Posted by themusicsover on November 16, 2012
1927 – November 16, 2012
Bernard Lansky was a longtime Memphis clothing retailer who, along with his brother, Guy Lansky owned Lansky Brothers on Beale Street. Since the early ’50s, the Lansky brothers helped create a visual image for celebrities who appreciated their store’s simple yet classic suits. The long list of their musical clientele over the years included Rob Orbison, Isaac Hayes, Robert Plant, Dr. John, Johhny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Steven Tyler, and most famously, Elvis Presley. One day back in 1952, Bernard invited a 17-year-old Presley into the store after seeing him continually window-shop outside his store. Presley, who was working at a local movie theater at the time, remarked to Bernard that he was going to buy him out if he ever made enough money. To that Bernard replied, “Don’t buy me, buy from me!”, and that is exactly what Presley did when he ultimately made it big. It was Lansky who put Presley in the suit he wore for that first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. And from then on, Presley was one of Lansky Broters’ most loyal customers, and in return, the Lanskys opened the shop for him late at night so he could shop in peace and even hand-delivered suits to Graceland to try on. When Presley died in 1977, it was Bernard who selected the suit and tie that he was buried in. Bernard Lansky was 85 when he passed away on November 16, 2012.
Thanks to Henk de Bruin for the asssist.
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Posted by themusicsover on December 18, 2011
January 25, 1934 – December 18, 2011
Warren Hellman was a successful private equity investor whose Hellman & Friedman rose to become a multi-billion dollar firm. He was also a philanthropist and music junkie who founded AND funded San Francisco’s popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. A banjo player himself, Hellman launched the Golden Gate Park event in 2001 to an audience of just 13,000. Since then, it has swelled to be one of the world’s greatest music events, drawing as many 500,000 each year over two days. And the best part, it is FREE to attend as Hellman’s gift back to the city. The inaugural festival presented just four acts on the main stage and another five on its second. Performers included Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Hazel Dickens. The 2011 event hosted over 100 performers including Chris Isaak, Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Steve Earle, Robert Plant, and Del McCoury. Warren Hellman was 77 when he died from complications of leukemia on December 18, 2011. Hellman reportedly left a trust fund to finance future festivals.
Do yourself a favor and attend Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival next year!
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Posted by themusicsover on October 23, 2011
DOB Unknown – October 23, 2011
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Gene Kurtz was a beloved Texas bassist and singer-songwriter who can be heard playing and/or singing on classic recordings by the likes of Edgar Winter, B.J. Thomas, Bo Diddley, and Roy Head, with whom he co-wrote the #2 pop and R&B hit, “Treat Her Right.” It took the Beatles’ “Yesterday” incidentally, to keep it from hitting the top of the charts. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Kurtz eventually settled in Austin where he played with Augie Meyers of Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados fame before hooking up with Head. The two soon wrote and recorded (with Head singing lead), “Treat Her Right” which went on to become one of the most famous Texas rock/R&B songs ever. Its bass line by Kurtz is one of pop music’s best. The song has since been covered by such luminaries as Otis Redding, George Thorogood, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant, to name a few. It has also become a staple in film and television – it was featured prominently in The Commitments, as well as numerous other films and television shows. After his tenure with Head, Kurtz went on to play on Winter’s 1970 debut, Entrance. During the 2000s, Kurtz played in Dale Watson’s band for whom he wrote “Way Down Texas Way,” which the band can be seen performing on an episode of the television hit, Friday Night Lights. According to the Houston Press, Gene Kurtz was 68 when he passed away on October 23, 2011. Cause of death was not immediately released.
Thanks to Paul Bearer for the assist.
Posted in Americana, Musician, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Augie Meyers, B.J. Thomas, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Edgar Winter, Gene Kurtz, George Thorogood, Otis Redding, Robert Plant, Roy Head, Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados, The Beatles | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on June 3, 2011
December 11, 1931 – June 3, 2011
Benny Spellman was an R&B singer who released two significant hits during the 1960s. His “Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette),” written by Allen Toussaint, cracked the Top 30 on the R&B charts, while his original version of “Fortune Teller” went on to be recorded by the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Hollies, and more recently, as a duet by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Spellman also collaborated with Huey “Piano” Smith and sang back up on the Ernie K-Doe hit, “Mother In Law.” Although he went on to work outside the music business by the early ’70s, Spellman continued to perform at festivals and such for many years. Benny Spellman died of respiratory failure on June 3, 2011. He was 79.
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Posted by themusicsover on December 31, 2010
November 7, 1951 – December 31, 2002
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Kevin MacMichael was a Canadian born songwriter, musician, and producer who is perhaps best remembered as the co-founder of, and lead guitarist for ’80s rock band, the Cutting Crew. Formed in England in 1985, the band scored a huge MTV-powered hit with “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” in 1986. The worldwide hit from the album, Broadcast, helped the band secure a Best New Artist Grammy nomination in 1987. After the band broke up in 1993, MacMichael went on to play guitar on and compose songs for Robert Plant’s Fate Of Nations of that same year. He also toured behind the album with Plant. MacMichael eventually moved from England back to Nova Scotia where he worked with such acts as the Rankin Family and Sons Of Maxwell. Kevin MacMichael died of lung cancer on December 31, 2002. He was 51.
Thanks to Roch Parisien for the assist.
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