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 […]

Hugh Masekela, South African Jazz Giant, Dead at 78

To mainstream fans he was known for his big hit, “Grazing In the Grass” which went to #1. He died today in Johannesburg after a long battle with prostate cancer. His family posted the following statement. “A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with profound loss. Hugh’s […]

Former Judas Priest & Trapeze drummer Dave Holland is Dead at 69

He was there for some big albums for Judas Priest starting with their seventh studio album and highest charting in the UK “British Steel” from 1980 featuring the hit “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law”. The album peaked at #4. Then there was “Point of Entry’ in the following […]

Former Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke Dead at 67 – Our Tribute

“RIP Fast Eddie Clarke – 5th October 1950 – 10th January 2018.” He was the last surviving member of Motörhead’s classic trio. Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor (who died in 2015) that introduced Clarke to Lemmy who we also lost in 2015. He was with the band from 1976 until 1982. […]