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RIP, Leon Ware (February 23, 2017) Successful R&B Songwriter & Producer

Posted by themusicsover on February 23, 2017

Leon Ware
February 16, 1940 – February 23, 2017

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Leon Ware was an American singer, songwriter and producer who was celebrated for the many hits he crafted for others.  Born in Detroit, Ware began writing professionally in 1967.  Later that year, the first recording note of a song he co-wrote was released; “Got To Have You Back,” by the Isley Brothers.  A couple of years later, he hooked up with Ike & Tina Turner to co-write six songs on their album,  Nuff Said.  What followed was nearly four decades of hit songs for the likes of Michael Jackson, Minnie Riperton, Quincy Jones, and Marvin Gaye.  In Gaye’s case, every song on his I Want You album was penned or co-penned by Ware who also produced the landmark album. It sold over a million copies and is considered a must-have for any album collection.  Ware also recorded nearly a dozen albums of his own, the most successful being 1979’s Inside Is Love, and the most recent, 2008’s Moon Ride.  Leon Ware was 77 when he died of prostate cancer on February 23, 2017.

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Died On Ths Date (April 14, 2013) George Jackson / Southern Soul Great

Posted by themusicsover on April 14, 2013

George Jackson
1936 – April 14, 2013

george-jacksonGeorge Jackson was an American southern soul singer and songwriter who penned a number of songs that became major hits throughout the ’70s and ’80s.  Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Jackson eventually settled in Memphis where he wrote songs for such studios and labels as FAME, Goldwax, Muscle Shoals, Malaco and Hi Records.  Over the years, Jackson released numerous records but none achieved the popularity of song of his that were recorded by others.  In 1970, the Osmonds recorded his “One Bad Apple,” which ultimately topped the pop charts.  And Bob Seger had a huge hit with “Old Time Rock And Roll” thanks in part to  Tom Cruise’s iconic dance scene to it in the 1983 film, Risky Business.  The song, co-written with Thomas Jones III, has since become a Classic Rock staple.  Jackson’s “The Only Way Is Up” as performed by Yazz and Coldcut topped the US dance charts and UK charts in 1988.  Others who have recorded his include Otis Clay, James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, Z.Z. Hill, and Clarence Carter.   George Jackson died of cancer on April 14, 2013.  He was 68.

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Died On This Date (September 5, 2012) Joe South / Popular ’70s Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on September 5, 2012

Joe South (Born Joseph Souter)
February 28, 1940 – September 5, 2012

Joe South was an Atlanta-born singer-songwriter who penned some of the most popular songs of his era.  South was given his first guitar when he was just 11.  A quick learner, he was playing on his local radio station within a year.  Gifted electronically as well, South figured out how to build his own tiny radio station so he could broadcast his songs over the local airwaves.  He apparently mounted it in his car in order to stay one step ahead of the FCC.   In 1958, South scored a minor novelty hit with “The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor,” which generally resurfaces on the radio each year around Halloween.  By the early ’60s, South was making a name for himself as a songwriter.  His songs were either recorded or performed live by the likes of Billy Joe Royal (“Down In The Boondocks”), Gene Vincent (“Gone Gone Gone”), Elvis Presley (“Walk A Mile In My Shoes”), Deep Purple (“Hush”), and Lynn Anderson, who in 1971, scored a huge hit with his “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.”  The song and record earned them each a Grammy.   In 1968, South released “Games People Play,” a protest song that cracked the Top 15 and earned him two Grammys including Song Of The Year.  The tune, which is one of the most iconic of the late ‘6os/early ‘7os, has been covered by Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, James Taylor, and Ike & Tina Turner, to name a few.  An in-demand session player as well, South can be heard on, among many others, Aretha Franklin’s “Chain Of Fools”, Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sounds Of Silence,” and throughout Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde album. Joe South was 72 when he died of heart failure on September 5, 2012.

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Died On This Date (August 4, 2012) Johnnie Bassett / Detroit Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on August 4, 2012

Johnnie Bassett
October 9, 1935 – August 4, 2012

Johnnie Bassett was an American electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter who, over the course of a career that spanned some 60 years, worked as a band leader as well as an in-demand session player for many of music’s biggest names.  The list of those that the self-taught guitarist played with includes B.B.King, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Smokey Robinson, and Ruth Brown.  After moving from Florida to Detroit during the mid ’40s, Bassett began making a name for himself at area talent shows and backing local singers.  After a stint in the Army, he found work back in Detroit as a session player for the great Fortune Records and later, Chess Records.  It was while at Chess that Barrett played on The Miracles’ first single, 1958’s “Get A Job.”  He eventually found himself in Seattle where he played with Ike & Tina Turner and Little Willie John.  He also ran with a young local up-and-coming guitarist by the name of Jimi Hendrix.  Bassett landed back in Detroit where, during the mid ’90s, he began releasing his own albums.  His last album was the excellent I Can Make That Happen, released just a few weeks before he passed away.  Johnnie Bassett died of cancer on August 4, 2012.  He was 76.

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Died On This Date (June 2, 2012) Frazier Mohawk / Helped Form Buffalo Springfield

Posted by themusicsover on June 2, 2012

Frazier Mohawk (Born Barry Friedman)
December 12, 1941 – June 2, 2012

Frazier Mohawk was a man of many talents who was a prominent if not well-known figure of the Los Angeles music scene of the 1960s.  One of his earliest jobs was doing publicity for radio and television host, Bob Eubanks.  He quickly parlayed that into doing sound mixes for bands performing on TV.  He also worked as a publicist for Ike & Tina Turner and the Troubadour nightclub in those early days as well as the Beatles‘ Hollywood Bowl performance.  In 1966, while Stephen Stills was staying at his house, Mohawk was driving Stills and Richie Furay along Sunset Boulevard when they passed Neil Young and Bruce Palmer who were driving in a hearse in the opposite direction.  Mohawk turned the car around and the four met and soon formed Buffalo Springfield with Dewey Martin.  Mohawk took care of much of the band’s early business – including landing them a career-defining slot on the Byrds tour, before they hired on management. As a producer, Mohawk worked with Nico, Paul Butterfield, and John Cale.  He went on to open and run a studio/commune that was partially funded by Elektra Records in Northern California, but it eventually closed when it became more of a hang-out than a productive recording studio.  Tired of the music industry, Mohawk moved to Canada during the mid ’70s and started a traveling circus, and later, Puck’s Farm which was a recording studio surrounded by family attractions.   Frazier Mohawk was 71 when he passed away on June 2, 2012.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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