Rock & Roll Heaven

Phil Chevron of The Pogues Dead from Cancer

Phil Chevron.jpg

Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Phil Chevron, of the legendary Anglo-Irish folk-punk band the Pogues died on October 8, 2013 after a long battle with cancer with his family by his side. He was 56 years old.

The Pogues became a successful Celtic punk band formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Their politically tinged music combined punk music with traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, cittern, mandolin and accordion. The Pogues were founded in Kings Cross, a district of Central London, in 1982 as Pogue Mahone—pogue mahone being an Irish translation of the Irish word póg mo thóin, meaning "kiss my arse".

Chevron joined the Pogues in 1984 and became a core member as the group made its name internationally with several albums including "Rum, Sodomy and The Lash" (album title is a famous comment falsely attributed to Winston Churchill who was supposedly describing the "true" traditions of the British Royal Navy) and "If I Should Fall From Grace With God".

Pete Haycock Climax Blues Band Dead at 62

Pete Haycock.jpg

Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Guitarist Pete Haycock, a founding member of Climax Blues Band, died on Wednesday in Germany after suffering an apparent heart attack, the U.K. band's official website reports.  He was 62.
Haycock was part of the Climax Blues Band lineup from 1967 to 1985, and contributed to the group's biggest hits.  These included 1976's "Couldn't Get It Right" and 1981's "I Love You," which reached #3 and #11, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100.

After leaving the band, the guitarist moved to Germany, where he focused on composing movie scores.  He also played for a few years with ELO Part 2, an Electric Light Orchestra spinoff group founded by that band's original drummer Bev Bevan.  This year, Haycock formed his own version of Climax Blues Band, but, according to, his health issues limited his participation in the group.

The tribute on the Climax Blues Band's website called Haycock "one of the finest exponents of slide guitar of his time, and a great singer," noting that along with fellow founding member Colin Cooper (who died in 2008) "he supplied the integral and fundamental guitar and sax sound that contributed to making the band so popular."
Meanwhile, Robin George, lead singer of Haycock's current group, has written his own homage to his band mate, saying, "If he wasn't the best blues guitar player in the world, he was definitely in the top one!"

Lou Reed 1942-2013

Lou Reed Cover

Submitted by Cashbox Magazine

Lou Reed, rock pioneer singer/songwriter and guitarist, has passed away in Long Island, New York at age 71. The cause of death had not been released at press time but Reed did undergo a liver transplant in May of this year.

In the late sixties Reed was part of the band The Velvet Underground formed by  Reed and John Cale. who would also go on to find success as a solo artist.
Although experiencing very minimal commercial success while together, the band is often recognized by critics as one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s. In a 1982 interview Brian Eno made the  statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

The band caught the attention of Andy Warhol who managed them and made them the house band at his studio, the Factory.. The provocative and unfiltered lyrics of some of the band's songs gave their music an irreverent feel and suited the Warholian crowd to a tee.

Their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (which featured German singer Nico, with whom the band collaborated), was named the 13th Greatest Album of All Time and the "most prophetic rock album ever made" by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2003.In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, by Patti Smith.

In Memory of Charles Frederick Mavety: August 15, 1950 –September 25, 2013

Joe Mavety.jpg

Marianne's Faithful Canadian Guitarist Joe Mavety – Originally Published October 2010

By Bill Delingat

Marianne Faithful is back again with her new C.D. “Easy Come, Easy Go”. Her 1979 comeback album “Broken English” was hailed as a breakthrough LP since her hit “As Tears Go By” and her legendary romance with Mick Jagger. What the music world didn’t know was the co-writer of “Broken English, “why d’ya do it” and “what’s the hurry” as well as the riveting guitar.

Joe Mavety was born August 15, 1950 to Charles and Norma, and grew up in Kleinberg on the Circle “M” Ranch. Mavety credits his start on the guitar to the big dance hall at the ranch where they had an old stand up piano. Mavety wanted to play it but was too small to get up on the stool, he found an acoustic guitar and would pick it up and play by ear. Later he decided to take music seriously and studied at the Myles Davis School of Music. His high school music teacher Charles Le Pointe introduced him to jazz guitarist Lenny Breau who became a good friend and a coach for Joe right up to his death in August 12, 1984.

Joe Mavety Passes Away

Joe Mavety.jpg

Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Cashbox Canada would like to express sadness the passing of Joe Mavety. Bill Delingat, one of Mavety’s oldest friends, announced that Joe had finally lost his battle with lung cancer on September 25, 2013 at The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

Friends and fans are being asked everyone respect their privacy at this time and to remember Joe as the most wonderful man and musician he was. There will be at Joe's request a big party in his memory for all his friends at a later date TBA. Further to his wishes there will be no funeral, but a celebration of his life at a later undetermined date.

This week a new web site has been launched just prior to his sudden death. There are still a few bugs to work out, but it will play using Internet Explorer. Please enjoy his music and pictures at

We will keep you updated about any further plans for celebrating the musical life of Joe Mavety.

Rhythm and Blues for Bobby Dupont 1950-2013

Bobbi Dupont Early Promo Shot.jpg

Submitted by Michael Williams
Photos Courtesy of Nick Panaseiko Sr.

When I arrived in Canada in 1974-1975, I was looking for the basics, a haircut, soul food and soul music.

It’s a black American thing, but pretty universal you want to know where the comfort and love is in a strange place. So not finding the basics, I turned to music. I had no idea that Canadian radio was so hostile to Soul efforts by Canadian artists. One of the first Canadian soul bands I ever saw from Toronto was Sweet Blindness, with vocalist Bobby Dupont, one of the sweetest blue eyed soul singers the country had produced. A contemporary of George Olliver, it is bittersweet his last performance was with him to celebrate George Olliver's 50th Anniversary Concert at Toronto's St. Clements Hall. The first time I heard him I had booked Sweet Blindness in Montreal at Loyola University, I was the DJ and host, and they were great. In 1976 they had three songs on the radio.

Sweet Blindness is music you can ride on, Cowboys to Girls and Quebec an instrumental classic which was their biggest song in Quebec .So it did not matter if they were English, it worked!

Last week I got the news that a great voice in Canadian Soul Music history has been forever silenced, Bobby Dupont had passed away leaving me with many questions that could be answered by Nick Panaseiko Sr. who worked the Sweet Blindness record at Quality records back in the days of 1975.

Eydie Gorme Gone At 84

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.jpg

Submitted by Cashbox Canada
Photo: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

Eydie Gorme, well known as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84.  Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died August 10th, six days shy of her 85th birthday, at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness.

Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen's local New York television show in 1953. She sang solos and also did duets and  skits with Lawrence, who at the time was a rising young singer who had joined the show a year earlier. When the program became NBC's "Tonight Show" in 1954, the young couple went with it.

The two were married in Las Vegas in 1957 and later performed for audiences there. Lawrence, the couple's son David and other loved ones were by her side when she died. "Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years," Lawrence said in a statement. "I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time."

Although usually recognized for her musical partnership with Lawrence, Gorme broke through on her own with the Grammy-nominated "Blame it on the Bossa Nova." The bouncy tune about a dance craze of the time was written by the Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Cowboy Jack Clement The Cowboy Rides Away

Cowboy Jack Clement.jpg

Submitted by Don Graham

Memphis Recording Service better known as Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee was a remarkable place between 1956 and 1959. The names that would become legendary during that time were a who’s who of music history. The artists Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison. Owner Sam Phillips and young engineer by the name of Jack Clement made up the Sun team. Who would have believed that the last man standing in the group of legends would be Jerry Lee !

Jack Clement had been given the name Cowboy during his years at Memphis State University while playing steel guitar in a local band, this despite the fact that he didn’t like horses.

Grammy Winner George Duke Dead at 67

George Duke.jpg

Submitted by Cashbox

Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer George Duke whose sound was part acoustic and  jazz, funk, R&B and soul  has died. He was 67 years old.

A representative for Duke said he died Monday August 5th in Los Angeles, California. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

George Duke's son, Rashid, in a statement thanked his father's fans saying "The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father's friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming.Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support."

Duke was born in San Rafael, California.  He appeared on a number of Frank Zappa albums and played in the Don Ellis Orchestra, Cannonball Adderley's band and with jazz musician Stanley Clarke. Duke also played keyboard on Michael Jackson's multiplatinum 1979 album, "Off the Wall."

When he was 4 years old, Duke began taking piano lessons after seeing Duke Ellington perform. "I don't remember it too well ... but my mother told me I went crazy," Duke said on his website. "I ran around saying, 'Get me a piano, get me a piano!"'

Duke credits going to church for a lot of his musical style.He said it helped him add a funk style to his sound. He was a member of high-school jazz groups and was  influenced by Miles Davis. He earned degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University.

Loretta Lynn’s First Born Daughter Passes On

Loretta Lynn.jpg

Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Loretta’s oldest daughter, Betty Sue Lynn has passed away at the age of 64 in in Waverly, Tennessee, from complications of emphysema. Betty Sue Lynn is survived by two daughters, Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dyer, and five grandchildren. Loretta Lynn and her late husband Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn had six children. Their eldest son, Jack Benny Lynn, drowned in 1984 while attempting to cross the Duck River on horseback near Waverly.

Loretta Lynn, 81, has four surviving children, Clara Marie (Cissy), March 4, 1951 aged 62,Ernest Ray, April 12, 1959 ,aged 54, and Peggy and Patsy (twins, the latter named for Loretta’s close friend Patsy Cline June 3, 1964, aged 49.

Condolences go out from Cashbox Magazine to the entire Lynn family.  R.I.P. Betty Sue.

Syndicate content