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On January 16, 2021.

On January 16, 2021, Harvey Phillip Spector died aged 81. He was musician (guitar, piano), vocalist, songwriter and music producer. He developed music production “Wall of Sound”, he described as “Wagnerian approach to rock and roll”. Spector started the music career as member of the band Teddy Bears, at age of 21 he co-founded “Philles Records” and became the youngest ever US label owner to that point. In the 60’s he wrote songs or produced music for The Ronettes, The Crystals, Ike & Tina Turner, produced Beatles album “Let It Be”, and few solo John Lennon and George Harrison recordings. He also worked with Leonard Cohen, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector, The Wrecking Crew, The Righteous Brothers, and The Ramones. In 1973 Spector won “Grammy Award for Album of the Year” for co-producing Harrison’s “Concert for Bangladesh”, in 1989 he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 1997 he was inducted into the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at number 63 on their list of “The Greatest Artists in History”.In 2009, he was convicted for the 2003 murder of the actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison, where he died.

On January 16, 1990.

On January 16, 1990, “Blackheart/CBS-Sony” labels released “The Hit List”, the seventh Joan Jett album. It was recorded 1986 – 1989, at “The Hit Factory” in New York City, and was produced by Kenny Laguna, Thom Panunzio, and Joan Jett. The album features covers of songs by other authors.


  • Joan Jett – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Ricky Byrd – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Kasim Sulton – bass, backing vocals
  • Thommy Price – drums
  • Sandy Gennaro – drums
  • Ray Davies, Peppy Castro – vocals, guitar
  • Ronnie Lawson – keyboards
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Darlene Love, Chuck Kentis – backing vocals
  • Crispin Cioe – baritone saxophone
  • Robert Funk – trombone
  • Arno Hecht – tenor saxophone
  • Paul Litteral – trumpet
  • Kenny Laguna – various instruments, backing vocals
  • Thom Panunzio – engineer, mixing
  • Jay Healy – engineer, mixing
  • Tom Cadley, John Aiosa, Paul Logas – engineer
  • Tom Fritze, Rick Travali, Robert Smith, Michael Gilbert, Andrew Grassi – assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Dirty Deeds – Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott
  2. Love Hurts – Boudleaux Bryant
  3. Pretty Vacant – Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten
  4. Celluloid Heroes – Ray Davies
  5. Tush – Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, Dusty Hill
  6. Time Has Come Today – Joe Chambers, Willie Chambers
  7. Up from the Skies – Jimi Hendrix
  8. Have You Ever Seen the Rain – John Fogerty
  9. Love Me Two Times – Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robby Krieger
  10. Roadrunner USA – Jonathan Ritchman

On January 16, 1990.

On January 16, 1990, “Columbia” label released “Pale”, the second Toad the Wet Sprocket album. It was recorded in 1989, at “Paul & Mike’s recording Studio” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Marvin Etzioni.

  • Todd Nichols – guitar
  • Glen Phillips – vocals, guitar
  • Dean Dinning – bass
  • Randy Guss – drums
  • David Mitson – engineer
  • Joe Gastwirt – engineer
  • Paul Dugré – engineer, mixing
  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Mary Maurer – art direction
  • Nancy Donald – art direction
  • Alan Messer – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Glen Phillips, Todd Nichols, Dean Dinning, and Randy Guss.

  1. Torn
  2. Come Back Down
  3. Don’t Go Away
  4. High on a Riverbed
  5. I Think About
  6. Corporal Brown
  7. Jam
  8. Chile
  9. Liars Everywhere
  10. Nothing Is Alone
  11. She Cried

On January 10, 1990.

On January 10, 1990, “Chameleon” label released “Ward One: Along the Way”, the debut Bill Ward album. It was recorded in 1989, and was produced by Peter R. Kelsey.


  • Bill Ward – vocals, drums, keyboards,
  • Ozzy Osbourne – vocals
  • Lorraine Perry – vocals
  • Rue Phillips – guitar
  • Keith Lynch – guitar 
  • Zakk Wylde – guitar
  • Malcolm Bruce – guitar 
  • Lanny Cordola – guitar
  • Richard Ward – guitar
  • Mike Rodgers – keyboards
  • Malcolm Bruce – keyboards
  • Jimmy Yeager – keyboards
  • Jack Bruce – vocals, bass
  • Lee Faulkner – bass
  • Marco Mendoza – bass
  • Gordon Copley – bass
  • Bob Daisley – bass
  • Eric Singer – drums
  • Leonice – drums

Track listing:

  1. (Mobile) Shooting Gallery – Bill Ward, Rue Phillips, Keith Lynch
  2. Short Stories – Bill Ward, Malcolm Bruce
  3. Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays) – Bill Ward, Rue Phillips, Keith Lynch
  4. Pink Clouds an Island – Bill Ward
  5. Light Up the Candles (Let There Be Peace Tonight) – Bill Ward, Rue Phillips, Jack Bruce
  6. Snakes & Ladders – Bill Ward, Rue Phillips
  7. Jack’s Land – Bill Ward, Jimmy Yeager
  8. Living Naked – Bill Ward, Keith Lynch
  9. Music For a Raw Nerve Ending – Bill Ward
  10. Tall Stories – Bill Ward, Keith Lynch
  11. Sweep – Bill Ward
  12. Along the Way – Bill Ward, Rue Phillips, Keith Lynch

On December 15, 1943.

On December 15, 1943, Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller died aged 39. He was musician (piano, organ, violin), singer, and a comedic entertainer, a pioneer in creating the sound of the modern jazz piano. As composer he copyrighted over 400 songs, some of them with his collaborator Andy Razaf. Waller’s compositions “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” were inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”, In 1970 he was inducted in the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”, in 1989 into the “Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame”, in 1993 he was posthumously awarded “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award”, in 2005 he was inducted into the “Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame”, and in 2008 into the “Gennett Records Walk of Fame”.

On December 14, 1989.

On December 14, 1989, “Fading Captain Series” and “Luna” labels released “Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department”, an album by Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard. It was recorded in 1989, at “Cro-Magnon Studios”, in Dayton, Ohio.


  • Doug Gillard – various instruments, engineer
  • Robert Pollard – vocals
  • John Shough – engineer
  • Jeff Graham – mastering
  • Nick Kizirnis – design
  • Kuda Labranch – photo collages
  • Matt Davis – photography


All tracks by Robert Pollard, except where noted.

  1. Frequent Weaver Who Burns
  2. Soul Train College Policeman
  3. Pop Zeus – Robert Pollard, Doug Gillard
  4. Slick as Snails
  5. Do Something Real
  6. Port Authority – Robert Pollard, Doug Gillard
  7. Soft Smoke
  8. Same Things
  9. And I Don’t (So Now I Do)
  10. Tight Globes
  11. I Get Rid of You
  12. Life Is Beautiful
  13. Messiahs – Robert Pollard, Doug Gillard
  14. Larger Massachusetts – Robert Pollard, Doug Gillard
  15. And My Unit Moves

On November 25, 2011.

On November 25, 2011, Don DeVito died aged 72. He was musician (guitar), record producer and music business executive. He started playing guitar on tours with Al Kooper, and has his own band The Sabres. He worked with Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and Aerosmith, but was best known as producer of some of the most important Bob Dylan’s albums, including “Blood on the Tracks”, “Desire”, “Street Legal”, “Hard rain”, and “Bob Dylan at Budokan”. In 1989 DeVito won “Grammy Award” for “Best Traditional Folk Recording”.

On October 20, 1989.

On October 20, 1989, “Rough Trade” label released “On Fire”, the second Galaxie 500 studio album. It was recorded in 1989, and was produced by Mark Kramer


  • Damon Krukowski – drums
  • Dean Wareham – vocals, guitar
  • Naomi Yang – vocals, bass guitar
  • Mark Kramer – engineering
  • Ralph Carney – tenor saxophone

Track listing:

All tracks by Damon Krukowski, Dean Wareham, and Naomi Yang, , except where noted.

  1. Blue Thunder
  2. Tell Me
  3. Snowstorm
  4. Strange
  5. When Will You Come Home
  6. Decompressing Trees
  7. Another Day
  8. Leave the Planet
  9. Plastic Bird
  10. Isn’t It a Pity – George Harrison

On October 16, 1989.

On October 16, 1989, “Columbia” label released “We Meet Again”, the 62nd Ramsey Lewis album. It was recorded 1988 – 1989, at “Master Sound Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Gary Schultz and Ramsey Lewis.


  • Ramsey Lewis – piano
  • Billy Taylor – piano

Track listing:

  1. I’m Just a Lucky So and So – Duke Ellington
  2. Django – John Lewis
  3. ‘Cookin’ at the Continental – Horace Silver
  4. Somewhere Soon – Billy Taylor
  5. We Meet Again – Chick Corea
  6. Quiet Now – Denny Zeitlin
  7. Soul Sister – Billy Taylor
  8. Waltz for Debby – Bill Evans
  9. Nigerian Marketplace – Oscar Peterson

On September 25, 1989.

On September 25, 1989, “EMI” label released “Seasons End”, the fifth Marillion studio album. It was recorded in 1989, at “Hookend Recording Studios” in Oxfordshire, and was produced by Nick Davis, Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, and Ian Mosley.



  • Steve Hogarth – vocals
  • Steve Rothery – guitars
  • Mark Kelly – keyboards
  • Pete Trewavas – bass
  • Ian Mosley – drums
  • Phil Todd – saxophone
  • Jean-Pierre Rasle – pipes
  • Nick Davis – engineer
  • Bill Smith Studio – design
  • Bill Smith, Douglas Brothers – photography

Track listing:

  1. The King of Sunset Town – Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley, John Helmer
  2. Easter – Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley
  3. The Uninvited Guest – Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley, John Helmer
  4. Seasons End – Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley, John Helmer
  5. Holloway Girl – Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley
  6. Berlin – Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley, John Helmer
  7. Hooks in You – Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley, John Helmer
  8. The Space – Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, John Helmer, Geoff Dugmore, Harper, Colin Woore