On May 24, 2023, Anna Mae Bullock aka Tina Turner died aged 83. She was singer, author, dancer and actress, referred to as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, began her career with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in 1957. In 1958, under the name Little Ann, she released her first record, “Boxtop”. In 1960, she debuted as Tina Turner with the duet single “A Fool in Love”. The duo Ike & Tina Turner became “one of the most formidable live acts in history”. In the 1980s, Turner made a great comeback, and in the decades that followed she sold over 100 million records worldwide, and became one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She won twelve “Grammy Awards”, three “Grammy Hall of Fame” awards and a “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award”. Magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked her among the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. She was twice inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. In 2005, she was recipient of the “Kennedy Center Honors” and “Women of the Year” award. As leader Tina Turner released nine albums.
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Bo Hanson: Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings
In December 1970, “Silence” label released “Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings”, the debut Bo Hansson album. It is a concept album based on author J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel, The Lord of the Rings. It was recorded 1969 – 1970, at “Studio Decibel” in Stockholm, Bo Hanson’s House on Älgö in the Stockholm archipelago, and was produced by Bo Hanson and Anders Lind.
- Bo Hansson – organ, guitar, Moog synthesizer, bass guitar
- Rune Carlsson – drums, congas
- Gunnar Bergsten – saxophone
- Sten Bergman – flute
- Peter Lindholm – cover painting
All tracks by Bo Hansson.
- Leaving Shire
- The Old Forest & Tom Bombadil
- Fog on the Barrow-Downs
- The Black Riders & Flight to the Ford
- At the House of Elrond & The Ring Goes South
- A Journey in the Dark
- The Horns of Rohan & The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
- Dreams in the House of Healing
- Homeward Bound & The Scouring of the Shire
- The Grey Havens
On July 10, 2010, Fiona Adams died aged 84. She was a photographer, one of The Beatles most used photographers, author of the band’s memorable shot jumping off a Brick Wall on Euston Road in London, used on the front cover of the “Twist and Shout” EP. Adams is also known by the photographs of other 60’s rock icons such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.
On May 29, 2019, David Curtis Glover aka Tony “Little Sun” Glover died aged 79. He was singer, musician (harmonica) and music critic. In 1963, together with John Koerner and Dave Ray he formed the blues trio Koerner, Ray & Glover. In the late sixties, Glover was disc jockey on “KDWB-AM” radio in Minneapolis where he formed the band Nine Below Zero. He was a music critic, writing articles for “Rolling Stone”, “Sign Out”, “Hit Parader”, “Creem”, and other music magazines. Glover wrote liner notes for albums by John Lee Hooker, John Hammond, Sonny Terry, Michael Lessac, Sonny & Brownie, Willie & the Bees and the Jayhawks, and for “The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966”, “The Royal Albert Hall Concert”. Glover was the author of several blues harp songbooks and along with Ward Gaines and Scott Dirks, a co-author, of Little Walter biography “Blues with a Feeling: The Little Walter Story”. He taught harmonica playing Mick Jagger and David Johansen.
On May 24, 1991, Harold Eugene “Gene” Clark died aged 46. He was singer-songwriter and musician (tambourine, harmonica, guitar), member of McGuinn, Clark and Hillman, best known as founding member of the Byrds, and author of some of the band’s best-known originals “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”, “Eight Miles High”, “She Don’t Care About Time”, and “Set You Free This Time”. Clark released six solo albums.
On December 25, 1998, Bryan Andrew MacLean died aged 52. He was musician (guitar), singer and songwriter, best known as member of the band Love. He was author of some of the band’s best known compositions including “Alone Again Or,” “Old Man,” and “Orange Skies.”
On September 12, 2003, John R. “Johnny” Cash died aged 71. He was musician (guitar) singer, songwriter and actor, and author, considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. With more than 90 million albums sold, he is also one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His trademark outfit earned him the nickname “The Man in Black”. Johnny Cash was inducted in the four major music halls of fame: the “Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame” (1977); the “Country Music Hall of Fame” (1980); the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” (1992), and the “Memphis Music Hall of Fame” (2013). In 2001, he was awarded the “National Medal of Arts”.
Gil Scott Heron
On May 27, 2011, Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron died aged 62. He was musician (piano, keyboards, guitar), singer, poet and songwriter, best known for his work as a spoken word performer in the 70’s and 80’s. His best albums “Pieces of a man” and “Winter in America” from the early 70’s and his best-known composition “The Revolution will not be televised” has influenced generations of contemporary musicians, especially hip hop and neo soul artists.