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RIP, Bob Flanigan (May 15, 2011) Lead Singer of The Four Freshmen

Posted by on May 15, 2011

Bob Flanigan
August 22, 1926 – May 15, 2011

Bob Flanigan was the founder and lead singer of influential jazz vocal group, the Four Freshmen.  Formed in 1948 while they were still students at Butler University, the group went on to release numerous hit records and perform in front of sold-out audiences the world over.  They would be cited as direct influences on the likes of the Manhattan Transfer, the Lettermen, and most notably, Brian Wilson who often gave credit to the group’s vocal harmonies for guiding his vision of the Beach Boys sound.  It was Flanigan’s distinctive high pitch that could be heard above the others on most of the group’s recordings.  He was also an accomplished trombonist and bass guitarist, in fact all the original members played instruments,  which separated them from other vocal groups of the era.  Upon retiring in 1992, Flanigan retained the rights to the group’s name and was involved in selecting new members.  Bob Flanigan was 84 when he died of congestive heart failure on May 15, 2011.

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RIP, Richard Patterson (April 3, 2011) Respected Canadian Rock Drummer

Posted by on April 3, 2011

Richard Patterson
1944 – April 3, 2011

Richard Patterson was a Canadian drummer who is perhaps best remembered for his time playing in the Esquires, a popular Ottawa band during the 1960s.  Formed in 1962, the band also included Bruce Cockburn at the tail end of its run.  A year after forming, the band signed with Capitol Records, making them one of the first if not THE first Canadian band to sign with a major label.  Over the next few years, the band released such hit records as “Atlantis” and “So Many Other Boys.”  In 1964, the band won an RPM award, which was basically a Canadian Grammy in those days.  And when major recording artists of the day came to Canada, it was likely that the Esquires opened for them.  Such acts included the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, and the Dave Clark Five.  The band broke up in 1967, but briefly reunited in 1987.  Richard Patterson, who had been suffering from a neurological disorder, passed away on April 3, 2011.

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RIP, Gary Moore (February 6, 2011) Blues Rock Guitar Legend

Posted by on February 6, 2011

Robert Gary Moore
April 4, 1952 – February 6, 2011

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Gary Moore was an Irish guitarist and singer who, over a career that spanned over 40 years, became one of the most acclaimed electric blues guitarists the world has ever known.  Moore was just 14 years old when he decided to pick up the guitar, and even though he was left-handed, he quickly taught himself to play with his right.  His early influences included John Mayall, Albert King, and Jimi Hendrex, but it was Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who first recognized his talent and tutored him whenever he came through Dublin.  In 1969, Moore joined Skid Row, a blues rock band that included Phil Lynott who would later gain fame with Thin Lizzy.  Over the years Moore played with a diverse who’s who of popular music.  That list includes George Harrison, G-Force, Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Beach Boys, and Albert Collins.  He released his first solo album in 1973 and continued making albums up until as recently as 2008.  On February 6, 2011, Gary Moore died in his sleep while on vacation in Spain.  He was 58.

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Died On This Date (August 20, 2009) Larry Knechtel / L.A. Session Musician; Bread

Posted by on August 20, 2010

Larry Knechtel
August 4, 1940 – August 20, 2009

LK_2Larry Knecthel was a Los Angeles session keyboardist and bassist who played on hits by the likes of the Doors, Simon & Garfunkel and the Beach Boys.  After spending a few years as part of Duane Eddy’s touring band in the early ’60s, Knechtel went to work in the studio with Phil Spector, adding his own mark to the legendary “wall of sound.”  Knechtel also played on several Doors records since they didn’t have their own bassist.  He joined the easy rock band, Bread in 1971.  In later years, Knecthel did session work for producer Rick Rubin, most notably on albums by the Dixie Chicks and Neil Diamond.  Larry Knechtel passed away in a Yakima hospital just two weeks after his 69th birthday.

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Died On This Date (March 26, 2004) Jan Berry / Jan and Dean

Posted by on March 26, 2010

Jan Berry
April 3, 1941 – March 26, 2004

With Dean Torrence, Jan Berry successfully recorded as Jan and Dean, one of the true pioneers of what would become known as surf music. Along with the Beach Boys, they ruled the genre during the late ’50s through the mid ’60s. Their smash hits included “Surf City,” “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” and the prophetic “Dead Man’s Curve.” If being pop stars didn’t take enough time, Berry was also an exceptional college student attending both UCLA and what is now known as the UC Irvine School Of Medicine. Two years into med school, tragedy struck. While on his way to a business meeting, Berry crashed his Corvette into a parked gardener truck on a Beverly Hills road not far from the actual “Dead Man’s Curve” of Sunset Blvd. The accident left Berry with brain damage and partial paralysis from which he never fully recovered. He was able to stay productive through the ’70s and ’80s as a producer and sometime performer and was involved with several Jan and Dean reissue packages into the 2000s. Berry passed away at age 62.

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Died On This Date (March 13, 2009) Alan W. Livingston / Signed The Beatles to Capitol Records

Posted by on March 13, 2010

Alan W. Livingston
October 15, 1917 – March 13, 2009

alan-w-livingstonAlan W. Livingston was the executive with Capitol Records who played a significant role in bringing to future pop culture icons to the world. First in 1946,  he created the character, Bozo The Clown for a series of children’s records and sing-along books.  It was his first duty at the fledling company and it was the very first such learning tool for children.  He has been credited for bulding the company from it’s $6 million a year beginnings into one of the industry’s powerhouses taking in over $100 million a year.  When he was president during the ’60s, he lead company down a the path of rock ‘n roll by singing the likes of the Beach Boys, the Band, and his most celebrated “discovery,” the Beatles.    Alan Livingston was 91 when he passed away on March 13, 2009.

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Died On This Date (February 14, 2010) Lee Freeman / Co-Founder Of Strawberry Alarm Clock

Posted by on February 14, 2010

Lee Freeman
November 8, 1949 – February 14, 2010

Lee Freeman is best remembered as a founding guitarist and co-lead singer for ’60s psychedelic rock band, Strawberry Alarm Clock.  Formed in Glendale, California in 1967, the band scored a handful of charting hits, including their biggest, “Incense and Peppermints.”  Freeman was still in high school when, in 1965, he co-founded and sang lead for local garage band, Thee Sixpence.  Within a couple of years, the group evolved into Strawberry Alarm Clock, a name chosen to pay tribute to the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever.” “Incense and Peppermints” took a bit longer than most singles to become popular, but by the time it did, it propelled the group’s debut album to #11 on the Billboard charts.  It ended up being their only album to chart.  Over the next couple of years, they shared the bill with the likes of the Who, Country Joe & The Fish, the Beach Boys, and Jimi Hendrix.  Strawberry Alarm Clock disbanded in 1971, but reunited permanently in 1982.  In recent months, Freeman and the group were working on new material for potential release on a label owned by Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.   Lee Freeman died on February 14, 2010 following a long struggle with cancer.  He was 60.

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Died On This Date (February 6, 2010) Richard Delvy / Drummed In Surf Rock Band The Challengers

Posted by on February 6, 2010

Richard Delvy (Born Richard Delvecchio)
April 20, 1942 – February 6, 2010

Richard Delvy is best remembered as the founder and drummer for pioneering surf rock band, the Challengers.  Prior to that band, Delvy played in the Belairs, a popular southern California surf band whose “Mr. Moto” was later covered by Dick Dale and the Ventures.  In early 1963, the Challengers released their debut album, Surfbeat, and almost overnight, the Southern California beach culture became a craze across the U.S.   That release, along with the Beach Boys’ “Surfing Sufari” and the release of Dale’s Surfer’s Choice – all within a few months of each other – are considered the flash point of surf rock.  In later years, Delvy worked as a producer, owned his own publishing company, and worked at such labels as MGM and Bell.  He was 67 when he passed away on February 6, 2010 following a long illness.

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Died On This Date (February 3, 1959) Buddy Holly

Posted by on February 3, 2010

Buddy Holly (Born Charles Holley)
September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959

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Buddy Holly at right, with Waylon Jennings

Buddy Holly was a gifted singer-songwriter who, even though his career lasted just a year and a half, was arguably the most important figure in the birth of rock ‘n roll.  Holly was more of a traditional country artist before being inspired by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley to add elements of rockabilly into his music in 1955.  The following year, he was signed by Decca Records and formed his back-up band, the Crickets.  Over the next eighteen months, Holly released one hit single after another.  They included “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” and “Oh Boy.”  These songs became a direct influence on the likes of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones.  Just as Holly’s career was beginning to take off, tragedy struck.  February 3, 1959…it’s been called “the day the music died.”  While on a U.S. mid west tour called the Winter Dance Party, Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and Ritchie Valens were on a small Beechcraft airplane en route from Mason City, IA to Moorhead, MN.  The winter weather was taking its toll on the traveling musicians.  Waylon Jennings had originally been slated to fly ahead, but gave up his seat to Richardson at the last minute.  Shortly after take off, the plane carrying rock ‘n roll’s brightest new stars crashed into an empty field killing everyone on board.  Initial reports blamed pilot error on Roger Peterson, but future examinations vindicated him, putting the blame squarely on the bad weather conditions.  Buddy Holly was 22 at the time of his death.

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Died On This Date (December 15, 2008) John “Sean” Byrne / The Count Five

Posted by on December 15, 2009

John “Sean” Byrne
November 16, 1947 – December 15, 2008

John Byrne is best remembered as the lead guitarist for ’60s garage rock band, the Count Five, who, although from the San Francisco area, chose it’s name to sound more akin to the popular British invasion bands of the time.   Byrne sang lead on and wrote the band’s only hit, 1966’s “Psycchotic Reaction,” which made it to #5 on the Billboard charts, and is generally included in any respectable garage compilation of the era.  The band surprisingly turned down numerous high-paying gigs in order for Byrne to go back to college, but did find time to appear on an episode of American Bandstand.  The band went on without him, touring with the likes of the Doors and the Beach Boys with Byrne joining the band for special engagements in later years.  John Bryne, 61, died of diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver on December 15, 2008.

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