Aretha Franklin “Queen Of Soul” Dead At 76 – Our Tribute

Aretha Franklin “Queen Of Soul” Dead At 76 It was reported a few days ago  that the singer was gravely ill surrounded by family in Detroit and that she had been battling cancer since 2010. Roger Freidmann of Showbiz 411 Column, said: “Aretha is surrounded by family and people close […]

Bay City Rollers Bassist Alan Longmuir Dead at 70 – We Look Back

He was certainly part of a phenomenon in the 70’s. They were not exactly a rockers delight but it was hard to ignore Scotland’s Bay City Rollers in 1975-76 in North American and even earlier in the U.K. It was actually Alan Longmuir who formed the Bay City Rollers with […]

Vinnie Paul, Legendary Drummer for Pantera & Damageplan, Dead at 54

Vinnie Paul, Legendary Drummer for Pantera & Damageplan, Dead at 54 This came as a big surprise for many metal fans. The following statement was released last night, “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away,” reads a statement on the Pantera Facebook page. “Paul is best known for […]

Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist & Singer Danny Kirwan Dead at 68

Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist & Singer Danny Kirwan Dead at 68 He played on albums like, ‘Then Play On’ (1969), ‘Kiln House’ (1970), ‘Future Games’ (1971), ‘Bare Trees’ (1972) Mick Fleetwood released the following statement on his Facebook page, “Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of […]

Soul Singer Yvonne Staples of the Staple Singers Dead at 80

She passed away at her home in Chicago, Illinois. Staples performed on hits including “Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again.” The latter two went to #1. She joined the family band after her brother Pervis was drafted into the army. They actually started in the […]

Mike Harrison Lead Singer Of Spooky Tooth Dead at 72

This was the band that also once featured Gary Wright of “Dream Weaver” fame, the man who now runs Foreigner Mick Jones, Greg Ridley of Humble Pie, Chris Stainton who played with Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton, Henry McCullough who also played with Cocker, Wings, Roy Harper, John Hawken of […]

Tower Records founder Russ Solomon Dead at 92

When vinyl fans needed the full experience they went to Tower Records. On my first visit to LA in the early 90’s I needed to find their flagship store on Sunset and Horn. Solomon was a visionary. Not everyone picks the right lane in life but here was a man […]

Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” Drummer Ndugu Chancler Dead at 65

First off to only call this a drummer for Michael Jackson doesn’t even touch the massive brush of his long career. He played with Gerald Wilson Big Band, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard among others. He was born Leon “Ndugu” Chancler in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 1, 1952. He […]

Dennis Edwards Of The Temptations Dead at 74

He sang some big ones with the group including “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Ball of Confusion” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Edwards replaced David Ruffin in 1968 and played with them until 1976 and reunited with the band on a few reunions the following decade. He actually […]