Posted by themusicsover on February 23, 2012
May 10, 1937 – February 23, 2012
Mike Melvoin was a much-respected jazz pianist whose talent can be heard on countless records by some of the biggest names in music. Since 1961, Melvoin graced recordings by such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Tom Waits, Peggy Lee, Michael Jackson, and Charlie Haden. As one of L.A.’s leading session players, it was Melvoin who got the call to play on such landmark recordings as the Jackson 5’s “ABC,” the Beach Boy’s “Good Vibrations,” Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable,” Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen,” and John Lennon’s “Stand By Me.” He released several albums of his own as well, on such respected labels as Verve, Dot, and Liberty. Melvoin also found time to raise his own family of respected musicians – Wendy Melvoin of Wendy & Lisa, Jonathan Melvoin of Smashing Pumpkins fame, and Susannah Melvoin. Mike Melvoin was 74 when he died of cancer on February 23, 2012.
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Posted by themusicsover on December 6, 2011
Barbara Orbison (Born Barbara Jakobs)
1951 – December 6, 2011
Barbara Orbison is best remembered as the longtime wife of rock ‘n roll pioneer, Roy Orbison. She was also a successful entrepreneur, producer and music publisher. Born in Germany, Barbara Jakobs was just 17 when on July 21, 1968, she met her future husband when he was on tour in Leeds, England. Although Roy was nearly twice her age, the pair married the following year. The couple raised three sons and stayed together until Roy passed away in 1988. During the ’80s, Barbara managed Roy’s career and was instrumental in the revival of his career, serving as Executive Producer for the popular television concert special, Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night, which featured among others, Bruce Springsteen, k.d. lang, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Jackson Browne performing alongside Roy. After Roy died, Barbara took over his business dealings and successfully kept his music and image alive for generations to come. Barbara also owned Still Working Music, a publishing company in Nashville, and was very active in philanthropic causes. Barbara Orbison was 60 when she passed away on December 6, 2011 – 23 years to the day after Roy passed away. Cause of death was attributed to cancer.
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Posted by themusicsover on November 25, 2011
Coco Robicheaux (Born Curtis Arceneaux)
October 25, 1947 – November 25, 2011
Coco Robicheaux was a popular New Orleans blues musician who built a loyal following for his Tom Waits-like gravelly voice, swampy guitar, and mystical subject matter. A familiar face throughout the clubs that lined the streets of Crescent City, Robicheaux entertained both on and off the stage thanks to his colorful personality. He often held court outside nightclubs for tourists and locals alike when he wasn’t performing. Beloved by New Orleans music and blues fans around the world, Robicheaux was a popular draw at festivals far and wide – particularly the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the French Quarter Festival. Over the years, he released several albums and appeared on recordings by the likes of Dr. John. In 2010, he made a memorable appearance on HBO’s Treme, where he sacrificed a “live” chicken over the air of a local radio station. He also played a musician on USA’s Big Easy series. On November 25, 2011, Coco Robicheaux collapsed while in hanging out at a New Oleans club. He died after being taken to a hospital. Cause of death was not immediately released. He was 64.
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Posted by themusicsover on June 15, 2011
Larry “Wild Man” Fischer
November 6, 1944 – June 15, 2011
Wild Man Fischer was a cultish singer-songwriter whose unconventional music and actions could be attributed to mental illness. He’s been called severely paranoid schizophrenic, manic depressive, and an acid casualty. Fischer was kicked out of high school for singing in class, and at 16 was institutionalized after attacking his mother with a knife. Upon his release the following year, he landed on the streets of Los Angeles where he continued to sing his outlandish songs to pedestrians at just 10 cents each. Another venue he enjoyed was Dodger Stadium where he serenaded fans while selling peanuts. He also entered area talent shows, and it was at one of these that he caught the attention of Solomon Burke who took him on tour with him. By the late ’60s, Fischer was hanging out along West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip where he opened for the likes of Iron Butterfly and Bo Diddley. He was soon spotted by Frank Zappa who recorded his first album, An Evening With Wild Man Fischer in 1968. He went on to perform with Art and Artie Barnes and recorded additional albums on his own through the ’80s. His 1975 Go To Rhino Records was the first album ever released by the esteemed Rhino label. Throughout his career, Fischer worked with such luminaries as Linda Ronstadt, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Tom Waits, and oddly enough, Rosemary Clooney, with whom he dueted on 1986’s “It’s A Hard Business.” In recent years he has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, while making other random appearances. He is also the subject of a recent documentary, Derailroaded: Inside The Mind Of Wild Man Fischer. Wild Man Fischer was 66 when he passed away on June 15, 2011. Cause of death was not immediately released, but he was reportedly suffering from heart issues.
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