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RIP, Mike Kellie (January 19, 2017) Drummer For Spooky Tooth & The Only Ones

Posted by themusicsover on January 19, 2017

Mike Kellie
March 24, 1947 – January 19, 2017

Photo credit: Joe Vitale

Mike Kellie was an English drummer who found acclaim with, primarily, Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones.  Born in Birmingham, England, Kellie was self-taught and began playing in the St. Michael’s Youth Club band while in his teens. It wasn’t long before he was asked to join Wayne and the Beachcombers, his first “real” band.  In 1967, Spooky Tooth was launched with Kellie on drums. Although it would change line-ups throughout the years, at the time it included Gary Wright, Greg Ridley and Keith Emerson.  The band’s second album, Spooky Two is considered a classic rock staple and spawned their most popular songs, “Waiting For The Wind,” “Evil Woman,” and “Feelin’ Bad.”  In 1976, Kellie joined the Only Ones, an influential power pop/new wave band that was a far cry from the more proggy sounds of Spooky Tooth.  The band released three studio albums for CBS Records. Their most famous record was 1978’s “Another Girl, Another Planet.”  The song has since been heard in numerous movies and commercials, and has been recorded by Blink-182, the Lightning Seeds, and the Replacements to name a few.  Throughout the balance of his career, Kellie was on board for a reunion or two by Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones, while being in demand as a session player.  He can be heard drumming on records by the likes of Johnny Thunders, the Who, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Traffic and George Harrison.  Mike Kellie was 68 when he passed away on January 19, 2017.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (July 12, 1983) Chris Wood / Founding Member Of Traffic

Posted by themusicsover on July 12, 2010

Chris Wood
June 24, 1944 – July 12, 1983

Chris Wood was not only a founding member of English rock band, Traffic, he was good enough to play alongside the great Jimi Hendrix, appearing on 1968’s Electric Ladyland.  A multi-instrumentalist, Wood was known for his skills on the flute, keyboards and saxophone.  He also co-wrote several of Traffic’s songs and sang back up for them.  Throughout the late ’60s and ’70s, Wood lent his talents to such artists as Dr. John, Ginger Baker, Free, the Faces and John Martyn.  Wood suffered from drug and alcohol abuse throughout his career but would die of pneumonia on July 12, 1983 while working on a solo album.

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Died On This Date (March 17, 1990) Rick Grech / Blind Faith, Traffic

Posted by themusicsover on March 17, 2010

Rick Grech
November 1, 1946 – March 17, 1990

grech.jpgAs a much in-demand bass guitar journeyman, Rick Grech landed the ultimate rock dream job in 1969 when he was nabbed to play alongside Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Steve Winwood in the newly formed Blind Faith. After a disappointing start, Blind Faith disbanded so Grech stayed on with Winwood in the reformed Traffic. However, Grech’s drug use got in the way, so he was let go from the band and went on to do session work for the likes of Rod Stewart, Muddy Waters and Ronnie Lane. By the mid-70s, Grech grew frustrated with his career and tired of the music industry in general so he retired and went into the carpet business. His drug of choice became alcohol which reportedly led to his death from liver and kidney failure at just 43.

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Died On This Date (January 1, 1982) Jeanette Jacobs / The Cake

Posted by themusicsover on January 1, 2010

Jeanette Jacobs
1950 – January 1, 1982

Jeanette Jacobs is perhaps best remembered as a member of the ’60s girl group, the Cake.  Formed in 1966, the singing pop trio were fairly unique in that they generally performed songs they had written themselves.  The Cake released a handful of albums and singles before breaking up in 1968.  Jacobs then went on to tour with Dr. John and later, settled in England where she joined the short-lived Ginger Baker’s Air Force.  She was romantically linked to Jimi Hendrix, and later married Chris Wood of Traffic fame.  Jeanette Jacobs died on January 1, 1982.  She was 30 years old.

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Died On This Date (October 25, 2009) Dee Anthony / Managed Peter Frampton, Tony Bennett

Posted by themusicsover on October 25, 2009

Dee Anthony
April 9, 1926 – October 25, 2009

Dee Anthony was a legendary artist manager who helped develop the young careers of such artists as Traffic, J. Geils Band, Ten Years After, Jethro Tull, Joe Cocker, Devo and Peter Allen.  His career started in the mid ’40s when he began representing his friend, Jerry Vale.  In 1954, he picked up Tony Bennett who he managed for over ten years.  During the ’70s, he managed Humble Pie, and when Peter Frampton went solo, it was Anthony that helped guide him through the massive success of his Frampton Comes Alive era.  Anthony retired from the music business during the ’90s.  He was 83 when he died of pneumonia on October 25, 2009.

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