Temptations' Dennis Edwards Dead At 74



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 died in Chicago a day before his birthday. Edwards would have been 75 tomorrow. Edwards was born February 3rd 1943 in Alabama. He was also a member of another soul-singing band that, like the Temptations, were on Motown, the Contours. He was also in the U.S. military before he even walked into Motown in 1966. In 1984 he had a big solo R&B #2 hit called “Don’t Look Any Further,” a duet with Siedah Garrett, he also scored with “(You’re My) Aphrodisiac” and “Coolin’ Out” as a solo artist.

Edwards also toured with Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks using the name “Tribute to the Temptations.” he later got in some legal hot water for using the name ‘Dennis Edwards & the Temptations.” Both he and groups settled with the singer eventually calling his touring show The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.

Edwards was briefly married to Ruth Pointer, whom he wed in Las Vegas in 1977. They had one daughter Issa Pointer, who became a member of her mother’s vocal group, The Pointer Sisters.

Some reports are saying he passed away in hospital following complications from meningitis. – by John Beaudin

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Gregg Allman – Music Legend died at 69 – Full Story – Tribute



Music Legend Gregg Allman died at 69
When it came to the Allman Brothers band – he played on everything. They were the quintessential Southern-Rock band even though Gregg disliked that tag.

His management confirmed his death today saying, Allman “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia, Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

He was born Gregory LeNoir Allman on December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was always the main vocalist and composer.

For many years this group had the The Three Musketeers motto, “All for one and one for all.” They lived together, played and traveled together and partied together which certainly helped at the groups inception in 1969 when they were starving, malnourished and looking for their audience. They still stayed up all night raising hell. When they weren’t practicing it was party time.

Duane’s vision was to have a “different” band with two lead guitarists and two drummers. They even toyed with calling themselves Beelzebub.

Those first two Allman Brothers Band LP’s, the self-titled debut from 1969 and 1970’s “Idlewild South” were not big hits at first even though there classic tunes on both. The first had “Whipping Post” which Rolling Stone magazine called an “enduring anthem … rife with tormented blues-ballad imagery” and it also contained Muddy Waters classic “Trouble No More.” “Idlewild South” had “Midnight Rider” which Gregg Allman called, “the song I’m most proud of in my career.” It also featured a future concert mainstay, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” a jazz flavored groovy instrumental.

These architects of southern rock found their commercial footing however on their third. A little light bulb went off for Gregg Allman when he realized that without commercial success the band could still survive as a concert act and their drummers were a huge part on that sound. After all the crowds were building so maybe it was time for a live album?

In July 1971 they released, “At Fillmore East.” It’s considered one of the best live albums of all time and it was a hit on the charts peaking at #13 on the charts. Everything changed after that.

With increased popularity came the usual rock n roll carnage, drugs and booze. Duane Allman, bassist Berry Oakley and a few of their roadies went into rehab.

The bands biggest blow came on October 29, 1971. At 24, Duane Allman, was killed in a motorcycle accident. On deciding the future of the band Trucks said, “We all had this thing in us and Duane put it there. He was the teacher and he gave something to us—his disciples—that we had to play out.”

“Eat a Peach” did feature Duane and was dedicated to him and reached #5 on the Billboard charts. It feature the gorgeous tune, “Melissa” that was originally thought to be too soft for the group. Gregg wrote it in 1967 and would later play it at Duane’s funeral. Then bassist Berry Oakley was killed in another motorcycle accident a few blocks from where Duane died. They are buried side-by-side.

Interestingly they called their next project “Brothers and Sisters” even though the family atmosphere in the band was fading fast via drugs and arguments. It did feature, “Ramblin’ Man their only top 10 hits it was their only #1 album. MORE AT www.johnbeaudin.com

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Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Marty Balin Dead at 76 – Our Tribute



Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Marty Balin Dead at 76
He played a main role in the San Francisco bands sound in the 60’s and in the follow-up band Jefferson Starship singing lead vocals and writing on the latter’s “Miracles” from 1975.

Balin was the chief songwriter on Jefferson Airplane’ debut album “Takes Off” from 1966 which featured their original female lead singer Signe Anderson. Balin wrote or co-wrote five on their breakthrough album, “Surrealistic Pillow” from 1967. It’s regarded as one of the best albums from that year. He also sang lead on three of the tunes from that album and co-lead on three more beside their then new singer Grace Slick.

He was one of thousands of struggling musicians in the San Francisco are in the early sixties until he met up with Paul Kantner from there they built a band that would go on to play, Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Altamont and Woodstock in 1969.

Jefferson Airplane was a big force in the 60’s sound especially during the “Summer of Love” in 1967 with their two big hits being mainstays on the radio – ‘Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 Interestingly the offshoot band Starship had more hits on the radio but much less impact.

Balin released about a dozen solo albums and had two big hits “Hearts” and “Atlanta Lady” in 1981. The former peaked at #8.

The singer underwent open-heart surgery in 2016. He later sued Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York claiming there we numerous injuries resulting from his surgery.

Balin died yesterday. His wife Susan was by his side. No cause of death was released. – by John Beaudin

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Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd & Strawberry Alarm Clock Dead At 68



Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd & Strawberry Alarm Clock Dead At 68
King was with Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and again in 1987 until 1996. He was in the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock who had the hit ‘Incense and Peppermints’ during the “Summer of Love” in 1967.

Guitarist Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd posted the following statement on his Facebook page. “I’ve just found out about Ed’s passing and I’m shocked and saddened, Ed was our brother, and a great songwriter and guitar player. I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in Rock and Roll Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and his family.”

King actually met the boys in Lynyrd Skynyrd when they opened for Strawberry Alarm Clock in 1968 and he was joined them just 4-5 years later. King was on Skynyrd’s first three albums. He co-wrote “Poison Whiskey” with lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant on their debut ‘Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd’ from August 1973. On their sophomore album king co-wrote ‘Workin’ for MCA,”Swamp Music’ and their most well know hit ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ King also co-wrote the very first tune on their third album, ‘Nuthin’ Fancy’ called ‘Saturday Night Special’ as well as ‘Railroad Song,’ and ‘Whiskey Rock-a-Roller.” By 1975 he had left the band so he was not on that horrific plane crash that killed guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister Cassie Gaines, singer Ronnie Van Zant and other members of the crew on October 20th 1977.

After a long hiatus Lynyrd Skynyrd got back together with Ronnie Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny as lead singer and King was back in the fold along with Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson and Artimus Pyle in 1987. King left again in 1996.

King was part of that three guitar sound that Skynyrd was so famous for. No cause of death was released yet but he had been battling lung cancer. – by John Beaudin

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Level 42 Co Founder Rowland Boon Gould Dead at 64



Level 42 Co-Founder Rowland (Boon) Gould Dead at 64
May 1, 2019 – He was a major part of Level 42 Until he and his brother left the band before their 1988 album “Staring at the Sun” and he still managed to co-write six tracks on that project. He would also go on to co-write every song off their 2006 album “Retroglide” with leader. Bassist and vocalist Mark King. King released a statement today saying that Boon was found dead in his home in Dorset, in the southwest of England.

The statement on the Level 42 website said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell you of the passing of our dear friend and brother Boon Gould. You are at peace now Boon, no more pain mate.”

His brother Phil, tweeted: “My heart is beyond broken. RIP Roland Charles ‘Boon’ Gould, my brother, 1955-2019.”

The Gould brothers and Mark King grew up on the Isle of Wight, and had played together from an early age. At times Boon had panic issues on stage and touring was too much.

He was certainly a brilliant guitarist and was a huge part of the success of Level 42 considering he was there for most of their heyday, 1985’s “World Machine” which was one of my top albums of that year. It would be their biggest album in the U.S. Peaking at #18 and it was the band first Top 10 album in the U.K. Peaking at #3. The album featured their biggest U.S. Hit, which Boon co-wrote, “Something About You” which reached # 7 on Billboard and #6 in the U.K. It also features the hit “Leaving Me Now. Boon would also co-write their biggest U.K. Hit “Lessons in Love” from 1986 and the album, ‘Running With the Family.” It peaked at #3.

It appears he died on April 30th. – by John Beaudin

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David Cassidy Of the Partridge Family Dead at 67 – We Say Goodbye



David Cassidy Of the Partridge Family Dead at 67
The singer and actor died of multiple organ failure earlier today at a Florida hospital.

From September, 1970, until March, 1974 we knew him as Keith Partridge, the eldest son in the TV show The Partridge Family along with his real-life step-mom Shirley Jones. With the Partridge Family he had hits like “I Think I Love You” which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts in 1970. He also reached the Top 40 with “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted,””I’ll Meet You Halfway,””I Woke Up in Love This Morning,””It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love)” and “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.” all were from the early 70’s. As a solo artist he had hits with “Cherish” in 1971, “How Can I be Sure” the following year among others. He peaked in the early 70’s where he played to two sellout crowds of 56,000 at the Houston Astrodome in Texas.

Cassidy also appeared on “Ironside, Adam-12, Bonanza, Marcus Welby M.D., The Mod Squad, The F.B.I, Police Story” where he was nominate for an Emmy Award, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Blossom, Malcolm in the Middle among others

His parents were actors Jack Cassidy who died in 1976 and Evelyn Ward who passed 2012. He was married three times, His first wife was actress Kay Lenz, He was also married to horse breeder Meryl Tanz, and he divorced his third wife just last year Sue Shifrin who wrote songs for Tina Turner, Heart, Al Jarreau and Michael Jackson among others.

Cassidy’s life had been on the decline for quite a few years. He filed for bankruptcy and had a few DUI’s.

Last February Cassidy told People magazine was battling dementia and couldn’t remember his own lyrics. He’s also had problems with substance abuse. – by John Beaudin

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James Ingram, R&B Singer, Dead at 66



James Ingram, Grammy-winning soul singer Dead at 66
It’s another big loss to the music world. All his hits from the 80’s and 90’s are still being played on radio stations all over the world. He had 8 Top 40 Billboard hits. Starting with two from Quincy Jones’ ‘The Dude” album in 1981 – “Just Once” and One Hundred Ways.” The following year he scored his first of two number one hits, “Baby Come To Me” a duet with Patti Austin and a few months later came another duet, this time with Michael McDonald, “Ya Mo B There.” There was also his pairing with Kim Carnes and Kenny Rogers on “What About Me” in 1984. One of his biggest hits came in 1986 with a duet featuring Linda Ronstadt called “Somewhere Out There.” It Was from the animated film “An American Tale.” Also that second #1 tune was actually his last hit from 1990, “I Don’t Have The Heart.”

Ingram also had multiple Grammy nominations. He won two ‘Best Make R&B Performance” for One Hundred Ways and “Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Ya Mo B There” with Michael McDonald.

Through his association with Quincy Jones he also had a co-write with the producer on Michael Jacksons’ “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)” from “Thriller.” He also wrote Jones on the song “The Secret Garden” which also featured Barry White, El Debarge and Al B. Sure.

Debbie Allen, Ingram’s long-time friend and creative partner, released the following statement. “He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name.”

He was born in Akron, Ohio but later moved to L.A. He once played keyboards for Ray Charles.

TMZ is reporting he had been battling brain cancer. – by John Beaudin

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