Reggie recorded with some of the most well known artists of the day, such as Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, B.J. Thomas, Dusty Springfield, Dobie Gray, The Box Tops, King Curtis, Otis Redding, Jimmy Webb, Petula Clark, and so many others. His distinctive guitar can be heard on “Son of A Preacher Man”, “Drift Away”, “Suspicious Minds”, “In The Ghetto”, “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”, Billy Swan (I Can Help), and “Sweet Caroline”.
|Reggie Young - Some Songs|
His Coral Electric sitar can be heard on “Cry Like A Baby”, and “Hooked On A Feeling.” Reggie Young passed away on January 17th, at his home just outside of Nashville, Tennessee in the small town of Leipers Fork. He was 82 years old.
Nashville studio guitarist Harold Bradley has passed away at age 93. According to Guitar Player magazine and other sources, he was among the most recorded guitarists in history. He was also the younger brother of the pioneering record producer Owen Bradley, the man credited for 'The Nashville Sound".
|Harold Bradley - Nashville A-Team|
Bradley passed away on January 31st of 2019. He can be heard on recordings by Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, George Jones, and so many well known artists.
Peter Tork passed away on February 21st of this year after a 10 year battle with cancer. He started his musical career in Greenwich Village in New York City. His given name was Peter Thorkelson.
|Peter Tork - From His Monkee Days|
It was in 2009 that Peter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and underwent surgery, and radiation. Although he was ill, Tork rejoined The Monkee's on some of their reunion concerts.
When Dick was very young his uncle taught him how to play the tarabaki, while the uncle played the oud. Because of this Dale developed his rapid and alternating picking technique. He states this type music had a sense of pulsation. He incorporated that in his Surf Guitar playing. Dick Dale got his break in Surf Music by wowing the audience at Orange County's Rendezvous Ballroom, where he sold out shows for many weeks.
Dale, being left-handed, turned the right handed instrument over and began playing, which caused Mr. Fender laugh. Here was a guy playing his guitar upside-down and backwards, meaning the 6th string was on the top and the 1st string was on the bottom. So Leo Fender made a left-handed Stratocaster for him. Dick Dale continued to string it upside-down.
Dick Dale passed away on Saturday, March 16th, at age 81. It is so sad that most people of his age are retired, but his medical condition was costing him up to $3,000 a month, and the only way to pay the bills was to continue touring. His contributions to the guitar, the amplifier, and music will not go unnoticed.
Bob Dylan discovered Redbone at Ontario's Mariposa Folk Festival in 1972, and he was so impressed by Redbone's performance that he mentioned it in a Rolling Stone interview, which lead the magazine to do a feature article on Redbone a year before he had a recording contract.
In that article Dylan described Redbone's performances as being "so authentic you can hear the scratch noises on an old 78 rpm record (in his live performances). The Mariposa Festival was held on an island and the only way to get there is by the ferry. Dylan hired a boat and took his entire family to the festival, along with Gordon Lightfoot, just to meet Leon..
|Ric Ocasek - 1980|
The Cars were at the forefront of late 1970's guitar-oriented rock which merged with the new synthesizer-oriented pop that was just becoming popular and flourished in the early 1980's.
The Cars sound was heavily synthesizer influenced. Much of their success was due to the popularity of MTV, which at the time featured non-stop videos of popular and new talent that was promoted by the MTV VJ's.
Ocasek was found dead in his New York City townhouse on September 15, 2019, by his estranged wife Paulina Porizkova when she was bringing him coffee.
It had been two years since McGee had played in Japan with The Ventures. His participation in that tour was cut short due to his health issues.
|Vinnie Bell (Vincent Gambella)|
Throughout his career Vinnie invented many of his own effects, such as a device to get the “watery” guitar sound that is heard on the theme to “Midnight Cowboy” on Ferrante and Teicher's version. He created this by linking multiple Danelectro reverb units together.
Bell’s guitar work can be heard on Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By”, and Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”. Bell is also heard playing an instrument that he invented called The Bellzouki on many albums, including songs from the score of the Jane Fonda movie Barbarella. Bell played a bass guitar solo that was fed through his pedal board tremolo for the music to the television series, “Twin Peaks”.
That is his electric guitar you hear on Simon and Garfunkle's "Sounds of Silence". He played guitar on recordings for artists as diverse such as The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Herman’s Hermits, Bing Crosby, The Cowsills, Perry Como, The Drifters, Bob Dylan, The Shangri-Las, Rupert Holmes, Jean-Jacques Perrey, and Quincy Jones. He also did film work, playing guitar on "The Godfather", "The Devil In Miss Jones", and "The Muppet's Christmas Carol". Any fans of The Family Guy, will know the theme song. Vinnie Bell played guitar for that session.
|Vinnie Bell With His Electric Sitar|
Bell had some ideas and took them to his friend Nate Daniel was the go to guy to build them. Daniel was the engineer, founder, and owner of The Danelectro Guitar Company.
His company specialized in unique inexpensive guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers, that were mainly sold through major catalog companies such as Sears and Montgomery Ward.
In 1961 the men collaborated on a 12 string electric guitar called The Bellzouki. The body was a tear- drop shaped flat piece of wood, similar to the shape of a Greek Bouzouki.
The original model was produced under Danelectro’s “Coral” brand, and it included a six string electric guitar neck, and instead of a guitar bridge, there was a large block of plastic material that had a metal track at its distal end for the six guitar strings. Vinnie Bell used this instrument on the Lemon Pipers song “Green Tambourine”. Coral/Danelectro produced a version called The Baby Sitar, that was in a different shape, had only one pickup, and did not have the drone strings. The Coral electric sitar can be heard on many other songs, including the B.J. Thomas hit, "Hooked On A Feeling", Freda Payne's "Band of Gold", Redbone's "Come And Get Your Love", and The Stylistics hit song, "You Make Me Feel Brand New". Vinnie also was featured on his own album simply called "Electric Sitar".
Vinnie Bell created several other instruments for Danelectro/Coral. One of these was an affordable electric guitar called The Coral Hornet.
|Dunlop Toggle Capo|
Dunlop created the toggle capo, and then worked with a local machine shop to build the first capo dies, manufacturing what eventually became the long running "1100 series" capo.
Starting from his living room, Dunlop later moved construction to his garage, and then to a location outside the house. On March 19, 1972, he moved into the pick market, after reading every issue of Guitar Player magazine.
He noted musicians’ comments concerning what they liked and didn't like about picks. He manufactured his first picks from nylon, and continues to produce these. It was in 1973 that he decided to go full time into the guitar products business.
Dunlop Products now range from capos and picks, to slides, strings, fret wire, strap retainers, and a variety of electronic effects, which include the original Cry Baby wah-wah pedal, the Uni-Vibe phaser, Heil Talk Box, and the MXR and Way Huge lines of stompboxes. He was 82 at his time of death.
|Pegi Young With Husband Neal - 1970's|
Young was working as a waitress at a diner near Neil Young’s ranch when they met in the mid-Seventies. “Never saw a woman look finer,” Neil Young wrote in his 1992 classic song “Unknown Legend,” one of several songs about their love that also include “Harvest Moon” and “Such an Angel.” “I used to order just to watch her float across the floor.”
|Pegi Young And Husband Neal|
Pegi starting at the Academy Awards when she joined him on “Philadelphia.” Six years later, she hit the road with him on the Friends and Relatives tour and became a mainstay in his band over the next decade. “When I started touring with him, I get treated pretty much like any other band member,” she told Songfacts in 2011. “He certainly doesn’t cut me any more slack than anybody else. If he wants to hear something a certain way, he’s the clear boss, leader of the band.”
|Pegi Young's CD|
“I was writing and singing and playing a bit in my own fashion when I was younger, before Neil and I got together in 1974. It was a return to a longtime love of mine. I think it is up to me to do the best job I can do. I don’t take it casually. I’m not the next young hot thing.”
|Steve Ripley With Bob Dylan|
Steve Ripley, died on Jan. 3, 2019 from cancer at age of 69. Ripley was a guitarist and studio professional who played guitar on Bob Dylan's 'Shot of Love' album and tour.
He created a "stereo guitar" for Kramer Guitars, that Eddie Van Halen was often photographed with.
|Steve Ripley With The Tractors|
Ripley also fronted the Tractors, a country-rock band whose 1994 debut went double platinum on the strength of the hit "Baby Likes to Rock It."
|Stephan Ellis With Survivor|
Stephan Ellis, bass player for the band Survivor, died at the age of 69. This was confirmed by Survivor’s longtime guitarist, Frankie Sullivan.. No cause of death was revealed.
“We are devastated to hear that Stephan Ellis has passed away,” Sullivan wrote. “Steph was the guy who was only interested in the music. He absolutely had a special charm with the fans and within the band. I loved much when it came to Steph.”
Raymond returned to UFO and wound up serving four stints in the band. He died of a heart attack at the age of 73 on April 13, 2019, only a few days after UFO concluded dates in the U.K. and Ireland as part of their farewell tour.
A tireless session player, Taylor appeared on more than half a dozen albums by The Monkees, blues icon John Mayall and Tom Waits, as well as releases from Albert King, Leo Kottke, The Blasters and Sunnyland Slim. But he was best known for his work with Canned Heat, whose 1967 self-titled debut, featuring covers of blues classics by Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Robert Johnson, was released just after the band's appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, Taylor, known by his nickname, "The Mole,"
Sadly Casal died by suicide on Aug. 26, 2019 at the age of 50.
Paul Barrere first auditioned for Little Feat as a bassist in 1969, but became its guitarist three years later and stayed with them until his death this past Oct. 26, 2019 at the age of 71. He'd been diagnosed with liver cancer in 2015.
Doug Lubahn played bass on three records by the Doors, 'Strange Days,' 'Waiting for the Sun' and 'The Soft Parade,' He turned down an opportunity to join them full-time. Lubahn later worked with Pat Benatar, Billy Squier and Ted Nugent. He was 71 when he died of undisclosed causes on Nov. 20, 2019
Vic Juris played in Ottawa in 2008 with Liebman’s group at the now-shuttered Cafe Paradiso on Bank Street, and that appearance led to further gigs and concerts here, jaming with Ottawa musicians John Geggie and Roddy Ellias.
Geggie said: “Lots of people are aware of guitarists like John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and Kurt Rosenwinkel, I feel Vic should be added to that exclusive list. The fluid lyricism, the subtle phrasing, the engaging harmonies, the way he used his pedals as well as the classical guitar. They were revelations for me.”
Juris was as humble and down-to-earth as he was talented, simply told this newspaper in 2009: “I’ve played with just about everybody I wanted to play with, which is really a good thing. And, you know, there’s not room for everybody at the forefront.”
Juris’s peers had the highest respect for him. The late John Abercrombie called him “the greatest … there is none better anywhere.” Pat Metheny credited Juris for “inventing new ways of thinking about jazz, harmonically and melodically.” Bill Frisell called him “a total monster".
Sleepy LaBeef, an enduring rockabilly artist who helped fuel a resurgence of that genre in the 1970s and ’80s with his live shows, died on Thursday December 26, 2019, at his home in Siloam Springs, Ark. He was 84.
In 1991, when Mr. LaBeef was 35 years into his musical career, The New York Times called him “a living, breathing, guitar-picking history of American music.”
LaBeef claimed to know 6,000 songs and played, as he put it at the time, “root music: old-time rock ’n’ roll, Southern gospel and hand-clapping music, black blues, Hank Williams-style country.”
By the 1970s and ’80s Mr. LaBeef maintained a particularly exhausting touring schedule doing 200 to 300 shows a year.
He played music in clubs all over the United States and also finding surprising success in Europe.
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