Friday, December 14, 2012

More music deaths

It's nearly time to record my annual music Death List for the year - and as ever it's a long one. But before I do, there are some famous names from the music industry who have died in the last few days who deserve a final word on The Vinyl Word.
Ian Campbell, who has died aged 79, was the leader of a folk group who were at the forefront of the British folk revival of the 1960s. The Ian Campbell Folk Group emerged from the Clarion Skiffle Group which was formed in 1956 and went on to record many folk albums for the Transatlantic label during the 60s, eventually breaking up in 1978. Members at various times included Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg, who later joined Fairport Convention. The group's first record was the Ceilidh At The Crown EP in 1962 and their version of The Times They Are A'Changing made the lower reaches of the UK charts in 1965. Three of Ian's sons became members of UB40.
Sitar player Ravi Shankar, who was 92, was the most well known classical performer on the instrument as a result of his association with Beatle George Harrison and classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin. He perfomed at the Woodstock festival in 1969 and played on Harrison's Concert For Bangla Desh in 1971. One of his daughters is singer Norah Jones.
Eddie 'Guitar' Burns, who was 84, was one of the leading Detroit bluesmen playing harmonica and singing, as well playing guitar. His first record was Notoriety Woman in 1948 and he played frequently with fellow Detroit bluesman John Lee Hooker. His first LP Bottle Up And Go was recorded in England and released on the Action label in 1972. Other albums include Detroit Blackbottom, Snake Eyes and Second Degree Burns.
Another recent death is that of Bill Dees, aged 73, who collaborated with Roy Orbison on Oh Pretty Woman and co-wrote many of Roy's later recordings. He also wrote songs for Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn, among others.


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