Posts From Jeff Tamarkin

D.A. Pennebaker, Documentary Film Legend, Dead at 94

The filmmaker behind ‘Monterey Pop,’ ‘Don’t Look Back,’ ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and more was the first documentarian to win a Lifetime Achievement Oscar.

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Remembering Gary Duncan, Quicksilver Messenger Service Guitarist

Duncan and John Cipollina often engaged in fiery, extended guitar jams that showcased their complementary styles, but they also constructed tight pop-rock.

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Dave Bartholomew, New Orleans Giant, Dead at 100

In addition to writing, producing and arranging many of Fats Domino’s hits, he also wrote such songs as “My Ding-a-Ling” and “I Hear You Knocking.”

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Dick Dale, King of Surf Guitar, Dead at 81

He was given the title ‘King of the Surf Guitar’ by his fellow surfers, with whom he surfed from sun-up to sun-down. RIP, Dick Dale!

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Honey Lantree, ‘Have I the Right?’ Drummer, Dies

One of few female drummers in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, she gave the Top 10 British Invasion hit its signature sound.

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Nancy Wilson, Jazz-Pop Singer, Dead at 81

The Grammy winner preferred being called a song stylist, and in addition to jazz she ventured into R&B, show tunes and popular songs.

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D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley’s Drummer, Dead at 87

He played on nearly 500 of Elvis’ recordings, including such landmarks as “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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Johnny Hallyday, ‘The French Elvis,’ Dead at 74

Although he never gained fame in the United States–despite an Ed Sullivan appearance–he was the biggest rock star France has ever known.

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Charles Bradley, Soul Music Revivalist, Dead at 68

He was nearly 50 when he turned professional, channeling his lifelong love of vintage soul music into a career reviving that classic sound

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Bruce Langhorne, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ Inspiration, Dies

He not only played on several of Dylan’s greatest tunes but inspired one that defined its era. A consummate session musician has passed away.

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