Posted by themusicsover on March 31, 2011
DOB Unknown – March 31, 2011
Photo by Patrick McMullan
Don Hill was a popular New York City club manager and owner who helped make the Cat Club, and later his own Don Hill’s nightclub THE places to be seen for rock stars and celebrities of every stripe. Born and raised in New Jersey, Hill was just 18 when landed his first Manhattan job at Kenny’s Castaways. In 1985, he took over management of the Cat Club and began booking talent like G.G. Allin, Poison, Soundgarden and L.A. Guns – it was the first place most New Yorkers caught a glimpse of these acts. The Cat Club stage also played host to David Bowie and Peter Frampton during the ’80s. In 1993, he opened Don Hill’s which again, became and still is, the hangout of choice for many of rock’s elite. Don Hill was 66 when he passed away on March 31, 2011. Cause of death was not immediately released.
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Posted in Club Owner | Tagged: David Bowie, Don Hill, G.G. Allin, L.A. Guns, Peter Frampton, Poison, Soundgarden | Comments Off on Died On This Date (March 31, 2011) Don Hill / Iconic New York Nightclub Owner
Posted by themusicsover on June 18, 2010
Frank C. Starr
1958 – June 18, 1999
Frank C. Starr was a charismatic lead vocalist for hard rock bands, Alien, SIN, and most famously, the Four Horsemen. Raised on Long Island, NY, Starr eventually landed in Los Angeles to take his shot at the big time. After a short run in a band called Alien, Starr began to make a name for himself fronting a band called SIN through the mid ’80s, but struggled to get noticed in the same Sunset Strip scene that gave us Guns ‘n Roses, Ratt, and Great White. After the band called it quits in 1984, Starr landed in the Four Horsemen, a rock band that took its cue more from ’70s rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd or AC/DC than such contemporaries as Poison or Faster Pussycat. After self-releasing a four-song EP in 1989, the band were snatched up by Rick Rubin’s Def American label and went into the studio with Rubin producing. The resulting album Nobody Said It Was Easy, garnered enough critical praise and fan support to land them on the road touring with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Black Crowes as well as regular video rotation on MTV. But all this wasn’t enough to translate into significant album sales. At the same time, word was getting around that Starr was developing a reputation for his drug use and subsequent run-ins with the law, reportedly leading to a stint in jail on drug charges forcing the label to drop the band. But all were false claims according to the band, the only reason they were dropped was because of poor record sales. The sudden rise of grunge as well as some internal fighting seemed to be the end of the Four Horsemen, but after some personnel changes, they regrouped and began working on a new album in 1994. But after losing original drummer, Ken “Dimwit” Montgomery, to a drug overdose in September of 1994, the band suffered another serious blow on November of 1995 when Starr was struck by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle along Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. He went into a coma and never recovered and eventually died from those injuries on June 18, 1999.
Posted in Rock, Singer | Tagged: AC/DC, Alien, Black Crowes, Def American, Faster Pussycat, Four Horsemen, Frank Starr, Great White, Guns N Roses, Ken Dimwit Montgomery, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Poison, Ratt, Rick Rubin, SIN | 12 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on June 9, 2010
March 1989 – June 9, 2008
Ragamuffin was a really cool cat whose connection to popular music goes back to the Spring of 1989 when bands like Guns ‘n’ Roses, Poison and his favorite treat, Ratt ruled the boulevards near his first home in Glendale, California. Even within those first few weeks of his life, it was quite apparent that Ragamuffin was taken with the music that constantly played throughout his apartment, and in particular, the dancehall reggae of such artists as Yellowman, Buju Banton, and Luciano. He therefore became known as Ragamuffin, a form of dancehall whose sound is primarily made up of electronic music. in 1995, Ragamuffin moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, the so-called birthplace of Rock & Roll and home to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. While in Cleveland, Ragamuffin lived through the most snowfall in Cleveland history. Back in Southern California in 1999, Ragamuffin reached an international audience when he was featured in a short essay called “The Cat Doctor,” in the best selling book, Chicken Soup For The Cat & Dog Lover’s Soul. Throughout his long and healthy life, Ragamuffin survived the torment of three dogs, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, a hot drive across the country, and countless hairballs. Sadly, Raggamuffin’s health began to deteriorate as he neared 20 years old. He was laid to rest on June 9, 2008, leaving behind canine brother and sister, Marley and Nicki.
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Posted in Other | Tagged: Buju Banton, Guns N Roses, Luciano, Poison, Ragamuffin, Ratt, Yellowman | 4 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on May 17, 2010
December 30, 1949 – May 17, 1999
Bruce Fairbairn was a Canadian trumpet player, but made a huge mark on popular music as a rock producer. Fairbairn hit his stride in the ’80s producing such albums as Loverboy’s Get Lucky, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, Aerosmith’s Permanent Vacation, and later, Bon Jovi’s New Jersey, Aerosmith’s Pump, Poison’s Flesh and Blood, Van Halen’s Balance, AC/DC’s The Razor’s Edge Kiss’ Psycho Circus, and many more. It was while working on Yes’ Ladder, in May of 1999 that Jon Anderson discovered Bruce Fairbairn’s body in his home. Cause of death was not immediately released.
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Posted by themusicsover on April 14, 2010
July 4, 1960 – April 14, 2005
Tom Payne was the original bassist for Los Angeles based garage rock band, the Leonards. Originally from the Detroit area, Payne and the band migrated to L.A. in the late 80s to try to get noticed. However, with a sound closer to the Replacements than Ratt, the group struggled to get noticed along the Sunset Strip. But they persevered, building a loyal fan base that they can still count on to this day. In 2004, Tom Payne discovered he had cancer, so he left the band and moved back to Michigan to be with his family. He died as a result of the cancer on April 14, 2005
Posted in Musician, Rock | Tagged: Poison, Replacements, The Leonards, Tom Payne | 1 Comment »