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Died On This Date (August 13, 2013) Tompall Glaser / Country Music Great

Posted by themusicsover on August 13, 2013

Tompall Glaser
September 3, 1933 – August 13, 2013

tompall-glaserTompall Glaser was one of the original so-called “outlaws” of country music. Alongside the likes of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Billy Joe Shaver, Glaser put Nashville on watch by working, living, and playing outside the mainstream country music rules of the ’70s.  Born in Spalding, Nebraska, Glaser initially moved to Nashville with his brothers to sing back up for Marty Robbins.  The brothers were also making their own records before Tompall went off on his own.  Over the course of his solo career, he released around a dozen albums that included hit country singles like “Put Another Log On The Fire” and “It’ll Be Her.”  Perhaps his most famous song however, “Streets Of Baltimore,” found its glory thanks to being covered by the likes of Gram Parsons, Bobby Bare, the Statler Brothers, Charley Pride, and Norah Jones‘ country group, the Little Willies.  Meanwhile, Glaser and his brothers opened Glaser Brothers Sound Studio, or as it was affectionately known around town, Hillbilly Central.  The compound quickly established itself as the fostering ground for the “outlaw” movement.  As it took hold, even RCA Records had to react by releasing Wanted! The Outlaws, a compilation of previously released tracks by Glaser, Nelson, Jennings, and Jessie Colter.  Glaser’s contribution, “T For Texas,” reached #36 on the Country Singles charts and is considered one of the milestones of the era.  The album itself, released in 1976, became the first Country album to sell over 1 million copies as it reached #1 on the Country Album charts and #10 on the Pop Album charts.  Glaser continued to record with his brothers until 1982 and released one last solo album in 1986 before selling the studio and retiring from the music business altogether.  Tompall Glaser died following a long undisclosed illness on August 13, 2013.  He was 79.

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Died On This Date (July 26, 2013) JJ Cale / Legendary American Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on July 26, 2013

John “JJ” Cale
December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013

jj-caleJJ Cale was an American singer-songwriter who gave us some of rock music’s most iconic songs.  Widely considered a songwriter’s songwriter, Cale’s most famous tunes are “Cocaine” and “After Midnight” which were made into hits by Eric Clapton, and “Call Me The Breeze” a hit for Lynyrd Skynyrd.   The seemingly endless list of others who recorded his songs includes Waylon Jennings, Widespread Panic, Tom Petty, and Carlos Santana. Born in Oklahoma City, but raised in Tulsa, Cale set his sights on Los Angeles during the early ’60s.  He found work there in a recording studio and at the Whiskey a GoGo, but after not getting much notice, Cale was ready to pack it all in and try something else when he got a call that Clapton wanted to record “After Midnight.”  With his career finally on track, Cale went on to release a number of acclaimed albums over the next four decades.   His biggest hit single as a performer was 19702s “Crazy Mama” which reached #22 on the Billboard charts.  In 2006, he and Clapton were awarded a Grammy for their album, The Road To Escondido.  JJ Cale passed away on July 26, 2013 following a heart attack.  He was 74.

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Died On This Date (April 26, 2013) George Jones / Country Music Legend

Posted by themusicsover on April 26, 2013

George Jones
September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013

george-jonesGeorge Jones was country music, period. Born in Saratoga, Texas, Jones took to country music as early as 7 years old.  He was given his first guitar at nine, and when he turned 16, he left home to pursue his career in music.  After serving in California during the Korean War, Jones’ career sped into overdrive.  His first hit, “White Lightning” came in 1959, and for the next fifty years, he had at least one every year.  His wild days are legendary, in fact, he was so often late for his own concerts due in part to his indiscretions, one of a handful of his nicknames was No Show Jones.  Another was The Possum, but the name that has been tagged to him for over two decades prior to his death is the most fitting, The Greatest Living Country Singer.  Such a great singer in fact, that the late great Waylon Jennings included the line, “If we all could sound like we wanted to, we’d all sound like George Jones” in his hit, “It’s Alright.”  The list of Jones’ achievements and awards is staggering.  The first one came in 1956 when Billboard named him the years Most Promising Artist.  Several Grammys followed,  as did Academy of Country Music  and Country Music Association awards. In 2002, he was recognized with a U.S. National Medal Of Arts, and in 2008, he was a Kennedy Center Honoree.  On April 18, 2013, George Jones was admitted to the hospital suffering from a fever and irregular blood pressure.  On April 26, 2013, he passed away at the age of 81.  He stopped loving her today.

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Died On This Date (January 4, 2013) Sammy Johns / Had 1975 Hit With “Chevy Van”

Posted by themusicsover on January 4, 2013

Sammy Johns
February 7. 1946 – January 4, 2013

Sammy-JohnsSammy Johns was a folk and country-rock singer-songwriter who scored a major ’70s pop hit with 1975’s “Chevy Van.”  Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Johns was just nine when he picked up the guitar.  By the time he was a teenager, he was fronting his own band, the Devilles.  After a few records with the Devilles, Johns moved to Atlanta and signed a solo deal with General Records who released his self-titled debut in 1973.  The album’s “Chevy Van” took about a year or so to catch on, but when it did, it became one of the biggest singles of the ’70s.  Reaching #5 on the Billboard pop charts, the record sold more than 1 million copies in the US alone.  It was later covered by Eric Church, Sammy Kershaw, and Waylon Jennings to name a few.  The long list of artist who have recorded songs written by Johns includes Conway Twitty, John Conlee, and Fu Manchu.  Sammy Johns was 66 when he passed away on January 4, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (December 12, 2012) Willie Ackerman / Legendary Nashville Session Drummer

Posted by themusicsover on December 13, 2012

Willie Ackerman
May 1, 1939 – December 13, 2012

Willie Ackerman was a Nashville based drummer who, over a career that stretched from 1957 through the ’80s, recorded or performed live with the likes of Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and the Monkees, to name just a few.  Ackerman was just 17 when he launched his music career, and what followed were stints for the Grand Ole Opry, Hee Haw, and RCA Studios where he played on countless recordings. He was one of the few drummers who made the a successful transition from the traditional country of his early years, to the Nashville Sound of the ’60s, through the Outlaw movement of the ’70s.  Legendary records he can be heard on include Marty Robbins’ “El Paso,” George Jones’ “The Last Tour,” and Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses.”  Willie Ackerman was 73 when he died in his sleep on December 13, 2012.

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