DEAD MUSICIANS 2017

 

 

 

 MUSICIANS WHO DIED IN 2017

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 7

NAT HENTOFF  /  DOWN BEAT, JAZZTIMES, VILLAGE VOICE, NYT, WSJ, CANDID RECORDS.

 

JANUARY 15

TERRY CRYER  /  JAZZ & BLUES PHOTOGRAPHER 

 

JANUARY 16

WILLIAM ONYEABOR

CHARLES "BOBO" SHAW 

 

JANUARY 18

MIKE KELLIE

 

JANUARY 20

CHUCK STEWART  /  JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHER, OVER 2000 ALBUMS ON IMPULSE, CHESS, MERCURY, REPRISE, VERVE RECORDS / ESQUIRE, PARIS MATCH, THE NEW YORK TIMES.  

 

JANUARY 21

JAKI LIEBEZEIT  /  TETE MONTOLIU, CHET BAKER, CAN, BRIAN ENO, JAH WOBBLE.

MAGGIE ROCHE 

 

JANUARY 24

BUTCH TRUCKS

 

JANUARY 28

GEOFF NICHOLLS

 

JANUARY 31

JOHN WETTON  /  KING CRIMSON, ASIA, WISHBONE ASH, ROXY MUSIC, URIAH HEEP.

 

FEBRUARY 4

SCULLY  (NOEL BATHOLOMEW SIMMS)  /  THE AGGROVATORS  / THE HEPTONES 

 

FEBRUARY 5

DAVID AXELROD

 

FEBRUARY 7

SVEND ASMUSSEN 

 

FEBRUARY 12

BARBARA CARROLL 

AL JARREAU

 

FEBRUARY 17

ALAN ALDRIDGE  /  THE BEATLES, APPLE CORPS

 

FEBRUARY 18

CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD

 

FEBRUARY 19

LARRY CORYELL  /  CHARLES MINGUS, CHET BAKER, JIM PEPPER, JCOA, EMILY REMLER.

 

FEBRUARY 23

HORACE PARLAN  /  DEXTER GORDON, ROLAND KIRK, LANGSTON HUGHES, ARCHIE SHEPP, CHARLES MINGUS. 

 

MARCH 3

MISHA MENGELBERG  /  ERIC DOLPHY, ICP, HAN BENNINK, LOUIS ANDRIESSEN.

LYLE RITZ  /  AMERICAN JAZZ UKULELE MUSICIAN, DOUBLE BASS, BASS GUITAR. JOINED THE WRECKING CREW, A FAMOUS GROUP OF STUDIO MUSICIANS. TOOK PART IN OVER 5,000 RECORDING SESSIONS INCLUDING THE BEACH BOYS' PET SOUNDS, GOOD VIBRATIONS, THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS' YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'. 

 

MARCH 11

EVAN JOHNS  /  THE H-BOMBS 

 

MARCH 16

JAMES COTTON

 

MARCH 17

DEREK WALCOTT  /  POET, WRITER, PLAYWRIGHT, PROFESSOR, NOBEL PRIZE 1992 / PAUL SIMON, DREADZONE.  

 

MARCH 18

CHUCK BERRY

 

MARCH 20

BUCK HILL 

 

MARCH 23

ALAN GRIFFITHS

 

MARCH 27

ARTHUR BLYTHE  /  GIL EVANS, HORACE TAPSCOTT, WSQ, THE LEADERS. 

 

APRIL 1

LONNIE BROOKS

BOB CUNNINGHAM 

YEVGENY YEVTUSHENKO 

 

APRIL 11

J. GEILS

 

APRIL 13

MIKA VAINIO / PAN SONIC

 

APRIL 14

BRUCE LANGHORNE

 

APRIL 15

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH

 

MAY 3

SAXA   (LIONEL AUGUSTUS MARTIN)  /  THE BEAT

C'EL REVUELTA  /  BLACK FLAG

 

MAY 8

DAVE PELL  /  ART PEPPER, PEPPER ADAMS, BENNY CARTER, MEL LEWIS, RED MITCHELL, JOHN WILLIAMS, SHORTY ROGERS, JIMMY GIUFFRE. 

 

 MAY 14

TOM McCLUNG

 

MAY 17

CHRIS CORNELL  /  SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE, TEMPLE OF THE DOG.

 

MAY 22

MICKEY ROKER  /  DIZZY GILLESPIE, ART FARMER, SONNY ROLLINS, HERBIE HANCOCK, GIGI GRYCE, HANK JONES.

 

MAY 27

GREGG ALLMAN  /  ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND

 

MAY 28

ELZBIETA CHOJNACKA

 

MAY 31

JIŘI BĚLOHLÁVEK

BERN NIX 

 

JUNE 13

ANITA PALLENBERG  /  ROLLING STONES, BARBARELLA, PERFORMANCE, THE LIVING THEATRE, ANDY WARHOL'S FACTORY, JEAN-LUC GODARD - SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL, CANDY. 

 

JUNE 20

PRODIGY  /  MOBB DEEP, BUDD JOHNSON, FF COLLINS - THE CRYSTALS. 

 

JUNE 27

GERI ALLEN  /  ORNETTE COLEMAN, BETTY CARTER, WOODY SHAW, CHARLES LLOYD.

 

JUNE 28

PHIL COHRAN  /  SUN RA ARKESTRA, AACM, ARTISTIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE.

GARY DeCARLO  /  STEAM.

 

JULY 4

JOHN BLACKWELL  /  PRINCE, PATTI LaBELLE, BOOTSY'S RUBBER BAND.

 

JULY 5

PIERRE HENRY  /  NADIA BOULANGER, OLIVIER MESSIAEN, PIERRE SCHAEFFER (ORPHÉE 53), MAURICE BÉJART - MESSE POUR LE TEMPS PRÉSENT (with MICHEL COLOMBIER, incl. PSYCHÉ ROCK), SPOOKY TOOTH.

 

JULY 6

MELVYN "DEACON" JONES  /  BABY HUEY & THE BABYSITTERS, FREDDIE KING, JOHN LEE HOOKER, CURTIS MAYFIELD, ALBERT COLLINS, BUDDY MILES, GREGG ALLMAN, ELVIN BISHOP.

 

JULY 11

STEVE GETZ  (68)  /  US JAZZ PRODUCER, MANAGER, BOOKING AGENT, DRUMMER AND PERCUSSIONIST. STAN GETZ'S OLDEST SON. MUSIC DIRECTOR OF JAZZ CLUBS (THE BLUE NOTE, FAT TUESDAY'S, YOSHI'S). 

 

JULY 12

JOE FIELDS  /  LAUNCHED MUSE / HIGHNOTE / SAVANT RECORDS, WORKED FOR LONDON, MGM, VERVE, PRESTIGE, SUE, BUDDHA, COBBLESTONE RECORDS. 

RAY PHIRI  /  THE CANNIBALS, STIMELA, PAUL SIMON.

 

JULY 13

EGIL KAPSTAD  /  CHET BAKER, KARIN KROG, RED MITCHELL, JAN ERIK VOLD

FRESH KID ICE  (THE CHINAMAN)  /  2 LIVE CREW

 

JULY 14

JULIA HARTWIG  /  POLISH POETESS.

CLARA (CUQUI) NICOLA  /  CUBAN GUITARIST - CARLOS EMILIO MORALES (IRAKERE).

 

 JULY 16

THOR LINDSAY  /  TIM/KERR, WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS/KURT COBAIN, JOHN FAHEY, WIPERS, PERE UBU, RICHARD HELL, BUSH TETRAS, THE RAINCOATS, POISON IDEA, THE DANDY  WARHOLS.

 

JULY 17

PETER PRINCIPLE  (PETER DACHERT)  /  POST-PUNK BASSIST & GUITARIST, TUXEDOMOON (JOINED 1979, AFTER REAGAN'S ELECTION BAND CHOSE EXILE IN EUROPE), ZOD (PSYCHEDELIC GARAGE ROCK BAND 1968), THE DOCTORS, THE MASTERS OF GNOSIS, PRODUCER  (MINIMAL COMPACT, MARINE, ISOLATION WARD).

 

JULY 19

BARBARA WELDENS  /  FRENCH SINGER ELECTROCUTED IN A CHURCH

BLAOUI HOUARI  /  ALGERIAN SINGER SONGWRITER, THE PRECURSOR OF RAI MUSIC, INFLUENCED KHALED, CHEB MAMI.

 

JULY 20

JADWIGA SZUBARTOWICZ  /  POLISH SUPERCENTENARIAN (111), OLDEST PERSON IN THE NATION (WITNESSED THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION).

CHESTER BENNINGTON  /  US SINGER SONGWRITER, LINKIN PARK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, DEAD BY SUNRISE, KINGS OF CHAOS.

 

JULY 21

ERROL DYERS  /  GUITAR, COMPOSER, CAPEJAZZ/GOEMA, ABDULLAH IBRAHIM, WINSTON MANKUNKU NGOZI.

PAAPA YANKSON  /  GHANAIAN HIGHLIFE SINGER, SONGWRITER, WO YERE ANAA WO MAAME.  

STUBBS  /  AMERICAN CAT, THE MAYOR OF TALKEETNA, ALASKA (JULY 1997-JULY 2017).

 

JULY 25

GURRUMUL  (GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU)  /  INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN.

 

JULY 27

SAM SHEPARD  /  US PLAYWRIGHT, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, DRUMMER, JAZZ, PUNK ROCK, PSYCHEDELIC FOLK, PATTI SMITH, CHARLIE MINGUS, HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS, BOB DYLAN, ROLLING THUNDER REVUE. 

 

JULY 31

JEANNE MOREAU  /  ACTRESS, SINGER, ASCENSEUR POUR L'ÉCHAFAUD/ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS, MILES DAVIS 1957, LOUIS MALLE.

CHUCK LOEB  /  JAZZ GUITAR, STEPS AHEAD, FOURPLAY, STAN GETZ, MICHAEL BRECKER, CHICO HAMILTON, HUBERT LAWS.

 

AUGUST 1

GOLDY McJOHN  /  HAMMOND B3, STEPPENWOLF, STEVE MARRIOTT, HUMBLE PIE. 

 

AUGUST 8

FRED "FREAK" SMITH  (55)  /  US PUNK GUITARIST AND A FOUNDING MEMBER OF A WASHINGTON D.C. HARDCORE LEGENDARY AND INNOVATIVE BAND BEEFEATER (1984-1986) WAS STABBED TO DEATH BY AN UNKOWN MURDERER IN A SAN FERNANDO VALLEY PARK. IAN MacKAYE ON BEEFEATER: "THEIR FUSION OF METAL, FUNK AND JAZZ AT A TIME WHEN HARDCORE RULED SUPREME WAS POPULAR IN D.C. MAINLY BECAUSE FREAK WAS AN EXTREMELY GIFTED MUSICIAN AND A REAL KOOK, UNLIKE ANYONE ELSE". BEEFEATER RECORDED THREE ALBUMS (TWO FOR DISCHORD RECORDS): PLAYS FOR LOVERS (1985), NEED A JOB (1986), HOUSE BURNING DOWN (1987). LATER FRED "FREAK" SMITH PLAYED WITH THE GOTHIC ROCK BAND STRANGE BOUTIQUE, METAL GROUPS BLAXMYTH AND AMERICAN CORPSE FLOWERS, THEN WITH ATOMIK KANGAROO. 

GLEN CAMPBELL  /  SINGER, GUITARIST, SONGWRITER, ACTOR, RHINESTONE COWBOY, SOUTHERN NIGHTS, EVERYBODY'S TALKIN'. 

MARIÁN VARGA  /  COMPOSER, ORGANIST, COLLEGIUM MUSICUM.

 

 AUGUST 18

SONNY BURGESS  /   US FIRST GENERATION ROCKABILLY GUITAR/SINGER, THE ARKANSAS WILD MAN, WE WANNA BOOGIE/RED-HEADED WOMAN (COLIN ESCOTT: "IT WAS PUNK BEFORE PUNK, THRASH BEFORE THRASH"), SUN RECORDS, MEMPHIS, SAM PHILLIPS.

 

AUGUST 22

JOHN ABERCROMBIE  /  JAZZ GUITARIST, COMPOSER, ECM, GIL EVANS, GATO BARBIERI, JACK DeJOHNETTE, DAVE HOLLAND, LEE KONITZ, KENNY WHEELER, CZESLAW NIEMEN, CHARLES LLOYD, PAUL BLEY, BOB BROOKMEYER, DREAMS, BRECKER BROTHERS, BILLY COBHAM, LARRY CORYELL, JOHN SCOFIELD, JOE LOVANO, ENRICO RAVA, MARK FELDMAN, JAREK SMIETANA.

 

AUGUST 23

MIKE HENNESSEY  /  UK JAZZ PIANIST & JOURNALIST, THE BEATLES SPOKESMAN,  BIOGRAPHER (KLOOK on KENNY CLARKE, THE LITTLE GIANT on JOHNNY GRIFFIN). 

 

SEPTEMBER 3

WALTER BECKER  /  US JAZZ-INSPIRED SONGWRITER, GUITARIST, BASSIST,  STEELY DAN (DO IT AGAIN, REELIN' IN THE YEARS, BODHISATTVA, RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER), DONALD FAGEN,  RECORD PRODUCER (CHINA CRISIS - 1985, MICHAEL FRANKS), VICTOR FELDMANJIM GORDON, RANDY CALIFORNIA, CHUCK RAINEY.

JOHN ASHBERRY  /  US POET, PULITZER PRIZE WINNER (1976)

DAVE HLUBEK  /  MOLLY HATCHET GUITARIST & FOUNDER (1971), SONGWRITER (FLIRTIN' WITH DISASTER, GATOR COUNTRY, FALL OF THE PEACEMAKERS, WHISKEY MAN).

JOHN BYRNE COOKE  /  US AUTHOR, MUSICIAN, PHOTOGRAPHER, GUITARIST, SINGER WITH CHARLES RIVER VALLEY BOYS (BLUEGRASS BAND), FAMILY: (RALPH WALDO EMERSON, ALISTAIR COOKE), JANIS JOPLIN'S MANAGER.

 

SEPTEMBER 4

EARL "WIRE" LINDO  /  ORGAN, KEYBOARDS, GUITAR, BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS, BURNING SPEAR, TAJ MAHAL, COXSONE DODD'S STUDIO ONE.

 

SEPTEMBER 5

HOLGER CZUKAY  /   BASS, GUITAR, KEYBOARDS, DRUMS, VOCALS, CO-FOUNDER OF GERMAN KRAUTROCK BAND CAN (NINE ALBUMS INCL. TAGO MAGO), (AMBIENT, WORLD MUSIC, SAMPLING, AVANT-GARDE),  BORN IN THE FREE CITY OF GDANSK, STUDIED UNDER KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN, COLLABORATIONS: JAH WOBBLE, DAVID SYLVIAN, BRIAN ENO, JAKI LIEBEZEIT, EURYTHMICS. 

LEO CUYPERS  /  DUTCH COMPOSER AND PIANIST, WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIEF, MISHA MENGELBERG, THEO LOEVENDIE, 1981 LP HEAVY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN (UNHEARD MUSIC SERIES / ATAVISTIC).

RICK STEVENS  /  US R&B SINGER, TOWER OF POWER LEAD VOCALIST (YOU'RE STILL A YOUNG MAN AND DOWN TO THE NIGHTCLUB). IN 1976 KILLED THREE MEN DURING A DRUG DEAL AND SPENT 36 YEARS IN PRISON.

 

SEPTEMBER 8

DON WILLIAMS  /  US COUNTRY SINGER, SONGWRITER, GUITARIST (I BELIEVE IN YOU). 

 

SEPTEMBER 11

VIRGIL HOWE  /  UK DRUMMER, KBDS, PRODUCER, CLUB DJ, RADIO DJ, THE KILLER METERS & LITTLE BARRIE BANDS, WORKED WITH FATHER STEVE HOWE (YES), BROTHER DYLAN HOWE, EDWYN COLLINS, PET SHOP BOYS, DEMIS ROUSSOS, PRODUCED YES REMIXES ALBUM. 

 

SEPTEMBER 12

FRANK CAPP  (86)  /  US JAZZ DRUMMER, A MEMBER OF THE WRECKING CREW. WORKED AND RECORDED WITH NEAL HEFTI, PEGGY LEE, NAT PIERCE 9CAP/PIERCE JUGGERNAUT IBG BAND), CHET BAKER, BEN WEBSTER, ANITA O'DAY, STAN KENTON, JOE PASS, SHORTY ROGERS, BUD SHANK, ANDRE PREVIN, SONNY AND CHER. 

JESSI ZAZU  /  US SINGER, GUITATRIST (THOSE DARLINS FRONTWOMAN), GARAGE ROCK/ALT-COUNTRY/ROCKANDROLL, THREE ALBUMS (SOPHOMORE SCREWS GET LOOSE HAD "HOOKY, SAUCY, PUNKY SONGWRITING" ACC. TO ROBERT CHRISTGAU) SONGS: AIN'T AFRAID, OH GOD, IN THE WILDERNESS, DUI OR DIE, GLASS TO YOU.

 

SEPTEMBER 14

GRANT HART  /  US HARDCORE PUNK DRUMMER, SINGER, CO-SONGWRITER WITH HC TRIO HÜSKER DÜ FORMED IN 1979 WITH GUITARIST/SINGER BOB MOULD AND BASSIST GREG NORTON (TURN ON THE NEWS ON ZEN ARCADE 1984 DOUBLE ALBUM), ALTERNATIVE ROCK SINGER, GUITARIST WITH HIS OWN TRIO NOVA MOB. RECORDED FOR NEW ALLIANCE RECORDS, SST.

 

SEPTEMBER 15

VIOLET BROWN  /  A SUPERCENTENARIAN AND THE OLDEST VERIFIED LIVING PERSON IN THE WORLD, BORN IN JAMAICA IN THE 19TH C., DIED IN JAMAICA IN THE 21ST. VIOLET BROWN LIVED 117 YEARS & 189 DAYS AND IS THE 5TH OLDEST PERSON IN RECORDED HISTORY.

 

SEPTEMBER 17

LAUDIR DE OLIVEIRA  /  BRAZILIAN JAZZ & ROCK MULTIPERCUSSIONIST, PRODUCER, WORKED WITH SÉRGIO MENDES, MARCOS VALLE, CHICAGO 1973-1982, OFFICIAL MEMBER SINCE 1975 (IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW), PLAYED ON JOE COCKER'S HIT SINGLE FEELING ALRIGHT FROM HIS DEBUT ALBUM WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS (REC. 1968), ALSO WAYNE SHORTER, NINA SIMONE, CARLOS SANTANA, GAL COSTA, FLORA PURIM, AIRTO MOREIRA, CHICK COREA.

 

SEPTEMBER 18

PETE TURNER  /  US MASTER JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHER, IN 2006 PUBLISHED A PHOTOBOOK "THE COLOR OF JAZZ: ALBUM COVER PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETE TURNER" WITH THE FOREWORD BY QUINCY JONES. SOME OF HIS FAMOUS COVERS WERE: THE BLUES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH BY OLIVER NELSON, FOCUS BY STAN GETZ, COLTRANE AND LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD BY JOHN COLTRANE, MONTREUX II BY BILL EVANS, SHE WAS TOO GOOD TO ME BY CHET BAKERMOTION BY LEE KONITZTHE QUINTESSENCE BY QUINCY JONES, BLUES FARM BY RON CARTER, WAVE BY ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM. MOSTLY WORKING FOR CREED TAYLOR, FOUNDER OF INFLUENTIAL RECORD LABELS IMPULSE! AND CTI (CREED TAYLOR INC.)

 

SEPTEMBER 19

JOHNNY SANDLIN  /  US GUITARIST, DRUMMER (IN HOUR GLASS WITH DUANE ALLMAN, GREGG ALLMAN), MIXING AT FILLMORE EAST (1971) AND EAT A PEACH (1972) AND PRODUCING BROTHERS AND SISTERS (1973) AND WIN, LOSE OR DRAW (1975) BY ALLMAN BROTHERS, PRODUCED THE SELF-TITLED ALBUM BY WIDESPREAD PANIC  (1991) INCL. PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILLIAM CLAXTON    

 

SEPTEMBER 22

ERIC EYCKE  /  HARDCORE PUNK SINGER WITH CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (C.O.C.) 1983-1985 & ON THEIR DEBUT ALBUM EYE FOR AN EYE (1984) . THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP OF C.O.C. INFLUENCED BY HC BANDS LIKE BLACK FLAG, BAD BRAINS, GERMS, MINOR THREAT AND CIRCLE JERKS, ALSO BY BLACK SABBATH. THEY LATER WENT CROSSOVER THRASH AND METAL.

MIKE CARR  /  ENGLISH JAZZ ORGANIST, PIANIST AND VIBRAPHONIST, WITH ELDER BROTHER , TRUMPET LEGEND, IAN CARR, STARTED THE EmCee Five BAND WHICH INCLUDED JOHN McLAUGHLIN, RONNIE STEPHENSON, MALCOLM CECIL AND SPIKE HEATLEY (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH ANOTHER LEGENDARY GROUP MC5), PLAYED IN RONNIE SCOTT'S TRIO AND ERIC BURDON BAND, RECORDED WITH PRINCE LASHA, DICK MORRISSEY AND JIM MULLEN.  

 

SEPTEMBER 23

CHARLES BRADLEY  /  US FUNK, SOUL AND R&B SINGER WITH CAREER 1965-2017 AND A DEBUT ALBUM NO TIME FOR DREAMING IN 2011!!!

 

OCTOBER 2

TOM PETTY  /  US ROCK / ROOTS ROCK AND HEARTLAND ROCK SINGER SONGWRITER, GUITARIST & MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, RECORD PRODUCER. LED TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS (THIRD ALBUM DAMN THE TORPEDOES WENT PLATINUM) HAD HITS LIKE LEARNING TO FLY OR INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN. PLAYED NO NUKES. WENT SOLO (SUPER HIT FREE FALLIN'). MEMBER OF GEORGE HARRISON'S GROUP THE TRAVELING WILBURYS WITH BOB DYLAN, ROY ORBISON AND JEFF LYNNE.

HE MET ELVIS AT 10 AND GOT HOOKED, BUT LATER IT WAS THE BEATLES THAT REALLY MADE HIM WANT TO START A BAND. AND LATE IN LIFE HE SAID THAT "ROLLING STONES WERE MY PUNK MUSIC".

SOLD OVER 80 MILLION RECORDS, BUT WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT, TRIED TO BE INDEPENDENT AND TO KEEP HIS ARTISTIC FREEDOM.

IN 1989 TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS INVITED THE REPLACEMENTS TO SUPPORT THEM ON THE WHOLE TOUR.

 

OCTOBER 5

BORISLAV OSLOVČAN  /  SERBIAN BASS PLAYER WITH A FAMOUS SERBIAN AND FORMER YUGOSLAV PUNK ROCK BAND PEKINŠKA PATKA

 

OCTOBER 6

LOU GARE  /  ENGLISH FREE JAZZ SAXOPHONE PLAYER, WORKED WITH AMM, PLAYED WITH CORNELIUS CARDEW, MIKE WESTBROOK, EDDIE PRÉVOST, KEITH ROWE, SAM RICHARDS.

 

OCTOBER 8

GRADY TATE  /  US HARD BOP AND SOUL-JAZZ DRUMMER AND THE BARITONE SINGER. IN THE 1960s HELPED TO DEFINE THE UNIQUE JAZZ ORGAN TRIO SOUND (COMPARE JIMMY SMITH'S ORGAN GRINDER SWING). PLAYED WITH ALMOST EVERYBODY IMPORTANT (E.G. CHARLES MINGUS, BEN WEBSTER, OLIVER NELSON, RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK, BILL EVANS, STAN GETZ, KENNY BURRELL, WES MONTGOMERY, GRANT GREEN,  FREDDIE HUBBARD, NAT ADDERLEY, QUINCY JONES, RON CARTER, MICHEL LEGRAND, DIZZY GILLESPIE, MARK MURPHY AND MANY, MANY OTHERS). ALSO WITH SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, ROBERTA FLACK, PEARLS BEFORE SWINE OR BETTE MIDLER. 

 

OCTOBER 16

IAIN SHEDDEN  /  SCOTTISH-AUSTRALIAN PUNK MUSICIAN AND JOURNALIST. PLAYED WITH THE SCOTTISH PUNK ROCK BAND THE JOLT (FORMED 1976) WHO OFTEN OPENED FOR GROUPS SUCH AS THE JAM, GENERATION X, THE SAINTS, THE MOTORSTHE JOLT WERE PRCURSORS TO THE MOD REVIVAL. IN 1982 SHEDDEN WAS INVITED BY THE AUSTRALIAN PUNK BAND THE SAINTS TO PLAY WITH THEM A EUROPEAN TOUR. IN 1992 HE MOVED TO AUSTRALIA WHERE HE WAS ALSO A JOURNALIST, A MUSIC EDITOR AT THE AUSTRALIAN. OTHER BANDS HE PLAYED WITH WERE SNAKES OF SHAKE AND SUMMERHILL. 

 

OCTOBER 18

GORD DOWNIE  /  LEAD SINGER OF CANADA'S TRAGICALLY HIP. ALSO SONGWRITER, MUSICIAN, WRITER AND ACTIVIST. SIX SOLO ALBUMS WITH THE LAST ONE INTRODUCE YERSELF RELEASED POSTHUMOUSLY. DIED AFTER A PUBLIC BATTLE WITH A TERMINAL BRAIN TUMOR.

PHIL MILLER  /  ENGLISH PROGRESSIVE ROCK/JAZZ GUITARIST FROM THE CANTERBURY SCENE. PLAYED IN DELIVERY, MATCHING MOLE, HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, NATIONAL HEALTH, SHORT WAVE AND HIS OWN PROJECT IN CAHOOTS. 

 

OCTOBER 22

GEORGE YOUNG  /  SCOTTISH-BORN AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN, SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER, THE EASYBEATS, AC/DC, FLASH AND THE PAN, VANDA & YOUNG, MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND (WITH ANGUS YOUNG AND MALCOLM YOUNG 

SCOTT PUTESKY  /  AKA DAISY BERKOWITZ, US MUSICIAN, LEAD GUITARIST AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE INDUSTRIAL METAL BAND MARYLIN MANSON 

 

OCTOBER 24

FATS DOMINO  /  US ROCK AND ROLL, BOOGIE-WOOGIE, RHYTHM AND BLUES PIANIST, SINGER-SONGWRITER, HITS: AIN'T THAT A SHAME, BLUEBERRY HILL, I'M WALKING, VALLEY OF TEARS. IN 1962 MET AND INSPIRED THE BEATLES. SOLD OVER 65 MILLION RECORDS.

 

OCTOBER 27

MIKE HUDSON  /  US PUNK GUITARIST, SINGER AND JOURNALIST. PLAYED IN THE PAGANS, A PUNK ROCK BAND FROM CLEVELEND, OHIO (BETWEEN 1977 AND 2017, WITH A COUPLE OF BREAKS ON THE WAY, THE LONGEST LASTING A QUARTER-CENTURY). PLAYED ALSO WITH LES RAVING SOUNDS, GG ALLIN AND THE MURDER JUNKIES, THE MAD STAGGERS AND SANG WITH THE HIGHROLLERS AND THE STYRENES. A JURNALIST AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE NIAGARA FALLS REPORTER, WROTE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL BOOK DIARY OF A PUNK: LIFE AND DEATH IN THE PAGANS.

 

OCTOBER 29

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS  /  US JAZZ PIANIST AND COMPOSER. ALSO ARRANGER, CLARINETTIST, CELLIST, EDUCATOR, ADMINISTRATOR, FOUNDER OF AACM (ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF CREATIVE MUSICIANS). WORKED WITH DEXTER GORDON, MAX ROACH, SONNY STITT, ART FARMER, KENNY DORHAM, CLIFFORD JORDAN, WOODY SHAW, EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS, ANTHONY BRAXTON,THE ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO, HAMIET BLUIETT, JACK DEJOHNETTE AND MANY OTHERS.

 

OCTOBER 30

LAJOS SOM  /  HUNGARIAN ROCK BASS PLAYER, FOUNDER OF THE ROCK BANDS TAURUS AND PIRAMIS. LATER HE PLAYED BASS FOR THE SENATOR BAND.

 

NOVEMBER 5

ROBERT KNIGHT  /  BORN ROBERT PEEBLES, US R&B,SOUL AND POP SINGER, GREAT HITS EVERLASTING LOVE (1967), LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP, ALSO BLESSED ARE THE LONELY AND ISN'T IT LONELY TOGETHER. EVERLASTING LOVE WAS LATER SUCCESSFULLY COVERED BY UK's THE LOVE AFFAIR, SANDRA, GLORIA ESTEFAN AND JAMIE CULLUM i.a.

 

NOVEMBER 7

PAUL BUCKMASTER  /  BRITISH ARRANGER, CONDUCTOR, COMPOSER, CELLIST AND A GRAMMY AWARD WINNER. WORKED FOR ELTON JOHN, THE ROLLING STONES, MILES DAVIS (ON THE CORNER), MICK FARREN, DAVID BOWIE (SPACE ODDITY), GRATEFUL DEAD, BLOOD,SWEAT & TEARS, CARLY SIMON (YOU'RE SO VAIN), LEONARD COHEN (SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE), HARRY NILSSON (WITHOUT YOU), NO DOUBT, GOO GOO DOLLS, RUPERT HINE, STEVIE NICKS, THE WALLFLOWERS, TEARS FOR FEARS, MICK JAGGER, THE BEE GEES, KENNY ROGERS, LIONEL RICHIE KENNY LOGGINS, THIJS VAN LEER, LLOYD COLE (DON'T GET WEIRD ON ME BABE), THE JAYHAWKS, COUNTING CROWS, SOMETHING CORPORATE (POP PUNK), NEW FOUND GLORY (ORCHESTRAL PUNK - ???), TAYLOR SWIFT ( BACK TO DECEMBER) AND MORE...

 

NOVEMBER 9

CHUCK MOSLEY  (57)  /  US HARDCORE PUNK, FUNK METAL, ALTERNATIVE ROCK SINGER-SONGWRITER, FAITH NO MORE FRONTMAN (1984-1988) ON TWO ALBUMS: WE CARE A LOT (1985) AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF (1987) LATER BECOMING A LEAD SINGER IN THE LEGENDARY HARDCORE PUNK BAND BAD BRAINS (1990-1992)

FRED COLE  (69)  /  US GARAGE PUNK SINGER, GUITARIST, SONGWRITER. PLAYED WITH THE LORDS (SINCE 1964), THE WEEDS (SINCE 1966 - A 1960'S PUNK SONG IT'S YOUR TIME WAS THEIR ONLY SINGLE - CHECK THE NUGGETS COMPILATIONS). HIS NEXT BANDS PLAYED WITH JANIS JOPLIN, THE DOORS AND AS A GARAGE PUNK GROUP THE RATS SUPPORTED THE RAMONES. AS DEAD MOON PLAYED A MIX OF DARK '60s GARAGE ROCK AND PUNK ROCK.

 

NOVEMBER 16

DIK MIK  (74)  /  REAL NAME MICHAEL DAVIES, PLAYED SYNTHESIZERS AND KEYBOARDS (1969-1973) WITH A PSYCHEDELIC LEGEND HAWKWIND. RECORDED ALBUMS HAWKWIND , IN SEARCH OF SPACE, DOREMI FASOL LATIDO AND LIVE SPACE RITUAL. BROUGHT HIS ROOMMATE LEMMY KILMISTER INTO THE BAND. DAVE BROCK SAID: IT WAS ON DIKMIK'S SUGGESTION, AND LATER PESISTENCE, THAT WE GOT LEMMY TO JOIN THE BAND AND YOU KNOW THE REST!

 

NOVEMBER 18

BEN RILEY  (84)  /  US JAZZ DRUMMER, FAMOUS ESPECIALLY FOR HIS WORK WITH THELONIOUS MONK. PLAYED AND RECORDED ALSO WITH SONNY ROLLINS, WOODY HERMAN, STAN GETZ, JOHNNY GRIFFIN, MARY LOU WILLIAMS, HORACE TAPSCOTT, ANDREW HILL, CHET BAKER, RANDY WESTON, KENNY BURRELL, RED GARLAND, RON CARTER, KENNY BARRON, BILL BARRON, SAM JONES, ALICE COLTRANE, RAY BRYANT, BILLY TAYLOR, EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS, BENNIE GREEN, JUNIOR MANCE, KEN McINTYRE, RICKY FORD AND MANY OTHERS.

MALCOLM YOUNG  (64)  /  A GLASGOW-BORN SCOTTISH-AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITER, GUITARIST AND SINGER, BEST KNOWN AS A CO-FOUNDER, COMPOSER AND RHYTHM GUITARIST FOR THE HARD ROCK GROUP AC/DC. STILL A TEENAGER, TOGETHER WITH HIS BROTHERS ANGUS AND GEORGE (DIED FOUR WEEKS AGO) FOUNDED A SHORT-LIVED GROUP CALLED MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND. BUT THE REAL FAME CAME WHEN HE CO-FOUNDED (WITH ANGUS) A ROCK LEGEND AC/DC. HE WAS OFTEN SAID TO BE THE REAL LEADER AND THE MASTERMIND OF THE GROUP.

THE AUSTRALIAN PUNK ROCK GROUP FRENZAL RHOMB PAID TRIBUTE TO HIM RECORDING A SONG TITLED FOREVER MALCOLM YOUNG AND MAKING IT  A TITLE TRACK OF ONE OF THEIR ALBUMS (SIDE ONE, TRACK ONE).

 

NOVEMBER 22

JON HENDRICKS  (96)  /  US JAZZ LYRICIST AND SINGER. SINGING CAREER SINCE HE WAS SEVEN, AT TWELVE HAD PROFESSIONAL JOB OFFERS FROM FATS WALLER AND TED LEWIS, SOON WORKED REGULARLY WITH PIANIST ART TATUM. CHARLIE PARKER ASKED HIM TO COME TO NEW YORK AND IN 1957 HE CO-FOUNDED THE LEGENDARY VOCAL TRIO LAMBERT, HENDRICKS & ROSS WITH DAVE LAMBERT AND ANNIE ROSS. HENDRICKS WAS A MASTER OF VOCALESE (JAZZ SINGING WITH WORDS NOTE FOR NOTE COPYING MELODIES WHICH ORIGINALLY WERE SOLOS IMPROVISED BY JAZZ GREATS).

GEORGE AVAKIAN  (98)  /  US RECORD PRODUCER, ARTIST MANAGER, EXECUTIVE, JOURNALIST, JAZZ CRITIC. AN ARMENIAN BORN IN RUSSIA, EMIGRATED TO THE US VERY EARLY. STARTED HIS CAREER IN MUSIC WHEN, STILL BEING A YALE UNIVERSITY STUDENT, HE PRODUCED THE FIRST JAZZ ALBUM IN THE AGE OF 78'S. WAS A PRODUCER AND/OR AN EXECUTIVE FOR LABELS LIKE COLUMBIA, PACIFIC JAZZ, WARNER BROS, ATLANTIC, IMPULSE, RCA VICTOR, DIAL. SIGNED MILES DAVIS AND DAVE BRUBECK TO COLUMBIA ENABLING THEIR MASSIVE SUCCESS. WORKED WITH JAZZ GREATS LOUIS ARMSTRONG, DUKE ELLINGTON, BENNY GOODMAN, GIL EVANS, ART BLAKEY, ERROL GARNER,  DAVE BRUBECK, SONNY ROLLINS, GERRY MULLIGAN, PAUL DESMOND, BUCK CLAYTON, EDDIE CONDON, TONY BENNETT BUT ALSO JOHN CAGE, ARAM KHACHATURIAN, ELLIOTT CARTER, LOTTE LENYA, EDITH PIAF, RAVI SHANKAR. WROTE FOR DOWN BEAT, JAZZ MAGAZINE, CO-AUTHORED CHARLES DELAUNAY'S "THE NEW HOT DISCOGRAPHY".

 

NOVEMBER 23

TOMMY KEENE  /  US SINGER GUITARIST (AND DRUMMER IN NILS LOFGREN BAND). IN 1984 DEBUT EP PLACES THAT ARE GONE A BIG INDIE HIT. FORMED THE KEENE BROTHERS WITH GUIDED BY VOICES' ROBERT POLLARD (BLUES AND BOOGIE SHOES - 2006). COLLABORATED WITH PAUL WESTERBERG, R.E.M.'S PETER BUCK, T-BONE BURNETT, MATTHEW SWEET AND GOO GOO DOLLS.

 

NOVEMBER 29

ROBERT "BILBO" WALKER  (80)  /  US ELECTRIC BLUES GUITARIST AND SINGER KNOWN FOR HIS SIGNATURE ROCK AND ROLL SHOW CHUCK BERRY STYLE. RECORDED ONLY THREE ALBUMS. HIS DEBUT ALBUM PROMISED LAND WAS RELEASED IN 1997 WHEN HE WAS 60! CHECK OUT HIS JUST A COUNTRY BOY

 

DECEMBER 2

MUNDELL LOWE  (95)  /  US JAZZ GUITARIST. STARTED PLAYING IN BANDS AT THIRTEEN, AT SIXTEEN WORKED ON THE GRAND OLE OPRY RADIO PROGRAM IN NASHVILLE, THEN WITH RAY McKINLEY'S BIG BAND, BENNY GOODMAN ORCHESTRA, BILLIE HOLIDAY, CHARLIE PARKER, LESTER YOUNG, JOHNNY HODGES, BEN WEBSTER, FATS NAVARRO, DINAH WASHINGTON, MILES DAVIS, CHARLES MINGUS, BILL EVANS, LEE KONITZ, JIMMY DORSEY, TOMMY DORSEY, RED NORVO, RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK, SHIRLEY SCOTT, PEGGY LEE, TETE MONTOLIU, ANDRÉ PREVIN.

MUNDELL LOWE RECORDED WITH SARAH VAUGHAN, CARMEN McRAE, BENNY CARTER, ELLA FITZGERALD, TONY BENNETT, QUINCY JONES, AL COHN, J.J. JOHNSON, HERBIE MANN, LALO SCHIFRIN, RUTH BROWN, BARRY MANILOW AND MANY OTHERS 

FOR FIVE YEARS IN THE 1980S, MUNDELL LOWE WAS MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL. HE OFTEN WORKED FOR THE RADIO, TELEVISION AND FILM AND HE WAS A BUSY SESSION MUSICIAN AS WELL.

 

DECEMBER 6

JOHNNY HALLYDAY  (74)  /  FRENCH ROCK SINGER AND ACTOR. INFLUENCED BY US ROCK AND ROLL AND ELVIS PRESLEY, HE RECORDED HIS DEBUT SINGLE AT SIXTEEN (MARCH 1960). THEN HIS COVER OF LET'S TWIST AGAIN SOLD MORE THAN ONE MILLION COPIES AND ALL HIS RECORDINGS OVER 110 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE. THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE OPENED FOR JOHNNY HALLYDAY IN NANCY ON 14 OCTOBER 1966. HIS RECORDINGS FEATURED SESSION WORK BY JIMMY PAGE, PETER FRAMPTON AND THE SMALL FACES.

 

DECEMBER 7

JUAN LUIS BUÑUEL  (83)  /  FRENCH FILM AND TELEVISION DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER AND ACTOR. ALSO A SCULPTOR. BEGAN PROFESSIONAL CAREER AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOME OF THE FILMS DIRECTED BY HIS FATHER  LUIS BUÑUEL. HIS FILMS INCLUDE AU RENDEZ-VOUS DE LA MORT JOYEUSE (EXPULSION OF THE DEVIL, 1973), LA FEMME AUX BOTTES ROUGES (1974), LEONOR (1975). WORKED WITH CATHERINE DENEUVE, LIV ULLMANN, MICHEL PICCOLI FERNANDO REY, ORNELLA MUTI, JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE, ENNIO MORRICONE. BUÑUEL'S SON DIEGO IS ALSO A FILM DIRECTOR. 

 

DECEMBER 8

SUNNY MURRAY  (81)  /  US FREE JAZZ DRUMMER, ONE OF THE PIONEERS AND GREATEST INNOVATORS OF THE GENRE. HIS MOST FAMOUS COLLABORATION WAS WORK WITH ALBERT AYLER (10 ALBUMS INCL. MASTERPIECE SPIRITUAL UNITY ON ESP DISK RECORDED IN 1964). STARTED PLAYING WITH LEGEND CECIL TAYLOR (FOUR ALBUMS INCL. NEFERTITI, THE BEAUTIFUL ONE HAS COME - 1962). WORKED AND RECORDED WITH GIL EVANS, ARCHIE SHEPP, DON CHERRY, JOHN TCHICAI, TED CURSON, JIMMY LYONS, BURTON GREENE, DAVE BURRELL, DAVID MURRAY, CLIFFORD THORNTON, ARTHUR DOYLE ETC. AS A LEADER MADE 12 ALBUMS (INCL. SONNY'S TIME NOW - 1965). MANY RECORDS ON ESP DISK, BYG ACTUEL, AMERICA LABELS.

VINCENT NGUINI  / MUSICIAN, WEST AFRICAN GUITAR, LONG ASSOCIATION WITH PAUL SIMON (SINCE 1991'S THE RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS). MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR MANU DIBANGO AND SOUL MAKOSSA. PLAYED ON RECORDS BY PETER GABRIEL, JIMMY BUFFETT AND THE NEVILLE BROTHERS

 

DECEMBER 12

PAT DiNIZIO  (62)  /  US ROCK MUSICIAN, LEAD SINGER, SONGWRITER, RHYTHM GUITAR PLAYER AND THE FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE BAND THE SMITHEREENS (1980). THE BAND MADE 13 ALBUMS INCL. THE BEATLES TRIBUTES: MEET THE SMITHEREENS (2001) AND B-SIDES THE BEATLES (2008). FOUR SOLO ALBUMS (1997-2009) AND AUDIO BOOK CONFESSIONS OF A ROCK STAR. UNSUCCESSFULLY RAN FOR THE NEW JERSEY SEAT OF THE US SENATE. THE SMITHEREENS COLLABORATED WITH SUZANNE VEGA, BELINDA CARLISLE, THE KINKS AND GRAHAM PARKER. HIT SINGLES: A GIRL LIKE YOU, ONLY A MEMORY, BEHIND THE WALL OF SLEEP, TOO MUCH PASSION.   

 

DECEMBER 13

WILLIE PICKENS  (86)  /  US JAZZ PIANIST. MADE FIVE ALBUMS WITH EDDIE HARRIS (1961-1966), THREE WITH ELVIN JONES, WITH LOUIE BELLSON, CLARK TERRY, BUNKY GREEN, BUDDY DeFRANCO, VON FREEMAN, MALACHI THOMPSON, ED PETERSEN, STEVE GROSSMAN. AS A LEADER RECORDED WITH MARIAN McPARTLAND, GEORGE MRAZ, NICHOLAS PAYTON, ARI BROWN, BETHANY PICKENS (HIS DAUGHTER) AND OTHERS. LOU DONALDSON SAID: "WILLIE PICKENS IS ONE OF THE LAST GREAT BEBOP PIANISTS".

 

DECEMBER 16

Z'EV  (66)  /  US PERCUSSIONIST, POET, SOUND ARTIST AND A PIONEER INDUSTRIAL MUSIC PERFORMER. INITIALLY PLAYED IN A JAZZ ROCK BAND, THEN STUDIED AT CalArts WITH POET EMMETT WILLIAMS.

 

DECEMBER 17

KEVIN MAHOGANY  (59)  /  US JAZZ SINGER. AS A CHILD STUDIED PIANO, CLARINET AND BARITONE SAXOPHONE. IN THE 80'S PERFORMED WITH HIS GROUPS "THE APOLLOS" AND "MAHOGANY" IN HIS NATIVE KANSAS CITY. IN ROBERT ALTMAN'S 1996 FILM KANSAS CITY IMPERSONATED BIG JOE TURNER. RECORDED FOR ENJA, WARNER BROS, TELARC WITH ELVIN JONES, BENNY GOLSON, JIMMY KNEPPER, CHARLES McPHERSON, ARTHUR BLYTHE, JOHN HICKS, VICTOR LEWIS, GARY SMULYAN, ROBIN EUBANKS, KEVIN EUBANKS, MARVIN "SMITTY" SMITH. USED ARRANGEMENTS BY MARIA SCHNEIDER, SLIDE HAMPTON, FREDDIE HUBBARD.

 

DECEMBER 21

ROSWELL RUDD  (82)  /  US AVANT-GARDE AND FREE JAZZ TOMBONIST. PLAYED DIFFERENT STYLES OF JAZZ (INCL. DIXIELAND) BUT MAINLY FREE JAZZ AND AVANT-GARDE. WORKED AND RECORDED A LOT WITH ARCHIE SHEPP E.G. FOUR FOR TRANE (IMPULSE, 1964), ARCHIE SHEPP LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO (IMPULSE, 1966), MAMA TOO TIGHT (IMPULSE, 1966). ALSO WITH CECIL TAYLOR, ALBERT AYLER, DON CHERRY, STEVE LACY, AMIRI BARAKA, JOHN TCHICAI, HENRY GRIMES, SUNNY MURRAY, TED CURSON, JIMMY LYONS, GATO BARBIERI, CHARLIE HADEN, CARLA BLEY, ENRICO RAVA, RASHIED ALI, MILFORD GRAVES, DON MOYE, DENIS CHARLES, ALDO, ROMANO, DAVE BURRELL, KEITH TIPPETT, REGGIE WORKMAN, STAFFORD JAMES, GARY PEACOCK, EDDIE GOMEZ, MISHA MENGELBERG, HAN BENNINK, SONIC YOUTH AND OTHERS.

 

DECEMBER 27

CURLY SECKLER  (98)  /  US BLUEGRASS SINGER AND GUITAR, MANDOLIN AND TENOR BANJO PLAYER. WORKED WITH CHARLIE MONROE OF MONROE BROTHERS, WITH LESTER FLATT AND EARL SCRUGGS OF THE FOGGY MOUNTAIN BOYS BAND, THE STANLEY BROTHERS, LATER THE LEADER OF THE NASHVILLE GRASS BAND. IN 2004 INDUCTED INTO THE INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC HALL OF FAME. 

 

DECEMBER 28

MELTON MUSTAFA  (70)  /  US JAZZ TRUMPET AND FLUGELHORN PLAYER. PLAYED WITH JACO PASTORIUS IN HIS WORD OF MOUTH, THEN BOBBY WATSON, COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA, FRANK FOSTER, DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA, WOODY HERMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA, GEORGE CABLES, JOHN HICKS, GUNTHER SCHULLER, MINGUS DYNASTY. AS A LEADER HE CUT THE BIG BAND ALBUM BOILING POINT FOR CONTEMPORARY (1995). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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