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Died On This Date (August 5, 1992) Jeff Porcaro / Toto

Posted by themusicsover on August 5, 2010

Jeff Porcaro
April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992

Born into a musical family, Jeff Porcaro began playing the drums at an early age. His father was well-known session drummer, Joe Porcaro, and his brothers, Steve and Mike Porcaro are active studio musicians as well. Drum lessons began for Jeff at age seven, leading to a career as one of the most respected drummers of his time. At seventeen, Porcaro landed his first job, playing in Sonny & Cher’s touring band. By his twenties, he was playing with the likes of Steely Dan and Boz Scaggs. In 1977, Porcaro, Steve Lukather, and David Paich co-founded Grammy-winning rock band, Toto. Having sold some 30 million albums to date, they are considered to be one of the most successful mainstream rock bands of all time. Even with all that success, Porcaro had time to play on recordings by a who’s who of popular music, including Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Paul McCartney, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and Paul Anka. On August 5, 1992, Porcaro suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 38. Some speculated that his death was caused by an alergic reaction to insecticide. The offiicial autopsy concluded that he died of a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

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Died On This Date (March 24, 2010) John Ciambotti / Bassist For Clover; Played With Elvis Costello

Posted by themusicsover on March 24, 2010

John Ciambotti
DOB Unknown – March 24, 2010

john-ciambottiJohn Ciambotti was a respected bass player who, as part of the ’70s group Clover, played in Elvis Costello’s band for the recording of My Aim is True.  Clover formed in 1967, and while building a San Francisco following, it served as a launching pad for the likes of Huey Lewis and Jeff Porcaro.  In 1977, the group was hired to back Costello on what would be his much-lauded debut album.  When Clover broke up in 1978, Ciambotti went on to be one of the industry’s most reliable session players.  He has played on landmark recordings by the likes of Carlene Carter, John Prine and Lucinda Williams.  In recent years, Ciambotti worked as a chiropractor and holistic healer specializing on musicians.  On March 24, John Ciambotti, age 67, died of an apparent abdominal aneurysm.

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