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Died On This Date (December 11, 2012) Ravi Shankar / World Renowned Indian Musician

Posted by themusicsover on December 11, 2012

Ravi Shankar (Born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury)
April 7, 1920 – December 11, 2012

With George Harrison

Ravi Shankar was and Indian musician and composer who is widely considered the most well-known musician India has ever produced.  As a master of the sitar, Shankar heavily influenced the later music of the Beatles, and in particular, George Harrison, with whom he collaborated during the ’70s.  Learning to play music as a child, Shankar was barely in his teens when he began playing behind a dance group that featured his brother.  The group toured Europe and the United States during the ’30s, exposing Shankar to western culture and music.   By the dawn of the ’60s, Shankar was finding fans of his music the world over, and while recording in Los Angeles, he was overheard by members of the Byrds, who went on to incorporate Indian sounds into their music.  That lead to an introduction to Harrison, who ultimately exposed the sitar to many by way of “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” on the Beatles’ Rubber Soul album.  Soon, other rock musicians began adding the sitar to their music, resulting in the sub-genre of rock known as raga.  “Within Without You” on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is another fine example of Shankar’s influence on their sound.  In 1967, Shankar performed at the Monterey Pop Festival, and in 1969, at Woodstock, but he soon decoded to distance himself from the hippie movement.  In 1971, Shankar performed at the Harrison-organized Concert For Bangladesh. The resulting album went on to top most of the charts around the world and was named Album of the Year at the 1973 Grammys.  Shankar continued to collaborate with Harrison including a 1973 tour of North America which included a stop at the White House and a visit with President Gerald Ford.  Over the course of his career, Shankar sold millions of albums, won three Grammys, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his music featured in the film, Gandhi.  In December of 2012, he was nominated for yet another Grammy to be awarded in 2013.  His children include musicians Norah Jones, Annapurna DeviShubhendra “Shubho” Shankar, and Anoushka Shankar, with whom he toured well into his final years.  Ravi Shankar was 92 when he passed away on December 11, 2012.

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Died On This Date (June 18, 2009) Ali Akbar Khan / Popular Indian Musician

Posted by themusicsover on June 18, 2010

Ali Akbar Khan
April 14, 1922 – June 18, 2009


Ali Akbar Khan was a master of the Sarod who came to America from his native India in 1955 and along with Ravi Shankar, was instrumental in introducing Indian music to the western world.   Throughout his career, Khan recorded 95 albums, was nominated for five Grammys, and scored music for many films.  In 1967, he established the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, CA.  Khan died of kidney failure at the age of 87.

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Died On This Date (April 2, 2009) Bud Shank / Jazz Sax Great

Posted by themusicsover on April 2, 2010

Chad “Bud” Shank
May 27, 1926 – April 2, 2009

Photo by Paul Slaughter

Bud Shank was an American jazz musician who began his musical journey on the clarinet and flute but mostly made his mark on the saxophone.  When he got out of college, Shank moved to Los Angeles where he was one of the architects of West Coast Jazz of the ’50s and became one of the first jazz musicians to venture into Latin music working with Laurindo Almeida.  Throughout his career, Shank worked with the likes of Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers, Ray Brown, and Ravi Shankar.  Bud Shank passed away on April 2, 2009 of pulmonary failure at the age of 82.

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