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RIP, Nick Menza (May 21, 2016) Former Drummer of Megadeth

Posted by themusicsover on May 21, 2016

Nick Menza
July 23, 1964 – May 21, 2016

nick-menzaNick Menza was an American metal drummer who is best remembered for playing in Megadeth during a period that many consider their greatest.  Born into a musical family – his father was Don Menza, longtime sax player for Buddy Rich – Menza started playing drums at the age of two.  He began playing professionally at 18 and soon found work as a session player covering many genres of music. His most notable early gig was on recordings for John Fogerty. In 1989, Menza was asked to join Megadeth although he had played with the band live on occasion going back a year prior.  His contributions to Megadeth were felt immediately.  Menza played on the band’s next for studio albums, including the two that many consider the band’s greatest, Rust In Peace and Countdown to Extinction.  On stage, he added a new force to band’s live show, most notably due to his skills on the double bass drum kit.  Menza left Megadeth due to knee problems in 1998.  He went on to play in bands over the years until his most recent, OHM.  It was with OHM that he was playing at a club in Studio City, CA when he died unexpectedly of  heart failure on May 21, 2016.  He was 51.

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Died On This Date (May 13, 2012) Donald “Duck” Dunn / Booker T. & The MG’s

Posted by themusicsover on May 13, 2012

Donald “Duck” Dunn
November 24, 1941 – May 13, 2012

As the house bassist for Stax Records throughout the ’60s and ’70s, Donald “Duck” Dunn provided the unmistakable bottom-end for countless soul and R&B songs that have stood the test of time. He can also be heard on some of the greatest rock recordings from the ’70s and ’80s.  From Otis Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” Sam & Dave’s “Hold On I’m Coming,” and Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign” to Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks’ “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,”  Dunn’s groove can not be missed.  And in between, there was Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and Rod Stewart, to name a few.  And as bassist for Booker T. & the MG’s, Dunn made his mark on such iconic songs as “Green Onions.”  In 1980, Dunn played himself alongside John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as part of the Blues Brothers band both in the movie, and at live performances.  Although semi-retired by 2000, Dunn continued to play at occasional Booker T. gigs and other events well into the new decade.  Donald “Duck” Dunn died in his sleep following a performance in Tokyo, Japan on May 12, 2012.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (June 26, 1998) James “Son” Thomas

Posted by themusicsover on June 26, 2010

James “Son” Thomas (aka James “Sonny Ford” Thomas)
October 14, 1926 – June 26, 1998

thomasSon Thomas was a Mississippi born Delta blues musician who made the rounds of the area’s juke joints before making his first recordings in the late ’60s.  A documentary of his life, Delta Blues Singer: James “Sonny Ford” Thomas, was released in 1970. Thomas passed away on June 26, 1998 at the age of 71. His headstone was paid for by John Fogerty.

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Died On This Date (January 19, 1998) Carl Perkins / Rockabilly Icon

Posted by themusicsover on January 19, 2010

Carl Perkins
April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998

carl-perkinsCarl Perkins was a rockabilly icon whose early successes helped raise Sun Records to its legendary status.  He and label mates, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis were dubbed the Million Dollar Quartet.  His biggest claim to fame was of course, “Blue Suede Shoes,” but many of his other songs have been recorded by the likes of Presley, Cash, the Judds, the Beatles (collectively and individually), Brian Setzer, and Patsy Cline.  Perkins stayed busy touring, recording and appearing on radio and television through most of the ’50s and early ’60s but found his music falling out of favor at radio during the British Invasion of the mid ’60s.  In later years he collaborated with such greats as Paul McCartney, John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Bono, and Bob Dylan.  In 1992, Perkins learned he had throat cancer and was 65 when he died as a result of it on January 19, 1998.

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Died On This Date (November 8, 1998) Lonnie Pitchford / Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on November 8, 2009

Lonnie Pitchford
October 8, 1955 – November 8, 1998

lonnie-pitchfordLonnie Pitchford was a Mississippi-born blues guitarist and singer who has been rightfully called a link between the original Delta and Country bluesmen and those of today.  Not only was he adept at the acoustic and electric guitar, but he could handle the double bass, harmonica and piano with the same prowess.  Pitchford released his first album, All Around Man, in 1994.  Four years later, he died of AIDS.  Rock legend, John Fogerty, paid for his tombstone.



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