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Hypercast #4: In Memoriam 2014

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

A collection of music from some of the artists who passed away in 2014.

Arthur Smith Guitar Boogie
The Everly Brothers (Phil Everly) Made to Love
Lois Johnson Come on in and Let Me Love You
Weldon Myrick Once a Day
Johnny Winter Dallas
Little Jimmy Scott Everybody Needs Somebody
Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
Jay and the Americans (Jay Traynor) She Cried
Bob Crewe Music to Watch Girls By
The Orlons (Rosetta Hightower) The Wah-Watusi
Cream (Jack Bruce) I Feel Free
Joe Cocker Feelin’ Alright
Jerry Vale You Don’t Know Me
Deon Jackson Love Makes the World Go ‘Round
Acker Bilk Stranger on the Shore
Jeanne Black He’ll Have to Stay
George Hamilton IV Abilene
Sadina (Priscilla Mitchell) It Comes and Goes
Velva Darnell Not Me
The Bobbettes (Reather Dixon Turner) Mr. Lee
Jimmy C. Newman Artificial Rose
Jesse Winchester Do It
Bobby Womack What You Gonna Do (When Your Love is Gone)

In Memoriam: 2014

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

January
Jay Traynor, vocalist (Jay & The Americans)
Phil Everly, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter
Saul Zaentz, record company and film executive
Reather Dixon Turner, vocalist (The Bobbettes)
Dave Madden, actor and manager (Partridge Family)
Steven Fromholz, vocalist and songwriter
Pete Seeger, vocalist, songwriter and banjo player
Anna Gordy Gaye, record company executive and songwriter

February
Shirley Temple, vocalist, actress, dancer and diplomat
Sid Caesar, comedian, saxophonist and clarinetist
Bob Casale, guitarist and keyboardist (Devo)
Maria Franziska von Trapp, vocalist (Trapp Family Singers)
Chip Damiani, drummer (The Remains)
Franny Beecher, guitarist (Bill Haley and His Comets)
Peter Callander, songwriter and producer

March
Scott Asheton, drummer (The Stooges)
Joe Lala, percussionist and actor
Frankie Knuckles, DJ and producer

April
Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith, string player and songwriter
Wayne Henderson, trombonist (The Jazz Crusaders)
Mickey Rooney, actor, singer and entertainer
Leee Black Childers, photographer, writer and manager
Jesse Winchester, singer, guitarist and songwriter
Deon Jackson, vocalist
Kevin Sharp, vocalist

May
Bobby Gregg, drummer (Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel)
Dave Diamond, disk jockey
Andre Popp, composer and keyboardist
Cubie Burke, vocalist (The Five Stairsteps) and dancer
Jerry Vale, vocalist

June
Weldon Myrick, steel guitarist
Little Jimmy Scott, vocalist
Casey Kasem, disc jockey
Horace Silver, pianist and composer
Johnny Mann, arranger, composer and vocalist
Gerry Goffin, songwriter
Jimmy C. Newman, vocalist
Mabon “Teenie” Hodges, guitarist and songwriter
Bobby Womack, vocalist and guitarist
Paul Horn, flautist

July
Lois Johnson, vocalist
Tommy Ramone, drummer and producer
Charlie Haden, bassist
Johnny Winter, guitarist and vocalist
Elaine Stritch, vocalist and actress
Don Lanier, songwriter, guitarist and A&R executive
George Riddle, guitarist and songwriter
Idris Muhammad, drummer
Dick Wagner, guitarist
Velma Smith, guitarist

August
Rod de’Ath, drummer (Rory Gallagher)
Rosetta Hightower, vocalist (The Orlons)
Velva Darnell, vocalist

September
Bob Crewe, producer and songwriter
Cosimo Matassa, studio owner (J&M Recording) and engineer
Joe Sample, keyboardist
Tom Skeeter, studio owner (Sound City)
George Hamilton IV, vocalist and guitarist
Priscilla Mitchell, vocalist (a.k.a. Sadina)
Mark Loomis, guitarist (The Chocolate Watchband)

October
Paul Revere, band leader and keyboardist (Paul Revere and the Raiders)
Jan Hooks, comedienne and vocalist (The Sweeney Sisters)
Lou Whitney, bassist, producer and engineer
Tim Hauser, vocalist (The Manhattan Transfer)
Paul Craft, songwriter
Raphael Ravenscroft, saxophonist
Jeanne Black, vocalist
Jack Bruce, bassist, vocalist and songwriter (Cream)

November
Acker Bilk, clarinetist
Rick Rosas, bassist (Joe Walsh, Neil Young)
Jimmy Ruffin, vocalist
Dave Appell, band leader, arranger, producer and songwriter
Clive Palmer, banjoist (Incredible String Band)

December
Bobby Keys, saxophonist
Ian McLagan, keyboardist
Graeme Goodall, engineer and record company executive
Bob Montgomery, songwriter and vocalist
Dawn Sears, vocalist
Rock Scully, band manager (Grateful Dead)
John Fry, producer, engineer, record label and studio executive (Ardent)
Larry Henley, songwriter and vocalist
Chip Young, guitarist and producer
Joe Cocker, vocalist
Buddy DeFranco, clarinetist

RIP Jack Bruce

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Jack Bruce, legendary bassist, singer and songwriter, passed away Saturday, October 25 at the age of 71.

Bobby Womack Remembered

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Bobby Womack, who passed away in June, was not only a superb soul singer, songwriter and guitarist, he was an engaging and incredibly funny personality. Terry Gross’ interview from 1999 shows off the many sides of Bobby Womack. Stream or download it here.

Hypercast #2: In Memoriam 2013

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

A collection of music from some of the artists who passed away in 2013.

Ray Price Heartaches by the Number
Tompall Glaser Drinking Them Beers
Richie Havens High Flyin’ Bird
The Standells (Dick Dodd) Dirty Water
Game Theory (Scott Miller) Jimmy Still Comes Around
Ten Years After (Alvin Lee) I’d Love to Change the World
Sammy Johns Chevy Van
Junior Murvin Police and Thieves
Bobby “Blue” Bland Cry Cry Cry
Jewel Akins The Birds and the Bees
Eydie Gormé Blame it on the Bossa Nova
Bob Brozman Stack O Lee Aloha
Bob Thompson Mmm Nice!
Divinyls (Chrissy Amphlett) I Touch Myself
Annette Funicello California Sun
The Doors (Ray Manzarek) Light My Fire
Slim Whitman I Remember You
Noel Harrison Suzanne
The Velvet Underground (Lou Reed) Pale Blue Eyes
George Jones I’ve Aged Twenty Years in Five
Patti Page Tennessee Waltz
Cowboy Jack Clement I Guess Things Happen That Way
JJ Cale After Midnight
Ray Price For the Good Times

In Memoriam: 2013

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

January
Patti Page, vocalist
Sammy Johns, singer-songwriter
Tandyn Almer, songwriter
Raymond Franklin “Frank” Page, broadcaster
John Wilkinson, guitarist (Elvis Presley’s TCB Band)
Jimmy O’Neill, DJ, owner of Pandora’s Box and host of Shindig!
Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, guitarist and vocalist (Ohio Players)
Patty Andrews, vocalist (The Andrews Sisters)

February
Donald Byrd, trumpeter
Reg Presley, vocalist and songwriter (The Troggs)
Darlene McCrea, vocalist (The Cookies, The Raelettes)
Shadow Morton, producer and songwriter
Tony Sheridan, vocalist and guitarist
Mindy McCready, vocalist
Kevin Ayers, vocalist, guitarist and bassist (The Soft Machine)
Magic Slim, vocalist and guitarist
Cleotha Staples, vocalist
Larry Marks, producer and vocalist
Van Cliburn, pianist

March
Jewel Akins, vocalist
Alvin Lee, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter
Claude King, vocalist and guitarist
Peter Banks, guitarist (Yes)
Bobby Smith, vocalist (The Spinners)
Deke Richards, producer and songwriter
Gordon Stoker, vocalist (The Jordanaires)
Paul Williams, critic and author (Crawdaddy!)
Robert Zildjian, cymbal maker (Zildjian, Sabian)
Phil Ramone, producer and engineer

April
Andy Johns, producer and engineer
Annette Funicello, mouseketeer, vocalist and actress
Vincent Montana, Jr., bandleader (The Salsoul Orchestra)
Scott Miller, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist (Game Theory, The Loud Family)
Storm Thorgerson, graphic artist (Hipgnosis)
Chrissy Amphlett, vocalist and songwriter (The Divinyls)
Richie Havens, vocalist and guitarist
Bob Brozman, vocalist and guitarist
George Jones, vocalist

May
Alan O’Day, vocalist
Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and songwriter
Bob Thompson, composer, arranger and orchestra leader
Ed Shaughnessy, drummer
Marshall Lytle, bassist (Bill Haley & His Comets)
Marvin Junior, vocalist and songwriter (The Dells)
Clarence Burke, Jr., vocalist (The Five Stairsteps)

June
Joey Covington, drummer (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)
Arturo Vega, graphic designer (The Ramones)
Chet Flippo, music journalist
Slim Whitman, vocalist and yodeler
Bobby Blue Bland, vocalist
Alan Myers, drummer (Devo)

July
Jim Foglesong, record producer and label executive
Cory Monteith, actor and vocalist
Curly Lewis, fiddler
T-Model Ford, vocalist and guitarist
Faye Hunter, bassist and vocalist (Let’s Active)
JJ Cale, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist
Mike Shipley, producer and recording engineer
Mick Farren, vocalist and author

August
George Duke, keyboardist
Marilyn King, vocalist
Cowboy Jack Clement, producer and songwriter
Jody Payne, guitarist (Willie Nelson’s Family)
Karen Black, actress and vocalist
Eydie Gorme, vocalist
Tompall Glaser, vocalist and songwriter
Marian McPartland, pianist and songwriter
Sid Bernstein, concert promoter

September
Fred Katz, cellist
Ray Dolby, sound pioneer
Jackie Lomax, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist
Marvin Rainwater, vocalist and songwriter
Billy Mure, guitarist

October
Larry Verne, vocalist
Noel Harrison, actor and vocalist
Lou Reed, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist

November
Chico Hamilton, drummer
Dick Dodd, mouseketeer, vocalist and drummer (The Standells)

December
Junior Murvin, vocalist
Larry McKinley, label founder (Minit), DJ and producer
Jim Hall, guitarist
Ray Price, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader
Larry Lujack, DJ
Yusef Lateef, multi-instrumentalist
Ricky Lawson, drummer

RIP Phil Ramone

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Phil Ramone, 1941-2013

It’s hard to imagine one person so diverse in his musical talents as to have successfully recorded key sessions with:

  • Stan Getz & João Gilberto (Getz/Gilberto)
  • Wes Montgomery (Far Wes)
  • Burt Bacharach (Casino Royale)
  • Dionne Warwick (Valley of the Dolls)
  • The Free Design (Kites Are Fun)
  • Elton John (11-17-70)
  • The Band (Rock of Ages and Before the Flood)
  • Paul Simon (Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years and The Rhythm of the Saints)
  • Art Garfunkel (Breakaway)
  • Simon & Garfunkel (The Concert in Central Park)
  • Liza Minnelli (Liza with a “Z”)
  • Phoebe Snow (Phoebe Snow)
  • Alice Cooper (Welcome to My Nightmare)
  • Barbra Streisand (A Star is Born)
  • Billy Joel (The Stranger, 52nd Street and Glass Houses)
  • Ray Charles (Genius Loves Company)

And many dozens more.

But such was the music industry giant Phil Ramone, who engineered and produced records – both legendary and obscure – for more than fifty years, and who passed away March 30, 2013 at the age of 72.

In Memoriam: 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012

January
Tom Ardolino, drummer and vocalist (NRBQ)
Dave Alexander, blues singer and pianist
Jimmy Castor, funk saxophonist and bandleader
Johnny Otis, R&B drummer, singer-songwriter and bandleader
Larry Butler, record producer and songwriter
Etta James, R&B, blues, jazz, soul and gospel vocalist

February
Don Cornelius, television host and producer
Al Delory, record producer and arranger
Joe Moretti, rock ‘n’ roll guitarist (Johnny Kidd & The Pirates)
Whitney Houston, vocalist
Dory Previn, vocalist and songwriter
Michael Davis, rock bassist (MC5)
Mike Melvoin, jazz pianist, composer and arranger
Billy Strange, guitarist, songwriter and arranger
Davy Jones, vocalist and actor

March
Ronnie Montrose, rock guitarist
Robert B. Sherman, songwriter
Peter Bergman, comedian
Tom Lodge, radio DJ
Earl Scruggs, banjo player and bluegrass pioneer

April
Andrew Love, saxophonist (The Memphis Horns)
Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist
Chris Ethridge, bassist (Flying Burrito Brothers)
Pete Fornatale, radio DJ
Dick Clark, television personality
Jim Marshall, guitar amplification pioneer

May
Charles Pitts, soul, R&B and funk guitarist (Isaac Hayes band)
Adam Yauch, rapper and hip-hop musician
Everett Lilly, bluegrass musician (Lilly Brothers)
Donald “Duck” Dunn, bassist (Booker T & The MGs)
Doug Dillard, bluegrass musician (The Dillards)
Donna Summer, vocalist and queen of disco
Robin Gibb, vocalist and songwriter
Doc Watson, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter

June
Herb Reed, vocalist (The Platters)
Bob Welch, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter
Don Grady, actor and drummer

July
Andy Griffith, actor, producer, comedian, writer and vocalist
Bob Babbitt, bassist (The Funk Brothers)
Kitty Wells, vocalist
Tony Martin, vocalist and actor

August
Jimmy Jones, vocalist
Marvin Hamlisch, composer and arranger
Carl Davis, record producer
Scott McKenzie, vocalist and songwriter

September
Hal David, lyricist
Joe South, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter
Dorothy McGuire, vocalist (The McGuire Sisters)
Andy Williams, vocalist and entertainer
R.B. Greaves, soul vocalist

October
Bill Dees, songwriter (“Oh Pretty Woman”)

November
Martin Fay, fiddler (The Chieftans)
Peter Bennett, music promoter (The Beatles)
Earl “Speedo” Carroll, vocalist (The Cadillacs)
Mickey “Guitar” Baker, guitarist and songwriter

December
Dave Brubek, jazz pianist
Ravi Shankar, sitarist
Jimmy McCacklin, pianist, vocalist and songwriter
Ray Collins, vocalist (Mothers of Invention)
Fontella Bass, vocalist
Mike Auldridge, dobro player and vocalist (The Seldom Scene)

In Memoriam: 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

January
Gerry Rafferty, 63, singer-songwriter
Don Kirshner, 76, song publisher and television host
Charlie Louvin, 83, country music singer
John Barry, 77, film score composer

February
Sir George Shearing, 91, jazz pianist

March
Ferlin Husky, 85, country music singer
Jet Harris, 71, guitarist
Ralph Mooney, 82, steel guitarist
Pinetop Perkins, 97, blues musician

April
Bill Pitcock IV, 58, guitarist
Roger Nichols, 66, sound engineer and record producer
Hazel Dickens, 75, bluegrass singer
Huey P. Meaux, 82, record producer
Phoebe Snow, 60, singer-songwriter

May
Gil Scott-Heron, 62, poet, musician and author

June
Ray Bryant, 79, jazz pianist
Benny Spellman, 79, R&B singer
Andrew Gold, 59, singer-songwriter
Wild Man Fischer, 66, street musician
Clarence Clemons, 69, saxophonist and singer

July
Rob Grill, 67, singer and songwriter
Jerry Ragovoy, 80, songwriter
Amy Winehouse, 27, singer-songwriter

August
Jerry Leiber, 78, songwriter
Nickolas Ashford, 70, R&B singer

September
Wilma Lee Cooper, 90, country music singer
Johnnie Wright, 97, country music singer and husband of Kitty Wells
Sylvia Robinson, 75, singer, record producer and label executive

October
Steve Jobs, 56, computer entrepreneur
Bert Jansch, 67, folk guitarist, singer and songwriter
Roger Williams, 87, pianist
Sir Jimmy Savile, 84, disc jockey and television presenter
Liz Anderson, 81, country music singer-songwriter and mother of Lynn Anderson

November
Paul Motian, 80, jazz drummer

December
Hubert Sumlin, 80, blues guitarist
Dobie Gray, 71, singer
Bert Schneider, 78, film and television producer
Warren Hellman, 77, banjo player, investor, and philanthropist
Sean Bonniwell, 71, guitarist, singer and songwriter

RIP John Barry

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry has passed away at the age of 77. Barry is best known for his scores for numerous James Bond films, including the contested authorship of the series’ theme. Though a court awarded credit for the iconic theme to Monty Norman, Barry remained associated with the work throughout his life. More impressively, he authored signature music for dozens of films, including Born Free, Midnight Cowboy, The Lion in Winter, Somewhere in Time, Out of Africa, Body Heat, and Chaplin. Starting in the late ’50s he also wrote pop-jazz for his own John Barry Seven, producing singles and albums, such as Stringbeat, and teaming with vocalist Adam Faith for songs in the film Beat Girl. Many of Barry’s film scores are available on CD and for download, and you can find a sampler of his work on The Best of John Barry and the multidisc John Barry: The Collection.