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re: Endless Sleep - The Obituary Thread
frickinell!!

Just learned Rontrose (Ron Heathman) passed... guitar player for Supersuckers!

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It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica...


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Stanley Crouch, Critic Who Saw American Democracy in Jazz, Dies at 74

A prolific author, essayist, columnist and social critic, he challenged conventional thinking on race and helped found Jazz at Lincoln Center.

By Sam Roberts

Stanley Crouch, the fiercely iconoclastic social critic who elevated the invention of jazz into a metaphor for the indelible contributions that Black people have made to American democracy, died on Wednesday at a hospital in the Bronx. He was 74.
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Mr. Crouch defied easy categorization. A former Black nationalist who had been seared by witnessing the 1965 Watts race riots in his native Los Angeles, he transformed himself into a widely read essayist, syndicated newspaper columnist, novelist and MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner whose celebrity was built, in part, on his skewering — and even physical smackdowns — of his former intellectual comrades.

All the while he championed jazz, enlarging its presence in American culture by helping to found Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, one of the country’s premier showcases for that most American of musical genres, and by promoting the career of the celebrated trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who co-founded the jazz center in 1991 and remains its artistic director.
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Mr. Crouch proclaimed himself a “radical pragmatist,” defining it this way:

“I affirm whatever I think has the best chance of working, of being both inspirational and unsentimental, of reasoning across the categories of false division and beyond the decoy of race."

Espousing that pragmatism, he found ready adversaries among fellow Black Americans, whom he criticized as defining themselves in racial terms and as reducing the broader Black experience to one of victimization. He vilified gangsta rap as “‘Birth of a Nation’ with a backbeat,” the Rev. Al Sharpton as a “buffoon,” the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as “insane,” the Nobel laureate Toni Morrison “as American as P.T. Barnum” and Alex Haley, the author of “Roots,” as “opportunistic.”
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Roy Head, singer who took Houston sound up the charts in 1965, dies at age 79

The R&B singer with his roots in Gulf Coast soul broke through nationally with 'Treat Her Right,' a song that was kept out of the No. 1 spot on the charts by The Beatles.
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His moment of pop superstardom — the 1965 hit “Treat Her Right” — is documented. A wild slice of Gulf Coast R&B delivered by a manic, handsome, gritty-voiced country boy, the song reached No. 2 that year, kept from the top spot by a Beatles single. The song became a golden oldie, circulating for more than a half century, even becoming a crucial part of Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

More difficult to verify is Head’s claim that he once was dragged away by bodyguards after biting Elvis Presley on the ankle. Though it’s easy to imagine that happening.

“I take what he says and divide by two,” his son, singer Sundance Head, once said of his larger-than life father. “Then maybe something’s right with it.”

Head, a treasure of old ‘60s rock and soul and ‘70s country music according to a post by his son. Head enjoyed later renown on the oldies circuit and as a local legend in Houston after a career that long felt like a train barely affixed to its rails.

B.J. Thomas earlier this summer said of Head, “When he was on, he was the greatest entertainer on the planet.”
"Treat Her Right"

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WS “Fluke” Holland, the man who provided the backbeat for some of rock and roll’s most iconic artists and songs, has died. Holland passed away on Wednesday at his home in Jackson, Tenn. following a short illness. He was 85.

A native of Middle Tennessee, Holland played drums on Sun Records star Carl Perkins’ historic early recordings, including Blue Suede Shoes,” “Matchbox,” and “Honey Don’t.”

He would become most identified with another Sun alumnus, Johnny Cash, playing behind the Man in Black for more than four decades and cementing his own status with his work on classic recordings including “Ring of Fire," and the albums "Live at Folson Prison" and "Live at San Quentin."
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Hailed by Cash as “The Father of the Drums,” Holland is credited as the first man to play a full drum set on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. Holland would also appear, along with Cash, on Bob Dylan's 1969 LP, "Nashville Skyline."
He was one of the last survivors of the Sun era.

"WS started Rock and Roll when he put the drums on Carl Perkins’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes’.”- Ringo Starr

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Roy Head, singer who took Houston sound up the charts in 1965, dies at age 79

The R&B singer with his roots in Gulf Coast soul broke through nationally with 'Treat Her Right,' a song that was kept out of the No. 1 spot on the charts by The Beatles.
Just discovered this classic from 1959:

Roy Head & The Traits - "Live It Up"

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Tommy DeVito: Four Seasons founding member dies of Covid aged 92

Friends including actor Joe Pesci praise guitarist and singer whose doo-wop group delivered a string of hits in the 60s, and latterly inspired the musical Jersey Boys

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Tommy DeVito, second left, with fellow Four Seasons Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and Nick Massi.
Tommy DeVito, second left, with fellow Four Seasons Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and Nick Massi. Photograph: GAB Archive/Redferns
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Tommy DeVito, who co-founded the vocal group that became the Four Seasons, has died aged 92 after contracting Covid-19. DeVito’s bandmates Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio announced the news on social media.

DeVito, who played lead guitar and sang baritone with the New Jersey group, died on Monday in Las Vegas after being admitted to hospital with the virus, Variety reports.

His friend actor Joe Pesci paid tribute. “The time he spent as part of the Four Seasons produced some of the most iconic music of that era and continues to inspire young musicians to this day. I will always remember him for his great voice and for the character that he was.”

Tommy DeVito in 2005.
Iconic music … Tommy DeVito in 2005. Photograph: Barry Talesnick/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock
Valli joined DeVito’s fledgling group in 1956. In 1960, Gaudio and Nick Massi joined and the band named themselves the Four Seasons. Two years later, they released their debut album, Sherry & 11 Others, which produced three No 1 singles. “It was crazy,” DeVito told the Las Vegas Sun. “We went from making $1,000 a week to $1,000 a day.”

From 1962 to 1964, the doo-wop group matched the Beach Boys for record sales in the US. They would then compete for popularity with the Beatles, a rivalry stoked by the bands’ shared record label, Vee-Jay, surviving the onslaught of the so-called British Invasion.

It was not to last. DeVito quit the band in April 1970. He claimed he was tired of touring, but it later emerged that he had accrued significant gambling debts and an insurmountable tax bill that Valli and Gaudio absorbed in exchange for buying him out of the group. The Four Seasons then signed to Motown, producing a number of singles that failed to bother the US charts.

Their story would inspire the long-running musical Jersey Boys, which premiered in 2005. “It’s a classic American story,” said Marshall Brickman, who co-wrote the book alongside Rick Elice. “It’s rags to riches, and back to rags.” It was turned into a film in 2014.

Rags to riches, and back … hit musical Jersey Boys.
Rags to riches, and back … hit musical Jersey Boys. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian
The character of DeVito narrated the first of the musical’s four “seasons”, or parts, which in part detailed his relationship with local mafia boss Gyp DeCarlo. Says the fictional DeVito: “If you’re from my neighbourhood, you’ve got three ways out – you could join the army, you could get mobbed up, or you could become a star.”

The real life DeVito took the latter two routes out of Belleville, New Jersey, where he was born Gaetano DeVito, the youngest of nine, on 19 June 1928. He witnessed craps games on the way to church and gambling in the church basement, and according to Jersey Boys co-writer Elice, revered Al Capone more than fellow Jersey singer Frank Sinatra.

He dealt in petty crime and improved his guitar skills during a spell in prison. “There’s a lot of things I’d never do today that I did back then as a kid,” he told Goldmine magazine in 2008.

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His music career started when he began playing guitar for tips aged 12. “My parents were elated that we were bringing home eight bucks a night or so,” he said.

After quitting the group, DeVito worked as a card dealer in Las Vegas for three years. DeVito was close with the Joe Pesci, who put him on the payroll as an assistant and had his character in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 mob film GoodFellas named for him. That year, the Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“How do I want to be remembered?” DeVito told Jersey Boys Blog in 2006. “First, I’d want people to remember all of the great music the Four Seasons did together. Then, I’d also want people to know that everyone makes mistakes – nobody’s perfect. I’m not ashamed to admit it – I’ve been punished, did some jail time and I’ve paid my dues.”

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Georgia Dobbins Davis, Unsung Motown Hero Who Co-Wrote ‘Please Mr. Postman,’ Dead at 78

She helped found the Marvelettes, but her father forced her to leave her musical dreams behind before the girl group scored Motown’s first Number One

By JON BLISTEIN

Georgia Dobbins Davis, an original member of the Marvelettes and the co-writer of their classic 1961 hit, “Please Mr. Postman,” died Friday, September 18th. She was 78. Dobbins’ daughter, Kimberly Ann Watts, confirmed her death to Rolling Stone, adding the cause was cardiac arrest.

In co-writing “Please Mr. Postman,” Dobbins played an integral role in the history of Motown and pop music. The track became Motown’s first Number One hit on the Billboard Hot 100. But by the time the Marvelettes recorded it in 1961, Dobbins left the group to look after her ailing mother and because her father forbade her from touring or getting involved in the music industry.

Dobbins’ writing credit on “Please Mr. Postman” encapsulates the extent of her music career, and Watts says her mother long refused to acknowledge or discuss her contribution to pop history. “She told me that she didn’t listen to the radio; she pretty much became a hermit,” Watts says. “She felt like she let the group down. When she got married and I came along — I’m an only child — it was, ‘OK, I wrote a song, and that’s it, that’s all you need to know.’”
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Dobbins turned to a bandmate from another group, William Garrett, a piano player, who’d come up with a melody and a title — “Please Mr. Postman” — but no lyrics. Watts says Dobbins wrote the rest of the song in three days, inspired by the pangs of waiting for a letter from her then-boyfriend, who was enlisted in the Navy. “Please Mr. Postman” originally had a slower, bluesier feel, which fit Dobbins’ singing style more than the group’s de facto leader Horton. It was later sent to a crew of Motown songwriters — Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland and Robert Bateman — for a final punch-up.
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In 1961, Gordy officially signed the Marvels and rechristened them the Marvelettes; it was Dobbins who found her own replacement, tapping Wanda Young to join the group. “Please Mr. Postman” was released in August 1961, hit the charts the following month, and after a 14-week climb, finally reached Number One on December 11th. Not only did the song effectively launch Motown, paving the way for one of the most prolific, significant and groundbreaking runs in music history, but it became a pop standard in its own right. The Beatles recorded a version in 1963, the Carpenters took the track back to Number One in 1974, and in 2017, Portugal. The Man interpolated it on their sleeper hit, “Feel It Still” — a testament to the original’s incredible staying power


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From the Small Faces twitter
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We've just heard that Jimmy Winston, founder member of the Small Faces, Winston's Fumbs and Jimmy Winston & the Reflections has passed away. Many thanks Jimmy.
Jimmy is the taller one on the right. No wonder he didn't fit The Small Faces

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The Small Faces - "I've Got Mine"


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Kaf - I think that just leaves Kenney Jones left from the original Small Faces lineup and only Jones and Rick Wills from any of pre-Ronnie Wood/Rod Stewart lineups that became the Faces.

ETA: Alice Cooper (talking about the post Winston lineup) jokes about his experience with the Small Faces, "Steve Marriott was the tallest one and he only came up to my chin."
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think that just leaves Kenney Jones left from the original Small Faces lineup
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only Jones and Rick Wills from any of pre-Ronnie Wood/Rod Stewart lineups that became the Faces
I know very little about the post-Marriott Small Faces.

The Small Faces are almost all gone, but last I heard all the original members of Manfred Mann (formed 1962) were still alive. I don't know who would hold the record for America, possibly The Rascals (formed 64-5)


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I know very little about the post-Marriott Small Faces.


It was name only - they didn't even want to do it, apparently, but the record company forced them to use the name for one more album, then they dropped "Small" (as average sized dudes, Wood and Stewart towered over those little frickers). It (The Faces) was effectively Supergroup, blending the post-Marriott Small Faces with fallout from The Jeff Beck Group.

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Mac Davis, the writer of Elvis Presley's "In the Ghetto" and a former ACM Entertainer of the Year winner, has died. He was 78 years old.

Davis died on Tuesday (Sept. 29), just one day after news broke that he was critically ill after undergoing heart surgery in Nashville.

Born Morris Mac Davis in Lubbock, Texas, on Jan. 21, 1942, Davis graduated high school early and moved to Atlanta, Ga., where his mother was living following his parents' divorce. After forming a rock band and working at a couple of record labels, Davis began his songwriting career as part of Nancy Sinatra's Boots Enterprises, Inc.; he also played in the studio and live with Sinatra during this time.

After writing songs including "In the Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation" for Presley in the late 1960s, Davis went on to enjoy a country crossover career of his own thanks to songs such as "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" and "Stop and Smell the Roses." Much of his success on country radio came after he won the ACM Entertainer of the Year award in 1975.

Davis notched six Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart; "Hooked on Music" from 1981 charted the highest, at No. 2. He also earned four Top 10 hits on the all-genre Hot 100 chart. Davis is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Davis was also a prolific actor: In addition to starring in various TV specials, he had his own show, The Mac Davis Show, from 1974 to 1976. Davis continued to pick up acting roles throughout the 1980s, '90s and early 2000s, on King of the Hill, That '70s Show and Rodney, among others.
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He was one of the last survivors of the Sun era.
Was just about to post a pic of the lone survivor...then remembered what this thread is about and thought better of it.

No reason to tempt fate.
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He was one of the last survivors of the Sun era
Was just about to post a pic of the lone survivor
If you're talking about Jerry Lee, he's not the only one:

Dickey Lee - "Good Lovin'" (Sun records, 1957)

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then remembered what this thread is about

No reason to tempt fate
Uh oh...

Forget I said anything


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Not sure if it was posted before, but just saw that Jamaican Elvis died.

Toots Hibbert:
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If you're talking about Jerry Lee, he's not the only one:

Dickey Lee - "Good Lovin'" (Sun records, 1957)


You hope you're not forgetting about Narvel Felts.




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