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Photography: Todd Rundgren @ Jazz Cafe

Todd played a very close up set to about 400 people in a great atmosphere (not much light). Very high ISO all round! The Jazz Cafe has no pit so photographers have to negotiate with fans to get a space for a song or two. TR played guitar for a couple of songs but mainly sat on a stool and sang with backing from the band which included Todd stalwarts Kasim Sulton, Prairie Prince and Jesse Gresse. An enjoyable show with Todd running through a song from each album. Highlights for me were Flaw, Lost Horizon and Love of...

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All Quiet Now: Bert Jansch

Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch, a founding member of the band Pentangle and a well-known guitarist in his own right, has died at the age of 67. Jansch, who had cancer, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning at a hospice in Hampstead, north London. A guitar player and singer who I really loved. His version of In the Bleak Mid Winter just gets you in the...

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All Quiet Now: Marv Tarplin

Marv Tarplin, Motown guitarist with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, has died at his Las Vegas home aged 70. Tarplin was one of the group’s original members and co-wrote several of their hits including Tracks of My Tears, which was released in 1965. spotify:track:5Cw5ieg9k7UUQiy1LRhJUD He remained with the group until 1973, and continued to collaborate and tour with Robinson until retiring in 2008. A spokeswoman for The Miracles said the cause of death had not yet been determined. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Tarplin first came to Berry Gordy Jr’s Motown label in the late 1950s as a guitar player for the Primettes, a teenage girl group that later became the Supremes. Robinson, who was already with the label, hired Tarplin on the spot to play for The Miracles. He went on to co-write hits including My Girl Has Gone, Going to a Go-Go and The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage. The guitarist also co-wrote I’ll Be Doggone and Ain’t That Peculiar for Marvin Gaye in the mid-60s. After Robinson went solo in 1973, Tarplin continued their musical relationship and co-wrote the singer’s hits Cruisin’ and Being With You. Billy Wilson of the Motown Alumni Association paid tribute to Tarplin as The Miracles’ “secret weapon”. “You can’t express how much this one man meant to those of us dreaming to make it in the music business,”...

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All Quiet Now: Jessy Dixon. Gospel Singer.

Dixon toured with Paul Simon for eight years during the 1970s and picked up a string of Grammy nominations. The performer, who began studying music at the age of five, was also a keyboard player with Earth, Wind and Fire. He was credited with popularising gospel music and bringing it to a wider audience. As interest in the genre picked up in Europe in the 1980s, Dixon – though his travels outside of the States, began to pick up a large following. In a 1997 interview, Dixon said that, at first, audiences were small and there was scant appreciation...

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REM Split Up

Members of legendary US rock band REM have announced they are splitting up after 31 years. “We have decided to call it a day as a band,” the band said. “To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” The group found fame with a string of albums, notably 90s hits Out of Time and Automatic for the People. The band’s website was briefly unavailable on Wednesday afternoon after the announcement was made. Continue reading the main story 31 years, 15 albums 1980: REM formed in Athens, Georgia, by Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike...

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Jo Arroyo

The Colombian salsa star, Joe Arroyo, has died at the age of 55, after being in hospital for a month with heart, lung and kidney problems. Arroyo, whose most famous hit was La Rebelion, began singing in brothels in the Caribbean city of Cartagena at the age of eight. He went on to sing for a number of Colombia’s most famous salsa groups. But he also drew on a rich heritage of other Afro-Colombian rhythms during his career, and composed over 100 songs. His wife said Arroyo died “peacefully” in Barranquilla, another Colombian city on the Caribbean coast. “A great loss for music and for Colombia” was how one fan – the country’s president, Juan Manuel Santos – described Arroyo’s death on the social network, Twitter. The man born Alvaro Jose Arroyo Gonzalez had a colourful life, including problems with drugs, all of which provided material for his music. He rose to fame in the 1970s, singing in the band Fruko y Sus Tesos, before later setting up his own band, La Verdad – “The Truth”. He was due to be awarded a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Latin Grammy...

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Manuel Galban

Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Manuel Galban has died in Havana after suffering a heart attack aged 80. The Grammy Award-winning musician first found fame as part of the popular Los Zafiros group in the 1960s. But it was his part in the group of elderly musicians brought together in 1996 that brought him international recognition. Galban’s manager said it was “a very sad day for Cuban music and fans of Cuban music”. “Galban’s enormous impact worldwide with his unique guitar sound and warm smile will be missed by many,” he said in a statement. Born in 1931 in...

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All Quiet Now: Clarence Clemons.

Clarence Clemons, the saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has died, aged 69, a spokeswoman for the band has said. Clemons was taken to hospital about a week ago after suffering a stroke at his home in Singer Island, in the US state of Florida. Known as the Big Man for his 6ft 5in frame, Clemons was credited with shaping the early sound of The Boss. His solos powered Springsteen hits such as Born to Run and Jungleland. Springsteen spokeswoman Marilyn Laverty confirmed the death on Saturday. On his website, Springsteen said the loss of Clemons was...

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Martin Rushent

Music producer Martin Rushent, who worked with bands including the Human League and the Stranglers, has died aged 63. His son, James, confirmed on his Facebook and Twitter pages that his father had died on Saturday. Rushent started as an engineer in the 1970s, working on records by T-Rex and Fleetwood Mac among others. He produced the Human League’s hit album Dare, which contained the classic “Don’t You Want Me?”. Rushent also worked with the Stranglers, Buzzcocks, XTC, Generation X, the Go-Go’s and Altered Images. A tribute page has been set up on Facebook called Martin Rushent Memories. His son, James, guitarist for the band Does It Offend You, Yeah?, who he also produced, paid tribute on the page. “I will miss him, so so much, he was my best mate,” he said. The Stranglers paid tribute to him on their official website, saying: “We have just received the sad news that another early band collaborator, Martin Rushent, passed away yesterday aged 63.” Rushent produced the band’s first three albums, Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes and Black and White. Rushent, from Reading, Berkshire, leaves behind wife Ceri, sons James and Tim and daughters Amy and...

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