Posted by themusicsover on July 2, 2010
August 9, 1926 – July 2, 2009
With Brian Jones
Tom Keylock was initially the Rolling Stones’ driver during the early years of their career. Due to his strong loyalty to the band, he quickly moved up through the ranks to more care-taker and confidant of the group. His duties over the years included acting as body guard, road manager, escort, cook and “fixer.” He established a personal relationship with the guys, who oftentimes sought his counsel on relationships and such. When Brian Jones drowned in 1969, it was Keylock that was one of the first on the scene, resulting in unfounded rumors about his possible involvement in the mysterious death. After leaving the Stones, Keylock started his own chauffeur company, and in the ’80s, he worked as a driver for England’s football team. He passed away at the age of 82.
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Posted by themusicsover on June 28, 2010
July 30, 1939 – June 28, 2009
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One of the many unsung heroes of popular music, Tom Wilkes was a designer who created the covers for, among others, Janis Joplin’s Pearl, the Rolling Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet, Neil Young’s Harvest, and the London Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Tommy, for which he won a Grammy. Throughout his career, Wilkes was the art director for the Monterey Pop Festival, A&M Records and ABC Records. Wilkes passed away in his home at the age of 69. Cause of death not immediately released.
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Posted by themusicsover on June 14, 2010
Liam Rory Gallagher
March 2, 1948 – June 14, 1995
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Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues rock guitar great who sold more than 30 million albums and is considered one of the greatest musicians Ireland has ever produced. Gallagher first began making waves with his mid ’60s blues rock trio, Taste. The band began building a solid reputation in London and soon found themselves opening for such bands as Cream and Blind Faith. By the early ’70s, Taste had broken up and Gallagher was now leading a trio under his own name, making some of his best and most popular albums. In 1972, the trend-setting Melody Maker magazine named him Top Musician Of The Year. It was during this period that Gallagher was being strongly considered for the Rolling Stones, Deep Purple AND Canned Heat. By the ’80s however, Gallagher was falling deeper into drug and alcohol addiction, and his musical output suffered from it. He made his final performance in January of 1995, and was in such bad health, he soon needed a liver transplant. Unfortunately, an infection developed following the surgery, and he died at the age of 47.
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Posted by themusicsover on June 6, 2010
September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006
Besides winning a Grammy for his own work, keyboardist Billy Preston made major contributions to some of the greatest names in pop music history. He can be heard playing alongside the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, the Jackson 5, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and of course, the Beatles, sometimes being credited as “the 5th Beatle.” In fact he is one of only two non-Beatles to receive performance credit on any Beatles album – the other being Tony Sheridan. Preston signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records in 1969 and began a streak of hits that included “Nothing From Nothing,” “Will It Go Round In Circles,” and the Grammy winning, “Outta Space.” The ’70s found Preston very active mostly recording and touring with the Rolling Stones. The ’80s however, were a dark time for Preston as he had a few run-ins with the law. He was arrested and convicted of insurance fraud for setting his own house on fire, and in 1991 he was arrested for attacking a prostitute after discovering he was a transvestite and not of legal age. Most of his troubles were likely attributed to his dependency on cocaine and alcohol. He beat those demons in the early ’90s and got back to work mostly in a support capacity on the keyboards, working with the likes of Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood. Preston had kidney problems throughout his later life, likely due to his substance abuse problems. He received a kidney transplant in 2002. Billy Preston died of kidney failure on June 6, 2006.
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Posted by themusicsover on April 30, 2010
Muddy Waters (Born McKinley Morganfield)
April 4, 1914 – April 30, 1983
Although he was born in Mississippi, Muddy Waters is considered the Father of Chicago Blues. By electrifying the delta blues of his youth, Waters almost singlehandedly influenced the British blues explosion of the ’60s. Acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Cream might not have been born if it weren’t for Muddy Waters. By the early 1950s, Waters, along with his sidemen, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf were the biggest draw in Chicago, and in 1958, he set out to conquer the UK, who until that point had only known the acoustic blues of the likes of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. In doing so, Waters sparked a musical revolution. Waters died in his sleep of natural causes on April 30, 1983.
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