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Phil Chess, co-founder of Chicago’s Chess Records, dead at 95

Phil Chess, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Bo Diddley in 1964



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Phil Chess, co-founder of Chicago’s legendary Chess Records, a label credited with helping to invent rock ‘n’ roll, has died in Tucson, Arizona, at 95.

Mr. Chess and his brother Leonard Chess arrived in America as little boys, two Jewish immigrant kids from Poland. They started Chess in 1950, recording Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and other top musicians who spread the gospel of the blues. Teens in England and around the world heard the so-called “race music” Chess helped popularize, and the cross-pollination helped birth rock.

As Waters once put it, “The blues had a baby, and they named it rock ‘n’ roll.”

Chess could be described as the midwife. In 1951, the label released what some consider the first rock record: “Rocket ’88,” by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, including a young Ike Turner
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The music scene would have been very different without him and his brother, Chicago bluesman and club owner Buddy Guy said Wednesday.

“Phil and Leonard Chess were cuttin’ the type of music nobody else was paying attention to — Muddy, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy, Jimmy Rogers, I could go on and on — and now you can take a walk down State Street today and see a portrait of Muddy that’s 10 stories tall,” Guy said. “The Chess brothers had a lot to do with that. They started Chess Records and made Chicago what it is today — the blues capital of the world. I’ll always be grateful for that.”
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Roger Ebert, the late Chicago Sun-Times film critic and blogger, once summarized the power and influence of Chess this way: “The former studios of Chess Records on South Michigan in Chicago are as important to the development of rock ‘n’ roll as the Sun Records in Memphis. You could make a good case, in fact, that without Chess there might have been no Sun, and without Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, there might have been no Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis or Carl Perkins. Rock ‘n’ roll flowed directly, sometimes almost note by note, from rhythm and blues.” Ebert was writing about the 2010 film “Who do You Love,” which told the improbable genesis story of Chess, or “how two Jewish immigrant kids from Poland sold the family junkyard to start a music club on the black South Side and helped launch the musical styles that have influenced everything since.”
The Chess Records Story -- TV documentary


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Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah





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Al Caiola (September 7, 1920 – November 9, 2016), was a guitarist, composer and arranger who spanned a variety of music genres including jazz, country, rock, western, and pop. He recorded over fifty albums and worked with some of the biggest names in music during the 20th century, including Elvis Presley, Ferrante & Teicher, Frank Sinatra, Percy Faith, Buddy Holly, Mitch Miller, and Tony Bennett. During World War II Caiola played with the United States Marine Corps 5th Marine Division (United States) Band that also included Bob Crosby. Caiola served in the Battle of Iwo Jima as a stretcher bearer.



Partial studio recordings list:

Paul Anka — "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "My Way", "Puppy Love", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", "Times of Your Life"
Louis Armstrong — "Back O'Town Blues", "Mop! Mop!", "Blueberry Hill" (All three tracks recorded live in 1947)
Frankie Avalon — "DeDe Dinah", "Venus"
Burt Bacharach — "Bridget Bardo"
LaVern Baker — "I Cried a Tear", "I'm Leaving You", banjo on "Humpty Dumpty Heart"
Tony Bennett — "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Stranger in Paradise"
Ruth Brown — "Miss Rhythm", "Late Date with Ruth Brown"
Solomon Burke — "Cry to Me"
Glen Campbell — "Galveston"
Petula Clark — "Don't Sleep in the Subway", "This Is My Song"
Rosemary Clooney — "Come on a My House", "Half as Much", "Hey There", "This Ole House"
The Coasters — "Dance!", "Gee, Golly", "Hungry", "I'm Fallin'", "Run Red Run"
Perry Como — "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes", "Patricia", "Temptation"
The Crickets — "Rave On!", "That's My Desire"
King Curtis & Al Caiola — "Guitar Boogie Shuffle"
Bobby Darin — "Artificial Flowers", "Bill Bailey", "Dream Lover", "Mack the Knife", "Queen of the Hop", "Splish Splash", "That's All"
Dion — "Abraham, Martin and John", "Drip Drop", "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer"
Fabian — "Tiger", "Turn Me Loose", "Hound Dog Man"
Percy Faith — "The Theme from A Summer Place"
Ferrante & Teicher — "Airport Love Theme", "Theme from Exodus"
Jackie Gleason — "From Russia with Love", "Melancholy Serenade"
The Bobby Hackett Quartet — entire "You Stepped Out of a Dream" album
Herbie Hancock — "Deck the Halls"
Woody Herman — "Body and Soul", "Caldonia", "Early Autumn", "Mood Indigo"
Al Hirt — "Big Honey", "Puppet on a String"
Buddy Holly — "I'm Gonna Love You Too", "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", "Moondreams", "True Love Ways"
Ivory Joe Hunter — "Empty Arms", "Love's a Hurting Game"
Mahalia Jackson — "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands", "I See God", "You're Not Living In Vain"
Ben E. King — "Spanish Harlem", "Stand by Me"
Brenda Lee — "Fairyland", "One Step at a Time"
Jerry Lee Lewis — "Let's Talk About Us", "To Make Love Sweeter For You"
Julie London — "Lonely Girl", "Remember"
Al Martino — "Spanish Eyes"
Johnny Mathis — "Chances Are", "It's Not for Me to Say", "Misty", "Smile", "The Twelfth of Never"
Mitch Miller — "The Yellow Rose of Texas", most "Sing Along with Mitch" albums
Elvis Presley — "Santa Lucia"
Johnnie Ray — "Just Walkin' in the Rain", "Soliloquy of a Fool"
Marty Robbins — "A White Sport Coat", "She Was Only Seventeen", "The Story of My Life"
Neil Sedaka — "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", "Calendar Girl", "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen", "Next Door to an Angel"
Del Shannon — "Hats Off to Larry", "Little Town Flirt", "Runaway"
Simon & Garfunkel — "Mrs. Robinson", "Old Friends", "Bridge over Troubled Water" (also see Tom & Jerry)
Frank Sinatra — "Bye Bye Baby", "Don't Cry Joe", "Drinking Again", "It All Depends on You"
Barbra Streisand — "Bye Bye Blackbird"
Tom & Jerry (Simon & Garfunkel) — "Baby Talk"
Sarah Vaughan — "Autumn in New York", "Lullaby of Birdland", "Moonlight in Vermont", "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"
The Village Stompers - "Washington Square"
Dinah Washington — entire "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes!" album
Andy Williams — "Butterfly", "Canadian Sunset"
Joe Williams — "I Should Have Kissed Her More", "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
Chuck Willis — "C. C. Rider" (also known as "See See Rider"), "Hang Up My Rock 'N' Roll Shoes", "What Am I Living For?"
Hugo Winterhalter — "Blue Tango", "Count Every Star"


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I have belatedly learned of the death of Belfast-born singer-sogwriter Bap Kennedy on Nov 1. I'm not terribly familiar with his work, but one of his songs is a favorite of mine:

Bap Kennedy - "Unforgiven"



Acclaimed Songwriter and Performer Bap Kennedy Has Passed Away - savingcountrymusic.com

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“The best songwriter I ever saw” — Steve Earle

Not known by every country, blues, and Americana fan, but cherished deeply by the ones who did, songwriter and performer Bap Kennedy took his cross-Atlantic enthusiasm for roots music and became one of the most well-respected musicians and songwriters by his peers ranging from Nashville to Belfast during his nearly 40-year career.

A diverse and accomplished songwriter, Bap Kennedy began his career in punk and rock bands such as Sellout and 10 Past 7 in the late 70’s and early 80’s, blowing out eardrums in his hometown of Belfast before heading to London to pursue music more seriously. It was there that Kennedy helped establish the band Energy Orchard that for nearly a decade was a mainstay of the London live scene, opening up for many of the touring artists passing through London in the day.

Bap Kennedy’s experience in Energy Orchard put him in contact with American artists such as Steve Earle, and opened up and entirely new influence of country and roots music that he would call upon after Energy Orchard disbanded in 1996. Shortly after the breakup, Bap set out to record a solo record, and Steve Earle signed on as producer and guru. Recorded in Nashville, Domestic Blues featured contributions from folks such as Jerry Douglas, Nanci Griffith, and Peter Rowan, and became a favorite among the burgeoning Americana crowd when it was released in 1998.


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Billy Miller, Curator and Historian of Fringe Music, Dies at 62 (NY Times)
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Billy Miller, a rock ’n’ roll archivist and collector whose record label, Norton, gave new life to forgotten rockabilly artists and garage bands of yesteryear, died on Sunday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 62.
Billy Miller of Norton Records, photographed at his home in Brooklyn in 2013.

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The cause was complications of multiple myeloma, kidney failure and diabetes, his wife and business partner, Miriam Linna, said.

Mr. Miller and Ms. Linna met in 1977 at a record fair in New York. She was an original member of the punk-rockabilly group the Cramps and the editor of a fanzine for the rock band the Flamin’ Groovies. He was a fanatic collector.

“He was selling, I was buying,” Ms. Linna said in a telephone interview on Monday. “I was looking for ‘You Must Be a Witch’ by the Lollipop Shoppe,” a 1960s Las Vegas garage band. Mr. Miller had the record and invited Ms. Linna to drop by his apartment to pick it up. A marriage of true minds quickly followed.

The couple began publishing Kicks, a magazine devoted to overlooked rock ’n’ rollers, in 1979. They founded Norton, in 1986, as a way to broadcast their shared passion for artists like Hasil Adkins, a rockabilly singer who played multiple instruments simultaneously; the guitarist Link Wray, known for his raw reverb sound; and Esquerita, a blues screamer and pianist who decisively influenced Little Richard.

The label, named after Ed Norton, the character played by Art Carney on the television series “The Honeymooners,” soon became what The Village Voice, earlier this year, called “the definitive provider of rockabilly reissues from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.”

The label earned a following for its rediscoveries and for imaginative anthologies like “The Raging Teens,” a series devoted to New England rockabilly artists. It attracted not only fans in search of the unusual but professional musicians with a keen interest in rock history, among them Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Elton John.
Billy Miller and Miriam Linna in their apartment in 2002.

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Before founding Norton, Mr. Miller and Ms. Linna performed with the rockabilly group the Zantees and later with the garage band the A-Bones. He sang; she played drums. But they channeled most of their energy into ferreting out forgotten acts and labels and amassing the detailed historical information that informed Norton’s scholarly liner notes.
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Norton breathed new life into the dormant careers of artists like James Timothy Shaw, who, under the name the Mighty Hannibal, recorded the R&B song “Jerkin’ the Dog” in 1959 [Actually it came out in 1965 -- K]. After the label released the anthology “Hannibalism!” in 2001, Mr. Shaw began performing again.

The Alarm Clocks, a teenage garage band from Parma, Ohio, reunited after Norton issued “Yeah!” in 2000, featuring both sides of their 1966 single, “Yeah” and “No Reason to Complain,” along with unreleased recordings.

Norton’s compilation discs shed light on lively recording scenes outside New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Its series of releases focusing on the Pacific Northwest, for example, sparked renewed interest in the Wailers, one of the earliest garage bands, and the Sonics, often credited as the first grunge band.
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Although the label feasted on arcane artists, Mr. Miller saw nothing peculiar about his tastes.

“Some people accuse us of being into nostalgia and being narrow-minded because we don’t listen to the ‘latest’ music,” he told the authors of the guidebook “Incredibly Strange Music” (1993). “But it’s not nostalgia — I wish I’d heard all these obscure records when I was a little kid.”



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Mose Allison, a Font of Jazz and Blues, Dies at 89

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Mose Allison, a pianist, singer and songwriter who straddled modern jazz and Delta blues, belonging to both styles even as he became a touchstone for British Invasion rockers and folksy troubadours, died on Tuesday at his home in Hilton Head, S.C. He was 89.

His death was confirmed by the singer and songwriter Amy Allison, his daughter.

Mr. Allison began his professional career as a piano player, at a time when his style — percussive and jaunty, carried along by a percolating beat — suited the sound of the jazz mainstream. In addition to leading his own trio, he worked with some of the major small-group bandleaders of the late 1950s, including the saxophonists Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan.

But he found greater success, and a singular niche, as a singer of his plain-spoken, pungently observant songs, beginning in the early ’60s. For the next 50 years he worked almost exclusively as the leader of his own groups.

Mr. Allison used his cool, clear voice to conversational effect, with an easy blues inflection that harked back to his upbringing in rural Mississippi. Backing himself at the piano, he favored a loose call and response between voice and instrument, or between right and left hands, often taking tangents informed by the complex harmonies and rhythmic feints of bebop. His artistic persona, evident in his stage manner as well as his songs, suggested a distillation of folk wisdom in a knowing but unpretentious package.

He was especially revered by 1960s English rockers who idolized the blues, and who saw in his example an accessible ideal. John Mayall recorded “Parchman Farm,” Mr. Allison’s ironic adaptation of a prison blues; so did the English rhythm-and-blues singer Georgie Fame. Other songs by Mr. Allison found their way onto albums by the Yardbirds, the Kinks and the Clash. The Who based their world-beating anthem “My Generation” partly on his “Young Man Blues,” which the band also featured as the opening track on its 1970 album, “Live at Leeds.”

Mr. Allison’s tunes were covered almost as widely by his fellow Americans, including the blues artists Paul Butterfield and Johnny Winter, the country-soul singer Bobbie Gentry and, more recently, the jazz vocalist and pianist Diana Krall. The Pixies, a pace-setting alternative-rock band, named an album track “Allison” in his honor.
Mose Allison - "Parchman Farm"

Mose Allison - "Young Man's Blues"


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'Drift Away' songwriter Mentor Williams RIP
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Mentor Williams, a longtime Taos resident and nationally known singer-songwriter, died at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16), according to a family source.

Williams was best known for writing "Drift Away", a middle-of-the-road playlist classic performed by Dobie Gray in 1973. He is the brother of songwriter-actor Paul Williams, according to an online biography.

He has received an award from ASCAP for his 30 years of songwriting, and has earned 17 writing awards.
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He worked at The Record Plant with Paul McCartney and Kenney Jones and at Apple Studios in London with Stealers Wheel and Gerry Rafferty. He produced Kim Carnes, John Stewart, Paul Williams (Mentor's brother), and Dobie Gray, among others. Mentor was a post-production, re-mix engineer for The Muppet Movie, which won a Grammy Award and an Academy Award. He also worked on the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid soundtrack.


John Henry Kurtz - "Drift Away" (original version, 1972)

Dobie Gray (1973)

Rolling Stones (Unreleased, 1974)


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Sharon Jones, Soul Singer With Dap-Kings, Dead at 60
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Sharon Jones, the fiery soul singer who spent decades in obscurity before becoming a Grammy-nominated soul and funk vocalist with her longtime backing band the Dap-Kings, died on Friday of pancreatic cancer. She was 60.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer," the singer's rep wrote in a statement. "She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings."
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Jones started numerous funk groups in the 1970, earning extra money by performing in wedding bands and singing gospel music. But for decades, she had trouble breaking in to the industry.

After retreating from music for a few years, Jones became a back-up singer for New York funk and soul label Desco Records in 1996 and would release her debut album Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, in 2002.

The group continued to record and tour constantly, watching their crowds grow as Jones' roaring voice, frenetic energy and gregarious personality surpassed the initial "female James Brown" comparisons.


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Was about to make a Sharon Jones RIP thread...




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R. I. P. Sharon Jones. Liked 100 Days 100 Nights.


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Al Caiola's studio performance list is quite impressive...


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Sixty years ago, Jim Lowe’s gold record "Green Door" knocked Elvis Presley out of the top spot on the Billboard charts. After the release of his hit record, Jim Lowe was heard on New York City's flagship radio stations for decades.

James Ellsworth (Jim) Lowe died on Monday morning at his home in East Hampton, on Long Island, New York, after a long illness. The native of Springfield was 93.
Always liked that song. RIP.

Jim Lowe - "Green Door"



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Allan Williams, The Beatles’ first manager, has died aged 86
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In 1958 Williams leased a former watch-repair shop at 21 Slater Street, which he converted into a coffee bar. He named the venue the Jacaranda, after an exotic species of ornamental flowering tree.

The Jac opened in September 1958 and The Beatles were frequent customers, with John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe attending Liverpool Art College nearby and Paul McCartney being at Liverpool Institute.

Asking for the chance to play the club, Williams made them redecorate. Lennon and Sutcliffe had to paint a mural for the ladies room, before playing gigs there between May and August 1960.
Williams didn't hold onto The Beatles and saw them guided to multimillionaire fame by Brian Epstein. The story goes that when Williams signed copies of his memoirs, he would often write: "Allan Williams -- I should have known better"



Alan Williams, wife Beryl, Liverpool entertainer Lord Woodbine, Stuart Sutcliffe, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best, 1961 (John Lennon took the picture). The inscription reads: "Their names liveth for evermore"



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Guitarist Tommy Allsup, 85
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Allsup, who was touring with Holly after the two met during a recording session in 1958, was initially supposed to be on the ill-fated, Holly-charted flight from Mason City, Iowa to Fargo, North Dakota. However, Valens, who suffered from a fear of flying, asked Allsup if he could take his spot on the plane.

"[Valens] asked me four or five times could he fly in my place. For some reason, I pulled a half dollar out of my pocket and flipped it. He said 'heads' and it came up heads," Allsup recalled of the February 2nd, 1959 flight. "So I went out to the station wagon and told Buddy. I said, 'I'm not going. Me and Ritchie flipped a coin. He's going in my place.' Buddy said, 'Cool.'"

Waylon Jennings also avoided the plane crash after giving his seat to J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup, and Buddy Holly, January 1959



Tommy talks about the coin toss



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Saw the Allsup death the other day...


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Holy shit, totally didn't realize that Mose Allison died this year too. Wow.


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Recording Engineer/Producer Bill Price, 72

engineered London Calling and Never Mind the Bollocks..


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Maggie Roche, one-third of family band the Roches, has died. Roche’s sister and bandmate Suzzy confirmed the news in the below Facebook note, saying she died after a long battle with cancer. She was 65. “She was a private person, too sensitive and shy for this world, but brimming with life, love, and talent,” the note reads. “I want to let you know how grateful she was to everyone who listened and understood her through her music and her songs. ... It’ll be hard for me to carry on without her.”

The Roches grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey. In 1973, Maggie and sister Terre sang back-up on Paul Simon’s album There Goes Rhymin’ Simon. They were signed to Columbia Records as a duo and released their album Seductive Reasoning in 1975. Their younger sister Suzzy joined them to form the Roches. Their first self-titled album as a trio, produced by Robert Fripp, was released in 1979. The trio continued recording and performing until their final album Moonswept was released in 2007.

“Hammond Song” was listed on Pitchfork’s “200 Best Songs of the 1970s.”
The Roches - "Hammond Song"




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Mike Kellie...drummer from Spooky Tooth


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Lyle Ritz, Wrecking Crew Bassist, Dies at 87
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He started out as a virtuoso ukulelist—yes, that is an actual word, meaning one who plays the ukulele—but it was in his capacity as bassist for The Wrecking Crew that Lyle Ritz contributed to best-selling recordings by the likes of the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the Righteous Brothers and Linda Ronstadt, among others. Ritz died Friday (March 3) at the age of 87.
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By the mid-’60s, as a member of the collective of studio musicians loosely named the Wrecking Crew, Ritz found himself constantly busy, contributing to hits by the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”), the Righteous Brothers (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”), Ronstadt, the Monkees, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (“A Taste of Honey”), Sonny and Cher, Dean Martin and others. In all, Ritz estimated that he played on more than 5,000 recording sessions during his long career. He also contributed to the soundtracks of numerous television programs.
Lyle Ritz with Brian Wilson



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