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 May 10, 1999, Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein died aged 57. He was writer of children books, cartooninst and songwriter. His songs were recorded by many artists including Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Marianne Faithful, Belinda Carlisle, Doyle Holly, Judy Collins and Emmylou Harris. His best known songs are “Sylvia’s Mother” and “The Cover of Rolling Stone” recorded by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, and “A Boy Named Sue” recorded by Johnny Cash. Silverstein won two “Grammy Awards” and a “Golden Globe Award”.
On March 30, 2020, William Harrison Withers Jr. aka Bill Withers died aged 81. He was singer-songwriter and musician (guitar, keyboards), active from 1970 until 1985. He composed and recorded several major hits, including “Ain’t No Sunshine” (1971), “Grandma’s Hands” (1971), “Use Me” (1972), “Lean on Me” (1972), “Lovely Day” (1977), and “Just the Two of Us” (1980). Withers won three “Grammy Awards” (1971, 1981, 1987), “ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage” award (2006), was inducted into “West Virginia Music Hall of Fame” (2007), was inducted into “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” (2015), and received honorary degree from West Virginia University.
On June 6, 2019, Malcolm John Rebennack aka Dr. John, died aged 77. He was singer – songwriter and musician (piano, keyboards and guitar), regarded as one of the greatest New Orleans music icons. He had successful solo career and performed and recorded with many famous musicians and bands, including Art Blakey, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Van Morrison, Dan Auerbach, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Joe Walsh, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, Mike Bloomfield, Spiritualized, David Newman, Ray Anderson, Levon Helm, John Hammond, Gregg Allman, Papa John Creach, Bennie Wallace, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Harry Connick Jr., Hank Crawford, Jimmy Smith, Jools Holland, Steve Tyrell, B. B. King and Marcus Miller. Dr. John won six “Grammy Awards”, and was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 2011. In May 2013, he received honorary doctorate of fine arts from “Tulane University.”
On February 7, 2006, “Stretch” label released “The Ultimate Adventure”, the 64th Chick Corea studio album. It was recorded in 2005, and was produced by Chick Corea. It is the second album tribute to the work of SF author L. Ron Hubbard (the first was 2004 album “To the Stars”). In 2007, “The Ultimate Adventure” won Grammy awards for “Best Jazz Instrumental Performance (Individual or Group)” and “Best Instrumental Arrangement”.
- Chick Corea– piano, Rhodes piano, acoustic and electronic percussion, synthesizers
- Steve Gadd– drums, palmas
- Airto Moreira– vocals, percussion
- Carles Benavent– electric bass, palmas
- Hubert Laws– flute
- Hossam Ramzy– percussion
- Jorge Pardo– flute, saxophone, palmas
- Vinnie Colaiuta– drums
- Tim Garland– bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
- Rubem Dantas– percussion, palmas
- Tom Brechtlein– drums, palmas
- Frank Gambale– acoustic guitar
- Bernie Kirsh– recording engineer
- Al Schmitt– mixing engineer
- Buck Snow– mixing engineer
- Doug Sax– mastering engineer
- Three Ghouls, Pt. 1
- Three Ghouls, Pt. 2
- Three Ghouls, Pt. 3
- City of Brass
- Queen Tedmur
- El Stephen, Pt. 1
- El Stephen, Pt. 2
- King & Queen
- Moseb the Executioner, Pt. 1
- Moseb the Executioner, Pt. 2
- Moseb the Executioner, Pt. 3
- North Africa
- Flight from Karoof, Pt. 1
- Flight from Karoof, Pt. 2
- Planes of Existence, Pt. 1
- Arabian Nights, Pt. 1
- Arabian Nights, Pt. 2
- Gods & Devils
- Planes of Existence, Pt. 2
On October 2, 2018, Geoffrey Emerick died aged 72. He was recording studio audio engineer and producer, worked with America, Elvis Costello, Badfinger, Art Garfunkel, Jeff Beck, Gino Vannelli, Supertramp, Cheap Trick, Nazareth, Chris Bell, Split Enz, Trevor Rabin, Nick Heyward, Big Country, Gentle Giant, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ultravox, Matthew Fisher, Kate Bush, Nellie McKay and Robin Trower, but he was best known for his work with The Beatles, on their albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles and Abbey Road. For his work in the music recording field, Emerick won “European Edison Award” and four “Grammy Awards”.
On August 16, 2018, Aretha Louise Franklin died aged 76. She was singer and songwriter, with more than six decades long career. In the 60’, with songs “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”, she achieved commercial acclaim and success and gained the title “The Queen of Soul”. Franklin has won 18 “Grammy Awards” and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 80 million records worldwide. In 1987 she was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, becaming the first female performer to be inducted. In 2005, Franklin was inducted to the “UK Music Hall of Fame” and in 2012; she was inducted into the “GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame”. “Rolling Stone” magazine included Aretha in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.
On June 25, 2006, Arif Mardin died aged 74. He was music arranger and producer, worked at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, before moving to EMI. Mardin worked with many famous artists including Aretha Franklin, Queen, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Chaka Khan, Laura Nyro, Hall & Oates, Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand and Norah Jones. Mardin won eleven “Grammy Awards”.
On June 3, 2018, Clarence Fountain died aged 88. He was a founding member and leader of the gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama. Fountain and the group have worked with many famous musicians including Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Justin Vernon, k.d. Lang and Mavis Staples. Blind Boys of Alabama won five “Grammy Awards”, and received the “Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award”, and were inducted into the “Alabama Music Hall of Fame” in 2010.
In March 1964, “Verve” label released “Getz/Gilberto”,album by Stan Getz and João Gilberto.It was recorded in March 1963, at “A&R Recording Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Creed Taylor. The artwork was by artist Olga Albizu. In 1965, “Getz/Gilberto” received “Grammy Awards” for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album”, “Individual or Group and Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical;” and “Album of the Year”. It is considered to be the album that popularized bossa nova worldwide. In 2012, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 447 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
- Stan Getz– tenor saxophone
- João Gilberto– vocals, guitar
- Antônio Carlos Jobim– piano
- Astrud Gilberto – vocals
- Sebastião Neto – double bass
- Milton Banana– drums, pandeiro
- The Girl from Ipanema – Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel
- Doralice – Antônio Almeida, Dorival Caymmi
- Para Machucar Meu Coração – Ary Barroso
- Desafinado – Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça
- Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) – Antônio Carlos Jobim
- Só Danço Samba – Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes
- O Grande Amor – Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes
- Vivo Sonhando – Antônio Carlos Jobim