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 July 13, 2011
September 4, 1930 – July 13, 2011
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Jerry Ragovoy was a prolific hit songwriter who over a career that spanned some 50 years, wrote or co-wrote some of popular music’s most iconic songs. As one of the most important songwriting figures in the Philadelphia and New York soul scenes of the ’60s, his songs have been enjoyed by millions. His most famous tunes were “Time Is On My Side” (Irma Thomas, the Rolling Stones), “Cry Baby,” and “Piece Of My Heart” (Janis Joplin). His songs have also been recorded by Garnet Mimms, Howard Tate, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Costello, the Yardbirds, the Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, Chaka Kahn, the Moody Blues, Barry White, Bonnie Raitt, and many more. Ragovoy also produced several records throughout his career as well. Those he worked with in that capacity include Dionne Warwick and Paul Butterfield. Jerry Ragovoy died on July 13, 2011 of complications from an earlier stroke. He was 80.
Thanks to Benji Isabel for the assist.
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Posted in R&B, Rock, Songwriter | Tagged: Barry White, Bonny Raitt, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Costello, Garnet Mimms, Howard Tate, Irma Thomas, Janis Joplin, Jerry Ragovoy, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Butterfield, the Moody Blues, the Rolling Stones, the Small Faces, The Yardbirds | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on July 20, 2010
April 13, 1943 – July 20, 2008
Artie Traum, was an award winning guitarist who has recorded with the likes of the Band, David Grisman, Paul Butterfield, and James Taylor. He died of complications from liver cancer at the age of 65.
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Posted in Folk, Musician, New Age | Tagged: Artie Traum, David Grisman, James Taylor, Paul Butterfield, The Band | 2 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on June 15, 2010
March 5, 1946 – June 15, 2007
Richard Bell was a Canadian pianist and guitarist who played Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band in the late ’60s, and in the ’90s incarnation of the Band. But more remarkably, Bell began playing the piano at the age of four. As a session player, Bell has worked with such greats as Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, John Sebastian, and Bruce Cockburn. Richard Bell died of a form of cancer at the age of 61.
Posted in Musician, Rock | Tagged: Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Cockburn, Janis Joplin, Joe Walsh, John Sebastian, Paul Butterfield, Richard Bell, The Band | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on May 4, 2010
December 17, 1942 – May 4, 1987
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Paul Butterfield was a harmonica player and singer who was an integral part of the growth of blues rock. He was also part of the Chicago scene of the early ’60s that introduced the blues to middle class white kids. He was also one of the few “blues” artists that performed at Woodstock. In his early days, Butterfield, along with friend Elvin Bishop, played with the likes of Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Howlin’ Wolf. He spent the next two decades performing and recording with various versions of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Butterfield suffered a fatal heart attack on May 4, 1987. He was 44.
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Posted in Blues, Musician, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Elvin Bishop, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield | 2 Comments »