On June 28, 2016, Winfield Scott “Scotty” Moore III died aged 84. He was a musician (guitar) and recording engineer, performed with Starlight Wranglers, Ricky Nelson, and Roy Orbison, but was best known as a founding member of The Blue Moon Boys in 1954, Elvis Presley’s backing band, and as studio and touring guitarist for Presley between 1954 and 1968. In its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Moore at number 29. In the year 2000, he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, in 2007 in the “Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum”, and in 2015, in the “Memphis Music Hall of Fame”.
On June 25, 1969, “Straight Records” label released “Pretties for You”, the debut Alice Cooper studio album. It was recorded 1968 – 1969, at “Whitney Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Alice Cooper.
- Alice Cooper– lead vocals, harmonica
- Glen Buxton– lead guitar
- Michael Bruce– lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
- Dennis Dunaway– bass guitar, backing vocals
- Neal Smith– drums, backing vocals
- Edward Beardsley – cover painting
All tracks by Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.
- Titanic Overture
- 10 Minutes Before the Worm
- Sing Low, Sweet Cheerio
- Today Mueller
- Fields of Regret
- No Longer Umpire
- Levity Ball
- B. on Mars
- Apple Bush
- Earwigs to Eternity
- Changing Arranging
In June 1969, “Atlantic” label released “A Soul Experiment”, the 17th Freddie Hubbard album. It was recorded December 1968 – January 1969, at “A&R Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Gil Fuller and Joel Dorn.
- Freddie Hubbard– trumpet
- Carlos Garnett– tenor saxophone
- Kenny Barron– piano
- Gary Illingworth – organ
- Billy Butler– guitar
- Eric Gale– guitar
- Jerry Jemmott– bass
- Grady Tate– drums
- Bernard Purdie- drums
All tracks by Freddie Hubbard, except where noted.
- Clap Your Hands – Don Pickett
- Wichita Lineman – Jimmy Webb
- South Street Stroll – Kenny Barron
- Lonely Soul
- No Time to Lose – Carlos Garnett
- Hang ‘Em Up – Carlos Garnett
- Good Humor Man – Don Pickett
- Midnite Soul
- Soul Turn Around – Walter Bishop, Jr.
- A Soul Experiment
In May 1969, “King” label released “Gettin’ Down to It”, the 24th James Brown studio album. It was recorded December 1968 – March 1969, and was produced by James Brown.
- James Brown – vocals
- Dee Felice Trio:
- Frank Vincent – piano
- Lee Tucker – bass
- Dee Felice – drums
- Sunny – Bobby Hebb
- That’s Life – Kelly Gordon, Dean kay
- Strangers in the Might – Bert kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder
- Willow Weep for Me – Ann Ronell
- Cold Sweat – James Brown, Alfred Ellis
- There Was a Time – Kenny Poole, Lee Garrett
- Chicago – Fred Fisher
- (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons – William Best, Derek Watson
- Time After Time – Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
- All the Way – Sammy Cahn
- It Had to Be You – Isham Jines, Gus Kahn
- Uncle – Frank Vincent
On May 17, 1968, “Transatlantic” label released the self – titled, debut Pentangle album. It was recorded February – March 1968, at “IBC Studios” and “Olympic Sound Studio” in London, and was produced by Shel Talmy.
- Jacqui McShee– vocals
- Bert Jansch– vocals, acoustic guitar
- John Renbourn– vocals, acoustic guitar
- Danny Thompson– double bass
- Terry Cox– vocals, drums
- Let No Man Steal Your Thyme – traditional
- Bells – Jacqui McShee, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Danny Thompson, Terry Cox
- Hear Mt Call – The Staple Singers
- Pentangling – Jacqui McShee, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Danny Thompson, Terry Cox
- Mirage – Bert Jansch
- Way Behind the Sun – traditional
- Bruton Town – traditional
- Waltz – Jacqui McShee, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Danny Thompson, Terry Cox
On May 16, 1969, “A&M” label released “Rehearsals for Retirement”, Phil Ochs’s sixth album. It was recorded 1968 – 1969, at “A&M Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Larry Marks.
- Phil Ochs – vocals, guitar
- Lincoln Mayorga– piano, accordion
- Bob Rafkin– guitar, bass
- Kevin Kelley– drums
- Ian Freebairn-Smith– arrangements
All tracks by Phil Ochs.
- Pretty Smart on My Part
- The Doll House
- I Kill Therefore I Am
- William Butler Yeats Visits Lincoln Park and Escapes Unscathed
- Untitled (Where Were You in Chicago?)
- My Life
- The Scorpion Departs but Never Returns
- The World Began in Eden and Ended in Los Angeles
- Doesn’t Lenny Live Here Anymore?
- Another Age
- Rehearsals for Retirement
On April 14, 2014, Armando Peraza died aged 79. He was musician (percussion, congas, bongos, timbales), recorded and performed with Machito’s Big Band, Charlie Parker, Slim Gaillard, Perez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Tony Martinez, Gato Barbieri, Cal Tjader, George Shearing, Randy Weston, Peggy Lee, Mongo Santamaria, Shelly Manne, Judy Garland, Victor Feldman, Stan Kenton Band, Harvey Mandel and Santana. As leader, Peraza recorded one album, “Wild Thing” in 1968.
On April 1, 1968, “Vortex” label released “Life Between the Exit Signs”, the debut Keith Jarrett album. It was recorded on May 4, 1967, at “Atlantic Recording Studios” in New York City, and was produced by George Avakian.
- Keith Jarrett- piano
- Charlie Haden- double-bass
- Paul Motian- drums
All tracks by Keith Jarrett, except where noted.
- Lisbon Stomp
- Love No. 1
- Love No. 2
- Everything I Love – Cole Porter
- Long Time Gone (But Not Withdrawn)
- Life Between the Exit Signs
- Church Dreams
On March 29, 2020, Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki died aged 87. He was a Polish composer and conductor, one of the most important European and world composers of the 20th century. He composed four operas, eight symphonies and other orchestral pieces, a variety of instrumental concertos, choral settings of mainly religious texts, as well as chamber and instrumental works. Among his best known works are Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, Polish Requiem, Anaklasis and Utrenja, Symphony No. 3, his St. Luke Passion, Penderecki has won many prestigious awards, including the Commander’s Cross in 1964, the Prix Italia in 1967 and 1968, the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 1964, four Grammy Awards in 1987, twice in 1998, and 2017, Wolf Prize in Arts in 1987 and the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1992.
On March 13, 1969, “Fontana” label released “Those Who Are About to Die Salute You – Morituri Te Salutant”, the debut Colosseum album. It was recorded 1968 – 1969, and was produced by Tony Reeves and Gerry Bron.
- Dave Greenslade– organ, vibraphone, piano, backing vocals
- Dick Heckstall-Smith– saxophones
- James Litherland– lead vocals, guitar
- Tony Reeves– bass guitar
- Jon Hiseman– drums
- Jim Roche – guitar
- Henry Lowther– trumpet
- Walking in the Park – Bond
- Plenty Hard Luck – Dave Greenslade, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman, James Litherland, Tony Reeves
- Mandarin – Tony Reeves, Dave Greenslade
- Debut – Dave Greenslade, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman, Tony Reeves
- Beware the Ides of March – Dave Greenslade, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman, Tony Reeves
- The Road She Walked Before – Dick Heckstall-Smith
- Backwater Blues – Leadbelly
- Those About to Die – Dave Greenslade, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman, Tony Reeves