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 August 13, 1971, Curtis Ousley (born Curtis Montgomery) aka King Curtis died aged 37. He was music director, record producer, and musician (soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet), worked in various music genres, rhythm, and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk, and soul-jazz. He performed and recorded with numerous musicians and bands including Aretha Franklin, Nat Adderley, Wynton Kelly, ]Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Andy Williams, The Coasters, LaVern Baker, Joe South, John Lennon, the Rimshots, Champion Jack Dupree, Jerry Jemmott, Oliver Jackson, King Pins, Bernard Purdie, The Shirelles, The Noble Band, Cornell Dupree, and Duane Allman. At the 1970 “Grammy Awards”, Curtis won the “Best R&B Instrumental Performance Grammy” for “Games People Play”. In March 2000, he was posthumously inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.
On June 23, 2019, David Louis Bartholomew died aged 100. He was a musician (trumpet), bandleader, composer, arranger, and record producer, active in various musical genres, including rhythm and blues, big band, swing music, rock and roll, New Orleans jazz, and Dixieland. In his induction into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, he was cited as a key figure in the transition from jump blues and swing to R&B and as “one of the Crescent City’s greatest musicians and a true pioneer in the rock and roll revolution.” His biggest success as a composer was in the partnership with Fats Domino producing some of his greatest successes. In the mid-50s they wrote more than forty hits for “Imperial Records”, including Ain’t That a Shame. Bartholomew’s other hit songs include I Hear You Knocking, Blue Monday” I’m Walkin’, My Ding-A-Ling, and One Night. He was a member of the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”, the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and the “Louisiana Music Hall of Fame”.
On May 9, 2020, Richard Wayne Penniman aka Little Richard died aged 87. He was singer, songwriter and musician (piano), one of the most important and influential persons in the popular music. His charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll, but also had important role in formation of other music genres such as soul and funk. For his work Little Richard received numerous awards and was honored by many institutions. In 1986, he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”; in 1993 he received “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award”, he was inducted into the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”, received “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the “Recording Academy”; “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the “Rhythm and Blues Foundation”, and received a “Rhapsody & Rhythm Award” from the “National Museum of African American Music”. In 2012, his song “Tutti Frutti” was included in the “National Recording Registry” of the “Library of Congress”, stated that his “unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music”. Three of his songs “Tutti Frutti,” “Lucille” and “Long Tall Sally” are inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”.
On April 20, 2012, Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon died aged 91. He was musician (guitar), whose style of playing was popular and influential during the 50s and 60s. Weedon was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the “UK Singles Chart”, in 1959. His “Play in a Day” guitar guide influenced some of the biggest names in rock and roll such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Dave Davies, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page. For his “services to music”, in 2001, Weedon was awarded an OBE.
On October 24, 2017, Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. died aged 89. Being pianist, singer and song-writer, he is regarded as one of the Rock and Roll pioneers and most important artists in the popularization of the early rock and roll. He had 11 top 10 hits between 1955 and 1960, and 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40. His best known songs are “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Blueberry Hill”, and he has sold more than 65 million records worldwide. Fats Domino was one the first musicians inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.
On September 26, 2006, “Artists First“label released “Last Man Standing”, the 39th studio Jerry Lee Lewis album. It was recorded in “Phillips Studio” and “Sun Studio” in Memphis, Tennessee, and was produced by Jimmy Ripp and Steve Bing. The album consists of duets between Jerry Lee Lewis and some of the biggest names in rock and country music.
- Rock and Roll – John Paul Jones, John Bonham, James Patrick Page, Robert Plant / duet with Jimmy Page
- Before the Night Is Over – Benjamin Peters / duet with B.B. King
- Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen / duet with Bruce Springsteen
- Evening Gown – Mick Jagger / duet with Mick Jagger and Ron Wood
- You Don’t Have to Go – James Matcher Reed / duet with Neil Young
- Twilight – Robbie Robertson, David Campbell / duet with Robbie Robertson
- Travelin’ Band – John Fogerty / duet with John Fogerty
- That Kind of Fool – Mack Vickery / duet with Keith Richards
- Sweet Little 16 – Chuck Berry / duet with Ringo Starr
- Just a Bummin’ Around – Pete Graves / duet with Merle Haggard
- Honky Tonk Woman – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards / duet with Kid Rock
- What’s Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me) – Glenn Sutton – duet with Rod Stewart
- Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age – Cindy Walker, Bob Wills / duet with George Jones
- Couple More Years – Dennis Locorriere, Shel Silverstein / duet with Willie Nelson
- Old Glory – Paul Roberts, Shelby Darnell, Jerry Lee Lewis / duet with Toby Keith
- Trouble in Mind – Richard M. Jones / duel with Eric Clapton
- I Saw Her Standing There – John Lennon, Paul McCartney / duet with Little Richard
- Lost Highway – Leon Payne / duet with Delaney Bramlett
- Hadacohl Boogie – Bill Nettles / duet with Buddy Guy
- What Makes the Irish Heart Beat – Van Morrison / duet with Don Henley
- The Pilgrim Ch. 33 – Kris Kristofferson / duet with Kris Kristofferson
In September 1970, “Columbia” label released “Johnny Winter And”, the fourth Johnny Winter studio album. It was recorded in June 1970 in New York City, and was produced by Johnny Winter.
- Johnny Winter– vocals, guitar
- Rick Derringer– vocals, guitar
- Randy Jo Hobbs– bass
- Randy Zehringer– percussion
- Guess I’ll Go Away – Johnny Winter
- Ain’t That a Kindness – Mark Klingman
- No Time to Live – Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood
- Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo – Rick Derringer
- Am I Here? – Randy Zehringer
- Look Up – Rick Derringer
- Prodigal Son – Johnny Winter
- On the Limb – Rick Derringer
- Let the Music Play – Allan Nicholls, Otis Stephens
- Nothing Left – Johnny Winter
- Funky Music – Rick Derringer
On October 12, 1971, Vincent Eugene Craddock aka Gene Vincent died aged 35. Being singer and guitarist, he was one of the rockabilly and rock and roll pioneers. His 1956 song “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (together with his band Blue Caps) is considered to be one of the first rockabilly hits. Vincent was inducted both the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” and the “Rockabilly Hall of Fame”.
On October 4, 1999, “Parlaphone” label released “Run Devil Run” the eleventh Paul McCartney solo studio album. It was recorded March – May 1999, at “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Chris Thomas and Paul McCartney.The album features covers of 1950s rock and roll songs, with three original McCartney compositions.
- Paul McCartney– vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar, percussion, acoustic guitar
- David Gilmour– electric guitar, backing vocals, lap steel guitar
- Mick Green– electric guitar
- Ian Paice– drums, percussion
- Pete Wingfield– keyboards, piano, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer
- Dave Mattacks– drums, percussion
- Geraint Watkins– Wurlitzer, piano
- Chris Hall – accordion
- Geoff Emerick, Paul Hicks– engineer
- Steve Rooke – mastering
- Dave Fine – cover photos
- Richard Haughton – Paul photo
- Mike McCartney– young Paul photo
- John Hammel – session photos
- Mike Owen – products photo
- Philip Gallard – instrument photos
- Klaus Voorman, Aleen Toroyan – drawings
- Norman Hathaway – design
- Blue Jean Bop – Gene Vincent, Hal Levy
- She Said Yeah – Larry Williamd
- All Shook Up – Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley
- Run Devil Run – Paul McCartney
- No Other Baby – Dickie Bishop, Bob Watson
- Lonesome Town – Baker Knight
- Try Not to Cry – Paul McCartney
- Movie Magg – Carl Perkins
- Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Chuck Berry
- What It Is – Paul McCartney
- Coquette – Johnny Green, Carmen Lombardo, Gus Kahn
- I Got Stung – David Hill, Aaron Schroeder
- Honey Hush – Joe Turner
- Shake a Hand – Joe Morris
- Party – Jessie Mae Robinson