Monday, November 20, 2017

Some more music deaths

Sadly there are a couple more music deaths to report.
Warren 'Pete'Moore not only sang bass in the Miracles as a founder member from 1955 onwards, but also co-wrote some of the group's best known records, including  Ooh Baby Baby, The Tracks Of My Tears, My Girl Has Gone and Going To A Gogo. He also co-wrote, with Smokey Robinson, It's Growing and Since I Lost My Baby for the Temptations, and Ain't That Peculiar and I'll Be Doggone for Marvin Gaye. He sang co-lead on several Miracles songs, including I Love Your Baby and Doggone Right, was the group's vocal arranger and also produced records for several Motown artists including the Miracles (Choosey Beggar and  and Here I Go Again), Marvin Gaye and the Supremes. Moore (pictured second from right above) died on his 78th birthday in Las Vegas, where he was CEO of an entertainment company and co-owner, with fellow Miracles member Billy Griffin, of a music publishing company.
Another death is that of country singer and songwriter Mel Tillis, at the age of 85, who first recorded in the 1950s. His songwriting credits include Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town, Life Turned Her That Way and Detroit City, whilst successful recordings include These Lonely Hands Of Mine, She'll Be Hanging Around Somewhere, I Ain't Never and Neon Rose. He became a mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and my photo, above, shows him at the Ryman Auditorium in 2013.
** The latest addition to the growing list is Della Reese, who has died aged 86. Discovered by
Mahalia Jackson, Della had a long career as a jazz and pop singer, with early hits such as Don't You Know, Not One Minute More and Some Day. Later she became a major US TV star and starred in the drama Touched By An Angel.


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