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Died On This Date (November 16, 2012) Bernard Lansky / Clothier To Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison And More

Posted by themusicsover on November 16, 2012

Bernard Lansky
1927 – November 16, 2012

Bernard Lansky was a longtime Memphis clothing retailer who, along with his brother, Guy Lansky owned Lansky Brothers on Beale Street.  Since the early ’50s, the Lansky brothers helped create a visual image for celebrities who appreciated their store’s simple yet classic suits.  The long list of their musical clientele over the years included Rob Orbison, Isaac Hayes, Robert Plant, Dr. John, Johhny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Steven Tyler, and most famously, Elvis Presley.  One day back in 1952, Bernard invited a 17-year-old Presley into the store after seeing him continually window-shop outside his store.   Presley, who was working at a local movie theater at the time, remarked to Bernard that he was going to buy him out if he ever made enough money.  To that Bernard replied, “Don’t buy me, buy from me!”, and that is exactly what Presley did when he ultimately made it big. It was Lansky who put Presley in the suit he wore for that first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.   And from then on, Presley was one of Lansky Broters’ most loyal customers, and in return, the Lanskys opened the shop for him late at night so he could shop in peace and even hand-delivered suits to Graceland to try on.  When Presley died in 1977, it was Bernard who selected the suit and tie that he was buried in.  Bernard Lansky was 85 when he passed away on November 16, 2012.

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Died On This Date (April 10, 1992) Sam Kinison / Comic; Had Hit With “Wild Thing”

Posted by themusicsover on April 10, 2010

Sam Kinison
December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992

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Known primarily for his outrageous comedy routines during the ’80s, Sam Kinison had a minor hit single in 1988 with his cover of  Chip Taylor’s “Wild Thing.”  Although the song never cracked the Billboard charts, the video was somewhat of a phenomenon on MTV and beyond, likely due to cameos by Rodney Dangerfield, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Slash, Billy Idol, Tommy LeeRichie Sambora and a semi-nude Jessica Hahn.  It has been reported that Blackie Lawless of WASP was inspired to write  “(Animal) Fuck Like A Beast” after catching a Sam Kinison stand-up show.   Sam Kinison died on April 10, 1992 after the car he and his bride of six days were in was struck by an intoxicated driver.  He was 38 years old.

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Died On This Date (October 30, 2002) Jam-Master Jay / Run-D.M.C.

Posted by themusicsover on October 30, 2009

Jam-Master Jay (Born Jason Mizell)
January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002

jam-master-jayJason Mizell, who went by the stage name, Jam-Master-Jay, was a musician in and DJ for Run D.M.C., arguably the most influential rap group ever.   In 2009, they would become the first hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  An accomplished drummer, keyboardist and bass player, Mizell performed in a handful of bands before joining up with Joseph Simmons and Darryl McDaniels to form Run D.M.C. in 1983.  The group, who sold upwards of seven million albums, was positioned at number 48 in Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest musical acts of all time.  They were even instrumental in bridging the gap between rap and rock.  Their cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” with guests, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, was one of the most popular songs of the era.  On October 30, 2002, Jam-Master-Jay, 37, was in his recording studio when two assailants came in and shot and killed him.  The murder remains unsolved.

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