Posted by themusicsover on March 1, 2013
September 12, 1933 – March 1, 2013
Jewel Akens was an American singer who is best remembered for his 1965 hit, “The Birds and the Bees” which is often included in so-called one-hit-wonder lists. Born in Houston, Texas, initially recorded with doo-wop groups, the Medallions and the Four Dots. After going solo, Akens recorded “The Birds and the Bees” for Era Records. The single ultimately reached #3 on the Billboard charts, #3 on the Australian charts, and #29 on the UK charts on its way to selling over one million copies. He released several more records – many with Eddie Cochran on guitar – but none achieved near the success brought on by “The Birds And The Bees.” Akens toured and later made special appearances throughout most of his life, even touring with the Monkees during the ’70s. Jewel Akens died from complications of a back surgery on March 1, 2013. He was 79.
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Posted by themusicsover on December 13, 2012
May 1, 1939 – December 13, 2012
Willie Ackerman was a Nashville based drummer who, over a career that stretched from 1957 through the ’80s, recorded or performed live with the likes of Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and the Monkees, to name just a few. Ackerman was just 17 when he launched his music career, and what followed were stints for the Grand Ole Opry, Hee Haw, and RCA Studios where he played on countless recordings. He was one of the few drummers who made the a successful transition from the traditional country of his early years, to the Nashville Sound of the ’60s, through the Outlaw movement of the ’70s. Legendary records he can be heard on include Marty Robbins’ “El Paso,” George Jones’ “The Last Tour,” and Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses.” Willie Ackerman was 73 when he died in his sleep on December 13, 2012.
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Posted in Country, Musician | Tagged: George Jones, Jerry Reed, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Louis Armstrong, Marty Robbins, The Monkees, Waylon Jennings, Willie Ackerman, Willie Nelson | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on February 29, 2012
December 30, 1945 – February 29, 2012
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Davy Jones was and English actor and singer who is best remembered as the lead vocalist for the Monkees, a widely popular pop-rock group that was originally fabricated to star as a band on an American television series. The weekly comedy followed the hi-jinks of the fictional rock band as they tried to build a music career in Los Angeles. The show, which premiered in 1966, starred Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith as the group which was loosely based on the Beatles. The show launched actual music careers for the musicians, even though in the beginning, they contributed very little musically. Many of the program’s songs, which were showcased like music videos every week, became hits and future staples of oldies radio. They included “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” and “I Want To Be Free.” The show won two Emmys in 1967 and continued to be popular in reruns ever since. In later years, Jones recorded and toured the world with the reunited Monkees. As an actor, Jones also appeared in numerous stage productions as well as on such TV shows as The Brady Bunch, Love American Style, and My Two Dads. Davy Jones was 66 when he suffered a fatal heart attack on February 29, 2012. The Monkees co-creator, Bert Schneider passed away in December of 2011.
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Posted in Musician, Pop, Rock, Singer | Tagged: Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, The Beatles, The Monkees | 4 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on December 12, 2011
May 5, 1933 – December 12, 2011
Bert Schneider was an American movie producer whose credits include Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, and The Last Picture Show. His contribution to pop music was huge and came by way of The Monkees television series he created with Bob Rafelson in 1966. The weekly comedy followed the hi-jinks of a fictional rock band as they tried to build a music career in Los Angeles. The show starred Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith as the band loosely based on the Beatles. The show obviously launched their music careers even though in the beginning, they contributed very little musically. Many of the program’s songs, which were showcased like music videos every week, became hits and future staples of oldies radio. They included “(Theme From) The Monkees,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” and “I’m A Believer.” The show won two Emmys in 1967 and continued on in reruns ever since. Bert Schneider was 78 when he died of natural causes on December 12, 2011.
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Posted by themusicsover on May 7, 2011
John Walker (Born John Maus)
November 12, 1943 – May 7, 2011
John Walker was a the co-lead singer of the Walker Brothers, a popular California-born “British” rock band during the ’60s. Ironically, the band moved to England while British bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were taking over America. As a sort of rock version of the Righteous Brothers, the band became immensely popular in England, with a fan club that once counted more members than even the Beatles’. During the early ’60s, Walker began building a name for himself throughout the hip Hollywood night spots while working with the likes of Phil Spector, the Monkees, and Ritchie Valens in the studio. Meanwhile, he was forming the Walker Brothers with co-lead singer Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel) and drummer Gary Walker (born Gary Leeds) while playing in the house band at Gazzari’s on the Sunset Strip. The band soon moved to England where they helped fill a void that was created when the popular British bands were trying to conquer America. Over the course of their run, the Walker Brothers reportedly sold some 20 million records with hits like “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” “My Ship Is Comin’ In,” and “Love Her.” In recent years, Walker regularly toured the UK as part of nostalgia tours. In December of 2010, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. John Walker was 67 when he died of cancer on May 7, 2011.
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