiration to many important bands to follow, including the Beatles. After Holly died in 1959, Mauldin performed with various incarnations of the Crickets. He also became a recording engineer, contributing to the sound of such artists as Brian Wilson, Phil Spector, and Herb Alpert. Joe B. Mauldin died of cancer on February 7, 2015. He was 74.
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Posted by themusicsover on August 11, 2010
September 24, 1933 – August 11, 1996
Mel Taylor is best remembered as the second drummer of surf instrumental pioneers, the Ventures. Influenced by Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson, Taylor’s early career consisted of playing with Boris Pickett and Herb Alpert before replacing Howie Johnson in the Ventures. The year was 1962 and Taylor would stay with the Ventures on and off for the next thirty years. He passed away as a result of cancer on August 11, 1996.
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Posted by themusicsover on May 8, 2010
May 8, 1928 – May 8, 2008
Larry Levine, was the gifted studio engineer who helped producer Phil Spector create the “wall Of sound.” He took Spector’s vision and made it work on such hits as “Be My Baby,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and “Da Do Ron Ron.” Outside of Spector, Levine worked on records by the likes of Eddie Cochran, the Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, and the Carpenters. In 1965, Levine won a Best Engineering Grammy for his work on Herb Alpert’s “A Taste Of Honey.” After years of suffering from emphysema, Larry Levine died in his home on his 80th birthday.
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