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R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles, house music ‘godfather,’ dead at 59

Posted in News with tags , , on April 1, 2014 by E.N.

1982042_10203611879083194_1892300976_nIn Chicago, Frankie Knuckles was called the “godfather,” not because of any underworld connections, but because he helped build house – a style of Chicago dance music that revolutionized club culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s and still resonates around the world today.

Knuckles died Monday at the age of 59, as confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson. More details would be forthcoming Tuesday, Dunson said, who said in an email that Knuckles “died unexpectedly this afternoon at home.” In addition to developing the sound and culture of house music, Knuckles would go on to mix records by major artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.(chicagotribune report)

Paco de Lucia dies at 66

Posted in News with tags , , on February 26, 2014 by E.N.

pacoWorld-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach.

The death of one of the most celebrated flamenco guitarists was announced by the mayor’s office in Algeciras in southern Spain, where he was born.

He is said to have died in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

Famous for a series of flamenco albums in the 1970s, he also crossed over into classical and jazz guitar.(BBC report)
Paco De Lucia – Live At 31st Leverkusener Jazztage 2010

George Duke Dies at 67

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on August 6, 2013 by E.N.

George_Duke_Photo_By_Bobby_Holland_8x10_resized*This news is so devastating, it hurts to report it. Master musician George Duke has passed away.

The news came via notification from Ron Brewington, Motown Alumni Association (MAA). He was informed of George’s passing from former Supremes member Scherrie Payne in the note below

I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A.  It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.

Funeral services will be private.

Blessings,

Scherrie

Unfortunately no details of George Duke’s death are available as of this posting.(via eurweb)

George Duke – DreamWeaver

R.I.P.-Ray Manzarek, 74, Keyboardist and a Founder of the Doors, Is Dead

Posted in News with tags , , on May 21, 2013 by E.N.

MANZAREK1-obit-articleLargeRay Manzarek, who as the keyboardist and a songwriter for the Doors helped shape one of the indelible bands of the psychedelic era, died on Monday at a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. He was 74.

The cause was bile duct cancer, according to his manager, Tom Vitorino. Mr. Manzarek lived in Napa, Calif.

Mr. Manzarek founded the Doors in 1965 with the singer and lyricist Jim Morrison, whom he would describe decades later as “the personification of the Dionysian impulse each of us has inside.” They would go on to recruit the drummer John Densmore and the guitarist Robby Krieger.MANZAREK2-obit-articleInline

Mr. Manzarek played a crucial role in creating music that was hugely popular and widely imitated, selling tens of millions of albums. It was a lean, transparent sound that could be swinging, haunted, meditative, suspenseful or circuslike. The Doors’ songs were generally credited to the entire group. Long after the death of Mr. Morrison in 1971, the music of the Doors remained synonymous with the darker, more primal impulses unleashed by psychedelia. In his 1998 autobiography, “Light My Fire,” Mr. Manzarek wrote: “We knew what the people wanted: the same thing the Doors wanted. Freedom.”(Via NYTIMES)

Daft Punk collaborator Romanthony dies aged 46

Posted in News with tags , , on May 20, 2013 by E.N.

romanthonyAs Daft Punk release their new album Random Access Memories, tributes are pouring in for their former collaborator Romanthony, who has died.

The singer provided vocals to their 2001 hit One More Time, which, up until current smash Get Lucky, was the French duo’s biggest hit. Romanthony, real name Anthony Moore, actually passed away on 7 May, but the news has only just filtered through to his contemporaries in the music world. His sister Mellony Moore has posted on Facebook, “Thank you for all your calls and prayers my brother was a musical genius.” Moore had died at his home in Austin, Texas, although the cause of death has not been officially confirmed. He was 46.

DJ Pete Tong tweeted: “Sad news RIP Romanthony.” German producer Boys Noize also posted a tribute: “It is so sad :( Romanthony and me were working on such an amazing song together. He said it was the best song he had ever written.

Before shooting to global acclaim with Daft Punk, Romanthony was already a cult figure in the house music world, releasing his debut album Romanworld in 1997. As well as One More Time, his vocal featured another track from the Discovery album, Too Long. Speaking at the time of their hit in 2001, Daft Punk’s Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo said: “We met him at the 1996 Winter Music Conference and became friends. What’s odd is that Romanthony and Todd Edwards are not big in the United States at all. Their music had a big effect on us. The sound of their productions – the compression, the sound of the kick-drum and Romanthony’s voice, the emotional soul – is part of how we sound today. Because they mean something to us, it was much more important for us to work with them than with other big stars.”

In happier news, Daft Punk’s own comeback continues to go from strength to strength. On 19 May, Get Lucky held the No 1 spot for a fourth consecutive week, and Random Access Memories, out today, is predicted to become the fastest-selling album in UK chart history.(via Guardian)

Terry Callier dies aged 67

Posted in News with tags , on October 29, 2012 by E.N.

Soul and jazz singer Terry Callier has died. The 67-year-old songwriter experienced belated success in his career after working with acts including Massive Attack and Beth Orton.

He died on Sunday after suffering from a long illness.

Born in the Chicago projects, Callier was a childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, and began singing in doo-wop groups in his teens. Later he became a fixture on the city’s coffee house scene, releasing a debut album titled The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier in 1968. In the early 70s he released three critically celebrated “jazz-folk” albums and toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron, but he had abandoned music for a job as a computer programmer at the University of Chicago until a new generation rediscovered his work in the early 90s(guardian report)
R.I.P.

Terry Callier – TimePeace

R.I.P. Andy Williams dies at age 84

Posted in News with tags , , on September 26, 2012 by E.N.

Andy Williams, who charmed audiences with his mellow delivery of songs like “Moon River” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” in the 1950s and 60s, has died at his home in Branson, Missouri, his family said Wednesday. He was 84.

The blue-eyed Williams, who continued touring and drawing crowds to his Moon River Theater in the music hub of Branson into his 80s, died on Tuesday evening after a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, his family said in a statement.

Williams had 18 gold record and three platinum hits and in his peak years was a regular on television with his own variety series.

President Ronald Reagan called his voice “a national treasure.”(via reuters)

Rita Ora – Shine Ya Light (Trailer)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2012 by E.N.

SHINE YA LIGHT

BRAND NEW SINGLE TAKEN FROM NO.1 DEBUT ALBUM

 video trailer HERE

Rita Ora’s unstoppable domination of the UK charts continues with the release of her new single ‘Shine Ya Light’ on 4th November taken from her No.1, certified gold debut album ‘ORA’.  The  Roc Nation / Columbia signing hit the music scene earlier this year featuring on theNo.1 DJ Fresh hit ‘Hot Right Now’, Rita followed this smashing into the charts with her own No.1 singles ‘R.I.P’ and How We Do (Party)’ making her the only artist this year to have three No.1 singles in a row.  The release of her debut album ‘ORA’ rounded off her incredible run also claiming the No.1 spot this summer.

Live she has set the bar at another level supporting US superstar Drake and UK rock giants Coldplay on tour as well as playing at every major UK festival and event this summer including Hackney Weekend, Wireless, Lovebox, T in the Park, Capital’s Summertime BallT4 On The Beach and making a special appearance on her home ground at the Notting Hill Carnival.   To top it off she celebrated the release of ‘ORA’ in style with an unforgettable performance at JAY-Z’s Made In America festival and will go on to support Usher on his European tour.

State-side Rita has also been making quite an impression on U.S. audiences, with stellar performances on Good Morning America andJimmy Kimmel Live.  She presented “Best Male Artist” award and ruled the red carpet at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, charmed Ryan Seacrest on his show ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ and she was the most recent artist to grace the stage of MTV’s Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning series, Unplugged.    With two EMA nominations under her belt, four MOBO nominations and four nominations at the Radio 1 Teen Awards Rita has fast become one of the most exciting new artists to break through this year.

Roc Nation / Columbia release the new single ‘Shine Ya Light’ on 4th November.  For the making of the video Rita returned to her home country of Kosovo for the first time in eight years where she was greeted  by the President and Prime Minister.   She described it as the best video shoot she has ever done - ‘I was born in a little city called Pristina which no one really knows about, so I’m proud to kind of put it on the map out there a little bit because we are a very patriotic country so we always try and mention us wherever we can because it’s such a great place.’

Rita’s new single ‘Shine Ya Light’ is available for pre-order now and will be released on 4th November on Roc Nation / Columbia Records.

http://www.ritaora.com/

Tony Scott R.i.P.

Posted in News with tags , , , , on August 20, 2012 by E.N.


Director Tony Scott, best known for the films “Top Gun” and “Beverly Hills Cop II,” died in an apparent suicide Sunday when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, an official with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told CNN.
“There’s nothing to indicate it is anything else at this time,” said Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner’s office.
Scott, 68, jumped from the bridge at about 12:30 p.m., Bale said. The bridge spans the Los Angeles Harbor, connecting San Pedro and Terminal Island.
A passerby who saw Scott jump from the bridge called 911, according to a statement released by the coroner’s office late Sunday.

Donna Summer dead at 63

Posted in News with tags , on May 17, 2012 by E.N.

Donna Summer the Queen of Disco ,died this morning after a battle with cancer . TMZ has learned.
The “Last Dance” singer died in her Florida home at the age of 63 after having cancer, according to TMZ.
A family source confirmed the news to E!
(via Newsday)
R.I.P.

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