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RIP, John Wetton (January 31, 2017) King Crimson; Asia

Posted by themusicsover on January 31, 2017

John Wetton
June 12, 1949 – January 31, 2017

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John Wetton was an English bassist and singer who is best remembered for his time with King Crimson and for fronting his own popular prog-rock band, Asia.  After several years of playing and singing in local bands, Wetton was invited by Robert Fripp to join King Crimson as bassist and lead singer.  The year was 1972, and over the next two-plus years, he performed on the band’s critically acclaimed Larks’ Tongues in AspicStarless and Bible Black, and Red.  Following the release of Red, King Crimson went on hiatus, s0 Wetton worked with several other groups, including Roxy MusicWishbone Ash, and Uriah Heap.  In 1980, he formed Asia, a super group with Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, and Carl Palmer.  The band’s self-titled debut of 1982 reached #1 on the US and UK charts and went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide.  In later years, Wetton released several solo albums while collaborating with the likes of Steve Hackett and Renaissance. In 2006, he reunited with the original members of Asia to release Phoenix, their first since 1983.  They went on to release a handful of new studio albums over the next several years.   John Wetton died of colon cancer on January 31, 2017.  He was 67.

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RIP, Maggie Roche (January 21, 2017) The Roches

Posted by themusicsover on January 21, 2017

Maggie Roche
October 26, 1951 – January 21, 2017

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Maggie Roche, along with her sisters, Terre and Suzzy, wrote and performed primarily folk music as the Roches.  Formed in Park Ridge, New Jersey in 1973, the group went on to release numerous critically acclaimed albums.  They got their first break when Maggie and Terre were invited to sing harmony on Paul Simon‘s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon.  Before they knew it, the due was signed to Columbia Records who released their debut in 1975.  Suzzy soon joined and they re-christened themselves as the Roaches and released their Robert Fripp produced self-titled debut in 1979.  The album included two of their best known songs, “Hammond Song” and “The Married Men,” both written by Maggie.   In later years, they slowed down in terms of touring but continued recording as a trio, as duos, and individually. Their last studio album as the Roches, Moonswept, was released in 2007.   Maggie Roche died of cancer on January 21, 2017.  She was 65.

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RIP, Greg Lake (December 7, 2016) Emerson, Lake & Palmer; King Crimson

Posted by themusicsover on December 7, 2016

Greg Lake
November 10, 1947 – December 7, 2016

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As founding lead singer of both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake was an early architect of what would become known as progressive rock – a style that borrowed heavily from classical and jazz for its sound, and poetry for its lyrics.  Born in Dorset, England, Lake began playing the guitar as a young teen.  By high school, he was friends with another musical schoolmate, Robert Fripp, who later asked Lake to change to bass and sing lead for his own new band, King Crimson.  The year was 1968 and the group quickly found a sizable audience thanks in part to their acclaimed debut, In the Court of the Crimson King. Produced by Lake, it is one of earliest and most influential prog rock albums.  After leaving the group in 1970, Lake joined up with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer to form one of rock’s early supergroups, Emerson, Lake & Palmer.  The band would become one of the most successful British bands of the era with such mind-bending albums as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, Trilogy, and Brain Salad Surgery, before parting ways in 1979.  During the ’80s, Lake played with Asia and Emerson, Lake &  Powell with drummer, Cozy Powell. Emerson, Lake & Palmer reunited for another album and a world tour during the early ’90s, and continued on in one form or another into 2010.  Greg Lake was 69 when he died of cancer on December 7, 2016.

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Died On This Date (July 1, 1987) Philip “Snakefinger” Lithman

Posted by themusicsover on July 1, 2010

Philip “Snakefinger” Lithman
June 17, 1949 – July 1, 1987

Philip Lithman, or as he was known professionally, Snakefinger was an English multi-instrumentalist who is best known for his collaborations with the Residents.  Although he came out of the British blues scene, Lithman’s guitar fret work had more in common with Robert Fripp than John Mayall. In 1971, Lithman moved to San Francisco where he hooked up with avant-garde art rockers, the Residents to perform in their live band. Over the next few years would move back to the UK and then back to California where he shopped around a light rock album and eventually hooked back up with the Residents. In 1982, Lithman put together his own backing band called the Vestal Virgins. It was with this band that Lithman was performing in Austria on July 1, 1987. Midway during the show, Lithman died of a heart attack.

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Died On This Date (September 8, 2008) Hector Zazou / French Composer, Worked With Bjork, Siouxsie Sioux

Posted by themusicsover on September 8, 2009

Hector Zazou
July 11, 1948 – September 8, 2008

Hector Zazou was a much respected French composer and producer who has collaborated with Bjork, Mark Isham, Siousxie Sioux, David Sylvian, Suzanne Vega, Robert Fripp, Peter Buck and many more.  He was celebrated for his ability to fuse classical influences with electronic music.  Hector Zazou, age 60, passed away after after falling ill earlier in the year.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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