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All Quiet Now: John Wetton

Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31 January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer. John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat Of The Moment. (John Wetton by...

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All Quiet Now: Leonard Cohen.

In September 2013, I was thrilled to see Leonard Cohen live for the first time. I’ve been listening to him since I was a teenager and there have been many times over the years when I’ve turned with gratitude and curiosity to the dark chill and surprise twists of his songs. Sinking into his world of beguiling, damning and humorous stories, was both an escape and an instructive reflection on conflictingly beautiful and unpleasant angles of the human psyche. Much of what I read about the man himself made him sound part mythological. When I finally witnessed one of...

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All Quiet Now: Bernie Worrell, Wizard of Woo.

Bernie Worrell, the ingenious Wizard of Woo whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop and other genres, has died. Worrell, who announced in early 2016 that he had stage-four lung cancer, died Friday at age 72. He died at his home in Everson, Washington on June 24th 2016. Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, George Clinton’s dual projects of Parliament and Funkadelic and their various spinoffs built upon the sounds of James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone among others and turned out...

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All Quiet Now: Prince

A Man Ain’t Happy Unless A Man Truly Dies – Sign O’ The Times Prince formed a fundamental part in the soundtrack of many people’s lives, including my own. His music gave me something different. Unique, yet familiar. Relatable yet from a completely different world. Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 7th June 1958 and named after his father’s stage name in the Prince Rogers Trio jazz group, he abbreviated his name simply to Prince upon releasing his first album For You in 1978. Here was a man that was not going to be limited by anything, his colour,...

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All Quiet Now: Keith Emerson by Greg Lake

Progressive rock legend Keith Emerson dies.  He was a founding member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer in 1970. His friend and band mate Greg Lake gave us this statement; To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him. As sad and tragic as Keith’s...

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All Quiet Now: Dale Griffin.

Terence Dale Griffin, who has died aged 67, was an English drummer, record and radio producer and founder member of Mott The Hoople. Born in Ross-on Wye, Herefordshire , Griffin attended Ross Grammar school and played in a number of local bands with his lifelong friend Overend Watts and it was during this time he gained the nickname “Buffin”. Amongst Dales bands were The Silence, Charles Kingsley Creation and with Watts and Mick Ralphs in The Doc Thomas Group. Changes to that line-up occurred in 1968 and keyboard player Verden Allen joined the band and changed its name to...

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All Quiet Now: Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey was an all-American rock star determined to make it and certain he knew how. “He was the first guy to say, ‘If you don’t get the business right and the music right, you’re screwed,'” said Eagles manager Irving Azoff, clearly shaken by the death of his longtime friend on Monday. “Early on he was running around with a T-shirt that said ‘Song Power’ and was saying the Eagles were a team and not everybody can be the running back or the quarterback. He was the quarterback.” Frey, who died at age 67 after battling a variety of...

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All Quiet Now: Natalie Cole. Unpredictable..Unforgettable.

Legendary singer Natalie Marie Cole died on Thursday night, 31st December 2015, in Los Angeles, just as we were preparing to ring in 2016. And as Natalie’s life is being remembered on news and social media outlets around the world, the legendary singer’s musical mark is one that I’d be remiss without reflecting upon it here. In this article, I (DJ Rob*) pay tribute to one of the greatest, yet most troubled singers of our time – a singer who overcame the huge burden of having to follow in her legendary father’s footsteps, and who overcame drug addiction and...

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All Quiet Now: John ‘Brad’ Bradbury The Specials Drummer.

Jerry Dammers remembers John ‘Brad’ Bradbury, drummer with The Specials, who sadly died on Monday 28th December 2015. Hearing of Brad’s death has been a great shock to me and it is a very sad day indeed. I was friends with Brad and the two of us shared a house some time before the Specials . He was highly intelligent, had a very mischievous sense of humour which could be very funny, and he played the drums with an incredible amount of energy which was a very important part of the Specials’ sound and live shows. We had some...

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All Quiet Now: Rico Rodriguez. An Appreciation By Jerry Dammers.

An appreciation by Jerry Dammers, founder of The Specials and 2 Tone records. 5th September 2015. It’s hard to express how sad I feel about the death of Rico Rodriguez yesterday. He taught me so much about what a proper musician is supposed to try and do. For me, getting to play with him was one of the greatest things about the Specials. His album Man from Wareika had been one of my all time favourites and a great inspiration. I could not believe that he had agreed to play with us, and his contribution to the Specials was...

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All Quiet Now: Chris Squire. Fish Out Of Water.

Chris Squire died in Phoenix, Arizona on 27th June 2015. His unprecedented legacy is that he never left the band Yes, which was formed in 1968 along with  Jon Anderson and is still going today. He played on every album, every session and every tour and even bootleg recordings the manner of which he also supported. He was the stalwart of the band and once told me that keeping Yes together, in whatever form, that was his job, and he did it well. Current Yes keyboardist Geoffrey Downes tweeted  “Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad...

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All Quiet Now: Louis Johnson. Brother Bass.

Louis Johnson, founding member of funk band the Brothers Johnson and an in-demand bassist who appeared on Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, died on Thursday, May 21st. He was 60. His death was confirmed by his nephew Troy on Instagram. “I’ve never been given parts to play in my whole life. I’m the most rare bass player in the whole world,” Johnson told Rolling Stone contributing writer Steve Knopper in 2013 for the upcoming book “MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson.” “No one ever gave me music paper to read; no one ever...

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All Quiet Now: John Renbourn.

The musician was found at his home in Hawick in the Scottish Borders on Thursday after a suspected heart attack. He was due to play a gig at The Ferry in Glasgow with fellow guitarist and inspiration Wizz Jones but sadly he did not show. In the mid-1960’s he met Bet Jansch and started a life-long friendship that would see the two sharing flats together to being stalwarts of the folk scene in London. Renbourn teamed up with Danny Thompson, Jacqui McShee, Terry Cox and Bert Jansch (who died in 2011) to form Pentangle in 1967. His manager, Dave...

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All Quiet Now: Big Bank Hank. Sugar Hill.

Big Bank Hank, the New York rapper who, as part of the Sugarhill Gang, released what is generally regarded as the first rap record, has died at the age of 57. The performer, real name Henry Jackson, died from kidney complications due to cancer, according to reports. Jackson formed the Sugarhill Gang with Master Gee and Wonder Mic, having a big hit in 1979 with Rapper’s Delight. The record sold several million copies worldwide and helped establish rap as the genre it is today. The full version of Rapper’s Delight ran nearly 16 minutes long and was recorded in...

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All Quiet Now: Jack Bruce. Bass Cream.

Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960s band Cream, has died aged 71. The legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history. They sold millions of albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire. Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including I Feel Free and Sunshine Of Your Love and meteoric White Room. Born in the Glasgow suburb of Bishopbriggs in 1943, his parents travelled extensively in Canada and the USA and the young...

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All Quiet Now. David Redfern, Music Photographer.

David Redfern died on October 22nd 2014. He was 78 and battling pancreatic cancer, had gone to his place in France to cover a jazz festival. David Redfern’s career began in the twilight jazz clubs of 1960’s London. He risked his one and only camera amongst the jivingteenage crowds. The British Trad boom was under way. His first published photos featured Kenny Ball, Chris Barber, George Melly, and the old Marquee Club. David began photographing TV Shows like ‘Ready Steady Go’ and ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ which were shot duringthe day. Here he made many of his now classic...

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All Quiet Now: Alvin Stardust.

Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness. Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife and family around him. The former glam rock star had been due to release his first studio album in 30 years this autumn. Once described as “the Godfather of British Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, he made sporadic acting appearances in Hollyoaks, The...

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All Quiet Now: John Holt. The Tide Is High.

Reggae vocalist John Holt, who sang the original version of Blondie’s hit The Tide is High, has died aged 67. His manager Copeland Forbes told the Jamaica Observer he died in a London hospital on Sunday. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Holt rose to fame in the 1960s as the lead singer of The Paragons, writing and releasing The Tide is High in 1967. He went solo in 1970 and went on to become one of the biggest stars of reggae music in Jamaica. Musicians paying tribute to the singer have included Jamaican rapper Shaggy,...

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All Quiet Now: Raphael Ravenscroft. Baker Street.

Raphael Ravenscroft, the saxophonist behind what is arguably the best-known sax solo in pop-rock history – Gerry Rafferty‘s hit Baker Street – has died at the age of 60. The legendary musician, whose solo on the 1978 track is celebrated the world over, is thought to have died of a heart attack after being taking into hospital from his home in Exeter. The Exeter-based artist inspired a generation of saxophonists with the renowned instrumental, and went on to work with other pop icons like Pink Floyd, Abba and Marvin Gaye. More recently, he became a celebrated member of his...

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All Quiet Now: Joe Sample.

Joe Sample, a founding member of The Crusaders who wrote chart hits such as Street Life and One Day I’ll Fly Away sung by Randy Crawford, has died at 75. Sample’s manager, Patrick Rains, told the AP press agency that Sample died of complications due to lung cancer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. In a message on his Facebook page, his wife Yolanda and son Niklas thanked fans and friends for their support. Sample’s songs were also sampled by hip hop stars including Tupac Shakur. The late rapper used Sample’s In All My Wildest Dreams on...

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Feature: Andy Shauf The Magician.
Feature: Andy Shauf The Magician.
Published On: March 28, 2016
Here is the new video for Andy Shauf’s song The Magician. The track is from the Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album The Party which arrives this May 20th. The video for The Magician, like the track, is an intensely evocative affair that’s warmly familiar, like a cherished classic from some non-existent past. Several early reviews have Continue Reading

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