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RIP, Leon Ware (February 23, 2017) Successful R&B Songwriter & Producer

Posted by themusicsover on February 23, 2017

Leon Ware
February 16, 1940 – February 23, 2017

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Leon Ware was an American singer, songwriter and producer who was celebrated for the many hits he crafted for others.  Born in Detroit, Ware began writing professionally in 1967.  Later that year, the first recording note of a song he co-wrote was released; “Got To Have You Back,” by the Isley Brothers.  A couple of years later, he hooked up with Ike & Tina Turner to co-write six songs on their album,  Nuff Said.  What followed was nearly four decades of hit songs for the likes of Michael Jackson, Minnie Riperton, Quincy Jones, and Marvin Gaye.  In Gaye’s case, every song on his I Want You album was penned or co-penned by Ware who also produced the landmark album. It sold over a million copies and is considered a must-have for any album collection.  Ware also recorded nearly a dozen albums of his own, the most successful being 1979’s Inside Is Love, and the most recent, 2008’s Moon Ride.  Leon Ware was 77 when he died of prostate cancer on February 23, 2017.

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Died On This Date (January 1, 2015) Jeff Golub / Guitar Great

Posted by themusicsover on January 1, 2015

Jeff Golub
April 15, 1955 – January 1, 2015


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Jeff Golub was an American guitarist who was as adept at jazz as he was at rock and the blues.  During a career that spanned more than 30 years, Golub released over a dozen contemporary jazz albums while earning a reputation as one of rock music’s most in-demand session players.  He is perhaps best remembered for his years playing on records by and touring with both Billy Squier and David Bowie.  The list of artists on whose albums Golub performed also includes John Waite, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum, Joe Lynn Turner, and Tina Turner. In November of 2014, Golub learned that he was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy which ultimately took his life on January 1, 2015.  He was 59.

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Died On This Date (June 25, 2013) Mark Fisher / Designed Stages For U2, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones & More

Posted by themusicsover on June 25, 2013

Mark Fisher
April 20, 1947 – June 25, 2013

mark-fisherMark Fisher was an esteemed British architect whose contribution to popular music came by way of tour stages he designed some of the biggest tours in history.  His highlights include the Rolling Stones‘ 1989 Steel Wheels 1994 Voodoo Lounge stages, U2‘s 2009 360 stage, and Pink Floyd‘s 1980 The Wall stage.  He also developed stages for tours by Madonna, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams and Lady Gaga to name a few.   Mark Fisher died in his sleep while in hospice care on June 25, 2013.  He was 66.

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Died On This Date (March 8, 2012) Jimmy Ellis / Lead Singer Of The Trammps; Had Huge Hit With “Disco Inferno”

Posted by themusicsover on March 8, 2012

Jimmy Ellis
DOB Unkown – March 8, 2012

Jimmy Ellis is best remembered the lead singer for the popular disco group, the Trammps.  Formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1972, the R&B outfit first flirted with success with their unlikely cover of “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart,” a song originally made famous by Judy Garland some 30 years earlier.  The following year, they released “Love Epidemic,” widely considered their first disco song.  In 1976, they put out what would become their signature tune, “Disco Inferno,” a high-energy dance number that went on to help define the disco era.  The song wasn’t initially a big hit, but when it was re-released as part of the Saturday Night Fever film and soundtrack in 1978, it hit the mainstream and landed at #11 on the pop charts.  The song then took on a life of its own as it was played in heavy rotation at discotheques around the world and virtually every disco-themed party ever since.  Its celebratory refrain can still also be heard at most major sports arenas around the US.   It has also been covered by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner.  In 2005, “Disco Inferno” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.  The Trammps’ other hits included “The Night The Lights Went Out” and “Disco Party.”   Jimmy Ellis was 74 when he passed away in a nursing home on March 8, 2012.

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Died On This Date (February 15, 2012) Clive Shakespeare / Co-founder Of Sherbet

Posted by themusicsover on February 15, 2012

Clive Shakespeare
June 3, 1949 – February 15, 2012

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Clive Shakespeare was an English-born Australian guitarist and producer whose band Sherbet, which he co-founded in 1969, went on to become one Australia’s most popular rock bands during the ’70s.  With hits like “Howzat,” “Summer Love,” and “Cassandra” the band became huge in their homeland, while finding additional fans all over the world.  The group had several Australian gold and platinum albums and were reportedly the first from there to reach over $1 million dollars in sales.  The group was managed by the legendary Roger Davies who has also counted such clients as Tina Turner, Olivia Newton-John, Cher, and Janet Jackson.  Sherbet disbanded in 1979 but reunited throughout the years.  As a producer, Shakespeare collaborated with the likes of popular Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly.  Clive Shakespeare died of prostate cancer on February 15, 2012.  He was 62.  Former band mate, Harvey James passed away in January 15, 2011.

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