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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

R.I.P. Alvin Lee

Alvin Lee (born Graham Alvin Barnes)

19th December 1944 – 6th March 2013

i have seen ten years after live several times, but never alvin lee. of course i now regret that, but seemingly no one could see this coming. gosh, i cant really think of anything useful to write here right now because the news about his passing really shocked me, just that i really love his work with ten years after and that i havent paid enough attention to his solo work yet, which i will work on sometime soon.
this has been a sad day…

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

R.I.P. Reg Presley

Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball)

12th June 1941 – 4th February 2013

what a loss… he will be dearly missed, a true icon of the 1960s. i love almost every one of the troggs songs, and also regs early solo stuff (those three 45s released around 1970; hear one of them below!).

the troggs most famous hit ever was a cover version, but their original songs are not to be underestimated. they are amoung the groups i have the most 45s of, so they definitely have a special place in my music-loving heart.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

R.I.P. Ravi Shankar, the great sitar maestro

Ravi Shankar (born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury)

7th April 1920 – 11th December 2012

it was yesterday that we lost the man who initially brought the sitar into western, and especially into psychedelic music. the man who influenced the music of the 1960s and afterwards, notably that of the beatles, like no other.
ravi shankar reached the biblical age of 92 years, but his musical heritage will live on many times his lifespan.

read about his passing here.

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

R.I.P. Lord Sitar

Big Jim Sullivan (born James George Tomkins)

14th February 1941 – 2nd October 2012

one of the best and most underrated session guitarists there ever was. not only was he a great idol to and influence on people like ritchie blackmore and many more, he played on more than a thousand (!) charting hit singles through the years.
hats off to big jim!

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Monday, 20 August 2012

He Wore Some Flowers in His Hair

 Scott McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim)

10th January 1939 – 18th August 2012

how sad, i just read it on twitter although he already died on saturday. i followed him on facebook for quite a while and he had a lot of meaningful things to say, which i really liked to read. originally i was looking for the song “no, no, no, no, no” – which is less known but i really like it – but i couldnt find it on youtube, so i will give you his unavoidable (in a positive sense) hit single:

[EDIT] i found it:

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Monday, 16 July 2012

One More Rainy Day – R.I.P Jon Lord

 Jonathan Douglas Lord

9th June 1941 – 16th July 2012

just got the news… what an immense loss! last november i went to see jon lords blues project with brian auger filling in for jon, and i hoped that the time would come when i could see the genius himself live and in person. but it wasnt meant to be, and so now i share deep grief with millions and millions of deep purple fans. heres one of the songs that first got me to like deep purple, and its a beautiful showcase for jons work with mark I:

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Monday, 21 May 2012

R.I.P. Robin Gibb

 Robin Hugh Gibb

22nd December 1949 – 20th May 2012

what a sad thing to learn, although it was clearly obvious that this was to come soon. it scares me a little that robin was the same age as my own dad (who is still alive and well), with just two months difference.
this is my favourite bee gees song, and as you might have guessed, its not from the disco era :-) the vocals are so fantastic that even my old grandfather, who really disliked “the young people’s” pop music, is said to have liked this song. anyhow, enjoy:

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

50 Years Ago Today

Stu is quite the iconic figure in the Beatles community and is famous for being a member of the greatest rock band in the world. This makes it quite a hardship to understand what a special person he must’ve been. The stories tell how John Lennon always admired him, seeing in him the creativity that them as artsts must’ve been a bond. When I look at his early paintings I can see the same ambition that led him jump on the bandwagon, offering him adventure unknowns musings and whatnot there, in Hamburg.

double exposure, astrids work
When the pretty boy stood on stages of those rotten environments, he was barely able to handle his instrument but took the task nevertheless, probably out of love for John and open to new experiences.

Love found it’s new ways and soon he was to meet a German photographer lady, which made him abandon (or even, liberate him from) his band, giving both the band and himself the chance of self-realisation and well.. making it. He got accepted at the Hamburg art school and the band released “My Bonnie”. Shortly after this, he passed.

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Daydream Gone

 Davy Jones

30th December 1945 – 29th February 2012

i cant find any words right now… i read about it just a couple of minutes ago and im still crying. i will add some more and the obligatory youtube vid when it gets better. R.I.P. ;-(

[edit 25th march]
sorry guys that it almost took me a month to complete this post, but you can be sure that i did not forget it but simply did have no time to do it.
anyhow, i bought a whole bunch of new monkees 45s and LPs and some of them have already arrived as you can see in the “latest acquisitions” section.
so, yes, it was quite a shock when davy died in february. the monkees were a part of my childhood, and davy sort of was my crush when i was six or seven years old :-) so it was a bitter fall-back into reality when the news came – the sixties are over, we are not young anymore and lives definitely end at some point.
i guess i havent been so affected by the …

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

R.I.P. Etta James

 Etta James

25th January 1938 – 20th January 2012

i experienced great grief when i learned yesterday that etta james had died at just 73. she is one of my favourite female blues singers and was one of the last great blues ladys that are still alive.
its quite a shame but i dont have any of her records on vinyl (which i sure will have to change now!), so we have to go with a little youtube clip to remember this awesome singer and indulge our ears in that geat voice once more:

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

R.I.P. Keef Hartley

 Keith “Keef” Hartley

8th April 1944 – 27th November 2011

hartley worked as a drummer for rory storm and the hurricanes, the artwoods and john mayall. he passed away on sunday after complications from surgery at the age of 67. here is the in memoriam note by john mayall:

I got the sad news (27Nov11) that Keef Hartley died of complications from surgery last Sunday. When I think back to all the adventures we had over the years, both on and off the road, it seems hardly possible that my friend of so many years will not be showing up to sit in with any of my bands in the future. His sense of fun and love of life will always remain in my thoughts as special memories. Boy did we have fun! So long my friend, I will miss you.
here is a track from his first album with the keef hartley band:

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

It’s Been a Long Long Long Time…

yes, 58 years can be a long, long, long time – but not as a lifetime. the mixed feelings of grief that occupied me these days were caused on one side by the fact that its once again the anniversary of the loss of a great idol, and on the other side by the horrid fact how irreversably fast time flies. yes, it is exactly ten years ago today that george harrison passed away. to me this was a very incisive and dramatic event – first, because it was the first (and to this day – luckily – only) death of a beatle to happen in my lifetime, and second because my grandfather died just a couple of days later in early december 2001 from the same illness that george succumbed to (although he was lucky enough to reach a little higher age).
as an atheist i probably disagree with george or many of his fans that he is “in a better place” now (even if this should be being reborn or what else one can think of), i simply say lets thing of the awesome life this lad has had – a life many of will …

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

R.I.P. Jerry Leiber

 Jerome “Jerry” Leiber

25th April 1933 – 22nd August 2011

now heres maybe the best known leiber/stoller song, to which jerry wrote the lyrics. of course elvis version is the most popular one, but originally it was recorded by this blues lady in the early 50s.
“Hound Dog” performed live by Big Mama Thornton and Buddy Guy in 1965:

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Friday, 24 June 2011

“Columbo” dies aged 83

 Peter Michael Falk

16th September 1927 – 23rd June 2011

to bring back some memories, and perhaps make you laugh again:
Peter Falk in: The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Frank Sinatra (1977):

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Sunday, 8 May 2011

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

 John Maus (John Walker)

12th November 1943 – 7th May 2011
john walker, former member of the walker brothers, passed away last saturday, aged 67. what a sad thing to happen, as thats not really old anyway. say goodbye to mr. maus, and watch a video with him and sandie shaw singing ‘homeward bound’, for old times sake.

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