Dance Macabre

Dance Macabre

Monday, 6 February 2017

Some Figures From Punk & New Wave

Pete Overend Watts ~ 69 ~ Bassist w/1970's Glam Rock band Mott the Hoople ("All The Young Dudes")

MOTT THE HOOPLE ~ "ALL THE YOUNG DUDES";


MOTT THE HOOPLE ~ "ALL THE WAY TO MEMPHIS";


Mike Kellie ~ 69 ~ British session drummer w/The Only Ones, Spooky Tooth, Joe Cocker, Traffic, George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Frampton, Maurice Gibb, Johnny Thunders, Neil Innes, Chris Jagger, Sean Tyla, Jim Capaldi, Pat Travers.

THE ONLY ONES ~ "ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET";


Deke Leonard ~ 72 ~ Welsh rock guitarist w/1970's pup rock band Man

MAN ~ "BANANAS";


Jaki Liebezeit ~ 78 ~ Drummer w/1970's German Prog-Rock band Can

CAN ~ "PAPERHOUSE";


CAN ~ "DIZZY DIZZY";


Robert Dahlqvist ~ 40 ~ Swedish singer/guitarist w/The Hellacopters, Thunder Express & Dundertåget
THE HELLACOPTERS ~ "CARRY ME HOME";


THE HELLACOPTERS ~ "BY THE GRACE OF GOD";


Mike Gaborno ~ 51 ~ American singer Cadillac Tramps, Manic Hispanic

THE CADILLAC TRAMPS ~ "IT'S ALRIGHT";


Gil Ray ~ 60 ~ Drummer w/American 1980's Power Pop bands Game Theory, Loud Family and Rain Parade
GAME THEORY ~ "ERICA'S WORLD";


GAME THEORY ~ "I'VE TRIED SUBTLY";


Bobby Lloyd Hicks ~ Memphis drummer w/Untamed Youth, Dave Alvin, Jonathan Richman, Steve Forbert, NRBQ, Skeletons & Symptoms, Bobby Lloyd & Windfall Prophets

BOBBY LLOYD HICKS & SKELETONS ~ "DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR" & "YOU REALLY GOT ME";


BOBBY LLOYD HICKS & THE SKELETONS ~ "CRAZY COUNTRY";


Larry Steinbachek ~ 56 ~ English keyboardist w/ Electro-Pop band Bronski Beat

BRONSKI BEAT ~ "SMALL TOWN BOY";


BRONSKI BEAT ~ "TELL ME WHY";

Friday, 3 February 2017

Some Figures From The 1950's & 60's

Tommy Allsup ~ 86 ~ American Rockabilly & Western Swing Guitarist w.Buddy Holly, Bob Wills, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, The Ventures

BUDDY HOLLY ~ "LOVE'S MADE A FOOL OF YOU";


Sonny Geraci ~ 69 ~ Singer with American 1960's Garage band The Outsiders ("Time Won't Let Me") and 1970's Soul group Climax ("Precious & Few")

THE OUTSIDERS ~ "TIME WON'T LET ME";


Björn Thelin ~ 74 ~ Bassist w/Swedish 1960's Surf Band The Spotnicks

THE SPOTNICKS ~ "ROCKET MAN";


THE SPOTNICKS ~ "THUNDERNEST";


Franz Jarnach ~ 72 ~ Keyboardist for 1960's German Beat band Die Rattles

DIE RATTLES ~ "COME ON & SING";


Jerzy Kossela ~ 74 ~ Guitarist and vocalist with 1960's Polish rock bands Niebiesko-Czarni (The Blue Blacks)and Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars)

CZERWONE GITARY ~ "ANNA MARIA";


Sylvester Potts ~ 78 ~ American 1960's soul singer w/The Contours ("Do You Love Me")

THE CONTOURS ~ "DO YOU LOVE ME";


Bobby Freeman ~ 76 ~ American R&B singer and songwriter ("Do You Want to Dance")

BOBBY FREEMAN ~ "DO YOU WANNA DANCE";


BOBBY FREEMAN ~ "COME ON & SWIM";


Buddy Greco ~ 90 ~ American 1950's Big Band Pop singer & pianist

BUDDY GRECO ~ "THE LADY IS A TRAMP";


SVEND ASMUSSEN ~ "BEHAVE YOURSELF";


SVEND ASMUSSEN ~ "SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET";


SVEND ASMUSSEN ~ "HALLELUJAH I'M A BUM";

Thursday, 26 January 2017

The People Who Died (So Far) 2017 Edition

Tommy Allsup ~ 86 ~ American Rockabilly & Western Swing Guitarist w.Buddy Holly, Bob Wills, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, The Ventures

Auriel Andrew, 69, Australian country singer

Svend Asmussen ~ 100 ~ Danish swing jazz violinist played w/Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Stephane Grappelli, Ray Nance, Fats Waller, Josephine Baker, Jon-Luc Ponty, Stuff Smith

David Axelrod, 83, American Jazz and R&B drummer, arranger, composer and producer w/Lou Rawls, Cannonball Adderly, later wrote & produced two Orchestral Rock albums for the Electric Prunes ("Mass in F Minor" and "Release of an Oath")

Meir Banai ~ 55 ~ Israeli folk-pop singer

Loalwa Braz ~ 63 ~ Brazilian singer-songwriter ("Lambada")

Ramón Cordero ~ 76 ~ Dominican bachata singer

Larry Coryell ~ 73 ~ American Jazz-Fusion guitarist from the 1960's onward w/Gary Burton, Alphonse Mouzon, John McLaughlin, Randy Brecker, Herbie Mann, Charles Mingus, Joey DeFrancesco

Terry Cryer ~ 82 ~ British jazz and blues photographer

Robert Dahlqvist ~ 40 ~ Swedish singer/guitarist w/The Hellacopters, Thunder Express & Dundertåget

Ronnie Davis ~ 66 ~ Jamaican reggae singer

Johnny Dick ~ 73 ~ Australian drummer (John Paul Young, Fanny Adams, Wild Cherries)

Tom Edwards ~ 41 ~ Guitarist w/Adam Ant, Aztec Camera, Edwyn Collins,Fields Of The Nephilim

Bobby Freeman ~ 76 ~ American R&B singer and songwriter ("Do You Want to Dance")

Guitar Gable ~ 79 ~ American blues musician

Mike Gaborno ~ 51 ~ American singer Cadillac Tramps, Manic Hispanic

Tibério Gaspar ~ 73 ~ Brazilian musician and composer

Sonny Geraci ~ 69 ~ Singer with American 1960's Garage band The Outsiders ("Time Won't Let Me") and 1970's Soul group Climax ("Precious & Few")

Buddy Greco ~ 90 ~ American 1950's Big Band Pop singer

Horacio Guarany ~ 91 ~ Argentine folk singer

Karl Hendricks ~ 46 ~ Pittsburgh singer, songwriter and guitarist w/1990's alternative band (Karl Hendricks Trio),

Nat Hentoff ~ 91 ~ American Jazz historian and critic

Bobby Lloyd Hicks ~ Memphis drummer w/Untamed Youth, Dave Alvin, Jonathan Richman, Steve Forbert, NRBQ, Skeletons & Symptoms, Bobby Lloyd & Windfall Prophets

Richie Ingui ~ 70 ~ Singer with 1970's American soul group Soul Survivors, ("Expressway Of Love")

Alan Jabbour ~ 74 ~ American old-time fiddler and folklorist

Franz Jarnach ~ 72 ~ Keyboardist for 1960's German Beat band The Rattles

Mike Kellie ~ 69 ~ British session drummer w/The Only Ones, Spooky Tooth, Joe Cocker, Traffic, George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Frampton, Maurice Gibb, Johnny Thunders, Neil Innes, Chris Jagger, Sean Tyla, Jim Capaldi, Pat Travers.

Thandi Klaasen ~ 86 ~ South African jazz singer

Jerzy Kossela ~ 74 ~ Guitarist and vocalist with 1960's Polish rock bands Niebiesko-Czarni (The Blue Blacks)and Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars)

Steve Lang, 67 ~ Bassist w/Canadian rock band April Wine ("Flight Of The Gypsy Queen", "I Like To Rock", "Roller", "Enough Is Enough"

Nolitha Langa ~ 51 ~ South African gospel singer

James Laurence ~ 27 ~ American musician and record producer w/Instrumental Hip-Hop band Friendzone

Jaki Liebezeit ~ 78 ~ Drummer w/1970's German Prog-Rock band Can

Deke Leonard ~ 72 ~ Welsh rock guitarist w/1970's pup rock band Man

Rina Matsuno ~ 18 ~ Japanese pop singer w/J-Pop band Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku

Geoff Nicholls ~ 68 ~ English keyboardist (Black Sabbath, Quartz)

Pericoma Okoye ~ Nigerian singer

William Onyeabor ~ 70 ~ Nigerian singer-songwriter

Sylvester Potts ~ 78 ~ American 1960's soul singer w/The Contours ("Do You Love Me")

Elkin Ramírez ~ 54 ~ Colombian singer-songwriter w/Prog-Rock band Kraken

Gil Ray ~ 60 ~ Drummer w/American 1980's Power Pop bands Game Theory, Loud Family and Rain Parade

Maggie Roche ~ 65 ~ American singer-songwriter w/1970's & 80's Folk band The Roches

Tony Särkkä ~ 45 ~ Multi-instrumentalist w/Swedish Black Metal bands Abruptum & Ophthalamia

Charles "Bobo" Shaw ~ 69 ~ American jazz drummerw/Lester Bowie & Cecil Taylor

Marc Spitz ~ 47 ~ American music writer (We Got the Neutron Bomb, Bowie: A Biography) and music journalist for Spin Magazine

Larry Steinbachek ~ 56 ~ English keyboardist w/ Electro-Pop band Bronski Beat

Chuck Stewart ~ 89 ~ American jazz photographer

Clyde Stubblefield ~ 73 ~ American R&B drummer w/James Brown

Björn Thelin ~ 74 ~ Bassist w/Swedish 1960's Surf Band The Spotnicks

Butch Trucks ~ 69 ~ American drummer w/The Allman Brothers Band

Maurice Vander ~ 87 ~ French jazz pianist and composer

Pete Overend Watts ~ 69 ~ Bassist w/1970's Glam Rock band Mott the Hoople ("All The Young Dudes")

John Wetton ~ 67 ~ Bassist/vocalist w/King Crimson & Asia ("The Heat Of The Moment" & "Only Time Will Tell")

Steve Wright ~ Bassist guitarist w/1980's American pop band The Greg Kihn Band

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sharon Jones and some 1950's & 60's R&B And Jazz Singers

Sharon Jones ~ 60 ~ American singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) was probably the best traditional soul singer of the modern era. She had had a long battle with cancer which had seemed to be in remission and at the time of her death she was in a popular car TV ad

SHARON JONES ~ "100 Nights";


SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS ~ "STRANGER TO MY HAPPINESS";


SHARON JONES ~ "MIDNIGHT RIDER";


Prince Buster ~ 78 ~ Jamaican ska musician ("One Step Beyond" (later covered by Madness), "Al Capone", "Madness")

PRINCE BUSTER ~ "AL CAPONE";
PRINCE BUSTER ~ "ONE STEP BEYOND";


PRINCE BUSTER ~ "WASH WASH";


Clyde Stubblefield ~ 73 ~ American R&B drummer w/James Brown

JAMES BROWN


JAMES BROWN ~ "I GOT THE FEELING";


Joan Marie Johnson ~ 72 ~ Singer w/1960's Girl Group the Dixie Cups ("Chapel Of Love", "Iko Iko");
THE DIXIE CUPS ~ "CHAPEL OF LOVE";


THE DIXIE CUPS ~ "IKO IKO";


Diz Russell, 83, American singer w/1950's & 60's Doo-Wop groups The Regals and The Orioles ("It's Too Soon To Know", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Crying In The Chapel", "It's Gonna Be A Lonely Christmas")

THE ORIOLES ~ "CRYING IN THE CHAPEL";


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'";


Shelly Moore ~ 84 ~ British born American Big Band Jazz singer from the 1950's & 60's w/Vic Lewis, Ramsey Lewis, Ray McKinney and Plas Johnson, recorded on Argo Records

SHELLY MOORE ~ "WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE LOW";



Joe Ligon, 80, American gospel singer (Mighty Clouds of Joy)

THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY ~ "WALK AROUND HEAVEN";


Clifford Curry ~ 79 ~ American 1960's R&B singer ("She Shot a Hole in My Soul")
CLIFFORD CURRY ~ "SHE SHOT A HOLE IN MY HEART";


Shirley Bunnie Foy ~ 80 ~ 1960's and 70's American Jazz, Gospel and R&B singer w/Archie Shepp, Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, The Dell-Tones

ARCHIE SHEPP & BUNNIE FOY ~ "SEA OF FACES";

Friday, 9 September 2016

Some More Figures From The 1950's & 60's

Leonard Cohen ~ 82 ~ Montreal singer/songwriter/poet/novelist from the 1960's onward "Hallelujah", "Suzanne", "First We Take Manhattan", "The Future", "Bird On A Wire", "Everybody Knows";

LEONARD COHEN ~ "HALLELUJAH";


LEONARD COHEN ~ "FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN";


LEONARD COHEN ~ "THE FUTURE";


Rick Parfit ~ 68 ~ British singer/guitarist w 1960's & 70's band Status Quo ("Pictures Of Matchstick Men", "Rockin' All Over The World") and Bandaid ("We Are The World");

STATUS QUO ~ "PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN";


STATUS QUO ~ "THE WANDERER";


Buck Ormsby ~ 75 ~ Bassist with 1960's Seattle Garage Punks The Fabulous Wailers ("Louie Louie" & "Tall Cool One", "Out Of Our Tree")

THE WAILERS ~ "TALL COOL ONE";


ROCKIN' ROBIN ROBERTS & THE WAILERS ~ "LOUIE LOUIE";


Rex DeLong ~ Guitarist w/1960's Surf Band The Rumblers ("Boss");
THE RUMBLERS ~ "BOSS";


Joe Clay ~ 78 ~ American 1950's Rockabilly singer/guitarist did "Ducktail", "Doggone It", "16 Chicks", "Get On The Right Track" (later covered by the Polecats)

JOE CLAY ~ "DUCKTAIL";


JOE CLAY ~ "16 CHICKS";


Martin Stone ~ 69 ~ British 1960's & 70's guitarist w/The Action, Savoy Brown Blues Band, Snakefinger, Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, Pink Fairies, the The 101ers, Wreckless Eric, Marianne Faithful.

THE ACTION ~ "I'LL KEEP ON HOLDING ON";


THE ACTION ~ "SHADOWS & REFLECTIONS";


THE PINK FAIRIES;


Jim Lowe ~ 93 ~ American 1950's pop/country singer songwriter "The Green Door", "The Gambler's Guitar" (also covered by Rusty Draper), "Four Walls" (also covered by Jim Reeves), "Mabellene", "Blue Suede Shoes"

JIM LOWE ~ "THE GAMBLER'S GUITAR";


JIM LOWE ~ MAYBELLENE";


JIM LOWE ~ "THE GREEN DOOR";


Bobby Vee ~ 73 ~ 1950's American pop singer ("Take Good Care Of My Baby" & "The Night Has 1000 Eyes")

BOBBY VEE ~ "TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY";


BOBBY VEE ~ "THE NIGHT HAS 1000 EYES";


Jean Shepard ~ 82 ~ American Country singer from the 1950's to the 70's ("A Dear John Letter", "Slippin' Away", "Second Fiddle To An Old Guitar", "Beautiful Lies")

JEAN SHEPARD ~ "SECOND FIDDLE TO AN OLD GUITAR";


JEAN SHEPARD ~ "IF YOU CAN WALK AWAY";


JEAN SHEPARD ~ "BEAUTIFUL LIES";


Fred Hellerman ~ 89 ~ American folk singer w/The Weavers "Goodnight Irene", "Kisses Sweeter than Wine", "The Wreck of the John B" (aka "Sloop John B"), "Rock Island Line", "The Midnight Special", "Pay Me My Money Down", "Darling Corey" and "Wimoweh")

THE WEAVERS;


Kay Starr ~ 94 ~ American pop and jazz singer from the 1940's & 1950's ("Rock & Roll Waltz", "It's A Good Day", "Wheel Of Fortune")

KAY STARR ~ "IT'S A GOOD DAY" & "WHEEL OF FORTUNE";


KAY STARR & BRENDA LEE ~ "AROUND THE WORLD";


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Alan Vega & Suicide And Some Other Punk & New Wave Figures

Even in the Artsy New York Punk scene of the mid-to-late 1970's Suicide were an oddity. While every other band was guitar based, Suicide were keyboard based. As played by Martin Rev on what was originally a cheap broken-down 1960's vintage Farfisa organ and various guitar effects pedals which produced a collection of bleeps, hisses, farts, metronomic bleats and feedback that basically sounded like Giorgio Moroder playing Space Invaders in a washing machine.

SUICIDE ~ "GHOST RIDER";


What prevented this from being an obscure art project was vocalist Alan Vega. On top of this cacophony Vega sang a collection of shrieks and moans while encased in black leather and sporting a greasy pompadour and a sneering pout like Gene Vincent on acid. His song lyrics were cribbed from comic books, rockabilly, sci-fi b movies and biker flicks with titles like "Ghost Rider", "Rocket USA" or "Frankie Teardrop". Vega also played up the outlaw biker image by onstage antics like swinging a bike chain and charging into the audience to pick fights with the hecklers the band often attracted. Starting in 1970, nobody knew quite what to make of them. Vega and Rev strongly identified with early punks like The Stooges, New York Dolls and Patti Smith who they often played with, to often confused audiences.

SUICIDE ~ "CHEREE";


Their first album "Suicide" came out in 1977, during the era of the first classic era of punk to largely bewildered critics who had little to compare it to. Earlier or contemporary bands like The Silver Apples, Lothar & The Hand People, Cabaret Voltaire, Kraftwerk or Throbbing Gristle were either forgotten or obscure for even the most Bohemian hipsters. A second album produced by Ric Okasek of the Cars was slightly slicker and less noisy. There would even be an attempt in a dance club single in "Dream Baby Dream" which shockingly failed to chart.

SUICIDE ~ "DREAM BABY DREAM";


Aside from a number of albums consisting of live tracks, demos and remixes that that was the end for Suicide. However by 1980 Alan Vega had moved on to a solo career with albums of weird, minimalist rockabilly and others of moody electropop. There would be a Suicide reunion on the late 80's. Vega also focused on art and metal sculpture.

ALAN VEGA ~ "JUKE BOX BABE";


Billy Miller ~ Singer for 1980's & 1990's garage punk band The A-Bones and later co-founder of Norton Records, the premier label for re-issuing classic 1950's & 1960's trashy Rockabilly, Surf, Garage, Blues and R&B. Later branched out into new releases of contemporary trashy R&R Punk groups and veterans like Andre Williams, The Sonics, Bloodshot Bill, Hasil Adkins

THE A-BONES ~ "BABY DOLL";


The Clean were a leaders of the Post-Pink New Wave in New Zealand. Led by guitarist David Kilgour and singer/bassist Peter Gutteridge the Clean had an angular and jangly sound similar to the Soft Boys or XTC. Their impact was lessened by their inability to tour due to Gutteridge's drug problems however and broke up in 1980. Gutteridge would go on to similar bands the Chills, Snapper, The Great Unwashed and The Puddle and solo albums. He had recently made his first trip out of New Zealand.

THE CLEAN ~ "SHE GOES SHE GOES";


THE CLEAN ~ "BEATNIK";


THE CLEAN ~ "TALLY HO!";


THE CLEAN ~ "ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN";


THE GREAT UNWASHED ~ "NECK OF THE WOODS";


Pete Burns ~ 57 ~ Singer with British New Wave band Dead Or Alive ("You Spin Me Round");

DEAD OR ALIVE ~ "YOU SPIN ME ROUND";


DEAD OR ALIVE ~ "THAT'S THE WAY (I LIKE IT)";

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Micky Fitz ~ 57 ~ British 1980's punk singer w/The Business ("Harry May")

THE BUSINESS ~ "HARRY MAY";


Hagen Liebing ~ 55 ~ Bassist w/German punk band Die Ärzte

DIE ARTZE ~ "M&F";


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Some Figures From The Toronto Punk & New Wave

Tony Vincent (AKA Tony Torcher) ~ Drummer with 1970's & 80's Toronto Punk Bands The Ugly, The Viletones and Screaming Sam

THE VILETONES ~ "THE LAST GUY IN TOWN";


THE VILETONES ~ "REBEL";


Jonathan Davies ~ Drummer for Toronto Post-Punk bands The Kinetic Ideals, Breeding Ground and National Velvet

THE KINETIC IDEALS ~ "THESE THINGS";


THE KINETIC IDEALS ~ "THIS FACE";


BREEDING GROUND ~ "THIS TIME TOMORROW";


NATIONAL VELVET ~ "FLESH UNDER SKIN";


NATIONAL VELVET ~ "SEX GORILLA";


Also; While clearly not from a Punk or New Wave band, Brian Rading ~ 69 ~ Canadian bassist w/ 1970's pop band Five Man Electrical Band ("Signs") and 1960's Garage band The Staccatos

THE STACCATOS ~ "BUTCHERS & BAKERS";


FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND ~ "SIGNS";