The Music's Over

but the songs live on forever

  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Subscribe

  • Join 1,905 other subscribers

  • Follow And Like

  • Meta

Posts Tagged ‘Ry Cooder’

Died On This Date (December 6, 2012) Ed Cassidy / Founding Drummer Of Spirit

Posted by themusicsover on December 6, 2012

Ed Cassidy
May 4, 1923 – December 6, 2012

Ed “Cass” Cassidy was the co-founding drummer of the psychedelic rock band, Spirit. With his stepson, Randy California at the helm, the Los Angeles band formed in 1967 and went on to score a top 25 hit with 1968’s “I Got A Line On You,” one of the era’s most durable songs.  Cassidy launched his music career back in 1937 before serving in the Navy during WWII.  Upon his discharge, he got back to playing in various country bands, show bands and Dixieland combos. He even briefly played with the San Francisco Opera.  He also reportedly played 282 consecutive one-night-stands in 17 different states in 1940.  Cassidy moved to the Los Angeles area during the early ’50s to focus more on jazz, and during his early years there, he played with the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, and Cannonball Adderley.  In 1964, he formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.  That was followed by the Red Roosters who morphed into Spirit in 1967.  He went on to perform and record with different variations of Spirit for the next 40 years.  Away from music, worked as an actor, appearing on General Hospital, among other television shows and films.  Ed Cassidy was 89 when he passed away on December 6, 2012.

Thanks to Bruce Kilgour of Slipped Disc Entertainment for the assist.

What You Should Own

Click to find at amazon.com

The Family That Plays Together - Spirit

Posted in Musician, Rock | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments »

Died On This Date (April 23, 2012) Chris Ethridge / International Submarine Band; Flying Burrito Brothers

Posted by themusicsover on April 23, 2012

Chris Ethridge
1947 – April 23, 2012

Chris Ethridge was an American musician who is best remembered for playing in the International Submarine Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers.  Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Ethridge was already playing in local bands by the time he moved to Los Angeles at 17.  It was there that he joined the International Submarine Band, playing alongside with Gram Parsons.  The year was 1967, and Ethridge played on that year’s release, Safe At Home.  Parsons left ISB the following year and Ethridge followed suit.  He worked with Parsons on solo projects even co-writing several of his songs.  In 1968, Ethridge co-founded the Flying Burrito Brothers with Parsons, Chris Hillman, and Sneaky Pete Kleinow. Although Ethridge played on just the band’s first album, The Gilded Palace Of Sin before leaving in 1969, it can’t be denied that he played a role in the birth of country rock while influencing the likes of the Eagles, Wilco, and Ryan Adams.  In 1975, he participated in a reformed version of the Burrito Brothers for the recording of Flying Again.  Over the course of his career, Ethridge played on records by such acts as Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Randy Newman, and Ry Cooder.  He also spent more than seven years playing in Willie Nelson’s live band. Chris Ethridge was 65 when he passed away on April 23, 2012. He was 65.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

Thanks to Bruce Kilgour at Slipped Disc Entertainment for the assist.

What You Should Own

Click to find at amazon.com

The Gilded Palace of Sin and Burrito Deluxe - The Flying Burrito Brothers

Posted in Musician, Rock, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Died On This Date (April 23, 2012) Chris Ethridge / International Submarine Band; Flying Burrito Brothers

Died On This Date (July 17, 2011) Gil Bernal / Respected L.A. Jazz Musician

Posted by themusicsover on July 17, 2011

Gil Bernal
February 4, 1931 – July 17, 2011

Gil Bernal was an esteemed jazz saxophonist and vocalist who, over a career that spanned some 60 years, became one of L.A.’s most in-demand session player, and played with a laundry list of the world’s greatest jazz musicians.  Born in the Watts section of Los Angeles, Bernal grew up with future jazz greats Big Jay McNeely and Charles Mingus.  He learned to play the sax as a youngster, and by the time he was in high school, he was playing local neighborhood parties and dances.  And not long after graduating high school, Bernal was touring as part of Lionel Hampton’s band which at the time, included Little Jimmy Scott and Quincy Jones.  He went on to form his own band which included Shelley Mann and Shorty Rogers. As an in-demand session player, Bernal played some of the most iconic sax solos on records by the likes of the Coasters, Ray Charles, Big Mama Thornton, and Duane Eddy.  He also played in Spike Jones’ band for several years.  And if that weren’t enough, Bernal could hold his own as a soulful singer as well.  In 1967, his “The Eyes Of Love,” from the film Banning, was nominated for an Academy Award.  And many of his other records, like “Can You Love A Poor Boy” and “To Make A Big Man Cry” are highly coveted by fans of Northern Soul. In recent years, Bernal was hand-picked by Ry Cooder to work with the Buena Vista Social Club as well as on Cooder’s 2005 release, Chavez Ravine.  On July 17, 2011, Gil Bernal died of congestive heart failure.  He was 80.



Posted in Jazz, Musician, Singer | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Died On This Date (July 17, 2011) Gil Bernal / Respected L.A. Jazz Musician

Died On This Date (July 7, 2011) Manuel Galban / Buena Vista Social Club

Posted by themusicsover on July 7, 2011

Manuel Galban
January 14, 1931 – July 7, 2011

Photo by Susan Titelman

Manuel Galban was a Grammy winning musician and arranger who is perhaps best remembered for his work with Ry Cooder, Las Zafiros, and as a member of the popular Latin collective, Buena Vista Social Club.  Born and raised in Cuba, Galban was still just a child when he began playing guitar in local bands, and when he was 14, he was hired on by Orchestra Villa Blanca for his first professional job.  In 1963, he joined the immensely popular group, Las Zafiros, with whom he played for the better part of the next decade.  Galban went on to perform with Cuba’s national music ensemble and then Grupo Batey for over 20 years.  During the late ’90s, his talents reached an international audience when he performed as part of the Buena Vista Social Club ensemble in Wim Wenders‘ critically acclaimed documentary of the same name.  That led to a partnership with Cooder who also participated in the film.  In 2001, Galban and Cooder released Mambo Sinuendo which earned the pair a Grammy.   Manuel Galban died of cardiac arrest on July 7, 2011.  He was 80.

Thanks to Benjie Gordon for the assist

What You Should Own

Click to find at amazon.com

Mambo Sinuendo - Manuel Galban & Ry Cooder


Posted in Jazz, Latin, Musician | Tagged: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Died On This Date (July 7, 2011) Manuel Galban / Buena Vista Social Club

Died On This Date (August 15, 2009) Jim Dickinson / Legendary Memphis Producer

Posted by themusicsover on August 15, 2010

Jim Dickinson
November 15, 1941 – August 15, 2009

jim_dickinson_1Jim Dickinson was a much respected Memphis musician and producer who is best remembered for his production work with the Replacements, Big Star, Alex Chilton, and Willy DeVille among others.  As a musician, he played piano on such landmark songs as the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” and the Flamin’ Groovies “Teenage Head.”  He’s also worked with the likes of Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder.  Dickinson also released several acclaimed albums throughout his career. Talent runs in the Dickinson family, his sons Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson have a popular band, the North Mississippi Allstars.  Jim Dickinson died in his sleep following heart surgery.  He was 67.

Thanks to Craig Rosen at Number1Albums for the assist

What You Should Own

Click to find at amazon.com

Jim Dickinson

Posted in Musician, Producer, Rock, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Died On This Date (August 15, 2009) Jim Dickinson / Legendary Memphis Producer