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On October 24, 2018.

On October 24, 2018, Melvin M. Ragin aka Wah Wah Watson died aged 67. He was musician (guitar), famous for his unique skills with wah-wah pedal. He was member of The Funk Brothers, the studio band for “Motown Records”, recorded and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, John Lee Hooker, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Vanessa Williams, Thelma Houston, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Michael Jackson, Maxwell, The Beach Boys, George Benson, Bobbi Humphrey, Janet Jackson, Yung Berg, Blondie, Norman Whitfield, The Undisputed Truth, Donald Byrd, Labelle, Love Unlimited, Cher, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gloria Gaynor, The Temptations (his guitar work on “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”), Pointer Sisters, Martha Reeves, Rose Royce, Bob Scaggs and Herbie Hancock. As leader, Wah Wah Watson released one solo album (Elementary, 1976).

In September 1967.

In September 1967, “Decca” label released “Shake Down”, the debut Savoy Brown studio album. It was recorded in 1967, at “Decca Studios” in West Hampstead, North West, and was produced by Mike Vernon.

Personnel:

  • Brice Portius – vocals
  • Kim Simmonds – lead and rhythm guitar
  • Martin Stone – lead and rhythm guitar
  • Ray Chappell – bass
  • Leo Mannings – drums, percussion
  • Bob Hall – piano
  • Gus Dudgeon – recording
  • Guy Fletcher – mastering
  • Neil Slaven – liner notes

Track listing:

  1. I Ain’t Superstitious – Willie Dixon
  2. Let Me Love You Baby – Willie Dixon
  3. Black Night – Jessie Mae Robinson
  4. High Rise – Beverly Bridge, Sonny Thompson, Freddie King
  5. Rock Me Baby – B.B. King, Joe Josea
  6. I Smell Trouble – Deadric Malone
  7. Oh! Pretty Woman – Albert King
  8. Little Girl – Willie Dixon
  9. The Doormouse Rides the Rails – Martin Stone
  10. It’s My Own Fault – John Lee Hooker
  11. Shake ‘Em On Down – traditional, arranged by Bob Hall

On September 4, 2001.

On September 4, 2001, “Hyena” label released “Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions”, the 19th James Blood Ulmer album. It was recorded in April 2001, at “Sun Studios” in Memphis, Tennessee, and was produced by Vernon Reid.

Personnel:

  • James Blood Ulmer – vocals, guitar
  • Vernon Reid – guitar
  • Charles Burnham – violin
  • Rick Steff – piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hammond B3 organ
  • David Barnes – harmonica
  • Mark Peterson – bass
  • Aubrey Dayle – drums

Track listing:

  1. Spoonful – Willie Dixon
  2. I Want to Be Loved – Willie Dixon
  3. Little Red Rooster – Willie Dixon
  4. Dimples – James Bracken, John Lee Hooker
  5. I Just Want to Make Love to You – Willie Dixon
  6. Evil – Willy Dixon
  7. Death Letter – Son House
  8. Fattening Frogs for Snakes – Willie Williamson
  9. Money – John Lee Hooker
  10. I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love – Willie Dixon
  11. Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal – Daylie Holmes, Marl H. Young
  12. Double Trouble – Otis Rush
  13. I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline) – Chester Burnett
  14. Back Door Man – Willie Dixon

On February 18, 2003.

On February 18, 2003, “Matador” label released “You Are Free”, the sixth Cat Power album. It was recorded in 2002, and was produced by Chan Marshall.

Personnel:

  • Chan Marshall – vocals, guitars, piano
  • Warren Ellis – violin
  • Dave Grohl – bass, drums
  • Eddie Vedder – vocals
  • David Campbell – string arrangement
  • Maggie & Emma – vocals
  • Adam Kasper – recording, mixing
  • Rick Fisher – mastering
  • Mark Borthwick – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Chan Marshall, except where noted.

  1. I Don’t Blame You
  2. Free
  3. Good Woman
  4. Speak for me
  5. Werewoll – Michael Hurley
  6. Fool
  7. He War
  8. Shaking paper
  9. Babydoll
  10. Maybe Not
  11. Names
  12. Half of You
  13. Keep on Runin’ – John Lee Hooker
  14. Evolution

On February 3, 2018.

On February 3, 2018, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler died aged 65. He was musician (drums, percussion), composer, music producer and university professor. He recorded and performed with numerous famous artists including Mile Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson,  Eddie Harris, Patti LaBelle, John Lee Hooker, Donna Summer, George Benson, Robbie Robertson, Syreeta Wright, Hampton Hawes, Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, George Duke, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, Joe Henderson, Lionel Richie, Cheryl Lynn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tina Turner, Patrice Rushen, Jennifer Holliday, Harold Land, Minnie Riperton, Azar Lawrence, Santana, Lalo Schifrin, Julian Priester, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock.

On November 30, 1999.

On November 30, 1999, Don Francis Bowman “Sugarcane” Harris died aged 61. He was musician (violin, guitar), a pioneer in amplification of the violin. He was member of the doo-wop band The Squires, the duo Don and Dewey, Pure Food and Drug Act, performed with Little Richard, recorded and performed with John Mayall & the Bluesbrakers, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, John Lee Hooker, Harvey Mandel, Tupelo Chain Sex, Johnny Otis, Billy Bang, Freddie Roulette, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. As leader Harris released nine albums.wnie McGhee,

On October 30, 2004.

On October 30, 2004, Andrew Alexander “Mike” Terry died aged 68. He was songwriter, musician (baritone saxophone), producer, and musical director. He was member of the bands Popcorn and the Mohawks, Joe Hunter Band, and The Funk Brothers. From 1960 – 1967, with The Funk Brothers he performed on thousands of “Motown” recordings. Terry worked with Martha and the Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Kim Weston, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, J. J. Barnes, Rose Batiste, The Capitols, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Robinson, Sandra Phillips, The Little Foxes, Junior Walker & the All Stars, Clarence Carter, The Dells, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Maxine Brown, The Parliaments, and Edwin Starr.

On October 16, 1969.

On October 16, 1969, Lejzor Szmuel Czyż aka Leonard Chess died aged 52. He was a record company executive and the co-founder of Chess Records, home to John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, Jimmy Reed, and Sonny Boy Williamson. He was influential in the development of rock and roll, electric blues, and the Chicago blues scene.

On September 9, 2003.

On September 9, 2003, “Hyena” label released “No Escape from the Blues: The Electric Lady Sessions”, the 17th James Blood Ulmer album. It was recorded in April 2003, at “Electric Lady Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Vernon Reid.

Personnel:

  • James Blood Ulmer– vocals, guitar
  • Vernon Reid– guitar
  • Charles Burnham- violin
  • Leon Gruenbaum- piano, keyboards
  • David Barnes – harmonica
  • Mark Peterson – bass
  • Aubrey Dayle- drums
  • Queen Esther– vocals
  • Olu Dara- pocket trumpet
  • John Kruth- tambourine
  • Maya Smullyan Jenkins- tap

Track listing:

  1. Goin’ to New York – Mary Lee Reed
  2. Hustle Is On – Eddy H. Owens
  3. Who’s Been Talkin’ – Chester Burnett
  4. Ghetto Child – Johnny Copeland
  5. Are You Glad to Be in America – James Blood Ulmer
  6. You Know, I Know – John Lee Hooker
  7. Let the Good Times Roll – Earl King
  8. Bright Lights, Big City – Jimmy Reed
  9. No Escape from the Blues – McKinley Morganfield, Charles Edward Williams
  10. Satisfy (Story of My Life) – James Blood Ulmer
  11. Trouble in Mind – Richard M. Jones
  12. The Blues Had a Baby and Called It Rock N Roll – Brownie McGhee, McKinley Morganfield

 

On August 19, 2019.

On August 19, 2019, Samuel Lawrence Taylor aka Larry Taylor died aged 77. He was a musician (bass), best known as a member of Canned Heat. He recorded and performed with a big number of musicians and bands, including The Gamblers, The Monkees, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boyce & Hart, Sunnyland Slim, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Albert King, Leo Kotke, The Ventures, Shakey Jake Harris, Free Creek, Louis Myers, Mike “Hollywood Fats” Mann, The Grandmothers, Colin Winski, Chuck E. Weiss, John Lee Hooker, John Hammond Jr., Ry Cooder, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, Sam Phillips, Terry Evans, JJ Cale, Randy Resnick, Al Blake, Dale Hawkins, Kelly Joe Phelps, Tracy Chapman, Wanda Jackson, Buddy Guy, Chris Murphy, Solomon Burke, Harvey Mandel, John Mayall, and Tom Waits.