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Died On This Date (November 8, 2010) Reg King / British Mod Singer; The Action

Posted by themusicsover on November 8, 2010

Reginald King
February 5, 1945 – November 8, 2010

Reg King was a respected British singer and songwriter whose band, the Action, with all due respect to the Kinks, Small Faces and the Who, were widely considered the best of the UK mod scene.   King also helped popularize “blue eyed soul” throughout the region.  What endeared the Action to mods was that they were edgier than their contemporaries and often included the latest American soul covers in their live sets.  Even though they never were able to break out of a cult status, their fans were markedly loyal.  Formed in 1963, the Action were signed to Parlophone Records in 1965.  Even though they had developed a rabid fan base thanks to their live shows, none of their records sold very well.   In spite of that, future stars like Paul Weller and Phil Collins claim them as favorites and inspirations.  In fact, Collins played with the Action for a reunion show  in 2000.  Reg King was 65 when he died of cancer on November 8, 2010.

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Died On This Date (June 4, 1997) Ronnie Lane / The Small Faces

Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2010

Ronnie Lane
April 1, 1946 – June 4, 1997

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Ronnie Lane was born in the east end of London, and from an early age, he wanted to be a musician. Meeting drummer Kenney Jones at 16, Lane formed his first band, the Outkasts with him initially on guitar, but quickly switching to bass. Lane soon met Steve Marriott and together with Jones and Jimmy Winston, they formed the Small Faces in 1965. In 1972, Lane broke from the Small Faces to embark on a solo career. During that time, he hooked up with Pete Townsend to record an album called Rough Mix that was released in 1977. It was during the Rough Mix sessions that Lane discovered he was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, which barely slowed him down for a bit as he continued to tour and record. In fact he spent most of those days as a gypsy minstrel, traveling the highways of England playing acoustically along the way. In 1983, Lane’s then girlfriend, Boo Oldfield helped arrange an MS benefit concert (A.R.M.S Concert) that featured performances by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Jones and Andy Fairweather-Low. Joe Cocker and Paul Rodgers were added to a US tour. Suffering from the effects of MS, Lane moved to the better climate of Austin TX, where he continued to work with the likes of Alejandro Escovedo. Since he wasn’t earning royalties from his days with the Small Faces, friends like Jimmy Page and Rod Stewart generously helped with the medical bills. Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan were able to arrange Small Faces royalty payments to Lane, before he died of pneumonia as a result of the MS on June 4, 1997.

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Died On This Date (May 24, 2010) Stella Nova aka Steve New / The Rich Kids

Posted by themusicsover on May 24, 2010

Stella Nova (aka Steve New)
May 16, 1960 – May 24, 2010

Stella Nova was an English punk/new wave  singer and guitarist who, as Steve New, nearly became the Sex Pistols’ second guitarist before their recently fired bassist, Glen Matlock, invited him to join his new band, the Rich Kids.   Born in London, New began playing music while still in grade school.  By the late mid ’70s, he was fully entrenched in the city’s vibrant punk scene, which lead to his invitation to audition for the Sex Pistols and ultimate membership in the Rich Kids.  Formed in 1977, the band was made up of Matlock, New, Rusty Egan, and front man and future Ultravox singer, Midge Ure.  The new wave/power pop band who had more in common with the Small Faces than with the Sex Pistols,  built a solid cult following before disbanding two years later.  New went to work with the likes of Sid Vicious, Iggy Pop, and Public Image, Ltd.  In recent years, he was going by Stella Nova and working as a composer, arranger, and producer.   Stella Nova/Steve New was 50 when he died of cancer on May 24, 2010.

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Died On This Date (April 20, 1991) Steve Marriott / Small Faces, Humble Pie

Posted by themusicsover on April 20, 2010

Steve Marriott
January 30, 1947 – April 20, 1991

Steve Marriott is best known for his aggressive guitar playing in the Small Faces and later, Humble Pie. Growing up, his parents encouraged him to act in live theater, and at the age of 13 he auditioned for and was cast in the role of the Artful Dodger in the London cast of Oliver.  Following his successful run, his parents enrolled him in a prestigious acting school which led to numerous parts in British films, TV and radio. But Marriott’s first love was always music, and in 1965, he was fronting the Small Faces with Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane and Jimmy Winston (replaced by Ian McLagan). The Small Faces quickly became a hit in the UK, even being noted as a major influence in the formation of Led Zeppelin. By the late ’60s, when the band should have been basking in the success of a number one album, they were growing more and more unhappy with each other. Marriott was suggesting the band bring on a new singer by the name of Peter Frampton, but the others balked at the idea. Marriott soon left the band and joined up with Frampton in Humble Pie. As the ’70s dawned, they were touring the US to a growing legion of fans, and with the release of Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore they were bona fied rock stars. By now, Marriott was suffering from substance abuse and reportedly showing signs of schizophrenia. The heavy drug use within the band no doubt contributed to its demise in 1975.   In the late ’7os, Marriott started making noise about his belief that former manager, Dee Anthony was secretly pocketing large amounts of Humble Pie money in order to promote Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive.  It has been alleged that Marriott and his wife were called to New York’s Little Italy to discuss the matter.  John Gotti and other members of the Gambino family were said to have been in the meeting.  He was apparently told once and for all that he would be getting no money.  Throughout the late ’70s and ’80s, Marriott continued to forge on despite financial and personal struggles, playing in no fewer than five bands. But nothing seemed to click. In the early morning of April 20, 1991, after a night of apparent indulging, Steve Marriott was found dead of smoke inhalation from a fire in his home that was presumed to have started by a lit cigarette in his bed.

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