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Died On This Date (July 4, 2011) Jane Scott / Beloved Cleveland Rock Journalist

Posted by themusicsover on July 4, 2011

Jane Scott
May 3, 1919 – July 4, 2011

Jane Scott was, simply put, a rock critic’s rock critic.  For 50 years, she covered nearly every major concert that came through Cleveland, Ohio for the city’s major daily, the Plain Dealer.  Born in Cleveland, Scott graduated from the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Navy before taking up a career in journalism.  In March of 1952, just three days after Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed put on what has been called the world’s first rock concert, Scott was hired by the Plain Dealer to cover local society events.  In 1958, she took over a column that was aimed at what now would be called “tweens,” and soon morphed it into one of the world’s first rock columns.  Scott’s earliest major rock story came in 1964 when she covered the Beatles‘ first show at Cleveland’s Public Hall.  She soon found herself covering the band’s tour through Europe.  When the Fab Four returned to Cleveland in 1966, it was Scott who scored one of Paul McCartney’s first American interviews ever.   By her retirement in 2002, Scott estimated that she had been to over 10,000 concerts, and along the way she earned the love, friendship and respect from everyone from Mick Jagger to Jim Morrison to David Bowie to Bob Dylan.  So beloved by the rock community, it took her 80th birthday celebration in 1999 to reunite the Raspberries.  And to help celebrate the occasion, Glenn Frey of the Eagles sent a note saying “Jane, you never met a band you didn’t like,”  while Lou Reed wrote “I must confess, I love Jane Scott. When I was in the Velvet Underground in the ’60s, Jane was one of the only people I can remember who was nice to us.”  Scott was 83 when she retired, but she continued to attend concerts by her favorites – the Rolling Stones, the Who, and Bruce Springsteen.  Jane Scott was 92 when she passed away on July 4, 2011.



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Died On This Date (December 17, 2010) Captain Beefheart / Rock Legend

Posted by themusicsover on December 17, 2010

Captain Beefheart (Born Don Glen Vliet)
January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010

Captain Beefheart was a respected, innovative, and highly influential rock musician who launched his 40-year career in 1964.  A multi-instrumentalist with a powerful voice, Beefheart found himself at the top 1960s avant-garde rock heap.  He was a high school classmate of Frank Zappa with whom he occasionally recorded and performed with.  In 1969, Beefheart released his groundbreaking opus, Trout Mask Replica on Zappa’s Straight Records.  Sonically, the album found itself somewhere in the middle of blues, psychedelia, jazz and rock.  In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine positioned it at #58 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.   It is commonly cited as an influence on post-punk and alternative rock.    Beefheart could count no less than Paul McCartney and John Lennon as fans – at one point they had planned to make him the first artist on their experimental label, Zapple, but the idea for the label was scrapped.  Others he is said to have influenced are the Velvet Underground, the Residents, Throbbing Gristle, and arguably, the entire industrial movement.  He retired from music in 1982 to put more focus on his talents as a visual artist.  It has been reported that his paintings can command as much as $40,000.  Captain Beefheart died on December 17, 2010 of complications from Multiple Sclerosis.  He was 69.

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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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Died On This Date (July 18, 1988) Nico / Velvet Underground

Posted by themusicsover on July 18, 2010

Nico (Born Christa Päffgen)
October 16, 1938 – July 18, 1988

Nico was a German-born singer, actress and model who is best remembered for her work with Velvet Underground as well as Andy Warhol.  As a young adult, Nico worked as a model, appearing in such magazines as Vogue and Elle.   After landing the lead in the 1963 French film, The Strip-Tease, Nico recorded the Serge Gainsbourg produced theme song.  In 1965, Nico recorded her first single with the help of Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones.  It was around this time that Nico began working with Andy Warhol who managing the Velvet Underground at the time.  The band reluctantly agreed to let Nico sing lead on three songs on their 1967 debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico,  considered one of the most influential albums of the era.  The partnership soon dissolved with Nico moving on to a critically acclaimed solo career.  She recorded and performed into the 1980s.  On July 18, 1988, Nico fell from her bicycle after suffering a minor heart attack.  Unconscious, she was taken to a hospital where she was misdiagnosed with heat stroke.  She died the next day of a cerebral hemorrhage from the fall.

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Died On This Date (September 6, 1978) Tom Wilson / Acclaimed Producer

Posted by themusicsover on September 6, 2009

Tom Wilson
March 25, 1931 – September 6, 1978

With Bob Dylan.  Photo by Don Hunstein

With Bob Dylan. Photo by Don Hunstein

Working as a record producer through the late ’50s and most of the ’60s, Tom Wilson earned a place alongside such better-known contemporaries as Phil Spector and George Martin.  After graduating from Harvard, Wilson started up Transition Records, where he signed Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor.  In the early ’60s, he moved over to Columbia Records as house producer.  While there, he produced such masterpieces as Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, Another Side Of Bob Dylan, and Bringing It All Back Home. He also produced seminal albums by the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Frank Zappa, Eric Burdon and the Velvet Underground.  Tom Wilson suffered a fatal heart attack on September 6, 1978.  He was 47.



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