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Posts Tagged ‘Rory Gallagher’

Died On This Date (August 17, 2012) Lou Martin / Played Keyboards For Rory Gallagher

Posted by themusicsover on September 10, 2012

Lou Martin
August 12, 1949 – August 17, 2012

Lou Martin was an Irish keyboardist who is best remembered for his years playing with Rory Gallagher.  Martin was just six years old when he began learning the piano, and when he was around 19, he formed his first band, Killing Floor. During the early ’70s, he left the group to play with Gallagher.  He played with Gallagher both live and on record through the early ’90s.  He can be heard on such albums as Blueprint, Tattoo, Defender, and Fresh Evidence.   Away from Gallagher, Martin played with the likes of Screaming Lord Sutch, Chuck Berry, and Albert Collins.  Having battled cancer and suffering a handful of strokes, Lou Martin passed away on August 17, 2012.  He was 63.

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Died On This Date (June 14, 1995) Rory Gallagher / Irish Blues Rock God

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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