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Posts Tagged ‘Yngwie Malmsteen’

RIP, Allan Holdsworth (April 16, 2017) Acclaimed Fusion Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on April 16, 2017

Allan Holdsworth
August 6, 1946 – April 16, 2017

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Allan Holdsworth was a highly influential jazz fusion guitarist who, over the course of 40+ years released 12 well-regarded albums and played on records by the likes of Jean-Luc Ponty, Soft Machine, Bill Bruford, and Stanley Clarke. Born in Bradford, England, Holdsworth was taught music by his pianist father from an early age.  Although he didn’t pick up the guitar, until he was 17, he was a quick-learn and more or less made that his instrument of choice from then on.  Holdsworth eventually relocated to London and joined the prog rock band, Igginbottom who released one album in 1969.  He spent most of the ’70s playing in prog and fusion bands while collaborating with many to the genre’s best known and respected artists.  He released his first solo album, Feels Good To Me, in 1978, and continued to record and perform live to adoring fans for the better part of the next four decades.  His chord progressions were complex and his solos very intricate, so it is no surprise that later guitar greats like Eddie Van Halen, Tom Morello, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Joe Satriani have all sited him as a major influence.  Allan Holdsworth was 70 when he passed away on April 16, 2017.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (May 20, 2014) Randy Coven / Bassist For Steve Vai & Yngwie Malmsteen

Posted by themusicsover on May 20, 2014

Randy Coven
June 24, 1958 – May 20, 2014

randy-covenRandy Coven was a rock bass virtuoso who counted no less than guitar gods, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen as band leaders.  Born on Long Island, Coven picked up the bass at an early age and was lucky enough to get some early schooling from a neighbor and fusion legend, Jeff Berlin.  After high school, during which he played in local hard rock cover bands, Coven continued his music education at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.  It was there that he met fellow student Vai, with whom he formed Morning Thunder.   After they broke up, Coven joined a Canadian fusion band, Orpheus.  He later moved back to New York where he formed his own band.  Throughout the ’90s, he played with the likes of C.P.R., Leslie West‘s reunited Mountain, and Malmsteen.  Throughout his career, Coven released three of his own albums, Funk Me Tender (1990), Sammy Says Ouch! (1990), and Witch Way (2002).  Randy Coven was 56 when he passed away on May 20, 2014.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (July 21, 2009) Marcel Jacob / Bassist For Talisman, Rising Sun

Posted by themusicsover on July 21, 2010

Marcel Jacob
January 30, 1964 – July 21, 2009

Marcel_JacobBorn in Sweden, Marcel Jacob was a heavy metal bassist who is best remembered for his work in Talisman and  with Yngwie Malmsteen.   He has been called “The Swedish King Of Bass.”  Jacob helped form Rising Sun in 1978 along with Malmsteen.   He soon moved on to the band Force and by the late ’80s he was playing alongside vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto in Talisman.  Marcel Jacob reportedly took his own life on July 21, 2009.  He was 45.

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Died On This Date (May 10, 2010) Frank Frazetta / Created Several Iconic Album Covers

Posted by themusicsover on May 10, 2010

Frank Frazetta
February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010

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Frank Frazetta was a Brooklyn-born illustrator, painter, and sculptor who is best remembered for his fantasy and science fiction artwork that graced the pages and covers of countless comic books, movie posters, graphic novels and other books of fiction.  In particular, he helped define the standard artwork style for the “sword and sorcery” genre.  His contributions to popular music were no less important as his iconic artwork graced album covers throughout the ’70s and early ’80s, as well as a handful in more recent years.  His best known covers are Molly Hatchet’s “Flirtin’ With Disaster,” “Molly Hatchet,” and “Beatin’ The Odds.”  He also provided the cover art for Nazareth’s “Expect No Mercy,” Yngwie Malmsteen’s “War To End All Wars,” and most recently, Wolfmother’s “Wolfmother.”  Frank Frazetta was 82 when he suffered a fatal stroke on May 10, 2010.

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