Posted by themusicsover on December 2, 2014
December 18, 1943 – December 2, 2014
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Bobby Keys was one of the greatest saxophone side men the rock world has ever known. Born in Lubbock County, Texas, Keys picked up the saxophone at an early age, and by the time he was 15, he was touring with Bobby Vee and Buddy Holly. Throughout the years, he played on 100s of recordings, along with albums by Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, the Who, Eric Clapton, and Elvis Presley, to name but a few. But it was with the Rolling Stones that Keys truly made his biggest contributions to popular music. He can be heard on every Stones album between 1969 and 1974, and from 1980 to their most recent. He’s also played on nearly every tour since 1970. His most famous solo is arguably the one he played on “Brown Sugar.” Suffering from Cirrhosis in later years, Bobby Keys passed away in his home on December 2, 2014. He was 70.
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Posted by themusicsover on June 19, 2013
1943 – June 19, 2013
Chet Flippo was a respected author and music journalist who, over the course of his career was the Editorial Director at CMT and Billboard‘s Nashville Bureau Chief. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Flippo served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War before earning a degree in Journalism from University of Texas. Although his name is practically synonymous with country music for many fans, he was also wrote about rock music as well. As a contributor to Rolling Stone while he was earning his Master’s during the ’70s, Flippo championed many of the rock musicians of the era. Before leaving the magazine in 1980, he served as the its New York Bureau Chief and Senior Editor. He also contributed features to numerous periodicals like the New York Times, Q Magazine, and TV Guide. From there he went to Billboard and later CMT/cmt.com Throughout his career, Flippo penned several books on music as well. They include Your Cheatin’ Heart: A Biography of Hank Williams, It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll: My On-The-Road Adventures With The Rolling Stones, “Graceland: The Living Legacy of Elvis Presley, and Yesterday: The Unauthorized Biography of Paul McCartney. Chet Flippo died of pneumonia on June 19, 2013. He was 69.
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Posted by themusicsover on February 16, 2013
Tony Sheridan (Born Anthony McGinnity)
May 21, 1940 – February 16, 2013
Tony Sheridan was an early English rock and roll singer, guitarist and songwriter who is most often recognized for his work with the pre-fame Beatles. He holds the honor of being only one of two non-Beatles to ever be credited on one of the groups recordings – the other being Billy Preston. Sheridan is also the only non-Beatle to sing lead on a single with them that charted (“My Bonnie”). Sheridan took an early liking to music, and at age seven, already knew how to play the violin. He soon switched to the guitar, and by the time he was 16, he was fronting his own band. Within a few years, he was either backing or sharing the stage with American musicians while they toured through the UK. That list includes Gene Vincent, Conway Twitty, and Eddie Cochran. During the early ’60s, Sheridan was recording in Hamburg and generally hired pick-up bands to back him on stage. In 1961, thanks to a mutual admiration, he hired the Beatles, who at the time, were made up of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Pete Best. Polydor producer, Bert Kaempfert, caught their act and convinced Sheridan to record with them. The songs recorded during those 1961 sessions included, most famously, “My Bonnie,” “The Saints,” “Cry For A Shadow,” and “Ain’t She Sweet.” The latter two were utilized by the Beatles. The 1st US pressing of “My Bonnie”/”The Saints” is one of the most collectible 45’s out there with a mint copy fetching $15,000 back in 2007. During the mid-’60s, Sheridan moved his style to a more jazz and blues sound but unfortunately, most of his fans didn’t go along for the ride. Although his record sales dwindled, he still remained a popular live act for many years. In 1967, Sheridan went over the Vietnam to perform for the American troops. During one such trip, he and his band were fired upon, killing one musician and leading to false reports that Sheridan himself, was killed. For his efforts during the war, the US Army made Sheridan an honorary Captain. He continued to perform and record until heart surgery forced him into retirement in 2012. Tony Sheridan was 72 when he passed away on February 16, 2013.
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Posted by themusicsover on September 4, 2012
DOB Unknown – August 4, 2012
Kevin O’Hare was a respected Boston area music critic who also fancied himself a human encyclopedia when it came to music trivia. Although his writings appeared in dozens of periodicals across the US, he called The Republican home since 1982. Starting out as a sports writer, he later became a news writer, and eventually the paper’s senior music writer. His weekly column, “Playback,” included interviews of the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney who once marveled at how at ease O’Hare put him during his interview. Throughout his career, O’Hare critiqued over 7000 albums and nearly 2000 concerts. During the early ’80s, O’Hare played in the Cardiac Kids who built a sizable regional following. Kevin O’Hare was 55 when he passed away on August 4, 2012. Cause of death was not immediately released but he had been suffering from an undisclosed illness.
Thanks to Harold Lepidus of the Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.
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