Catching up on music deaths
Time to catch up on a few musicians who have died in the last couple of weeks, methinks. There have been a couple which have been high profile, attracting widespread media coverage, and also quite a few that have slipped under the radar somewhat.
Sir George Martin, the Fifth Beatle as he is known, deserves enormous credit for helping to transform the Beatles from being a good but unexceptional R and B covers band into the global phenomenom they became. His creative arrangements and production input was instrumental in
Also attracting much media coverage was the apparent suicide of Keith Emerson, keyboard player with The Nice in the sixties and later part of prog rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The Nice were formed to back fellow Immediate artist P P Arnold and made some fairly decent records. However, although Emerson is widely recognised as a great keyboardist, in all honesty I found ELP's music pretentious, overblown and tedious in the extreme.
Another death is that of jazz and blues singer Ernestine Anderson at the age of 86. She recorded over 30 albums during a lengthy career which included many appearances at jazz festivals in the US and Europe. Originally from Houston she had spells with the bands of Johnny Otis and Lionel Hampton before settling in New York. Her Sue single Keep An Eye On Love is quite a collectable item. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpVigSBIir8
The Vinyl Word also raises a glass to Lennie Baker, singer and sax player with Danny and the Juniors and later Sha Na Na. He also sang lead on Blue Moon in the movie Grease.
Also to Gogi Grant, who had a hit in 1955 with Suddenly There's a Valley and a number one the following year with The Wayward Wind. She was 91.