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Died On This Date (June 27, 2014) Bobby Womack / American Soul Legend

Posted by themusicsover on June 27, 2014

Bobby Womack
March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014

bobby-womackBobby Womack is widely considered one of the greatest R&B singers and songwriters the world has ever known.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Womack began his career singing in the family group, the Womack Brothers.  Legend has it that when he was just eight years old, he broke a string on his father’s guitar, so the elder Womack replaced it with a shoelace and handed it back to his son who began to play it well enough that his dad went out and bought him one of his very own.  The Womack Brothers began touring the Gospel circuit and soon caught the ear of Sam Cooke who signed them to his SAR Records.  They then changed their name to the Valentinos and scored a 1961 hit with “Lookin’ For A Love.”   That was soon followed by “It’s All Over Now,” a co-write by Womack which became an even bigger hit by the Rolling Stones in 1964.  After Cooke was killed later that year, the label folded and the Womack Brothers split up.  Womack went on to have a successful solo career throughout the ’70s and early ’80s, with such hits as “Harry Hippie,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “Looking For A Love,” and “Across 110th Street.”  Many of his songs have been prominently featured in films, television programs, and even games over the past few decades.  During the mid-80s, Womack’s career was sidelined due to addiction problems, but he fought his way back, and a decade later, he jumped right back into his work.  Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.  And in 2010, his talent reached a whole new generation when he contributed lyrics and sang on “Stylo,” the lead track on the Gorillaz massively popular album, Plastic Beach.  Two years later, Damon Alborn (Blur/Gorillaz) produced The Bravest Man In The Universe, Womack’s first album since 1994.  The LP left critics gushing while earning the #36 slot on Rolling Stone‘s year-end best-of list.  In the UK,  The Guardian ranked it at #10 for the year while the Q Awards called it the Best Album of 2012.   On June 27, 2014, Bobby Womack passed away at the age of 70.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (2009) Allen Klein / Managed the Beatles, Rolling Stones

Posted by themusicsover on July 4, 2010

Allen Klein
December 18, 1931 – July 4, 2009

allan_kleinAllen Klein was a record company executive and powerful artist manager during the 1960s.  Known as a ruthless businessman, many artists benefited from his abilities to get them better record deals and higher royalties.  His client list included Bobby Darin, Herman’s Hermits, Sam Cooke, and most famously, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.   His relationships with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles would eventually sour, ending in lawsuits. Some Beatles fans reportedly blamed tensions caused by Allen for driving the band apart.  Allen Klein died after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 77.

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Died On This Date (June 6, 2006) Billy Preston / Soul Legend

Posted by themusicsover on June 6, 2010

Billy Preston
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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Died On This Date (February 6, 1960) Jesse Belvin / R&B Pioneer

Posted by themusicsover on February 6, 2010

Jesse Belvin
December 15, 1932 – February 6, 1960

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Jesse Belvin was a young R&B star during the ’50s.  Besides being a talented singer and pianist, he wrote a few of the era’s most popular songs.  His first hit, “Dream Girl,” which he recorded with Marvin Phillips, shot to #2 on the R&B charts in 1952.  That was followed a couple of years later by “Earth Angel,” one of the first R&B songs to crossover to the pop charts when it was recorded by The Penguins in 1954.  The record went on to sell over a million copies in just a year’s time.  His biggest hit came in 1957 with his recording of “Goodnight My Love,” one of the era’s signature songs.  An eleven year old Barry White supposedly played the piano on that recording.   Belvin signed to RCA Records in 1959 and began to develop into a more sophisticated R&B crooner – a style that was similar to  Nat King Cole’s.   In early 1960, he had just finished recording an album of soulful standards when his life was cut tragically short.  He and his wife were driving home from a performance that included Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson when they were involved in a head-on collision that killed them instantly.  Jesse Belvin was 27 years old on the night he died.

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