On December 25, 2016, Alphonse Lee Mouzon died aged 68. He was musician (drums), composer, arranger, producer and actor, and the owner of Tenacious Records. He has recorded and performed with many famous musicians and music acts including Arild Andersen, Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Bobbi Humphrey, Joachim Kühn, Les McCann, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Weather Report, Eugene McDaniels, Betty Davis, Infinity, Doug Carn, Norman Connors, Willie Colon, Poussez, Al Di Meola, Torsten de Winkel, Hellmut Hattler, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Fania All-Stars, Carlos Garnett, George Gruntz, Tim Hardin, Miki Howard, Paul Jackson, Paul Jackson Jr., Alphonso Johnson and Patrick Moraz.
On December 29, 2008, Frederick Dewayne “Freddie” Hubbard died aged 70. He was musician (trumpet) and composer, known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post bop styles. He has performed and recorded with many famous musicians including George Benson, Walter Benton, Art Blakey, Tina Brooks, Kenny Burrell, George Cables, Betty Carter, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Richard Davis, Eric Dolphy, Kenny Drew, Charles Earland, Bill Evan, Joe Farrell, Curtis Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson, Benny Golson, Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson, Billy Joel, Elton John, J.J. Johnson, Quincy Jones, John Lewis, Kirk Lightsey, Ronnie Mathews, Jackie McLean, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Wes Montgomery, Hank Mobley, Alphonse Mouzon, Oliver Nelson, Duke Pearson, Sam Rivers, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Rufus, Poncho Sanchez, Don Sebesky, Wayne Shorter, Leon Thomas, Stanley Turrentine, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton and Randy Weston.
On December 25, 2016, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou aka George Michael died aged 53. He was singer, songwriter, and record producer, member (with Andrew Ridgeley) of the duo Wham!, and had a very successful solo career. In his 30-years long career, Michael sold more than 80 million records worldwide, becoming one of the most successful commercial artists in the history of the modern music. He also received many awards including three “Brit Awards”; four “MTV Video Music Awards”; four “Ivor Novello Awards”; three “American Music Awards” and two “Grammy Awards”.
In December 1973, “Epic” label released “Ridin’ the Storm Out”, the third REO Speedwagon album. It was recorded in 1973, and was produced by Bill Halverson. In 1989, the album was certified Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”.
- Mike Murphy – lead vocals
- Gary Richrath– lead vocals, lead guitar
- Joe Walsh- slide guitar
- Neal Doughty– keyboards
- Gregg Philbin – bass, backing vocals
- Alan Gratzer – drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Gene Estes – percussion
- Guille Garcia – percussion
- Ridin’ the Storm Out – Gary Richrath
- Whiskey Night – Gary Richrath
- Oh Woman – Gary Richrath
- Find My Fortune – Gary Richrath
- Open Up – Stephen Stills
- Movin’ – Kevin Cronin
- Son of a Poor Man – Gary Richrath
- Start a New Life – Gary Richrath
- It’s Everywhere – Kevin Cronin
- Without Expression (Don’t Be That Man) – Terry Reid
In December 1971, “Pegasus” label released “Ten Man Mop or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again”, the third Steeleye Span album. It was recorded in September 1971 at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Sandy Roberton. The album cover photograph was taken c.1900 by John Benjamin Stone.
- Maddy Prior- vocals, spoons, tabor
- Tim Hart- vocals, dulcimer, guitars, organ, 5-string banjo, mandolin
- Peter Knight- vocals, fiddle, tenor banjo, mandolin, timpani
- Martin Carthy – vocals, guitar, organ
- Ashley Hutchings- bass
- Gower Wassail
- Jigs: Paddy Clancey’s Jig/ Willie Clancy’s Fancy
- Four Nights Drunk
- When I Was On Horseback
- Captain Coulston
- Reels: Dowd’s Favourite/ £10 Float/ The Morning Dew
- Wee Weaver
On December 25, 2006, James Joseph Brown died aged 73. He was singer, songwriter, producer and bandleader, regarded as the creator of funk music, and one of the most important artists in the history of the modern music. Named the “Godfather of Soul” and the “Hardest Working Man in the Show Business”, for all the achievements in his six decades long career, Brown received many honors including” inductions into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”; “Songwriters Hall of Fame”; “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 34th annual “Grammy Awards”; “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 4th annual “Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards”; a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”; inductee to the “New York Songwriters Hall of Fame”; honored as the first “BMI Urban Icon” at the “BMI Urban Awards”, “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the “BET Awards”, and induction into the “UK Music Hall of Fame”.Magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked him at number seven on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”; in Joel Whitburn’s analysis of the “Billboard R&B” charts from 1942 to 2010, Brown was ranked as number one in “The Top 500 Artists”.list, magazine “Rolling Stone” cited him as the most sampled artist of all time, and In an article for the same magazine, critic Robert Christgau cited Brown as “The Greatest Musician of the Rock Era”. Brown is also one of the best sold artist of all times.
On December 24, 2016, Richard John Parfitt died aged 68. He was musician (guitar), singer and songwriter, performed with The Harrison Twins (Jean and Gloria Harrison); The Spectres; Graham Bonnet; Rolf Harris, but he was best known as singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist of Status Quo.
In December 1979, “Industrial Records” label released “20 Jazz Funk Greats”, the third Throbbing Gristle studio album. It was recorded in August 1979, and was produced by Sinclair and Brooks.
- Genesis P-Orridge– vocals, bass guitar, violin, vibraphone, synthesizer
- Cosey Fanni Tutti– vocals, guitar, synthesizer, cornet
- Chris Carter– vocals, synthesizer, album sequencing, drum programming
- Peter Christopherson– vocals, tape, vibraphone, cornet
All tracks written by Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter and Peter Christopherson.
- 20 Jazz Funk Greats
- Beachy Head
- Still Walking
- Convincing People
- Hot on the Heels of Love
- What a Day
- Six Six Sixties
In December 1976, “EMI Electrola” label released “Dawn”, the fifth Eloy studio album. It was recorded August–September, 1976, at “Studios Nedeltschev” in Cologne, Germany, and was produced by Frank Bornemann, Klaus Peter Matziol, Detlev Schmidtchen and Jürgen Rosenthal.
- Frank Bornemann– lead vocals, guitars, arranger
- Klaus Peter Matziol – bass, backing vocals, arranger
- Detlev Schmidtchen – keyboards, synthesizer, Mellotron, mini Moog, Hammond organ, piano, guitars, backing vocals, arranger
- Jürgen Rosenthal– voices, drums, lyrics, cymbals, glockenspiel, gong, timbales, kettle drum, temple blocks, roto toms, arranger
- Georgi Nedeitschev – engineer
All music by Eloy. All lyrics by Jürgen Rosenthal.
- Between the Times
- Between the Times
- Memory Flash
- Appearance of the Voice
- Return of the Voice
- The Sun-Song
- The Dance in Doubt and Fear
- Lost!? (Introduction)
- Lost?? (The Decision)
- The Midnight-Fight/The Victory of Mental Force
- Gliding Into Light and Knowledge
- Le Réveil du Soleil/The Dawn