RIP


This one is very tough to take. Rock icon David Bowie has died at 69, just days after the release of his album Blackstar. Bowie’s friend (and one of the few who knew of his ailment), Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove, speaking to dutchnews.nl, characterized the legend’s final days as follows, via The Independent:

Bowie was still writing on his deathbed, you could say. I saw a man fighting. He fought like a lion and kept working like a lion through it all. I had incredible respect for that.

Read more from The Independent right here.

Today the Internet is flooded with Bowie’s music and story. Got get some.

Longtime REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath has died at 65. The band’s vocalist shared the news on Facebook. Via MusicNews.com:

My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time.

Without question, Richrath’s work on “Roll With the Changes,” “Keep Pushin'” and many others is inextricably woven into the life’s soundtrack of one growing up in the Midwest, as did this author. Roll easy, Gary.

Read more at MusicNews.com.

Right here.

Guitarist John Renbourn, co-founder of British jazz-folk band Pentangle, has died at 70. From NPR:

Renbourn was born in London at the end of World War II (and later) recorded numerous albums alone and with his group. He even went back to school and earned a degree in composition and orchestration. Renbourn was found dead of an apparent heart attack at his home in Scotland on Thursday, after failing to show up for a concert.

Read more at NPR.

Right here.

Guitarist Sam Andrew, founding member of Big Brother & the Holding Company, has died at 73. According to the band’s Facebook page, via Billboard:

Yesterday, ten weeks after his heart attack and the open-heart surgery that followed it, Sam lost his gallant fight to hold onto the life he lived so well. He lived his life in music and art and a loving marriage. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Read more at Billboard.
Right here.

We’ve lost an American musical icon: James Cecil “Little Jimmy” Dickens has died at 94. The Country Music Hall of Fame member performed at the Grand Ole Opry as recently as 12.20.14. CMT sums up Dickens in brief:

A diminutive bundle of energy in his 1950s and 1960s heyday, Dickens wowed country fans with a pleasing mix of his tiny size and an incongruous gum-popping swagger. Also known for his self-deprecating humor, he often called himself ‘Willie Nelson after taxes.’ Famous for classic comedy novelties like “Out Behind the Barn,” Dickens sang with incomparable heart such love ballads as ‘We Could’ (and) ‘Another Bridge to Burn.’

Go listen to some Little Jimmy Dickens and read more at CMT.

Right here.

Esteemed guitarist Jeff Golub has died at 59. Golub studied at Berklee and was known as a solo artist as well as a sideman/session man with such acts as Rod Stewart, Peter Wolf, and Billy Squier. Regarding his condition, Jazz Times says:

The precise cause and place of death have not yet been reported but Golub had experienced a series of physical setbacks in recent years that ultimately caused him to no longer be able to perform. He was later diagnosed with more serious, at first unidentified, issues later determined to be a rare and incurable brain disorder called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).

Read more at Jazz Times.
Right here.

Venerable Nashville session guitarist and producer Chip Young has died at 76. During his lengthy career Young recorded with legends like Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings and colored a Dolly Parton classic. From The Tennessean: 

His impeccable picking set the tone for “Jolene,” which went on to become one of Parton’s biggest hits and country music’s most enduring songs.

Read more about Chip Young’s life and career at The Tennessean.
Right here.

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