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TERRY SUMSION:1947-2011

Terry Sumsion

By Rob Butterworth

Canada and the Canadian music community have lost a legend.  Terry Sumsion of Harley, Ontario passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the age of 64, following a courageous three-year battle with esophageal cancer.

Terry’s name and music are known nationwide in Canada and through the British Isles and Europe.  Playing to sell-out audiences up until early this year, Terry’s hearty sense of humor and strong rapport with his friends and fans, new and old, always created a relaxed and enjoyable entertainment experience.  Terry was best known for hits like “Our Lovin’ Place” and “Midnight Invitation”.

Terry leaves behind his loving wife Jeannie, daughter Tammy and son Jeff.  He also leaves behind a score of fans but most important to Terry himself, a very close and dear group of friends.  Over the past year Terry accomplished two major goals that were important in his life – his treasured tour bus and his final CD (“Encore”) released just last week.

Terry Sumsion, the songwriter and musician, was a Canadian treasure.  To his family and friends he was so much more and he will be sorely missed.  His last CD entitled “Encore” had an alternate title – “Friendship Train”, also a song in the collection.  It was Terry’s way of saying thank you to all of his friends and fans all of whom supported him throughout his illness and always with his music.  

Bob Dylan's 'Freewheelin' Muse Susan Rotolo Dead

Susan Rotolo

Susan "Suze" Rotolo, who inspired several of Bob Dylan's love songs, died Friday night at home in her New York City loft following a long illness.  She was 67.

When Rotolo was a teenager, she met Dylan backstage after one of his Concerts.

Dylan described her in his book 'Chronicles' as "the most erotic thing I'd ever seen." The two began dating between 1961 and 1964. She is most known as the woman walking with Dylan on the cover of his album 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.'

When she left New York to study at the University of Perugia in Italy, the separation inspired Dylan to write two love songs: 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright' and 'Tomorrow is a Long Time.' The couple eventually split.

In 1972, Rotolo went on to marry Italian filmmaker Enzo Bartoccioli and had a son, Luca.

Lightfoot guitarist, Terry Clements, dies

Terry Clements

The Canadian Press TORONTO - Terry Clements, a Detroit native who played guitar for Gordon Lightfoot since the early 1970s, has died. He was 63.

Clements died on Sunday, 10 days after suffering a stroke. The news was confirmed by Lightfoot's publicist.

Born in 1947, Clements began playing guitar when he was only five years old.

After graduating from high school, Clements spent two years in the Navy before joining a '60s outfit called Golden Sunflower, managed by Lou Adler, who also steered the careers of the Mamas & the Papas and Carole King.

In the early '70s, Lightfoot met Clements while working on an early Burt Reynolds movie and soon brought the guitarist up to Toronto to audition to join his band. A 40-plus-year collaboration was then born.

Clements contributed to nearly all of Lightfoot's most memorable tunes, including "Carefree Highway," "Sundown" and, of course, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which features a haunting solo from the guitarist.

Mick Karn

Mick Karn

Japan bassist Mick Karn has lost his battle with cancer at his home in London. He was 52.

Karn, real name Andonis Michaelides, announced he had been diagnosed with the disease at the beginning of June, telling fans on his website that the security and well-being of his wife and young son are now his top priority.

A statement posted on his website on Tuesday confirmed Karn "was surrounded by his family and friends" at the time of his death.

Born in Cyprus, Karn was a big part of the U.K.'s new wave movement in the early 1980s. As well as becoming a member of Japan, he also worked with Gary Numan and Kate Bush and founded Dalis Car in the mid-1980s with Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy.

He moved back to London from his native Cyprus last year following the diagnosis he was terminally ill and fans launched several appeals via his website Mickkarn.net to help cover medical costs and offer financial support to his family.

Live Aid hero and Ultravox frontman Midge Ure was in the throes of hosting a charity concert in support of Karn when the bassist died.

Ure told the BBC last year, "When it comes to a situation like Mick's - who is in dire straits - he needs help, financial help and emotional help. I have had a lot of contact from people I haven't spoken to in a long time; we are looking at availabilities for various venues. It's a long, slow process, so we need to nail the venue and date.

Gerry Rafferty: 'Baker Street' singer dead at 63

Gerry Rafferty

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Gerry Rafferty, the Scottish singer-songwriter behind hit songs "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," has died. He was 63.

Rafferty's agent Paul Charles confirmed Tuesday that his client had passed away following a long illness, but said he had no additional information on how or where he had died.

Rafferty's classic record "Baker Street" — renowned worldwide for its distinctive haunting saxophone solo — climbed to No. 3 in the U.K. and No. 2 in the U.S. music charts in 1978. It still achieves considerable airplay on radio stations.

The singer also recorded "Stuck in the Middle With You" in 1972 while performing as part of the Scottish folk-rock band Stealers Wheel. The ode — or mocking tribute— to Bob Dylan's raspy voice grew new wings in film maker Quentin Tarantino's movie "Reservoir Dogs," and has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

Rafferty made headlines in recent years for his public struggles with alcoholism and had also undergone treatment for liver failure. He reassured fans of his well-being in February 2009 after a former bandmate expressed concerns over his health and whereabouts in the press. Later that year, Rafferty released the album "Life Goes On."

After initially cutting his teeth as a busker, Rafferty appeared with Scottish comedian Billy Connolly in folk group the Humblebums and released a solo record before founding Stealers Wheel.

JIM CLENCH OF APRIL WINE AND BTO HAS PASSED AWAY

Jim Clench

Jim Clench, a Montreal bass player and vocalist who played with April Wine and Bachman Turner Overdrive, has died. He was 61. 

Clench died Tuesday in a Montreal hospital after a battle with lung cancer, according to April Wine's Brian Greenway.

Clench was with April Wine, the Montreal band known for hits such as You Could Have Been a Lady and The Whole World's Goin' Crazy from 1970 to 1975, then rejoined as the band underwent a resurgence from 1992 to 2007.

He was with BTO from 1977 until the band's breakup in 1979.

His musical career began with a band called the Coven, before he joined April Wine.

Clench played bass on four April Wine albums — 1971's April Wine, 1972's On Record, 1973's Electric Jewels and 1975's Stand Back.

He also took over lead vocals from Myles Goodwyn on songs such as Weeping Widow and Oowatanite, a song he wrote. His growling voice was a distinctive element for the band.

He left to join another band with Greenway, who eventually joined April Wine as a permanent member after that other group failed to get a recording contract.

Clench then played with BTO, taking over bass and sharing lead vocal duties with Fred Turner in the period after Randy Bachman left the group.

Sam Orbison

Sam Orbison

 


Sam Orbison, the last remaining Orbison brother, has passed away. Known for continuing to keep his brother, Roy Orbison’s musical legacy alive, The Roy Orbison Story chronicled the life and times of this classic figure in music, telling the story of  Roy’s birth in Texas to his death in 1988, and was told by his brother Sam, who travelled with Roy as his business manager for many years. The songs were performed by Bernie Jessome with a full band, and tells the tragedies and triumphs, while Jessome eerily looked and sounded just like Roy. 


Cashbox Canada spoke to Bernie Jessome, a Canadian native,  who was mentored by Sam to capture the essence of both the vocals and stage presence that the man with sunglasses made famous.


Jessome had this to say:

Canadian Veteran Agent Dave Kirby Leaves a Legacy

Dave Kirby

Music Business Industry veterans will remember the outspoken and aggressive Dave Kirby from his early days as an agent in Toronto, Canada. Kirby, agent extraordinaire, and most recently chairman and founder of the Kirby Organization (TKO) passed away on September 18, at his home in Manhattan Beach, California. Kirby fought and lost a two year battle with prostrate cancer. He was 56 years old. Kirby was well-known at The Agency Group, but left it to launch his own company, TKO, in 2005. TKO has since became one of the top independent agencies in the music industry, specializing in the hard rock scene with acts such as Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Motorhead, Anthrax, The Cult, The Doors, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Kreiger and Hank Ill. Kirby was a serious advocate of using touring as a primary tool for artist development. Dave Kirby is survived by his sons David and Alex, and will be missed deeply by his wife Christine. The family has asked in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Dave Kirby’s name to The Prostrate Cancer Foundation. At the present time there is a memorial being planned for late October.

Richie Hayward of Little Feat Passes Away From Liver Cancer

Richie Hayward Little Feat

Richie Hayward drummer for the legendary band, Little Feat, passed away on August 12, 2010.
In August 2009, Richie Hayward announced that he had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer and would not be at work indefinitely. A benefit concert was organized and a website created where fans unable to attend could donate towards his treatment costs. Hayward lived in Canada, outside of his native USA, and did not have health insurance. Little Feat have announced that their drum technician Ford will take his place.
Steve Lukather (guitar player and singer from the band TOTO) on his Facebook page said: "I am saddened by the news that we lost yet another soul brother and legend Richie Hayward, drummer from Little Feat. He was a giant, an original and a great cat. God bless him and his family.. I will miss him, we all will."

The other one from Little Feat: "Respected by many as a musician, loved by more as a person. R.I.P. Richie."
A Facebook tribute page has just been created: We love you Richie Hayward and we always will.
At this hour, no Press Agency or Newspaper has confirmed this.

Angus MacKay

Angus MacKay

On June 15, 2010, the Canadian Music Industry lost one of the “the good guys” with the death of Angus MacKay.

Angus MacKay, born and raised in the Toronto area, spent the last three decades creating, developing, and managing not less than four different record labels.

Angus is probably best known as the founding partner in Ready Records, alongside Andy Crosbie. Back in the 1980’s the duo brought Canadians such artists as The Spoons, Blue Peter, The Demics, Santers, and The Extras. As well, Ready also became a brief home for the likes of Teenage Head, The Guess Who, as well as the first ever all Canadian cast recording of Anne of Green Gables.

Angus Mackay was also a founding partner in Kids Records which released, amongst many loved children’s acts, the very first recorded performances of Canada’s number one selling author of all time, Robert Munsch.

At the other end of the musical spectrum, Angus helped launch Fringe Product which gave Canada the works of such hard core punk acts as The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and Husker Du.

More recently, in 2007, Angus Mackay joined forces with industry veterans Larry Macrae and Jeff Rogers, as well as reuniting with Andy Crosbie, to bring forth the indie label Sparks Music.

A talented musician himself, Mackay began performing at a very young age and in his teenage years toured Canada extensively in the R&B band, Northern Dancer.

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