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In Memoriam – July 2012

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Two Funk Brother died in July: first Maurice D Davis, who played trumpet on songs like Papa Was A Rolling Stone, and a couple of days later, on July 16, Bob Babbitt, who played the bass on Motown hits such as Tears Of A Clown, War, Just My Imagination; on soul classics like Midnight Train To Georgia and Band Of Gold. Also listen to his bass solo on Dennis Coffey”s 1972 hit Scorpio.

July 16 was a bad day for music. We lost Jon Lord, the great innovative organist of Deep Purple and Whitesnake. We also lost Kitty Wells, whose breakthrough as a country singer paved the way for female stars in that genre, such as Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. Wells was already in her 30s and a mother of three when she became a star; the first female ever to top the country charts. Wells introduced feminist themes into country long before that was regarded as ordinary and articulated a female self-confidence that would become characteristic of many women who succeeded her.

Fritz Pauer, 68, Austrian jazz pianist, on July 1

Margot Werner, 74, Austrian-born chanson singer, suicide on July 1

Andy Griffiths, 86, actor and gospel singer, on July 3

Ben Kynard, 92, jazz saxophonist, on July 5
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra – I’m Mindin’ My Business (And Baby, My Business Is You) (1946, on saxophone)

José Roberto Bertrami, 66, Brazilian pianist and keyboardist with jazz-funk Azymuth, on July 8
Azymuth – Fly Over The Horizon (1979)

Lionel Batiste, 81, jazz musician with the Tremè Brass Band, on July 8
Trem̬ Brass Band РThe Old Rugged Cross (1993)

Zach Booher, 22, member of acoustic rock duo While We’re Up, in a car crash on July 8

Dennis Flemion, 57, member of indie-comic band The Frogs, member of Smashing Pumpkins live line-up 1996/97, drowned on July 9
The Frogs – Which One Of You Gave My Daughter The Dope (1996)

Edwin Duff, 84, Australian singer, on July 10

Maria Hawkins Cole, 89, jazz singer, widow of Nat King Cole, on July 10

Lol Coxhill, 79, English jazz saxophonist, on July 10

Perry Baggs, 50, drummer and singer with cowpunk group Jason & The Scorchers, on July 12

Maurice D Davis, 71, saxophonist and member of Motown backing-collective The Funk Brothers, on July 13
The Temptations ““ Papa Was A Rolling Stone (1972)
One Way – Cutie Pie (1982)

Bucky Adams, 75, Canadian jazz trumpeter, on July 13

Celeste Holm, 95, actress who occasionally sang (High Society, Oklahoma), on July 15
Frank Sinatra & Celeste Holm ““ Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (1956)

Kitty Wells, 92, country legend, on July 16
Kitty Wells – I Don”t Claim To Be An Angel (1956)
Kitty Wells – Crying Time (1966)

Jon Lord, 71, composer and keyboardist of Deep Purple and Whitesnake, on July 16
Deep Purple ““ Child In Time (1972)
Whitesnake ““ Here I Go Again (1987)
Jon Lord with Frida Lyngstad – The Sun Will Shine Again (2004)

Bob Babbitt, 74, bass guitarist of backing bands The Funk Brothers (Motown) and MFSB (PIR), on July 16
Stevie Wonder ““ Signed, Sealed, Delivered (1970)
Freda Payne ““ Band Of Gold (1970)
Dennis Coffey & the Detroit Guitar Band ““ Scorpio (1971)

Ms. Melodie (Ramona Scott), 48, rapper, on July 18

Ossie Hibbert, 62, reggae keyboardist and producer, on July 19

Larry Hoppen, 61, singer and guitarist of soft-rock band Orleans, on July 24
Orleans ““ Dance With Me (1975, on lead vocals)

Sherman Hemsley, 74, jazz singer and keyboardist, actor (George Jefferson, Amen), on July 24

Big Walter Smith, 82, blues musician, on July 24

Don Bagley, 84, jazz bassist and composer, on July 26
June Christy & Stan Kenton – Easy Street (1951, on bass)

Tony Martin, 98, actor and singer, on July 27
Tony Martin & Fran Warren – I Said My Pajamas (And Put On My Pray’rs) (1949)

Darryl Cotton, 62, Australian singer with Zoot; Cotton Keays & Morris; and television host, on July 27

Geoffrey Hughes, 68, English actor, voice of Paul McCartney in Yellow Submarine, on July 27
The Beatles – Yellow Submarine In Pepperland (1968)

Bill Doss, 43, rock singer and guitarist with The Olivia Tremor Control, The Apples in Stereo; announced on July 31
The Olivia Tremor Control – Not Feeling Human (1999)

Lucio Quarantotto, 55, Italian songwriter and composer (Con te partirò), suicide on July 31


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  1. Rhod
    August 2nd, 2012 at 04:33 | #1

    A another well documented posting of the passing of some of the most gifted.



  2. Birgit
    August 2nd, 2012 at 14:36 | #2

    Thanks for In Memoriam. I love to read your monthly post,
    even if I feel old seeing all those familiar names.
    Not important enough for this list, but just in case you missed it,
    Bert (Norbert Berger) of german duo “Cindy & Bert” died on July 14th.
    As mentioned in your Curious Germany postings,
    it would have made your grandmother sad…

  3. halfhearteddude
    August 2nd, 2012 at 19:44 | #3

    Oh no, I’d have included Bert, and Cindy & Bert’s cover version of Sabbath’s Paranoid. I was watching an episode from the Hitparade a couple of weeks ago, with Cindy & Bert…

  4. The Rumblecat
    August 3rd, 2012 at 00:24 | #4

    We all know your whole blog is a cornucopia of essential information for serious music lovers. But especially this section has something really surprising for me each month. This time it was the part about Geoffrey Hughes – so the much discussed “Paul Replacement” wasn’t a hoax after all? Just kidding. Thank you again!

  5. Douglas
    August 4th, 2012 at 07:57 | #5

    Thanks again, Dude. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

  6. wiley prybar
    August 11th, 2012 at 16:17 | #6

    thank you, h.h. dude, for another fine tribute to more departed musicians. so many great songs they were part of. “scorpio” is one of those tracks i put on when i want to show how wonderful radio could be in the 70s. yeah, kids, you could actually HEAR stuff like this on the radio, for free! and “child of time” … for decades i’ve loved it’s a beautiful day’s “bombay calling,” never heard deep purple’s version until recently. great track.
    thanks, dude.

  7. John Zutz
    August 18th, 2012 at 01:35 | #7

    Thanks for all the work you do in bringing great sounds to us.

    I notice the graveyard in your photo is a veteran cemetery. I’m curious about how many of the artists you’ve included are veterans.

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