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Died On This Date (January 24, 2016) Jimmy Bain / Bassist For Dio, Rainbow & More

Posted by themusicsover on January 24, 2016

Jimmy Bain
December 19, 1947 – January 24, 2016

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Jimmy Bain was a rock bassist who is best remembered for his years playing with Rainbow and Dio.  Born in Highland, Scotland, Bain caught the attention of Ritchie Blackmore when Bain was playing a gig at London’s Marquee.  Blackmore quickly hired him to play on Rainbow’s 1976 metal masterpiece, Rising and on the tour that followed.  That tour, with Bain on bass, was recorded for Rainbow’s popular On Stage album that came out the following year.  After leaving Rainbow in 1978, Bain formed Wild Horses who received  moderate success with two albums.  During the early ’80s, Bain co-wrote songs for Phil Lynott‘s two solo albums and toured as part of his backing band.  In 1983, he joined forces with former Rainbow singer, Ronnie James Dio in the latter’s new band, Dio.  Bain wrote several of the band’s hits, including “Holy Diver” and “Rainbow In The Dark.” He played on The Last In Line and Dream Evil, among other Dio classic albums.  In 1985, Bain founded Hear ‘n Aid which was metal’s effort to raise money for famine relief.  The all-star collective recorded, “Stars,” co-written by Bain, which reportedly raised over $1 million in its first year of release.  Bain continued to record and tour with various members of metal’s elite up until the time of his death.  It was while traveling as a performer on Def Leppard‘s Hysteria On The High Seas cruise on January 24, 2016, that Jimmy Bain passed away unexpectedly  His cause of death was not immediately released and was believed to have been health related.  He was 68.

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Died On This Date (January 4, 1986) Phil Lynott / Thin Lizzy

Posted by themusicsover on January 4, 2012

Phil Lynott
August 20, 1949 – January 4, 1986

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Phil Lynott was the lead singer, bassist and primary songwriter for the popular ’70s Irish rock band, Thin Lizzy.   Formed in 1969, the band gained international fame during the mid ’70s with such rock hits as “The Boys are Back in Town,” “Jailbreak,” and “Dancing in the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in its Spotlight).”  Their 1978 live album, Live and Dangerous sits alongside Frampton Comes Alive and Kiss Alive as one of the definitive albums of its generation and one of the best live rock albums of all time.  Lynott released a handful of solo albums beginning in 1980, the best of which being Solo in Soho.  Thin Lizzy called it quits in 1984.  On Christmas Day, 1985, Lynott collapsed in his home, and was brought to an area hospital where it was discovered he was suffering from a kidney and liver infection, a result of his drug and alcohol abuse.   He died while still in the hospital’s intensive care unit on two weeks later as a result of heart failure and pneumonia.  Phil Lynott was 36 when he passed away on January 4, 1986.

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Died On This Date (February 6, 2011) Gary Moore / Blues Rock Guitar Legend

Posted by themusicsover on February 6, 2011

Robert Gary Moore
April 4, 1952 – February 6, 2011

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Gary Moore was an Irish guitarist and singer who, over a career that spanned over 40 years, became one of the most acclaimed electric blues guitarists the world has ever known.  Moore was just 14 years old when he decided to pick up the guitar, and even though he was left-handed, he quickly taught himself to play with his right.  His early influences included John Mayall, Albert King, and Jimi Hendrex, but it was Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who first recognized his talent and tutored him whenever he came through Dublin.  In 1969, Moore joined Skid Row, a blues rock band that included Phil Lynott who would later gain fame with Thin Lizzy.  Over the years Moore played with a diverse who’s who of popular music.  That list includes George Harrison, G-Force, Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Beach Boys, and Albert Collins.  He released his first solo album in 1973 and continued making albums up until as recently as 2008.  On February 6, 2011, Gary Moore died in his sleep while on vacation in Spain.  He was 58.

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Died On This Date (April 23, 1991) Johnny Thunders / New York Dolls

Posted by themusicsover on April 23, 2010

Johnny Thunders (Born John Genzale Jr.)
July 15, 1952 – April 23, 1991

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Born in Queens, NY, Johnny Thunders formed his first band while in high school.  At the time, he went by the name Johnny Volume, and that band was Johnny and the Jaywalkers.   By the late ’60s he was hanging out down around Bleeker Street where he hooked up with Arthur “Killer” Kane and Billy Murcia.  Their first band together was called Actress, but when David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain came on board a couple of years later, the name was changed to New York Dolls, Johnny Volume became Johnny Thunders, and the rest is history.  The Dolls released two albums that were virtually ignored by the public (including most of those that now claim to have been fans back in the day…you know, just like the Ramones).  By 1975, the band had broken up, but they would continue to strongly influence bands like the Sex Pistols and Guns ‘n Roses, and whatever crawled out of the gutter in between.  Thunders went on to form the Heartbreakers with former Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan and Richard Hell.  They recorded on and off until 1984, at one point moving to London where they were very popular with the up-and-coming punk bands.  Thunders also recorded a few solo albums during this time, including the awesome So Alone, which featured a stellar cast of allegedly drug-fueled guests including Phil Lynott, Steve Marriott, Paul Cook, Steve Jones, and Chrissie Hynde.  The album featured the beautifully sad and perhaps autobiographical  “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory.”  All the while, Thunders himself was falling deeper into the clutches of heroin abuse.  In 1991, while in New Orleans, Johnny Thunders was found dead in his hotel room.  Although the cause of death was never stated in the autopsy, it was widely assumed that he died of a methadone abuse.  Not without controversy, others have sworn that foul play was involved, pointing to strong evidence that he was killed perhaps by drug dealers who were after his large stash of methadone.  It was also reported that the autopsy revealed he was suffering from advanced stages of leukemia.  Whatever the case,  local police never bothered to open a criminal investigation.

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Died On This Date (March 16, 2005) Jakson Spires / Blackfoot

Posted by themusicsover on March 16, 2010

Jakson Spires
DOB Unknown – March 16, 2005

jakson-spiresJakson Spires was the founding drummer for Southern rock’s Blackfoot.  Formed in 1970, the band had a handful of hit albums during the late ’70s and early ’80s.  Blackfoot went from being the house band at a Gainesville, Florida topless bar in 1970 to opening for the Who in 1979.  Spires either wrote or co-wrote almost every song in the band’s catalog, including hits, “Highway Song” and “Fly Away.”  As a session player, he recorded with the likes of Phil Lynott and Willie Dixon.  Jackson Spires died of a brain aneurysm on March 16, 2005.

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