MUSICIANS WHO DIED IN OCTOBER 2018

 

 

 

 MUSICIANS WHO DIED IN OCTOBER 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER  1

CHARLES AZNAVOUR  (94)  /  FRENCH-ARMENIAN SINGER, LYRICIST AND DIPLOMAT. BORN SHAHNOUR VAGHINAG AZNAVOURIAN IN PARIS IN THE FAMILY OF ARMENIAN IMMIGRANTS FROM GEORGIA AND TURKEY. HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER LASTED OVER 80 YEARS. HE WROTE OR CO-WROTE OVER 1,000 SONGS AND RECORDED OVER 1,200 SONGS IN NINE LANGUAGES. SOLD 180 MILLION RECORDS. WORKED WITH ÉDITH PIAF, FRED ASTAIRE, FRANK SINATRA, BING CROSBY, RAY CHARLES, BOB DYLAN, MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH, LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, PLÁCIDO DOMINGO, CHUCHO VALDÉS, DEAN MARTIN (POSTHUMOUSLY), YOUSSOU N'DOUR, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, ELTON JOHN, DALIDA, SERGE GAINSBOURG, SHIRLEY BASSEY, PETULA CLARK, TOM JONES, NANA MOUSKOURI, PAUL ANKA, LIZA MINELLI, STING, CÉLINE DION, JULIO IGLESIAS, LAURA PAUSINI, JOSH GROBAN, ANDREA BOCELLI, ACHINOAM NINI (NOA). IN 1998 RELEASED JAZZNAVOUR ALBUM WITH DIANNE REEVES, EDDY LOUISS, MICHEL PETRUCCIANI, JACKY TERRASSON, RICHARD GALLIANO, ANDRÉ CECCARELLI. IN 2009  CHARLES AZNAVOUR AND THE CLAYTON HAMILTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA (OR JAZZNAVOUR 2) WITH DIANNE REEVES, RACHELLE FERRELL, JEFF HAMILTON, CHARLES OWENS. HIS LAST CONCERT WAS IN NHK HALL IN OSAKA ON 19 SEPTEMBER 2018. DURING WORLD WAR ll, THE AZNAVOURIAN FAMILY HID AND RESCUED ARMENIANS, JEWS AND OTHER PEOPLE PERSECUTED BY THE GERMAN AND FRENCH NAZIS. IN 2017  CHARLES AZNAVOUR AND HIS SISTER AIDA RECEIVED THE RAOUL WALLENBERG AWARD FOR THEIR WARTIME RESISTANCE ACTIVITIES.

BOB DYLAN ONCE SAID: "I LIKE CHARLES AZNAVOUR A LOT. I SAW HIM IN SIXTY-SOMETHING AT CARNEGIE HALL, AND HE JUST BLEW MY BRAINS OUT". 

 

OCTOBER  4

HAMIET BLUIETT  (78)  /  AMERICAN SAXOPHONIST, CLARINETIST AND COMPOSER. HIS MAIN INSTRUMENT WAS THE BARITONE SAXOPHONE. STARTED PLAYING IT INFLUENCED BY HARRY CARNEY OF THE DUKE ELLINGTON BIG BAND. IN THE LATE 1960's CO-FOUNDED BAG (BLACK ARTISTS' GROUP) AND LED THE BAG BIG BAND IN 1968 AND 1969 IN ST. LOUIS. IN 1969 MOVED TO NYC AND JOINED THE CHARLES MINGUS QUINTET AND SAM RIVERS LARGE ENSEMBLE. IN 1976 BLUIETT CO-FOUNDED THE WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET WITH JULIUS HEMPHILL, OLIVER LAKE AND DAVID MURRAY. IN THE 1990's STARTED A VIRTUOSIC QUARTET, THE BARITONE NATION (ONLY FOUR BARITONES AND THE DRUMS). WORKED WITH MINGUS, RIVERS, GIL EVANS, ABDULLAH IBRAHIM, STEVIE WONDER, BABATUNDE OLATUNJI, MARVIN GAYE, ANTHONY BRAXTON, MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE, JAMES CARTER, THE 360 DEGREE MUSIC EXPERIENCE, JAREK SMIETANA.

 

OCTOBER  5


BERNADETTE CAROLL  (74)  /  AMERICAN POP SINGER, STARTED WITH THE STARLETS WHO BECAME THE ANGELS. WAS AN UNCREDITED FOURTH VOICE ON THE ANGELS' #1 HIT "MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK" (1963). HAD A NATIONAL HIT "PARTY GIRL" IN 1964. LATER BERNADETTE CAROLL WAS THE LEAD SINGER OF THE ANGELS. SHE WAS ALSO A BACKUP SINGER ON LOU CHRISTIE'S 1966 #1 HIT SONG "LIGHTNING STRIKES" (THE BARITONE SAXES WERE PLAYED BY JOE FARRELL AND GEORGE YOUNG).                


 

 OCTOBER  6

MONTSERRAT CABALLÉ  (85)  /  SPANISH OPERATIC SOPRANO, BORN IN BARCELONA AS MARIA de MONTSERRAT VIVIANA CONCEPCIÓN CABALLÉ i FOLCH. ONE OF THE FAMOUS CATALAN OPERA SINGERS LIKE VICTORIA de los ÁNGELES BEFORE HER AND JOSÉ CARRERAS AFTER. KNOWN FOR HER ROLES IN THE VERDI WORKS AND THE BELCANTO REPERTOIRE, ROSSINI, BELLINI, DONIZETTI. HER VOICE WAS NOTED FOR PURITY, PRECISE CONTROL AND EXQUISITE PIANISSIMO. CABALLÉ BECAME WIDELY KNOWN WHEN SHE RECORDED "BARCELONA", A DUET WITH FREDDIE MERCURY (THE OFFICIAL THEME SONG FOR THE 1992 OLYMPIC GAMES).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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