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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.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus at Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.



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Died On This Date (April 12, 2012) Andrew Love / The Memphis Horns

Posted by themusicsover on April 12, 2012

Andrew Love
November 21, 1941 – April 12, 2012

Photo by Dave Darnell

Andrew Love was a tenor saxophone player, who along with Wayne Jackson on trumpet, made an indelible mark on popular music as the Memphis Horns .  They have been called the greatest horn section soul music has ever known and played on virtually every Stax record that required a horn section.  Their signature sound can be heard on iconic Stax recordings from the likes of Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, and Otis Redding, to name a few.  If that weren’t enough, they can also be heard on Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Dusty Springfield’s “Son Of A Preacher Man,” and Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.”  They were also featured in U2’s film, Rattle And Hum.  Throughout their career, Love and Jackson played on more than 80 gold and platinum albums and upwards of 50 Number One singles.   In February of 2012, the Memphis Horns were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Andrew Love was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2002 and ultimate died from it on April 12, 2012.  He was 70 years old.



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Died On This Date (November 2, 1996) Eva Cassidy / Respected Pop Singer

Posted by themusicsover on November 2, 2010

Eva Cassidy
February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996

Eva Cassidy was an American guitarist and vocalist who was equally adept at interpreting jazz, blues, country, folk, and pop standards.  Without much more than a cult following outside of her hometown of Washington DC, Cassidy never failed to wow audiences with her remarkable technical ability and passion with which she sang.  Unfortunately, and at no fault of her own, record companies ignored her, but only because of their own confusion on how to best market her.  In 1993, Cassidy had a malignant mole removed from her back, and her health seamed fine from that point on, but roughly three years later, she began feeling stiffness and pain in her hips.  Further tests revealed that she was suffering from advanced stages of melanoma.   Eva Cassidy was 33 when she died from the cancer on November 2, 1996.  Ironically, after spending her entire adult life trying to get her music heard, it took her death to finally expose her beyond her local fan base.  In the years following her passing, collections of her recordings started coming out, leading to critical praise and several charting singles in the UK.  In 2005, nearly 10 years after her death, amazon.com ranked her as their 5th best-selling musician behind the Beatles, U2, Norah Jones, and Diana Krall.

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Live At Blues Alley - Eva Cassidy

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Died On This Date (August 30, 1995) Sterling Morrison / Velvet Underground

Posted by themusicsover on August 30, 2010

Holmes Sterling Morrison
August 28, 1942 – August 30, 1995

Sterling Morrison was a founding guitarist of the Velvet Underground. While studying at Syracuse University, Sterling struck up a friendship with  fellow English student, Lou Reed. Over the next couple of years they drifted apart but then reconnected in New York City where they, along with John Cale, formed the band. In 1971, Morrison earned a Ph.D in medieval studies and decided he no longer wished to continue with VU.   Living in Texas and primarily focussing on academia during the early ’80s,  Morrison played around town casually for the most part, but also found time to captain a Houston based tug boat.  In 1992, the Velvet Underground reformed to tour Europe, opening many dates with U2.  But due to inner-turmoil within the band, the short-lived reunion was over by the end of the tour.  Morrison learned he had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1994, and died from it the following year.  He was 53 years old.

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The Velvet Underground / Nico (Deluxe Edition) - The Velvet Underground

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Died On This Date (August 16, 2008) Ronnie Drew / The Dubliners

Posted by themusicsover on August 16, 2010

Ronnie Drew
September 16, 1934 – August 16, 2008

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With DJ Jamie Coon. Photo by BP Fallon

Best remembered  as the front man of  the Dubliners, Ronnie Drew was a world renowned Irish folk musician and singer.  He formed the group in the early ’60s and soon they were one of Ireland’s most popular folk bands thanks to many shows throughout the pubs and hotels in Dublin and beyond.  Drew left the group in the mid ’90s and found a new audience thanks to collaborations with the likes of Dropkick MurphysU2’s The Edge, the Pogues and Christy Moore.  He died after a long struggle with cancer on August 16, 2008.  He was 73.

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The Dubliners

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