Posts From Jeff Tamarkin

‘Monster Mash’ Producer Gary S. Paxton Dies

He made his mark on pop music in the Sixties producing a string of hits including several for Tommy Roe and the novelty classic “Alley Oop”

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Larry ‘The Mole’ Taylor, Canned Heat Bassist, Dead at 77

In addition to playing in the classic lineup of the blues-rock band, he worked with John Mayall, Tom Waits and many others.

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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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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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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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Bobby Vee, ’60s Hitmaker, Dies at 73

The singer behind such top 10 favorites as “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” and “Come Back When You Grow Up” is dead.

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