On December 5, 2017, Jean-Philippe Léo Smet aka Johnny Hallyday died aged 74. He was musician (piano, guitar), singer and actor, the pioneer of the French rock and roll scene. He was called “The French Elvis”, and described as “The biggest rock star you’ve never heard of in English-speaking countries”. In 1997, he was made “Chevalier of the Legion of Honour”, and in 2001, Officer of the “Order of the Crown” in Belgium. In his more than four decades long career he worked with many famous musicians including Mick Jones, Jimmy Page, Tony Joe White, Dalida, Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, Sylvie Vartan, Bono, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tommy Brown, Connie Francis, and Laura Pausini. In his lifetime Hallyday released 81 studio and live albums.
On November 12, 2008, John Graham “Mitch” Mitchell died 62. He was musician (drums) and child actor, member of band Soul Messengers, has performed and recorded with Pete Nelson and the Travelers, Frankie Reid and the Casuals, Johnny Harris and the Shades, the Pretty Things, Bill Knight & the Sceptres, the Riot Squad, the Who, Georgie Fame, Roger Chapman, Junior Brown, Jack Bruce, David Torn, Larry Coryell, Ramatam, Greg Parker, Terry Reid, Martha Velez, Jeff Beck, Noel Redding, but was best known as member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In 2009, he was inducted into the “Modern Drummer Hall of Fame”.
On January 28, 1997, “Hip-O” label released “In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy”, album by Pat Boone. It was recorded in 1996, at “Ocean Way Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Michael Lloyd and Jeffrey Weber.
- Pat Boone, Ronnie James Dio, Clydene Jackson Edwards, Merry Clayton, Carmen Twillie- vocals
- Ritchie Blackmore, Mitch Holder, Dawayne Bailey, Dweezil Zappa, Dan Ferguson, Michael Thompson- electric guitar
- Doug Cameron, Bruce Dukov, Michelle Richards – violin
- Evan Wilson – viola
- Larry Corbett – cello
- Tom Scott, Gary Herbig, Don Menza, Pete Christlieb, Terry Harrington, Plas Johnson, Jeol Peskin – woodwinds
- Frank Szabo, Chuck Findley, Wayne Bergeron, Rick Baptist, Chris Tedesco – trumpet
- Dick “Slide” Hyde, Lew McCreary, Alan Kaplan, Bruce Otto, Dana Hughes – trombone
- Dave Siebels – organ, keyboards
- Andy Simpkins- acoustic bass
- Marco Mendoza- electric bass
- Gregg Bissonette- drums
- Lenny Castro – percussion
- Sheila E.- timbales
- You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – original by Judas Priest
- Smoke on the Water – original by Deep Purple
- It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) – original by AC/DC
- Panama – original by Van Halen
- No More Mr. Nice Guy – original by Alice Cooper
- Love Hurts – original by Everly Brothers, composed by Boudleaux Bryant
- Enter Sandman – original by Metallica
- Holy Diver – original by Dio
- Paradise City – original by Guns N’ Roses
- The Wind Cries Mary – original by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
- Crazy Train – original by Ozzy Osbourne
- Stairway to Heaven – original by Led Zeppelin
On July 12, 1983, Christopher Gordon Blandford ‘Chris’ Wood died aged 39. Being saxophone, flute and keyboards player, he was best known as one of the founding members of the band “Traffic”. In his career he has worked and recorded with Ginger Baker’s Air Force, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland, Free, Fat Mattress, Martha Velez, Chicken Shack, Gordon Jackson, Locomotive, Shawn Phillips, Sky, Jim Capaldi, Reebop Kwaku Baah, John Martyn, Hanson, Free Creek, Crawler, Third World and Spencer Davis Group.
On October 23, 1966, “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” recorded their first single “Hey Joe”, at “De Lane Lea” studios in London. “Hey Joe” is an American popular song from the 1960’s (some sources give credits to Billy Roberts as the song author) that has become a rock standard and as such has been performed in different musical styles by number of different artists since it was first written. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the 1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band “The Leaves”. “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” included “Hey Joe” on their 1967 album “Are you experienced”.