On May 10, 2020, John Michael McKenzie died aged 64. He was musician (bass, guitar, backing vocals), member of the bands Global Village Trucking Company and Man. He recorded and performed with Eurythmics, The Pretenders, Alison Moyet, Lionel Richie, Dr. John, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Annette Peacock, Steve Hillage, Noel McCalla, Bob Young, Shusha Guppy, Wham!, Deke Leonard, Morrissey-Mullen, Claire Hamill, Space Monkey, Jim Diamond, Bob Dylan, Al Corley, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Microdisney, Five Star, Endgames, John Mizarolli, Gary Moore, Ian Paice, Jaki Graham, Don Airey, Richard Bailey, Peter Auty, Billy Bremner, Terry Stannard, Simon Kirke, Earl Slick, Graham Lyle, Chris Thompson, Patti Austin, Latin Quarter, Phil Manzanera, Matt Bianco, Pete Brown, Helen Watson, Kevin Rowland, Shakira, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Eric Burdon, Kajagoogoo, Johnny Mathis, Everything But The Girl, Todd Sharpville, Branford Marsalis, Rui Veloso, Tim Finn, Ive Mendes, Tom Scott, David Dundas, Danny Tenaglia, The Christians, Phenix Horns, Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor, Jimmy Iovine, Dave Stewart, Wild, Leon Ware, Eternal, James Ingram, Francis Rossi, Karl Jenkins, Albert Lee, Barbara Dickson, Davy Spillane, Charles Aznavour, Raw Stylus, Linda Taylor, Blair Cunningham, Andy Newmark, Teresa Teng, Annabel Lamb, Nadirah X, Bob Clearmountain, Mitchell Froom, Arthur Louis, and Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra.
On May 8, 1989, Phish self-released “Junta” band’s debut album (cassette). It was recorded in 1988, at “Euphoria Sound Studios” in Revere, Massachusetts, and was produced by Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman.
- Trey Anastasio – vocals, guitars
- Page McConnell – vocals, keyboards
- Mike Gordon – vocals, bass guitar
- Jon Fishman – vocals, drums, trombone
- Gordon Hookailo – engineer
- Bob Ludwig – mastering
- Michael F. Mills – design
- Jim Pollock – artwork
All tracks by Trey Anastasio, except where noted.
- You Enjoy Myself
- Golgi Apparatus – Trey Anastasio, Tom Marshall, Bob Szuter, Aaron Woolf
- Dinner and a Movie – Trey Anastasio, Steve Pollak
- The Divided Sky
- David Bowie
- Fluffhead – Trey Anastasio, Steve Pollak
- Fluff’s Travels
- Part 1: Fluff’s Travels
- Part 2: The Chase
- Part 3: Who do? We do!
- Part 4: Clod
- Part 5: Bundle of Joy
- Part 6: Arrival 11. Contact – Mike Gordon
On April 18, 1996, Bernard Edwards died aged 43. He was musician (bass), singer, songwriter and record producer, co-founder of the band Chic. As musician and producer he worked with David Bowie, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Madonna, The Power Station, Duran Duran, Norma Jean Wright, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Sheila and B. Devotion, Nona Hendryx, Robert Palmer, Belouis Some, Air Supply, Rod Stewart, Adam Ant and James Freud. As leader Edwards released one album. In 2017, “Bass Player” magazine placed Edwards at number 53 on its list of the “Greatest Bassist of All Time”.
On February 2, 2020, Ivan Král died aged 71. He was musician (guitar, bass, cello, piano, keyboards), vocalist, singer-songwriter, record producer and filmmaker. His songs were recorded by artists such as Pearl Jam, Patti Smith, U2, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Simple Minds. He recorded and performed with Patti Smith, Blondie, John Cale, Iggy Pop, Lucie, Jiri Suchy, Aneta Langerová, Miro Zbirka, Pavel Bobek and Debbi. As leader he released 16 albums.
On December 18, 2011, Ralph Anthony MacDonald died aged 67. He was musician (percussion, steelpan), songwriter, arranger, record producer, and philanthropist. His best known compositions are “Where Is the Love”, a “Grammy Award” winner for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway duet), “Just the Two of Us” (recorded by Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr.), and “Mister Magic” (recorded by Grover Washington Jr.). MacDonald was member of the bands Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, Steelband Panorama, and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He recorded with many famous musicians including David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Miriam Makeba, David Sanborn, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, Bob James, Ashford and Simpson, and The Brothers Johnson. As a leader MacDonald released ten albums.
On November 12, 2003, Anthony Terrence Thompson died aged 48. He was musician (drums), member of bands the Distance, That Hideous Strength, Labelle, The Power Station, and Chic, has performed and recorded with Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Jody Walley, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Crown of Thorns, and Rod Stewart.
On September 23, 1997, “Paradigm Records” label released “The Hangover”, the second Gilby Clarke studio album. It was recorded in 1997 and was produced by C.J. DeVillar and Gilby Clarke.
- Gilby Clarke- lead vocals, guitars, bass, mellotron, drums
- Waddy Watchel- guitars
- Ryan Roxie- guitars
- Teddy Andreadis- piano, Hammond, harmonica
- J. DeVillar – bass, backing vocals
- Will Effertz- bass, backing vocals
- Phil Soussan- bass
- Clem Burke- drums
- Sandy Chila – drums, percussion
- Mike Fasano- drums
- Eric Singer- drums
- Ovis – horns, background vocals
- Kyle Vincent – background vocals
- Jason Alt – background vocals
- Roberta Freeman – background vocals
All tracks by Gilby Clarke, except where noted.
- Wasn’t Yesterday Great
- It’s Good Enough for Rock N’ Roll
- Zip Gun
- Mickey Marmalade
- Blue Grass Mosquito
- Happiness Is a Warm Gun – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
- Hang on to Yourself – David Bowie
- The Worst
- Captain Chaos
- Punk Rock Pollution
On July 1, 2005, Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. died aged 54. He was a singer, songwriter, and record producer who worked as a background vocalist for different artists including Todd Rundgren, Judy Collins, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He was a member and lead singer of the band Change, and had a successful solo career, recorded sixteen albums and won four “Grammy Awards”.
On April 23, 1979, Douglass Haywood Rauch died aged 28. He was musician (bass), known for his unique and pioneering use of thumb in a downward and upward motion, technique now commonly referred to as “double thumbing”. Rauch performed and recorded with Buzzy Linhart, Voices of East Harlem, Bunky and Jake, Carly Simon, Loading Zone, Gábor Szabó, Tony Williams, David Bowie, Lenny White, Billy Cobham, Papa John Creach, Betty Davis, John McLaughlin, the George Duke Band and Jan Hammer, but was best known as member of Santana.