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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 (June 16, 1983) Buzz Shearman / Moxy

Posted by themusicsover on June 16, 2010

Douglas “Buzz” Shearman
March 8, 1951 – June 16, 1983

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Buzz Shearman was the lead singer of popular Canadian hard rock band, Moxy.  Forming in 1974, the band released their self-titled debut the following year.  It became a quick hit thanks in part to guest guitar play by Tommy Bolin and the strength of its first single, “Can’t You See I’m A Star.”  The new-found airplay helped the band land more and more tour dates throughout Canada as well as the US, where they shared the stage with AC/DC, and eventually Black Sabbath, Styx, Rainbow, the Runaways, and Boston.  In 1977, Shearman left the band due, in part, to trouble he was having with his vocal chords.  He was replased by Mike Reno, who would later front Loverboy.   Shearman returned to Moxy in 1979, and when Bon Scott of AC/DC died in 1980, he was strongly considered for the job that ultimately went to Brian Johnson.  On June 16, 1983, Buzz Shearman was killed in a motorcycle accident.

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Died On This Date (May 16, 2010) Ronnie James Dio / Rock God

Posted by themusicsover on May 16, 2010

Ronnie James Dio (Born Ronald Padavona)
July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010

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Ronnie James Dio was one of the greatest heavy metal  vocalists of all time.  While the rest of us can only wish to front just one great legendary rock band, Dio could claim Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Elf, Heaven & Hell, and of course, Dio.  And unlike most, if not all metal singers, during Dio’s early years, he fronted a rockabilly band, Ronnie & the Red Caps.  By the early ’70s, Dio was moving into the blues rock world with his next band, Elf who would find its audience by touring with the likes of Deep Purple.   A few years later, guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple and formed Rainbow, inviting Dio to sing lead in the group.  His albums with Rainbow include Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Rainbow Rising, and Long Live Rock and Roll.  In 1979, Dio was hired to replace Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, with whom he recorded the classic Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules albums, among others.  Dio finally began recording under his own name in 1980, and as Dio, released such landmark metal albums as Holy Diver, The Last In Line, and Sacred Heart.  It is no doubt that Dio was one of the driving forces of heavy metal, but his contributions to the genre went beyond his instantly recognizable voice.  During his tenure with Black Sabbath, Dio began flashing what would become known as the “devil horns” hand gesture from the stage, perhaps not inventing the symbol, but definitely making it heavy metal’s own.  In November of 2009, it was announced that Ronnie James Dio was suffering from stomach cancer.  On May 16, 2010, the cancer took his life at the age of 67.

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Died On This Date (April 14, 2010) Joe Markowski / Twisted Sister

Posted by themusicsover on April 14, 2010

Joe Markowski (aka Fast Joey Brighton)
DOB Unknown- April 14, 2010

Joe Markowski was a respected drummer who is perhaps best remembered for playing with Twisted Sister for about a year starting in 1981.  Markowski was also an in-demand drum teacher who, over the course of his career, tutored the likes of Bobby Rondinelli who played for Black Sabbath and Rainbow, and Joe Franco of Twisted Sister.  Joe Markowski was 57 when he passed away on April 14, 2010.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (April 5, 1998) Cozy Powell / One Of Rock’s Greatest Drummers

Posted by themusicsover on April 5, 2010

Cozy Powell (Born Colin Flooks)
December 29, 1947 – April 5, 1998

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Cozy Powell was without of doubt, one of rock’s most respected and influential drummers. He mastered the drums at a young age, and by 15 he was one of the best players around. Over the years Powell has been in such bands as Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake and Powell, Black Sabbath, Michael Schenker Group, Jeff Beck Group, and when Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham died in 1980, Powell was considered to take his place until the band decided to call it quits. He drummed on over 60 albums and played on numerous other recordings as well.  Powell’s other passion was racing cars and motorcycles. He even drove for Hitachi on the UK race circuit for a bit. That love for speed would eventually kill him. Cozy Powell died on April 5, 1998 from injuries he sustained after crashing his car on the M4 Motorway near Bristol, England. Other factors might have been the bad weather and the fact that he was talking to his girlfriend on a cell phone. He was 50 years old.

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