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In Memoriam – October 2012

November 1st, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Two soul deaths bookend this month”s In Memoriam: that of R.B. Greaves, who had a big hit with Take A Letter Maria in 1972, and that of Terry Collier, who the same year released one of the great underappreciated soul anthems of the “70s, Ordinary Joe.

Big Jim Sullivan is not a name many of us know, and yet we have heard his guitar on countless pop hits  ““on 55 UK #1s alone, including Sandie Shaw”s Puppet On A String, Georgie Fame”s Yeh Yeh, Peter & Gordon”s World Without Love, Dave Dee Dozy etc”s The Legend of Xanadu, Peter & Gordon”s World Without Love, Gilbert O”Sullivan”s Clair and, my favourite of the lot, Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg’s Je t”aime… moi non plus. He was guitar teacher to Pete Townsend and Richie Blackmore, and reportedly encouraged Jim Marshall to make his famous amplifiers.


R.B. Greaves, 68, soul singer, on September 27
R.B. Greaves – Take A Letter Maria (1972)

Big Jim Sullivan, 71, English session guitarist and producer, on October 2
Esther & Abi Ofarim – Cinderella Rockafella (1968, as guitarist)
Serge Gainsbourg ““ Melody (1971, as guitarist)
Labi Siffre ““ I Got The”¦ (1974, as producer)

Kathi McDonald, 64, blues and rock singer and former Ikette, on October 3
The Rolling Stones ““ Tumbling Dice (1972, as backing singer)

Nick Curran, 35, blues and rock musician, on October 6
Nick Curran & The Lowlifes – Kill My Baby (2010)

Wiley Reed, 68, Australian-based blues musician, on October 7

Steve “˜Stumbletown” Adams, 57, country-rock singer and guitarist, on October 8

John Tchicai, 76, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, on October 8

Nils Koppruch, 47, German singer-songwriter, on October 10

Erik Moseholm, 82, Danish jazz bandleader and composer, on October 11

Frank Alamo, 70, French singer, on October 11
Frank Alamo – Biche O Ma Biche (1964)

B. B. Cunningham, 70, singer of The Hombres, studio engineer and owner, shot dead on October 14
The Hombres – Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) (1967)

Rick Chadock, guitarist of “80s rock group White Sister, on October 15

David S. Ware, 62, jazz saxophonist, on October 18
David S. Ware ““ Yesterdays (1992)

Michael Marra, 60, Scottish musician and songwriter, on October 23
Michael Marra – Niel Gow’s Apprentice (2010)

Bill Dees, 73, musician and songwriter (e.g. Pretty Woman), on October 24
Roy Orbison ““ It”s Over (1964)

Louis Nunley, 81, member of RCA Nashville backing groups Anita Kerr Singers and The Jordanaires, on October 26
The Anita Kerr Quartet – Baby Elephant Walk (1965)

Jo Dunne, 43, guitarist of British “80s band We”ve Got A Fuzzbox And We”re Gonna Use It, on October 26
Fuzzbox – Do I Want To (1986)
Fuzzbox – Bohemian Rhapsody (1987)

Natina Reed, 32, rapper and member of R&B group Blaque and actress, in a car crash on October 26
Blaque – Bring It All To Me (1999)

Terry Callier, 67, soul singer and songwriter, on October 28
Terry Callier – Ordinary Joe (1972)
Terry Callier – Just As Long As We’re In Love (1973)

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  1. Douglas
    November 1st, 2012 at 14:46 | #1

    Much appreciated, Dude.
    Haven’t heard of a lot of these artists and, if not for you and your efforts, I never would have. You honor them well.

  2. deruf
    November 1st, 2012 at 23:13 | #2

    Thanks for mentioning Nils Koppruch, a wonderful person and musician, who left way too early…

  3. Birgit
    November 2nd, 2012 at 15:05 | #3

    I’m glad I discovered Terry Callier some years ago when I stumbled upon “Cotton Eyed Joe” on a music blog and fell in love with his beautiful voice. Hadn’t heard about Nils Koppruch until he died, though I live in the same country. Still have to check Kathi McDonald. So many good musicians, dead or alive. Without the internet and people like you who share great music I would have missed a lot of them.
    Thanks for another In Memoriam.

  4. John Robert Davis
    November 3rd, 2012 at 18:04 | #4

    I look forward every month for ‘In Memoriam,’ not because of some morbid curiosity into death but because it gives me a chance to revisit old friends and to discover some new ones.
    I am a big fan of jazz vocal quartets and so was thrilled to hear The Anita Kerr Quartet.
    Thank you once again and thanks again for making all these tunes iPod ready.

  5. ron
    November 5th, 2012 at 18:29 | #5

    Found this blog with all this great music. But I can’t seem to figure out to download. Sems simple but I keep getting redirect to the main page no matter what options I click. What the crap?

  6. halfhearteddude
    November 5th, 2012 at 18:37 | #6

    The following work for me:
    Extrabit, Ziddu, Load.To, Bayfiles, Crocko, Filefactory.

    Freakshare, Netshare and Rapidshare don’t work.

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