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Beatles Reunited – Smile Away (1972)

January 28th, 2016 15 comments

The Beatles - Smile Away

What if The Beatles hadn’t broken up in 1970? In Any Major Alternative Universe the Fab Four stayed together, releasing solo records as they pleased but also keeping on producing Beatles albums.

We’ve already had the double-album follow-up to Let It Be, titled Everest, from 1971, and a live album from 1972. This new effort is also from 1972, including a few hold-overs from Harrison’s and Lennon’s fertile period in 1971. In 1972 Lennon was busy producing his weak Some Time In New York solo album with Yoko anyway, so that was just as well.

Ringo was on a roll and had two songs of his own composition included on the album (both in real life featuring George Harrison, who also played on John’s Gimme Some Truth). Back Off Boogaloo, written by Ringo, was so good that Paul couldn’t object to its inclusion, even though the song addresses him.

In his commendable alternative-history novel The Life And Death of Mal Evans, Peter Lee “produced” his own idea of post-1970 Beatles albums. I followed his lead in calling the 1971 effort Everest. His follow-up album was set in 1974, as will be my next collection. I’ll then use the title Peter used for that 1974 album.

Arriving at a title for this putative 1972 LP was a bit of a challenge. What would The Beatles call an album in 1972? What was the vibe? I went for an easy option, and decided to riff on one of the song titles on this collection. But which one? I was torn between some theme relating to Gimme Some Truth, or maybe It Don’t Come Easy. But I think Smile Away is enigmatic and sounds like it fits to 1972. So that’s the one.

This is a single album, so it’ll easily fit on a CD-R. Covers included; PW in comments.

Side 1
Power To The People (John)
It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo)
Hi Hi Hi (Paul)
Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) (George)
Another Day (Paul)
Imagine (John)

Side 2
If Not For You (George)
Smile Away (Paul)
Gimme Some Truth (John)
Back Off Bugaloo (Ringo)
Behind That Locked Door (George)
Wild Life (Paul)

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The Death & Life of Mal Evans by Peter Lee is available in print or eBook from avonypublishing.com or from Amazon or Kobo. Also check out Peter’s blog of the book.

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Any Major Favourites 2015 Vol. 2

January 25th, 2016 10 comments

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Last week we had 21 songs from 21 mixes posted on this blog in 2015. Here are 19 more songs from 19 more mixes posted in 2015. That gives us 40 mixes, though there were a couple more, in addition to the monthly In Memoriam posts.

Nobody has asked me which was my favourite Any Major Mix of 2015. I will still venture an answer. I think I’ve played the Any Major Roads Vol. 1 mix the most, along with both Not Feeling Guilty mixes, Vol. 4 and Vol. 5, and Any Major Winter.

I dare not ask which mix you liked in particular, since readers of his blog are very shy people, aside from a few comment section regulars, whom I love very much. Still, which Any Major Mix (or mixes, of course) did you particular enjoy the past year — or, indeed, ever?

1. Diana Ross – The Boss (1979)
Any Major Funk Vol. 8
2. Janis Ian – Fly Too High (1980)
Any Major Disco Vol. 2 – Pop Edition
3. Ambrosia – You’re The Only Woman (1980)
Not Feeling Guilty Mix Vol. 5
4. Rita Coolidge – That Man Is My Weakness (1971)
The Jim Keltner Collection Vol. 1
5. John Lennon – How (1971)
Beatles Reunited – Everest (1971)
6. The Rolling Stones – Winter (1973)
Any Major Winter
7. B.B. King – Ghetto Woman (1971)
The Ringo Starr Collection
8. Hall & Oates with Eddie Kendricks & David Ruffin – My Girl (1985)
Live Aid – 30 years ago
9. The Intruders – Rainy Days And Mondays (1974)
Covered With Soul Vol. 20
10. The Ebonys – You’re The Reason Why (1973)
Any Major Soul 1973 – Vol. 2
11. Salsoul Orchestra feat Loleatta Holloway – Runaway (1977)
Any Major Disco Vol. 3
12. Juluka – Scatterlings Of Africa (1982)
A Life In Vinyl: 1982
13. Billy Idol – Hot In The City (1982)
Any Major Summer Vol. 5
14. Sweet – Fox On The Run (1975)
Any Major Glam Vol. 2
15. T. Rex – Metal Guru (1972)
Any Major Teen Dreams
16. The Redskins – Bring It Down (This Insane Thing) (1985)
Should Have Been A UK Top 10 Hit – Vol. 1
17. Depeche Mode – But Not Tonight (Extended Remix) (1986)
Any Major B-Side
18. Godley + Creme – Under Your Thumb (1981)
Any Major Halloween Vol. 2
19. Humble Pie – Drive My Car (1975)
Beatles Recovered: Rubber Soul

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The Steve Gadd Collection Vol. 2

January 21st, 2016 8 comments

The Steve Gadd Collection Vol. 2

This is the second mix of songs featuring the great, prolific and versatile session drummer Steve Gadd — and there will be a third mix, the first in this series of compilations in honour of session players. And still there will be loads of artists for whom Gadd has drummed who will be excluded. I ran that list last time; I do so again here.

Bette Middler, Bob James, Joe Farrell, Rusty Bryant, Ellie Greenwhich, Jackie DeShannon, O’Donel Levy, Chet Baker, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, Deodato, Stanley Clarke, Hank Crawford, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Merry Clayton, David Sanborn, Leon Redbone, Kenny Vance, Chick Corea, Maynard Ferguson, The Brecker Brothers, Jon Lucien, Alessi Brothers, Freddie Hubbard, Ashford & Simpson, Eric Gale, Phoebe Snow, Lou Courtney, Al Di Meola, Harry Chapin, Earl Klugh, Sergio Mendes, Garland Jeffreys, Ringo Starr, Frankie Valli, Lolleatta Holloway, Manhattan Transfer, Weather Report, The Sylvers, Mongo Santamaria, Sadao Watanbabe, Richard Tee, Charles Mingus, Yusef Latif, Meco, Larry Carlton, Herb Alpert, Joe Sample, Jennifer Holliday, Diana Ross, Tania Maria, Paul Shaffer, Laurie Anderson, John Sebastian, Mark Cohn, Edie Brickell, Buddy Rich, Angela Bofill, Stephen Bishop, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, Joss Stone, Randy Crawford, Nils Landgren, Kate Bush — and many others…

This mix is particularly nice. I’ve had it on frequent rotation over the past few months, and enjoy its chilled out vibe every time it comes on. I hope you’ll like it, too.

As always, CD-R length, home-made covers, PW in comments (and do feel free to tell me whether you like this mix, or find the covers of no use, or what you think about Steve Gadd).

1. Tom Scott – Gotcha (Theme from Starsky & Hutch) (on percussion, 1977)
2. Roberta Flack – I’m The One (1982)
3. Melissa Manchester – I Wanna Be Where You Are (1977)
4. Michael McDonald – Playin’ By The Rules (1982)
5. Carly Simon – You Belong To Me (1978)
6. Christopher Cross – Words Of Wisdom (1983)
7. Bee Gees – Nothing Could Be Good (1981)
8. Janis Ian – Do You Wanna Dance? (1978)
9. Esther Phillips – Living Alone(1974)
10. Maggie Bell – A Woman Left Lonely (1974)
11. Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Kiss And Say Goodbye (1975)
12. Paul McCartney – Take It Away (1982)
13. Joe Cocker – I Broke Down (1976)
14. Everything But The Girl – The Only Living Boy In New York (1993)
15. Dusty Springfield – Beautiful Soul (1974)
16. Nancy Wilson – From You To Me To You (1976)
17. Luther Vandross & Patti Austin – I’m Gonna Miss You In The Morning (1978)
18. NYCC – Make Every Day Count (1978)
19. Bob James – Soulero (1974)

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Previous session musicians’ collection:
The Steve Gadd Collection Vol. 1
The Bernard Purdie Collection Vol. 1
The Bernard Purdie Collection Vol. 2
The Ricky Lawson Collection Vol. 1
The Ricky Lawson Collection Vol. 2
The Jim Gordon Collection Vol. 1
The Jim Gordon Collection Vol. 2
The Hal Blaine Collection Vol. 1
The Hal Blaine Collection Vol. 2
The Bobby Keys Collection
The Louis Johnson Collection
The Bobby Graham Collection
The Jim Keltner Collection Vol. 1
The Jim Keltner Collection Vol. 2
The Ringo Starr Collection

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Any Major Favourites 2015 Vol. 1

January 18th, 2016 10 comments

Any Major Covers

In my younger days I was an enthusiastic mix-tape compiler. The lucky girls who were the objects of my affection would be blessed with my carefully compiled cassettes. I have no doubt whatsoever that they profoundly appreciated the education they were receiving, never mind if they liked Whitney Houston and I inducted them into the delights of Prefab Sprout or The Rock Lobsters. Funny enough, I ended up marrying none of them. Not that my future wife escaped my aggressive mix-taping, but by the time we were dating, I had the consideration to compile songs in her favoured genres.

As the regular reader will know, I still enjoy making mix-tapes. I love selecting the music, even as I hate omitting good songs to keep within my set length of one standard CD-R. I enjoy sequencing the songs; it’s perhaps the most creative part of the process. And I love playing the mixes, mostly in my car.

Here is a compilation of songs that featured on compilations that ran during the past year, with a second mix coming next week.

1. Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out (1980)
Any Major Disco Vol. 1
2. Jorge Ben – Taj Mahal (1976)
Copy Borrow Steal – The Collection
3. Bill LaBounty – Livin’ It Up (1982)
The Steve Gadd Collection Vol. 1
4. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’ (1982)
The Louis Johnson Collection
5. Karl Kikillus – Another Shore (1983)
Not Feeling Guilty Mix Vol. 4
6. Alan Price – Groovy Times (1978)
Any Major Love
7. Tim Rose – You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (1972)
Help! Recovered
8. The Dells – Dock Of The Bay (1969)
Covered With Soul Vol. 21
9. Margie Joseph – Touch Your Woman (1973)
Any Major Soul 1973 – Vol. 1
10. Bettye Crutcher – Up For A Let Down (1974)
Any Major Soul 1974 – Vol. 1
11. Sammy Davis Jr – Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow (Theme of Baretta) (1976)
Any Major TV Theme Songs Vol. 3
12. Tony Joe White – I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (1972)
The Originals – Elvis Presley Vol. 2
13. Little Feat – Truck Stop Girl (1970)
Any Major Roads Vol. 1
14. Alison Krauss – Forget About It (1999)
The Jim Keltner Collection Vol. 2
15. Rilo Kiley – The Angels Hung Around (2007)
Saved! Vol. 6 – The Angels edition
16. The The – Heartland (1986)
Should Have Been A UK Top 10 Hit – Vol. 2
17. Garland Jeffreys – R.O.C.K. (1981)
A Life In Vinyl: 1981
18. Paul McCartney & Wings – Maybe I’m Amazed (live, 1976)
The Beatles: Reunited and live
19. Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (1966)
The Bobby Graham Collection
20. Edith Piaf – Notre-Dame de Paris (1952)
Any Major Paris In Black & White
21. Smiley Lewis – One Night Of Sin (1956)
The Originals – Elvis Presley Vol. 1

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Any Major Roads Vol. 2

January 14th, 2016 9 comments

Any Major Road Vol.2

Let’s go for a drive again with songs about cars and being on the road. The first Any Major Roads mix was very popular. This time around I’ve been a bit less purist about the song having to do with actual driving; here the artists can also talk about their cars or trucks. Though I cannot vouch that this is really case with Patrick Gammon’s rather metaphorical Yo’ Chevy.

I have also waived my rule about not repeating artists: as indicated last time, there are just too many Springsteen songs about cars and girls (and look which Prefab Sprout I did not choose). And how did you like the beta-version of Thunder Road on the first mix?

One song here is about a real-life incident: George Jones’ car crash in 2003 in Tennessee. Jones was talking on his cellphone when he crashed into a concrete bridge railing (luckily not into another car). He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, which aggravated his serious injuries. So the Drive-By Truckers song is a valid public safety announcement. Talking (never mind texting) on the phone while driving is dangerous, also to other roads users. In terms of shitty driving behaviour, it ranks only just below driving while drunk.

The next Any Major Roads will comprise nominations from readers; quite a few were offered in the comments of Volume 1. If you have any nominations, please list them in your comments.

I made this mix at the same time as I was planning a musical road-trip around the US, which will kick off in Boston in a few weeks’ time.

As always, this mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-serviced covers. PW in comments.

1. Canned Heat – On The Road Again (1968)
2. Allman Brothers Band – Brothers Of The Road (1981)
3. Carole King – Main Street Saturday Night (1978)
4. Steely Dan – Midnite Cruiser (1972)
5. Patrick Gammon – Yo’ Chevy (1979)
6. Prefab Sprout – Faron Young (1985)
7. James Taylor – Traffic Jam (1977)
8. NRBQ – Ridin’ In My Car (1978)
9. Dar Williams – Road Buddy (1997)
10. Son Volt – Highways And Cigarettes (2007)
11. Steve Earle – N.Y.C. (1997)
12. Bon Jovi – Fast Cars (2009)
13. Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good (1978)
14. Bruce Springsteen – Stolen Car (1980)
15. Drive-By Truckers – George Jones Talkin’ Cell Phone Blues (2009)
16. George Jones – The One I Loved Back Then (Corvette Song) (1985)
17. Johnny Cash – I’ve Been Everywhere (1996)
18. Elvis Presley – Long Black Limousine (1969)
19. Ronnie and the Daytonas – Little GTO (1964)
20. The Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
21. Jan & Dean – Dead Man’s Curve (1964)

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Great Covers: Ziggy Stardust (1972)

January 11th, 2016 6 comments

Ziggy

[To mark the passing of David Bowie, I repost this from October 2013]

There is a sweet irony in the cover picture of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: the alien superstar is photographed in a seedy sidestreet, not a glittering glamour spot, of London’s West End. Instead of shining brightly in a metallic science fiction wonderland, the monochrome photo is hand-coloured in the way of postcards from the turn of the last century.

The cover holds not the promise of the story we are coming to hear, but its denouement: Ziggy has come back down to earth as David Bowie. There’s trash, there’s rain, there’s a bin, there’s the sign of the furrier K. West, where the fiction of left-handed Ziggy and the fact of Bowie, holding his guitar right-handed, come together.

Or that’s how I choose to see it. The story of Ziggy Stardust is vague enough to let you project your own ideas on it. In fact, by writing about the cover, by stripping away a veneer of its mystique, I may be depriving you, if you do not know the story of the cover, of your ability to freely project. Read on at your own peril.

What we will find is that the story of the cover is rather… ordinary. The photo was taken on a cold January night in 1972 in Soho’s Heddon Street, then an insalubrious sidestreet, but today a fashionable pedestrian zone. The photographer was Brian Ward, who had studio in the street.

He took 17 photos that night, including the back cover shot of Ziggy/Bowie in the telephone booth. The front cover pic was taken at house number 23, under the big sign for K. West. Apparently Bowie turned up (with a posse of two girls), posed for a few minutes, and quickly disappeared into the rainy night, leaving Ward to develop his black-and-white photos.

Did Bowie feel like Ziggy in “Five Years”? “It was cold and it rained and I felt like an actor.”

ziggy-bwThe winning shot was colourised, giving the jumpsuit a blue hue when it was, in fact, green. You can see the jumpsuit in real life on this clip from the Old Grey Whistle Test in February 1972.

Have look at all 17 photos of the session at the Five Years site (from which I’ve borrowed one here). And if you feel that Bowie was wrong as Ziggy, and it should have been your mug on the cover, well, that can be arranged HERE.

As for the signs on the wall? They were for Paquerette Dresses (4th Floor), Ramar Dresses Ltd (3rd Floor), International Wool Secretariat, Cravats Ltd (main entrance), and T.H. Ferris (2nd Floor)

So, to mark the Ziggy cover here’s a mix of Ziggy covers. Every track off the album is performed in sequence by various artists — and two by Bowie. One is from the famous Hammersmith Odeon concert at which he killed off Ziggy Stardust — obviously the final track, “Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide” — the other a new mix of the largely uncovered “Star”. In fact, there’s a third Bowie number: The Arnold Corns was a Bowie project on which he test-drove some Ziggy tracks a year before he gave birth to the alien superstar.

One song on the album, of course, was a cover itself: “It Ain’t Easy” was a Ron Davies song. The cover of that on this mix also precedes Ziggy.

1. The Polyphonic Spree – Five Years (2002)
2. Marti Jones – Soul Love (1986)
3. The Arnold Corns – Moonage Daydream (1971)
4. Leningrad Cowboys – Starman (2006)
5. Three Dog Night – It Ain’t Easy (1970)
6. Seu Jorge – Lady Stardust (2005)
7. David Bowie – Star (40th Anniversary Mix) (1972/2012)
8. Contraband – Hang On To Yourself (1991)
9. Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust (1982)
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Suffragette City (2012)
11. David Bowie – Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (live) (1973)

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In Memoriam – December 2015

January 7th, 2016 7 comments

IM Dec 2015 gallery-1In what might be his best-known song, Ace of Spades, Motörhead’s frontman Lemmy Kilmister sang: “That’s the way I like it, Baby; I don’t want to live forever”. Just after Christmas he got his wish — only just over a month after the death of Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor. Lemmy, who was widely believed to be indestructible and therefore immortal, had learnt of his aggressive cancer only a couple of days before his death. Reportedly he checked out playing his favourite video game.

On the day Lemmy died one of the pioneers of rock & roll also went (coming too late to my attention for inclusion in the annual round-up of music deaths which I posted on New Year’s Eve). Saxophonist Joe Houston was a pioneer without being really a rock & roller. His jam was the jump, but he used the terminology of “rock and roll” and “rockin’” before it became a big thing, on a 1952 album titled Rock And Roll which included titles like titles such as “We’re Gonna Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “Rockin’ At The Drive-In” (Hear the latter HERE). Of course, the term had been used before, even by Ella Fitzgerald. But Houston was part of the movement that would give rise to the genre. His style of playing sax certainly became a feature of rock & roll. Houston went on to back the likes of Little Richard and Big Joe Turner during the rock & roll heyday. He never broke through, but played on the circuit until a stroke hit him in 2005. Apparently his gigs were raucous affairs

I was really saddened to hear of the death at 65 of Natalie Cole on New Year’s Eve. She was a fine singer, equally at home in soul as she was in jazz vocals. She also has a fascinating life which she recounted in a forthright memoir. Born the daughter of Nat King Cole, who died when Natalie was 14, she became a heroin addict and fraudster, and even worked as a prostitutes’ “come-on girl” on the streets of Harlem. Then she cleaned up, had a string of soul hits, faded away and became a cocaine addict. She again cleaned up, and had a comeback in 1987 with I Live For Your Love. In 1991 she had her massive hit with a posthumous duet with her father, with modern technology facilitating as recording of his hit Unforgettable.

With his cousin Hugo Peretti (who died in 1986), Luigi Creatore adapted two foreign songs to create classic hits: The Token’s The Lion Sleeps Tonight (originally a South African song by Solomon Linda; read the who sorry tale here) and Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling In Love, which borrowed heavily from the old French love song Plaisir d’amour, composed in 1785 by Johann Paul Aegidius Martini. Hugo & Luigi, as they liked to style themselves, also produced Perry Como, Little Peggy March and Sam Cooke (notably hits like Chain Gang, Twistin’ the Night Away and Wonderful World) for RCA. Before that they produced a string of hits for Jimmie Rodgers, including Honeycomb and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine. These were released on the Roulette label in which they were partners with mafioso Mo Levy. The FBI identified Roulette as a source of revenue for the Genovese crime family (Peretti and Creatore were not implicated in illegal activity). In the 1970s they were partners in Avco Embassy Records, for whom acts like Van McCoy, The Stylistics, Maxine Brown and The Softones had hits.

IM Dec 2015 gallery-2Gladys Knight’s heavenly voice and perfect delivery overshadows everything, but The Pips were more than just a trio of backing singers. Many of the songs were arranged with their part as an integral part of the performance. Just listen to their vocals on the most famous Gladys Knight & The Pips song, Midnight Train To Georgia, for evidence of that. On Christmas Eve one of the Pips, William Guest, joined the great Soul Train in the Sky at the age of 74. The group members were all related: Gladys and her brother Bubba Knight were cousins to Guest and Edward Patton, who in 2005 was the first of them to die. The Pips, incidentally, were named after the nickname of another cousin. Look at The Pips performing their routine on The Richard Pryor Show in 1977, without Gladys.

Wally Roker was a rare breed in his day: in the 1950s he was a black musician who was savvy in the music industry and wasn’t going to be taken for a ride. As the bass singer of doo wop band The Heartbeats he also took care of the group’s business affairs. His savvy later led to the founding of the massively influential Scepter label, for which he was the A&R man. It was at Scepter that Burt Bacharach first made his mark with his records for the likes of Dionne Warwick and Chuck Jackson. Roker remained a record exec for the rest of his career. The featured song is a proto type for Daddy’s Home, a 1961 hit for Shep and the Limelites — it was written by Shep Sheppard, a member of both groups.

With John Garner, singer of Sir Lord Baltimore, one of the pioneering voices of heavy metal is gone. In a genre that thrives on the frontman throwing poses, Garner was an anomaly: the lead singer who was also the drummer. Co-produced by Mike Appel, who’d become Bruce Springsteen’s mentor, Sir Lord Baltimore released their first album in 1970, titled Kingdom Come. In a review, Creem applied to it one of the earliest uses of the label “heavy metal” (the magazine had done so half a year earlier, probably for the first time, in reference to Humble Pie). One more LP followed; by 1976 the band had broken up. They reformed in 2006, releasing one CD, and then faded away again.

The producer Snuff Garrett merits mention for his work with artists such as Cher (with and without Sonny), Vicky Lawrence, Telly Savalas, Tanya Tucker, Merle Haggard, Smokey Robinson, Randy Crawford, Frank Sinatra, Sonny Curtis, Bobby Vee, Johnny Burnette, Brian Hyland, Eddie Cochran, The Crickets, Julie London, Peggy Lee, Liza Minnelli, Gene McDaniels (including Tower of Strength, featured on The Originals – Burt Bacharach Collection) , Jan & Dean, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Del Shannon, or for giving young guys like Phil Spector, Scott Walker and Leon Russell an early leg-up in the industry, or for missing out on the gig of producing The Monkees. But what is particularly interesting about Garrett, a Texan who has died at 77, has nothing to do with music. In the 1970s he bought the cassette rights to the old RKO and Republic films for next to nothing. A few years later the video recorder became a big thing and films on video cassettes big business. Garrett’s collection, bought as a hobby, went on to earn him many millions.

Shirley Gunter, 82, pioneering R&B singer, on Dec. 1
Shirley Gunter & The Queens – Oop Shoop (1954)

Leoni Franco, 73, musician with Uruguayan pop band Los Iracundos, on Dec. 1

Wally Roker, 78, Bass singer with doo wop group The Heartbeats, on Dec. 2
The Heartbeats – A Thousand Miles Away (1957)

Kelvin Knight , 56, drummer of punk bands The Axe, Delta 5, on Dec. 2

Scott Weiland, 48, singer of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, on Dec. 3
Stone Temple Pilots – Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart (1996)

J Capri, 23, Jamaican dancehall singer, in traffic accident on Dec. 4

Chris Carney, 35, singer with The Prom Kings, in traffic accident on Dec. 4

John Garner, 63, singer and drummer of rock band Sir Lord Baltimore, on Dec. 5
Sir Lord Baltimore – Lady Of Fire (1970)

Marque Lynche, 34, singer and former Mouseketeer, announced on Dec. 6

Gary Marker, 72, bassist (Rising Sons, Captain Beefheart) and recording engineer, on Dec. 8
Rising Sons – Candy Man (1966)

Bonnie Lou, 91, country/roackabilly singer, on Dec. 8
Bonnie Lou – Daddy-O (1955)

Rusty Jones, 73, American jazz drummer, on Dec. 9
George Shearing – The World Is A Ghetto (1975, on drums)

Rainer Bloss, 69, German electronic musician, on Dec. 10

Luigi Creatore, 93, songwriter and record producer, on Dec. 13
Sam Cooke – Chain Gang (1960, as co-producer)
Elvis Presley – Wild In The Country (1961, as co-writer)

Snuff Garrett, 76, record producer, on Dec. 16
Bobby Vee – The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (1962, as co-writer and producer)
Cher – Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves (1970, as producer)
Telly Savalas – If (1974, as producer)

Adam Roth, 57, guitarist with rock band Del Fuegos, on Dec. 16
The Del Fuegos – I Still Want You (1986)

Mick Lynch, singer of Irish indie rock band Stump, on Dec. 17
Stump – Charlton Heston (1988)

Gareth ‘Morty’ Mortimer, 66, lead-singer of Welsh pop group Racing Cars, on Dec. 17
Racing Cars – They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1976)

Peter Broggs, 61, Jamaican reggae musician, on Dec. 19

Sam Dockery, 86, jazz pianist, on Dec. 21

Carson Van Osten, 70, bassist with Todd Rundgren and Disney comics artist, on Dec. 22
Nazz – Hello It’s Me (1968)

William Guest, 74, co-founder and member of Gladys Knight & the Pips, on Dec. 24
Gladys Knight & The Pips- Every Beat Of My Heart (1961)
Gladys Knight & The Pips – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1968)
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Heavy Makes You Happy (1973)

Stevie Wright, 68, lead-singer of Australian rock group The Easybeats, on Dec. 27
The Easybeats – Friday On My Mind (1966)

Andy M. Stewart, 63, Scottish folk singer, formerly with Silly Wizard, on Dec. 27
Andy M. Stewart – The Ramblin’ Rover (1982)

John Bradbury, 62, drummer of English two-tone band The Specials, on Dec. 28
The Specials – Rat Race (1980)
Special A.K.A. – Free Nelson Mandela (1984)

Lemmy Kilmister, 70, singer of Motörhead, Hawkwind, on Dec. 28
Hawkwind – Silver Machine (1972)
Motörhead – Killed By Death (1984)

Joe Houston, 89, R&B and jazz saxophonist, on Dec. 28
Joe Houston – Worry, Worry, Worry (1952)
  Joe Houston & His Rockets – Teen Age Boogie (1958)

Ron Ford, 67, funk singer and songwriter (Parliament, Funkadelic, P-Funk Allstars), on Dec. 28
P-Funk All Stars – Pumpin’ It Up (1983, also as co-writer)

Guru Josh, 51, British acid house musician, on Dec. 28
Guru Josh – Infinity (1989)

Dal Richards, 97, Canadian big band leader, on Dec. 31

Natalie Cole, 65, soul and jazz singer, on Dec. 31
Natalie Cole – This Will Be (1975)
Frank Sinatra with Natalie Cole – I Get A Kick Out Of You (1977)
Natalie Cole – Good To Be Back (1989)

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