Posted by themusicsover on January 15, 2015
July 21, 1939 – January 15, 2015
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Kim Fowley was an American producer, musician, singer, songwriter, manager, disc jockey, music publisher, and film maker who is perhaps best remembered for forming and managing the Runaways. And legend has it that he was the one who created the phenomenon of lighting one’s match/lighter at a concert. Born in Los Angeles, Fowley got into the music business during the ’60s, initially producing and publishing novelty hits like “Alley Oop” by the Hollywood Argyles (which was basically just Fowley with mostly anonymous studio musicians) and “Popsicles and Icicles” by the Murmaids. The list of artists he either produce or write/co-write songs reads like a who’s who of ’70s rock and pop. That list includes Gene Vincent, KISS, Warren Zevon, Cat Stevens, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, the Byrds, and Kris Kristofferson. In 1975, he met Joan Jett who was looking to put an all-girl band together. A couple of weeks later, he met Sandy West outside of The Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd. Fowley gave Jett’s phone number to West, and the Ruaways were born. In 2010, Fowley was portrayed by Michael Shannon in the film, The Runaways. During his final years, he could be heard sharing his vast knowledge of pop music and pop culture via his regular program on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM. Kim Fowley was 75 when he died of bladder cancer on January 15, 2015.
Thanks to Harold Lepidus at Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.
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Posted in Manager, Musician, Producer, Publishing, Rock, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Alice Cooper, Cat Stevens, Gene Vincent, Helen Reddy, Joan Jett, Kim Fowley, Kiss, Kris Kristofferson, Michael Shannon, Sandy West, the byrds, The Runaways, Warren Zevon | 2 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on November 11, 2013
July 8, 1927 – November 11, 2013
Bob Beckham was a successful Nashville music publisher who, over a career that began in the late 50s, helped guide the early careers of Tony Joe White, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and many more. Born in Oklahoma, Beckham got the show business bug early on so began performing in a traveling when he was just eight years old. He later spent time in Hollywood where he did a bit of acting. After a stint in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during World War II, Beckham signed to Decca Records and charted twice with 1959’s “Just As Much As Ever,” and “Crazy Arms,” which reached #2 on the pop charts the following year. He moved to Nashville in 1959 and landed jobs plugging songs, eventually co-owning Combine Music where he stayed until it sold in 1986. In 1990, he formed HoriPro Music as a U.S. division of Taiyo Music publishing company in Japan. He retired in 2006. Bob Beckham was 86 when he passed away on November 11, 2013.
Thanks to Harold Lepidus of Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.
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Posted by themusicsover on January 20, 2011
DOB Unknown – January 20, 2011
Jim Williamson was a respected Nashville recording engineer who worked on several of the most iconic recordings in pop music history. His behind-the-board talent can be heard on such records as Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Lynn Anderson‘s “Rose Garden,” and Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” He also worked on recordings by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Kris Kristofferson, to name a few. Jim Williamson passed away from pulmonary disease on January 11, 2011. He was 75.
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Posted by themusicsover on December 7, 2010
Kari Tapio (Born Kari Jalkenen)
November 22, 1945 – December 7, 2010
Kari Tapio was an extremely popular Finnish singer who launched his career some forty years ago. He performed a style of music called “schlager” which is basically pop balladry. Mounting his career during the ’60s, Tapio first performed with Jami & The Noisemakers and ER Quartet. He released his first solo record in 1972. In 1976, he scored his first hit single, “Laula Kanssain” (Sing With Me). He continued releasing hit records as recently as 2008 when his “Valaise Yo” finished 2nd in the Eurovision Song Contest. Much of his music was heavily influenced by American country & western. In fact, he even made Finnish language recordings of songs by Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings. Kari Tapio suffered a fatal heart attack on December 7, 2010. He was 65.
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Posted by themusicsover on May 9, 2010
November 7, 1948 – May 9, 2009
Stephen Bruton was a beloved Texas songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Born in Fort Worth, Bruton’s first big break came at age 22, when he was asked to play in Kris Kristofferson’s band. Since then, Bruton has been an entertainment jack of all trade. After many years as a sideman, Bruton stepped out to the front of the stage and became a headliner himself. As a respected songwriter, he’s written songs for Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffett, Martina McBride and many more. As a producer, he worked the board for such greats as Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Hal Ketchum and others. Bruton also engineered albums by the likes of Ziggy Marley, John Mellencamp and R.E.M. He even had some acting credits, appearing in such films as A Star Is Born, Miss Congeniality, and Heaven’s Gate. But it was his outstanding guitar work that might end up being his strongest legacy. Over the years, he’s been heartily invited to play on projects by Elvis Costello, Delbert McClinton, Carly Simon, Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge, and many more. Bruton was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2007 and succumbed to it in Los Angeles where he was working on the soundtrack to the Jeff Bridges film, Crazy Heart.
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