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Died On This Date (August 21, 2013) Sid Bernstein / Legendary Concert Promoter; Brought The British Invasion To America

Posted by themusicsover on August 21, 2013

Sid Bernstein
August 12, 1918 – August 21, 2013

sid-bernsteinSid Bernstein was a concert promoter who was largely responsible for the onset of the British Invasion by setting up the first US concerts by England’s biggest rock bands at the time.  In 1964, Bernstein felt the excitement building for the Beatles so he contacted their manager Brian Epstein, and convinced him to let him promote two shows at Carnegie Hall after their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The demand for tickets was so huge, that he arranged their legendary Shea Stadium concert the following year.  By doing so, he became the first promoter to ever set up a rock concert in a sports stadium.  Bernstein went on to organize the first five Rolling Stones shows in America.  He also brought fellow British Invasion groups, Herman’s Hermits, the Moody Blues, and the Kinks over for their first US shows.   The list of others Bernstein organized early major early concerts for include Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Ray CharlesFrank Sinatra, and James Brown who once credited Bernstein for being the only significant promoter to work with Black acts during the ’60s.  Sid Bernstein was 95 when he passed away on August 21, 2013.



 

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Died On This Date (October 2, 2012) Big Jim Sullivan / Legendary UK Session Guitarist; Played On Over 1000 Charting Singles

Posted by themusicsover on October 2, 2012

Jim Sullivan
February 14, 1941 – October 2, 2012

Big Jim Sullivan was one of the most requested and prolific session guitarists that England ever produced.  Over a career that spanned over 50 years, he played on around 1000 records that charted in the UK, more than 50 reached number one.  Legend has it that he played on upwards of 3000 records a year during the height of his career.  Sullivan was just 14 when he started learning to play the guitar, and in just two years, he was playing professionally.  In 1959, he joined a band called the Wildcats who were backing Marty Wilde at the time.  The following year, the Wildcats backed Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent on the infamous UK tour that ultimately took Cochran’s life.  Over the next two decades, Sullivan became one of the most in-demand guitarists in the business.  He also gave a young Ritchie Blackmore guitar lessons and helped convince Jim Marshall to make his now famous amps.  During this time, Sullivan was one of the earliest to make use of feedback, the fuzzbox and talkbox, which was made into more or less a household name by Peter Frampton on his classic Frampton Comes Alive album of 1976. The short list who employed Sullivan to play on their records is made up of the Kinks, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Donovan, and Frank Zappa.  He was also a familiar face playing alongside Tom Jones on his American variety show.  Sullivan also found time to record several albums of his own as well. Big Jim Sullivan was 71 when he passed away on October 2, 2012.  He was reportedly suffering from diabetes and heart disease at the time of his death.

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Died On This Date (August 25, 2012) George Gallacher / The Poets

Posted by themusicsover on September 10, 2012

George Gallacher
October 21, 1943 – August 25, 2012

George Gallacher was the co-founder and lead singer of ’60s psychedelic pop band, the Poets.  Formed in Glasgow, Scotland 1962, the band we’re an instant local hit thanks to their marriage of blues, hard R&B, and melodic pop.  They were often compared to early Kinks and the Small Faces.  The hipper kids also liked their fashion sense – ruffled shirts, velvet jackets, and tight pants.  By 1964, the Poets were one of the biggest concert draws in all of Scotland, and legendary artist manager and producer, Andrew Loog Oldham took note.  The Rolling Stones manager signed took the group on and even prompted the Stones to mention them in interviews on occasion.  He produced their first single for Decca, “Now Were Thru.”  Although they never went on to release an entire album, nor had singles sell much beyond Scotland, most garage rock rarity collections which chronicle the era include at least one of their recordings.  By the early ’70s, the group had disbanded, but came back together for a show or two in 2011.   On August 25, 2012, George Gallacher was behind the wheel of his car when he suddenly became ill.  He was immediately taken to a local hospital where he died of undisclosed reasons.  He was 68.

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Died On This Date (July 16, 2012) Jon Lord / Deep Purple; Whitesnake

Posted by themusicsover on July 16, 2012

Jon Lord
June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012

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Jon Lord was an influential English keyboardist who, as co-founder of Deep Purple, has been recognized for pioneering the use of baroque and classical elements in rock music.  Lord was just 5 years old when he began studying classical piano. As he  grew older, he started gravitating toward the raw organ sounds coming from American blues artists like Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff. After settling in London during the late ’50s, Lord did session work (he can be heard on the Kinks‘ “You Really Got Me”) and played in various jazz and blues groups.  In 1968, he and drummer, Ian Paice formed Deep Purple.  Lord went on to play in all variations of the group through 2002.  With worldwide hits like “Hush,” “Smoke On The Water,” and “Highway Star,” – all prominently featuring Lord’s iconic organ sounds – Deep Purple, along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, are considered the flash point of heavy metal.  They would go on to sell over 100 million albums are were even recognized as the “Globe’s Loudest Band” by Guinness Book Of World Records.  In 1978, Lord joined up with one-time Deep Purple band mate, David Coverdale in his new group, Whitesnake.  Although more a hired-gun than a full-time member, Lord’s tenure with Whitesnake lasted until 1984.   The collaborators with whom he worked throughout his career seems endless.  He also made several albums of his own.  During the early months of 2012, Lord was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which ultimately contributed to his death by pulmonary embolism on July 16, 2012.  John Lord was 71 when he passed away.

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Died On This Date (June 21, 2012) Jeff Sugarman / The Prime Movers

Posted by themusicsover on June 21, 2012

Jeff Sugarman
DOB Unknown – June 21, 2012

Jeff Sugarman was the founding bassist for popular Boston-area garage band, the Prime Movers.  Formed in 1981, the band, with their Who and Kinks influenced beat, built a sizable following throughout the northeastern states.  In 1984, they released their Matters of Time EP on Throbbing Lobster Records and found their cult status rising across the country.   The Prime Movers disbanded in 1987, but reunited in 1995, and again, more permanently, in 2003.   Remarkably, it wasn’t until 2006, that they released their debut full length album, Back In Line.  Outside of the Prime Movers, Sugarman also played in local bands, the Strangemen and the Slaves.  Jeff Sugarman died of cancer on June 21, 2012.



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Died On This Date (March 9, 2012) Terry Teene / ’60s Rockabilly Singer

Posted by themusicsover on March 9, 2012

Terry Teene (Born Terence Knutson)
1942 – March 9, 2012

Terry Teene was an American singer, musician, and prolific songwriter who reportedly penned over 300 songs during his career. He personally claimed to have played on over 100 additional records and wrote songs under more than 70 different pen names.  Noteworthy records of his include “Pussy Galore” (written for, but unused in the James Bond film Goldfinger), “Just Wait Til I Get You Home,” and his biggest hit, 1960’s “Curse Of The Hearse.”  The latter went on to become a yearly staple on Dr. Demento’s annual Halloween radio programs.  Over the years, Teene shared the stage with Alice Cooper, the Kinks, and Cheap Trick, to name a few.  Away from music, Teene enjoyed a successful career as a clown – even writing books and teaching courses on the subject.  He also appeared in such films as Man On The Moon and Raging Bull.  On March 7, 2012, Terry Teene was seriously injured when he was hit by a tow truck while riding a bicycle.  He succumbed to his injuries on March 9, 2012.  He was 70.

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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 (July 11, 2001) Herman Brood / Popular Dutch Musician & Artist

Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2010

Herman Brood
November 5, 1946 – July 11, 2001

Herman Brood was a popular Dutch rock musician, TV host, and painter who was called by at least one critic, “the Netherlands’ greatest and only rock ‘n’ roll star.”  He achieved his musical fame during the ’70s and ’80s and became equally revered for his art work later in life.  After tooling around in a few different bands and spending some time in jail for drug dealing, Brood started his own group, Herman Brood & the Wild Romance. The year was 1976, and Brood was quickly becoming famous – and equally  infamous – for his sexually charged and drug fueled lyrics, as well as his candid and eyebrow-raising comments on those same topics in the press.  Meanwhile his hard drug use was becoming legendary throughout the Netherlands.   His then-girlfriend, Nina Hagen even released a song entitled “Herrmann Hiess Er” (“Herrmann Is High”) , reportedly about him.   In 1979, Brood enjoyed a small bump when he toured the U.S. with the Cars, the Kinks, and Foreigner.  During the ’80s and early ’90s, he recorded several albums, but soon began devoting most of his energy to visual arts.  His dynamic and sometimes graffitti-inspired prints became very popular throughout Europe, while many of his murals found homes on public walls throughout Amsterdam.  By the summer of 1991, Brood was apparently depressed over his inability to kick drugs and how their abuse had impared his health.  On July 11, 2001, Herman Brood leaped to his death from the roof of the Amsterdam Hilton.  He was 56.

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Died On This Date (June 24, 2010) Pete Quaife / Original Bassist For The Kinks

Posted by themusicsover on June 24, 2010

Pete Quaife
December 31, 1943 – June 24, 2010

Pete Quaife is best remembered as the founding bassist for one of the most influential British Invasion bands, the Kinks.  Formed with Dave Davies in the early ’60s, the band, which soon included Davies’ brother, Ray Davies and drummer, Mick Avory, went on to become one of the biggest hit makers from the UK during the mid to late ’60s.  Davies performed on such rock staples as “You Really Got Me,” “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” and “All Day and All of the Night.”  He also acted as the spokesman for the band during his time with them.  Following a serious car accident in 1966, Quaife left the group as a full-time member but played on a couple of albums until leaving permanently in 1969.  He quickly formed his own band, Mapleoak, but it failed to catch on commercially,  Quaife left the group and retired from the music business in 1971.  He later moved to Canada where he earned a good living as a graphic artist.  Quaife  reunited with the Kinks for an encore at one of their Toronto stops in 1981, and in 1990, he joined them for a live performance at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 1998, Quaife was diagnosed with renal failure for which he would undergo kidney dialysis up until his final days.   Pete Quaife was 66 when he passed away on June 24, 2010.

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Died On This Date (January 12, 2003) Maurice Gibb / The Bee Gees

Posted by themusicsover on January 12, 2010

Maurice Gibb
December 22, 1949 – January 12, 2003

Maurice Gibb was an English singer-songwriter, musician and producer who, along with his twin brother, Robin Gibb and younger brother Barry Gibb, made up the Bee Gees.  The group went on to become one of the most popular and successful bands of all time and almost single-handedly sent disco into the stratosphere during the late ’70s.  But don’t hold that against them.  They have sold in the neighborhood of 225 million albums throughout their career.  And their younger brother, Andy Gibb, had a successful career as a pop musician as well.  While Maurice was still just a child, the Gibb family moved from the Isle of Man to Australia where the brothers Gibb, or Bee Gees, formed their band.  Maurice primarily handled the arrangements, played lead guitar and other instruments, and sang harmony vocals, which of course, the group was very famous for.  After relocating back to England in 1966, the Bee Gees began getting noticed.  Their early albums were more English folk rock and progressive than their late ’70s disco output, and their first album of significance, 1967’s Bee Gees 1st (which it wasn’t) can easily stand along any number of the great British Invasion albums of its time.  The album ultimately cracked the Top 10 in both America and the UK.  Their later pre-disco albums leaned more rock and even progressive at times.  In 1977, the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever was released, and with several Bee Gees tunes on it, their lives changed.  The album sold over 15 million copies, and although it didn’t “invent” disco, it certainly helped bring it to the suburbs of white America.  Over the next year and a half, the Bee Gees earned six consecutive #1 singles – holding the record until  Whitney Houston came along.   After disco crashed during the ’80s, the Bee Gees took a long break during which Maurice worked on solo releases by Barry and Robin while producing other projects.  The group reunited during the ’90s and again, the 2000s to respectable success, both on record and on tour.  Their final live performance as a trio came in 2002.  In his later years, Maurice took up paint ball and even opened a paintball equipment store near his Florida home.  On January 12, 2003, Maurice Gibb died from complications of volvulus, or a twisted intestine.  He was 53.

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Died On This Date (January 10, 1997) Kenny Pickett / The Creation

Posted by themusicsover on January 10, 2010

Kenny Pickett
September 3, 1947 – January 10, 1997

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Kenny Pickett was the lead singer of British mod band, the Creation.  With a sound and style similar to the Kinks and the Who, many have wondered why they were never more popular.  They had solid songwriting, a great vocalist and a guitarist who Pete Townshend once asked to join the Who.  At one point Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones was in the band.  Their “Making Time” is one of the greatest rock songs of the era.  Although they never really caught on in the UK or the US, they were pretty popular in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. And the great independent label, Creation Records is said to be named after them.  Pickett suffered a fatal heart attack on January 10, 1997.

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Died On This Date (October 5, 2008) Lloyd Thaxton / ’60s TV Dance Show Host

Posted by themusicsover on October 5, 2009

Lloyd Thaxton
May 31, 1927 – October 5, 2008

One-time popular KHJ radio personality, Lloyd Thaxton became the host of his own pop music television show during the 1960s.  The Lloyd Thaxton Show began as a local Los Angeles show only in 1961, but once it went into national syndication in 1964, it became the highest rated musical variety program on television for nearly a decade.  Over the course of its run, the show featured such guests as Bobby Vee, the Byrds, Sonny & Cher, the Kinks, and the Bobby Fuller Four.  Lloyd Thaxton died of multiple myeloma at the age of 81.



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Died On This Date (September 6, 1994) Nicky Hopkins / Remarkable Session Keyboardist

Posted by themusicsover on September 6, 2009

Nicky Hopkins
February 24, 1944 – September 6, 1994

Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins has been called one of the greatest rock session players of all time.  Because he suffered from Chron’s disease since childhood, it was difficult for Hopkin’s to be part of a touring band, so he decided he make his mark as a studio musician instead.  After cutting his chops with Screaming Lord Sutch and Cyril Davies during the hay day of British R&B of the ’60s, went on to become one of the most favored session men in London.  Over the course of his career, he’s played on records by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, the Kinks, and John Lennon, as well as those by such American artists as Steve Miller and Jefferson Airplane.  Nicky Hopkins died at the age of 50 due to complications from intestinal surgery.



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