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Any Major Disco Vol. 9 – Party Like It’s 1980

December 27th, 2020 10 comments

 

As every year, here’s a collection of disco tracks from 40 years ago. Normally I’d recommend these mixes for New Year’s Eve parties, at least those attended by people of a certain age — though if you played this kind of stuff to young people, they might be surprised to find that this is where Bruno Mars got all his inspiration from. More music of that kind is on previous disco and funk mixes.

This year is different, if you are a sentient human being. There should be no big New Year’s Eve parties at which that virus can be spread, so this year do not party like it’s 1980, unless you did so in a small circle, 40 years ago (I have no memory of my New Year’s Eve 1980, but I recall that 1981 was a great year). Where I live, parties are no option, because the government has imposed a night-time curfew that also (and especially) applies to December 31, as a measure of curbing the spread of the coronavirus (or Trump Virus, as I like to call it, after its most enthusiastic ally). So here the festivities will be kept to a small circle of people who will sleep under the same roof.

But that need not be a dull evening. Spend the evening with those around you, if you have such people, and groove to the music while cooking a meal, frying donuts, mixing cocktails. Dance around the kitchen with the one you love. If ever there was a reason to celebrate the end of a year, it’s now! Kick out 2020, and bring in 2021, which surely — surely! — cannot be any worse than the year that is about to expire.

So, from me, HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2021 be filled with great health, good fortune and much love!

As always, CD-R length, home-shuffled covers, PW in comments.

1. Bobby Thurston – Check Out The Groove
2. Raydio – It’s Time To Party Now
3. Mtume – So You Wanna Be A Star
4. Norman Connors – Take It To The Limit
5. S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right)
6. Average White Band – Let’s Go Around Again
7. Billy Ocean – Stay The Night
8. Skyy – Here’s To You
9. Positive Force – We Got The Funk
10. Locksmith – Far Beyond
11. Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out (Extended Mix)
12. Leon Haywood – Don’t Push It, Don’t Force It
13. Change – A Lovers Holiday
14. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Taste Of Bitter Love
15. Odyssey – Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her
16. The Jacksons – Lovely One
17. Rodney Franklin – The Groove

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Any Major 1940s Christmas

December 17th, 2020 15 comments

 

Retro Christmas vibes are the best, aren’t they? They appear to offer a distraction and alternative to the frantic and overly commercialised Christmas of today. Of course, Christmas always was commercialised. That wonderful 1947 film Miracle On 34th Street bemoaned the excess in commerce in Christmas. Five years earlier, Bing Crosby was dreaming of Christmases as they used to be, appealing to the idealised version of a better past, with more inclement weather.

The nostalgia for the Christmas as it used to be is probably driven by a desire to recapture the innocence of our childhood, a time when the anticipation and arrival of Christmas occupied our minds, rather than bills, relationships and social problems. As adults, that innocence and the certainties that came with it is gone, so the notions of an idealised past are chased for that ephemeral sensation of experiencing Christmas as it used to be, the joy of childhood, maybe a hint of the comfort of a loving mother who is now gone.

And, frankly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. A touch of nostalgia, even if it recalls a past that doesn’t really correspond with reality, can be a great escape — as long as it doesn’t cloud our good judgment on social and political issues. In real money, the past was just as shitty as the present. On this mix, the songs soundtrack a time of war and, in many places, food rationing. In the USA, where all these songs come from, it was a time of war followed by the rise of the HUAC and the McCarthyist hysteria.

Between 2009 and 2013, I posted three mixes of Christmas in Black & White which covered the era of the 1930s to the ’60s, and four years ago we revisited the 1950s specifically. Here we go back to the 1940s, with a passing nod to the first peacetime Christmas after WW2, which this year was 75 years ago.

Will this bring to a close the Christmas-by-decade mixes? We’ve already done the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, besides the ’50s one mentioned above. I don’t really know yet.

I hope you’ll enjoy this 1940s Christmas mix, which brings together the cheesy (which in some cases, such as in the Perry Como track, is accompanied by comedy) and the excellent, with one of the few good versions of Jingle Bells, Nat King Cole doing a silly novelty song with a straight face and a wink, and Amos Milburn telling his baby that he wants to “slide down your chimney” and promising her that she may “ride my reindeer”. I expect square middle-aged people in the 1940s were longing for a Christmas when there still were good, old-fashioned family values…

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-made covers made out of old ration-cards (so this mix could be a nice Christmas present for some people of a certain age). PW in comments.

After the Christmas Blues mix and this second Christmas compilation, I shall take a short time off, but I will be back before the year is out to post the obligatory New Year’s disco mix. If I don’t see you before Christmas, have a very merry one.

1. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra – Jingle Bells (1941)
2. Buddy Clark with The Girl Friends – Winter Wonderland (1949)
3. Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1945)
4. Perry Como and The Satisfiers – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1946)
5. Joe Turner’s Orchestra with Pete Johnson – Christmas Date Boogie (1948)
6. Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Merry Christmas Baby (1947)
7. Charlie Spivak and His Orchestra – White Christmas (1942)
8. Doris Day – Ol’ Saint Nicholas (1949)
9. Tony Martin with Earle Hagan’s Orchestra – The Christmas Song (1947)
10. Hugo Winterhalter – Blue Christmas (1949)
11. Gene Autry – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949)
12. Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1944)
13. Eddy Howard and His Orchestra – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1947)
14. Nat ‘King’ Cole and His Trio – All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (1949)
15. Amos Milburn – Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby (1949)
16. Willie Lewis and His Negro Ban – Christmas Night In Harlem (1941)
17. Slam Stewart Quintet with Johnny Guarnieri – Santa’s Secret (1944)
18. Sonny Thompson – Not On A Xmas Tree (1949)
19. Frank Sinatra – Christmas Dreaming (1947)
20. Dinah Shore – The Merry Christmas Polka (1949)
21. Jesse Rogers and his 49ers – Here Comes Santa Claus (1948)
22. Les Brown and His Orchestra – When You Trim Your Christmas Tree (1946)
23. Frankie Laine – You’re All I Want For Christmas (1948)
24. Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters – The Twelve Days Of Christmas (1949)
25. Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians – ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (1947)

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Any Major X-Mas Blues

December 13th, 2020 6 comments

 

It’s December, and the little corner of the Internet in which we gather presently can’t help but reverberate with the sound of Christmas. And the mix I’ll post later this week — before I go on a little break until after I’ve unwrapped my pretend presents — will be suitable Christmassy.

This mix of Christmas seen through the kaleidoscope of the blues, however, hardly inspires the warm glow of the Victorian Christmas idyll. But what the collection may lack in old-fashioned Christmas spirit it makes up in great music and many fine lyrics. I am but an innocent country boy, so I’m not sure if any of these singers are making sexual innuendo, but I half expect some might. Of course, there is the usual blues theme of being broke, issuing sentiments which in 2020 has a louder echo than it has had for many a decade.

The timeframe this mix covers the years 1930 to 1965, a time that saw a sea-change in music, but blues didn’t change much. I suppose the blues was as it was before rock & roll, and it was as it was after rock & roll. In our money, that time-span is equivalent to 1985 to the present. If you are of a certain age, 1985 feels like the day before yesterday. What’s time anyway when a Christmas song from 1994 tops the UK charts 26 years later.

This mix is a good companion piece to the Any Major Christmas Rhythm & Blues collection from 2012, which in turn accompanies the Any Major Christmas Soul series (Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3), which in turn goes well with Any Major Smooth Christmas (Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3).

On Thursday we stay in a black & white mood with a mix of Christmas recordings from the 1940s, which include a few more blues songs.

As ever, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R, and includes home-moaned covers. PW in comments.

1. Jimmy McCracklin – Christmas Time (Part 1) (1961)
2. Amos Milburn – Christmas Comes Once A Year (1960)
3. Jody Levins – Jingle Bells Boogie (1954)
4. Titus Turner – Christmas Morning Blues (1952)
5. Mabel Scott – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (1948)
6. J.B. Summers with Doc Bagby’s Orchestra – I Want A Present For Christmas (1949)
7. Tampa Red – Christmas And New Year Blues (1934)
8. Butterbeans & Susie – Papa Ain’t No Santa Clause, Mama Ain’t No Christmas Tree (1930)
9. Bumble Bee Slim – Santa Claus, Bring Me A New Woman (1936)
10. Johnny Moore’s Blazers – Christmas Eve Baby (1947)
11. Cecil Gant – Hello Santa Claus (1950)
12. Charles Brown – Christmas With No One To Love (1961)
13. John Lee Hooker – Blues For Christmas (1960)
14. Freddy King – Christmas Tears (1961)
15. Gus Jenkins and His Orchestra – Remember Last Xmas (1956)
16. Johnny Otis Orchestra with Little Esther & Mel Walker – Faraway Blues (Xmas Blues) (1950)
17. Jimmy Liggins – I Want My Baby For Christmas (1950)
18. Felix Gross and His Orchestra – Love For Christmas (1949)
19. Little Willie Littlefield – Merry Xmas (1949)
20. Lowell Fulson – Lonesome Christmas (1951)
21. Floyd Dixon – Empty Stocking Blues (1951)
22. Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends – Christmas Spirits (1948)
23. Victoria Spivey – I Ain’t Gonna Let You See My Santa Claus (1936)
24. The Honey Dripper – Let Me Hang Your Stockings In Your Christmas Tree (1936)
25. Leadbelly – Christmas Is A-Coming (1940s)
26. Larry Darnell – Christmas Blues (1950)
27. Little Johnny Taylor – Please Come Home For Christmas (1965)
28. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Santa (1965)
29. Chuck Berry – Spending Christmas (1964)

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With The Beatles Recovered

December 8th, 2020 6 comments

 

Forty years ago tonight I decided to give the “Blue Album” of The Beatles, the 1967-70 compilation, a spin. Strawberry Fields Forever still skipped, and I still skipped Old Brown Shoe, a song I have never liked. I don’t recall what made me revisit The Beatles that night, but the LP was still on my turntable next morning.

That morning I had just awoken to the news on the radio alarm clock. I was in the motion of sitting up when the news reader announced that John Lennon had been murdered overnight. I sank back. How on earth do Beatles get assassinated? And John Lennon, my favourite who had just released his long-awaited comeback single? Unthinkable.

But I had to rouse myself to go to school. At the age of 14, you don’t have the option of exercising discretion in making grief over the murder of a celebrity the reason for your absence from the reception of an education. True to form, the assholes I went to school with “congratulated” me and the other Beatles fan in our class on the death of Lennon.

That other fan, let’s call him Tommy (it’s close enough), and I had never been friends. Now we bonded over the death of Lennon, and became very good friends, a friendship that lasted until I moved away two years later and we lost touch. Tommy, whom I have encountered again of Facebook, is still a dedicated Beatles fanatic, unconditionally loyal to the cherished memory of St Lennon. I never lost my love for The Beatles, though I’d be hardpressed to join Tommy in canonising John Lennon.

Lennon’s canonisation was inevitable, given his charisma, his musical genius, and the nature of his death. He was one of music’s martyrs, and hagiography allowed for no taint on his tale. I won’t go into the complexities of Lennon’s character, but I’ll say as much as that there was much to admire, and some things that were not. Like JFK, John Lennon had feet of clay.

Two months ago, on Lennon’ 80th birthday in October, I posted the Please, Please Me Recovered mix. Now, on the 40th anniversary of his murder, I offer the final Beatles Recovered collection, of With The Beatles, the group’s second album which was released in the UK on November 22, 1963. This brings to a close a six-year-long series of all Beatles albums in cover versions, in the song sequence of the original LPs (and posted on the 50th anniversary of their release).

It all started in 2014 with Beatles For Sale, which many regard as The Beatles’ weakest album. But it features so many superb tracks that it can’t be dismissed as easily as that. To my mind, With The Beatles is the group’s poorest album, but the one with the best cover (I wrote about the making of the cover some years ago).

Six of the 14 tracks were covers (those featured in this mix all came out after the Beatles versions). Of the own compositions, two of the first three tracks stand out — All My Loving and It Won’t Long — thereafter it’s hard to spot any classics, other, perhaps, than I Wanna Be Your Man, which The Beatles lent to the Rolling Stones for their first Top 20 hit. But, with one exception, those uncelebrated tracks aren’t bad. They just are not the level of genius as some of the songs that followed, and a coupler are improved in the cover versions here. The exception is Harrison’s Don’t Bother Me is a contender for worst Beatles song of all, in lyrics, musically, in production, and in George’s off-key singing. One night argue that Hold Me Tight is not very good either, but on this mix Count Basie turns it into great jazz tune.

I Wanna Be Your Man is represented in this collection by Suzi Quatro, in her 1973 glam rock pomp. Suzi didn’t bother to adapt the gender, though she sings the word “man” with a knowing wink. Well, Ringo sang The Shirelles’ Boys without changing gender, so why shouldn’t Quatro?

Two Beatles classics of songs didn’t find their way on to the album: I Want To Hold Your Hand, with the flip side being the gorgeous This Boy (in the UK and Europe). The former is represented on this mix by the Sparks, but I include another version as a bonus. It’s by Enoch Light and His Orchestra, who I like to think inspired for the name Electric Light Orchestra (who also feature here). This Boy closes the mix, and in Joe Bataan’s version, it is perhaps the highlight of this collection.

And with that, all Beatles albums have been recovered. Homebeatled covers and this whole text in illustrated PDF included. PW in comments.

1. Billy Cross – It Won’t Be Long (1986)
2. Louise Goffin – All I’ve Got To Do (1979)
3. Matt Monro – All My Loving (1965)
4. Gregory Phillips – Don’t Bother Me (1965)
5. Sonny Curtis – Little Child (1965)
6. Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – Till There Was You (1965)
7. Carpenters – Please Mr Postman (1975)
8. Electric Light Orchestra – Roll Over Beethoven (1972)
9. Count Basie and His Orchestra – Hold Me Tight (1966)
10. William Bell – You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (1977)
11. Suzi Quatro – I Wanna Be Your Man (1973)
12. Los Reno – Con el diablo en mi corazón (Devil In Her Heart) (1965)
13. Pretenders – Not A Second Time (1990)
14. Flying Lizards – Money (1979)
15. Sparks – I Want To Hold Your Hand (1976)
16. Joe Bataan – This Boy (1972)
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Enoch Light and His Orchestra – I Want To Hold Your Hand (1964)

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On earlier versions, the Matt Munro track was corrupted. If your version has a long silence, try this one.

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In Memoriam – November 2020

December 3rd, 2020 4 comments

By the nasty standards of this awful year, November was a fairly mild month. Perhaps the Grim Reaper was tied up in recounts, lawsuits about counts trying to make him count votes for some victims but not others, and fictionally dead people claiming to be alive and real dead people not conceding, death certificates notwithstanding. With all that in mind, here’s the final count. In the post-truth world, you are free to deny that any of these people are indeed dead.

 

The Heepster
In September we lost Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake; in November long-time keyboardist Ken Hensley followed him. Hensley was part of the classic Heep line-up, serving the band as keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and occasionally lead singer. After the departure of lead singer David Byron, Hensley took on the leadership of the group, but departed himself in 1980 when he felt Uriah Heep were taking the wrong musical direction. In 1983/84 he was member of Southern rock band Blackfoot, but in 1985 went into semi-retirement. Hensley is regarded by many as a pivotal figure in the development of keyboard-playing in heavy metal.

The Blue-Eyes Soul Man
Blue-eyed soul singer Len Barry might be best remembered for his 1960s classic 1-2-3, which had a bit of a Motown feel. Barry, who cut his hit-making teeth with doo wop band The Dovells and before that with The Bisstones, toured in Britain with the Motown Revue, supported Sam Cooke on tour, and played in black venues such as the Apollo and other legendary black venues. Later he co-wrote the hits Zoom for Fat Larry’s Band and Love Town for Booker Newberry III.

The Great Engineer
Recording engineers don’t always get the credit they deserve, but they are the ones who make the sound come together, and who’ll get the door to creak on Thriller. The latter effect was among the bag of tricks of Bruce Swedien, the multi-Grammy winner who did a lot of work with Quincy Jones, including all Quincy’s albums from The Dude to Q’s Jook Joint, and many of those he produced, such as George Benson’s Give Me The Night, The Bothers Johnson’s Blam and Light Up The Night (with Stomp), and Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad (Swedien engineered all MJ albums from Thriller to 1996’s HIStory).

Swedien’s career started in 1956, with an album for the Bo Davies Quartet. Subsequent clients included Ramsey Lewis, Count Basie (including his LP of Beatles covers), Art Blakey and Buddy Miles. In the 1970s he engineered his first pop hit, Tyrone Davis’ soul classic Turn Back The Hands Of Time. Other soul acts, such as The Chi-Lites (basically all the big hits), Eddie Harris, and Jackie Wilson followed. He also mixed for acts like Rufus & Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Herb Alpert, René & Angela, Donna Summer, Sergio Mendes, and Michael McDonald (on Sweet Freedom).

 

Saving Private Radford
English folk-singer Jim Radford was best-known for his song On The Shores Of Normandy, a lament for the fallen soldiers in the D-Day invasion on 6 June 1944. Radford was well-placed to write such a song: he was part of that invasion, as the youngest-known combatant. He went on to become a peace activist, singing the cautionary verse: “As the years pass by, I can still recall the men I saw that day, who died upon that blood-soaked sand where now sweet children play. And those of you who were unborn, who’ve lived in liberty, remember those who made it so on the shores of Normandy.” The Wehrmacht’s bullets didn’t get him; in the end it was Covid-19 that did.

The Iron Curtain Rock Legends
Two members of the classic line-up of Hungarian prog-rock band Omega, pioneers of Eastern European rock, died within just three days of one another: keyboardist László Benkő at 77 on November 19, and then bassist Tamás Mihály at 73.  The former had been an ever-present member from 1962-2017, the former joined in 1967 and stayed the course.

Omega was the first Eastern European rock band to break through internationally, recording at home, in East-Berlin and in London in Hungarian, German and English, and enjoying an international hit with The Girl With Pearls in Her Hair. The communist regime intermittently banned Omega as culturally subversive; strangely the much more hardline East German regime allowed the band to tour there and even record in German. In 1987 the band stopped, but regrouped following the collapse of Soviet communism. Omega are still recording and touring, with three members of the classic line-up forming the core.

As before, this post is included in PDF format in the package, which also includes my personal playlist of the featured tracks. PW in comments

 

Gerry Hayes, 86, German jazz multi-instrumentalist, on Nov. 1
Gerry Hayes – Soulgirl (Philly Dog) (1967)

Ronnie Peel, 74, Australian guitarist and singer, on Nov. 1
Rockwell T. James – Roxanne (1977, as Rockwell T. James)

Phil K, 51, DJ with Australian production project Lostep, on Nov. 1

Esteban Santos, 69, singer with Spanish pop group Bravo, on Nov. 1
Bravo – Lady, Lady (1984)

Nikki McKibbin, 42, singer-songwriter, on Nov. 1

Ken Hensley, 75, English singer-songwriter with Uriah Heep, on Nov. 4
Uriah Heep – Lady In Black (1971, as writer on lead vocals)
Uriah Heep – Look At Yourself (1973, as writer on lead vocals)
Ken Hensley – Who Will Sing for You (1975)
Blackfoot – Summer Days (1984, as member on keyboards)

Reynaert, 65, Belgian singer, on Nov. 5

Len Barry, 78, American singer, on Nov. 5
The Bosstones – Mope-Itty Mope (1959, on lead vocals)
The Dovells – Bristol Stomp (1961, on lead vocals)
Len Barry – 1-2-3 (1965)
Booker Newberry III – Love Town (1983, as co-writer)

Stefano D’Orazio, 72, percussionist of Italian rock band Pooh, on Nov. 6
Pooh – Pensiero (1973)

King Von, 26, rapper, shot on Nov. 6

Jim Radford, 92, English folk singer-songwriter, on Nov. 6
Jim Radford – On The Shores Of Normandy

Brian Coll, 79, Irish country singer, on Nov. 7

Cándido Camero, 99, Cuban jazz percussionist, on Nov. 7
Candido Camero feat. Al Cohn – Poinciana (1956)
Candido – Candi’s Funk (1980)

Bones Hillman, 62, bassist of Australian rock band Midnight Oil, on Nov. 7
Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine (1990)

Vanusa, 73, Brazilian singer, on Nov. 8

Oscar Benton, 71, Dutch vocalist, on Nov. 8
Oscar Benton – Bensonhurst Blues (1982)

Fred Ape, 67, member of German alternative folk-rock trio ABB, on Nov. 9
Ape, Beck & Brinkmann – Regenbogenland (1982)

Michael Bundesen, 71, singer of Danish pop band Shu-bi-dua, on Nov. 9
Shu-bi-dua – Stærk Tobak (1973)

Dave Zoller, 79, jazz pianist, composer and arranger, on Nov. 9
Dave Zoller Jazz Sextet – A Sketch Of Fred Crane (1995)

Alec Baillie, bassist of punk bands Choking Victim, Leftöver Crack, on Nov. 10

DJ Spinbad, 46, DJ, mixer and producer, on Nov. 10

Andrew White, 78, jazz/R&B saxophonist and bassist, on Nov. 11
The 5th Dimension – Together Let’s Find Love (1971, on bass)
Andrew White – Who Got De Funk (1973)

Mo3, 28, American rapper, shot dead on Nov. 11

Adrian Cionco, 48, bassist of Argentine rock-fusion band La Mosca, on Nov. 11

Jim Tucker, 74, guitarist of The Turtles, on Nov. 12
The Turtles – It Ain’t Me Babe (1965)
The Turtles – So Happy Together (1966)

Lynn Kellogg, 77, singer-actress (original Sheila in Hair), on Nov. 12
Lynn Kellogg – Easy To Be Hard (1968)

Doug Supernaw, 60, country singer, on Nov. 13
Doug Supernaw – Reno (1993, also as co-writer)

Bob Van Staeyen, 84, member of Belgian folk group De Strangers, on Nov. 14

Des O’Connor, 88, English singer and entertainer, on Nov. 14
Des O’Connor – I Pretend (1968)

Eric Hall, 73, Iconic English music agent, on Nov. 16

Bruce Swedien, 86, recording engineer and producer, on Nov. 16
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Wade In The Water (1966, as engineer)
The Chi-Lites – Have You Seen Her (1972, as engineer)
James Ingram & Michael McDonald – Yah Mo Be There (1983, as engineer)
Quincy Jones – The Secret Garden (1989, as engineer)

László Benkő, 77, keyboardist of Hungarian rock band Omega, on Nov. 18
Omega – Nem tilthatom meg (1968)
Omega – Pearls In Her Hair (1969)

Tony Hooper, 77, guitarist of English folk-rock band Strawbs (1968-72), on Nov. 18
Strawbs – Forever (1970, also as co-writer)

Dominic Grant, 71, British pop singer, on Nov. 18
Guys ‘n’ Dolls – There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving (1975, as member)

Mshoza, 37, South African kwaito singer, on Nov. 19

John ‘Molly’ Baron, 68, member of South African soul-pop band The Rockets, on Nov. 19
The Rockets feat. Ronnie Joyce – Situations (1984)

Michael Brooks, 85, jazz producer and historian, on Nov. 20

Corrie van Gorp, 78, Dutch singer and actress, on Nov. 20

Tamás Mihály, 73, bassist/cellist of Hungarian rock band Omega, on Nov. 21
Omega – Live As Long As (1974)
Omega – Break The Chain (1996)

Rufus Rehu, 81, member of New Zealand band Quincy Conserve, on Nov. 21

‘Detroit’ Gary Wiggins, 68, jazz and blues saxophonist, on Nov. 22
Detroit Gary Wiggins – That’s All (2008)

i_o, 30, techno DJ, on Nov. 23

Hal Ketchum, 67, country singer-songwriter, on Nov. 23
Hal Ketchum – I Know Where Love Lives (1991)

James Goode, 76, member of garage rock band The Excels, on Nov. 23
The Excels – Let’s Dance (1965)

Flor Silvestre, 90, Mexican singer and actress, on Nov. 25
Flor Silvestre – Cielo Rojo (1961)

Allan Botschinsky, 80, Danish jazz trumpeter, on Nov. 26

Jamir Garcia, 42, singer of Filipino metal band Slapshock, of suicide on Nov. 26

Herman Green, 90, jazz and blues saxophonist, on Nov. 26
B.B. King – I Stay In The Mood (1966, on saxophone)

Piotr Strojnowski, 62, guitarist of Polish reggae band Daab, on Nov. 28

Miša Aleksić, 67, bassist of Serbian/Yugoslavian rock band Riblja Čorba, on Nov. 29

Othella Dallas, 95, jazz singer and dancer, announced on Nov. 29

Jerry Demara, 45, Mexican banda singer-songwriter, on Nov. 30
Jerry Demara – Déjalo (2020) [BUY]

Anne Sylvestre, 86, French singer-songwriter, on Nov. 30
Anne Sylvestre – Le Pêcheur de Perles (1967)

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