Archive for R.I.P.

Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

Posted in News with tags , , , on June 28, 2014 by dk

bobby-womack-1976-amsterdam-billboard-650Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70.

A representative for Womack’s label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from colon cancer and diabetes at the time of his death.(billboard report)


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

Posted in News with tags , , on April 1, 2014 by dk

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 dk

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 dk

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.



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 dk

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 dk

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 dk

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)

Terry Callier – TimePeace