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RIP, John Carter (May 10, 2011) Respected Producer and A&R Man

Posted by on May 10, 2011

John Carter
June 14, 1945 – May 10, 2011

John Carter
was a successful producer, songwriter, A&R man, and artist manager who due to the respect he garnered, was commonly referred to as simply, Carter.  His earliest success came in 1967 when “Incense and Peppermints,” a song he co-wrote, became a hit for the Strawberry Alarm Clock.  He in fact also came up with the band’s name by putting together random words he found on the singles chart.  He was soon hired by Atlantic Records where he worked in promotion, and eventually went to work at Capitol Records where he produced numerous hit albums by the likes of Sammy Hagar, Bob Seger, the Steve Miller Band, Bob Welch, and the Motels, to name just a few.  In 1983, he made perhaps his biggest mark on pop music by A&Ring Tina Turner’s landmark album, Private Dancer, which sold over 20 million copies, collected numerous Grammy’s and made the singer relevant again.  In later years he held high positions at Chrysalis, A&M, Atlantic, and Island Records.  John Carter died of cancer on May 10, 2011.  He was 65.

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Died On This Date (June 5, 1990) Jim Hodder / Drummer For Steely Dan

Posted by on June 5, 2010

Jim Hodder
December 17, 1947 – June 5, 1990

hodderJim Hodder is best known as the original drummer for Steely Dan.  He joined the group in 1972 and played on the classic albums, Can’t Buy A Thrill, Countdown To Extacy and Pretzel Logic.  He left the band in 1974 and went on to be a session player, working with such artists as Sammy Hagar and David Soul.  Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool in 1990.  He was just 42.

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Died On This Date (April 2, 2009) Freddie Everett / Houston Blues Musician

Posted by on April 2, 2010

Freddie Everett
June 26, 1959 – April 2, 2009

freddieFreddie Everett was a Houston blues guitarist/singer-songwriter known throughout those parts as “The Texas Legend.”  A guitar virtuoso, some even called him the “Texas Hendrix.”  Throughout his relatively short career, Everett has shared the stage with Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Bo Diddley and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble.   He landed a recording contract with Sony Music, but had been diagnosed with MLS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and was never well enough to make the album.  Freddie Everett died as a result of the disease on April 2, 2009.

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Died On This Date (January 28, 2010) Geoff Workman / Respected Rock Producer

Posted by on January 28, 2010

Geoff Workman
DOB Unknown – January 28, 2010

Geoff Workman was a record producer and engineer who was partly responsible for some of rock’s greatest albums during the ’70s and ’80s.  He began his career working with King Crimson in 1970.  Over the course of his career he either engineered or produced some of rock’s most celebrated releases.  That list includes Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil, Journey’s Infinity and Departure, the Cars’ self-titled debut and Candy-O, Queen’s Jazz, Foreigner’s Head Games, and Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry.  His credits also include recordings by, to name a few, Toto, Jason & the Scorchers, Sammy Hagar, Dwight Twilley, and Tommy Tutone.  Geoff Workman passed away peacefully in his home on January 28, 2010.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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