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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:09 am

Sad news. He of course wrote the Moonlighting theme, which is an awesome legacy to leave by itself. RIP Sad
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Post  Adric on Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:08 am

Ohio Players Founder, Junie Morrison, Dead At 62

It is with sad news to report the passing of funk legend, Walter “Junie” Morrison. The Dayton, Ohio producer, writer, keyboardist, vocalist and founder of the legendary funk band, The Ohio Players, has died at the age of 62.

Morris, the brainchild behind hits, “Pain,” “Pleasure,” “Ecstasy,” and the oft-sampled “Funky Worm,” was beloved by countless musicians in the industry, while bending genres to his creative whim. After leaving the band in 1974, he would release three solo albums (When We Do, Freeze and Suzie Supergroupie).
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Post  misery guts on Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:58 am

Pianist turned Priest, Richard Skellern, has died at the age of 69 from an inoperable brain tumour
The former pop star, who was born in Bury in Lancashire, was ordained as a priest and deacon by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the same day last October.
After playing organ in his local church and becoming the choirmaster, Skellern went on to study piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was his wildly popular hit single “You're a Lady", which reached number three in the UK Singles Chart in 1972, that brought him into the limelight.
Three years later, he again made it into the charts with the song "Hold On to Love" which reached number 14. Skellern was best known for his love songs and ballads which drew on old folk traditions.
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Post  Adric on Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:16 pm

They're getting younger and younger, sigh. RIP Mad

Tommy Page, Singer and Former Billboard Publisher, Dies at 46

Singer-songwriter and music industry executive Tommy Page, best known for his No. 1 single “I’ll Be Your Everything," was found dead Friday (March 3). The cause of death was unclear at press time, but according to reports from several friends, it was an apparent suicide. He was 46.

Page started his career as a recording artist for Sire Records -- as he told it, he was working as a coat-checker at the New York nightclub Nell's and gave his demo to label head Seymour Stein -- and topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his single, "I'll Be Your Everything" in April 1990. The song was written by Page, along with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of Page's tourmates New Kids on the Block. The group's Donnie Wahlberg, along with Knight, also had a hand in producing the track.

Page later returned to NYU's Stern School of Business to pursue his career as a music executive. He recorded nine studio albums and continued to tour throughout his career.

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Post  misery guts on Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:27 am

Vaguely recall the name, but only in a "not heard for 26 years" way. I suspect the New Kids connection probably passed me by at the time, too. Still, RIP Sad
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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:31 am

Joni Sledge, part of disco harmony group Sister Sledge, has died at the age of 60 Sad It's unclear yet how she died.
Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy formed Sister Sledge in 1971, and had their breakout success with the album We Are Family in 1979. 
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Post  Adric on Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:28 pm

Chuck Berry Dies at 90; Helped Define Rock ’n’ Roll

Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday. He was 90.

The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page. Mr. Berry died at his home near Wentzville, Mo., about 45 miles west of St. Louis. The department said it responded to a medical emergency and he was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.

While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.

His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment.

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In “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and other songs, Mr. Berry invented rock as a music of teenage wishes fulfilled and good times (even with cops in pursuit). In “Promised Land,” “Too Much Monkey Business” and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” he celebrated and satirized America’s opportunities and class tensions. His rock ’n’ roll was a music of joyful lusts, laughed-off tensions and gleefully shattered icons.

Mr. Berry was already well past his teens when he wrote mid-1950s manifestoes like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “School Day.” Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry on Oct. 18, 1926, in St. Louis, he grew up in a segregated, middle-class neighborhood there, soaking up gospel, blues, and rhythm and blues, along with some country music.

He spent three years in reform school after a spree of car thefts and armed robbery. He received a degree in hairdressing and cosmetology and worked for a time as a beautician; he married Themetta Suggs in 1948 and started a family. She survives him, as do four children: Ingrid Berry, Melody Eskridge, Aloha Isa Leigh Berry and Charles Berry Jr.

By the early 1950s, he was playing guitar and singing blues, pop standards and an occasional country tune with local combos. Shortly after joining Sir John’s Trio, led by the pianist Johnnie Johnson, he reshaped the group’s music and took it over.

From the Texas guitarist T-Bone Walker, Mr. Berry picked up a technique of bending two strings at once that he would rough up and turn into a rock ’n’ roll talisman, the Chuck Berry lick, which would in turn be emulated by the Rolling Stones and countless others. He also recognized the popularity of country music and added some hillbilly twang to his guitar lines. Mr. Berry’s hybrid music, along with his charisma and showmanship, drew white as well as black listeners to the Cosmopolitan Club in St. Louis.

In 1955, Mr. Berry ventured to Chicago and asked one of his idols, the bluesman Muddy Waters, about making records. Waters directed him to the label he recorded for, Chess Records, where one of the owners, Leonard Chess, heard potential in Mr. Berry’s song “Ida Red.”

A variant of an old country song by the same name, “Ida Red” had a 2/4 backbeat with a hillbilly oompah, while Mr. Berry’s lyrics sketched a car chase, the narrator “motorvatin’” after an elusive girl. Mr. Chess renamed the song “Maybellene,” and in a long session on May 21, 1955, Mr. Chess and the bassist Willie Dixon got the band to punch up the rhythm.

“The big beat, cars and young love,” Mr. Chess outlined. “It was a trend, and we jumped on it.”

The music was bright and clear, a hard-swinging amalgam of country and blues. More than 60 years later, it still sounds reckless and audacious.

The music was bright and clear, a hard-swinging amalgam of country and blues. More than 60 years later, it still sounds reckless and audacious.

Mr. Berry articulated every word, with precise diction and no noticeable accent, leading some listeners and concert promoters, used to a different kind of rhythm-and-blues singer, to initially think that he was white. Teenagers didn’t care; they heard a rocker who was ready to take on the world.

The song was sent to the disc jockey Alan Freed. Mr. Freed and another man, Russ Fratto, were added to the credits as songwriters and got a share of the publishing royalties. Played regularly on Mr. Freed’s show and others, “Maybellene” reached No. 5 on the Billboard pop chart and was a No. 1 R&B hit.

In Mr. Berry’s groundbreaking early songs, his guitar twangs his famous two-stringed lick. It also punches like a horn section and sasses back at his own voice. The drummer eagerly socks the backbeat, and the pianist — usually either Mr. Johnson or Lafayette Leake — hurls fistfuls of tinkling anarchy all around him.

From 1955 to 1958, Mr. Berry knocked out classic after classic. Although he was in his late 20s and early 30s, he came up with high school chronicles and plugs for the newfangled music called rock ’n’ roll.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:26 am

A great age, and a great legacy of music. "He could play guitar just like ringing a bell" - 'nuff said.

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Post  misery guts on Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:19 am

The original singer with the Foundations, Clem Curtis, has died at the age of 76.
Curtis, who lived in Olney, Buckinghamshire, was singer on the band's 1967 number one hit Baby, Now That I've Found You.
The song is claimed to be the first chart-topper by a British multi-racial band.
Curtis left the band before it scored a hit with Build Me Up Buttercup but occasionally sang in various line-ups.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:51 am

Ikutaro Kakehashi, pioneering engineer behind a revolutionary drum machine, has died at the age of 87 Sad
Mr. Kakehashi’s drum machine — officially the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer but known to musicians and listeners as simply the 808 — was by no means Mr. Kakehashi’s only accomplishment. He built Roland, which he founded in 1972, into a company that makes hundreds of widely used instruments and audio devices, and led it as chief executive before founding a new audio and video electronics company, ATV Corporation, in 2013.
Mr. Kakehashi also helped revolutionize the way music is conceived and produced when he collaborated with Dave Smith, the president of a competing company, Sequential Circuits, to develop MIDI, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface that allows the vast majority of electronic instruments built since the early 1980s to interconnect.
It's worth remembering that some of the most important people in the history of modern music get overlooked. RIP.
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Post  Adric on Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:08 am

John Warren Geils Jr., founder of The J. Geils Band, was found dead in his home Tuesday in Massachusetts. Sad
John's body was found in his home in Groton. Police say the death is not suspicious.
John's namesake band released their first album in 1970. Their first big hit, "Love Stinks" came in 1980, and they finally scored a number one with "Centerfold" in 1981. The album it came from, "Freeze Frame," was also number one for 4 weeks, and stayed on the charts for 70 weeks.
Just to give you an idea how the big band was in the early '80s -- the Eagles, U2 and Billy Joel all opened for J. Geils on the road.
Geils was 71 years old.
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Post  Adric on Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:04 pm

Toby Smith, Jamiroquai Founding Member & Original Keyboardist, Dies at 46 RIP

Jamiroquai founding member and original keyboardist Toby Smith has died. He was 46.

Smith formed the band in 1992 with lead singer Jay Kay and members Stuart Zender, Nick Van Gelder and Wallis Buchanan and stayed with the group a decade, until he left in 2002 to spend more time with his family. Smith recorded on the band's first five albums and co-wrote many of the group's songs, including "Virtual Insanity," "Space Cowboy" and "Deeper Underground."
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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:25 am

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Post  misery guts on Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:15 am

Allan Holdsworth, guitarist with prog legends Soft Machine and others, has died at the age of 70. RIP Sad

Cuba Gooding Snr, lead singer with 70s soul group Main Ingredient, and perhaps more obviously the father of his actor son, has died at the age of 72. RIP Sad
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 10, 2017 7:17 am

Trance DJ Robert Miles has died after a short illness. He was just 47
The Swiss-born Italian musician, born Robert Concina, was best known for his iconic 1990s track Children, which topped the charts in 12 countries.
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Post  misery guts on Thu May 18, 2017 8:42 am

Chris Cornell, frontman with 90s grungers Soundgarden, and then 00s rockers Audioslave, has died at the age of 52. RIP Sad
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