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In Memoriam – September 2010

October 7th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Grim Reaper evidently took it easy in September, at least by the standards of the last few months. One notable non-musician death last month was that on September 20 of one Leonard Skinner, the Florida gym coach whose insistence on cut hair inspired a group of future rock stars to name their group in ironic fashion after him “” Lynyrd Skynyrd. As before, all songs listed are compiled in one mix (and I’m afraid that the quality on some tracks isn’t great).

Mike Edwards, 62, cellist with the Electric Light Orchestra from 1972-75, on September 3
Electric Light Orchestra – Eldorado (1973)

Noah Howard, 67, free jazz saxophonist, on September 3

Rich Cronin, 36, member of pop/rap group LFO, on September 8
LFO – Summer Girls (1999)

Hadley Caliman, 78, jazz saxophonist and flautist who recorded with the likes of Santana, Freddie Hubbard and Patrice Rushen, on September 8
Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles – Them Changes (Live, 1972).mp3

King Coleman, 78, R&B singer, on September 11
King Coleman – Down In The Basement (1960)

‘Big’ John Russell, 67, Dutch soul singer, on September 12
Big John Russell – Oh Mabel (1990)

Gus Williams, 73, Australian Aboriginal leader and country singer, on September 13.

Matt Upsher, 31, guitarist of English rock group Grey Dog, on September 13

Jorge Vidal, 86, Argentine tango singer, on September 14
Jorge Vidal – El Metejon

Arrow, 60, Montserratian soca musician, on September 15
Arrow – Hot Hot Hot (1982)

Ahmad Salaheldeen, 79, American jazz saxophone player, on September 15

Roy ‘Whitey’ Grant, 94, half of the long-running country duo Whitey & Hogan, on September 17

Buddy Collette, 89, jazz saxophonist and mentor to Charlie Mingus, on September 19
Herbie Mann & Buddy Collette – Give A Little Whistle (1957)

Fud Leclerc, 86, Belgian singer and the first person to score ‘nul points’ at the Eurovision Song Contest (with the song Ton nom in 1962, his fourth and last appearance in the competition), on September 20
Fud Leclerc – Ton nom (1962)

Don Partridge, 68, British über-busker, on September 21
Don Partridge – Blue Eyes (1968)

Eddie Fisher, 82, crooner, all-round entertainer and ex-husband of Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds, on September 22
Eddie Fisher – How Do You Speak To An Angel? (1953 )

Richard Griffey, 71, founder of soul label Solar, musician and songwriter, on September 24
The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On (1979) (as co-writer)

Ed Wiley Jr., 80, American R&B saxophonist and singer who played a pivotal role in the development of early rock ‘n’ roll, on September 27
Ed WileyJr – Cry Cry Baby (1950)

Buddy Morrow (or Moe Zudekoff), 91, jazz bandleader and trombonist, on September 27
Sharkey Bonano – High Society (1936) (as trombonist)

Tomáš Dask, 25, frontman of UK-based Slovak group The Bridgeheads, on September 27
The Bridgeheads – Fire (2010)


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  1. October 8th, 2010 at 17:52 | #1

    I suppose it’s a ‘good’ month when there’s no one on there you’ve ever heard of, and I speak as someone who owns all ELO’s recordings from the Mike Edwards period.

  2. Slackjack
    October 14th, 2010 at 04:44 | #2

    Thanks for the fantastic series. While it is sad to see so many leaving us, it also give us information about people we did not know but know the music with which they were associated. Your endeavours are truly wonderful and greatly appreciated.

  3. Rhod
    October 23rd, 2010 at 02:02 | #3

    Thanks for keeping this great series going – great work



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