Entries tagged with: RIP
Raphael Ravenscroft, the man behind the saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," died earlier this week, of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. Arguably the most famous saxophone riff in pop (you know it even if you think you don't), "Baker Street" was a #2 hit in 1978 and Ravenscroft was reportedly only paid £27 for it (and the check bounced). Ravenscroft has also played on records by Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, America, Kim Carnes, Mike Oldfield, Robert Plant, and others.
Rest in peace, Raphael. You "Baker Street" solo lives on. Stream it below...
Sad news from the reggae world: singer John Holt died yesterday (10/19) at age 69. Best known for writing "The Tide is High" while in the band The Paragons which was later made a woldwide hit by Blondie, he's the voice behind a number of reggae classics including "Ali Babba," "See Your Face," "Tonight," "Wear You to the Ball," "Police in Helicopter" and "Stick by Me."
Rest in peace, John. Stream some of his best-known songs below...
Yesterday we found out that the world lost another great musician. Ikey Owens was out on tour with Jack White in Mexico when he died, and it was Jack White's camp who announced the sad news. Today they followed it up with this statement:
The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana.Rest in Peace Ikey.
Ikey, born Isaiah Randolph Owens, was a GRAMMY award-winning artist best known for his work with Jack White, the Mars Volta, De Facto and Free Moral Agents, among others. He was a beloved member of the music community as well as his hometown of Long Beach, CA.
Ten days ago a video was posted of Ikey talking about his gear before a Jack White show at Red Rocks. Watch that below...
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens w/ Jack White's band at GovBall 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, a member Jack White's band who was also in The Mars Volta (2001-2009), the Long Beach Dub All Stars, led his own band Free Moral Agents and contributed to records by Reel Big Fish, Sublime, Mastodon, Saul Williams, El-P, Crystal Antlers and more, passed away in Mexico while on tour with Jack White. Jack's label Third Man Records posted the following:
It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.Rest in peace, Isaiah. Watch a live video of Jack White's band below...
Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects.
Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.
We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.
Sad news: Warp Records confirmed today that Mark Bell, one half of pioneering UK electronic act LFO, died last week due to complications after an operation. In addition to his work in LFO (not the American LFO who did "Summer Girls"), Bell collaborated frequently with Bjork, producing her 1997 album Homogenic, her most recent Biophilia, and others.
LFO's 1991 debut, Frequencies, was a landmark record in dance music and Warp Records, and their theme song "LFO" was the label's fifth release ever and first Top 20 hit. Mark, we lost you too soon. Rest in peace.
Stream Frequencies, plus a few other Bell-related streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Hooks (left) with fellow Sweeney sister, Nora Dunn
It's been a tough year for the comedy world. We just lost another talent: Jan Hooks, who died today at age 57 after "battling a serious illness." Hooks is best known as a Saturday Night Live castmember from 1986 - 1991. She was hired at the same time as Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, and Kevin Nealon, and the sketch show was just off of one of the most infamously bad seasons it's history (only Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz and Nora Dunn survived the axe from that cast). That cast she was a part of would become known as one of the best SNL casts ever. She was best known for playing Tammy Faye Baker, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor... with Dunn, one half of lounge act The Sweeney Sisters. She Hartman had an especially good chemistry together. You can watch a few classic SNL sketches below (including the very touching "Love is a Dream" short with Hartman that may have you reaching for Kleenex).
After SNL, she was a castmember of Designing Women, and made regular appearances on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Primetime Glick, and 30 Rock, among other shows. She was one of the great ones. Rest in peace, Jan. I hope you're dancing with Phil somewhere.
Letha and Dan
Musician and artist Letha Rodman Melchior lost her battle with cancer two weeks ago at age 55. Her husband, Dan Melchoir, wrote:
I am heartbroken to report that my dear, sweet wife Letha Rodman Melchior passed away today. She fought right up until the end. She was the bravest, most alive person I ever knew. I love you Leth.In addition to playing bass in Dan Melchior Und Das Menace she also released her own more experimental music, like 2013's Handbook for Mortals which was released via Siltbreeze. Rest in peace, Letha.
As mentioned, Versus, The Roger Sisters and others were set to play Rough Trade on November 9 as a benefit for Letha. The show will continue as a memorial and fundraiser, also featuring Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Cynthia Nelson, and Tara Jane O'Neil (Rodan, Retsin, among others). Tickets are still available and proceeds go to surviving family members.
Stream a couple tracks from Handbook for Mortals, below...
Paul Revere, leader of '60s-era garage rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders, whose classic material was an influence on early punk and later on the garage rock revival, has passed away at 76. Rolling Stone reports:
Paul Revere, organist and ringleader of the long-running rock band the Raiders, passed away October 4th at his home in Idaho, the band's official website revealed. Revere was 76. No cause of death was revealed, but TMZ reports that Revere (born Paul Revere Dick) battled with cancer over the past year. Thanks to his colorful clothing and infectious stage persona, Revere earned a reputation as "the madman of rock & roll." He and his Raiders scored a handful of hits throughout their five decades together, including their anti-drug smash "Kicks."Rest in peace Paul. Your legendary music will live on.
Known for their Revolutionary War-style attire - like something the real Paul Revere or the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band would wear - and their memorable organ riffs, Paul Revere and the Raiders got their start in 1963 with a cover of Richard Berry's "Louie, Louie," which they recorded the same year as the Kingsmen, who had much more success with the single. However, Revere and his Raiders scored four Top Ten singles in the Sixties with "Kicks," "Hungry," "Good Thing" and "Him or Me, What's It Gonna Be." Their biggest triumph came in 1971 with "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)." A cover of a John D. Loudermilk-penned track, the Raiders' rendition became an unlikely smash, hitting Number One on the Billboard chart in July 1971 and selling over a million copies.
Watch a video of them playing "Kicks" below...
The Spaceape (real name Stephen Samuel Gordon), who you may know as the vocalist on Hyperdub founder Kode9's influential 2006 album Memories of the Future and its 2011 followup Black Sun, has sadly passed away after battling cancer. Hyperdub posted the following to Facebook:
We are devastated to announce that on Thursday 2nd October, Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away peacefully after a 5 year struggle with a rare form of cancer.Rest in peace Stephen. Watch the "Devil Is A Liar" video below...
He leaves behind his wife Luciana and 6 year old daughter, Cleo. His first release was the 1st release on Hyperdub, 'Sine of the Dub' in 2004 with Kode9, with whom he also released 2 albums, Memories of the Future (2006) and Black Sun (2011).
In 2012 he also self-released the Xorcism EP, appeared on the track 'Spaceape' on Burial's debut album in 2006, and also collaborated with The Bug, Martyn, Jerry Dammers, Redshape, Dub Gabriel, the Echologist and more. Last Monday he released his new EP with Kode9, 'Killing Season' including the video 'Devil is a Liar' which was filmed in July 2014.
Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, and all who have been touched by his writings and performances. His Hyperdub family will always miss him.
(photo via Yaffa Cafe)
East Village / St. Marks institution Yaffa Cafe, which served veggie-friendly food "all nite" to drunk NYU students and others, officially closed yesterday after Department of Health problems and losing the permit for their backyard garden earlier this year. (Via EV Grieve.) The place, which opened in 1982, announced in September they were closing for three months for renovations. For those who loved their hummus, fries, salads, breakfast and other affordable fare, their recipes have been passed over to the Simone Martini Bar next door (same owners).
Mike Skinner, who played with Kevin Devine in the Goddamn Band and Miracle of 86, has sadly passed away. Kevin wrote on Tumblr:
Broken-hearted, shocked.Rest in peace Mike.
Mike Skinner of the Goddamn Band & Miracle of 86 passed away this weekend.
Mike played on, toured on, and/or co-produced "Make The Clocks Move", "Split The Country, Split The Street", "Put Your Ghost To Rest" & "Brother's Blood", as well as Miracle's "Every Famous Last Word" & "Last Gasp".
Mike was my friend. He was charismatic, generous, tasteful, singular, brilliant, hilarious; he was a whirlwind, a magnet.
It's impossible to overstate his contribution to the development of Miracle & KD+GDB, but, in short, he made us better, more interesting. More than almost any other person, he encouraged me to push myself, to be confident, to take my talent seriously, because he did.
Mike was dynamic, complex, and beautiful. My life's richer & a lot more more colorful for the 12 years I got to have him in it. He loved to play for you guys and took a lot of pride in the records we made & tours we did.
He leaves a wonderful family. Keep them in your thoughts.
(I think Emily Driskill took this picture a long time ago, at Stubb's in Austin.)
Peter Gutteridge @ Palisades 9/1/2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
We are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Gutteridge today.Very sad news indeed. Gutteridge just played his first-ever US show two weeks ago at Palisades in Brooklyn. Rest in peace, Peter.
Peter was a Flying Nun original, a founding member of The Clean, The Chills and of course his own brilliant band Snapper. A great talent, he was also member of the Great Unwashed, involved in many Dunedin bands and went on to release beautiful solo material across the years.
All of us, and so many people around the world, have been touched and affected by his music, whether it be the swirling fuzz of the guitar or haunting piano melodies, Peter was a true hero of New Zealand music, and will be deeply missed.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time.
Thank you Peter for all the music, may you rest in peace.
photo via Oasis' Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs
Robert "Throb" Young, who was a member of Primal Scream from their early days in the '80s through 2006, has passed away. He was 49. The Guardian reports, that he "was found dead at his flat at 3.30pm on Tuesday 9 September. His death is not being treated as suspicious." The article also mentions Primal Scream members Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes issued a statement:
We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr "Throb with a gold top Les Paul - unbeatable"'Rest in peace, Robert. You'll be missed.
He was a true rock and roller. He walked the walk. He had "Heart & Soul" tattooed on his arm and i¹m sure on his heart too. He once said to me "when we go onstage it's a war between us and the audience." He never let go of that attitude.
Our love and thoughts are with his sons Brandon and Miles and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family.
Watch a live video of Primal Scream from 2000, below...
After today's Apple keynote in Cupertino, CA where they announced the new iPhone 6, Apple Watch and the new U2 album, the online store was immediately updated. One long-running Apple product is no longer there: the clickwheel iPod Classic, which has been discontinued, reports Engadget.
The iPod debuted on October 23, 2001 with a then-enormous 5-gig hard drive. By 2007, its storage grew to up to 160 gigs, and also saw the release of the smaller Nano and the super-tiny Shuffle. By that time, the iPhone had been released and people started to realize maybe they didn't need a separate device for their music. The shuffle remains available, but the iPods that Apple sells now are basically iPhones without cell service.
iPod Classic, rest well in clickwheel heaven. Check out the very first iPod commercial, and some of the 'Silhouette" series, below...
Raunchy, gravelly-voiced and self-deprecating comedian Joan Rivers, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of "The Tonight Show" and star of TV's "Fashion Police," died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on Sept. 3. She was 81.It's been a tough couple weeks for comedy, having lost Robin Williams in August. Joan, you were a real pistol and will be missed dearly. If you only know her from the red carpet, you should definitely check out 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, it's terrific. RIP, Joan Rivers.
"She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends," her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is
difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."
Rivers had been admitted to New York's Mt. Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic, and was placed in a medically-induced coma to assess her condition. - [Variety]
A few classic Joan clips are below...
Nicky Da B at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Courtney Dudley)
New Orleans bounce artist Nicky Da B (real name Nickesse Toney) has sadly passed away. His death was reportedly the result of an illness. He was 24.
During Nicky's short career, he appeared on Sufjan's Christmas rap mixtape, Diplo's "Express Yourself," and more. He came from the same scene that birthed Big Freedia, who he's opened for in NYC. We were also lucky enough to see him in NYC with King Khan and with Tilly and the Wall.
Nicky's DJ and manager Rusty Lazer confirmed the news on Facebook, writing:
There are no words to express the loss all of us who knew Nicky Da B are feeling right now. Thank you all for the kind messages and thoughts. Though his death is tragic he would love nothing more than to be remembered for having brought smiles and joy to people he worked with, performed for and called his friends. He was well loved and one of the brightest artists I've ever known. Keep his family in your thoughts as we make plans to honor his life and make sure his legacy is meaningful and fitting for a talent like his. Thank you all so much. I loved that kid, and the world is a little darker without him.Rest in peace Nicky.
Some videos below...
Suicidal @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Suicidal Tendencies have shared this sad news:
It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassists Tim "Rawbiz" Williams. Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently.Billboard points out that Tim has also "worked with everyone from Toni Braxton to Boyz II Men to Keyshia Cole", and that "Neither Williams' cause of death nor his age are known at this time."
Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at it's best.
We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally.
Rest in Peace Tim.
Suicidal Tendencies are touring with Slayer and Exodus this fall.
Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn't confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." - [EW]While he was known of late for more family fare, Robin Williams was an anarchic comedian in the '70s and early '80s, whose influence shouldn't be underestimated. Very sad news. Rest in peace, Robin. Nanu nanu.
President Obama issued a statement:
Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.
Robin's most recently released movie, which co-starred Peter Dinklage, is called "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn."
If you're dealing with suicidal thoughts, you don't have to suffer alone. People want to help you. Please reach out to someone. Wikipedia has a list of crisis hotlines around the world.
A few clips, including his classic 1982 HBO special "An Evening With Robin Williams," below...
Johnny Ray Allen is all the way to the right
Friday night and Saturday morning (Aug. 8 and 9), friends of Johnny Ray Allen filled social media with memories of the bass player, who passed away in New Orleans early Friday, at age 56. Allen was the original bassist for the soulful Americana rock group the Subdudes, writing or co-writing most of the band's songs between the early 1980s and its dissolution in 1996.Rest in Peace subdude.
The three other founding subdudes - singer and guitarist Tommy Malone, drummer Steve Amedee, and keyboard and accordion player John Magnie had re-formed the band in 2002 with longtime road manager Tim Cook on bass, and an added guitarist, Jimmy Messa, who had played with Magnie, Malone and Allen in a version of the Continental Drifters. In early 2014, it was announced that Allen would reunite with Malone and Amedee, whom he had first met as classmates at Edgard High School in Edgard, La., plus Magnie, for a run of original-lineup subdudes gigs. [NOLA]
Johnny Winter at BB King's in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Texas blues rock guitarist/singer Johnny Winter passed away yesterday (7/16) in a hotel in Switzerland. He was 70 years old. A press release states, "his wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists," and mentions that an official statement will be issued at some point.
Johnny, the older brother of another successful blues rock musician Edgar Winter, has released several albums throughout his career, beginning with 1968's The Progressive Blues Experiment through 2011's Roots. He's worked with Muddy Waters, performed at the original Woodstock, and has been called one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. His many contributions to blues and blues rock won't be forgotten. Rest in peace, Johnny.
Watch a few videos below...
Tommy Ramone (in Uncle Monk) @ Merc in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
New York Rocker Magazine publisher Andy Schwartz posted the sad news to Facebook tonight:
It is with sadness and regret that I report the passing of TOM ERDELYI a/k/a TOMMY RAMONE who died at 12:15 p.m. today (7.11.2014) at his home in Ridgewood, Queens. He was 65 and had been in hospice care following treatment for cancer of the bile duct.UPDATE: The Ramones have confirmed the sad news as well.
Andy followed that with a great obituary which you can read in full below along with a video of Tommy performing at the Cutting Room in 2012. Rest in Peace Tommy!
Bobby Womack @ The Apple Store in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Though diagnozed with early Alzheimer's in the beginning of 2013, legendary soul singer Bobby Womack was far from inactive. We just caught him at the beginning of this year at City Winery and he's on the lineup of this year's Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot Festival. He just played a 12 song set at Bonnaroo.
Rolling Stone reports the sad news:
Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer whose career spanned seven decades, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was currently unknown.Bobby Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, three years before his Damon Albarn-produced The Bravest Man in the Universe was released by XL.
Rest in Peace Bobby!
Gerry Goffin's name was not as universally known as that of his former wife and songwriting collaborator, Carole King. But the lyrics that Goffin wrote -- for such early-rock era classics as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman and Up On the Roof -- have remained in the pop canon for decades.Brill Building resident and co-writer (with Carol King) of some of the most well-loved songs of the early-'60s, Gerry Goffin you will be missed, but you words live on.
Goffin -- whose death Thursday at 75 was confirmed by his current wife, Michelle -- met and married King, a budding composer, while both were teenagers. Eventually, they would write more than 50 top 40 hits, among them Little Eva's The Loco-Motion, The Drifters' Some Kind of Wonderful, the Everly Brothers' Crying In the Rain and The Monkees' Pleasant Valley Sunday. - [USA Today]
Some of Goffin's most famous songs below...
Jimmy and friends (as previously posted)
Just heard the sad, sad news that legend Jimmy Scott has passed away, but at 88 years the influential singer with the special, special voice lived a long life and will be remembered forever. Reuters reports:
Jimmy Scott, a jazz singer whose soulful, androgynous voice won him the admiration of the likes of Ray Charles and Lou Reed before he found a wider audience later in life, has died at age 88, his wife said on Saturday.Rest in Peace, Jimmy, and say hi to Lou!
Scott died in his sleep at home in Las Vegas on Thursday as a result of cardiac arrest following a period of illness, his wife, Jeannie Scott, said in a telephone interview.
Scott became known as a "singer's singer" who was revered by music figures such as Reed, Quincy Jones and Madonna for rendering standards from the American songbook in his distinctive high register.
His unusual voice was a result of being born with a rare genetic condition called Kallmann syndrome, which meant he never passed through puberty.
Some videos, including the trailer for a documentary on him, below...