Friday, February 01, 2013

January music deaths

There have been a few (mercifully few) music deaths since the New Year. Here are the main ones of note:
Patty Andrews, who has died aged 94, was the youngest and last of the Andrews Sisters, who sold around 100 million records and had a long run of hits from the late 1930s through to the '50s, including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Rum and Coca Cola, Don't Fence Me In, I Can Dream Can't I? and Apple Blossom Time.
Patti Page (pictured), who died on January 1, was another huge recording artist of the 1950s selling some 100 million records. Her hits included Tennessee Waltz, Mockin' Bird Hill and How Much Is That Doggie In the Window. She was 85.
Blues singer Precious Bryant was 71 when she died but didn't release her first album, Fool Me Good, until 2002. The album was nominated for two Blues Music Awards.
Bob Engemann, aged 76, was a member of the Lettermen, a smooth harmony group who had major hits in the early sixties on Capitol with The Way You Look Tonight, When I Fall In Love and How Is Julie.
Lee 'Sugarfoot' Bonner, who was 69, was for many years the front man of the Ohio Players whose albums, often with striking cover photos, included Pain, Pleasure, Ecstasy, Skin Tight, Fire and Honey (pictured above).


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