Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Three more obituaries

There are three interesting music obituaries in today's papers:
Huey Long, singer and guitarist with the Ink Spots, who died at the ripe old age of 105. Huey played banjo in a jazz band in the 20s and joined the Ink Spots in 1945. In 1996 he helped to set up an Ink Spots museum in Houston.
Barry Beckett played keyboards with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section backing artists such as Aretha Franklin, the Staples Singers, Mel and Tim, Paul Simon and Johnny Taylor. He also co-produced Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming album. He was 66.
Kenny Rankin was a session guitarist on Bob Dylan's early electric sides which appeared on Bringing It All Back Home. Later he recorded a number of solo albums beginning with Mind Dusters, which included Peaceful. later recorded by Georgie Fame. He was 69.


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