Dance Macabre

Dance Macabre

Monday, 8 June 2015

Some Figures From The 1950's & 60's Folk Revival

Ronnie Gilbert ~ 88 ~ Singer with The Weavers (along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman), the group who kicked off the 1950's Folk Revival with hits like "Goodnight Irene", "Kisses Sweeter than Wine", "The Wreck of the John B" (aka "Sloop John B"), "Rock Island Line", "If I Had A Hammer", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and "The Midnight Special". The Weavers popularized the work of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Solomon Linda and John Jacob Niles and influenced later figures like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Rooftop Singers, Kingston Trio and The Tokens. The Weavers were also heavily involved in left wing politics especially civil rights and anti-war and as such they were widely blacklisted from radio and television after Seeger and Hays refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Committee, and even though they scored a number of pop hits. The broke up and reformed several times throughout the mid-fifties and sixties until they finally disbanded in 1964. They reformed for a reunion in 1980 which was filmed for a hit movie "Wasn't That A Party". Ronnie Gilbert went on to sing with the group HARP with Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie as well as Holly Near. She later wrote and appeared in a one-woman show about early twentieth century leftist leader Mother Jones.

THE WEAVERS ~ "GOODNIGHT IRENE";


THE WEAVERS ~ "TZENA TZENA TZENA";


THE WEAVERS ~ "WIMOWEH";


Jean Richie ~ 92 ~ American folk singer and mountain dulcimer player of the early 1960's Folk Revival, known as Queen Of The Dulcimer, she singlehandedly popularized the insturment.

JEAN RICHIE ~ "SHADY GROVE";


JEAN RICHIE ~ "MY DEAR COMPANION";


Bruce Rowland ~ 74 ~ Drummer for 1960's British Folk-Rock band Fairport Convention, Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood, Shawn Phillips, Andy Mackay, Jackie Lomax, also played on "Jesus Christ Superstore".

FAIRPORT CONVENTION ~ "TIME THE WISER";


FAIRPORT CONVENTION;


Tut Taylor ~ 91 ~ American Bluegrass dobro player from the 1960's on with The Folk Swingers, The Dixie Gentlemen, John Hartford's Aero-Plane, and Jerry Douglas

JOHN HARTFORD ~ "TURN YOUR RADIO ON";


JOHN HARDFORD'S AERO-PLANE ~ "STEAM POWERED AEROPLANE";


Friday, 15 May 2015

B.B. King, Ben E King & Other R&B Figures


BB King ~ 89 ~ Iconic Blues singer & guitarist from the 1950's on. Born in Mississippi as Riley B King, he learned blues and gospel including having singer Bukka White as a mentor. When White moved to Memphis King went as well. King became a performer on Beale Street where he picked up the name "B.B" meaning "Blues Boy" King. He met T Bone Walker and appeared on Sonnyboy Williamson's radio show and was recorded by Sam Phillips' (later owner of Sun Records) for King Records in 1949. He began a string of hits that lasted all through the 1970's including "You Know I Love You", "Woke Up This Morning", "Please Love Me", "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer", "Whole Lotta Love", "You Upset Me Baby", "Every Day I Have the Blues", "Sneakin' Around", "Ten Long Years", "Bad Luck", "Sweet Little Angel", "On My Word of Honor", "Please Accept My Love" and "The Thrill Is Gone". In 1988 he scored a comeback hit in a duo with U@ on "When Love Comes To Town". He developed a distinctive style based on his dislike of playing and singing simultaneously by instead singing a line then backing it up with a guitar line as a call and response. He was cited as a major influence by Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Gary Moore, all of whom he played with. He also appeared in movies and TV commercials including "Blue Brothers 2000". He continued to tour until late last year when health issues finally sent him into hospice care.

BB KING ON TV 1968 pt.1;


BB KING Pt.2;
BB KING & JIMI HENDRIX with PAUL BUTTERFIELD 1968;


Ben E King ~ 76 ~ R&B singer best known for the classics "Stand By Me" and "Save The Last Dance For Me". King was singing with Doo Wop group the Five Crowns around 1958 when the manager of The Drifters, an established group, hired the Five Crowns to replace the original Drfiters who had quit or been fired. The Drifters had several hits including "There Goes My Baby", "Save The Last Dance", "This Magic Moment" and "I Count The Tears" (the melody and chorus of which was later lifted for the Grassroots hit "Live For Today". He would later go on to many more solo hit including "Spanish Harlem", "Stand by Me" and "I Who Have Nothing". Also recorded with LaVern Baker, Dee Dee Sharp, Bo Diddly and The Average White Band. BEN E KING ~ "STAND BY ME":


BEN E KING ~ "SPANISH HARLEM";


Percy Sledge ~ 74 ~ R&B singer with Atlantic Records, had hit with classic hit version of "When A Man Loves A Woman"

PERCY SLEDGE ~ "WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN";


Harold Battiste ~ 83 ~ New Orleans Jazz pianist, saxophonist, composer and arranger/ worked with Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"), Joe Jones, Lee Dorsey ("Ya Ya"), Sonny and Cher ("I Got You Babe"), Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Joe Jones, Tom Waits

SAM COOKE ~ "YOU SEND ME";


LEE DORSEY ~ "YA YA";


SONNY & CHER ~ "I GOT YOU BABE";

Friday, 24 April 2015

A Few Figures From The New Wave

Steve Strange was the singer for early 1980's New Wave band Visage, and the founder of the brief New Romantic movement, a glammed up response to the dark and angry world of Punk, Posy Punk and Goth. Strange (real name Steve Harrington) was originally one of the group of early fans of the Sex Pistols who followed the band around wearing flashy punk gear including and who later formed bands of their own including Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin (of the Banshees), Billy Idol and Tony James (Generation X), Shane McGowan (Pogues), and Sid Vicious who later joined the Pistols. Strange began forming abortive bands of his own using musicians like Chrissy Hynde (later of the Pretenders) Vince Ely (Psychedelic Furs), Mark Ryan (Adam & The Ants) and Topper Headon (The Clash).

VISAGE ~ "THE DAMNED DON'T CRY";


By 1979 Strange was able to put together a group working with Midge Ure scooping a member of Ures old band The Rich Kids Rusty Eagan (later in Ultravox along with Ure) and members of Magazine (then on hiatus); Barry Adamson, John McGeoch and Dave Formula. They recorded the first album "Visage" produced by Martin Rushent in 1979 and scored hits with the classic "Fade To Grey", "Mind Of A Toy" and "Tar". A followup album "The Anvil came in 1981 with hits in "The Damned Don't Cry" and "Night Train".

VISAGE ~ "FADE TO GREY";


With it's first album Visage moved away from it's Punk roots and into a more glam image influenced by the Holy Trinity of Bowie, Roxy Music and T-Rex and Strange as the frontman became the defacto spokesman of the New Romantic movement. The New Romantics response to the dark and angry Punk and Post-Punk was to retreat into dance music with often pretentious but meaningless lyrics and over-the-top flashy clothes and makeup. Later, far more successful New Romantics included Adam & The Ants, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Ultravox and Spandau Ballet.

VISAGE ~ "MIND OF A TOY";


As for Visage, such a flashy collection of veterans led by a prima-donna singer in Strange was bound to be unstable and Strange's increasing drug problems didn't help. By 1981 Ure had left to take over a reformed Ultravox (after John Foxx left), taking Billy Currie. Barry Adamson went off to record with Steve Shelly and Nick Cave and John McGeogh joined Siouxsie & The Banshees. Legal problems further tied up the band until 1984 by which time Visage (never popular with critics anyway) were decidedly old hat. A very slick and fashionable hat mind you but old. An attempt at a solo career fared no better and Strange retreated into drugs for more than a decade returning in 2004 for the 80's revival circuit. He died of a heart attack at age 55.

VISAGE ~ "NIGHT TRAIN";


Nick Marsh ~ 53 ~ Singer w/British New Wave/Goth band Flesh For Lulu ("I Go Crazy" used in soundtrack for "Some Kind Of Wonderful" and "Postcards From Paradise" later covered by The Replacements and The Goo Goo Dolls). Marsh later formed Gigantic and Urban Voodoo Machine.

FLESH FOR LULU ~ "I GO CRAZY";


FLESH FOR LULU ~ "POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE";

ESP Records Label Founder Dies

Bernard Stollman ~ 85 ~ Founder of American Jazz, Folk and Underground Rock record label ESP-Disk. ESP was an odd label orginally set up by Stollman to release records in Esperanto, an artificially created language which still has thousands of hobbyist followers. Realizing that this was not exactly a large audience base Stollman was persuaded to branch out into other music focusing on an eccentric collection of avant garde folk (The Holy Modal Rounders, Old Time Custard Suckers), Free Jazz (Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Pharaoh Sanders, Sun Ra) re-releases of other jazz (Billie Holliday, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Paul Bley) underground Rock (The Fugs, Godz, Pearls Before Swine, Jayne County), spoken word (William Bouroughs, Timothy Leary) world music and assorted weirdness (Charles Manson, Yma Sumac) . The label suspended recordings in the 1970's although the existing catalog has always been kept in print. ESP recorded a number of artists who other wise might have been forgotten and kept their work in print. On the down side Stollman was notorious for not paying royalties to his artists.

THE GODZ ~ PROMO CLIP;


THE GODZ ~ "CANDY'S GOING BAD";


JAYNE COUNTY ~ "ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH TO BE A WOMAN?"


THE FUGS ~ "KILL FOR PEACE";


THE FUGS ~ "BOOBS-A-LOT";


THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS ~ "BOUND TO LOOSE";


ALBERT AYLER ~ "SUMMERTIME";


SUN RA ARKESTRA ~ "SHADOW WORLD";


ORNETTE COLEMAN ~ "ROMA";


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Some 1950's & 1960's Figures Pass On



Ornette Coleman ~ 85 ~ Iconic Jazz Sax player and founder of Free Jazz from 1950's on.
ORNETTE COLEMAN ~ "THE SOUNDTRACK";




Jack Ely ~ 71 ~ Singer with 1960's Garage Band The Kingsmen on classic hits like "Louie Louie", "Jolly Green Giant". Quit the Kingsmen after a messy legal dispute and formed The Courtmen and recorded a cover of "Louie Louie" and "Ride Baby Ride" to limited success. Later drafted into the army during the Vietnam War, developed a drug habit and quit the music business.

THE KINGSMEN ~ "LOUIE LOUIE";


THE KINGSMEN ~ "MONEY";


Keith McCormack ~ 74 ~ 1950's & 60's American singer w/The Patio Kids, the Rock 'n' Rollers, the Latin Teens and the String-A-Longs and songwriter of "Sugar Shack" later covered in hit version by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs

JIMMY GILMER & THE FIREBALLS ~ "SUGAR SHACK";
Johnny Gimble ~ 88 ~ Western Swing fiddle with Bob Wills & Texas Playboys, later with Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty,Connie Smith, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, and Chet Atkins> Appeared (as Wills) in Clint Eastwood's 1982 movie "Honky Tony Man".

BOB WILLS & TEXAS PLAYBOYS ~ "STAY A LITTLE LONGER";


BOB WILLS & TEXAS PLAYBOYS ~ "IDA RED";


BOB WILLS & TEXAS PLAYBOYS ~ "SAN ANTONIO ROSE";


Jim Ed Brown ~ 81 ~ Singer with 1950's Country group The Browns w/hits "Three Little Bells", "Scarlet Ribbons", "Blue Christmas"

THE BROWNS ~ "THREE LITTLE BELLS";


Dorothy Ann Dillard ~ 91 ~ Singer with 1950's & 60's pop vocal group The Anita Kerr Singers who sang backup for Perry Como, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Pete Fountain, Al, Hirt, Burl Ives, Snookie Lanson, Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, Jimmy Dean as well as on The Grand Ole Opry.

ANITA KERR SINGERS ~ "OH LONESOME ME";


Wally Lester ~ 73 ~ American singer w/1950's Doo-Wop group The Skyliners ("Since I Don't Have You" & "Pennies From Heaven").

THE SKYLINERS ~ "SINCE I DON'T HAVE YOU";


Twinkle ~ 66 ~ (Real name Lynn Annette Ripley) British 1960's singer/songwriter had hits w/"Terry" (a reworking of "The Leader Of The Pack") and "Golden Lights" (later covered by the Smiths) TWINKLE ~ "TERRY";


Monday, 6 April 2015

Some 1960's Prog & Psyche Rockers Pass On

Edgar Frosse ~ Keyboardist and founder of German electronic pioneers Tangerine Dream. Originally playing with a Psychedelic Rock band The Ones who recorded a single in 1967, Frosse formed Tangerine Dream and recorded their first album in 1969. Over more than a dozen albums Tangerine Dream's sound utilized the new technology of Moog synthesizers to make long insturmentals which paved the way for later electronic groups such as Kraftwerk and early Industrial groups like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire and later New Age electronic noodlers like Jean Micheal Jarre and Yani. Unlike most other electronic groups who mostly kept to the studio Tangerine Dream toured heavily throughout the 1970's and 80's recording many live albums. They also moved into soundtrack work with influencial music for "Thief" and "Sorcerer". By the 1990's most other such groups evolved into dance music but Tangerine Dream instead drifted into dull New Age albums and some ill-advised attempts at crossover appeal by adding the occasional vocalist. By then after several lineup changes Frosse was the only original member left although his son did join the group.

TANGERINE DREAM ~ LIVE 1975;


TANGERINE DREAM;


Dave Ball ~ Guitarist for 1960's Prog-Rock band Procul Harum ~ 65

PROCUL HARUM ~ "WHITER SHADE OF PALE";


PROCUL HARUM ~ "A SALTY DOG";


Preston Ritter, 65, American drummer w/The Electric Prunes, later w/Beach Boys, Linda Rondstad

THE ELECTRIC PRUNES ~ "I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT";


THE ELECTRIC PRUNES ~ "GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME";


THE ELECTRIC PRUNES ~ "LONG DAY'S FLIGHT";


Micheal Brown ~ 65 ~ Keyboardist for 1960's Baroque Pop band The Left Banke ("Don't Walk Away Rene"), later in Montage, The Stories, The Beckies.

THE LEFT BANKE ~ "WALK AWAY RENEE";


Chris Squire ~ 67 ~ English bass guitarist for 1970's Prog Rock Band Yes

YES ~ "OWNER OF A LONELY HEART";


YES ~ "FLY FROM HERE";


John Trout ~ Keyboardist for U.K. Prog Rock band Renaissance

RENAISSANCE IN 1977;


John Renbourn, 70, British guitarist w/ 1960's folk-rock band Pentangle, later solo and with Stefan Grossman

PENTANGLE ~ "MAY THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN";


PENTANGLE ~ "LIGHT FLIGHT";


Jerome Cooper ~ 68 ~ Free Jazz drummer with 1960's & 70 group The Revolutionary Ensemble also, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor. Also played trumpet, flute and piano.

THE REVOLUTIONARY ENSEMBLE ~ "INVASION";


THE REVOLUTIONARY ENSEMBLE ~ "PSYCHE";




Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The People Who Died (so far) ~ 2015 Edition



Clifford Adams, 62, American trombonist (Kool & the Gang)

Daevid Allen ~ 77 ~ Australian musician with 1970's British Prog Rock bands Soft Machine, Gong

Archie Alleyne ~ 82 ~ Toronto Swing and Be Bop drummer from the 1940's on. Played with Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Harry Sweets Edison, Teddy Wilson, Ben Webster.

Sam Andrew ~ Guitarist with Janis Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company ~ 73

Maurizio Arcieri ~ 72 Italian singer (The New Dada, Krisma)

Dave Ball ~ Guitarist for 1960's Prog-Rock band Procul Harum ~ 65

Inezita Barroso ~ 90 Brazilian folk singer

Ortheia Barnes ~ 70 ~ American R&B and jazz singer

Harold Battiste ~ 83 ~ New Orleans Jazz pianist, saxophonist, composer and arranger/ worked with Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"), Joe Jones, Lee Dorsey ("Ya Ya"), Sonny and Cher ("I Got You Babe"), Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Joe Jones, Tom Waits

James "Bob" Belden ~ 58 ~ American Jazz saxophonist, band leader, composer producer, won Grammy Award for "The Black Dahlia", worked with Miles Davis' band after Miles' death. Also wrote Grammy Award winning liner notes for other artists.

Marcus Belgrave ~ 78 ~ American jazz trumpeter from the 1950's on. Played w/ Clifford Brown, Ray Charles, Gunther Schuller, Carl Craig, Max Roach, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and John Sinclair.

Hugo Blanco, 74, Venezuelan musician and composer of Venezualan/Cuban music called "orquídea".

Buddy Boudreaux ~ 97 ~ New Orleans Big Band sax and clarinet player, bandleader and composer, from the 1920's on. Played w/Dorsey Brothers, Bob Crosby and Buddy Rich and later Andy Williams, Bernadette Peters, Doc Severinsen, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, Bob Hope, George Burns and Joan Rivers, wrote "My Baton Rouge" which was made the city's theme song

Errol Brown ~ 71 ~ Jamaican-born British singer w Soul Group Hot Chocolate ("You Sexy Thing")

Jeremy Brown, 34, American guitarist (Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts)

Jim Ed Brown ~ 81 ~ American singer w/1950's Country band The Browns w/hits like "Three Little Bells"

Micheal Brown ~ 65 ~ Keyboardist for 1960's Baroque Pop band The Left Banke ("Don't Walk Away Rene"), later in Montage, The Stories, The Beckies.

Bob Burns ~ 64 ~ American drummer w/Lynyrd Skynyrd

Billy Butler ~ 1960's R&B singer recorded with OKeh Records with hits like "The Right Track" also songwriter and guitarist with brother Jerry Butler and Gene Chandler ~ 69

Brian Carman ~ 69 ~ Guitarist with surf band The Chantays ("Pipeline")

Nicholas Crisostomo ~ 25 ~ Drummer w/Georgia Death Metal band Khaotika

Aldo Ciccolini ~ Italian-born French classical pianist who had some crossover success in the late 60's with his recordings of the works of Erik Satie and Claude Debussey ~ 89

Scott Clendenin ~ 47 ~ American bassist (Death, Control Denied)

Dave Cloud ~ Singer/Guitarist with 1990's Nashville Garage Punk band Dave Cloud & The Gospel Of Power ~ 58

Ornette Coleman ~ 85 ~ Iconic sax player and founder of Free Jazz

Stan Cornyn ~ 81 ~ Advertising exec, album cover art director and liner note writer for Warner Bros records

Jerome Cooper ~ 68 American Free Jazz drummer from the 1960's on, also played trumpet, flute and piano, played with The Revolutionary Ensemble also Cecil Taylor, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton.

Don Covay ~ American R&B singer and songwriter ("Chain of Fools") ~ 76

B.J. Crosby 63 ~ American jazz and Broadway singer and actress ("Smokey Joe's Cafe")

Andre Crouch ~ American Gospel singer from the 1960's on ~ 72

Suzanne Crough ~ 52 ~ American child actress/tambourine player The Partridge Family

Bruce Crump ~ American rock drummer (Molly Hatchet) ~ 57

Milton DeLugg ~ 96 ~ American composer, band leader and producer for Jackie Wilson and Buddy Holly ("Rave On")

Little Jimmy Dickens ~ American country music singer from the 1950's on("May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose"), Grand Ole Opry regular ~ 94

Dorothy Ann Dillard ~ 91 ~ Singer with 1950's & 60's pop vocal group The Anita Kerr Singers who sang backup for Perry Como, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Pete Fountain, Al, Hirt, Burl Ives, Snookie Lanson, Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, Jimmy Dean as well as on The Grand Ole Opry.

Popsy Dixon ~ Drummer for Soul/Gospel group The Holmes Brothers ~ 72

Val Doonican ~ 88 ~ Irish 1960's Pop singer and television presenter

Ervin Drake, 95, American songwriter ("It Was a Very Good Year", "I Believe", "Good Morning Heartache")

Tim Drummond, 74, American bassist (Bob Dylan, Neil Young)

Jack Ely ~ 71 ~ Singer with 1960's Garage Band The Kingsmen on classic hits like "Louie Louie", "Jolly Green Giant". Quit the Kingsmen after a messy legal dispute and formed The Courtmen and recorded a cover of "Louie Louie" and "Ride Baby Ride" to limited success. Later drafted into the army during the Vietnam War, developed a drug habit and quit the music business.

Dennis Ferrante ~ 65 ~ American recording engineer (John Lennon, Kiss, Elvis Presley)

Kim Fowley ~ 75 ~ American record producer, band manager (The Runaways)

Andy Fraser ~ 62 ~ British 1960's bass guitarist w/ John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Free

Rocky Frisco ~ 77 ~ American pianist w/JJ Cale Band and Eric Clapton

Edgar Froese ~ 70 ~ German musician (Tangerine Dream),

Jorge Galemire ~ 64 ~ Singer/Guitarist w/Uruguayan Folk-Rock band Trelew and solo

Johnny Gimble ~ 88 ~ Western Swing fiddle with Bob Wills & Texas Playboys, later with Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty,Connie Smith, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, and Chet Atkins> Appeared (as Wills) in Clint Eastwood's 1982 movie "Honky Tony Man".

Jeff Golub ~ American Jazz & Rock guitarist, worked with Rod Stewart, Billy Squire ~ 59

Celina González, 85, Cuban singer and songwriter

Lesley Gore ~ 68 ~ 1960's Pop singer ("It's My Party", "You Don't Own Me")

Jurgen Gothe ~ 70 ~ German-born Canadian radio broadcaster for long time CBC show DiscDrive

Jimmy Greenspoon ~ 67 ~ American keyboard player and composer with Australian Pop/Rock Band Three Dog Night

Craig Gruber ~ 63 ~ American bassist for 1970's Hard Rock groups Richie Blackmore's Rainbow, Bible Black, Raven Lord and Elf (w/Ronnie James Dio)

Rutger Gunnarsson ~ 69 ~ Swedish bassist (ABBA, Elton John)

Lawrence Gushee ~ 83 ~ American Jazz historian

Johnny Helms ~ American Jazz trumpet player w/Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson, Red Rodney, Woody Herman ~ 80

Jon Hensley ~ 31 ~ American Country Rock & Rockabilly guitarist w/ Wanda Jackson, Jack White, Shooter Jennings, Justin Townes Earl, also managed The Legendary Shack Shakers, BR549, Dirt Daubers, Goose Creek Symphony

Randy Howard ~ 65 ~ American country singer from 1980's on, did several "Outlaw County" albums also covered by Hank Williams jr.

Jørgen Ingmann ~ 89 ~ Danish musician with 1960's instrumental hits "Apache", "Tequila" (with the Champs)

Christer Jansson ~ 51 ~ Swedish drummer for 1990's pop group Roxette

Paul Jeffrey ~ 81 ~ American Jazz Sax player w/Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton and B.B. King.

Louis Johnson ~ Bassist with American 1970's R&B/Funk band The Brothers Johnson, later played w/ Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, George Benson, Paul McCartney and Micheal Jackson on "Off The Wall" & "Thriller".

Josie Jones ~ 57 ~ English singer w/ 1980's new wave group The Mighty Wah!

Orrin Keepnews ~ 91 ~ American jazz record producer, executive and writer w/RCA, Fantasy, Riverside, Milestone and Landmark Records from the 1950's on. Produced Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, Cannonball, Nat Adderley, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Griffin, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins, Kronos Quartet.

Dean Kelly ~ 53 ~ Bassist from Toronto 1980's punk band Bodybag

Johnny Kemp ~ 55 ~ Bahamian singer ("Just Got Paid")

Wayne Kemp ~ 73 ~ American 1970's country music singer and songwriter

Glen Kimberley ~ 50 ~ Drummer for Toronto rockabilly bands The Millwinders, The Tin Eddies, The Swingin' Blackjacks

Ben E King ~ 76 ~ 1960's R&B singer with the Drifters ("There Goes My Baby", "Save the Last Dance for Me", "This Magic Moment") and later solo ("Stand By Me")

Andriy Kuzmenko ~ 46 ~ Ukrainian singer (Skryabin),

Red Lane ~ 76 ~ American country singer

James Last ~ 86 ~ German born big band pop bandleader and composer w/ hits in the 1970's

Thé Lau ~ 62 ~ Singer and guitarist with Dutch Rock group The Scene, later became a novelist

Cynthia Layne ~ 51 ~ American jazz singer,

Guy LeBlanc ~ Prog-Jazz Fusion keyboardist with Nathan Mahl

Curtis Lee ~ American 1960's R&B singer w/Phil Spector ~ 75

Neil LeVang ~ American session guitarist w/ Frank Zappa, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Glen Campbell, Frank Zappa, Bobby Darin, Bobbi Gentry, David Clayton Thomas, Neal Hefti ("Batman Theme"), Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Neil Diamond and Noel Boggs. Also played for Lawrence Welk Show ~ 83

Eddy Louiss, 74, French jazz organist & vocalist, played with Stan Getz, Jon Luc Ponty, Kenny Clarke

Bruce Lundvall ~ 79 ~ American record executive with Jazz label Blue Note Records

Flora MacNeil ~ 86 ~ Scottish Gaelic traditional folk singer from the late 1940's on, recorded by Alan Lomax and Hamish Henderson in the 1950's.

Jim McCann 70 ~ Singer/Guitarist w/Irish folk band The Dubliners

Mighty Sam McClain ~ 72 ~ American Blues singer

Ian McKinney ~ 30 ~ Alabama Death Metal Band Wormreich

Nick Marsh ~ 53 ~ Singer w/British New Wave/Goth band Flesh For Lulu ("I Go Crazy" used in soundtrack for "Some Kind Of Wonderful" and "Postcards From Paradise" later covered by The Replacements and The Goo Goo Dolls). Marsh later formed Gigantic and Urban Voodoo Machine.

A. J. Masters, 64, American Country Music singer

Keith McCormack ~ 74 ~ 1950's & 60's American singer w/The Patio Kids, the Rock 'n' Rollers, the Latin Teens and the String-A-Longs and songwriter of "Sugar Shack" later covered in hit version by Jimmy Gilmer

Ray McFall ~ British nightclub owner of The Cavern Club ~ 88

Joe Mauldin ~ Bassist for Buddy Holly's Crickets ~ 74

Albert Maysles ~ 88 ~ American documentary filmmaker on Rolling Stones Altamot doc Gimme Shelter

Vassil Mester ~ Drummer for Toronto and Montreal punk bands Diemonds, Heavens On Fire, Absolut and City Sweethearts

Darius Minwalla ~ American drummer with Alt-Pop band The Posies

Margot Moir, 55, Scottish-born Australian singer w/ 1960's The Moir Sisters)

Zane Musa, 36, American jazz saxophonist (The Nikhil Korula Band)

A. J. Pero ~ 55 ~ American drummer for Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob

Mike Porcaro ~ 59 ~ American bassist 1980's Pop/Rock Band Toto

George Probert, 87, American jazz clarinet and sax player with Kid Ory and later music editor

Margo Reed ~ 73 ~ American jazz and blues singer

John Renbourn, 70, British guitarist w/ 1960's Folk-Rock group Pentangle, later solo and with Stefan Grossman

Jean Richie ~ 92 ~ American folk singer and mountain dulcimer player of the early 1960's Folk Revival

Preston Ritter, 65, American drummer w/ The Electric Prunes, later w/ Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt

Ronnie Ronalde, 91, British 1950's music hall singer, whistler and yodeler

Bruce Rowland ~ 74 ~ Drummer for 1960's British Folk-Rock band Fairport Convention, Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood, Shawn Phillips, Andy Mackay, Jackie Lomax, also played on "Jesus Christ Superstore".

Gunther Schuller ~ 89 ~ American Jazz composer, conductor, historian and horn player and flutist. Worked with Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, arranged first showing of Scott Joplin's "Treemonshia".

Ralph Sharon ~ 91 ~ American bandleader w/ Tony Bennett

Dennis Sheehan ~ 68 ~ Irish music tour manager for U2

Percy Sledge ~ 74 ~ American R&B singer ("When a Man Loves a Woman")

Lew Soloff ~ 71 American jazz and R&B trumpeter w/Blood, Sweat & Tears

King Sporty ~ Jamaican-American reggae musician/producer/DJ, did the original version of "Buffalo Soldier" ~ 71

Chris Squire ~ 67 ~ Bass guitarist for British Prog Rock Band Yes

Bernard Stollman ~ 85 ~ Founder of American Jazz, Folk and Underground Rock record label ESP-Disk (Albert Ayler, Holy Modal Rounders, Fugs, Godz, Ornette Coleman, Pharaoh Sanders, Sun Ra

Steve Strange ~ 55 ~ Singer with British New Wave band Visage

Big Time Sarah Streeter ~ 62 ~ American Blues singer from the 1970's on, sang with Zora Young and Bonnie Lee in 'Blues with the Girls', and in Big Time Express on Delmark Records

Ward Swingle, 87, American musician (The Swingle Singers, Les Double Six)

Dallas Taylor, 66, American drummer (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

Tut Taylor ~ 91 ~ American Bluegrass dobro player from the 1960's on with The Folk Swingers, The Dixie Gentlemen, John Hartford's Aero-Plane, and Jerry Douglas

Sid Tepper ~ 96 ~ Songwriter for Tony Bennett ("Red Roses For A Blue Lady" later covered by Neil Sedaka), Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley ("GI Blues", "Viva Las Vegas", "Girl Happy") Guy Lombardo, Bert Kaempfert, Wayne Newton, Cliff Richard (The Young Ones") and Carl Perkins ("Glad All over" later covered by the Beatles).

Clark Terry ~ 94 ~ Influential American BeBop Jazz trumpet player. Played with Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Big Joe Turner, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson and T-Bone Walker

Bill Thompson, 70, American band manager (Jefferson Airplane)

Ernest Tomlinson ~ 90 ~ British classical and Big Band composer

John Trout ~ Keyboardist for U.K. Prog Rock band Renaissance

Paul Truesdell ~ 29 ~ Alabama Death Metal band Wormreich

Twinkle ~ 66 ~ (Real name Lynn Annette Ripley) British 1960's singer/songwriter had hits w/"Terry" and "Golden Lights" (later covered by the Smiths)

Mel Waiters ~ 58 ~ American soul singer

Trevor Ward-Davies, 70, British bassist (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich)

Liv Marit Wedvik ~ 45 ~ Norwegian country singer

Elbert West ~ 47 ~ New Country singer/songwriter

Bob Whitlock ~ 84 ~ American jazz bassist

Julie Wilson ~ 90 ~ 1940's Big Band and Hollywood Musicals singer w/ Ray Anthony