Dance Macabre

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Friday, 22 April 2016

It's Time For Death To Take A Holiday

Seriously; it's like a weird horror movie;
Prince ~ 57 ~ Iconic American singer/guitarist/composer/producer. Combining influences from 1970's funk & disco, jazz-fusion and 1960's psyche-rock and pop he had a series of massively successful hits starting in the 1980's ("Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", "Raspberry Beret" "Kiss"). He also composed for movies such as "Purple Rain" and "Under The Cherry Moon" (both of which he starred in as well) and "Batman". Most of these can not be found on Youtube as he would not allow them to be licensed.

PRINCE ~ "PURPLE RAIN";


Prince also wrote and/or produced for a diverse number of artists including Morris Day & The Time ("Jungle Love"), The Bangles ("Manic Monday"), Sinaed O'Connor ("Nothing Compares To You"), Shelia E ("Glamorous Life"), Tom Jones ("Kiss") SINEAD O'CONNOR ~ "COMPARES TO YOU";


MORRIS DAY & THE TIME ~ "JUNGLE LOVE";


THE BANGLES ~ "MANIC MONDAY";


JIMMY SCOTT ~ "NOTHING COMPARES TO YOU";


Lonnie Mack ~ 74 ~ Memphis based Blues, Rock and R&B guitarist and singer, known for his flying-V guitar, fat sound and use of the wammy bar.

LONNIE MACK ~ "WHY";


LONNIE MACK ~ "STOP";


Richard Lyons ~ 57 ~ Sound collage artist with influential American avant garde group Negativeland. Known for their use of complex sound colleges made up of densely edited found sounds from various media sources along with intentionally cheesy music and vocals. They were also known for their frequent legal problems including bans for the song "Christianity Is Stupid", lawsuits from U2's record label and DJ Casey Kasem over "U2" and a crippling lawsuit from their own record label SST.

NEGATIVELAND ~ "CHRISTIANITY IS STUPID";


NEGATIVELAND ~ "U2";


Billy Paul ~ 81 ~ 1970's R&B singer ("Me and Mrs. Jones"), part of The Philadelphia Sound

BILLY PAUL ~ "ME & MRS JONES";


Papa Wemba ~ 66 ~ Congolese Rumba singer

PAPA WEMBA ~ "YOLELE";


Pete Zorn ~ 65 ~ American multi-insturmentalist musician (Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson, Driver, The Albion Band)

RICHARD THOMPSON ~ "I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE";


Maxine Willan ~ Australia born Toronto Jazz pianist w/The Toronto Speakeasies and solo


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Merle Haggard And Other Country Singers

Merle Haggard ~ 79 ~ was one of the stars of the 1960's California based American Outlaw Country movement which included Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, David Allen Coe and Jessi Colter.

MERLE HAGGARD ~ "SING ME BACK HOME";


His family had migrated from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and Haggard had mant brushed with the law including a spell in San Quentin Prison where he saw Johnny Cash perform and was inspired to become a musician himself. Released in 1960 he began recording in 1962 and would go on to score 37 number one hits from 1966 to 1987 including classics like "Okie from Muskogee", "The Fightin' Side of Me", "Carolyn", "Momma Tried", "If We Make It Through December", "Sing Me Back Home" and "Pancho & Lefty" (with Willie Nelson) which chronicled the white working class. He also produced an aclaimed tribute album to Bob Wills and was supposed to produce Gram Parson's first solo album but backed out. Parsons would record a version of "Sing Me Back Home". Haggard won Grammy Awards in 1984, 1998, and 1999. MERLE HAGGARD ~ "MAMMA TRIED";


MERLE HAGGARD ~ "OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE";


SONNY JAMES ~ 87 ~ American country singer-songwriter with numerous hits from the 1950's to the 1980's with ballads like "Young Love" and covers of songs like "Running Bear", "Only The Lonely", "Lovesick Blues" and "Abilene", later a producer for Marie Osmond.

SONNY JAMES ~ "YOUNG LOVE";


SONNY JAMES ~ "RUNNING BEAR"


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Some Figures From The 1950's & 60's

GEORGE MARTIN (90);
Known as "The Fifth Beatle" Martin was record producer for them on all their recordings. Martin had been known for recording comedy acts including Peter Cook & Dudley Moore but he had also been recording Skiffle bands like The Vipers and was actively looking for a R&R combo when he was assigned to the Beatles by EMI with whom he would work for the rest of their careers. Martin is credited with introducing them to more sophisticated recording techniques and arrangements. He would also work with a number of other bands like Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, Shane Fenton & The Fentones, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cila Black and the young Gary Glitter in his pre-glam years. Martin would later work with America, Ultravox, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, UFO, Elton John, Neil Sedaka and Celine Dion.

THE BEATLES ~ "PENNY LANE";


BILLY J KRAMER & THE DAKOTAS ~ "FROM A WINDOW";


GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS ~ "I LIKE IT":


PAUL KANTER (74) & SIGNE TROLY ANDERSON (74);
Kanter was a singer/guitarist/songwriter and founding member of Jefferson Airplane, the iconic band of the San Francisco Psychedelic scene of the 1967 Summer Of Love. The Airplane were not the first Psychedelic band, The Charlatans and the Greatful Dead claimed that honour, but the Airplane were the first band of the scene to score serious international hits with the still classic "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love" off the album "Surrealistic Pillow".
Paul Kanter was one of the founding members although at first the band's leader was singer Marty Balin. One their first album, 1966's "Takes Off" the Airplane were a typical folk-rock band of the time, not as inventive or distinctive as The Byrds but solid enough. They also lacked a charismatic frontman. Balin and female singer Signe Troly Anderson had good looks and a strong tenors and but lacked the larger-than-life persona of a great frontman. That problem would soon be found when rival band The Great Society broke up and freeing up their singer (and former model) Grace Slick to replace Signe Anderson who had gotten pregnant and decided to retire from band life for motherhood. Slick would also bring two songs from her previous band, the afore mentioned "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love", along with a soaring ice queen voice and stunning looks.

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE ~ "WHITE RABBIT";


Kanter may not have appeared essential to the early airplane's sound. Balin had started the band and Kanter's rhythm guitar lacked the flash of Jorma Kauconen's leads or Jack Cassidy's rumbling bass. But Kanter contributed to the songwriting and after a few years Balin became dissatisfied with the band's direction and started to absent himself, eventually stalking out entirely leaving Kanter in charge. The Airplane became more focused on Kanter's favored themes of politics and science fiction. This led to later hit songs like "Volunteers", "Mexico" and "Have You Seen The Saucers".

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE ~ "WHITE RABBIT" & "SOMEBODY TO LOVE";


By the 1970's the band had changed their name to Jefferson Starship and they continued to score hits through the decade. Eventually Kaukonen and Cassidy left followed by Slick but Kanter continued to slog away for a time as the last original mamber before he too packed it in and went off to a low key solo career. A version of the band would carry on into the eighties, even luring back Grace Slick for a time and managed to score a couple of surprise hits in the late eighties with a bland ballad "Sara" and the much despised "We Built This City On Rock & Roll", a song on most people's lists of the worst top ten hits (and videos) of all time.

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE ~ "THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS LIFE";


DAN HICKS ~ 74;
The Charlatans were the fist San Fransico Psyche bands to get attention with their combination of Folk-Rock, Garage and Psyche along with their Victorian/Cowboy/Art Nouveau/Thrift Shop image in both their clothes and poster art. They didn't really score any major hits but they were a popular live act in California and Nevada from 1964 to 1966. Dan Hicks was not an original member but he joined in 1967 as a drummer then moving to guitar, vocals and songwriting. He left in 1968 with to form his own folk group Dan Hicks & Hot Licks which me would maintain on and off until recently.

THE CHARLATANS ~ "32/20 Blues";


Keith Emerson ~ 71 ~ Keyboardist with British 1960's & 70's Prog-Rock bands The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer

THE NICE ~ "HANG ON TO A DREAM";


THE NICE ~ "AMERICA";


Andy Thunderclap Newman ~ 73 ~ British singer of one-hit-wonder "Something In The Air" (1969) written & produced by Pete Townsend, guitarist Jimmy McCullagh later played in Wings

THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN ~ "SOMETHING IN THE AIR";


Ernestine Anderson, 87, American Jazz, Blues and R&B pianist and vocalist from the 1940's on, sang with Johnny Otis, Lionel Hampton, Gigi Gryce, Quincy Jones later solo ERNESTINE ANDERSON ~ "MOANIN'";


Tommy Brown ~ 84 ~ American 1950's R&B singer with The Griffin Brothers

THE GRIFFIN BROS & TOMMY BROWN ~ "WEAPIN' & MOANIN";


Lee Andrews ~ 79 ~ American doo-wop singer w/Lee Andrews & the Hearts ("Teardrops", "Long Lonely Nights" and "Try the Impossible")

LEE ANDREWS & THE HEARTS ~ "LONG LONELY NIGHTS";


Carlo Mastrangelo ~ 77 ~ American Doo-Wop singer w/Dion & The Belmonts

DION & THE BELMONTS ~ "A TEENAGER IN LOVE";


DION & THE BELMONTS ~ "I WONDER WHY";


Jack Hammer ~ 90 ~ American 1950's R&R performer and songwriter ("Great Balls Of Fire", "Fujiyama Mama" (for Wanda Jackson), "Rock & Roll Cal" (for Louis Jordan) as well as solo. Joined the Platters in the 60's.

JERRY LEE LEWIS ~ "GREAT BALLS OF FIRE";


WANDA JACKSON ~ "FUJIYAMA MAMA";


Don Francks ~ 84 ~ Canadian jazz vocalist w/Lenny Breau and actor ("La Femme Nikita", "Inspector Gadget", "I'm Not There")

TORONTO JAZZ;


Dorothy Schwartz ~ 89 ~ American singer w/ 1950's Pop vocal group The Chordettes ("Mr Sandman" & "Lollipop")

THE CHORDETTES ~ "LOLLIPOP" & "MR SANDMAN"


Gogi Grant, 91, American pop singer ("The Wayward Wind")

GOGI GRANT ~ "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING TO BE LOVED";


L. C. Ulmer ~ 87 ~ American Delta blues singer/guitarist from the 1950's onward but did not actually record until 2011

L.C. ULMER ~ "CC RIDER";

Some Punk & Post Punk Figures


Vi Subversa ~ 80 ~ British musician with Anarchist Punk band Poison Girls from 1976 to the 1990's. Aligned with label-mates Crass, Subversa was notable for standing out in the youth culture of punk by being a chubby middle-aged housewife.

POISON GIRLS ~ "STATE CONTROL";


POISON GIRLS ~ "ANOTHER HERO";


Andrew Loomis ~ Drummer with 1980's & 1990's garage punks Dead Moon

DEAD MOON ~ "DOA";


Ross Shapiro ~ Singer/Guitarist with 1990's Athens, Georgia indie band The Glands

THE GLANDS ~ "WHEN I LAUGH";


Jody Taylor ~ 43 ~ Vocalist with Vancouver 1990's Hardcore bands Strain and Kersey

STRAIN;


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

White Line Fever

In the week of Feb.13 & 14 there were a series completely unrelated car crashes leading to the deaths of members of two bands.

Saturday Feb.13 British indie band Viola Beach were on tour in Sweden when their van skidded off a bridge killing all four members of the band Kris Leonard (guitar and vocals), River Reeves (guitar), Tomas Lowe (bass), and Jack Dakin (drums)plus their manager Craig Tarry.

VIOLA BEACH ~ "GET TO DANCING";


That same day American hardrock band Counterflux were on their way to a gig in Dayton Ohio when they were in a two car wreck killing three of five members of the band, Kyle Canter, Earl Miller II, Devin Bachmann and a friend. Their driver had earlier been charged with DUI and alcohol is believed to have been involved, however in this case it was the other driver (also killed) who was at fault.

COUNTERFLUX ~ "ASSASSIN";


The next day Toronto Metal band Cauldron crashed their van while on tour in Texas fortunately all member survived although guitarist Ian Chains suffered serious back injuries and their van was totaled forcing them to cancel the rest of their tour.

Monday, 11 January 2016

The People Who Died (so far) 2016 edition



Ernestine Anderson, 87, American Jazz, Blues and R&B vocalist from the 1940's on, sang with Johnny Otis, Lionel Hampton, Gigi Gryce, Quincy Jones later solo

Pete Anderson ~ 70 ~ Pioneering Latvian Rockabilly singer from the 1960's on

Signe Toly Anderson ~ 74 ~ Original singer with Jefferson Airplane on their first album

Lee Andrews ~ 79 ~ American doo-wop singer w/Lee Andrews & the Hearts ("Teardrops", "Long Lonely Nights" and "Try the Impossible"), father of Roots drummer and bandleader Questlove

Rene Angelil ~ 73 ~ Manager/Husband of Celine Dion

Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros ~ 87 ~ Cuban Latin Jazz trumpeter

Joe Ascione ~ 54 ~ American Jazz & Pop drummer with Cab Calloway, Donald Fagen, Della Reese, David Grisman, Al Hirt, Dr. John, Phoebe Snow, Jon Hendricks, Dick Hyman and Joey DeFrancesco

James Atkins ~ 49 ~ American rock bassist w/ Seattle Hammerbox

Koyo Bala ~ 32 ~ South African singer

Devin Bachman ~ Singer w/Ohio Hard Rock band CounterFlux

Jimmy Bain ~ 68 ~ Scottish bassist w/1970's & 80's hard rock & metal bands Rainbow and Dio

Lenny Baker ~ 69 ~ Sax Player and singer with Danny & The Juniors ("At The Hop") and Sha-Na-Na, appeared in Grease.

Gato Barbieri ~ 83 ~ Argentine Jazz Fusion saxophonist from the 1970's on

John Bellome ~ 88 ~ Owner of London, Ontario music store

John Berry ~ American singer-songwriter and guitarist w/Indie Rock band Idaho

Black (real name Colin Vercombe) ~ 54 ~ British 1980's pop singer ("It's A Wonderful Life")

Merritone Blake ~ 75 ~ Jamaican music producer and sound system engineer

David Baker ~ 83 ~ American Jazz trombonist/cellist and composer from the 1950's onward

Paul Bley ~ 83 ~ Ottawa based Free Jazz pianist, played with Ornette Coleman, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Chet Baker, Jimmy Giuffre, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorious, Charlie Parker

Pierre Boulez ~ 90 ~ Avant Garde Classical composer and pioneer of Electronic, Serial and Chance Music from the 1940's onward. Influential on John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Phillip Glass, Glen Branca, one of the first to play the Ondes Martenot, an early electronic keyboard instrument.

David Bowie ~ 69 ~ English singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity", "Ziggy Stardust", "Rebel Rebel", "Heroes", "Young Americans" etc, etc, icon of Glam Rock from the early 1970's onward

Robbie Brennan ~ Irish drummer w/ Gary Moore's Skid Row, Phill Lynott's Grand Slam and Clannad

Tommy Brown ~ 84 ~ American 1950's R&B singer with The Griffin Brothers

Irma Bule ~ 29 ~ Indonesian pop singer, bitten on stage by a cobra used in her act

Jon Bunch ~ 45 ~ Singer with California Post Hardcore bands Sense Field, Further Seems Forever, War Generation, Lucky Scars, Reason To Believe, and Fields Forever

Nick Caldwell ~ 71 ~ American R&B singer w/The Whispers

Rey Caney ~ 89 ~ Cuban singer/guitarist from the 1950's onward

Kyle Canter ~ 23 ~ Guitarist w/ Ohio Hard Rock band CounterFlux

John Chilton ~ 83 ~ British Jazz Trumpeter; played with Buck Clayton, Ben Webster, Bill Coleman, Peggy Seeger, Ewan McColl, Swingin' Blue Jeans

Otis Clay ~ 73 ~ American R&B, Soul and Gospel singer ("Tryin' to Live My Life Without You", "The Only Way Is Up")

Breathless Dan Coffee ~ British Rockabilly/Teddyboy promoter, collector and writer from the 1970 revival onward.

Daryl Coley ~ 60 ~ American gospel singer

Tony Conrad ~ 76 ~ New York Avant Garde composer who started out as a guitarist with 1960's Garage band The Primitives along with Lou Reed and John Cale. Was a member of Theatre of Eternal Music, nicknamed The Dream Syndicate, which included John Cale, Angus MacLise, La Monte Young, and Marian Zazeela, who pioneered the use of feedback and sustained sound drones that would influence the Velvet Underground. Later became part of the Avant Garde scene with Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Glen Branca and Lukas Foss and composed soundtracks to art films.

Jack Dakin ~ Drummer for UK Indie Band Viola Beach

Dennis Davis ~ American drummer (David Bowie, Stevie Wonder)

Phife Dawg ~ 45 ~ American rapper with A Tribe Called Quest

Harald Devold ~ 51 ~ Norwegian jazz sax player

Joe Dowell ~ 76 ~ American 1960's pop singer ("Wooden Heart")

Ben Edmonds ~ 65 ~ American rock journalist and editor (Creem, 1971–1975), as talent scout for EMI discovered Mink DeVille

Keith Emerson ~ 71 ~ Keyboardist with British 1960's & 70's Prog-Rock bands The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Billy Faier ~ 85 ~ American Folk banjo player from the 1940's on, record fed with John Sebastian

Joey Feek ~ 40 ~ American country singer (Joey + Rory)

Don Francks ~ 84 ~ Canadian jazz vocalist and actor ("La Femme Nikita", "Inspector Gadget", "I'm Not There")

Glen Frey ~ 67 ~ Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist with 1970's Country Rock band The Eagles

Hernán Gamboa ~ 69 ~ Venezuelan singer/guitarist with Latin Folk band Serenata Guayanesa

Bruce Geduldig ~ 63 ~ Video Maker and keyboardist with San Francisco Art-Punk band Tuxedomoon

Mic Gillette ~ 65 ~ Trumpet & trombone player with The Tower Of Power

Nadine Gelineau ~ 56 ~ Ottawa and Montreal radio DJ and promoter

Paul Gordon ~ 52 ~ American guitarist w/New Radicals, The B-52's

Gogi Grant ~ 91 ~ American 1950's pop singer ("The Wayward Wind")

Ray Griff ~ 75 ~ Canadian country music singer ("If I Let Her Come In") and songwriter ("Canadian Pacific")

Dale Griffin ~ 67 ~ Drummer for British Glam Rock group Mott The Hoople ("All The Young Dudes"

Piotr Grudziński ~ 40 ~ Guitarist with Polish Prog rock band Riverside

Bill Guest ~ Singer w/Gladys Knight & The Pips ("I Heard It Through The Grapevine")

Merle Haggard ~ 79 ~ American Outlaw country music singer/songwriter ("Okie from Muskogee", "The Fightin' Side of Me", "Carolyn"), Grammy winner (1984, 1998, 1999)

Jack Hammer ~ 90 ~ American 1950's R&R performer and songwriter ("Great Balls Of Fire", "Fujiyama Mama" (for Wanda Jackson), "Rock & Roll Cal" (for Louis Jordan) as well as solo. Joined the Platters in the 60's.

Ross Hannaford ~ 65 ~ Singer/Guitarist w/Australian Rock band Daddy Cool

Buddy Harman ~ 79 ~ Nashville drummer w/Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Roger Miller, Tammy Wynette, Everly Bros, Ray Price

Jimmie Haskell, 79, American composer and arranger w/Ricky Nelson, Grass Roots and Blondie ("Autoamerican")

Leon Haywood ~ 74 ~ American funk and soul singer

Dan Hicks ~ 74 ~ Americ an 1960's Folk and Country Rock singer/guitarist w/Dan Hicks and Hot Licks and drummer with Psyche band The Charlatans ("Codine")

Aaron Huffman ~ 43 ~ Bassist w/Seattle Indie Rock band Harvey Danger

Long John Hunter ~ 84 ~ Texas R&B and Blues singer/guitarist from the 1950's onward

Pete Huttlinger ~ 54 ~ American guitarist (John Denver, LeAnn Rimes)

James Jamerson Jr ~ 58 ~ American bass player with 1980's Disco band Chanson, son of Motown bassist

Sonny James ~ 87 ~ American country singer-songwriter ("Young Love")

Andy Dog Johnson ~ 57 ~ Singer with British Punk band Camera 3, later artist who designed cover art for his brother's band The The

Kitty Kallen ~ 94 ~ American 1940's Big Band singer w/Jack Teagarden & Harry James and solo pop singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot")

Paul Kanter ~ 74 ~ Guitarist with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship

Brad Kent ~ Vancouver Guitarist for Punk bands DOA, Subhumans, Pointed Sticks, Victorian Pork, JP5

Philip Kives ~ 87 ~ Canadian founder of K-Tell Records

Trần Lập ~ 42 ~ Vietnamese rock singer

Jade Lemons ~ American singer/guitarist with Hard Rock band Injected

Chris Leonard ~ Singer/Guitarist w/UK Indie Band Viola Beach

Gary Loizzo ~ 70 ~ Singer with 1960's Pop group The American Breed ("Bend Me Break Me"), later Grammy Award winning engineer with Styx

Andrew Loomis ~ Drummer with Seattle 1980's & 90's Punk band Dead Moon

Tomas Lowe ~ Bassist w/UK Indie Band Viola Beach

Richard Lyons ~ 57 ~ Sound collage artist with influencial American avant garde group Negativeland

Lonnie Mack ~ 74 ~ Blues, Rock and R&B guitarist and singer, known for his flying-V guitar, fat sound and use of the wammy bar.

Jason Mackenroth ~ 47 ~ Drummer with the Rollins Band

Gayle McCormick ~ 67 ~ Singer with 1960's American Pop band Smith ("Baby It's You")

Jordon McKenzie ~ Singer/Multi-Instrumentalist w/Montreal Folk-Pop group Elfin Saddle

George Martin ~ 90 ~ Known as "The Fifth Beatle" Martin was record producer for them on all their recordings. Martin had been known for recording comedy acts including Peter Cook & Dudley Moore and Skiffle bands like The Vipers. He would also worked with a number of other bands like Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, Shane Fenton & The Fentones, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cila Black and the young Gary Glitter in his pre-glam years. Martin would later work with America, Ultravox, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, UFO, Elton John, Neil Sedaka and Celine Dion.

Carlo Mastrangelo ~ 77 ~ American Doo-Wop singer w/ Dion & The Belmonts

Ireng Maulana ~ 71 ~ Indonesian jazz guitarist

Getatchew Mekurya ~ 81 ~ Ethiopian jazz saxophonist

Gilberto Mendes ~ 93 ~ Brazilian Avant Garde composer

Louis Meyers ~ 60 ~ American festival organizer, co-founder of South by Southwest, director of Folk Alliance International

Earl Miller ~ Guitarist w/Ohio Hard Rock band CounterFlux

Mariano Mores ~ 98 ~ Argentine tango composer and pianist

John Morthland ~ 68 ~ American rock journalist and editor with "Rolling Stone" & "Creem"

Janusz Muniak ~ 74 ~ Polish jazz saxophonist from the 1970's on

Ras Munya ~ 55 ~ Zimbabwean reggae bassist

Johnny "Lips" Murphy ~ 72 ~ Irish trumpeter and actor ("The Commitments")

Asami Nagakiya ~ 30 ~ Japanese calypso steel pan player

Andy Thunderclap Newman ~ 73 ~ British singer of one-hit-wonder "Something In The Air" (1969) written & produced by Pete Townsend

Josefin Nilsson ~ 46 ~ Swedish pop singer

Nomoreloss ~ Nigerian pop singer and songwriter

Fergus O'Farrell ~ Irish singer/songwriter with 1990's band Interference, wrote songs in Oscar winning movie and musical "Once"

Billy Paul ~ 81 ~ 1970's R&B singer ("Me and Mrs. Jones"), part of The Philadelphia Sound

Kira Payne ~ 50 ~ Toronto Jazz saxophonist w/Bobby Herriot Orchestra, Jim Galloway Orch

Larry Payton ~ American bassist with R&B 1960's & 70's bands Brass Construction and Dynamic Soul

Zarkus Poussa ~ 40 ~ Finnish drummer w/Jazz/Funk band RinneRadio

Prince ~ 57 ~ (Full name Prince Rogers Nelson) Iconic American singer/guitarist/composer/producer ("Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette") and actor ("Purple Rain").

Gordon Ranney ~ 53 ~ Milwaukee rock bassist w/Prog Rock bands The Gomers and Zombeatles

River Reeves ~ Guitarist w/UK Indie Band Viola Beach

Jimmy Riley ~ 61 ~ Jamaican Reggae singer and Producer

Jit Samaroo ~ 65 ~ Trinidadian Steelpan musician and arranger

Scabs ~ 41 ~ American horror punk drummer w/Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13

Dorothy Schwartz ~ 89 ~ American singer w/ 1950's Pop vocal group The Chordettes ("Mr Sandman" & "Lollipop")

Jock Scot ~ 64 ~ Scottish poet and folk singer

Ross Shapiro ~ Singer/guitarist with 1990's Athens Georgia indie band The Glands

Micheal Sheppard ~ 59 ~ Los Angeles Punk and Industrial concert promoter and owner of Iridescence and Transparency Record labels

Shug ~ Singer with Scottish punk band The Snipes

Red Simpson ~ 81 ~ Arizona Honky Tonk singer/songwriter from the 1960's onward known for his trucking songs ("Roll Truck Roll", "Sam's Place")

Frank Sinatra Jr ~ 72 ~ American Pop singer

Robert Stigwood ~ 81 ~ Australian band manager (Bee Gees, Cream, John Leyton) and sometime partner with producer Joe Meek

Vi Subversa ~ 80 ~ British musician with Anarchist Punk band Poison Girls from 1976 to the 1990's.

Craig Tarry ~ Manager w/UK Indie Band Viola Beach

Jody Taylor ~ 43 ~ Vocalist with Vancouver 1990's Hardcore bands Strain and Kersey

Big John Thomas ~ 63 ~ Guitarist w/Welsh Hard Rock band Budgie

Marcus Turner ~ 59 ~ New Zealand folk singer and television host

L. C. Ulmer ~ 87 ~ American blues singer/guitarist from the 1950's onward

Vanity ~ 57 ~ Canadian 1980's R&B singer Prince and Vanity 6

Naná Vasconcelos ~ 71 ~ Brazilian jazz percussionist and vocalist, eight-time Grammy Award winner La Velle ~ 72 ~ American jazz and gospel singer

Conor Walsh ~ Irish indie rock pianist

Papa Wemba ~ 66 ~ Congolese Rumba singer

Maurice White ~ 74 ~ Singer/Percussionist with 1970's & 80's R&B band Earth Wind & Fire

Maxine Willan ~ Toronto Jazz pianist

Kim Williams ~ 68 ~ Nashville country songwriter w/Randy Travis, Joe Diffie, Reba McIntire, Garth Brooks

Rick Wright ~ 57 ~ American country music guitarist w/Connie Smith

Steve Young ~ 73 ~ Georgia Singer-Songwriter of the 1960's & 70's Outlaw Country movement, wrote "Seven Bridges Road" (later covered by The Eagles, Joan Baez and Dolly Parton) and songs by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr

Jimmie Van Zant ~ 59 ~ American rock musician w/Lynnard Skynnard

Pete Zorn ~ 65 ~ American multi-insturmentalist musician (Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson, Driver, The Albion Band)

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

A Couple Of Figure From The Avant Garde



Pierre Boulez ~ 90 ~ Avant Garde Classical composer and pioneer of Electronic, Serial and Chance Music from the 1940's onward. Influential on John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Phillip Glass, Glen Branca, one of the first to play the Ondes Martenot, an early electronic keyboard instrument.

PIERRE BOULEZ ~ "STRUCTURES 1 & 2";


PIERRE BOULEZ ~ "EQUIVALENCES";


ONDES MARTENOT DEMO;



Paul Bley ~ 83 ~ Ottawa based Free Jazz pianist, played with Ornette Coleman, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Chet Baker, Jimmy Giuffre, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorious, Charlie Parker

PAUL BLEY & CHARLIE PARKER;


PAUL BLEY & ORNETTE COLEMAN;


Tony Conrad ~ 76 ~ New York Avant Garde composer who started out as a guitarist with 1960's Garage band The Primitives along with Lou Reed and John Cale. Was a member of Theatre of Eternal Music, nicknamed The Dream Syndicate, which included John Cale, Angus MacLise, La Monte Young, and Marian Zazeela, who pioneered the use of feedback and sustained sound drones that would influence the Velvet Underground. Later became part of the Avant Garde scene with Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Glen Branca and Lukas Foss and composed soundtracks to art films.

THE PRIMITIVES ~ "THE OSTRICH";


THEATRE OF ETERNAL MUSIC ~ "B FLAT DORIAN BLUES";


THEATRE OF ETERNAL MUSIC ~ "THE FIRE IS A MIRROR";