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Died On This Date (December 28, 2015) Lemmy Kilmister / Motorhead

Posted by themusicsover on December 28, 2015

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister
December 24, 1945 – December 28, 2015

LemmyLemmy Kilmister was the lead singer, bassist, primary songwriter, and only original member of Motorhead, the legendary English rock band he formed in 1975.  Over the course of four decades, the band, which was equal parts punk rock and heavy metal, released over 22 albums, which sold upwards of 30 million worldwide.  Kilmister was born in Straffordshire, but spent most of his early years in North Wales.  After leaving high school early, he worked various menial jobs while learning to play the guitar.  When he was 16, he saw one of the Beatles‘ iconic Cavern Club shows and instantly knew he wanted to make music.  The next day, he bought Please Please Me and learned to play the guitar while playing along with it.  After performing in a series of local bands, Kilmister moved to London where he shared a flat with Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the band’s manager.  They hired him to roadie for them throughout the UK in 1967.  In 1968, Kilmister joined Hawkwind, a space rock band that would later prove to be highly influential to countless prog rock, metal and punk bands.  He sang lead on several Hawkwind records, including their biggest hit, “Silver Machine,” which reached #3 in 1972.  He was ultimately fired from Hawkwind after being arrested trying to carry drugs across the Canadian/US border in 1975.  He ended up not being charged or convicted of a crime once it was determined that he was holding speed, which was legal in Canada at the time.  Kilmister soon formed Motorhead, who quickly found a cult following for its hard, fast, and loud rock – a sound that appealed to the growing punk scene of the UK as well as the older hard rock fans of Hawkwind and such. Motorhead, and particularly Kilmister’s fierce playing and vocal delivery has been credited for laying the foundation for what would be called thrash and speed metal.  On the other side of the metal spectrum, Motorhead was arguably flash point of what would later be known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.  Over the next 40 years, the band’s lineup changed several times, while their music fell in and out of favor as tastes around the world changed.  But Kilmister forged on and seemed indestructible in spite of his vices.  In 2010, the documentary film, Lemmy was released to both critical and fan acclaim.   The poignant film focused on Kilmister’s private life, which was mostly spent either on tour or sitting at the bar at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip.   The documentary introduced and reintroduced Motorhead to fans around the world, leading to the two critically acclaimed and commercially successful late-career albums, Aftershock (2013) and Bad Magic (2015).  And although he suffered a few health setbacks over the past few years, Kilmister seemed as if he’d continue to outlive many of his peers.  On December 26, 2015, he reportedly learned he was suffering from a very aggressive form of cancer.  Lemmy Kilmister was just eight days past his 70th birthday when the cancer took his life on December 28, 2015.

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Died On This Date (June 16, 1999) Screaming Lord Sutch / Influential ’60s British Rock Singer

Posted by themusicsover on June 16, 2010

David “Screaming Lord” Sutch
November 10, 1940 – June 16, 1999

Screaming Lord Sutch was a vocally challenged ’60s era British rock singer who helped lay the foundation of what would be called garage rock.  His recordings are mostly associated with famed UK producer, Joe Meek.  On stage, Sutch’s performances included horror theatrics that likely influenced Alice Cooper to do the same.  His songs have been covered by such bands as the White Stripes and the Black Lips, despite the fact that his Lord Sutch And Heavy Friends album has been called the worst album of all times in at least two places.  The “heavy friends” in this case were Nicky Hopkins, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck and Noel Redding.  Reported to suffer from depression, Sutch hung himself on June 16, 1999.

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Died On This Date (September 18, 1970) Jimi Hendrix

Posted by themusicsover on September 18, 2009

Jimi Hendrix (Born Johnny Hendrix)
November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

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Jimi Hendrix was unquestionably the greatest guitarist rock music has ever known.   With one foot firmly planted in the blues and the other in jazz, Hendrix took the best of both, added some fire and created a guitar sound like had never been heard.  It makes no sense to list those he’s directly influenced here, because it would likely lead to the end of the internet.  Unless you count the broomstick Hendrix strummed on as a child, the first guitar he ever played was at the age of 15.  He went on to teach himself how to play by watching others on TV or by listening to records.   After a stint in the army, Hendrix began playing guitar professionally, mostly along the so-called chitlin’ circuit.  In 1964, Hendrix was hired by Little Richard to record and play on the road in his band.  Within a couple of years, he formed his own band, Jimmy James & the  Blue Flames, with whom he began building a reputation around the southeast.   That band included rhythm guitarist, Randy California who would later form the band Spirit.  Hendrix soon formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience with Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, and Billy Cox.  That group would record three of the most acclaimed albums in history, Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love, and Electric Ladyland.  After disbanding the Experience, Hendrix formed Band of Gypsys with Cox and Buddy Miles.  They recorded a popular live album of the same name, released just three months before Hendrix’s death which is still shrouded in mystery to this day.  What is known is that Jimi Hendrix was just 27 years old when he died on September 18, 1970.  The official cause of death was determined to be choking on his own vomit.   The coroner found an excessive amount of wine and sleeping pills in his body.  There are some who believed he committed suicide while others thought it to be an accidental overdose.  And still others believe something more sinister had taken place.

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