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Died On This Date (July 16, 2012) Bob Babbitt / Legendary Motown Funk Brothers Bassist

Posted by themusicsover on July 16, 2012

Bob Babbitt
DOB Unknown – July 16, 2012

Bob Babbitt was a Pittsburgh-born journeyman bassist who can rightfully claim to have played on more than 25 gold and platinum albums along with over 200 top 10 hits.  As part of the legendary Motown house band known as the Funk Brothers from 1966 to 1972, Babbitt can be heard playing on such timeless classics as Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” the Temptations‘ “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” Edwin Starr’s “War,” and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles‘ “The Tears Of A Clown” to name just a few. Prior to his stint at Motown, Babbitt played on several Del Shannon records, including “Little Town Flirt” and “I Go To Pieces.”  Following his run at Motown, Babbitt continued his hit-record contributions as part of Philadelphia International Records’ answer to the Funk Brothers, MFSB. Within that capacity, for instance, he played on several hits by the Spinners.  Babbitt also recorded or performed live with such superstars as Jimi Hendrix, Phil Collins, Jim Croce, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, and Bonnie Raitt.  During the ’80s, he played on several prominent commercial jingles and even dabbled in jazz with Herbie Mann and Stanley Turrentine. In 2002, he was profiled in the award-winning Funk Brothers documentary, Standing In The Shadows Of Motown.  In March of 2011, Babbitt made his last television appearance with Jacob Lusk during American Idol’s Motown Week.  Bob Babbitt died of brain cancer on July 16, 2012.  He was 74.

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Died On This Date (July 30, 1993) Don Myrick / Earth, Wind & Fire

Posted by themusicsover on July 30, 2010

Don Myrick
1948 – July 30, 1993

Don Myrick at far right

Saxophonist Don Myrick was the section leader for the Phenix Horns, Esq and lent his talents to hit recordings by Earth, Wind & Fire and Phil Collins during the ’70s and early ’80s.  Prior to his seven years with Earth, Wind & Fire, Myrick played witht he likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Stanley Turrentine, Grover Washington Jr., and Carlos Santana.  In 1978, Myrick won a Best Instrumental Grammy for his superb playing on Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Runnin’.”  Myrick also had a drug problem that lead to his tragic death in 1993.  While serving a warrent on a drug investigation, an LAPD officer knocked on Myrick’s apartment door.  After no answer, the officer entered the home with a key provided by the property manager to find Myrick standing there with what he believed to be a weopen in his hand.  The officer immediately shot and killed Myrick who was actually holding a barbeque lighter.  A search of the apartment apparently turned up a small amount of crack cocaine.  Two years later, Myrick’s widow was awarded $400,000 in a wrongful death suit against the City of Los Angeles.



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Died On This Date (March 6, 1999) Lowell Fulson / Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on March 6, 2010

Lowell Fulson
March 31, 1921 – March 6, 1999

lowell-fulsonLowell Fulson was an influential west coast blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter who was one of the key figures of the ’40s and ’50s. After moving to Los Angeles in the early ’40s, Fulson formed his first band which included future greats, Ray Charles and Stanley Turrentine.    Over the course of his career, Fulson released such now-classics as “3 O’Clock Blues,” “Lonesome Blues,” and “Reconsider Baby” which was later made into a hit by Elvis Presley and selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. He continued recording and performing well into the ’90s.  Lowell Fulson was 77 when he died from complications of diabetes, kidney disease and congestive heart failure on March 6, 1999.

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Died On This Date (February 19, 1972) Lee Morgan / Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on February 19, 2010

Lee Morgan
July 10, 1938 – February 19, 1972

lee-morganLee Morgan was a jazz trumpeter who was one of the key figures of the hard bop style.  He received his first trumpet on his 13th birthday, and within five years, he was playing in Dizzy Gillespie’s band.  In 1956, Morgan was signed by the legendary Blue Note label where he recorded over two dozen albums.  His The Sidewinder of 1963 was his biggest release and is considered one of jazz’s landmark albums.  As a sideman, Morgan played on recordings by over 250 musicians.  His most noteworthy contributions were to John Coltrane’s Blue Train, Art Blakey’s Moanin’, McCoy Tyner’s Tender Moments, and Stanley Turrentine’s Mr. Natural.  On February 19, 1972, Lee Morgan was shot and killed by his girlfriend after the two got in a fight between two of his sets at an engagement.  He was 33 years old.

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Died On This Date (January 20, 2009) David “Fathead” Newman

Posted by themusicsover on January 20, 2010

David “Fathead” Newman
January 24, 1933 – January 20, 2009

Photo by Tom Fougerousse

Photo by Tom Fougerousse

David “Fathead” Newman was an influential saxophonist who began his career in 1954 as part of Ray Charles’ band.  In later years he collaborated with many of popular music’s most respected musicians.  That list includes Herbie Mann, B.B. King, Stanley Turrentine, Aretha Franklin, and Eric Clapton.  Over the course of his career, Newman recorded 38 of his own albums.  On January 20, 2009, David “Fathead” Newman died of pancreatic cancer.  He was 75 years old.

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