Posted by themusicsover on December 2, 2014
December 18, 1943 – December 2, 2014
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Bobby Keys was one of the greatest saxophone side men the rock world has ever known. Born in Lubbock County, Texas, Keys picked up the saxophone at an early age, and by the time he was 15, he was touring with Bobby Vee and Buddy Holly. Throughout the years, he played on 100s of recordings, along with albums by Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, the Who, Eric Clapton, and Elvis Presley, to name but a few. But it was with the Rolling Stones that Keys truly made his biggest contributions to popular music. He can be heard on every Stones album between 1969 and 1974, and from 1980 to their most recent. He’s also played on nearly every tour since 1970. His most famous solo is arguably the one he played on “Brown Sugar.” Suffering from Cirrhosis in later years, Bobby Keys passed away in his home on December 2, 2014. He was 70.
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Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2014
August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014
Charlie Haden was an American jazz bassist who was most notably part of the Free Jazz movement of the ’50s and ’60s. It was his work in Ornette Coleman‘s quartet during that time that endeared him to fans and critics alike. The Coleman albums on which he played been called “game changers”, but it was 1959’s The Shape Of Jazz To Come that is considered a landmark of the genre. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, Haden worked with the great Keith Jarrett, playing on several albums that received critical acclaim as well. In 1969, Haden formed the Liberation Music Orchestra whose output was more politically based, with Carla Bley contributing heavily. Haden’s most commercially successful period began in the late ’80s with the formation of his Quartet West. The configuration released albums well into the 2000s, The list of artists with whom Haden recorded over the years was not limited to jazz and includes Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, Beck, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and Robert Downey Jr. Haden’s children have enjoyed careers in music as well – his son Joshua Haden is a member of the indie rock band, Spain, while his triplet daughters, Petra Haden, Tanya Haden, and Rachel Haden make up the acclaimed alt-country band, the Haden Triplets. Charlie Haden was 77 when he passed away on July 11, 2014, following a lengthy illness.
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Posted by themusicsover on March 27, 2013
DOB Unknown – March 27, 2013
Gordon Stoker is best remembered as a member of Elvis Presley‘s backing vocalists, the Jordanaires. He also acted as their manager. Just 15 when he became a professional musician, Stoker eventually played piano on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry radio program. In 1949, he was picked up by the Jordanaires Gospel group to play piano. Within two years, he was singing tenor in the group. In 1956, Presley invited them to be his back up singers both live and on record. Stoker can be heard on such records as “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,” “I Got A Woman,” and “Heartbreak Hotel.” The group continued on – with Stoker remaining until the time of his death – after Presley passed away in 1977. The list of other artists that were backed by the Jordanaires on record includes Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash, Ringo Starr, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Ween, and Kristen Chenoweth. Gordon Stoker was 88 when he passed away on March 27, 2013. Cause of death was not immediately released.
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Posted by themusicsover on March 5, 2012
December 19, 1925 – March 5, 2012
Robert Sherman was a songwriter who, along with his brother, Richard Sherman, was responsible for numerous Disney film and attraction songs that live on in the souls of countless children of all ages. Over the years, the Shermans have written songs that have appeared in such classic films as The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. “Chim-Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song),” and “Trust In Me (The Python’s Song)” are just a few of the Sherman Brothers songs that many of us grew up with. Other credits include several of the jingles heard throughout the Disneyland, most notably, “It’s A Small World (After All).” They also wrote “You’re Sixteen” which topped the singles charts twice, first by Johnny Burnette, and then again by Ringo Starr. Over the years, the Sherman brothers shared several nominations for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Grammys, and Golden Globes. They won two Oscars for their Mary Poppins contributions. Robert Sherman was 86 when he passed away on March 5, 2012.
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Posted by themusicsover on November 27, 2011
July 3, 1927 – November 27, 2011
Ken Russell was a celebrated British director who courted controversy in both film and television for his use of sexuality and the church within his themes and imagery. Russell made a huge mark on popular music as well with his 1975 rock film Tommy, based on the Who’s album of the same name. The landmark movie starred the band’s Roger Daltrey as Tommy, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, and John Entwhistle, along with Ann-Margret, Jack Nicholson, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, and Elton John. The film earned Margaret a Golden Globe as well as an Academy Award nomination, and Townshend an Academy Award nomination for the film’s score and adaptation. It’s most memorable scenes include Turner as the Acid Queen, John as the Pinball Wizard, and of course, Margaret writhing erotically in a pool of baked beans. The movie spent a record 14 weeks at number one and continued to be a box office draw for well over a year. Following Tommy, Russell again directed Daltrey in Lisztomania, which portrayed 19th century composer, Franz Liszt as the first classical pop star. The film also features Ringo Starr and Rick Wakeman who composed the score. Other notable films by Russell include Altered States, The Devils, and Women In Love for which he won an Oscar. Ken Russell passed away on November 27, 2011. He was 84.
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