Entries tagged with: RIP
By all accounts possessed of a brazen, naïve genius -- he played no instrument, could not read music and wrote his songs in his head -- Mr. Morton was almost single-handedly responsible for the wild success of the Shangri-Las, the Queens girl group he introduced and propelled to international stardom.Songwriter/producer Shadow Morton lost his battle with cancer earlier this week. He was 71. In addition to hits for the Shangri-Las, Morton wrote songs for Janice Ian and others, and produced Iron Butterfly's "In-A -Gadda-Da-Vida," as well as albums for Vanilla Fudge and The New York Dolls. Rest in peace, Shadow.
The group had its first hit in 1964 with "Remember," recorded more or less on a dare in a session frantically pulled together by Mr. Morton, who had never written a song before.
The result, with lyrics and music conceived by Mr. Morton in what he later said was about 22 minutes, was released on the Red Bird label and reached No. 5 on the Billboard singles chart.
A song of lost love, "Remember" was imbued with the lush, infectious strangeness that would prove a hallmark of Mr. Morton's other hits. It employed a narrative, quasi-operatic plot, spoken dialogue, chanting, unconventional sound effects (in this case sea gulls) and lyrics that encapsulated all the ardor and angst of the teenage years.
The song was followed later that year by "Leader of the Pack," written with Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. It told the story of Betty, who falls for Jimmy, a young tough on a bike. - [NY Times]
A few of his most memorable songs, below...
Pioneering DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who was instrumental in facilitating the signing of Madonna to Sire Records in 1982, has died.Steve Lewis reprinted an interview he did with Mark in 2008 along with a tribute at his Blackbook blog. Rest in Peace Mark.
According to BlackBook, on Feb. 14, he suffered "a massive coronary" in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he has been teaching. A family source has confirmed Kamins' death to Billboard. Word spread on Facebook, where many friends of the Downtown New York City scenester posted remembrances. The particular poignancy of his passing is surely the marking of the chronology of those connected to the incipient development of the biggest musical star of our time -- the mortality surrounding the cultural immortal that is the Queen of Pop.....
....Kamins perhaps distinctly represented a lost New York club scene of debauchery and illicit behaviors, replaced now by bottle service, bankers and strict adherence to officialdom-imposed standards. A fixture at the legendarily uninhibited Danceteria, where he mingled with not only the soon-to-be Material Girl, but also Downtown icons Keith Haring, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys, his remixes included superstars of the time like Kajagoogoo and Ofra Haza." [Billboard]
by Fred Pessaro
In a time when all eyes were west, transfixed on Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy E and their crew NWA, a Bronx MC had the balls to scream what a legion of New York MCs wanted to: "Fuck Compton." That MC, Tim Dog, passed away at age 46 from a seizure brought on by his longtime battle with diabetes.
Tim Dog was primarily a solo artist and released a few albums besides the killer debut Penicillin on Wax. Later on, the Bronx MC even collaborated with Kool Keith as a member of Ultra and then again as a member of Project X. Those groups released one LP each.
RIP Tim Dog. Though you were nailed on a dating scam by Dateline NBC, you'll always be remembered for that scathing diss track and the accompanying album Penicillin on Wax but, more importantly, your contribution to the hip hop culture as a whole.
Back in 2007 we were worried that Whole Earth Vegan Bakery on St. Marks was facing eviction, but the East Village landmark survived, for almost another six years at least. We were bummed to just read the following on EV Grieve:
Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen, which had been at 130 St. Mark's Place since 1991 (34 years in business total), closed for good on Dec. 29, as we first reported.The bakery and Kate's Joint in the same year.
Aside from rising rents, business had been down... and, of course, Sandy didn't help matters.
Yesterday, a worker at the store told Bill the libertarian anarchist that the space will become an Italian restaurant.
Oh, but speaking of Italian restaurants and East Village vegan establishments, I highly recommend you check out the vegan menu at John's on East 12th Street! (right next door to Angelica Kitchen which is also a great place to go.)
by Bill Pearis
Presley (bottom) with The Troggs
Reg Presley, lead singer of The Troggs, lost his battle with lung cancer over the weekend reports news agency WENN. He was 71. Though best known for garage rock touchstone "Wild Thing," The Troggs were expert pop craftsmen with a long list of great songs like "With a Girl Like You," "I Can't Control Myself" and "Love is All Around" to name three. The latter is the title track of their 1968 album which is a bonafide classic.
The Troggs were a big influence on '80s college rock bands, and in 1992, the band made a comeback with Athens Andover with help from R.E.M. and The dB's. It's a great record too. We'll miss you, Reg. Rest in peace.
A few Troggs promotional clips are below.
Patti Page, whose "Tennessee Waltz" is one of the best-selling recordings ever, has died. She was 85.Rest in peace, Patti. You can stream some of her most popular songs below.
Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., her rep said in a statement sent to CBSNews.com
Page, who was to be honored by the Recording Academy in a pre-Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony on Feb. 9, was one of the top-selling female singers in history with more than 100 million record sales. She created a distinctive sound for the music industry in 1947 by overdubbing her own voice when she didn't have enough money to hire backup singers for the single, "Confess."
She had 24 records in the top 10, including four that reached No. 1. She was also the first singer to have television programs on all three major networks, including "The Patti Page Show" on ABC. - [CBS News]
Rolling Stone reports that Marva Whitney, a collaborator of James Brown, passed away on Saturday (12/22). A post on Marva's facebook page reads: "We're saddened to inform you that Soulsister #1 Marva Whitney passed away last night. She left us with a legacy that will shine forever. Please keep her family in your payers." She suffered a stroke in 2009 and recovered but passed away from complications from pneumonia this past weekend.
In 2010, post-stroke, Marva performed again, most notably for us, as part of a soulful New Year's Eve at the Bell House in Brooklyn.
Rest in peace, Marva.
Some videos below...
Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, died on Saturday night at the age of 47. Scaccia was performing onstage at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, as part of a 50th birthday celebration for Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt, when he collapsed. Shortly afterwards, he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Guitarist Mike Scaccia of Ministry, Rigor Mortis, and other bands passed away on Saturday (12/22) while performing on stage with Rigor Mortis. He reportedly asked the club to turn the strobe lights off before collapsing from a seizure.
Scaccia was born in Babylon, New York, on July 14th, 1965, and formed thrash metallists Rigor Mortis in 1983. Six years later, the guitarist was invited by Al Jourgensen to join Ministry. The first full-length Ministry studio recording to feature Scaccia was the group's most commercially successful release, 1992's Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, which spawned such industrial metal classics as "N.W.O." and "Jesus Built My Hotrod," and was supported by an appearance on Lollapalooza that same year.
Additionally, Scaccia appeared on recordings by a host of Ministry offshoot bands, including the Revolting Cocks, Lard, and Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters. The most recent Ministry album that Scaccia appeared on was this year's Relapse. [Rolling Stone]
Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen wrote on the band's facebook:
I just lost my lil' brother and my best friend - the 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered," the note reads, in part. "Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family - and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp - kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career. . . . Everything!Rest in peace, Mike. You'll be missed. Some videos below...
As Billboard reported, former RCA Records publicist Meredith Sue Israel Thomas (who also coincidentally was a family friend to this author), tragically passed away on Friday (12/21) after four years of battling cancer. A press release reports:
Shortly after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in the summer of '08, Meredith and her family moved back to New York City. She began an intense chemotherapy regimen and continued to endure a variety of different test therapies under the care of Memorial Sloan Kettering. Israel-Thomas began blogging through Caringbridge.org and advocating early cancer detection practices while actively fund raising for several organizations. She appeared on "Today," "Good Morning America," and in other local and national media as a spokeswoman for the cause.While working at RCA, Meredith worked with artists like Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Christina Aguilera, Lit, and Heather Headley. More recently she was working in event hospitality and food publicity but she remained well known within the music industry.
The honesty and bluntness of her journaling attracted nearly 400,000 visits at Caringbridge. She studied at the Gotham School of Writing earlier this year. Her story was further spread by Facebook, the Huffington Post, the Miami Herald, AOL.com and the Daily Mail, among others. Meredith's fundraising efforts on behalf of Max Cure and the Pediatric Children's Relief Foundation's "Cookies for Cancer" brought tens of thousands of dollars to the organizations.
Those looking to donate money in Meredith's memory, should do so HERE.
Rest in peace, Meredith.
According to Pitchfork and "various sources", Capital STEEZ (real name Jamal Dewar), of Joey Bada$$'s crew, Pro Era, passed away this morning (12/24) at 19 years old. Joey tweeted, "This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal.." and hours before that Capital STEEZ himself eerily tweeted "The end." Joey has continued to tweet on the situation with statements like "SICK TO MY STOMACH.." and "RIP CAPITAL STEEZ!!! 7.7.93 - 12.24.12." Other details on the situation are still sparse at the moment. Rest in peace, Jamal.
Pro Era just released their free Peep the Aprocalypse mixtape this past Friday (12/21). You can download the whole thing at that link and stream the track "Run or Fly," which features Capital STEEZ, below.
Indian classical sitarist and legend Ravi Shankar has passed away at 92 years old.
Shankar has been performing since the 1930s and began receiving international attention by the '50s. Since then he's been an influence on Western music, having famously taught George Harrison (and later performed at Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh), performed at Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock, recorded a collaboration with Philip Glass, and more. Norah Jones is his daughter.
Rest in peace, Ravi. Your contributions to music of all cultures will always be remembered. Some videos below...
Joe Fiorentino, a longterm member of the NYC underground music community who played bass in Artanker Convoy, as well as with James Murphy, Daughter, and more passed away unexpectedly November 15. Tonight (12/5) his friends are throwing a party at the Gutter in Williamsburg (200 N 14th St) called "The Joe 'Fashion Night Out' benefit & memorial Bash." It will feature live performances by Artanker Convoy, Hamish Kilgour, Fly Ashtray, The Jewish, Mossy Pine, Clay Dots and Jonathan Toubin will be the night's DJ. The event is free but donations will be taken at the door that will go to his two kids. Additionally, there will be a silent auction tonight to raise more money for his family.
R.I.P. Joe, and flyer for the show is below.
Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd.No doubt the Dave Brubeck Quartet's classic 1959 album Time Out was many people's entry point into jazz and he remains one of the form's most influential figures, playing shows right up to the end.. A true legend, one of the greats, he will be missed. Rest in peace, Dave.
Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist," said Gloyd.
Throughout his career, Brubeck defied conventions long imposed on jazz musicians. The tricky meters he played in "Take Five" and other works transcended standard conceptions of swing rhythm. - [Chicago Tribune]
A stream of Time Out (via Rdio) and a few videos are below.
Chris Stamp, Pete Townsend and Kit Lambert (L to R)
On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launched the group's success -- as a man "without whom we wouldn't be the band we were."Besides The Who's crucial earlier days, Stamp's Track Records is responsible for the release of of the landmark The Jimi Hendrix Experience LP Are You Experienced?, Thunderclap Newman's Hollywood Dream, the self-titled debut from The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and more. He leaves behind a wife of 22 years, two married daughters and grandchildren. (His brother is actor Terrence Stamp.) Goodbye Chris Stamp, you left an indelible mark of rock as we know it.
Stamp -- who not only co-managed The Who with the late Kit Lambert but also co-founded the group's Track Records label and executive produced most of its albums and film projects starting in 1968, died from cancer on Saturday at the age of 70 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. -[Billboard]
Bernard Lansky outfitting the King
Bernard Lansky, a Memphis haberdasher who dressed the royalty of rhythm and blues, including the King, Elvis Presley, died on Thursday at his home in Memphis. He was 85.Rest in peace Bernard.
The cause was Alzheimer's disease, his granddaughter, Julie Lansky, said.
As the story goes, Presley was a teenager, working as an usher at a movie theater, when Mr. Lansky first encountered him. Presley was looking in the window of the clothing store, at 126 Beale Street, in the heart of Memphis's music district, where the sign read "Lansky Bros." The store catered to many musicians, most of them black - B. B. King was a regular - and its inventory, in the argot of the day, was filled with way-out threads, man.
"He looked in the window and said, 'You have some nice stuff in there,' " Mr. Lansky recalled, referring to Presley, in a 2005 interview. " 'When I get rich, I'll buy you out.' I said, 'No, don't buy me out, just buy from me.' "
Mr. Lansky was not responsible for the sequined jumpsuits Presley adopted in his Las Vegas years, but he did choose the white suit he wears in the grave.
"I put him in his first suit," Mr. Lansky said, "and I put him in his last suit." [NY Times]
Lucille Theresa Bliss (March 31, 1916 - November 8, 2012) was an American actress and voice artist.You can check out her whole filmography and some videos below.
A New York City native, she lent her voice to numerous television characters, including the title character of the very first made-for-television cartoon, Crusader Rabbit, Smurfette on the popular 1980s cartoon The Smurfs and Ms. Bitters on the Nickelodeon animated series Invader ZIM.
In addition to her television roles, Bliss was known for her work as a voice actor in feature films. Her first voice work was the role of the wicked stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Walt Disney's classic 1950 feature film Cinderella, for which, she was honored 50 years later by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award in March 2000.
From 1950 to 1957, Lucille Bliss was "Auntie Lou" on ABC/KRON-TV's The Happy Birthday To You Show, also known as Birthday Party Show, which had guests from adults, to children, to animals. At the same time, she did voices for Hanna-Barbera while they were working for MGM; as Tuffy in Robin Hoodwinked, as Leprechaun in Droopy Leprechaun and later was Hugo on an episode of The Flintstones.
She was also the narrator on three stories from the Disney Album "Peter Cottontail and Other Funny Bunnies"; those three stories being "Story of Thumper", Story of the White Rabbit", and "Story of Grandpa Bunny". Bliss was a voice-over performer for Airborne radio spots in 2004.[Wikipedia]
Rest in Peace Lucille!
Esteemed German producer Pete Namlook has died of as-yet unknown causes.Pete was 52 years old. Rest In Peace Pete.
The man born Peter Kuhlmann ("Namlook" is his name pronounced backwards) was an incredibly prolific artist from the '90s on, releasing some 130 albums over the course of his career. These included numerous collaborations with artists like Richie Hawtin, Uwe Schmidt (as Atom Hart), Biosphere and Move D among many others. He also ran his own label, FAX +49-69/450464 (often known simply as Fax), which released more than 100 CDs and records in its first year of operation. Working on his own, Kuhlmann's style was heavily influenced by Germany's kosmische tradition and artists like Brian Eno, as well as classical and Eastern music.
Kuhlmann's daughter Fabia released this brief statement to RA earlier today: "It is with much grief that we announce the passing of Peter Kuhlmann, AKA Pete Namlook. We are still shocked and are working on an official announcement that will follow soon to bring clarity to our minds. As word spreads on the internet more and more we just want to make clear that he died peacefully from as yet unspecified causes on 8th November 2012. We will announce more details as and when they surface."
Some songs below...
Major Harris, a former member of the "Philadelphia sound" group the Delfonics who had his own 1975 hit "Love Won't Let Me Wait," died Friday from congestive heart and lung failure. He was 65.Major Harris/Delfonics also scored major hits with a younger generation as well, being sampled by the likes of Ghostface Killah, Missy Elliott, Fugees, The Notorious B.I.G., and so many more. Major Harris, you will be missed. Check out some of Harris's contributions below.
...Harris made the rounds with several music groups in the 1960s, including the Charmers, Frankie Lymon's Teenagers and Nat Turner's Rebellion.
He joined the Delfonics in the early 1970s, replacing Randy Cain in the group known for such hits as "La-La (Means I Love You)" and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)."
Harris left the group in 1974 to pursue a solo career. He recorded a string of R&B singles, with "Love Won't Let Me Wait," peaking at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Written by Vinnie Barrett and Bobby Eli, it was certified as a gold record. -[Billboard]
Elliott Carter, the American composer whose kaleidoscopic, rigorously organized works established him as one of the most important and enduring voices in contemporary music, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 103 and had continued to compose into his 11th decade, completing his last piece in August.Rest in peace, Elliott. A video of one of his pieces being performed is below.
His death was announced by Virgil Blackwell, his personal assistant. Mr. Carter died in his Greenwich Village apartment, which he and his wife bought in 1945 and where he had lived ever since.
...Many of Mr. Carter's works had found their way into the active repertory. In the mid-1980s, he observed that hardly a year went by without at least one New York performance of his Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano With Two Chamber Orchestras (1961). His Cello Sonata (1948) is considered one of this century's finest additions to that instrument's repertory, and his solo keyboard works, the Piano Sonata (1946) and "Night Fantasies" (1980), are performed regularly and have been recorded several times. [NY Times]
Joel Burrows with The Thermals @ BV CMJ day party 2006 (more)
Joel Burrows, longtime local musician and fixture of the Portland music scene, has passed away. Burrows performed with many Portland bands and was a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing drums for the Minders and guitar in the Thermals, among his contributions for many other bands. In early 2011, Burrows was struck by a van as he crossed the street and suffered a serious head injury. He spent following months in the ICU and fought valiantly for his life. Burrows made substantial progress and was able to leave the hospital to live in an assisted living facility for people with brain injuries. -[Portland Mercury]Rest in peace, Joel.
Joel only spent a short time in The Thermals, part of which was spent in NYC for CMJ 2006. We were honored to host him and the rest of the band in the basement of Fontana's that year.
Soul and jazz singer Terry Callier has died. The 67-year-old songwriter experienced belated success in his career after working with acts including Massive Attack and Beth Orton.Rest in peace, Terry. Below are videos of his collaborations with Beth Orton and Massive Attack, plus a stream of The Bongo Years via Spotify.
He died on Sunday after suffering from a long illness.
Born in the Chicago projects, Callier was a childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, and began singing in doo-wop groups in his teens. Later he became a fixture on the city's coffee house scene, releasing a debut album titled The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier in 1968. In the early 70s he released three critically celebrated "jazz-folk" albums and toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron, but he had abandoned music for a job as a computer programmer at the University of Chicago until a new generation rediscovered his work in the early 90s. - [The Guardian]
(photo by Kate Simon)
You first encountered Teddy, the sharkskin-suited maître d'hôtel, on the sidewalk. If you got past him, Steve Paul was at the door to insult you.Steve Paul was an iconoclast and general NYC music scene legend. Rest in peace, Steve.
The insult, usually devilishly clever, was the cover charge to one of New York City's hottest, most intriguing clubs in the 1960s. It was called the Scene, and it was the brainchild of the dashing, idiosyncratic Mr. Paul, who was 23 when he opened it in 1964. It became famous for brilliant moments in the history of rock music, as the place where Jimi Hendrix and the Doors shaped the music of the '60s in inspired jam sessions.
Mr. Paul, who went on to manage Johnny Winter and other rock stars and record them for his own label, died at 71 on Sunday at a hospital in Queens. His friend Tariq Abdus-Sabur said the cause was not yet known. -[NY Times]
Free-jazz giant, David S. Ware, has died aged just 62. The New Jersey-based saxophonist had been plagued by poor health for many years, undergoing nearly a decade of dialysis treatment and, at the age of 60, a kidney transplant using an organ donated in response to an email appeal sent to 1,000 of his fans.A true one-of-a-kind, David S. Ware you will be missed. Check out a preview of A World of Sound, Amine Kouider's documentary short on Ware below and you can watch the whole thing on David Lynch TV.
While Ware's many admirers will mourn this premature loss, there's comfort to be had from the fact that the two short years gained by surgery allowed him time to record some of his strongest work, including two astonishing albums by the heavyweight quartet, Planetary Unknown, featuring drummer Muhammad Ali, pianist Cooper-Moore and long-time collaborator, bassist William Parker. - [Jazzwise]
Howard Scott (R) with the great Aaron Copland
Howard H. Scott, known by some as the godfather of the LP, and others as a classical composer and producer, passed away last month in Reading, PA at the age of 92 after a fight with cancer.
In 1946, Mr. Scott was 26 and just discharged from the Army when he got a job at Columbia Masterworks, the label's classical division. He was soon assigned to Columbia's top-secret project: developing a long-playing record to replace the 78 r.p.m. disc, which could hold only about four minutes of music on each brittle shellac side.He went on to produce many classical records with symphonies in Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and the New York Philharmonic among many many others, eventually winning a Grammy in 1966 for his production on Charles Ives's Symphony No. 1, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The project had begun in 1940 and was nearing completion. But its engineers needed someone with musical training -- particularly the ability to read orchestral scores -- to help transfer recordings from 78s to the new discs, which played at 3 31/3 r.p.m., could hold about 22 minutes a side and were made of more durable vinyl.
Howard Hillison Scott fit the bill. -[NY Times]
R.I.P. Mr Scott, your lasting contributions to both music and technology will be felt for generations to come.