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Any Major ABC of France

July 23rd, 2024 1 comment

 

 

On Friday the Summer Olympics will open in Paris, with a likely extravagant ceremony I shall make a point of missing, since these things invariably annoy me. Indeed, I don’t know how much of the Games I will watch. In the past 20 years, my interest has receded.

Time was when I’d switch on the TV at stupid o’clock to watch the 100m sprint final, or the swimming, or any old thing that war running on TV. This time around I might watch Simone Biles, an epochal talent, go for multiple gold — after her experience in Tokyo three years ago, I hope the gymnast will do well — and specific events.

On balance, I expect that I will have spent more time listening to the present ABC of France mix, which I put together, of course, to mark the Olympic Games. I couldn’t really do another Paris-themed mix. Maybe I could, but two are enough: Any Major Paris and Any Major Paris in Black & White.

A couple of songs here are about Paris. There’s Edith Piaf’s anthemic Sous le ciel de Paris (which you can buy in Paris as turn music boxes) from 1954, and from 1957 Patachou’s version of Francis Lemarque’s Paris se regarde. Born in 1918 as Henriette Ragon, Patachou was named after the nightclub she and her husband owned on Montmarte. On the Paris in Black & White we had Patachou sing Sous le ciel de Paris, and Piaf the gorgeous Notre-Dame de Paris.

This ABC — I couldn’t find any act whose name starts with an X or, curiously, a U — has been playing at Maison Demicœur on loop. Last night, Nino Ferrer’s great 1975 hit Le Sud soundtracked my dreams! I’m a great fan of his 1974 album Nino And Radiah, which exists in English and French versions. It will feature again quite soon.

B stands, obviously, for Brigitte Bardot. She recorded the first version of Je t’aime…Moi non plus with Serge Gainsbourg in 1968, but somehow BB’s husband, the German “playboy” Günter Sachs objected to his wife orgasming for all the world to hear. So Bardot asked Serge to shelf her version, and he re-recorded his piece of pervmoania with Jane Birkin. The original remained unreleased until 1986, by which time Sachs was long off the scene and Bardot could be heard getting a little excited.

Two tracks became big global hits in their English versions. C’est si bon didn’t even change its name. Performed here by Jean Sablon in 1950, it was written in 1947 by Henri Betti, with the original French lyrics by André Hornez. I think Sablon was also the first to perform the English version.

Charles Trenet’s La Mer became a huge hit for Bobby Darin as Beyond The Sea. It was written by Trenet a decade earlier, first released by Roland Gerbeau in 1945, and a hit in the writer’s 1946 version. It is, simply put, one of the greatest French songs ever written.

The mix spans 75 years: the oldest track is Lucienne Boyer’s Mon coeur est un violon, which itself was a re-recording of the song with which she had had a hit in the 1930s. The youngest song here is from 2022, by French-Swiss actress Kloé Lang. Oddly, the mix covers all decades from the 1940s to the 2020s, except the 1980s. My shortlist had a few ’80s songs, but none made the cut. Perhaps the 1980s were just a bad decade for French music…

Obviously the tracks run in their alphabetical order, which makes for random listening. But I have also made a more coherently sequenced playlist; I would recommend playing that one. I hope that the mix contains some happy surprises and new discoveries.The playlist slightly exceeds the length of a standard CD-R, but I’ve included home-fabriquéd covers and the above in a PDF. Plus English translations of the songtitles. PW in comments.  Bonne écoute et bons Jeux Olympiques!

Anggun – La neige au Sahara (1997)
Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg – Je t’aime…Moi non plus (1968)
Charles Trenet – La Mer (1956)
Danyel Gérard – Butterfly (1971)
Edith Piaf – Sous le ciel de Paris (1954)
Françoise Hardy – Le crabe (1970)
Georges Moustaki – Le Métèque (1969)
Hugues Aufray – Céline (1966)
Indila – Dernière Danse (2014)
Jean Sablon – C’est si bon (1950)
Kloé Lang – Aimez moi (2022)
Lucienne Boyer – Mon coeur est un violon (1945)
Michel Delpech – Pour un flirt (1971)
Nino Ferrer – Le Sud (1974)
Olivia Ruiz – Elle Panique (2009)
Patachou – Paris se regarde (1957)
Quatuor feat. Edmée de Meyer – Jusqu’à la mort! (1959)
Renan Luce – Appelle Quand Tu Te Réveilles (2014)
Sylvie Vartan – La plus belle pour aller danser (1964)
Teri Moïse – Je serai là (1996)
Vanessa Paradis – Mi Amor (2013)
Wallen – Donna (2004)
Yves Duteil – Le fruit de mon verger (1977)
Zaz – Je veux (2010)

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ABC of 1950s
ABC of 1960s
ABC of 1970s
ABC of 1990s
ABC of 2000s
ABC of Soul
ABC of Country
ABC of Christmas
ABC of South Africa
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Any Major Soul 1984

July 11th, 2024 3 comments

 

In the mid-1980s, much of soul music sounded like action-comedy movie soundtrack fillers: stabbing synth, plastic funk bass, dull drum machines, and soulless electric guitars that tried to recreate the magic of Van Halen’s solo on Beat It and failing dismally in doing so. It was mostly horrible. Diana Ross’ Swept Away is a perfect example of that hideous kind of overproduced musical sterility, the sort of thing no baby was ever made to.

This mix of soul from 1984 avoids these abominations, and there may well be people in their late 30s in the world today who were conceived to one or the other track on this collection. The year 1984 was not a high-water mark for soul music. Perhaps it was its nadir. And yet, I felt compelled to add six bonus tracks, on top of the CD-R length mix. It can’t have been that bad.

By the mid-1980s, the social commentary songs and declarations by strong women telling their no-good men where to get off from the 1970s had made way for love-and-sex lyrics, some as greasy as jheri curls and as predictable as AI prose.

Words were secondary to the jam. And there were some solid jams. The best slow jam of 1984 might have been Eugene Wilde’s Gotta Get You Home Tonight, which featured on Any Major Soul 1984/85. Wilde, who was born as Ronald Eugene Broomfield, returns here with a deep cut from his most successful of the four albums he released between 1984 and 1991 (another one followed in 2011).  After his singing career had fizzled out, Wilde became a songwriter.

Like Wilde, O’Bryan had that jheri-curled look which might detract from his talent (incidentally, O’Bryan and Wilde were born a day apart in December 1961). The singer, whose full and magnificent name is O’Bryan McCoy Burnette II, was a prodigy of Don Cornelius, who used O’Bryan’s funky Soul Train’s A Comin’ as the theme of Soul Train from 1983-87. O’Bryan’s 1984 album Be My Lover was his most successful. By 1986, diminishing returns had set in.

This set opens with a couple of songs that became hits only in 1985. The Intruders’ Who Do You Love was a single release in 1984; a longer version appeared on their 1985 album. A few other acts from back when were still producing good things in 1984. Featured here are the Bar-Kays, Bobby Womack and Major Harris, the Delfonics alumnus whose I Believe In Love was an outstanding comeback, which sadly was not the commercial success it deserved to be.

1980s soul often shone brightest when great singers collaborated with jazz fusion artists (and when these jazz artists appeared on their records). We have two such collaborations here. Bill Withers guests on percussionist Ralph MacDonald’s album. The line-up of musicians on In The Name Of Love, co-written by Withers, is impressive: Steve Gadd on drums, Marcus Miller on bass, Eric Gale on guitar, Richard Tee on electric piano, and Randy Brecker on trumpet. If the sounds seem familiar, it is because you’ve heard these guys play on countless records. Just check out the series of Steve Gadd Collections (Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3).

My favourite track on this collection is Roberta Flack’s collaboration with veteran Japanese fusion saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, Here’s To Love. And guess who the session musicians on that track are: MacDonald, Miller, Gale and Tee, and the great Barry Eastmond on synth.

Among the bonus tracks is a version of I Feel For You by Rebbie Jackson. It was released at the same time as the lightning-in-a-bottle version by Chaka Khan (whose follow-up single, Eye To Eye, features here). The song was originally written in 1979 by Prince for Patrice Rushen — who turned it down. Of course, Rushen features here as well.

.All Any Major Soul mixes from 1964 onwards are up again. Like all of them, this mix  timed to fit on a standard CD-R, and includes home-jhericurled covers, and the above text in a PDF. PW in comments.

1. The Intruders – Who Do You Love
2. The S.O.S. Band – Weekend Girl
3. Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King – Till Midnight
4. Patrice Rushen – High In Me
5. Bobby Womack & Patti LaBelle – Love Has Finally Come At Last
6. Loose Ends – Feel So Right Now
7. Ralph MacDonald feat. Bill Withers – In The Name Of Love
8. Sadao Watanabe feat. Roberta Flack – Here’s To Love
9. Chaka Khan – Eye To Eye
10. Amii Stewart – That Loving Feeling
11. Glenn Jones – Show Me
12. O’Bryan – Go On And Cry
13. Major Harris – Spend Some Time
14. Bar-Kays – Lovers Should Never Fall In Love
15. Mtume – You, Me And He
16. Jermaine Jackson – Do What You Do
17. Eugene Wilde – Rainbow
18. Teddy Pendergrass – This Time Is Ours
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19. Peabo Bryson – If Ever You’re In My Arms Again
20. One Way – Lady You Are
21. Lenis Guess – Lay Your Head Down On Me
22. Cameo – She’s Strange
23. Cherrelle – Who’s It Gonna Be
24. Rebbie Jackson – I Feel For You

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In Memoriam – June 2024

July 4th, 2024 2 comments

As promised, the current lot of music deaths includes those who died after I posted in In Memoriam: May 2024.

Parental advisory: don’t play the 2 Live Crew track around children, your mom or others who are offended by explicit lyrics, which might include you (why is everybody so easily offended by stuff these days?).

I saw it reported on Facebook that Lou Lewis, guitarist of Scottish power pop band The Headboys, has died. If so, then he’d be the third member to pass away in successive years, leaving only keyboardist Calum Malcolm behind. However, I could find no confirmation of Lou’s death…

The French Goddess
In the 1960s, Françoise Hardy was the dream woman for the discerning man, one whose sex appeal was predicated as much on her beauty as it was on her French coolness.

Hardy had the ethereal, sometimes melancholic voice of the chanteuse, but she cut her teeth in the ye-ye genre, the French pop of the early-to-mid 1960s. She also had some success across the border as a singer of German songs. As she grew out of all that, Hardy effortlessly merged chanson, pop and folk to create a stylish sound, which was accompanied by lyrics, many written by herself, that often were personal and reflective. As a female artist who explored serious themes that reflected the changing culture, Hardy was a trailblazer for her generation.

The Soul Songstress
Being of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, Angela Bofill broke barriers as one of the first Latina women to record success in soul music.  A talented singer-songwriter, Bofill scored hits with tracks like This Time I’ll Be Sweeter, I Try, Angel Of The Night, Tonight I Give In, and I Just Wanna Stop. She was also an accomplished jazz singer and composer.

In 2006 and 2007 she suffered strokes which required long rehabilitation processes, with benefit concerts held to assist Bofill with the bills.

The Hitwriter
For many people, Suspicious Minds is their favourite Elvis Presley song. The song was written and originally recorded by Mark James, who has died at 83. The story of Suspicious Minds is told in The Originals: Elvis Presley Vol. 2. Elvis later also recorded the James songs Always On My Mind (originally recorded by Brenda Lee, and a hit for Willie Nelson and for the Pet Shop Boys), Raised On A Rock, It’s Only Love, and Moody Blue, the title track of his final album.

The Texan, born as Francis Zambon, had his first taste of success with Hooked On A Feeling, a song first recorded and taken to #5 in the US pop charts by his childhood friend B.J. Thomas (later also a hit for Blue Swede). Hooked On A Feeling was inspired by James’ high school sweetheart Karen Taylor — who also inspired Suspicious Minds. James also wrote Brenda Lee’s hit Sunday Sunrise.

The Selecter
At the vanguard of the great ska revival of the late 1970s and early ’80s was Coventry’s The Selecter. The band’s co-lead singer Gaps Hendrickson has now died 73. In the band, Gaps tended to operate as second lead behind Pauline Black, but his energetic stage presence lifted the band’s live performances.

The Selecter split in 1982. Subsequent revivals created rival iterations, one led by Black, the other by guitarist and chief songwriter Neol Davis; Gaps joined Team Black, retiring only after he was diagnosed with cancer last year.

The Trumpeter
Last week I was looking at the records which keyboard legend Greg Phillinganes had appeared on (yes, for a future Collection). Literally two hours later I had cause to look at the credits accumulated by session trumpeter Gary Grant — for this post, since he has died — and came across loads of records on which he and Phillinganes had played (at one point I double-checked that I wasn’t reading the latter’s list of credits).

Among those credits are Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough, Thriller, Wanna Be Startin’ Something, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, and Brothers Johnson’s Stomp. Grant also played on one of my favourite late-’70s soul tracks, Cheryl Lynn’s You’re The One (featured on the Bernard Purdie Collection Vol. 2), and on dance classics like Donna Summer’s Bad Girls and Teena Marie’s Behind The Groove. He was part of the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section on the Faces and Raise albums, played on various Lionel Richie songs, including the gorgeous You Are, on Toto’s Rosanna (featured on Any Major Life in Vinyl 1982), on almost all tracks on Al Jarreau’s excellent eponymous 1983 album (including Boogie Down), on Michael McDonald’s Sweet Freedom, on Teddy Pendergrass’ Joy, and so much more.

I could make a list of the most significant artists Grant played for, but that list would exceed a hundred names…

The Satirist
Few people can make a career out of being a Jew in Texas, but Kinky Friedman achieved that in the 1970s with his provocatively named band The Texas Jewboys. Friedman’s countercultural songs were often satirical — much like those of his contemporary John Prine; both wrote songs titled Dear Abby — and referred to his Jewish background with titles like They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore and Ride ’Em Jewboy. Friedman  hated bigots, but as an equal opportunity offender, he also had ways of annoying the left, especially feminists.

Aside from music, Friedman was a writer of satirical mystery novels, and tried his hand at politics, running as an independent for Texas’ governorship in 2006, getting 12% of the vote, coming fourth out of six candidates.

The Producer
As June ended, news came of the death of producer Peter Collins at 73. Born in 1951 in Reading, England, Collins tried his hand at being a folk singer, releasing a debut album while still a teenager in 1970. Optimistically titled First Album, it was also the last, and Collins moved behind the scenes.

In the 1980s he became the producer of hits such as Musical Youth’s Pass The Dutchie; The Piranhas’ Tom Hark; Matchbox’s Rockabilly Rebel; The Belle Stars’ The Clapping Song; Nik Kershaw’s Wouldn’t It Be Good, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, The Riddle, Don Quixote, and Wide Boy; The Lambretta’s Poison Ivy; Tracy Ullman’s Breakaway and They Don’t Know; Blancmange’s The Day Before You Came; Matt Bianco’s Half A Minute, Whose Side Are You On, and Sneaking Out The Back Door; Gary Moore & Phil Lynott’s Out In The Fields; Gary Moore’s Empty Rooms and Over The Hills And Far Away; and Alice Cooper’s Hey Stoopid. For Rush he produced the hit albums Power Windows and Hold Your Fire. Between 1992 and 2011 he co-produced six albums of the Indigo Girls.

Other acts he produced for include Bon Jovi, Billy Squire, UK Subs, Shakin’ Stevens, Air Supply, Alvin Stardust, Queensrÿche, Freddie McGregor, Nanci Griffith, Tom Jones, Wax, Jane Wiedlin, The Cardigans,  Voice Of The Beehive, Divinyls, Shawn Mullins, Heather Nova, Kenny Loggins, Lisa Loeb, Jewel, LeeAnn Rimes, Carbon Leaf, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Rick Astley, among others.

The Rap-Rocker
I have dedicated a whole series to the concept of not feeling guilty about enjoying music, but there are some songs which I’d not easily volunteer to admit liking. So it takes the death — at the absurdly young age of 49 — of Shifty Shellshock of alt.rock band Crazy Town for me to publicly confess that I like their one big hit, 2001’s Butterfly. Spin called it a “nu metal power ballad”; I like that description.

I recall watching the video at the time, and noting the singer’s abundance of tattoos, introducing me to the notion of sleeves before that was really a thing (though by today’s standards, Shifty was showing restraint). It certainly did nothing to inspire me to acquire a tat, but Shifty blazed a trail for illustrated men and women everywhere. And then there was all the metal attached to his face; I hope he took great care around magnets.

By all accounts, Shifty — known to Mother Shellshock as Seth Binzer — was a lovely kind of fellow who enjoyed playing practical jokes. His long struggles with addiction eventually killed him, via an accidental drug overdose.

The Golden Age Actress
With the death of Janis Paige at the age of 101, one of the last stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood has left us. Born on September 16, 1922, as Donna Mae Tjaden, she started appearing on stage at the age of 5 at amateur shows. After leaving school, she went to Hollywood as a singer and a pin-up model.

Paige appeared in her first movie in 1944, and subsequently also performed on Broadway (including in the original cast of the 1954 musical The Pajama Game) and TV (starring in her own sitcom in 1955-56, It’s Always Jan). She released an album of standards in 1956, by virtue of which she finds inclusion in this post.

Her last movie appearance was in 1994; her last TV role in 2001.As always, this post is reproduced in illustrated PDF format in the package, which also includes my personal playlist of the featured tracks. PW in comments.

Kiane Zawadi, 91, jazz trombonist and euphonium player, on May 21
Hank Mobley – Cute ‘N Pretty (1979, on euphonium)

Mark Gormley, 67, singer-songwriter, on May 24

Ghigo Agosti, 87, Italian rock & roll singer-songwriter, on May 27
Ghigo Agosti – Coccinella (1958)

Rodger Fox, 71, New Zealand jazz trombonist and bandleader, on May 27

Gustavo Mullem, 72, guitarist of Brazilian rock band Camisa de Vênus, on May 28
Camisa de Vênus – Controle Total (1982)

John Schweers, 78, country songwriter, on May 28
Charley Pride – Amazing Love (1973, as writer)

Brian Humphries, British sound engineer, on May 29
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975, as engineer)

Mansour Seck, 69, Senegalese singer and musician, on May 29
Mansour Seck – Sanu (1997)

Cayouche, 75, Canadian singer-songwriter, on May 29
Cayouche – Letter From Home (2010)

Doug Dagger, 56, singer of punk band The Generators, on May 30
The Generators – Roll Out The Red Carpet (2003)

Ed Mann, 69, drummer, percussionist and keyboardist for Frank Zappa, on May 31
Frank Zappa – Dancin’ Fool (1979, on percussions and backing vocals)

Harry van Hoof, 81, composer, arranger, Eurovision conductor, on June 1
Mouth & MacNeal – How Do You Do (1972, as co-writer)

Tony Bramwell, 78, Beatles tour manager, Apple exec, producer, on June 2
Swampfox – I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (1972, as producer)

Colin Gibb, 70, member of British pop novelty act Black Lace, on June 2
Black Lace – Superman (1982)

Janis Paige, 101, actress and singer, on June 2
Janis Paige – Day In Day Out (1944)
Janis Paige – Let’s Fall In Love (1957)

Brother Marquis, 58, rapper with 2 Live Crew, on June 3
The 2 Live Crew – Me So Horny (1989, also as co-writer)

C.Gambino, 26, Swedish rapper, shot on June 4

Ranch Sironi, 32, bassist of stoner rock band Nebula, on June 5

Rosalina Neri, 96, Italian actress and singer, on June 5

Rose-Marie, 68, Northern Irish singer and TV personality, announced June 7
Rose-Marie – When I Leave The World Behind (1983)

Mark James, 83, songwriter, producer and singer, on June 8
B.J. Thomas – Hooked On A Feeling (1968, as writer and producer)
Mark James – Suspicious Minds (1968, also as writer)
Elvis Presley – Moody Blue (1977, as writer)
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind (1987, as writer)

Alex Riel, 83, Danish jazz and rock drummer, on June 9

Françoise Hardy, 80, French singer-songwriter, on June 11
Françoise Hardy – Tous les garcons et les filles (1962)
Françoise Hardy – Ich bin nun mal ein Mädchen (1965)
Françoise Hardy – Song Of Winter (1970)
Françoise Hardy & Jacques Dutronc – Puisque vous partez en voyage (2000)

Gaps Hendrickson, 73, co-lead singer of British ska group The Selecter, on June 11
The Selecter – Too Much Pressure (1979)
The Selecter – Tell Me What’s Wrong (1980, also as writer)

Enchanting, 26, rapper, on June 11

Adam Lewis, 45, bassist of pop-punk group FenixTX, announced June 11
FenixTX – All My Fault (1999)

Axel Kühn, 60, German jazz saxophonist and composer, on June 11

Mark Carr Pritchett, David Bowie collaborator, on June 12
The Arnold Corns – Moonage Daydream (1971, as member on guitar)

Johnny Canales, 81, Mexican Tejano singer and TV host, on June 12

Angela Bofill, 70, soul singer and songwriter, on June 13
Angela Bofill – This Time I’ll Be Sweeter (1978)
Angela Bofill – Still In Love (1986)
Angela Bofill – Heavenly Love (1993, also as writer)

Pepe Guerra, 80, guitarist of Uruguayan folk duo Los Olimareños, on June 13
Los Olimareños – Nuestro camino (1984)

Skowa, 68, singer-songwriter with Brazilian samba-rock band Trio Mocotó, on June 13
Trio Mocotó – Capcaloei (2004)

Nahim, 71, Brazilian singer, on June 13

Ivana Pino Arrellano, 32 Chilean country singer, in car accident on June 15

Buzz Cason, 84, singer, songwriter, producer, on June 16
Robert Knight – Everlasting Love (1967, as co-writer)
Buzz Cason – Adam & Eve (1968)

Graham Dowdall (Gagarin), 70, British percussionist, composer, arranger, on June 16
Nico + The Faction – Into The Arena (1985, as member on percussions and as arranger)

Paul Spencer, 53, musician with British dance act Dario G, on June 17
Dario G – Sunchyme (1997)

Lonnie Gasperini, 73, jazz organist and composer, on June 17

James Chance, 71, no wave saxophonist and singer, on June 18
James Chance & The Contortions – Twice Removed (1979)
James Chance & The Contortions – Super Bad (1981, rel. 1995)

Jan Cremer, 84, Dutch writer, painter and singer, on June 19

Matt Watts, 36, US-born Belgian-based singer songwriter, announced June 19
Matt Watts – Waking Up (2020)

Silvia Infantas, 101, Chilean folk singer and actress, on June 19

Chrystian, 67, Brazilian sertanejo singer, on June 19

James Polk, 83, jazz, funk and soul multi-instrumentalist and arranger, on June 21
James Polk & The Brothers – Just Plain Funk (1969)

Davie Duncan, lead singer of Scottish rockabilly band Shakin’ Pyramids, buried on June 21
Shakin’ Pyramids – Let’s Go (1983)

Julio Foolio, 26, rapper, shot dead on June 23
Foolio – Ion Need Love (2024)

Shifty Shellshock, 49, singer and songwriter with rap-rock band Crazy Town, on June 24
Crazy Town – Butterfly (2000, also as co-writer)
Paul Oakenfold feat. Shifty Shellshock – Starry Eyed Surprise (2002)

Fredl Fesl, 76, German novelty singer, on June 25

Ray St. Germain, 83, Canadian singer, TV host, politician, on June 25
Ray St. Germain – Métis (1978)

Jewel Brown, 86, jazz, soul and blues singer, on June 25
Jewel Brown – If You Have No Real Objections (1962)

John DeFrancesco, 83, jazz organist, on June 25

Gary Grant, trumpeter, composer and producer, on June 26
Woody Herman – MacArthur Park (1969, on trumpet)
Donna Summer – Bad Girls (1979, on trumpet)
Greg Phillinganes – Girl Talk (1981, on trumpet)
Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom (1986, on trumpet)

Kinky Friedman, 79, country musician, satirist, politician, on June 27
Kinky Friedman – We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To You (1973)
Kinky Friedman – They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore (1974)

Martin Mull, 80, actor, comedian and singer-songwriter, on June 27
Martin Mull – Normal (1974)

Betty Veldpaus, 72, singer with Dutch pop group Pussycat, on June 28
Pussycat – Mississippi (1975)

Lucius Banda, 53, Malawian singer-songwriter and politician, on June 30

Peter Collins, 73, English producer, singer, announced June 30
Peter Collins – Get In A Boat (1970)
Piranhas – Tom Hark (1981, as producer)
Gary Moore – Empty Rooms (1984, as producer)
Indigo Girls – Least Complicated (1994, as co-producer)

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