On December 26, 2012, Fontella Marie Bass died aged 72. She was musician (piano, singer) and songwriter, collaborated with Little Milton, Bobby McClure (The Oliver Sain Soul Revue featuring Fontella and Bobby McClure), Maurice White, David Bowie, Minnie Ripeton and Art Ensemble of Chicago. She recorded 8 albums during her career.
On December 25, 2009, Robert Anthony Bellamy aka Tony “T-Bone” Bellamy died aged 63. He was musician (guitar, piano, vocals), performed with Dobie Gray, was a member of Peter and the Wolves (San Francisco band that evolved into Moby Grape), but was best known as founding member, vocalist, guitarist and pianist for Redbone.
On February 2, 2018, Dennis Edwards died aged 74. He was soul and R&B singer and musician (piano), member of The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Dennis Edwards and the Fireballs,The Contours, but was best known as lead singer in The Temptations. Edwards was leading vocal on some of the group’s biggest hits including “I Can’t Get Next to You”, “Ball of Confusion” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”. In the period between 1984 -1993, Edwards released three solo albums.
On January 22, 2002, Peter Bardens died aged 57. He was musician (keyboards, piano) singer and song writer, member of Them, Shotgun Express, Keats, Mirage, best known as founding member of Camel. Bardens has also worked with Mick Fleetwood, Rod Stewart and Van Morrison, and has recorded eleven solo albums.
On October 14, 1990, Leonard Bernstein died aged 72. He was pianist, composer, conductor and music lecturer, regarded as one of the most important, influential and successful artists in the American music history. He was director of the New York Philharmonic and has been conducting concerts with some of the leading world orchestras. As composer he has worked with various music forms including ballet, opera, musicals, film scores, orchestral, chamber, choral, piano and vocal music. Many of his music works are still regularly performed on the stages around the world, and his best known and most popular musical “West Side Story” is regarded as one of the classics of the world music literature.
On January 22, 2017, Jaki Liebezeit died aged 78. He was multi-instrumentalist, playing drums, percussion, double bass, saxophone and piano, best known as drummer and co-founder of the band Can. He also recorded and performed with many famous musician and bands including Manfred Schoof, Brian Eno, Phantomband, Jah Wobble, Phew, Philip Jeck, Depeche Mode,Eurythmics, Cyclopean and Bernd Friedmann.
On January 20, 1972, “Warner Bros” released “Garcia”, the first Jerry Garcia’s solo album. It was recorded in July 1971, and was produced by Bob Matthews, Betty Cantor and Bill Kreutzmann. Six album tracks became part of Grateful Dead concert repertoire.
- Jerry Garcia – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass, piano, organ, samples, vocals
- Bill Kreutzmann – drums
- Robert Hunter – lyrics
- Bob Seidman – cover photo, album design
- Herb Greene – Jerry Garcia photo
- Deal – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia
- Bird Song – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia
- Sugaree – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia
- Loser – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia
- Late For Supper – Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann
- Spidergawd – Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann
- Eep Hour – Jerry Garcia, Billy Kreutzmann
- To Lay Me Down – Robert Hunter,Jerry Garcia
- An Odd Little Place – Jerry Garcia, Billy Kreutzmann
- The Wheel – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia, Billy Kreutzmann