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Died On This Date (June 4, 2015) Allan Fryer / Lead Singer of Heaven

Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2015

Allan Fryer
DOB Unknown – June 4, 2015

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Allan Fryer is perhaps best remembered as the lead singer of popular ’80s Australian heavy metal band, Heaven.  Following the death of Bon Scott in 1980, Fryer auditioned to replace him in AC/DC.  It was believed he secured the role until a surprise announcement (at least to him) that Brian Johnson had in fact been given the job.  Fryer went on to form Heaven whose sound was definitely cut from the same cloth as AC/DC, at least on the early records.  They  eventually grew into a more NWOBHM sound.  Heaven found some success in the US, enough to tour with Dio and Motley Crue in 1982.  Throughout their run, the band released four albums and also toured with Judas Priest, KISS, and Iron Maiden.  On June 4, 2015, Allan Fryer died following a long struggle with cancer.  He was 60.

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Died On This Date (May 2, 2013) Jeff Hanneman/ Founding Guitarist For Slayer

Posted by themusicsover on May 2, 2013

Jeff Hanneman
January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013

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Jeff Hanneman was a founding guitarist for influential thrash metal band, Slayer. Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, the band quickly broke through and went on to sell upwards of 20 million albums.  Slayer’s impact on thrash is such that the band, along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth are simply referred to as The Big Four.  Born in Oakland, California, Hanneman eventually settled in Southern California where he initially took a shine to punk  rock.  By the early ’80s, Heanneman was taking note of  metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, so when he ultimately joined forces with Kerry King to form Slayer, he helped introduce the fast aggression of punk to metal.  Jeff Hanneman was 48 when he died of liver failure at a hospital near his home.

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Died On This Date (March 12, 2013) Clive Burr / Original Drummer For Iron Maiden

Posted by themusicsover on March 12, 2013

Clive Burr
March 8, 1957 – March 12, 2013

clive-burr-1Clive Burr is best remembered as Iron Maiden‘s first drummer.  After playing in another legendary British metal band Samson for a year or two, Burr joined Iron Maiden.  Replacing Doug Sampson in 1979, Burr was on board for the band’s first three albums, Iron Maiden, Killers, and their international breakthrough, Number Of The Beast. As a songwriter, Burr contributed “Gangland” and “Total Eclipse” to the Iron Maiden discography.  After leaving the band in 1982, Burr played with such outfits as Trust, Alcatrazz, Dee Snyder‘s Desperado, and his own band, Stratus.   In 1994, Burr was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, prompting Iron Maiden to launch the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund and staged a series of benefit concerts to help offset his mounting medical bills.  In 2005, his drum kit went on display in the London Hard Rock Cafe.  Clive Burr passed away in his sleep on March 12, 2013.  He was 56.

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Died On This Date (June 4, 2012) George Marino / Legendary Recording Engineer

Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2012

George Marino
1947 – June 4, 2012

George Marino was a much-respected mastering engineer whose talents can be heard on such iconic albums as AC/DC’s Highway To Hell, Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions, Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Destruction, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy, and Whitney Houston’s Whitney.  Marino’s began his career as a musician, playing guitar in various bands in New York City. In 1967, he was hired by Capitol Records as a librarian and assistant in their New York studio.  After Capitol closed the studio, he went to work at the Record Plant before landing at Sterling Sound in 1973.  It was there that he worked on many of the most iconic albums of the rock era.  Besides those mentioned above, Marino worked on albums by Metallica, Coldplay, Cyndi Lauper, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, and many more.  Throughout his career, he was recognized with three Grammys including Arcade Fire’s Suburbs in 2011.  George Marino died of lung cancer on June 4, 2012.



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Died On This Date (December 21, 2011) Barry Clayton / The Voice Of Iron Maiden’s “Number Of The Beast”

Posted by themusicsover on December 21, 2011

Barry Clayton
1931 – December 21, 2011

Barry Clayton was known to many a-headbanger as the sinister voice that opens Iron Maiden’s epic song, “The Number Of The Beast.”  Released in 1982 and from the album of the same name, the song begins with Clayton hauntingly reciting an excerpt from the Book Of Revelations

“Woe to You Oh Earth and Sea
For the Devil sends the beast with wrath
Because he knows the time is short
Let him who have understanding
Reckon the number of the beast
For it is a human number
Its number is six hundred and sixty six.”

The passage is quite possibly the most Bible a legion of metalers has ever read, and helped Iron Maiden break through to a massive worldwide audience that year.  Vincent Price was originally offered the gig, but reportedly turned it down due to the amount of money offered.  Clayton came on board and gave the song a less campy and more frightful reading than Price likely would have.   A television and radio pioneer, Clayton’s voice could be heard on countless English movie trailers and narrations.  He also produced England’s first black radio program, Black Londoners, which ran from 1974 to 1988.  Barry Clayton was 80 when he passed away on December 21, 2011.

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