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on January 11, 2021.

On January 11, 2021, Howard Lewis Johnson died aged 79. He was musician (tuba, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, trumpet), member and leader of the tuba ensembles Tuba Libre, Substructure, and Gravity. He recorded and performed with some of the world best known musicians and bands, including George Gruntz, Hank Crawford, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Hank Crawford, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp, Hank Mobley, Levon Helm, Tomasz Stanko, Gary Burton, Gábor Szabó, Bob Thiele, Charlie Haden, Jazz Composers, Andrew Hill, Leon Thomas, Johnny Coles, Taj Mahal, Charles Tolliver, The Band, Carla Bley, John Lennon, Sam Rivers, Gato Barbieri, Jaco Pastorius, Muddy Waters, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Jordan, David “Fathead” Newman,  James Taylor, Jack De Johnette, Jimmy Heath, Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, NDR Big Band, Ray Anderson, Barbara Dennerlein, John Scofield, T. S. Monk, Mario Pavone, and Chet Baker. As leader he released four albums.

On October 30, 2007.

On October 30, 2007, “Vanguard” label released “Dirt Farmer”, the fifth Levon Helm album. It was recorded in 2007, at “Levon Helm Studio” in Woodstock, New York, and was produced by Larry Campbell and Amy Helm.


  • Larry Campbell – dulcimer, acoustic and electric guitar, fiddle, mandolin, percussion, background vocals, arranger
  • Amy Helm – lead, harmony and background vocals, mandolin, percussion, piano, drums, mandola, arranger
  • Levon Helm – vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, drums, liner notes, arranger
  • Byron Isaacs – bass, percussion, background vocals
  • Teresa Williams – background and harmony vocals
  • Buddy Miller – harmony vocals
  • Julie Miller – harmony vocals
  • Brian John Mitchell – piano, accordion, background vocals
  • Glenn Patscha – pump organ
  • George Receli – percussion
  • Georgette Cartwright – creative services coordinator
  • Justin Guip – engineer, mixing
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Carrie Smith – art direction, design
  • Ahron R. Foster – photography

Track listing:

  1. False Hearted Lover Blues – traditional
  2. Poor Old Dirt Farmer – Tracy Schwarz
  3. The Mountain – Steve Earle
  4. Little Birds – traditional
  5. The Girl I Left Behind – traditional
  6. Calvary – Byron Isaacs
  7. Anna Lee – Laurelyn Dossett
  8. Got Me a Woman – Paul Kennerley
  9. A Train Robbery – Paul Kennerley
  10. Single Girl, Married Girl – A. P. Carter
  11. The Blind Child – traditional
  12. Wide River to Cross – Buddy & Julie Miller

On June 30, 2009.

On June 30, 2009, “Dirt Farmer” label released “Electric Dirt”, the sixth and the final Levon Helm album. It was recorded in 2009, at “Levon Helm Studio” in Woodstock, New York, and was produced by Larry Campbell.


  • Levon Helm – vocals, drums, mandolin
  • Larry Campbell – acoustic, electric and resonator guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, harmony vocals
  • Brian Mitchell – piano, organ, harmonium, accordion
  • Jimmy Vivino – organ. acoustic and electric guitar
  • Byron Isaacs – bass, backing vocals
  • Steven Bernstein – alto horn, horn arrangements
  • Erik Lawrence – soprano saxophone
  • Jay Collins – tenor saxophone
  • Clark Gayton – trombone
  • Howard Johnson – tuba
  • Teresa Williams – acoustic guitar, autoharp, harmony vocals
  • Any Helm – mandolin, bass drum, harmony vocals
  • George Receli – backing vocals
  • Jay Collins – backing vocals
  • Allen Toussaint – horn arrangements
  • Justin Guip – recording, mixing
  • Chris Edwards, James Smith, Rocky Talent – engineer assistant
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Sangwook “Sunny” Nam – mastering
  • Levon Helm – artwork
  • Michael DuBois – artwork
  • Carrie Smith – layout, design
  • Ahron R. Foster – photography
  • Georgette Cartwright – creative director

Track listing:

  1. Tennessee Jed – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  2. Move Along Train – Roebuck Staples
  3. Growin’ Trade – Levon Helm, Larry Campbell
  4. Golden Bird – Happy Traum
  5. Stuff You Gotta Watch – Muddy Waters
  6. White Dove – Carter Stanley
  7. Kingfish – Randy Newman
  8. You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had – Muddy Waters
  9. When I Go Away – Larry Campbell
  10. Heaven’s Pearls – Anthony Leone, Byron Isaacs, Fiona McBain, Amy Helm, Glenn Patscha
  11. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Richard Carroll Lamp, Willy E. Taylor


On June 22, 2019.

On June 22, 2019, Jerry Kirby Carrigan died aged 75. He was a musician (drums) and record producer. He first achieved widespread recognition as a member of the original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and later as a session musician in Nashville, regarded as one of the creators of the Nashville sound known as “Countrypolitan”. He has recorded with Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Paul Anka, John Denver, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Ray Stevens, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Levon Helm, Dolly Parton, Leon Russell, Ronnie Hawkins, George Jones, Henry Mancini, Al Hirt, Johnny Mathis, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 2009 Carrigan was inducted into the “Nashville Cats”, by the “Country Music Hall of Fame”; in 2010 he was inducted into the “Alabama Music Hall of Fame”, and in 2019 Carrigan was inducted into the “Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum”.

On June 6, 2019.

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 September 4, 1990.

On September 4, 1990, “Slash Records” label released “The Neighborhood”, the eighth Los Lobos album. It was recorded in 1990, and was produced by Larry Hirsch, David K. Hidalgo, Cesar J. Rosas, Louie F. Pérez, Jr., Conrad R. Lozano and Steve M. Berlin.


  • David K. Hidalgo- vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, 6-string bass, tiple, accordion, bajo sexto, violine, Hawaiian steel, koto guitar, drums, percussion
  • Cesar J. Rosas- vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bajo-sexto, huanpanguera
  • Louie F. Pérez, Jr.- drums, percussion, guitars, jarana, hidalguer
  • Conrad R. Lozano- vocals, fender precision and 5-string bass, guitarron, upright bass
  • Steve M. Berlin- tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones, organ, clavinet, percussion
  • Jerry Marotta– drums
  • Danny Timms – organ, wurlitzer, piano
  • Alex Acuña- percussion, shekere, hand drums
  • John Hiatt– vocals
  • Jim Keltner- drums, percussion
  • Levon Helm- vocals, mandolin
  • Mitchell Froom- harmonium

Track listing:

All tracks by David K. Hidalgo and Louie F. Pérez, Jr., except where noted.

  1. Down on the Riverbed
  2. Emily
  3. I Walk Alone
  4. Angel Dance
  5. Little John of God
  6. Deep Dark Hole
  7. Georgia Slop – Jimmy McCracklin
  8. I Can’t Understand- Cesar J.Rosas, Willie Dixon
  9. The Giving Tree
  10. Take My Hand
  11. Jenny’s Got a Pony
  12. Be Still
  13. The Neighborhood

On June 20, 2006.

On June 20, 2006, “Back Porch” label released “Fast Man Raider Man”, the thirteen Frank Black album. It was recorded in 2000, in Nashville, Pasadena and Chicago, and was produced by Jon Tiven.


  • Frank Black- lead vocals, guitar, ukulele
  • Bob Babbitt- bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Bare Jr.- backing vocals
  • Billy Block- drums, backing vocals
  • Marty Brown- bass guitar, backing vocals, duet vocal
  • Violet Clark-Thompson- backing vocals
  • Jack Clement- dobro, backing vocals
  • Steve Cropper- guitar
  • Rick Duvall- backing vocals
  • Steve Ferrone- drums
  • Rich Gilbert- pedal steel guitar
  • James Griffin – backing vocals
  • Levon Helm- drums, percussion
  • David Hood- bass guitar
  • Ellis Hooks- backing vocals
  • Wayne Jackson- trumpet, trombone, fluegelhorn
  • Duane Jarvis- guitar
  • Mark Jordan – keyboards
  • Carol Kaye- guitar, bass guitar
  • Jim Keltner- drums, percussion
  • Simon Kirke- drums, percussion
  • Jack Kidney- harmonica, tenor saxophone
  • Al Kooper- organ
  • Ian McLagan- keyboards
  • Buddy Miller- guitar, mandoguitar, backing vocals
  • Spooner Oldham- keyboards, backing vocals
  • Tom Petersson- bass guitar
  • Dave Phillips- pedal steel guitar
  • F. Sloan- piano, backing vocals
  • Billy Swan- backing vocals
  • Planet Swan- backing vocals
  • Sierra Swan- backing vocals
  • Akil Thompson- drums
  • Chester Thompson- drums
  • Jon Tiven- alto saxophone, guitar, percussion, piano, backing vocals
  • Brooks Watson- backing vocals
  • Lyle Workman- guitar, arrangements
  • Reggie Young– guitar
  • Lyle Workman – arranger

Track listing:

All tracks by Frank Black, except where noted.

  1. If Your Poison Gets You
  2. Johnny Barleycorn
  3. Fast Man
  4. You Can’t Crucify Yourself
  5. Dirty Old Town – Ewan MacColl
  6. Wanderlust
  7. Seven Days
  8. Raider Man
  9. The End of the Summer – music adapted from Gabriel Fauré’s Sicilienne, Op. 78,
  10. Dog Sleep – co-written by Reid Paley
  11. When the Paint Grows Darker Still
  12. I’m Not Dead (I’m in Pittsburgh) – co-written by Reid Paley
  13. Golden Shore – co-written byReid Paley
  14. In the Time of My Ruin
  15. Down to You – co-written byReid Paley
  16. Highway to Lowdown
  17. Kiss My Ring
  18. My Terrible Ways
  19. Fitzgerald
  20. Elijah
  21. It’s Just Not Your Moment
  22. The Real El Rey
  23. Where the Wind Is Going
  24. Holland Town
  25. Sad Old World
  26. Don’t Cry That Way
  27. Fare Thee Well

In June 1970.

In June 1970, “Ampex” label released the debut, self-titled “Runt” album. It was recorded in 1970, and was produced by Todd Rundgren.


  • Todd Rundgren – arrangements, all instruments and voices except where noted
  • Tony Sales- bass, percussion
  • Hunt Sales- drums, percussion
  • Rick Danko- bass
  • Levon Helm- drums
  • Mark Klingman- electric piano
  • John Miller- bass
  • Bobby Moses – drums
  • Don Lee van Winkle – rhythm and acoustic guitar
  • Don Ferris – bass
  • Mickey Brook – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Todd Rundgren.

  1. Broke Down and Busted
  2. Believe in Me
  3. We Got to Get You a Woman
  4. Who’s That Man
  5. Once Burned
  6. Devil’s Bite
  7. I’m in the Clique
  8. There Are No Words
  9. Baby Let’s Swing”/”The Last Thing You Said”/”Don’t Tie My Hands
  10. Birthday Carol

In February 1970.


In February 1970,“Island” label released “Stormbringer!”, the first John and Beverly Martyn album, and the third overall John Martyn album. It was recorded in Woodstock, New York, and was produced by Joe Boyd.


  • John Martyn – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Beverley Martyn – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Harvey Brooks- bass
  • Paul Harris- piano, organ, musical direction, arrangements
  • John Simon- harpsichord
  • Levon Helm- drums
  • Herbie Lovell- drums
  • Billy Mundi- drums
  • John Wood- engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by John Martyn except where noted.

  1. Go Out And Get It
  2. Can’t Get The One I Want – Beverley Martyn
  3. Stormbringer
  4. Sweet Honesty – Beverley Martyn
  5. Woodstock
  6. John The Baptist
  7. The Ocean – Beverley Martyn
  8. Traffic-Light Lady
  9. Tomorrow Time – Beverley Martyn
  10. Would You Believe Me?

On November 16, 2004.


On November 16, 2004, “Geffen” label released “Want Two”, the fourth Rufus Wainwright album. It was recorded in 2004, at “Bearsville Studios” in Woodstock, NYC, and was produced by Marius de Vries and Rufus Wainwright.


  • Rufus Wainwright – voice, piano, additional vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards, orchestral arrangements
  • Sophie Solomon – violin
  • Pit Hermans – cimbalom
  • Marius de Vries– keyboards, vibraphone, programming, orchestral arrangements
  • Isobel Griffiths – orchestra contractor, horn contractor
  • Gavyn Wright – orchestral leader
  • Martha Wainwright– additional vocals, violin
  • Gerry Leonard– electric guitar, guitars
  • Charlie Sexton– electric guitar
  • Jeff Hill – bass, additional vocals
  • Levon Helm– drums
  • Roberto Rodriguez – percussion
  • Sterling Campbell – drums
  • Matt Johnson – drums
  • Kate McGarrigle– additional vocals, banjo
  • Anna McGarrigle– additional vocals, accordion
  • Lily Lanken – additional vocals, recorder
  • Brad Albetta – bass
  • Maxim Moston – violin, concertmaster, orchestral arrangements
  • Antoine Silverman – violin
  • Joan Wasser– violin, viola
  • Julianne Klopotic – violin
  • Vivienne Kim – violin
  • Fiona Murray – violin
  • Cenovia Cummins – violin
  • Christopher Cardona – violin
  • Danielle Farina – viola
  • Alison Gordon – viola
  • Eric Hammelman – viola
  • Kathryn Lockwood – viola
  • Anja Wood – cello
  • Jane Scarpantoni – cello
  • Julia Kent – cello
  • Carlo Pellettieri – cello
  • Troy Rinker Jr – bass
  • Alexandra Knoll – oboe
  • David Sapadin – clarinet
  • Daniel Shelly – bassoon
  • Teddy Thompson– additional vocals
  • Jenni Muldaur – additional vocals
  • Suzzy Roche– additional vocals
  • Leona Naess – additional vocals
  • David Theodore – oboe
  • Rob Burger – Hammond organ
  • Gina Gershon – Jew’s harp
  • Antony– voice
  • Julianna Raye – additional vocals
  • Roger Greenawalt – ukulele, banjo
  • Steven Wolf– djembe, tambourine, additional programming
  • Alexis Smith – programming
  • Van Dyke Parks– orchestral arrangements
  • Jack McKeever – engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Rufus Wainwright.

  1. Agnus Dei
  2. The One You Love
  3. Peach Trees
  4. Little Sister
  5. The Art Teacher
  6. Hometown Waltz
  7. This Love Affair
  8. Gay Messiah
  9. Memphis Skyline
  10. Waiting for a Dream
  11. Crumb by Crumb
  12. Old Whore’s Diet