Thursday, July 04, 2013

RIP Round-up

Time to catch up on some recent music deaths. They keep on coming and it's a fact that many of the artists that I like are reaching advanced years so the death rate is only likely to rise.
Just confirmed is the death of R and B boogie woogie piano player Little Willie Littlefield at the age
of 82. Best known for recording the first version of the Leiber and Stoller classic Kansas City (then named K C Loving) in 1952, Texas-born Willie first recorded for Modern in 1949 before moving to Federal. He relocated to Europe in 1970, settling in Holland, and was a frequent and popular visitor to blues festivals and clubs in Europe, including the Burnley Blues Festival and the Shakedown Blues Club at Castor, near Peterborough. He recorded a number of albums for the Dutch Oldie Blues label.
Another Texas blues man to have died is Texas Johnny Brown, aged 85, who played with Amos Milburn, Ruth Brown, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Junior Parker, Lavelle White, Buddy Ace and Joe Hinton. He wrote the great Two Steps From The Blues, immortalised by the late lamented Bobby Bland.  His album Nothin’ But The Truth, on his own Choctaw Creek Records, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Blues Award in 1999 for Comeback Album of the Year.
A quick farewell, as well, to Gary Shearston, an Australian singer who had a big hit in the UK in 1974 with the Cole Porter song I Get A Kick Out Of You. 'I get no kicks from champagne' - or, as we sang in the PR world at the time, 'I get no jobs from Campaign'.
Farewell also to Bernie Nolan of the Nolan Sisters who has died of breast cancer aged just 52.
A mention also for Roger Lavern, keyboard player for the Tornados, who was married eight times.


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