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Posts Tagged ‘Phil Seymour’

Died On This Date (April 8, 2011) Bill Pitcock IV / Dwight Twilley Band

Posted by themusicsover on April 8, 2011

Bill Pitcock IV
December 7, 1952 – April 8, 2011

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Bill Pitcock IV was a highly respected rock guitarist who is perhaps best remembered for his many years playing lead for the Dwight Twilley Band as well as on many of Twilley’s solo records.  He also played with fellow Twilley band member, Phil Seymour.  Pitcock was still in his early teens when, in 1964 he began playing in his parents’ dance band, Billy Pitcock & His Orchestra.  By the early ’70s he was working with Twilley and Seymour, playing on such classic power pop songs as “I’m On Fire,” (Twilley), “Girls, (Twilley), and “Precious To Me” (Seymour).  Pitcock also played in the Mystery Band from 1983 to 1998.  Most recently, he could be heard playing on Twilley’s 2010 release, Green Blimp.  Bill Pitcock IV was 58 when he died as a result of cancer on April 8, 2011.

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Died On This Date (August 17, 1993) Phil Seymour / Dwight Twilley Band

Posted by themusicsover on August 17, 2010

Phil Seymour
May 11, 1952 – August 17, 1993

Phil Seymour was a singer, songwriter and musician who gained a following during the new wave era thanks to such power pop classics as “Precious To Me” as well as “I’m On Fire” from his days fronting the Dwight Twilley Band.  Seymour grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he met Dwight Twilley, another aspiring musician at a 1967 screening of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night.  The struck up a friendship and a musical partnership that would eventually get them signed to Shelter Records who in 1975, released their first single, “I’m On Fire” which reached #16 on the Billboard singles chart.  They would record just two classic albums together before Seymour went of on his own.  Before the release of the first of his two solo albums, Seymour did session work, playing drums on power pop icons 20/20’s debut album, as well as singing backing vocals on Tom Petty‘s “American Girl” and “Breakdown.”  During the early ’80s, Seymour released two albums, Phil Seymour (featuring “Precious To Me”) and Phil Seymour 2 before the death of label head, Neil Bogart derailed his record company as well as Seymour’s career.  In 1984, he joined the Textones, a Los Angeles band fronted by Carla Olson that was alt-country twenty years before the genre had a name.  Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with lymphoma not long after recording an album and touring with the band.  Phil Seymour died as a result of the cancer at the age of 41.

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