On December 29, 2012, Neil James Innes died aged 75, He was writer, comedian, songwriter and musician (vocals, guitar, banjo, piano), who had success working with Monty Pythons, The Rutles and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
On October 26, 2019, Paul Barrere died aged 71. He was musician (guitar) and songwriter. He recorded and performed with Taj Mahal, Jack Bruce, Chicken Legs, Blues Busters, Valerie Carter, Helen Watson, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, Eikichi Yazawa, and Carly Simon, but was best known as guitarist of Little feat.
On September 15, 2019, Richard Theodore Otcasek aka Ric Ocasek died aged 75. He was singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and painter, best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the band the Cars. In 2018, he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as a member of the Cars. Ocasek released seven solo albums.
On August 26, 2019, Neal Casal died aged 50. He was guitarist, singer, songwriter, and photographer, member of Rickey Medlocke’s Blackfoot, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans, The Skiffle Players and Circles Around the Sun, but best known as a member of Ryan Adams’ backing band the Cardinals. He released twelve albums as a solo artist.
On February 11, 1977, “Deram” label released “Songwriter”, the second Justin Hayward album. It was recorded June – December 1976, at “Threshold” in London, and was produced by Tony Clarke, Justin Hayward and Martin Wyatt.
- Justin Hayward – vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, bass, violin, cello, flute, tambourine
- Jim Cockey – violin
- Tom Tompkins – viola
- Tim Tompkins – cello
- Mel Galley– bass
- Terry Rowley – guitar
- Dave Holland– drums
- Ken Freeman– keyboards
- Doremi Hayward – backing vocals
- Peter Knight- strings arranger, conductor
- Tony Clarke, Derek Varnals, Dave Baker – engineer
- Dean Rod – assistant engineer
- Gary Ladinkski – mixing
All tracks by Justin Hayward.
- Songwriter Part 1
- Songwriter Part 2
- Country Girl
- One Lonely Room
- Lay It on Me
- Stage Door
- Raised on Love
- Doin’ Time
On December 27, 1978, Christopher Branford Bell died aged 27. He was songwriter and musician (guitar, singer), best known as founding member, guitarist and singer of the band Big Star. His work has inspired, and his songs were covered by many musicians and bands including R.E.M., Wilco, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, Afghan Whigs, Pete Yorn, Beck The Posies, and The Replacements. In 2013, “Magnolia Pictures” released documentary “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me”, which documented his life and work. In 2018, the book “There Was a Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star”, was published, also dealing with his life and music. Bell’s album “I Am the Cosmos” was posthumously released in 1992.