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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Rubin’

Died On This Date (June 18, 1999) Frank C. Starr / The Four Horsemen & SIN Lead Singer

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.

 



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Died On This Date (May 10, 1998) Lester Butler / The Red Devils

Posted by themusicsover on May 10, 2010

Lester Butler
November 12, 1959 – May 10, 1998

Lester Butler was a blues harmonica player and singer who was in the Red Devils (previously known as the Blue Shadows), a Los Angeles blues rock band who also included members of the Blasters and the Knitters.  In 1992, the band caught the ear of Rick Rubin who produced their debut album.  That lead to some studio work with Mick Jagger and Johnny Cash.  On May 10, 1998, Lester Butler, age 38, died of a drug overdose.

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Died On This Date (April 19, 2005) Bryan Ottoson / American Head Charge

Posted by themusicsover on April 19, 2010

Bryan Ottoson
1978  – April 19, 2005

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Bryan Ottoson was a  guitarist for Minneapolis hard rock band, American Head Charge.  Their music is generally categorized as “industrial metal.”  By 2000, the band had moved to Los Angeles and signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings.  Rubin produced their debut.   The next few years found the band’s fan base quickly growing, sharing tours with the likes of Slipknot, Ministry, and Mudvayne.   On April 19, 2005, Ottoson’s lifeless body was found in his tour bus bunk prior to a show in South Carolina.  Officials determined that he had overdosed on prescription medicine.  It appears to have been accidental.

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Died On This Date (February 7, 2000) Lonesome Dave Peverett / Lead Singer For Foghat

Posted by themusicsover on February 7, 2010

Dave Peverett
April 16, 1943 – February 7, 2000

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Lonesome Dave Peverett is best remembered as a one-time lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Savoy Brown and later a founding member and lead singer of ’70s rock band, Foghat.  A native of London, Peverett became a member of the blues rock band, Savoy Brown during the mid ’60s.  In 1971, he and other members of the group left to form Foghat, another blues-based band, but one that put a bit more emphasis on the rock sound of the slide guitar, famously played by Rod Price.  Throughout the ’70s, Foghat released a series of hit records including “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” “Stone Blue,” “Drivin’ Wheel” and their biggest, “Slow Ride.”  All quickly became staples of FM rock stations.  Foghat was one of the few rock bands that continued to stay popular during the disco era.  As their popularity slowed down in the ’80s, Peverett decided to take a break to spend more time with his family.  Even though the band had all but disappeared, their music lived on throughout the ’80s and ’90s thanks to Hollywood’s growing nostalgia for the ’70s.  Foghat’s music provided much of the soundtrack for films trying to capture that era.  During the mid ’90s, Peverett, on the urging of Rick Rubin, reunited with the original members of Foghat, but their second coming proved to be less fruitful, but they continued on in one form or another into the 2000s.  On February 7, 2000, Lonesome Dave Peverett died of cancer at the age of 56.

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Died On This Date (September 27, 1994) Ken “Dimwit” Montgomery / Four Horsemen, D.O.A.

Posted by themusicsover on September 27, 2009

Ken “Dimwit” Montgomery
1958 – September 27, 1994

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3rd from left (D.O.A.)

Dimwit was the drummer for Vancouver hardcore punk band, D.O.A. in the late ’70s and early ’80s.  They are often referred to as the founders of hardcore.  In 1989, he helped form the Four Horsemen, a band that had more in common with the Cult and Zodiac Mindwarp than Black Flag or the Exploited.  The Four Horsemen landed a deal with Rick Rubin’s Def American who released their Rubin produced Nobody Said It Was Easy in 1991.   Although the band were poised for greatness, grunge soon hit and the band was left in its wake.  Dimwit died of a heroin overdose on September 27, 1994.

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