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RIP, Carlton Haney (March 16, 2011) Bluegrass Promoter

Posted by on March 16, 2011

Carlton Haney
DOB Unknown – March 16, 2011

Photo by Marcia Goodman

Carlton Haney was a bluegrass and country music promoter who first came into the business while he was dating Bill Monroe’s daughter during the 1950s. It was during that time that he began booking shows for Monroe and eventually began managing bluegrass act, Reno & Smiley.  During the ’60s he became one of the first, if not THE first promoter to put together package shows that featured both bluegrass and country artists.  That lead to one of the America’s first successful multi-day bluegrass festivals which he launched over Labor Day weekend, 1965 in Fincastle, Virginia.  Over the course of his career, he was cited as a major contributor to the ultimate successes of such artists as Loretta Lynn, the Osbourne Brothers, Porter Waggoner, and Waylon Jennings, on whose Okie From Muskogee and The Fightin’ Side Of Me live albums, Haney can be heard introducing the singer.  He also penned a handful of bluegrass and country hits for others over the years.  Carlton Haney was 82 when he passed away on March 16, 2011.

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RIP, Sterling Belcher (January 29, 2011) Bluegrass Festival Founder

Posted by on January 29, 2011

Sterling Belcher
June 14, 1939 – January 29, 2011

Sterling Belcher was a music promoter who founded the Festival of The Pines in Rocky Point, Virginia in 1981.  A tireless lover of bluegrass music, Belcher brought such acts as Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, Jimmy Martin and Rhonda Vincent to the sleepy surroundings of Tripple Creek Music Campground throughout the years.  He regularly received recognition for his commitment to bluegrass music from local, regional and national music associations.  Sterling Belcher was 71 when he passed away on January 29, 2011.

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RIP, Dick Griffey (September 24, 2010) Founder Of SOLAR Records

Posted by on September 24, 2010

Dick Griffey
November 16, 1938 – September 24, 2010

Dick Griffey is best remembered as the founder of influential R&B label, SOLAR (Sound Of Los Angeles Records).  Formed in 1977, the label was one of the most successful R&B labels outside of Motown.  Griffey launched his music career during the ’60s when he became part owner of a Los Angeles nightclub, Guys and Dolls which played host to shows by the likes of Ike & Tina Turner and Isaac Hayes.  He soon went on to work as a talent scout for the influential TV dance program, Soul Train.  That lead to a partnership with show creator, Don Cornelius with Soul Train Records.  For some reason, the label folded within two years, so Griffey built SOLAR from its ashes.  The label was one of the most influential urban labels during the late ’70s and ’80s thanks in part to Griffey’s ability to find talent that were much more than the majority of one-dimensional disco and dance acts of the era.  The label roster included the Whispers, Klymaxx, Midnight Starr, Lakeside, and the Deele.  The latter featured a young Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “L.A.” Reid.   Griffey was also a successful concert promoter for a time, setting up tours for the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Aretha Franklin.  During the ’90s, Griffey had a part in the birth of Death Row Records, the label founded by Suge Knight and Dr. Dre.  On September 24, 2010, Dick Griffey passed away while recuperating from heart surgery.  He was 72.

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Died On This Date (August 2, 2009) Howie Goodman / Veteran Record Promoter

Posted by on August 2, 2010

Howie Goodman
November 5, 1949 – August 2, 2009

Born in New York, Howie Goodman grew up to become a passionate record promoter.  While in college in Memphis during the early ’70s, Goodman began working at two area clubs.  That lead to his work as an independent record promoter, working records throughout Memphis and some of the country’s biggest markets.  He soon opened his own promo company, Good Choice Promotion.  Howie Goodman died of cancer at the age of 59.

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On This Date (April 1, 2008) Sam Gesser / Canadian Concert Producer

Posted by on April 1, 2010

Sam Gesser
January 7, 1930 – April 1, 2008

Sam Gessar at right; Photo by John W. MacDonald

Sam Gesser was a Canadian concert promoter who brought the likes of Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Janis Joplin to Montreal in the ‘60s. With a career that spanned over 50 years, Gesser started as radio and television writer, later joining the Folkways label as their Canadian representative. While with Folkways, he produced over 100 albums. He switched to concert promotion in the ‘60s and produced shows and tours by Harry Belafonte, Van Cliburn, Peter, Paul & Mary, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and many more.  Gessar died of cancer on April 2, 2008 at the age of 78.

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Died On This Date (March 10, 2009) Ralph Mercado (March 10, 2009) Called “The Berry Gordy of Salsa”

Posted by on March 10, 2010

Ralph Mercado
September 29, 1941 – March 10, 2009

ralphRalph Mercado was a successful Latin music impresario who had his hands in many facets of the entertainment industry.  He started out promoting Latin jazz shows in clubs throughout Manhattan, but it was just a matter of time before he was putting on Salsa shows at the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden.  During the early ’70s, Mercado opened his own management company where he represented the likes of Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.  In 1987, he started his own label, RMM Records, the home to over 100 Latin artists.  He sold the label to Universal Music in 2001.  The success he achieved and the Salsa music dynasty he built lead to his being called “the Berry Gordy of Salsa.”  On March 10, 2009, Ralph Mercado died of cancer at the age of 67.

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Died On This Date (January 3, 2009) Greg Pineda / Producer; Sang With Aluminum Marshmallow

Posted by on January 3, 2010

Greg Pineda
April 20, 1954 – January 3, 2009

greg-pinedaGreg Pineda, was the lead singer and guitarist for Southern California band,  Aluminum Marshmallow.   Originally formed by Pineda and Tom Behrens back while while still in elementary school in 1967, the group had reunited several years ago.  Since then, they have become local favorites in Sierra Madre, California.   Pineda also owned and operated a recording studio, All Media Services, in Westlake Village, California.  It was there that he produced a series of music videotapes called The Hollywood Music Store with the help of Chuck Negron, as well as members of Ambrosia, REO Speedwagon, Chicago and more.  Greg Pineda was 54 when he passed away on January 3, 2009.  He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just a few months earlier.

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Died On This Date (November 13, 2009) Maurice Jones / Artist Manager & Promoter Of Live Aid

Posted by on November 13, 2009

Maurice Jones
DOB Unknown – November 13, 2009

Maurice Jones began his career as an artist manager, overseeing the career of English rock band, Slade.  He eventually started his own promotion company, helping popularize such bands as Def Leppard, the Eurythmics, AC/DC, and Simple Minds.  In 1984, Jones joined forces with Bob Geldolf and Midge Ure to promote Live Aid, the massive fund raising concerts that were held in Philadelphia and London and seen by an estimated 400 million people world wide.  The concerts featured the biggest acts in popular music at the time.   After the success of Live Aid, Jones went on to create the Monsters Of Rock festival that ran for many years outside of England’s Castle Donnington and other locations from time to time.  The festivals featured the biggest names in hard rock music.  Maurice Jones was 64 when he died of cancer on November 13, 2009.

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Died On This Date (October 25, 1991) Bill Graham

Posted by on October 25, 2009

Bill Graham (Born Wolodia “Wolfgang” Grajonca)
January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991

Bill Graham was a world famous concert promoter who played a key part in the growth of ’60s American rock ‘n roll.  As a Jewish child born in Berlin, Graham barely escaped the Nazis by being placed in an orphanage by his mother.  Fortunately, that orphanage relocated him to France before the Halocaust.  Graham moved to New York City where he received his schooling after which he served in the Korean War and eventually ended up in San Francisco.  In 1965, he landed his first show businees job, managing the San Francisco Mime Troupe which lead to him booking and promoting shows at the Fillmore Auditorium.  Graham had a knack for finding acts that appealed to the city’s growing counter-culture scene and in doing so helped the scene itself grow.  Some of the acts he featured in those early years were Janis Joplin, Country Joe & the Fish, the Fugs, Jefferson Airplane and of course, the Grateful Dead.   By the late ’60s, Graham was the most popular rock concert promoter in the country.  Besides the Fillmore and Winterland in San Francisco, he was booking the Fillmore East in New York City.  He also promoted tours by the Rolling Stones as well as such concert events as Live Aid and Human Rights Now tour for Amnesty Now.  On October 25, 1991, 60-year-old Bill Graham was flying home after a Huey Lewis concert in nearby Concord, California.  The helicopter he was in crashed shortly after takeoff, killing Graham, his girlfriend, and the pilot.  Reports indicate that less-than-ideal weather caused the pilot to crash into an electrical tower.

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Died On This Date (October12, 2009) Brendan Mullen / Founder of L.A. Punk Club, The Masque

Posted by on October 12, 2009

Brendan Mullen
DOB Unknown – October 12, 2009

Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Brendan Mullen is best remembered for The Masque, the legendary Los Angeles punk club that he opened in 1977.  After moving to Los Angeles from London in 1973, Mullen took over a filthy room that sat right behind the notorious Pussycat Theater in Hollywood and transformed it into a rehearsal space for  local bands.  In a matter of matter of months, the room became a venue that some consider the flashpoint of the local punk scene of the late ’70s.  Bands like the Germs, X, the Weirdos, the Go-Gos, and the Plugz all played some of their earliest gigs there.  As could be expected, Mullen clashed on numerous occasions with area merchants, the fire department and the L.A.P.D. before the club was temporarily shut down in 1978.  It briefly re-opened in another location in 1979 before closing permanently.  Mullen later went on to book shows at The Other Masque and Club Lingerie, both also in Hollywood.  In later years, Mullen wrote such books about the L.A. punk scene as We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk, Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs, and Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alley.  Brendan Mullen died in a Los Angeles hospital on October 12, 2009.  He had suffered a massive stroke.

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