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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Posted in Producer, Rock | Tagged: Bob Eubanks, Bruce Palmer, Buffalo Springfield, Dewey Martin, Frazier Mohawk, Ike & Tina Turner, John Cale, Neil Young, Nico, Paul Butterfield, Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, The Beatles, the byrds | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on August 30, 2010
Holmes Sterling Morrison
August 28, 1942 – August 30, 1995
Sterling Morrison was a founding guitarist of the Velvet Underground. While studying at Syracuse University, Sterling struck up a friendship with fellow English student, Lou Reed. Over the next couple of years they drifted apart but then reconnected in New York City where they, along with John Cale, formed the band. In 1971, Morrison earned a Ph.D in medieval studies and decided he no longer wished to continue with VU. Living in Texas and primarily focussing on academia during the early ’80s, Morrison played around town casually for the most part, but also found time to captain a Houston based tug boat. In 1992, the Velvet Underground reformed to tour Europe, opening many dates with U2. But due to inner-turmoil within the band, the short-lived reunion was over by the end of the tour. Morrison learned he had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1994, and died from it the following year. He was 53 years old.
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Posted in Musician, Rock, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: John Cale, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, U2, Velvet Underground | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on August 5, 2010
George Scott III
DOB Unknown – August 5, 1980
George Scott III at left with Lydia Lunch and 8 Eyed Spy. Photo by Michael Halsband
Born in Iowa, George Scott III was the founder and bassist the Raybeats, a New York City based instrumental rock group that formed in 1979. Scott’s tenure in the band didn’t last long as left the band in the spring of ’79. Throughout his career he played with the likes of 8 Eyed Spy (with Lydia Lunch), the Contortions and John Cale. Scott died of an overdose in August of 1980.
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