Sunday, October 23, 2011

Some final words

Time to say a final Vinyl Word on a number of recent deaths.
Edmundo Ros, who has died aged 100, made frequent appearances on British TV with his orchestra when I was a kid. Although never in the pop market, he is credited with popularising Latin American music in the UK.
Barry Feinstein, who was 80, was one of rock's most successful photographers, having created over 500 album covers, including iconic photos of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and George Harrison. Photos featured are Dylan's Times They Are A Changin' and Joplin's Pearl.
A couple of bluesman have died: Mojo Buford and Earl Gilliam. Harmonica player George Mojo Buford was 81 and played with Muddy Waters as well as recording a number of solo albums, while Louisiana born pianist Earl Gilliam, who was also 81, was well know as a Texas bluesman, backing many artists and recording one solo album, Texas Doghouse Blues in 2005.
Doowop artist Fred Ferrara sang baritone with Brooklyn Bridge and with the Del Satins, who backed Dion on Runaround Sue, The Wanderer and Lovers Who Wonder, as well as Ernie Maresca on Shout Shout Knock Yourself Out.
Other recent deaths include Marv Tarplin, who was a member of The Miracles, UK folk rock guitarist Bert Jansch, jazzman Pete Rugolo and Country Johnny Mathis. And I mustn't forget Betty Driver (Betty Turpin in Corrie for countless years whose hotpots were world famous) and Colonel Gaddafi, Libyan dictator for a similar length of time. Two more contrasting characters it's hard to imagine.


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