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RIP, Darryl Morden (February 25, 2011) Respected Music Journalist

Posted by on February 25, 2011

Darryl Morden
March 14, 1958 – February 25, 2011

Darryl Morden was a music journalist whose media included radio, print, television and the internet.  Over the course of his career, his features could be found in such respected outlets as the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Buzzine,, and Launch/Yahoo.   At one point, Morden was the head writer and producer of American Top 4o with Casey Kasem, and later Shadoe Stevens.  He also created, produced and edited the World Chart Show, the first of its kind dedicated to world-wide audience.  Darryl Morden died of cancer on February 25, 2011.

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RIP, Irwin Sibler (September 8, 2010) Editor Of Sing Out! Magazine

Posted by on September 8, 2010

Irwin Sibler
October 17, 1925 – September 8, 2010

Irwin Sibler was a music journalist and longtime editor of Sing Out! magazine.  Co-founded by Sibler in 1950, the quarterly publication is one of the most respected folk music magazines in the world.  Sibler acted as editor from its inception until 1967.  The magazine and Sibler’s pieces were largely responsible for the folk revival of the ’50s and ’60s.  After leaving the magazine, Sibler became more politically outspoken, becoming an editor and movie critic for the radical weekly, The Guardian.  He also launched Paredon Records where he released albums that spoke for the radical liberation movement of the ’70s.  Irwin Sibler was 85 when he passed away on September 8, 2010.

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Died On This Date (August 10, 2007) Tony Wilson / Co-founded Factory Records

Posted by on August 10, 2010

Tony Wilson
February 20, 1950 – August 10, 2007

tony_wilsonA man of many hats, Tony Wilson is best remembered as co-owner of Factory Records, home the one-time home of Joy Division, New Order and OMD.  He also owned The Hacienda, which became  the epicenter of the Manchester music scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s.   Before his foray into music, Wilson was a journalist and BBC television peronaility, most notably hosting So It Goes and After Dark.  Suffering from advance stages of renal cancer, Wilson, age 57,  died of a heart attack in a Manchester hospital.

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Died On This Date (July 19, 2002) Alan Lomax / Music Historian

Posted by on July 19, 2010

Alan Lomax
January 31, 1915 – July 19, 2002

Alan Lomax was an ethnomusicologist who, like his sister, Bess Lomax, followed in the footsteps of his father, John A. Lomax by documenting folk music around the world in the form of field recordings.  After he got out of college during the ’30s, the younger Lomax went to work archiving folk music at the Library of Congress.  Around this time, he traveled through the southern states of America to record the local blues and folk musicians.  While visiting a Louisiana prison, he discovered Lead Belly.   Besides making field recordings, Lomax interviewed countless music pioneers.  That list includes Muddy Waters, Jelly Roll Morton, and Woody Guthrie.  He also penned numerous best selling folk music history book.  During the ’50s, Lomax traveled Europe in search of its hidden folk music.  In all, he is said to have recorded thousands of songs.  Alan Lomax was 87 when he passed away on July 19, 2002.

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RIP, Harvey Pekar (July 12, 2010) Cult Comic Icon & Jazz Critic

Posted by on July 12, 2010

Harvey Pekar
October 8, 1939 – July 12, 2010

Harvey Pekar is best remembered as an underground comic book writer whose autobiographical American Splendor series inspired the critically acclaimed film of the same name.  Paul Giamatti portrayed Pekar in the movie.  But Pekar was also a jazz music lover and critic whose essays appeared in some of the most respected periodicals in North America and were often read on NPR radio.  He primarily focused on jazz’s golden age, but also found room to highlight some of the music’s more experimental artists like Fred Frith and Joe Maneri.  Harvey Pekar was 70 when he passed away on July 12, 2010.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (July 8, 2009) Len Dobbin / Canadian Jazz Journalist

Posted by on July 8, 2010

Len Dobbin
1935(?) – July 8, 2009

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Photo by Jacques Grenier

Len Dobbin was a much respected journalist who primarily covered Canada’s jazz scene, something he did for over 50 years.  Whether covering a jazz festival or performance at an intimate club, Dobbin reported what moved him either in print or on his weekly radio show, Dobbin’s Den.  Len Dobbin died in a hospital following a massive stroke while doing what he loved, sitting in a jazz club.

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Died On This Date (June 27, 2002) Timothy White / Music Journalist

Posted by on June 27, 2010

Timothy White
January 25, 1952 – June 27, 2002

Timothy White was a respected but at times controversial music journalist who started as an AP writer but went on to be editor of the Crawdaddy! the ’70s, senior editor of Rolling Stone in the ’80s, and finally, editor-in-chief of Billboard in the ’90s.   He also wrote a handful of popular music biographies, his subjects being the Beach Boys, James Taylor and Bob Marley.  But White wasn’t above being written ABOUT as evident by the Eminem lyric, “Let me recite ’til Timothy White, pickets outside the Interscope offices everynight.”  Although in apparent good health, White died of a heart attack while riding the elevator at his office on June 27, 2002.

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Died On This Date (June 23, 2009) Steven Wells / Music Journalist; Video Director

Posted by on June 23, 2010

Steven Wells
May 10, 1960 – June 23, 2009

steven_wellsSteven Wells was a British music journalist whose aggressive writings appeared in respected music magazines like NME.  During the late ’70s and early ’80s, he touted the greatness of such punk acts as Black Flag and Butthole Surfers and the Mekons.  For a time, Wells was also a stand-up comic, supporting such acts as Gang Of Four and the Fall.  In 1992, Wells co-formed a video production company, directing videos for the likes of Manic Street Preachers and Skunk Anansie.  Steven Wells died of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 48.

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Died On This Date (May 31, 2008) Barry Lederer / Popular Disco-Era DJ

Posted by on May 31, 2010

Barry Lederer
1944 – May 31, 2008

Born in Queens, Barry Lederer, started his DJ career while attending college in upstate New York.   It was there that began throwing parties, entertaining guests with tapes he made from the radio. Lederer moved back to New York City after college and started hanging out a club called the Firehouse.  After complaining to management about the music being played, he was given a shot at putting his money where his mouth was.  Before long, he was drawing crowds of as many as 1500 on weekends.  He soon became a popular draw at the gay clubs throughout New York’s Fire Island.  Lederer also wrote a Disco column in Billboard magazine during the hieght of the era.  He passed away of heart disease on May 31, 2008.

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Died On This Date (May 14, 2009) William D. Littleford / Former Chairman of Billboard Magazine

Posted by on May 14, 2010

William D. Littleford
August 14, 1914 – May 14, 2009

littlefordWilliam D. Littleford entered the publishing business in 1934 when he joined the staff of Billboard magazine, which his grandfather founded in 1894.  Starting as an apprentice, Littleford became GM in 1943, and then President and CEO in 1958.  He stayed in that position until the magazine was sold in the mid ’80s, afterwhich he was appointed Chairman Emeritus.  He passed away in his home at the age of 94.

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