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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.

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

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Died On This Date (August 2, 2012) Jimmy Jones / Early ’60s Hit Maker

Posted by themusicsover on August 2, 2012

Jimmy Jones
June 2, 1930 – August 2, 2012

Born in Birmingham, Alabama,  Jimmy Jones got his start in show business as a tap dancer after he moved with his family to New York City as a teen.  By the mid ’50s, Jones was singing in local doo-wop groups, but soon went solo.  In 1959, he recorded “Handy Man,” a song that he co-wrote, for Cub Records.  The record soared to #3 on the US singles chart and topped the charts in the UK as well.  That was quickly followed by “Good Timin,'” which did nearly as well.  Each sold over a million copies. In later years, both Del Shannon and James Taylor had hits with “Handy Man.” Jones continued to perform and record, though with no other major hits,  until the time of his death.  He has been cited as popularizing the use of a falsetto voice in pop music, a style that was later used by the likes of Frankie Valli and the Bee Gees.   During the ’90s, Jones enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to the Northern Soul movement in the UK.  Jimmy Jones was 82 when he passed away on August 2, 2012.

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Died On This Date (April 8, 2011) Roger Nichols / Producer & Engineer

Posted by themusicsover on April 8, 2011

Roger Nichols
September 22, 1944 – April 8, 2011

Roger Nichols was a respected producer and recording engineer who over the course of his career, accumulated seven Grammys.  Most closely associated with Steely Dan, Nichols also worked with the likes of John Denver, the Beach Boys, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, and Diana Ross, to name just a few.  Raised in Southern California, Nichols went to high school with Zappa with whom he made his earliest tapes.  After graduating from college where he studied nuclear physics, Nichols first found work has a nuclear operator at the San Onofre nuclear power plant north of San Diego.  But in the mid ’60s he moved back over to music and opened his own recording studio.  In 1970, he went to work for ABC Dunhill Records where he met Walter Becker and Donald Fagen who were hired writers for the label.  Within a year, Nichols was behind the board for the birth of Becker’s and Fagen’s group, Steely Dan.  He would go on to engineer such landmark albums as their Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown To Ecstasy, and Gaucho.  He earned Grammys for his work on Aja, Gaucho, Two Against Nature, FM, and John Denver’s All Aboard!.  Roger Nichols was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May of 2010, and died from it on April 8, 2011.  He was 66.

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Died On This Date (July 20, 2008) Artie Traum / Respected Folk Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on July 20, 2010

Artie Traum
April 13, 1943 – July 20, 2008

Artie Traum, was an award winning guitarist who has recorded with the likes of the Band, David Grisman, Paul Butterfield, and James Taylor.  He died of complications from liver cancer at the age of 65.

Thanks to Craig Rosen at Number1Albums

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Died On This Date (June 27, 2002) Timothy White / Music Journalist

Posted by themusicsover on June 27, 2010

Timothy White
January 25, 1952 – June 27, 2002

Timothy White was a respected but at times controversial music journalist who started as an AP writer but went on to be editor of the Crawdaddy! the ’70s, senior editor of Rolling Stone in the ’80s, and finally, editor-in-chief of Billboard in the ’90s.   He also wrote a handful of popular music biographies, his subjects being the Beach Boys, James Taylor and Bob Marley.  But White wasn’t above being written ABOUT as evident by the Eminem lyric, “Let me recite ’til Timothy White, pickets outside the Interscope offices every night.”  Although in apparent good health, White died of a heart attack while riding the elevator at his office on June 27, 2002.

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