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In Memoriam – June 2010

The grim reaper enlarged the Big Summer Rock Festival in the sky in June by taking the man who played what might be my all-time favourite guitar solo (Tony Peluso”s effort in the Carpenters” Goodbye To Love), the bassists on some of the sweetest soul music of the “70s and some of the most exciting rock tunes of the “60s. Also departed is one of the original members of The Quarrymen, the group that brought John Lennon and Paul McCartney together, and “” speaking of Liverpool “” the original singer of You”ll Never Walk Alone. And still on the Beatles, we previously discussed how the piano work on Humphrey Lyttelton”s Bad Penny Blues influenced Paul McCartney”s Lady Madonna. The ivory tinkler on the Lyttelton record has passed away, as has the man who played the trombone solo on Count Basie”s April In Paris. All songs listed are in one compilation; there is is some really good stuff in there (such as Larry Jon Wilson, of whom I had not heard before).

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Tony Peluso, 60, guitarist and record producer, on June 5
Carpenters – Goodbye To Love (1972)

Marvin Isley, 56, bassist of The Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley) on June 6
The Isley Brothers – If You Were There (1973)

Dana Key, 56, guitarist of Christian rock group DeGarmo and Key, on June 6
DeGarmo & Key – Dare 2 Be Different (1993)

Stuart Cable, 40, drummer of The Stereophonics, on June 7
The Stereophonics – Maybe Tomorrow (2003)

Oliver N’Goma, 51, Gabonese singer and guitarist,on June 7
Oliver N’Goma – Muetse (1995)

Crispian St Peters, 71, British pop singer,on June 8
Crispian St Peters – Pied Piper (1966).mp3

Christine Johnson, 98, soprano and actress, on June 9
Christine Johnson – You’ll Never Walk Alone (1945)

Johnny Parker, 80, British jazz pianist, on June 11
Humphrey Lyttelton – Bad Penny Blues (1956)

Paul Reekie, 50, Scottish post-punk musician, on June 11

Jimmy Dean, 81, country singer, on June 13
Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John (1961)

Ken Brown, 70, guitarist and original member of Beatles pre-cursor The Quarrymen, on June 14
The Quarrymen – That’ll Be The Day (1958)

Busi Mhlongo, 62, influential South African singer, on June 15
Busi Mhlongo – We Baba Omncane (1998)

Garry Shider, 56, guitarist of Parliament/Funkadelic, on June 16
Funkadelic – I Wanna Know If It’s Good to You (1970)

Bill Dixon, 84, US jazz musician, on June 16

Chris Sievey (Frank Sidebottom), 54, British comedian and musician with the Freshies, on June 21
The Freshies – Yellow Spot (1980)

Larry Jon Wilson, 69, country/folk musician & songwriter, on June 21
Larry Jon Wilson – Shoulders (2009)

Tam White, 67, Scottish blues singer, on June 21

Pete Quaife, 66, bassist of The Kinks, on June 24
The Kinks – Picture Book (1968)

JoJo Billingsley, 58, back-up singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd who missed that flight in 1977, on June 24
Lynyrd Skynyrd – That Smell (1977)

Fred Anderson, 81, avant garde jazz saxophonist, on June 24.

Sergio Vega, 40, Mexican banda singer, shot dead on June 26.
Sergio Vega – Musico, Poeta y Loco (2004)

Benny Powell, 80, jazz trombonist with Lionel Hampton and Count Basie a.o., on June 26.
Count Basie – April In Paris (1963)

Harold Cowarts, 66, bassist on hits such as Brook Benton”s Rainy Night In Georgia, Grease and Islands In The Stream, on June 27.
John Fred & his Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise (1968)

Rammellzee, 49, hip hop musician and graffiti artist, on June 27.
Rammellzee – Pay The Rent (2004)

Alf Caretta, 93, Singer of British band The Zimmers, on June 29.
The Zimmers – My Generation (2007)

Queen Jane, 45, Kenyan singer, on June 29.


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  1. Douglas
    July 8th, 2010 at 20:19 | #1

    Man, that is one big list. Not a good month for the musical community.

  2. July 8th, 2010 at 20:53 | #2

    Great work. Thank you.

  3. July 9th, 2010 at 16:52 | #3

    Thanks for telling us about Tony Peluso. His solo on “Goodbye to Love” is one of my all time favorites. There is a video where Peluso credits Richard Carpenter with inventing the power ballad by asking him to add his solo to that song.

  4. Rhod
    July 9th, 2010 at 23:08 | #4

    I agree with Doug a bad month for music

    Great work to keep the sounds alive



  5. CUhri
    January 31st, 2011 at 07:28 | #5

    That’s a photo of Gustavo Santaolalla…not Tony Peluso. Tony worked with Gusavo on the music for “Brokeback Mountain”.

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