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In Memoriam – September 2012

October 3rd, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Grim Reaper took it relatively easy the past month, but a few greats left us in September. I”ve already paid tribute to Hal David, but I was particularly saddened by the deaths of Lilian Lopez, lead singer of Odyssey, and Andy Williams, whose Christmas album is a holiday staple in our house. I was surprised to learn that until this month Oscar of Lonzo & Oscar still was with us; their I”m My Own Grandpa from the 1940s is a favourite of mine in the comedy song category.

Fans of The Originals will have a couple of songs to enjoy. From Joe South, who also wrote Games People Play, we feature Rose Garden, and from Sugar Boy Crawford we have a song which who wrote and first recorded, but would later become a hit as Iko Iko.

And in tribute to Motown songwriter and producer Frank Wilson we have Brenda Holloway”s original of You”ve Made Me So Very Happy, later appropriated by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Wilson was the man behind many Motown classics, including The Supremes” Love Child, Stoned Love and Nathan Jones, Stevie Wonder”s Castle In The Sand, The Four Tops” Still Waters (Love), Eddie Kendrick”s Keep On Truckin” and others.

The file deletions are becoming increasingly aggressive. So the songs listed below may be or may not be included in the file. The file is password-protected; you can find the PW in the comments section.

Hal David, 91, lyricist with Burt Bacharach a.o., on September 1
Dusty Springfield – This Girl”s In Love With You (1968)
Bobbie Gentry – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (1969)
Carpenters – Bacharach David/Medley (1971)
Ronald Isley & Burt Bacharach – A House Is Not A Home (2003)

Sean Bergin, 64, South African jazz saxophonist and flautist, on September 1
Sean Bergin – You Ain’t Gonna Know Me (2006)

Vance Bockis, 51, singer-bassist of doom metal band The Obsession, on September 1

Mark Abrahamian, 46, guitarist of Starship (after 2001), on September 2

Lilian Lopez, 76, lead singer of Odyssey, on September 4
Odyssey – If You’re Looking For A Way Out (1980)
Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots (1981)

Joe South, 72, country and pop singer-songwriter, on September 5
Joe South – Rose Garden (1968)

Rollin “˜Oscar” Sullivan, 93, country musician (Lonzo and Oscar), on September 7
Lonzo & Oscar ““ Poppin” Bubble Gum (1948)

Dorothy McGuire, 84, member of The McGuire Sisters, on September 7
McGuire Sisters – Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight (1954)
McGuire Sisters – Rhythm ‘n’ Blues (Mama’s Got The Rhythm, Papa’s Got The Blues) (1955)

Roberto Silva, 92, Brazilian samba musician, on September 9

Steven Springer, 60, Trinidad-born guitarist, on September 10

Johnny Perez, 69, songwriter and drummer for the Sir Douglas Quintet, on September 11
Sir Douglas Quintet – Stagger Lee

Homer Joy, 67, country songwriter, on September 11
Dwight Yoakham & Buck Owens – Streets of Bakersfield (1988)

Obo Addy, 76, Ghanaian drummer, on September 13

Rebecca Dorsey, 54, actress and jazz singer, on September 14

James “˜Sugar Boy” Crawford, 77, R&B singer, on September 15
Sugar Boy Crawford & the Cane Cutters – Jock-A-Mo (1954)

José Curbelo, 95, Cuban-born jazz musician, on September 21

Andy Williams, 84, American singer and TV entertainer, on September 25
Andy Williams – Music To Watch Girls By (1966)
Andy Williams – The Look Of Love (1967)

Billy Barnes, 85, American composer and lyricist, on September 26

Frank Wilson, 71, songwriter and producer for Motown, on September 27
Brenda Holloway – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy (1967, as co-writer and producer)
Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations -Try It Baby (1967, as producer)
Four Tops ““ (It”s The Way) Nature Planned It (1972, as co-writer and producer)

Eddie Bert, 90, American jazz trombonist, on September 28
Woody Herman and his Orchestra – Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (1943)
Charles Mingus Quintet – All The Things You Are In C Sharp (1955)

Larry Cunningham, 74, Irish country singer, on September 28

Hebe Camargo, 83, Brazilian samba and bolero singer, on August 29
Hebe Camargo РVoc̻ Quer Voltar (1952)

Raylene Rankin, 52, Canadian singer with the Rankin Family, on September 30
The Rankin Family – Rise Again (1993)


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  1. halfhearteddude
    October 3rd, 2012 at 13:58 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Douglas
    October 3rd, 2012 at 16:05 | #2

    Thanks Dude. Appreciate your efforts.

  3. paul
    October 3rd, 2012 at 18:05 | #3

    thanks for all the work you put in this in memoriam

  4. Walter
    October 3rd, 2012 at 20:17 | #4

    Usual wellconsidered collection,…………………..but
    No’Do I Love You’by Frank Wilson ?, the song most likely to brighten even the darkest mood

  5. halfhearteddude
    October 4th, 2012 at 07:29 | #5

    I was surprised to find that in my fairly extensive collection of ’60s soul music, I did not have that song, Walter.

  6. Walter
    October 5th, 2012 at 06:24 | #6

    It’s a famously rare track, vinyl 45’s change hand for thousands of pounds, can’t tell you how uplifting and joyous it is. If I knew how to send you an MP3 I would,but I don’t

  7. Walter
  8. Rhod
    October 5th, 2012 at 22:22 | #8

    Thanks for another well put together posting. Appreciate the hard work that goes into it. The Odessey track Ïf your looking for a way out is sensational”.



  9. HW
    October 6th, 2012 at 17:24 | #9

    Thanks to the interweb not much is rare nowdays; appreciate the recommendation.

  10. JohnnyDiego
    December 4th, 2012 at 14:12 | #10

    I’ve noticed that “The Streets of Bakersfield” is listed twice in the download.
    Once it is credited to Dwight Yoakham & Buck Owens and again it is credited to Dwight Yoakham (featuring Buck Owens.)
    The second tune (listed as Dwight Yoakham (featuring Buck Owens) is actually “Try It Baby” by Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations.
    Once you listen to it there is no mistaking Diana for Dwight.

    Yours is my favorite blog. Thanks.

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