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Died On This Date (July 16, 2012) Bob Babbitt / Legendary Motown Funk Brothers Bassist

Posted by themusicsover on July 16, 2012

Bob Babbitt
DOB Unknown – July 16, 2012

Bob Babbitt was a Pittsburgh-born journeyman bassist who can rightfully claim to have played on more than 25 gold and platinum albums along with over 200 top 10 hits.  As part of the legendary Motown house band known as the Funk Brothers from 1966 to 1972, Babbitt can be heard playing on such timeless classics as Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” the Temptations‘ “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” Edwin Starr’s “War,” and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles‘ “The Tears Of A Clown” to name just a few. Prior to his stint at Motown, Babbitt played on several Del Shannon records, including “Little Town Flirt” and “I Go To Pieces.”  Following his run at Motown, Babbitt continued his hit-record contributions as part of Philadelphia International Records’ answer to the Funk Brothers, MFSB. Within that capacity, for instance, he played on several hits by the Spinners.  Babbitt also recorded or performed live with such superstars as Jimi Hendrix, Phil Collins, Jim Croce, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, and Bonnie Raitt.  During the ’80s, he played on several prominent commercial jingles and even dabbled in jazz with Herbie Mann and Stanley Turrentine. In 2002, he was profiled in the award-winning Funk Brothers documentary, Standing In The Shadows Of Motown.  In March of 2011, Babbitt made his last television appearance with Jacob Lusk during American Idol’s Motown Week.  Bob Babbitt died of brain cancer on July 16, 2012.  He was 74.

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Died On This Date (November 8, 2010) Reg King / British Mod Singer; The Action

Posted by themusicsover on November 8, 2010

Reginald King
February 5, 1945 – November 8, 2010

Reg King was a respected British singer and songwriter whose band, the Action, with all due respect to the Kinks, Small Faces and the Who, were widely considered the best of the UK mod scene.   King also helped popularize “blue eyed soul” throughout the region.  What endeared the Action to mods was that they were edgier than their contemporaries and often included the latest American soul covers in their live sets.  Even though they never were able to break out of a cult status, their fans were markedly loyal.  Formed in 1963, the Action were signed to Parlophone Records in 1965.  Even though they had developed a rabid fan base thanks to their live shows, none of their records sold very well.   In spite of that, future stars like Paul Weller and Phil Collins claim them as favorites and inspirations.  In fact, Collins played with the Action for a reunion show  in 2000.  Reg King was 65 when he died of cancer on November 8, 2010.

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Died On This Date (July 30, 1993) Don Myrick / Earth, Wind & Fire

Posted by themusicsover on July 30, 2010

Don Myrick
1948 – July 30, 1993

Don Myrick at far right

Saxophonist Don Myrick was the section leader for the Phenix Horns, Esq and lent his talents to hit recordings by Earth, Wind & Fire and Phil Collins during the ’70s and early ’80s.  Prior to his seven years with Earth, Wind & Fire, Myrick played witht he likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Stanley Turrentine, Grover Washington Jr., and Carlos Santana.  In 1978, Myrick won a Best Instrumental Grammy for his superb playing on Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Runnin’.”  Myrick also had a drug problem that lead to his tragic death in 1993.  While serving a warrent on a drug investigation, an LAPD officer knocked on Myrick’s apartment door.  After no answer, the officer entered the home with a key provided by the property manager to find Myrick standing there with what he believed to be a weopen in his hand.  The officer immediately shot and killed Myrick who was actually holding a barbeque lighter.  A search of the apartment apparently turned up a small amount of crack cocaine.  Two years later, Myrick’s widow was awarded $400,000 in a wrongful death suit against the City of Los Angeles.



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Died On This Date (January 29, 2009) John Martyn / Respected Scottish Folk Singer

Posted by themusicsover on January 29, 2010

John Martyn (Born Iain McGeachy)
September 11, 1948 – January 29, 2009

John Martyn was a Scottish folk singer-songwriter and guitarist whose career spanned the better part of four decades.  With a sound that was equal parts folk, blues, jazz and rock played acoustically through a fuzzbox, Martyn was without peer in the British folk and blues scene of the ’60s and ’70s.  Over the course of his career, he has played with the likes of Phil Collins, David Gilmour and Eric Clapton.  John Martyn died of double pneumonia in an Ireland hospital.  He was 60 years old.

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Died On This Date (December 4, 1976) Tommy Bolin / Rock Guitar Great

Posted by themusicsover on December 4, 2009

Tommy Bolin
August 1, 1951 – December 4, 1976

tommy_bolinTommy Bolin was an up-and-coming rock guitarist in his early 20s when he got the call to play  in the post-Joe Walsh James Gang.  Up until that point, he had be playing around with various musicians in the Denver area, most prominently, in a band called Zephyr.  After two albums with the James Gang, Bang! and Miami, Bolin left to do session work.  In 1975, Bolin recorded his first solo album which found him backed with by a stellar line up of musicians.  That list included Phil Collins, Glenn Hughes, David Sanborn and Jan Hammer.  It was around that time that he got the call to join yet another band, Deep Purple.  The end of 1975 found the release of both Bolin’s first album, Teaser, and his Deep Purple album, Come Taste the Band.  Bolin soon hit the road with Deep Purple, but reports began surfacing that his growing dependency on heroin was hindering his guitar playing.  Following the Deep Purple tour, Bolin went to work on his second album, Private Eyes.    What followed was a tour that found him opening for Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck.  On December 3, 1976, Tommy Bolin performed one last show in front of Beck.   The next morning, his lifeless body was found in his hotel room.  Cause of death was presumed to be the result of heavy drug and alcohol usage causing his throat muscles to close up, thereby suffocating him.  He was just 25.

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