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Died On This Date (August 15, 2012) Rich Fitzgerald / Veteran Record Label Executive

Posted by themusicsover on August 15, 2011

Rich Fitzgerald
February 23, 1947 – August 15, 2011

Rich Fitzgerald was a greatly respected music industry professional who took his tireless passion for music and made a successful career out of it.  Raised in Seattle, Washington, it was the young Fitzgerald who was likely turning his classmates on to the newest records.  He went as far, it has been said, as creating his own pop charts and distributing them to his friends.  Fitzgerald began his career working for Capitol Records there in Seattle, and by the mid 1970s, he was employed by one of the hottest new labels at the time, RSO Records, where he played a role in the success of such artists as the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, and Eric Clapton with whom he would build a lifelong business and personal relationship.  He was also directly involved with the pop culture phenomenons known as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Fame while at RSO.   He went on to work for Network, Geffen, Reprise, and Warner Bros.   Fitzgerald eventually rose to the position of Vice President of Promotions while at Warner Bros. where he helped such future stars as Madonna, Prince, Green Day, and the Pretenders  get their first records played on radio.  During his final years, Fitzgerald was working directly with Clapton.  Rich Fitzgerald was 64 when he died of esophageal cancer on August 15, 2011.

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Died On This Date (July 28, 1995) Eddie Hinton / Muscle Shoals Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on July 28, 2010

Eddie Hinton
June 15, 1944 – July 28, 1995

Eddie Hinton was one of those great unknowns. As a session guitarist within the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section, his brilliance can be heard on hits by the likes of Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Johnnie Taylor, Elvis Presley, the Box Tops, Boz Scaggs, and Otis Redding. And as a songwriter, he penned a few hits as well, including “Breakfast In Bed” which has been recorded by the Pretenders, Dusty Springfield and UB40. During the early ’80s however, Hinton’s career and personal life took a drastic turn for the worse, at one point, leading him to a life on the streets. But with the help of friends, he was able to rebound and get back to doing what he did best – writing, recording and touring. Things were going pretty smooth for Hinton until July of 1995. He had just come of the road and was finishing up a new album when he suffered a fatal heart attack on July 28. He was 51.

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Died On This Date (June 16, 1982) James Honeyman-Scott / The Pretenders

Posted by themusicsover on June 16, 2010

James Honeyman-Scott
November 4, 1956 – June 16, 1982

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James Honeyman-Scott is best remembered as the founding guitarist for the Pretenders.  Thanks in part to his inventive guitar playing, the Pretenders were one of a handful of new wave acts that truly transcended the genre.  In June of 1982, while on break from touring and house hunting in Austin, TX, Honeyman-Scott was called back to the UK for a band meeting with Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers.  It was there that they agreed to fire band mate Pete Farndon due to his excessive drug use.  Unfortunately it was James Honeyman-Scott that would succumb to his drug dependency.  He died of heart failure related to his cocaine use just two days after Farndon was let go from the band.  Farndon died during a heroin binge less than a year later.

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Died On This Date (June 10, 2010) Barbara Skydel / Veteran Booking Agent

Posted by themusicsover on June 10, 2010

Barbara Skydel
DOB Unknown – June 10, 2010

Barbara Skydel was a well known and respected booking agent for the better part of the last forty years.  She began her career with Premier Talent Agency where she immediately proved her worth by taking on Led Zeppelin’s legendary 1969 U.S. west coast tour.  Skydel soon found herself working with such acts as Bruce Springsteen, Grand Funk Railroad, Van Halen, U2, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.  By the mid ’80s, she was a partner at the firm, which by then was one of the biggest in the world.  As the first female executive at a major talent agency, Skydel earned the respect of both peers and artists alike.  No less than U2’s Bono had referred to her as “Aunty Barbara.”  In 2002, Premier merged with the William Morris Agency where Skydel remained as Senior Vice President until her retirement in 2009.  Later acts that she handled included Sebastian Bach, the Pretenders, Keith Richards and the Who.  Barbara Skydel passed away on June 10, 2010.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (April 14, 1983) Pete Farndon / The Pretenders

Posted by themusicsover on April 14, 2010

Pete Farndon
June 12, 1952 – April 14, 1983

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Pete Farndon was the founding bassist of the Pretenders.   In 1978, Farndon became the first member of the band to be recruited by Chrissie Hynde.  He was soon followed by guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and drummer Martin Chambers.  Together they created a sound that fell somewhere between punk and new wave, giving them equal parts respect and commercial success.   Farndon’s heavy bass and tough image only complimented Hynde’s bad ass image, helping her become rock royalty.   After two back-to-back successes with The Pretenders and The Pretenders II , Fandon’s professional relationship with the band began to sour due to his exsessive drug use.  He was asked to leave the band in 1982.   But it was Honeyman-Scott who died of drug-related causes just two days after Farndon was let go.  Less than a year later, while Farndon was putting together a band with former Clash drummer, Topper Headon, he drowned in his bathtub after an apparent heroin binge.  He was just 30.

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