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Died On This Date (January 3, 2012) Bob Weston / Played Guitar In Fleetwood Mac

Posted by themusicsover on January 3, 2012

Bob Weston
November 1, 1947 – January 3, 2012

Bob Weston was a British guitarist and songwriter who is perhaps best remembered for his time with Fleetwood Mac.  Brought on as a replacement for Danny Kirwin in 1972.  He played and sang on the band’s Penguin and Mystery To Me albums.  He also shared writing credits on a few songs.  During the band’s 1973 tour, Mick Fleetwood learned that Weston had been carrying on an affair with his wife, Jenny Boyd so the tour imploded, Weston was fired, and the band went on hiatus.  Some have speculated that if it weren’t for this event and the turmoil that followed, Fleetwood Mac may have never included Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham who were brought on after Bob Welch quit.  Weston went on to record a handful of solo albums and played on releases by the likes of Murray Head, Long John Baldry, and Sandy Denny.  Bob Weston died of gastric intestinal hemorrhage and other health related issues on January 3, 2012.  He was 64.

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Died On This Date (December 18, 2011) Johnny Silvo / Folk Singer

Posted by themusicsover on December 18, 2011

Johnny Silvo (Born John Woods)
1936 – December 18, 2011

Johnny Silvo was a folk singer who fronted the Johnny Silvo Folk Four during the late ’60s.  The group also included Sandy Denny who went on to bigger fame with Fairport Convention.  Silvo continued entertaining crowds and making records until recent years.  He passed away on December 18, 2011.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (April 21, 1978) Sandy Denny / Fairport Convention

Posted by themusicsover on April 21, 2010

Sandy Denny
January 6, 1947 – April 21, 1978

By most accounts, Sandy Denny was THE British folk rock singer of her generation. Having been the only person outside of Led Zeppelin to sing on one of their albums doesn’t hurt that credential. Denny can be heard dueting with Robert Plant on “The Battle Of Evermore.” Putting aside a possible career in nursing, Denny set her sights on music and became the voice of British folk rock band, Fairport Convention. Within two years she and the band parted ways, which in retrospect, was probably not the wisest choice, as neither she nor the band were ever to match the greatness they had achieved together. Other than her involvement with Led Zeppelin, her ’70s solo material never garnered much more than a cult following. Her own personal insecurities along with a growing substance abuse problem kept her from attaining the fame she craved. Her excessive drinking and smoking began to damage her voice, and by her last few albums, heavy string arrangements were added to compensate. Sandy Denny died on April 21, 1978, a month after she fell down some stairs at her parents’ house. Cause of death was determined to be a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage.

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Died On This Date (February 4, 1989) Trevor Lucas / Fairport Convention

Posted by themusicsover on February 4, 2010

Trevor Lucas
December 25, 1943 – February 4, 1989

Photo by Jerry Donahue

Trevor Lucas was an Australian folk musician and songwriter who is best remembered for the few years he spent with English folk-rock band, Fairport Convention.  Lucas had made a bit a name for himself throughout the Melbourne folk clubs when he moved to England in 1965.  By 1967, he was playing bass in Eclection, one of the few British bands to be signed to Elektra Records at the time.  The band broke up in 1969, so Lucas lent a hand to Fairport Convention, whose lead singer at the time happened to be his girlfriend, Sandy Denny.  He guested on their Unhalfbricking album.   Denny left the band later that year and co-founded Fotheringay with Lucas.  The band released one album in 1970 but soon broke up.  In 1973, Lucas officially joined Fairport Convention and Denny soon joined him back in the band.  The two married later that year and left the Fairport Convention for good in 1975.  Denny died in 1978 and Lucas went on to produce albums and create film scores well into the ’80s.  On February 4, 1989, he died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 45.

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