Category: Rock/Media

All Quiet Now: Jon Lord

Jon Lord, the former keyboard player with heavy rock band Deep Purple, has died aged 71. Lord co-founded Deep Purple in 1968 and co-wrote many of the group’s songs including Smoke On The Water. He also played with bands including Whitesnake. He had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last August. He died at the London Clinic on Monday, surrounded by family, a statement said. “Jon passes from Darkness to Light,” it added. Lord was influenced by classical, blues and jazz but played his Hammond organ with a rock attitude and helped Deep Purple become pioneers of progressive...

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All Quiet Now: Kitty Wells

Kitty Wells, who was the first woman solo artist on the country music charts to score a number one hit, has died at the age of 92. She made it to number one in the US with It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels in 1952 and was recognised by the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976. The singer’s family said she died at home following a stroke. From 1953 to 1968, music polls named Wells the number one female country singer before Tammy Wynette took over. She recorded about 50 albums during her career, and had...

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All Quiet Now: Bob Babbit

Motown bass player Bob Babbit, who appeared on tracks by Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, has died aged 74. One of the last surviving members of Motown’s house band, the Funk Brothers, he died of complications from brain cancer in Nashville, Tennessee. Manager David Spero confirmed the news in a statement from Universal Music. Babbit featured on hit records such as Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered. He was well known for decades among musicians, and laid down bass lines on Gaye’s songs Mercy Mercy Me and Inner City Blues,...

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Video: Dub Pistols, Alive

Dub Pisols have unveiled their new video for “Alive”. The single is one half of their their new AA single “Alive/ Mucky Weekend”, which is out this through Sunday Best Recodings. The single is taken from their new album “Worshipping The Dollar”, which is out on Monday (2nd July), also through Sunday Best. This is a special fan made video, where fan-sent Instagram photos and live footage are combined. Dub Pistols ask their fans – can you spot your...

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All Quiet Now: Donna Summer

Donna Summer, disco queen, actress and a performer who paved the way for the look of Beyonce and Alisha Dixon to name but two. A singular vocal stylist whose string of disco hits spawned five Grammy awards and a following that has long outlived the genre, has died at age 63 of cancer. More to...

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All Quiet Now: Davy Jones

Davy Jones, Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, has died aged 66, his publicist has confirmed. He died in his sleep at his home in Florida. His publicist, Deborah Robicheau, said he had a massive heart attack. The band, who included musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, were famous for hits including Daydream Believer and I’m a Believer. The Monkees were an American pop band, assembled in 1966. Jones was married three times and had four daughters. Early on in his showbusiness career he appeared as Ena Sharples’s grandson in ITV soap Coronation Street. The...

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All Quiet Now: Etta James

US soul singer Etta James, best known for the tracks At Last and for I’d Rather Go Blind, has died aged 73. It was announced last year that the singer had been diagnosed with leukaemia and was undergoing treatment. The star began singing in a group aged 14, before she embarked upon a solo career where she signed to the legendary Chess Records label. She went on to win six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Legendary producer Jerry Wexler once called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers”....

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All Quiet Now: Jimmy Castor

Soul saxophonist and singer Jimmy Castor, one of the most sampled artists in music history, has died aged 71. The musician, who is credited with influencing many hip hop artists, died in a Las Vegas hospital, family members confirmed. His hits Just Begun and Troglodyte were sampled by many artists including Ice Cube and Usher. Kanye West used Castor’s I Just Wanna Stop on his track We Don’t Care, which featured on his debut album. Castor’s son Jimmy Castor Jr said the first few chords of It’s Just Begun are instantly recognisable. “No matter what country you’re in, no matter what language you speak, everyone knows it,” he said. A sample of the song was famously used in the breakdance battle scene in the 1983 movie Flashdance. Castor’s work has been sampled by other artists more than 3,000 times, the star’s son added. Dancer Richard Colon, professionally known as Crazy Legs, paid tribute to the star, saying “people have been impacted by him and don’t even know it”. The musician began his career for filling in for rock and roll singer Frankie Lymon when he was unable to perform with his band the Teenagers. The star soon went on to form his own group, Jimmy and the Juniors, who wrote and recorded the song I Promise to Remember, which was later also recorded by Lymon and the Teenagers in...

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All Quiet Now: Tom Ardolino

Tom Ardolino, a longtime drummer for the critically loved, commercially underappreciated rock band NRBQ, died last night (Jan. 6) following a long illness, according to the Hartford Courant. He was 56. Ardolino joined NRBQ — short for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet — in 1974, taking over for original timekeeper Tom Staley. Over the next 30 years, Ardolino played on 15 studio albums, leaving his mark on songs that would earn the group a fervent cult following, if limited mainstream success. NRBQ’s fan base is said to include Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan, and their songs have been covered by everyone from Bonnie Raitt to She & Him, who recorded ‘Ridin’ in My Car’ for 2010’s ‘Volume Two’ and ‘Christmas Wish’ for their recent holiday album. “He was a great drummer and a great guy,” fellow NRBQ alum Al Anderson told the Courant. “He had a totally unique style of drumming that nobody can ever duplicate. That was one of the baddest rhythm sections in the world.” After NRBQ went on hiatus in 2004, Ardolino remained active in music and participated in various reunion shows. He also released a solo album, played on friends’ recordings and even worked on the soundtrack to a film shown in driver’s-ed classes around the country. According to Jim Chapdelaine, the producer behind the film project, Ardolino was hired to drum in...

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All Quiet Now: Cesaria Evora

Singer Cesaria Evora, dubbed the “Barefoot Diva” for often performing without shoes, has died in her native Cape Verde at the age of 70. The musican, forced to retire earlier this year due to ill-health, began her career singing in the bars of Mindelo in the West African island nation. Evora did not begin her recording career until 1988, and won a Grammy Award in 2004 for her album Voz D’Amor. She was famed for singing songs of longing with her rich contralto vocals. Her sultry voice was often compared to blues star Billie Holliday Her fourth album, Miss Perfumado, was her breakthrough hit in 1992. It sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide, and resulted in a number of tours. She released 10 albums in all. Evora had a penchant for alcohol and cigarettes, and in later life her health began to decline. She suffered a stroke while on tour in Australia in 2008 and later underwent open heart surgery. In September, she spoke of her sadness at having to retire, saying: “I have no strength, no energy. I want you to say to my fans: forgive me, but now I need to rest. “I infinitely regret having to stop because of illness, I would have wanted to give more pleasure to those who have followed me for so long.” Evora was considered one of the world’s greatest exponents...

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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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