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Died On This Date (December 3, 2014) Ian McLagan / Legendary Rock Keyboardist

Posted by themusicsover on December 3, 2014

Ian McLagan
May 12, 1945 – December 3, 2014

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Ian McLagan was a much respected and highly influential English keyboard player who is perhaps best remembered for his years in the Small Faces/Faces, and for his collaborations with the Rolling Stones.  He also recorded several albums with his own band throughout the years.  Launching his career during the early ’60s, McLagan’s first band of note was Boz People, playing alongside Boz Burrell of future King Crimson and Bad Company fame. In 1965, McLagan was invited to join the Small Faces which morphed into the Faces when Rod Stewart joined the group in 1969.  Each version of the group had numerous hits during their runs while influencing a generation of musicians along the way. When the Faces broke up in 1975, McLagan continued on primarily as a session player and touring keyboardist for the Rolling Stones – a position he would hold for decades.  He also recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few.  He also released nearly a dozen albums with his own band over the course of his career, the most recent being 2014’s United States, for Yep Roc Records.  Ian McLagan ultimately passed away on December 3, 2014, and according to an official statement by Yep Roc, he died “surrounded by family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX, due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day.  He was 69 years old. His manager Ken Kushnick says,  ‘He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.’ Ian’s bandmate in Small Faces and Faces, Kenney Jones said, ‘I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie [Wood] and Rod [Stewart] also.'”

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Died On This Date (August 12, 2012) Gary Cox / Artful Dodger

Posted by themusicsover on August 26, 2012

Gary Cox
January 17, 1953 – August 12, 2012

Gary Cox is best remembered as the founding lead guitarist for legendary American power pop band, Artful Dodger. Formed in Fairfax, Virginia in 1973, the band enjoyed a brush with fame and a loyal cult following thanks to their Beatles/Stones/Faces influenced sound.  They were often compared to the Raspberries.  In 1975, the band was signed to Columbia Records who released their debut self-titled album which was produced by Jack Douglas of Aerosmith fame.  Even though the album was a critical fave and the band toured nearly non-stop – even opening several 1976 dates for KISS, the album failed to sell much beyond their core fan base.  A couple more albums followed before Cox left the group in 1981.  He rejoined the Artful Dodger for a reunion in 1991 and then again in the mid 2000s.  In between, Cox ran his own professional event disc jockey service and worked as a physical therapy assistant.  Gary Cox died of a brain tumor on August 12, 2012.  He was 59.

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Died On This Date (July 12, 1983) Chris Wood / Founding Member Of Traffic

Posted by themusicsover on July 12, 2010

Chris Wood
June 24, 1944 – July 12, 1983

Chris Wood was not only a founding member of English rock band, Traffic, he was good enough to play alongside the great Jimi Hendrix, appearing on 1968’s Electric Ladyland.  A multi-instrumentalist, Wood was known for his skills on the flute, keyboards and saxophone.  He also co-wrote several of Traffic’s songs and sang back up for them.  Throughout the late ’60s and ’70s, Wood lent his talents to such artists as Dr. John, Ginger Baker, Free, the Faces and John Martyn.  Wood suffered from drug and alcohol abuse throughout his career but would die of pneumonia on July 12, 1983 while working on a solo album.

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Died On This Date (January 29, 1992) Willie Dixon / Blues Giant

Posted by themusicsover on January 29, 2010

Willie Dixon
July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992

willie-dixonWillie Dixon is best remembered as one of the few main architects of the Chicago blues sound.  As a singer, bassist and prolific songwriter, Dixon was one of themost influential figures of the era.  He was also considered one of the key bridges between blues and rock ‘n roll.  Dixon wrote such blues staples as “Little Red Rooster,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” and “I Ain’t Superstitious” and has been covered by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Faces, Bob Dylan, Queen, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones.    In later years, Dixon worked to secure royalties and copyrights for blues artists who had been exploited int the past.  He suffered from diabetes for many years and succumbed to heart failure at the age of 76.

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