Dance Macabre

Dance Macabre

Monday, 11 January 2016

The People Who Died (so far) 2016 edition

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

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

Rene Angelil ~ 73 ~ Manager/Husband of Celine Dion

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

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

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")

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

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

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

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

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

HernĂ¡n Gamboa ~ 69 ~ Venezuelan singer/guitarist with Latin Folk band Serenata Guayanesa

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

Jason Mackenroth ~ 47 ~ Drummer with the Rollins Band

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

Gilberto Mendes ~ 93 ~ Brazilian Avant Garde composer

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

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

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

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

Jit Samaroo, 65, Trinidadian Steelpan musician and arranger

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

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

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

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;


Monday, 16 November 2015

Some Classic 1960's Drummers

Mitch Mitchell ~ Drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He had previously played with Georgie Fame and briefly The Pretty Things and The Who (prior to Keith Moon).
His style was energetic and complex, full of cascading snare drums and cymbals and was heavily influenced by Jazz and Surf drummers as opposed to the more straight-forward and dance-able Blues and R&B influenced drummers of the British Invasion and would influence later Jazz Fusion and Kraut-Rock drummers.
After Hendrix he played in various short lived supergroups with Jack Bruce, Keith Emerson, Jeff Beck, Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Junior Brown and even Miles Davis

JIMI HENDRIX;


JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ~ "HEY JOE";


Eddie Hoh (71) was a notable drummer from the 1960's and 70's. Played with Donovan, Tim Buckley, Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield, Stephen Stills, The Monkees, Charlie Musselwhite, Graham Bond, Flying Burrito Bros, Kim Fowley, Mama's & Pappas, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Herman's Hermits, Little Feat, Robert Palmer, Pointer Sisters, Boz Scaggs,

MAMAS & PAPAS ~ "CALIFORNIA DREAMIN";


THE MONKEES ~ "STAR COLLECTORS";


THE MONKEES ~ "GOIN DOWN";


SCREAMIN JAY HAWKINS ~ "I PUT A SPELL ON YOU";


Buddy Harman ~ 79 ~ Nashville session drummer w/ Elvis Presley ("Little Sister"), Johnny Cash (“Ring of Fire"), Roger Miller (“King of the Road”), Tammy Wynette (“Stand by Your Man"), Everly Bro ("Bye Bye Love"), Roy Orbison ("Pretty Woman"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Ray Price, Simon & Garfunkle, and others.

PATSY CLINE ~ "CRAZY";


ROGER MILLER ~ "KING OF THE ROAD";


ROY ORBISON ~ "PRETTY WOMAN";


JOHNNY CASH ~ "RING OF FIRE";


TAMMY WYNETTE ~ "STAND BY YOUR MAN";


Another session drummer of the 1960's was Scottish session man Andrew "Andy" White (85) best known for replacing Ring on the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You") , also played with Chuck Berry, Billy Fury, Herman's Hermits and Tom Jones

THE BEATLES ~ "LOVE ME DO";


THE BEATLES ~ "PS I LOVE YOU";


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

MOTT THE HOOPLE ~ "YOU REALLY GOT ME";


MOTT THE HOOPLE ~ "ALL THE YOUNG DUDES";


MOTT THE HOOPLE ~ "ROLL AWAY THE STONE";


John Garner ~ 63 ~ American rock drummer and vocalist with late 1960's & early 1970's American Proto-Stoner-Metal band Sir Lord Baltimore
SIR LORD BALTIMORE ~ "KINGDOM COME";

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Victims Of The Paris Attacks

One of the targets of the Nov.13 Paris attacks was a concert at Le Bataclan Theatre featuring American band The Eagles Of Death Metal (w Josh Homme of The Queens Of The Stone Age) and Austrian rock group White Miles. Members of both groups escaped injury but 87 concert goers were killed, including at least one crew member. Among those music related killed were;
Nick Alexander ~ 36 ~ Eagles Of Death Metal crew member
Thomas Ayad ~ music executive w/Mercury Records
Guillaume B. Decherf ~ 43 ~ music critic and journalist w/"Les Inrockuptibles"
Alban Denuit ~ 32 ~ visual artist
Marie Mosser ~ 24 ~ Indie Music Promoter
Kheireddine Sahbi ~ 29 ~ Classical Violinist
Fabian Stech ~ 51 ~ German Art critic
Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle ~ 33 ~ Chile born guitarist w/ Captain Americano

THE EAGLES OF DEATH METAL ~ "I Want You So Bad";


CAPTAIN AMERICANO ~ "LAST TIME";

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Some Punk Figures

Lemmy Kilmister ~ The legendary frontman and bassist for Motorhead from the mid 1970's onward died of cancer four days after his 70th birthday (Dec.24) and just two days after he learned his cancer was terminal. He had previously announced that he had cancer earlier this year and did a farewell tour although some shows had to be cancelled. Motorhead's drummer Phil Taylor had died two months earlier.
Motorhead were known as one of the loudest and fastest bands of the punk era and were one of the godfathers of Thrash and Speed Metal although Lemmy always insisted that Motorhead were a straight forward Rock and Roll band and that he was a fan of the Beatles, Stones, Who and Eddie Cochran. Lemmy started out in the 1960's as a roadie and in bands like The Rockin' Vickers, Sam Opal, Hawkwind and Bastard before forming Motorhead in 1976.
Besides Motorhead Lemmy also recorded with Robert Calvert, Ozzy Osbourne, The Damned, Ice T, Girlschool, Wendy O Williams, Ugly Kid Joe, Jetboy as well as his own Rockabilly band Headcat since 2006.
Phil Taylor (AKA Filthy Animal) ~ 61 ~ Drummer for Motorhead in their classic early lineup. Later drummed sporadically for various abortive projects in between Motorhead reunions.

MOTORHEAD ~ "KILLED BY DEATH";


MOTORHEAD ~ "ACE OF SPADES";


MOTORHEAD ~ "WE ARE THE ROADCREW";


MOTORHEAD & GIRLSCHOOL ~ "PLEASE DON'T TOUCH";


Brandon Carlisle ~ 37 ~ American punk rock drummer w/Teenage Bottlerocket, previously with The Homeless Wonders

TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKETS ~ "SKATE OR DIE";


TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET ~ "HAUNTED HOUSE";


TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET ~ "DEAD SATURDAY";


Scott Weiland ~ 48 ~ American singer with 1990's Grunge chart toppers Stone Temple Pilots, later with supergroup Velvet Revolver and later The Wondergirls

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ~ "VASOLINE";


STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ~ "CREEP";


VELVET REVOLVER ~ "SLITHER";


Tony Van Frater ~ 51 ~ Guitarist w/ British Punk band Red Alert from the 1980's on

RED ALERT ~ "RAZORS IN THE NIGHT";


Dickie Hammond ~ 50 ~ Guitarist with 1990's British punk bands Dr. Bison and Leatherface.

LEATHERFACE ~ "DO THE RIGHT THING";


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Allen Toussaint & Some Other 1950's & 1960's Figures

Allen Toussaint (77) was an iconic figure of the New Orleans R&B and R&R scene from the early 1960's to the 1970's. A pianist, singer, producer and arranger he wrote songs like;

"Ruler of My Heart", recorded by Irma Thomas and later by Otis Redding under the title "Pain in My Heart", and by The Rolling Stones on their second album.

In 1964, "A Certain Girl" (originally by Ernie K-Doe) was the B-side of the first single release by The Yardbirds; the song was released again in 1980 by Warren Zevon.

A two-sided 1962 hit by Benny Spellman comprised "Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)," later covered by The O'Jays, Ringo Starr, and Alex Chilton.

"Fortune Teller", which was covered by many 1960s rock groups including Benny Spellman, The Rolling Stones, The Nashville Teens, The Who, The Hollies, The Throb, and ex-Searchers founder member Tony Jackson later by Robert Plant & Alison Krause and The Chains.

"Working On A Coalmine" by Lee Dorsey, later covered by Devo (no, really)

"Southern Nights" covered by Glen Campbell

"Get Out of My Life, Woman" covered by Paul Butterfield, Albert King, Solomon Burke, The Doors, Mountain, Big Joe Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly, Lee Dorsey, Fugitives, Jerry Garcia, Mad Lads

"Java" by Al Hirt

He played and produced with artist like Dr. John, The Meters, Irma Thomas, John Mayall, The Band, Lee Dorsey, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, Earl King,

LEE DORSEY ~ "WORKING IN A COAL MINE":


BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND ~ "GET OUT OF MY LIFE WOMAN";


ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSE ~ "FORTUNE TELLER":


PF Sloan ~ Songwriter, singer, guitarist and producer from the 1960's on. Wrote or co-wrote; "The T.A.M.I. Theme Song", "Eve Of Destruction" (covered by Barry McGuire and later DOA), "Take Me For What I'm Worth" (the Searchers), "Secret Agent Man" (Johnny Rivers and later Agent Orange), "That's Cool, That's Trash" (The Kingsmen).

JOHNNY RIVERS ~ "SECRET AGENT MAN":


BARRY MCGUIRE ~ "EVE OF DESTRUCTION";


As session musician played with Surf bands like Jan & Dean (he actually sang lead on "Little Old Lady From Pasadena") and The Fabulous Baggies, later member of famous session L.A. session group the Wrecking Crew who played on hits by The Byrds ("Mr Tambourine Man"), Mama's & Papa's ("California Dreaming"), The Monkees, Glen Campbell, Grass Roots ("Live For Today"), Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher and many, many more.

THE GRASS ROOTS ~ "LET'S LIVE FOR TODAY";


MAMAS & PAPAS ~ "CALIFORNIA DREAMING";


Stevie Wright ~ 68 ~ English-born Australian singer w/ The Easybeats ("Friday On My Mind" & "Sorry") alter solo and w/Flash & The Pan

THE EASYBEATS ~ "SORRY";


THE EASYBEATS ~ "FRIDAY ON MY MIND";


THE EASYBEATS ~ "GOOD TIMES";


Arthur Brooks ~ 82 ~ Singer w/1950's & 60's Doo Wop & R&B group The Impressions ("People Get Ready", "For Your Precious Love")

THE IMPRESSIONS ~ "IT'S ALL RIGHT":


Cynthia Robinson ~ Trumpet player 1960 Funksters w/Sly & The Family Stone

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE ~ "DANCE TO THE MUSIC":


SLY & THE FAMILY STONE ~ "TAKE YOU HIGHER";


Ronnie Bright ~ 77 ~ American R&B bass singer w/The Cadillacs, The Coasters, The Valentines, and Johnny Cymbal ("Mr Bassman").

THE COASTERS ~ "SEARCHING";


THE COASTERS ~ "CHARLIE BROWN";


William Guest ~ 74 ~ American R&B singer w/Gladys Knight & the Pips

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS ~ "I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE";


Joe Houston ~ 89 ~ American jazz and R&B saxophonist from the 1950's on with Big Joe Turner, Amos Wilburn. King Kolax and with his own Joe Houston & The Rockers

BIG JOE TURNER ~ "SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL";


BIG JOE TURNER ~ "FLIP FLOP & FLY"


AMOS WILBURN ~ "DOWN THE ROAD APIECE";


AMOS WILBURN ~ "BAD BAD WHISKEY";


Sam Dockery, 86, American jazz pianist w/Art Blakey, Clifford Brown and Betty Carter

CLIFFORD BROWN ~ "OH LADY BE GOOD";


ART BLAKEY & JAZZ MESSENGERS ~ "A NIGHT IN TUNISIA";

Friday, 9 October 2015

A Few Canadian Punk Figures

Howard Rix ~ Singer with Vancouver 1980's punk band The Scramblers as well as Rocabilly bands The Stingin’ Hornets, and G.I. Blues

THE SCRAMBLERS ~ "SHED MY SKIN" & "RIDIN THE 8 BALL";


THE SCRAMBLERS ~ "IN THE NIGHTTIME";


THE STINGIN' HORNETS ~ "SWEET LOVE ON MY MIND";


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

THE POINTED STICKS ~ "I'M NUMB";


THE POINTED STICKS ~ "LIES";


Michele Tafts; Drummer for 1990's and 2000's Hamilton All-Girl Garage band The Girl Bombs. They recorded a couple singles and opened for The Cynics, Fleshtones and Midways in Toronto.

THE GIRL BOMBS ~ "FRUSTRATED";


Mikal C (real name Micheal Clarke) ~ Drummer for 1980's Toronto Post-Punk bands The Rent Boys Inc. and Vital Sines

VITAL SINES ~ "COLLAGE";


VITAL SINES ~ "NEW HEROS";


RENT BOYS INC ~ "BEAUTY IS ABOVE THE LAW";


Brian Miller ~ 60 ~ Guitarist with 1970's and early 80's Toronto Prog-Rock band Zon, dies of cancer. Zon were formed in 1977 as a Prog-Rock counterpart to the far more stripped down Punk revolution. They recorded two albums with the 1978 debut, "Astral Projector" being nominated for a Juno award for Most Promising New Groupa and opened for Styx and Foreigner at CNE Stadium. Zon broke up around 1980 after bad reviews and a notorious concert opening for Alice Cooper at CNE when Alice refused to go on and Zon volunteered to play a second gig after announcing his cancellation. Miller later worked as tech at local guitar store the 12th Fret.
ZON ~ "BACK DOWN TO EARTH";


ZON ~ "ASTRAL PROJECTOR" (full album);


NEWS FOOTAGE OF THE 1980 ALICE COOPER RIOT;




Dean Kelly ~ Bassist for 1980's Toronto Punk band Bodybag (no recordings or videos)