Entries tagged with: RIP
Walton grew up in Dallas, Texas. His mother was an aspiring concert pianist, and was Walton's initial teacher. She also took him to jazz performances around Dallas. Walton cites Nat King Cole, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum as his major influences on piano. He began emulating recordings of these artists from an early age. He attended the University of Denver as a composition major originally, but was encouraged to switch to a music education program targeted to set up a career in the local public school system. This switch later proved extremely useful since Walton learned to play and arrange for various instruments, a talent he would hone with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers -[Wiki].Warren, a prolific solo artist as well, also collaborated with some major names of the era, including Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Pat Martino, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard and many many more. RIP Cedar Wilson, your recordings will live on.
Allen Lanier at Best Buy Theater last year (more by Jim Conaboy)
My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now.The above quote was posted to Blue Oyster Cult lead singer/guitarist Eric Bloom's Facebook page. Though Lanier retired from the band in 2006, he still made an appearance as late as last fall during the band's 40th anniversary celebration. Allen Lanier was partially responsible for the unique sound of the band, writing material across their output and even contributing music to Patti Smith, The Dictators and The Clash and others. He is survived by his wife Dory, mother Martha and sister Mary Anne.
RIP Allen Lanier. Your riffs and music will live on forever.
Jason Rosenthal (L) w/ Chris Enriquez at the OTMOP show at Saint Vitus last year
RIP to Jason Rosenthal, guitarist/vocalist of On the Might of Princes, Vehicles and The Brass, who passed away yesterday. He was only 35 years old. OTMOP posted their eulogy last night:
it is with insane sadness that i have to write and say that jason rosenthal, singer/guitarist for On the Might of Princes, passed away last night. i don't know what to say. of course he and i have had many differences, but at the heart of what we did and what we shared, is an overwhelming amount of passion for the beauty and struggle of a long on/off friendship and trying to keep a sinking musical ship afloat. he gave so much of himself through his music, and touched so many hearts... helping us along through our hardships and loves. i'm not going to post any particular song right now, but encourage you to find the song that hit with you the most, and blast the fucking shit out of it. goodbyes like this are not good, but the flame unique people like him leave behind will warm us until we join him somewhere. be strong and hug the people you love everyday.OTMOP called it quits for good officially in middle June, cancelling a set of shows in the process due to personal issues.
with love and never forgotten feedback,
Jason Rosenthal, you will be missed. Streams and live footage of On The Might of Princes below...
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Jon Brookes, the drummer with The Charlatans, died this morning aged 44.This is the second member of The Charlatans to pass on, as keyboardist Rob Collins died in a car accident in 1996. Rest in peace, Jon, your music lives on.
Following a seizure on tour in Philadelphia in 2010, Jon had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour and had undergone several operations, although he had been working on new material with the band over the summer.. He passed away peacefully in hospital early this morning with his family at his bedside.
Jon was a founding member of The Charlatans, who formed in the West Midlands in 1989. He was much loved by those who knew him and regarded as one of the finest drummers of his generation and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
"Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band. Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many. Our thoughts are with Debbie and all of Jon's family."
A few Charlatans videos are below.
Jody Payne (L) with Willie Nelson in 2005 (more HERE)
Jody Payne, longtime axeman who sat beside Willie Nelson for many many years, has passed on according to the Associated Press:
Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got up early in his house in Stapleton, Ala., feeling ill, and his wife called an ambulance.Suffering from a long history of cardiac issues, the guitarist retired from the stage in 2008, retreating to Alabama to teach guitar lessons after serving for 35 years as Nelson's right hand man. RIP, Jody.
Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news earlier today.Tim Wright, founding member of art punk legends Pere Ubu and eventual member of no wave legends DNA, has passed away. Rest in peace, Tim. You'll be missed.
Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of Rocket from the Tombs, an innovative and early torchbearer of sonic aggression which was plagued by personality conflicts from its inception.
Following its formation, Pere Ubu stood out from the get-go; its first single, "Final Solution" (below), sounded more like the music that would be produced a decade later rather than the relatively straightforward punk being put out by The Dead Boys -- another band formed from the ashes of Rocket from the Tombs -- and other, punk-associated acts of the time.
Wright stayed with Ubu for three years before relocating to New York City and joining no wave progenitors DNA, formed by Arto Lindsay and Robin Crutchfield as an experiment in noise. Not long after its formation DNA was placed on a compilation, titled No New York, by Brian Eno, cementing its reputation as an important, if less well-known, punctuation mark in the history of art rock and New York's storied musical history. [Billboard]
This has probably not been the best summer for Pere Ubu's David Thomas, who has been having trouble getting his current version of his band into the country.
Some song streams of Tim's music, below...
Raised in Tulsa after being born in Oklahoma City in 1938, Cale played local clubs with Leon Russell before the two musicians, along with Carl Radle, moved to Los Angeles in 1964. One year later, Cale began a solo career and recorded his first version of "After Midnight."J.J. Cale, who also wrote Clapton's hit "Cocaine," died of a heart attack on Friday night (7/26). He was 74.
After Cale signed to Shelter Records in 1969, Clapton recorded "After Midnight" and made it a smash hit. Cale's debut album, "Naturally," came in 1971, and featured the song "Call Me the Breeze," later covered and popularized by Lynyrd Skynyrd. - [Billboard]
Character actor Dennis Farina, who starred in Midnight Run, Snatch, Get Shorty and Law & Order among many many other projects, has died at the age of 69. The former Chicago police officer passed away in Arizona today due to a reported blood clot in his lung. Farina, who didn't begin his acting career till he has 37, was a familiar face to many due to his hard-nosed roles in many crime films. He had great comic timing too. Dennis Farina, you will be missed.
T-Model Ford at ATP NY 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- James Lewis Carter "T-Model" Ford, a hard-living blues singer who taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 years old and his fifth wife left him, died Tuesday at his home in Greenville, Miss.Blues musician T-Model Ford, who recorded for multiple labels, including Fat Possum, has passed away. Rest in peace, T-Model Ford. You'll be missed.
His age was uncertain. County Coroner Methel Johnson said the family told her Ford was born in 1924 and had already had his birthday this year, which would have made him 89. But a blues expert and longtime friend, Roger Stolle, said Ford didn't remember what year he was born and claimed to be 93.
Johnson told the Associated Press that Ford had been under hospice care and died of respiratory failure shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. She said he was at home with several relatives, including his wife, Estella Ford. [USA Today]
Watch a video of him performing below...
Alan Myers, who drummed on the first six Devo albums, has passed away this week after a battle with cancer, Slicing Up Eyeballs reports. He was the band's third and most well known drummer, having played on the band's earliest, well-regarded material like 1978's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo and 1979's Duty Now for the Future, in addition to their one moment of commercial success, "Whip It" from 1980's Freedom of Choice.
In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed. Alan, you were the best - a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!Devo's current drummer Josh Freese, who told SPIN in 2010 that Myers was one of his own major influences, also tweeted, "RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome."
Rest in peace, Alan. You'll be missed. Watch some videos of his time in Devo below...
Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. According to HBO, he was on vacation at the time. The "Sopranos" actor appeared recently in "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." He had been working on Fox Searchlight's "Animal Rescue," now in post-production, HBO show "Criminal Justice" as well as CBS show "Taxi 22." - [Variety]Sad, sad news. Rest in peace, James.
Slim Whitman, the singer known for the 1952 hit "Indian Love Call," died Wednesday (June 19) in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 89. His death from heart failure was confirmed by his son-in-law.You may also remember that Slim Whitman's yodel saved us from Martians in 1996. A true country legend, we'll miss you Slim. Rest in peace.
The sweeping falsetto vocals of "Indian Love Call" helped the single sell 1 million copies, as well as reach No. 2 on the country chart. It also became a Top 10 pop hit.
In addition, the single "Rose Marie" spent 11 weeks at No. 1 in England and reached the Top 5 on the country chart in 1954. Whitman joined the Grand Ole Opry cast in 1955. Between 1952 and 1954, Whitman earned eight Top 10 hits for Imperial Records. He landed his final Top 10 singles in 1971 with "Guess Who" and "Something Beautiful (To Remember)." - [CMT]
A few videos are below.
Joey Covington, who appeared on Jefferson Airplane's 1969 album, Volunteers, and officially joined the band as their drummer for their final two albums, Bark and Long John Silver (not counting the 1989 reunion album), passed away in a car crash this past Tuesday (6/4), Billboard reports. He was 67.
In addition to drumming in Jefferson Airplane and even doing some singing/songwriting, Joey was also responsible for introducing violinist Papa John Creach to the band. He also played with JA side project Hot Tuna, contributed to Paul Kantner's Blows Against the Empire album, and briefly worked with Jefferson Starship. He also had one solo album, Joe E. Covington's Fat Fandango.
Rest in peace, Joey. You'll be missed. Listen to some songs he co-wrote below...
Bolder played alongside Bowie on his albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups, and also toured with him. To pay tribute to him, Bowie posted the following to his website:
Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.Uriah Heep, who Bolder joined in 1976 and remained with until present day, also posted a message to their site:
It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced.Rest in peace, Trevor. You'll be missed.
His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band's music, and Trevor's virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year. Prior to joining Heep he was a founder and ever-present member of David Bowie's legendary Spiders From Mars band, performing on all of their key albums and at countless shows. He also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts and The Rats.
Mick Box said, "Trevor was a 'World Class' bass player, singer & songwriter, and more importantly a World Class friend. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and rock fans all over the world. We are all numb to the core".
Video of the Spiders From Mars performing "Starman" in 1972 below...
...After a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.The man laid his keyboard and bass sounds (usually at the same time) to all of the band's LPs, as well as being a producer and writer for projects as wide-ranging as jazz LPs to Wierd Al Yankovic.
RIP Ray Manzarek, though your unique sound with The Doors will always signify some of the most important records of the era. Check out some classic songs by The Doors below.
Romanthony, an influential house producer and singer best known for performing the vocals on Daft Punk's single "One More Time," has been reported to have died earlier this month.Romanthony lives on in his music. Rest in peace.
The artist, born Anthony Moore, reportedly passed away at his home in Austin, Tex. on May 7. As Chicago's 5 Magazine points out, Romanthony's sister Mellony Moore confirmed the passing in a Facebook post on May 9, and friend/collaborators like Boys Noize, MikeQ and Daone Remmidy (better known as Eve Angel) have all taken to social media to confirm the news and express their grief. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed. - [Billboard]
A few streams and videos are below...
Is Tim Dog still among us? Video news story and more info below...
Dave Lombardo & Jeff Hanneman of Slayer
From the official Slayer website
We've just learned that the official cause of Jeff's death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving - he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.So sad to hear.
Both Tom and Kerry have dropped off eulogies at the Slayer site, and now estranged member Dave Lombardo has done so on his Facebook:
"Jeff was the guy that shaved his head and shared the music he was so inspired by. I enjoyed DEAD KENNEDYS, CIRCLE JERKS, BLACK FLAG and THE GERMS with him.RIP Jeff. Its already been a week, and the news is no less shocking.
"My drumming was getting faster and Jeff was writing original songs with a punk attitude.
"The fusion of heavy metal and punk took over SLAYER's early mediocre style, hence a new force was born.
"Thank you, Jeff, for your inspiring discovery of punk rock that has continued to shape my personal drumming style."
Andy Warhol and Taylor Mead
Writer, actor, and performer Taylor Mead has passed at the age of 88.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mead appeared in Ron Rice's beat classic The Flower Thief (1960), in which he "traipses with an elfin glee through a lost San Francisco of smoke-stuffed North Beach cafes..." Film critic P. Adams Sitney called The Flower Thief "the purest expression of the Beat sensibility in cinema." Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman called Mead "the first underground movie star." -[Wiki]
The artist also appeared in several Andy Warhol films, including the infamous Taylor Mead's Ass, a film that consisted of, as Art Forum famously described it, "seventy-six seriocomic minutes of this poet/actor's buttocks absorbing light, attention, debris." He was also the subject of the 2005 documentary Excavating Taylor Mead.
RIP Taylor Mead. Head below for a few videos, including his appearance in Jim Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray's influence on today's film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK's own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.Though the visual effects master/producer is known for films like The Sinbad films (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger), Jason and the Argonauts and others, I'll most remember his contributions to one of my favorite movies of my youth, 1981's Clash of the Titans (not that remake/abomination from a few years ago).
Ray Harryhausen, you will be missed, but your films will live on forever.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Founding member of Slayer, guitarist, and metal legend Jeff Hanneman died at 11AM PDT of liver failure at the age of 49, according to a report on Billboard.
Hannemann formed one of the greatest metal bands of all time, Slayer, in 1981, taking them to the top of the metal world and creating bonafide classics like Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, Seasons in the Abyss and more in the process. Thirty years later, Hannemann was forced to leave behind the band he loved after contracting necrotizing fasciitis in early 2011. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt sat in his stead in the time since.
Jeff Hanneman and Slayer are 100% responsible for creating some of the most important records of all time. I am personally saddened by the news. Rest in Peace.
Kelly on the left
Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, one half of 90s rap duo Kris Kross, who were best known for their success at a young age, wearing their clothes backwards, and the hit song "Jump," passed away yesterday. He was 34. Chris' family released a statement about his death (via Fox 4)...
It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris -- the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him. -- Donna Kelly Pratte (mother) & The So So Def FamilyThe cause of death has not yet been reported. An autopsy is planned for today (5/2).
UPDATE: CNN is reporting the death as a "possible drug overdose."
Rest in peace, Chris. The video for "Jump" is below...
by Bill Pearis
Country music legend George Jones died today in Nashville after being hospitalized due to fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81. Jones' long recording career began in the mid-50s and included more than a dozen #1 hits such as "White Lightning," "She Thinks I Still Care," and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Many of his biggest hits ("Golden Ring," "We're Gonna Hold On") were with Tammy Wynette with whom he was married for six years. George lived the life he sang about and his '70s hard-partying days earned him the nickname "No Show" Jones from the amount of gigs he never quite made it to. But his legacy lives on through his undeniable body of work. Rest in peace, George.
Richie Havens with friend @ Clearwater in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
We lost a big one today. Folk legend Richie Havens passed away today from a heart attack at age 72. The singer, who famously opened Woodstock in 1969 (video below), retired from performing last year after complications from kidney surgery. Rest in peace, Richie.
Divinyls' singer Christina Amphlett lost her battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis on Sunday (4/21). She was 53. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the Divinyls got their start in 1980, and their riff-heavy snarl was evident on their acclaimed first EP, Monkey Grip. It would take 10 years and four albums for them to break in America with the much poppier 1991 hit "I Touch Myself," but for those curious their early records are worth exploring. Amphlett's menacing stage presence was no small part of their appeal. Rest in peace, Christina.
A couple Divinyls' videos are below.