Posted by themusicsover on October 23, 2011
DOB Unknown – October 23, 2011
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Gene Kurtz was a beloved Texas bassist and singer-songwriter who can be heard playing and/or singing on classic recordings by the likes of Edgar Winter, B.J. Thomas, Bo Diddley, and Roy Head, with whom he co-wrote the #2 pop and R&B hit, “Treat Her Right.” It took the Beatles’ “Yesterday” incidentally, to keep it from hitting the top of the charts. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Kurtz eventually settled in Austin where he played with Augie Meyers of Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados fame before hooking up with Head. The two soon wrote and recorded (with Head singing lead), “Treat Her Right” which went on to become one of the most famous Texas rock/R&B songs ever. Its bass line by Kurtz is one of pop music’s best. The song has since been covered by such luminaries as Otis Redding, George Thorogood, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant, to name a few. It has also become a staple in film and television – it was featured prominently in The Commitments, as well as numerous other films and television shows. After his tenure with Head, Kurtz went on to play on Winter’s 1970 debut, Entrance. During the 2000s, Kurtz played in Dale Watson’s band for whom he wrote “Way Down Texas Way,” which the band can be seen performing on an episode of the television hit, Friday Night Lights. According to the Houston Press, Gene Kurtz was 68 when he passed away on October 23, 2011. Cause of death was not immediately released.
Thanks to Paul Bearer for the assist.
Posted in Americana, Musician, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Augie Meyers, B.J. Thomas, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Edgar Winter, Gene Kurtz, George Thorogood, Otis Redding, Robert Plant, Roy Head, Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados, The Beatles | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on April 24, 2011
March 10, 1929 – April 24, 2011
Huey Meaux, known to many in the music business as “The Crazy Cajun,” was a successful record producer and studio owner. Before getting into the music business, Meaux worked as a barber. He eventually opened SugarHill Studios in Houston, Texas where he discovered the young talents of Doug Sahm and Barbara Lynn. He is also credited for re-launching Freddy Fender’s career during the mid ’90s. As a producer, Meaux was responsible for such hits as “She’s About A Mover” for Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” for Lynn, and “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days And Wasted Nights” for Fender. In 1996, Meaux’s music career was derailed by various sex and drug charges for which he ultimately served 15 years in prison. Huey Meaux was 82 when he passed away on April 24, 2011.
Thanks to Craig Rosen at Number1Albums for the assist.
Posted in Producer | Tagged: Barbara Lynn, Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, Huey Meaux, Sir Douglas Quintet | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on November 18, 2009
November 6, 1941 – November 18, 1999
Doug Sahm was a Texas singer, songwriter and musician who was musical styles covered a wide spectrum, from country to Cajun to blues to western swing to rock. He was Tex-Mex. And he was Americana, some 30 years before the term was coined. A child prodigy, Sahm mastered at least a dozen instruments, his earliest being the guitar, violin and guitar by the time he was five. It was that same year he made his radio debut, and when he was 11, he made his first record. He even performed on stage with Hank Williams Sr. before he turned 12. By the end of the ’50s, Sahm was fronting his own band and touring around the clubs of Texas. In the mid ’60s, he formed the Sir Douglas Quintet, choosing the name as to be less conspicuously American during the British invasion. It only worked until Sahm opened his mouth and the band kicked into their obvious Tex Mex flavored rock ‘n roll. The band did score a top 20 hit in 1965 with “She’s About a Mover.” Three years later they hit again with “Mendocino” which cracked the top 15 and sold in excess of 3 million copies worldwide. Sahm was also a favorite session player and singer throughout his career. He’s recorded with the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and the Grateful Dead. In 1990, Sahm formed the Texas Tornados, a so-called Tex-Mex supergroup with Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez and old friend, Augie Meyers. The group recorded four albums including their Grammy wining debut, Texas Tornados. On November 19, 1999, Doug Sahm, 58, suffered a fatal heart attack while asleep in a Taos, New Mexico hotel room.
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