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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2008, 01:44:14 PM »

Texasmom thanks for sharing. Is that your ticket stub from Robert Palmer concert? That is to cool that you have saved it. Leonard Skynyrd is sure a band that has lost a few good members and taken some hard knocks as a band. Good to listen to them again.......
Sweet Home Alabama can bring any house down LOL even here in ole NY.
Yes, BB...I scanned my ticket stub to share.  My ticket to Robert Palmer was a gift for my sixteenth birthday; and one of many concerts I went to that year.  I'd put some of the tickets in a photo album and I enjoy looking back now and remembering all the good times!  Wish I'd saved them all now! 

Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crashed not far from where I lived in Mississippi.  I was devastated, the crash had happened on the evening of my 14th birthday.  My mom and stepdad took me to see some of the wreckage after it had been brought into Brookhaven.  It was so sad to see, and a miracle that more weren't killed. 
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« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2008, 02:16:42 PM »

Luther Vandross
1951-2005


http://www.luthervandross.com/site-f.html
A suave crossover balladeer and meticulous pop craftsman whose impeccable phrasing, delicate articulation and romantic delivery were underscored by his extra–ordinary hitmaking talents as a songwriter, producer and arranger, Luther Vandross (1951-2005) was by every account THE most beloved R&B male vocalist of his generation. With a cumulative 20 gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications in the U.S. alone (singles, albums, videos) and worldwide sales of more than 30 million albums, Luther’s impact on popular tastes has been second to none.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Vandross#2003.E2.80.932005:_Illness_and_death
2003–2005: Illness and death
Vandross had diabetes,[3] a disease that ran in his family, as well as hypertension. On April 16, 2003, just four days before his 52nd birthday, Vandross suffered a stroke in his home in Manhattan.[3] Though the cause of Vandross' stroke was not specifically attributed to diabetes, diabetics have been identified as being much more susceptible to strokes than non-diabetics.

He appeared briefly on videotape at the 2004 Grammys to accept his Song of the Year award, where he said, "Whenever I say goodbye it's never for long because I believe in the power of love".[3] Other than an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, he was never seen in public again. Vandross died on July 1, 2005 at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey at the age of 54.[6] The cause of his death was never publicly released.

Extensive detail about Luther's work with other artists found here:

http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/vandross_luther/bio.jhtml

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Superstar:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lULU_-L-v3U
A House is not a Home:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRVBB64PJ8I&feature=related
So Amazing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8zXldXQ6Tg
Here and Now:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZygIzSDOYU&feature=related
Any Love:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Xd2e7FtNk&feature=related




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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2008, 03:14:52 PM »

Keith Whitley

1955-1989



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Whitley

Jackie Keith Whitley (born July 1, 1955 in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, died May 9, 1989) was an American country music singer. His name is not to be confused with that of his son Jesse Keith Whitley, born in 1987. Whitley's brief career in mainstream country music lasted from 1984 till his death in 1989, but he continues to influence an entire generation of singers and songwriters. His biggest hits include "Don't Close Your Eyes" and "Miami, My Amy".

Whitley, along with Ricky Skaggs, was discovered by Ralph Stanley when the two teenagers sang Stanley Brothers songs as an opening act for the Clinch Mountain Boys. The two soon joined Ralph's band. Whitley also played with JD Crowe and the New South in the mid-seventies. During this period, he established himself as one of the most versatile and talented lead singers in bluegrass. His singing was heavily influenced by Carter Stanley and Lefty Frizzell. Whitley's first solo album, A Hard Act to Follow, was released in 1984, and featured a more mainstream country style. While Whitley was working hard to achieve his own style, the songs he produced were inconsistent. Critics regarded the album as too erratic. Whitley honed his sound within the next few years for his next album, L.A. to Miami.

L.A. to Miami, released in 1986 would give him his first Top 20 country hit single, "Miami, My Amy." The song was followed by three more hit songs: "Ten Feet Away," "Homecoming '63," and "Hard Livin." The album also included "On The Other Hand" and "Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her." "On The Other Hand" was pitched to Keith before Randy Travis released the song as a single and when Keith's version wasn't released as a single, Randy released his in 1986, as did George Strait with "Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her"

During his tour to promote L.A. to Miami, he met and started a romantic relationship with Lorrie Morgan, a fellow country singer. The pair were married in November, 1986, and they had their only child, a son, Jesse Keith Whitley, in June 1987. Keith also adopted Lorrie's daughter, Morgan, from her first marriage.

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Keith Whitley was a longtime alcoholic, who had begun drinking early in his career at Bluegrass concerts -- long before he was legally allowed to drink alcohol. Many times he had tried to overcome his alcoholism, but these methods had failed. Whitley preferred to drink alone, making it tough for anyone to detect that he had a drinking problem.

On the morning of May 9, 1989, after a weekend of drinking and partying with friends, Whitley woke up and spoke with his mother briefly on the phone. He was visited by his brother-in-law, and the two had coffee and planned a day of golf, after which, Keith had planned to start writing songs for him and Lorrie to possibly record when she returned from her tour. His brother-in-law departed, telling Keith to be ready within an hour. Upon returning, Whitley was found face down on his bed and pronounced dead at 11:16 a.m. He was 33.

The cause of death was alcohol poisoning, and the coroner report stated that his blood alcohol level was .477 (five times over the legal limit to drive.)

The day after his death, Music Row was lined with black ribbons in memory of Keith.

Although Whitley's voice was silenced, his influence on country music has persisted long after his death. At the time of his death, he had just finished making his fourth and final studio album, I Wonder Do You Think of Me. The album was released three months after his death, on August 1, 1989. The album produced two more #1 hits, with the title track and "It Ain't Nothin'." "I'm Over You" also saw the top ten in the spring of 1990, reaching No. 3.

In 1990, a collection of Keith's greatest hits was released. It has gone on to sell more than three million copies.

Two new songs were added to "Greatest Hits": The first, "Tell Lorrie I Love Her" was written and recorded at home by Keith for Lorrie, originally intended as a work tape for Keith's friend Curtis 'Mr. Harmony' Young to sing at Whitley's wedding. The second was "'Til A Tear Becomes A Rose", a 1987 demo taken from Tree that originally featured harmony vocals by childhood friend Ricky Skaggs. Lorrie Morgan, with creative control and license to Whitley's namesake, recorded her voice alongside Keith's, and released it as a single, which rose to No. 13 and won them 1991's CMA award for Best Vocal Collaboration.

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In 1994, Whitley's widow Lorrie Morgan organized several of Whitley's friends in bluegrass and some of the big names in country at the time to record a tribute album to Whitley. The album included covers of Whitley's songs from artists such as Alan Jackson, Diamond Rio, and Ricky Skaggs. The album also included several previously unreleased tracks recorded by Whitley in 1987. One of the songs was a duet that Lorrie and Keith did in the summer of 1987 called "I Just Want You". The tribute album credited Whitley with another award for reaching more than 500,000 copies.

However, the hit single to come from the tribute album was Alison Krauss & Union Station's rendition of "When You Say Nothing at All", which rose to #3 on the Billboard country charts.

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Whitley's legacy continues to shine since his passing in 1989; every year there is a memorial motorcycle ride from Sandy Hook, Kentucky to his resting place in Nashville, TN where hundreds gather to pay their respects.

Even in death, new fans come to know Keith and his music both mainsteam and bluegrass. Singers and songwriters today continue to use Keith as one of their main reasons for entering the music scene.[citation needed] Mark Chesnutt is one of those singers who on his newest cd "Rollin With The Flow" did a cover of Keith's recording "She Never Got Me Over You".

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Don't Close Your Eyes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Nub5gWCKY&feature=related

When You Say Nothing at All:
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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2008, 04:35:08 PM »

B. W. Stevenson
B.W. Stevenson (5 October 1949 - 28 April 1988), born Lewis Charles Stevenson, was an American country pop artist. "B.W." stood for "Buckwheat."

He was born in Dallas, Texas. Stevenson is most famous for co-writing with Daniel Moore, the song "My Maria". As recorded by Stevenson, it became a smash hit (reaching #9 on Billboard's Hot 100), in 1973. The tune was covered much later by country duo Brooks & Dunn, for whom it was a three-week #1 country hit in mid 1996. Stevenson had several other successful chart singles, including "A Little Bit of Understanding" and the original version of "Shambala", which reached #3 in a cover version by Three Dog Night. However, Stevenson never again regained the success he had with the release of "My Maria".

In his book The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, author Jan Reid devotes a chapter to Stevenson, where he dubs him The Voice.

Stevenson died undergoing heart valve surgery at the age of 38.

[edit] Discography

    * 1970 Rainbow Down the Road
    * 1972 B.W. Stevenson
    * 1972 Lead Free
    * 1973 My Maria
    * 1973 Pass This Way
    * 1974 Calabasa
    * 1975 We Be Sailin'
    * 1977 Lost Feeling
    * 1977 The Best of B.W. Stevenson
    * 1980 Lifeline
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._W._Stevenson

A very nice website dedicated to B.W.:
http://www.pmblonestarlady.com/bws.html
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« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2008, 06:20:52 PM »

Elvis Presley
1935-1977



http://www.elvis.com/elvisology/bio/elvis_overview.asp

Elvis Aaron Presley, in the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

 Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager. In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.

http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/elvispresley/biography

Presley’s last live performance was on June 25, 1977, in Indianapolis. He was reportedly horrified at the impending publication of Elvis: What Happened?, the tell-all written by three of his e-bodyguards and Memphis Mafiosi that was the first printed account of his drug abuse and obsession with firearms, to name just two headline-grabbing revelations. The book came out on August 12. On August 16, 1977--the day before his next scheduled concert--Presley was discovered by girlfriend Ginger Alden dead in his bathroom at Graceland. Although his death was at first attributed to congestive heart failure (an autopsy also revealed advance arteriosclerosis and an enlarged liver), later investigation revealed evidence that drug abuse may have been at least part of the cause of death. Because the family was allowed to keep the official autopsy report private, additional speculation regarding contributing factors in Presley’s death has run wild. Through the years, several insiders have insisted that he was suffering from bone cancer, to name just one unsubstantiated claim. In September 1979 Presley’s private physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, was charged by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners with “indiscriminately prescribing 5,300 pills and vials for Elvis in the seven months before his death.” He was later acquitted.

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Return to Sender:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J3tdAuBJ3k&feature=related

Hound Dog:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We8P_Ww27hY

Jailhouse Rock:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpzV_0l5ILI

My Way:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFEU_9lZrTk

An American Trilogy Live 1973:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpM3pQDezrU

Don't Cry Daddy (with Lisa Marie)  Years following his death...Beautiful Duet, video hard to watch...just listen.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xml2rNLBCsI&feature=related


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« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2008, 10:03:53 PM »


Ian Curtis (Joy Division - disorder)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-idwFqpjUc



Ian Curtis:  Age 23
Joy Division

(b.15 July 1956, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, d. 18 May 1980).
On 18 May 1980, the eve of Joy Division's proposed visit to America, Ian Curtis was found hanged. The verdict was suicide. A note was allegedly found bearing the words: ‘At this moment I wish I were dead. I just can't cope anymore’.
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« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2008, 10:19:40 PM »

laura nyro timer ( This is not Laura Nyro's best song by any means but if you want to know just how talented she is listen to the number of notes she can hit in the descending scale in the song Timer beginning at 0:34 seconds -she is missed)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cX7ahizSh8

Upstairs by a China Lamp - Laura Nyro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6pJ9Idyx-k&feature=related

Laura Nyro
(October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997)


Laura Nyro (born Laura Nigro) was an American composer, lyricist, singer and pianist. Her style was a distinctive hybrid of Brill Building-style New York pop, mixed with elements of jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, show tunes and rock.

She was best known, and had the most commercial success, as a composer and lyricist rather than as a performer. Between 1968 and 1970 a number of other singers had significant hits with her songs: the Fifth Dimension with "Blowing Away", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Sweet Blindness", "Save The Country" and "Black Patch"; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Peter Paul & Mary with "And When I Die"; Three Dog Night with "Eli's Coming"; and Barbra Streisand with "Stoney End". "Time and Love", and "Hands off the Man (Flim Flam Man)". Ironically, Nyro's best-selling single was her recording of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Up on the Roof."
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« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2008, 09:33:00 AM »

bb - we need an index  I'm already having to look back to see if a musician has been mentioned (but I'm old) 

texasmom -- how cool. I have various and sundry stashing places for 'tickets & stubs' -- but I'm sure not nearly comprehensive. And certainly not 'mint' condition. Probably a bad decision in retrospect. lol. My dh used to give me ahard time when I started getting 'email' tickets that I could print.


Didn't see this posted yet, so here goes:

http://hake.com/gordon/garcia.html



In Memoriam
Jerome John Garcia

August 1, 1942 - August 9, 1995
         
Jerry Garcia left us on Wednesday, August the 9th.
Millions of us mourned the loss, and wished him Godspeed.
Our prayers are with him, his family, and the Grateful Dead.
Let us all begin anew to celebrate Jerry's gentle life,
and enjoy the phenomenal musical legacy he left behind!

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Grateful Dead - Peggy O - 6-26-94

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX9Vhv4akxc
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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2008, 02:34:19 PM »

Good idea sharon. I did a quick look through and hope I didn't miss anyone, this way we can see up to this point who has been listed.


Duane Allman-The Allman Brothers
Jeff Buckley-Shinehead
Tim Buckley
Cliff Burton-Metallica
Ian Curtis- Joy Division
King Curtis
John Denver
Jerome John Garcia-Grateful Dead
Michael Hutchence-INXS
Brian Jones-ROLLING STONES
John Lennon-The Beatles
Ty Longley-Great White
Bob Marley-The Wailers
Freddie Mercury-Queen
Laura Nyro
Elvis Presley
Robert Palmer
Keith Relf-Yardbirds
B. W. Stevenson
Roger Troutman-Megamix
Keith Whitley -Clinch Mountain Boys, JD Crowe and the New South
Luther Vandross
Stevie Ray Vaughn
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« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2008, 02:42:18 PM »

Tim Hardin "if I were a carpenter" (Woodstock)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLmT70EOCys

Tim Hardin:  38
(b. 23 December 1941, Eugene, Oregon, USA, d. 29 December 1980).
Beset by heroin addiction, his later work is a ghost of that early excellence. Tim Hardin died, almost forgotten and totally underrated, in December 1980, of a heroin/morphine overdose.
http://elvispelvis.com/heroin.htm
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Hardin
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« Reply #30 on: August 25, 2008, 04:05:00 PM »

RIP Mama Cass

http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608000278/Cass-Elliot.html

Cass Elliot Biography


Full Name, Cassandra Elliot; name originally Ellen Naomi Cohen; born September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, Md.; died as a result of choking (one source says heart attack) July 29, 1974, in London, England; married James Hendricks (a musician; marriage ended) children: Owen (daughter).

"Mama" Cass Elliot's strong contralto voice attracted much of the attention focused on the popular late 1960s vocal group the Mamas and the Papas. She helped provide harmony on all the quartet's hits, including "California Dreaming," "Monday, Monday," and "Dedicated to the One I Love." Following The Mamas and the Papas' breakup in 1968, Elliot enjoyed a successful solo career until her death in 1974.

Born Ellen Naomi Cohen in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 19, 1940, Elliot demonstrated her musical interests early in life. During grade school she took piano lessons; later, she tried the guitar, feeling it was more useful for the folk genre. By the time she reached high school, she focused more on her vocal abilities, and often sang in school shows. After graduation, Elliot rebelled against her parents' wishes that she attend a prestigious women's college, and moved to New York City to become involved in the folk scene a few years later. She adopted the name Cassandra Elliot, thinking it would help her in show business.

In New York's Greenwich Village, Elliot joined a folk group called the Big Three. The Big Three also included James Hendricks, to whom she was married for a time. They were successful enough to record two albums, The Big Three and Live at the Recording Studio on the FM label. By 1964, Elliot and her husband were singing with the Mugwumps. This group, too, was able to make a self-titled album, but it was not put out by Warner Bros. until Elliot had gained fame with the Mamas and the Papas.

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Dream a Little Dream
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZPmZ64m3_4
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« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2008, 04:08:36 PM »

Good idea sharon. I did a quick look through and hope I didn't miss anyone, this way we can see up to this point who has been listed.

Thanks bb!


Duane Allman-The Allman Brothers
Jeff Buckley-Shinehead
Tim Buckley
Cliff Burton-Metallica
Ian Curtis- Joy Division
King Curtis
John Denver
Cass Elliot- Mamas and Papas, also a solo artist
Jerome John Garcia-Grateful Dead
Tim Hardin
Michael Hutchence-INXS
Brian Jones-ROLLING STONES
John Lennon-The Beatles
Ty Longley-Great White
Bob Marley-The Wailers
Freddie Mercury-Queen
Laura Nyro
Elvis Presley
Robert Palmer
Keith Relf-Yardbirds
B. W. Stevenson
Roger Troutman-Megamix
Keith Whitley -Clinch Mountain Boys, JD Crowe and the New South
Luther Vandross
Stevie Ray Vaughn
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« Reply #32 on: December 30, 2008, 08:38:01 PM »

I wanted to add my contribution....the late great Jeff Healey best know for "Angel Eyes".  I also included the You Tube of the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vs9ldU2rdw

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/arts/music/04healey.html

Jeff Healey, Guitarist and Singer, Dies at 41
 By DOUGLAS MARTIN
Published: March 4, 2008
Correction Appended

Jeff Healey, a Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter whose band sold millions of blues-rock records and who also pursued a passion for old-time jazz, playing the trumpet and clarinet, died on Sunday in Toronto. He was 41.

 Mr. Healey, who was blind, played his guitar with the instrument flat on his lap, resulting in what Guitar Player magazine called “astoundingly fluid bends and vibrato.” He blended jazz, rock and the blues.

Mr. Healey’s greatest success came in the late 1980s, when his band recorded the album “See the Light.” It reached platinum status in the United States by selling more than one million copies and eventually two million worldwide. A single from that album, “Angel Eyes,” was the Jeff Healey Band’s only Top 40 hit, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1989.

The same year the band performed the soundtrack for “Road House,” a movie starring actor Patrick Swayze. The band also had speaking parts. Soon the group was big enough to be booked in stadiums.

Mr. Healey also played the trumpet and clarinet in his own traditional jazz band, the Jazz Wizards. He collected as many as 30,000 old-time jazz records, mainly those on 78 r.p.m., which he played as the host of an hour-long radio show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr. Healey, son of a firefighter, was born and raised near Toronto. He lost his sight to eye cancer when he was a year old and was given his first guitar two years later. At a school for the blind, he was shown how to play the guitar the usual way but found it felt more comfortable on his lap.

At a Toronto-area high school he played the guitar and trumpet in school bands. His early guitar inspirations were country stylists like Chet Atkins, but he moved on to Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and B. B. King, according to the reference work Contemporary Musicians. He studied music theory on his own.

He formed the Jeff Healey Band in 1985, with the drummer Tom Stephen and the bassist Joe Rockman. The trio gave as many as 300 concerts a year for about two years before signing with Arista Records in 1988. Their second album for the label (after “See the Light”) was “Hell to Pay,” which featured guest artists including George Harrison.

As the group’s popularity grew, so did their concert venues. Jon Pareles, writing in The New York Times in 1989, described the band’s music as “showy, arena-style blues rock,” although he praised Mr. Healey’s technique.

In 1990, a reader poll in Guitar Player magazine named Mr. Healey the best blues guitarist and best new talent.

Mr. Healey is survived by his wife, Cristie; his daughter, Rachel; and his son, Derek.

By 2002, Mr. Healey had opened a music club named after himself in Toronto; he later closed it to open a larger one. In 2003, he started his jazz band.

He made a total of 10 albums, including both jazz and blues-rock; it would be hard to guess that some of the albums were by the same artist. In January 2007, Guitar Player said, “Jeff Healey may be the only cat around who can play the prewar jazz of Louis Armstrong on the trumpet, and the heavy electric blues-rock of ZZ Top on the guitar.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: March 8, 2008
An obituary on Tuesday about the guitarist, singer and songwriter Jeff Healey misspelled the given name of his wife, who survives him. She is Cristie Healey, not Christie.

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« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2008, 08:44:15 PM »

oh, my!  there are so many GREATS missing.  In particular, probably the greatest vocal loss of the sixties, Otis Redding.  Truly a soul man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGlKJDEI1Nk

http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/otis-redding

Otis Redding
Induction Year: 1989
Induction Category: Performer


Though his career was relatively brief, cut short by a tragic plane crash, Otis Redding was a singer of such commanding stature that to this day he embodies the essence of soul music in its purist form. His name is synonymous with the term soul, music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying. Redding left behind a legacy of recordings made during the four-year period from his first sessions for Stax/Volt Records in 1963 until his death in 1967. Ironically, although he consistently impacted the R&B charts beginning with the Top Ten appearance of “Mr. Pitiful” in 1965, none of his singles fared better than #21 on the pop Top Forty until the posthumous release of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” That landmark song, recorded just four days before Redding’s death, went to #1 and stayed there for four weeks in early 1968. It marked a new direction for the singer toward a soul-folk-pop synthesis that drew from such influences as Bob Dylan and the new breed of performers at the Monterey International Pop Festival, at which Redding had performed.

Redding’s relatively unspectacular showing on the pop charts at a time when he was laying down some of the most titanic soul ever recorded - classics like “Respect” (a song he wrote, later covered by Aretha Franklin), “Try a Little Tenderness” and his terse, funky deconstruction of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” - may mean that he was too intensely soulful for the mainstream market at that time. He was, in many ways, larger than life. Redding, a proudly self-professed country boy from Macon, Georgia, had it all: a big, gravely voice, an enormous natural talent for songwriting and arranging, and a hard-working nature and generous disposition. As a singer, he styled himself after Little Richard (a fellow Macon native) and Sam Cooke in the early days, but he gradually acquired his own voice, imparting gruff, syncopated inflections to ballad and uptempo material.

Redding was discovered while singing with Macon guitarist Johnny Jenkins’ band, the Pinetoppers, and first recorded as a member of that group for the tiny Confederate label in 1960. When Jenkins was booked to cut some sides at Stax Records in Memphis in October 1962, Redding was given an opportunity at the end of a session, and he recorded “These Arms of Mine,” a stately, self-penned ballad. Redding thereupon embarked upon a fruitful recording career as a staple of the Stax roster, collaborating with Booker T. and the M.G.s (house band at the Stax studio), especially guitarist Steve Cropper. Redding himself was a guitarist, and he integrally involved himself with the arrangements of his songs, whistling parts he envisaged to the horn section. His recording sessions were galvanic, impassioned and intense - the very apotheosis of soul. Donald “Duck” Dunn, bassist with the M.G.s, recalls: “Otis would come in, and he’d just bring everybody up. You wanted to play with Otis. He brought out the best in you.”

There was earthiness and candor in his every performance, be it slow, soulful ballads like “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” or fast-paced numbers such as “I Can’t Turn You Loose.” Such albums as Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul - which was recorded in a single 24-hour period in 1965 - is a virtual soul-music primer. In concert, Redding routinely incited pandemonium through the thunderous intensity of his performances, which included vocal ad-libs and false endings - devices that were evident in his memorable rendition of “Try a Little Tenderness” at the Monterey International Pop Festival on June 17, 1967. Redding stole the show at Monterey, as a wide-eyed new audience - the youthful counterculture - enthusiastically opened up to him. Given that launching pad and his songwriting breakthrough with “Sittin’ On (The Dock of the Bay),” Redding was poised for superstardom at the time his twin-engine Beechcraft crashed into Wisconsin’s Lake Monona on December 10, 1967, killing him and four members of his touring band, the Bar-Kays.

TIMELINE
September 9, 1941: Otis Redding was born.

August 1, 1960: Jerry Wexler strikes a handshake deal giving Atlantic distribution rights to Memphis-based Stax Records. The labels’ eight-year association will yield scores of hits by such artists as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and Booker T. and the MGs, literally shaping the sound of Sixties soul music.

December 10, 1967: Otis Redding dies in a plane crash.

March 10, 1968: (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding) was a hit.

March 16, 1968: Otis Redding has his only Number One hit, “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay,” after his death December 10, 1967 in a plane crash.

1989: Otis Redding inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2009, 11:47:12 AM »

Thanks for the memory southernComfort. Otis Redding......what a great!
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« Reply #35 on: May 31, 2009, 07:18:38 PM »

Hendrix's manager murdered him, says former aide

London, May 31 : A former roadie has claimed in a new book that rock legend Jimi Hendrix was murdered by his manager.

According to James 'Tappy' Wright, Hendrix's manager, Michael Jeffrey, who stood to collect millions of dollars on the star's life insurance policy, drunkenly confessed to killing him by stuffing pills into his mouth and washing them down with several bottles of red wine.

Wright says Jeffrey did so because he feared Hendrix intended to dump him for a new manager, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday.

In his book, Rock Roadie, Wright says Jeffrey told him in 1971 that Hendrix had been 'worth more to him dead than alive' as he had taken out a life insurance policy on the musician worth 2million dollars, with himself as the beneficiary. Two years later, Jeffrey was killed in a plane crash, reports The Independent.

Hendrix passed away in September 1970. He was 27.

An ambulance crew found his body in the Samarkand Hotel, west London, in the room of a woman called Monika Dannemann, whom he had known for only a few days.

Describing the night of Jeffrey's confession, Wright wrote: 'I can still hear that conversation, see the man I'd known for so much of my life, his face pale, hand clutching at his glass in sudden rage.'

Wright claims Jeffrey told him: 'I had to do it, Tappy. You understand, don't you? I had to do it. You know damn well what I'm talking about.

'I was in London the night of Jimi's death and together with some old friends... we went round to Monika's hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth... then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe.

'I had to do it. Jimi was worth much more to me dead than alive. That son of a bitch was going to leave me. If I lost him, I'd lose everything.'

Surgeon John Bannister, who dealt with Hendrix at hospital, said he was convinced the star had drowned in red wine, despite having very little alcohol in his bloodstream.
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