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Died On This Date (May 14, 2015) B.B. King / King Of The Blues

Posted by themusicsover on May 14, 2015

Riley B. King
September 16, 1925 – May 14. 2015

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To many, B.B. King was the greatest bluesman who ever walked the planet.  During an astonishing career that spanned seven decades, he almost single-handedly brought the blues into the mainstream.  Born on a Mississippi cotton plantation to sharecroppers in 1925, King saw extreme poverty first hand.  After his mother left home when he was just four years old, King went to live with his grandmother who went on to raise him.  He began his life in music by singing in the church choir as a young boy.  By the time he was 15, he was playing the guitar.  In 1946, he moved to Memphis to launch his professional career, and within three years, he was making his earliest recordings.  King went on to record and perform live for the next 65 years.  Along the way he made some of the most iconic and influential records known to man.  They include “The Thrill Is Gone,” “3 O’Clock Blues,” “Everyday I Have The Blues,” and “When Love Comes To Town,” which he recorded with U2 in 1988.  He’s received countless awards and accolades including 15 Grammy Awards.  The list of artists who have claimed him as a major influence is staggering.  It includes Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, and Keith Richards.  In 2006, King kicked off his “farewell” world tour, but thankfully it never ended since he continued to wow audiences right up until October of 2014 when he became too ill to continue.  His declining health lead to a couple of hospital stays and ultimately hospice care, which was announced on May 1, 2015.  Two weeks later, B.B. King passed away at the age of 89.

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Died On This Date (November 15, 2011) Moogy Klingman / Co-Founder of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia

Posted by themusicsover on November 15, 2011

Mark “Moogy” Klingman
September 7, 1950 – November 15, 2011

Moogy Klingman was a keyboardist, singer, and songwriter who is perhaps best remembered as a founding member of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.  Klingman was still in high school when he was fronting such bands as the Living Few and Glitterhouse.  At 16 he found himself playing in the Blue Flame with Jimi Hendrix and Randy California.  In 1969, Klingman hooked up with Rundgren and began playing keyboards in his band.  He went on to play on several Utopia albums as well as nearly a dozen Rundgren long-players.  He also played on and produced the Bob Dylan/Bette Midler duet, “Buckets of Rain.”  Other artists Klingman worked with include Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Cyndi Lauper, and Jeff Beck, to name a few.  Moogy Klingman, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away on November 15, 2011.  He was 61.

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Died On This Date (March 18, 2011) Jet Harris / The Shadows

Posted by themusicsover on March 18, 2011

Terence “Jet” Harris
July 6, 1939 – March 18, 2011

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Jet Harris was a bassist who is perhaps best remembered as one of the founding members the English pop band, the Shadows.   Originally a jazz musician, it is widely believed that Harris was one of the first, if not THE first English musician to start playing the electric bass.  The year was 1958, and before long, Harris was playing in a group called the Drifters who were serving as Cliff Richard’s backing band.  They soon changed their name to the Shadows who would ultimately go on to release nearly 70 charting singles in the U.K.  Richard himself, would later go on to have a very successful solo career.  In 1962, Harris left the Shadows due to friction within the group.  He went on to release a handful of moderately successful solo records, and played briefly in the Jeff Beck Group, but by the early ’70s, he was out of the music business and working various manual labor jobs.   He returned to playing in the late ’80s and continued to do so up until just prior to his death.  In 1998, Fender Guitars recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for popularizing the electric bass in Britain.  On March 18, 2011, Jet Harris died following a two-year struggle with cancer.  He was 71.

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Died On This Date (August 16, 1938) Robert Johnson / Blues Icon

Posted by themusicsover on August 16, 2010

Robert Johnson
May 11, 1911 – August 16, 1938

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Although his recording career remarkably spanned roughly one year, Robert Johnson is considered by many to be the most influential blues artists of all time.  And although his entire catalog of recordings fill just two compact discs, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #5 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.  He minimal recording output couldn’t deny the considerable vocal, guitar-playing and songwriting talent he possessed.  And that fact that not much is known about his history coupled with the fact that only two photographs of him even exist, add to a legend that is as big as any in popular music.  Even the most respected historians of music could, at best, find sources who claimed they heard “this” or “that” about Johnson’s life in and around Clarksdale, Mississippi.  A popular legend has it that he went to a darkened Mississippi crossroad with his guitar and met a man representing the devil who tuned his guitar and played a few songs on it, there bequeathing Johnson phenomenal guitar skills in exchange for is soul.   True or not, Johnson has been called the “grandfather of rock ‘n roll,” a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has been cited as a direct influence on the likes of Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Jeff Beck to name just a very few.  Robert Johnson’s death is as mysterious as his life,with the most popular, though disputed story being that he drank whiskey that had been laced with strychnine by the jealous husband of a woman Johnson is said to have flirted with at a juke joint.  He allegedly died a slow and painful death from the poison a few days later, at the age of just 27.  A further testament to the overall mystery surrounding Johnson’s life is the fact there are three separate tombstones said to mark his place of burial.

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Died On This Date (June 16, 1999) Screaming Lord Sutch / Influential ’60s British Rock Singer

Posted by themusicsover on June 16, 2010

David “Screaming Lord” Sutch
November 10, 1940 – June 16, 1999

Screaming Lord Sutch was a vocally challenged ’60s era British rock singer who helped lay the foundation of what would be called garage rock.  His recordings are mostly associated with famed UK producer, Joe Meek.  On stage, Sutch’s performances included horror theatrics that likely influenced Alice Cooper to do the same.  His songs have been covered by such bands as the White Stripes and the Black Lips, despite the fact that his Lord Sutch And Heavy Friends album has been called the worst album of all times in at least two places.  The “heavy friends” in this case were Nicky Hopkins, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck and Noel Redding.  Reported to suffer from depression, Sutch hung himself on June 16, 1999.

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