Entries tagged with: RIP
Hollywood and Broadway lost one of its most talented directors and best wits. Mike Nichols, who directed The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Working Girl and many more, died Wednesday (11/19), at age 83:
Dryly urbane, Mr. Nichols had a gift for communicating with actors and a keen comic timing, which he honed early in his career as half of the popular sketch-comedy team Nichols and May. He accomplished what Orson Welles and Elia Kazan, but few if any other directors have: He achieved popular and artistic success in both theater and film. He was among the most decorated people in the history of show business, one of only a handful to have won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy.Rest in peace, Mike. Your work lives on. Watch a couple classic Nichols/May sketches (and a documentary about them), below...
His career encompassed an entire era of screen and stage entertainment. On Broadway, where he won an astonishing nine Tonys (including two as a producer), he once had four shows running simultaneously. He directed Neil Simon's early comedies "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Odd Couple" in the 1960s, the zany Monty Python musical, "Spamalot," four decades later, and nearly another decade after that, an acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's bruising masterpiece, "Death of a Salesman."
Motown lost one of it's great voices: Jimmy Ruffin, who died at a Las Vegas hospital on Monday (11/17) at age 78.
Ruffin's most enduring hit has to be 1966's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," with its majestic, stately rhythm and Ruffin's deeply soulful, sorrowful vocal. He followed up that Top 10 hit with "I've Passed This Way Before" in 1967. In 1980 he enjoyed a comeback hit with "Hold on to My Love."Jimmy's brother (and Temptations member) David Ruffin died in 1991 at age 50.
Ruffin was born May 7, 1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi, the older brother of singer David Ruffin. The brothers made their way north, eventually settling in Detroit, where each (separately) ended up signing with Motown Records, Jimmy as a solo artist and David as one of the Temptations. - [Detroit News]
Rest in peace, Jimmy. Your voice and songs live on. Check out a few songs below...
Big Big Hank (left) w/ Sugarhill Gang
Big Bank Hank (aka Hank Jackson) of The Sugarhill Gang, passed away this morning after suffering from cancer, TMZ reports. He was 57.
The Sugarhill Gang are best known for 1979's "Rapper's Delight," which is often considered the first single to popularize hip hop. The other two thirds of The Sugarhill Gang, Wonder Mike and Master Gee, told TMZ, "So sad to hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank."
Rest in peace, Hank. Watch the video for "Rapper's Delight" below...
Athon (right) w/ Black Tusk @ Studio at Webster Hall (more by Keith Marlow)
Jonathan Athon, bassist of Savannah, Georgia's Black Tusk died this morning (11/9) following a motorcycle accident Friday night (11/7). He was 32.
Fellow Savannah band Baroness posted a tribute on their Facebook:
Some folks shine more brightly than others. Today we lost our dear friend and brother Athon, who distinguished himself, unknowingly, by shining just a little more brightly than the rest of us.Read the rest below...
I remember clearly the night I met Athon about 15 years ago. I was a punk rocker, new to Savannah, and I was struggling to find a group of kids who would accept me into their circle. I met Athon one night in the typically trash strewn back alley of a punk-house party on the west side of town. He was the only person there who didn't stonewall me, or seem to care that I wasn't a regular; and he immediately offered me a drink, a smoke and an told one of his many off-color jokes (as was his style). Our friendship started that night, but continued to develop over the years as we shared company at many more parties, shows, rehearsal spaces and eventually tours.
photo via Twitter
Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival, the metal/horror festival founded by Pantera/Down's Phil Anselmo and author Corey Mitchell, wrapped up over the weekend and we're now saddened to learn that Corey Mitchell has passed away earlier today. The fest posted on Facebook:
Thank you all for a fantastic weekend - it is, however, with a heavy heart that we here at Housecore Horror Film Festival must announce that our friend and the father of this wicked brain-child, Corey Mitchell, passed away this morning.MetalSucks (to which Corey has contributed over 150 articles) added that he "reportedly suffered the heart attack at Emo's, the festival's main venue, earlier today." Corey had also been working on Phil Ansemlo's autobiography. Rest in peace, Corey.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family. He loved the festival. He loved horror. He loved metal. You damn sure know he loved you guys. Cheers, and thank for your respect during this sensitive time.
Jack Bruce, singer, bassist and one-third of classic power trio Cream (as well as a successful solo career), died Saturday (10/25) at age 71:
His family announced the death on his website. A spokesman said the cause was liver disease; Mr. Bruce had received a liver transplant several years ago.Rest in peace, Jack. Watch a full video of Cream's 1968 farewell performance below...
Mr. Bruce was well known in British rock and blues circles but virtually unknown in the United States when he teamed with the guitarist Eric Clapton and the drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream in 1966.
One of the first of the so-called power trios -- the Jimi Hendrix Experience soon followed in its wake -- Cream had its roots in the blues and became known for Mr. Clapton's long, virtuosic solos on reworked versions of blues standards like "Crossroads" and "Spoonful."
"Those original blues records had been done so well, which meant you could only ever be second best," Mr. Bruce was quoted in the booklet for a 1997 Cream compilation CD. "But if you treated those songs with a great deal of love and respect, you could remake them into your own." - [NY Times]
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]