On February 26, 2019, Clifford Leon “Andy” Anderson died aged 68. He was musician (drums, percussion), recorded and performed with many artists and bands including Techno Twins, M/Robin Scott, Mother Gong, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Steve Vengeance, Two-Bit Thief, The Saints, Backbeats, Edgar Broughton Band, Martha Munizzi, Group 1 Crew, the Gun Club, Spirits Burning & Clearlight, Steve Hillage, The Glove, Jimmy Somerville, Jimmy Pursey, Isaac Hayes, Midge Ure, Iggy Pop, Hawkwind, The Last Poets, Jason Donovan, The Rock & Roll Gypsies, Peter Gabriel, Mike Oldfield, Edwyn Collins, Glenn Matlosk, but was best known as member and drummer with The Cure.
On December 3, 2008, Derek Wadsworth died aged 69. He was musician (cornet, trombone, keyboards), composer and arranger. He was musical director for Diana Ross, Dusty Springfield, and the musical “Hair”. As a musician and arranger he worked with Maynard Ferguson, Georgie Fame, Nina Simone, David Essex, Judy Garland, Humphrey Lyttelton, Graham Collier, Tonny Bennett, George Harrison, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Mike Oldfield, Simply Red, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Small Faces, Manferd Mann, and the Rolling Stones.
On July 23, 1994, the “Astronomical Union” named the Asteroid 3834 (orbiting between Mars and Jupiter) “Zappafrank”, in honor of Frank Zappa, who died one year before. Zappafrank is not the first asteroid to be named after a rock musician; Asteroids Lennon, McCartney, Starr, and Harrison already exist – and there
are others named after Oldfield (Mike Oldfield), Clapton (Eric Clapton) and Jarre (Jean-Michel Jarre and Maurice Jarre).
On February 9, 1979, “Arista” label released “Downwind”, the third Pierre Moerlen’s Gong album (it was the first to be released under that name, the previous two having been released as Gong albums for contractual reasons). It was recorded June – September 1978, and was produced by Pierre Moerlen.
- Pierre Moerlen– lead vocals, drums, vibraphone, marimba, concert toms, timpani, organ, synthesizer, electric piano, assorted percussion
- Hansford Rowe– bass
- Ross Record – vocals, guitar
- Benoît Moerlen– vibraphon
- François Causse – percussion
- Didier Lockwood– violin
- Didier Malherbe– saxophone
- Mike Oldfield- guitar, solina strings, bass, Irish drum
- Steve Winwood– synthesizer
- Terry Oldfield– flute
- Mick Taylor- guitar
All tracks by Pierre Moerlen, except where noted.
- Aeroplane – Pierre Moerlen, Ruan O’Lochlain
- Jin-Go-Lo-Ba – Babatunde Olatunji
- What You Know – Pierre Moerlen, Ruan O’Lochlain
On January 20, 2017, “Virgin EMI” label released “Return to Ommadawn”, the twenty-sixth Mike Oldfield studio album. It was recorded December 2015 – May 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas, and was produced by Mike Oldfield.
- Mike Oldfield – acoustic steel guitar, flamenco guitar, bass guitar, acoustic bass guitar, electric guitars, Fender Telecaster, Fender Mark Knopfler Signature Stratocaster, PRS Signature, mandolins, banjo, ukulele, Celtic harp, Vox Continental organ, Hammond organ, Farfisa organ, mellotron, solina, clavioline, piano
All tracks by Mike Oldfield.
- Return to Ommadawn (Part one)
- Return to Ommadawn (Part two)
In February 1988, “Virgin” label released “Falling Up”, the thirteenth Kevin Ayers studio album. It was recorded May – June 1987, at “Track Studios” in Madrid, Spain, and was produced by Colin Fairley.
- Kevin Ayers– guitar, vocals, harmonica, percussion
- Ollie Halsall– guitar, keyboards, drums, bass, backing vocals
- Luis Dulzaides – congas
- Marcelo Carlos Fuentes – bass
- Javier Paxariño – soprano saxophone
- Nete – drums
- Tony Vazquez – drums, bongos
- Pablo Salinas – piano
- Miguel Herrero – guitars
- El Reverendo – Hammond organ
- Charles J. Beale, Chuck C’ Note Brown, Patt Patterson, Andrea Bronston, Mary Jameson – backing vocals
- Eugenio Muñoz – engineer
- David De La Torre – assistant enginee
- (Another)Saturday Night (In Deya) – Kevin Ayers, Ollie Halsall
- Flying Start – Mike Oldfield
- The Best We Have – Kevin Ayers, Ollie Halsall
- Another Rolling Stone – Kevin Ayers, Marvin Siau
- Do You Believe – Kevin Ayers
- That’s What We Did (Today) – Kevin Ayers, Ollie Halsall
- Night Fighters – Kevin Ayers, Ollie Halsall
- Am I Really Marcel? – Kevin Ayers
In November 1971, “Harvest” label released “Whatevershebringswesing”, the third Kevin Ayers album. It was recorded March – August 1971, at “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Kevin Ayers and Andrew King.
- Kevin Ayers– vocals, guitar, bass
- David Bedford– keyboards, orchestral arrangements
- Mike Oldfield– bass, guitar
- Dave Dufort– drums
- William Murray– percussion
- Tony Carr – drums
- Robert Wyatt– harmony vocals
- Didier Malherbe– saxophone, flute
- Gerry Fields – violin
- Johnny Van Derek – violin
- Bruce Malamut – flugelhorns, incidental brass, assistant engineer
- Peter Mews, John Barrett – engineer
- Adrian Boot – design
- Adrian Lyne – photography
All tracks by Kevin Ayers except where noted.
- There is Loving/Among Us/There is Loving – “Among Us” – David Bedford
- Oh My
- Song from the Bottom of a Well
- Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
- Champagne Cowboy Blues – Mike Oldfield
In October 1970, “Harvest” label released “Shooting at the Moon”, the second Kevin Ayers album. It was recorded April – September 1970, at “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Kevin Ayers and Peter Jenner.
- Kevin Ayers – guitar, bass, vocals
- David Bedford – organ, piano, accordion, marimbaphone, guitar
- Lol Coxhill – saxophone, zoblophone
- Mike Oldfield – bass, guitar and vocal
- Mick Fincher – drums, percussion, bottles, ashtrays
- The Whole World Chorus – backing vocals
- Bridget St. John – vocals
- Robert Wyatt – vocals
- Peter Mews – engineer
- Tom Fu – cover art
All tracks by Kevin Ayers
- May I?
- Rheinhardt & Geraldine/Colores Para Dolores
- Lunatics Lament
- Pisser Dans un Violon
- The Oyster and the Flying Fish
- Clarence in Wonderland
- Red Green and You Blue
- Shooting at the Moon
In August 1973, “Virgin” label released “Legend”, the debut Henry Cow album. It was recorded May – June 1973, at “Manor” in Oxfordshire, UK, and was produced by Geoff Leigh, Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves and Chris Cutler. The album cover art work was by artist Ray Smith and was the first of the three socks to feature on Henry Cow’s albums.
- Geoff Leigh– saxophones, flute, clarinet, recorder, voice
- Tim Hodgkinson– organ, piano, alto saxophone, clarinet, little bells, voice
- Fred Frith– guitars, violin, viola, piano, voice
- John Greaves– bass guitar, piano, whistle, voice
- Chris Cutler– drums, toys, piano, whistle, voice
- Jeremy Baines – pixiphone
- Sarah Greaves, Maggie Thomas, Cathy Williams – chorus
- Tom Newman, Mike Oldfield– recording engineer
- Nirvana for Mice – Fred Frith
- Amygdala – Tim Hodgkinson
- Teenbeat Introduction – Geoff Leigh, Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler
- Teenbeat – Fred Frith, John Greaves
- Extract from ‘With the Yellow Half-Moon and Blue Star – Fred Frith
- Teenbeat Reprise – Fred Frith
- The Tenth Chaffinch – Geoff Leigh, Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler
- Nine Funerals of the Citizen King – Tim Hodgkinson
In May 1974, “Virgin” label released “Unrest”, the second Henry Cow studio album. It was recorded February-March 1974, at “The Manor” in Oxfordshire, and was produced by Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler and Lindsay Cooper. The album was dedicated to Robert Wyatt and Uli Trepte.
- Tim Hodgkinson– organ, piano, alto saxophone, clarinet
- Fred Frith– stereo guitar, violin, xylophone, piano
- John Greaves– bass guitar, piano, voice
- Chris Cutler– drums
- Lindsay Cooper– bassoon, oboe, recorder, voice
- Phil Becque – recording engineer, mixing engineer
- Andy Morris – recording engineer
- Mike Oldfield– recording engineer
- Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler, Lindsay Cooper– mixing engineers
- Ray Smith – cover art
All tracks by Tim Hodgkinson, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Chris Cutler and Lindsay Cooper, except where noted.
- Bittern Storm over Ulm – Fred Frith
- Half Asleep/Half Awake – John Greaves
- Runs – Fred Frith
- Solemn Music – Fred Frith
- Upon Entering the Hotel Adlon