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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 (April 20, 2012) Bert Weedon / Influential English Electric Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on April 20, 2012

Bert Weedon
May 10, 1920 – April 20, 2012

Bert Weedon was a popular British guitarist during the 1950s and 1960s.  Although he leaned more easy listening that rock, he was a direct influence on the likes of Brian May, Keith Richards, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Pete Townshend – many of whom learned to play from his Play In A Day tutorials.  Weedon was just 12 when he decided he wanted to be a professional musician, and by his late teens, he was already fronting his own band and sharing the stage with Stephane Grappelli and George Shearing.  During the ’50s, he played in the BBC Show Band, played on several early British rock and roll records as a session man, and accompanied American stars when they played in London and beyond.  In that capacity, Weedon performed with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Judy Garland, to name a few.  Bert Weedon was 91 when he passed away on April 20, 2012.

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Died On This Date (July 10, 2011) Travis Bean / Innovative Guitar Maker

Posted by themusicsover on July 10, 2011

Clifford Travis Bean
August 21, 1947 – July 10, 2011

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Travis Bean was a Los Angeles, California area electric guitar maker who helped revolutionize the instrument during the 1970s.  In 1974, he launched Travis Bean Guitars to mass produce high-end electric guitars that had solid aluminum necks instead of the customary wood ones.  Besides giving the instruments a unique tone and durability, the metal added heft and cost to the guitars, upwards of $1000 each, which was a fairly large sum at that time.  Loyal fans of Bean’s guitars included Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, and jazz great, Stanley Jordan.  Bean also constructed a similar bass guitar that was used by the likes of Bill Wyman.  Bean halted production of the guitars in 1979 rather than compromise on the quality to meet lower cost demands.  Over 3600 guitars and basses came off the line during the five years of production.   Bean returned with another round of similar guitars and basses during the late ’90s.   Travis Bean was 63 when he died on July 10, 2011 following a long battle with cancer.

 



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Died On This Date (July 21, 2005) Long John Baldry / British Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on July 21, 2010

John Baldry
January 12, 1941 – July 21, 2005

Long John Baldry was an English born (and later Canadian) blues singer who played a pivotal role in the British blues rock scene of the 1960s.  A towering presence at 6′-7”, Baldry was nicknamed Long John and had a booming voice to go with it.  He was one of the first British singers of note to perform in blues clubs.  As part of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated during the early ’60s, Baldry sang on the first ever British blues album, R&B From The Marquee.  During those early years, Baldry performed with a who’s who of future rock superstars including Rod Stewart, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards.  In fact, it is Baldry voice you hear introducing the Rolling Stones on their album Got Live If You Want It.  In 1967, Baldry released the single, “Let The Heartaches Begin” which shot to #1 on the UK charts.  Not long after, he found himself consoling a distraught Elton John (with whom he performed in Bluesology) who had tried to commit suicide after a failed relationship with a woman.  Baldry, who was openly gay, talked John out of marrying the woman and helped him come to terms with his sexuality.  John returned the favor by writing one of his beloved songs, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” about Baldry.  Baldry eventually migrated to and became a citizen of Canada where he continued to make records and launched a lucrative career as a voice-over actor.  His final album, 1997’s Right To Sing The Blues earned the Juno Award for Best Blues Album.  But his voice could still be heard in animated features until 2003.  Long John Baldry died of a lung infection on July 21, 2005.  He was 64.

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Died On This Date (June 10, 2010) Barbara Skydel / Veteran Booking Agent

Posted by themusicsover on June 10, 2010

Barbara Skydel
DOB Unknown – June 10, 2010

Barbara Skydel was a well known and respected booking agent for the better part of the last forty years.  She began her career with Premier Talent Agency where she immediately proved her worth by taking on Led Zeppelin’s legendary 1969 U.S. west coast tour.  Skydel soon found herself working with such acts as Bruce Springsteen, Grand Funk Railroad, Van Halen, U2, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.  By the mid ’80s, she was a partner at the firm, which by then was one of the biggest in the world.  As the first female executive at a major talent agency, Skydel earned the respect of both peers and artists alike.  No less than U2’s Bono had referred to her as “Aunty Barbara.”  In 2002, Premier merged with the William Morris Agency where Skydel remained as Senior Vice President until her retirement in 2009.  Later acts that she handled included Sebastian Bach, the Pretenders, Keith Richards and the Who.  Barbara Skydel passed away on June 10, 2010.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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