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.
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.
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 www.joemavety.com
We will keep you updated about any further plans for celebrating the musical life of Joe Mavety.
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.
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.
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-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’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.
Bobby "Blue" Bland, the blues and soul singer whose most memorable songs included “Further On Up the Road” and “Turn On Your Love Light”, has died. The 83-year-old died on Sunday, June 23 2013, at his home in Memphis,Tennessee. Surrounded by his relatives, Bland passed away after complications from an ongoing illness surrounded by his relatives, according to his son Rodd.
Born Robert Calvin "Bobby" Bland he became known as Bobby "Blue" Bland, and was a singer of blues and soul. He was an original member of the Beale Streeters,and was sometimes referred to as the "Lion of the Blues". Along with such artists as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Junior Parker, Bland developed a sound that mixed gospel with the blues and R&B.
Bland was known as "the Sinatra of the Blues" and was influenced by Nat King Cole's smooth vocals. The singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. The Hall of Fame described him as "second in stature only to BB King as a product of Memphis's Beale Street blues scene".
The singer, who at one stage in his life worked as BB King's valet and chauffeur, was born in Rosemark, Tennessee, before moving as a teenager to nearby Memphis. Although his output waned in later life, his legacy was kept alive by hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z, who sampled his song “Ain't No Love In The Heart of the City”.
RIP Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland - You are now Farther On Up the Road.
Country singer Otis Dewey Whitman Jr better known as Slim Whitman has passed away at the age of 89.
Whitman was consistently more popular throughout Europe, and in particular Britain, than in his home and native land of the United States.
His 1955 hit single "Rose Marie" held the Guinness World Record for the longest time at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart until Bryan Adams broke the record in 1991 after 36 years.He sold in excess of 120 million records. He was managed for a time by Colonel Tom Parker who signed him to RCA Records where he released his first single in 1948. In 1955 in the United Kingdom, he had a No.1 hit on the pop music charts with "Rose Marie." He also had a hit with “I’ll Remember You’. For his contribution to the recording industry, Slim Whitman was given the accolade of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1709 Vine Street. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Walkway of Stars in 1968.
The late Michael Jackson listed Whitman as one of his ten favorite vocalists and Beatle George Harrison has said Whitman as an early influence: "The first person I ever saw playing a guitar was Slim Whitman, either a photo of him in a magazine or live on television. Guitars were definitely coming in. Paul McCartney credited a poster of Whitman with giving him the idea of playing his guitar left-handed with his guitar strung the opposite way to a right-handed player.