R.I.P. – Wonderful Songstress CHRISTINE McVIE Death At 79

30 November 2022

Great songwriter, great voice, great pianist, great performer, great presence..

CHRISTINE McVIE, born Christine Perfect in Bouth, Lancashire, England on
12 July 1943 has passed away today, 30 November, after a short illness,
aged 79.

R.I.P.

The official statement by her band Fleetwood Mac.

The first great group she played with was the British blues band Chicken Shack.
She also made a couple of solo LPs back then. She married John McVie (co-founder
and bassist of Fleetwood Mac) in 1968, joined FM, and divorced him in 1976.

She’s, of course, best known as one of the singer-songwriters of Fleetwood Mac II
along with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham she made one of the best-selling LP’s
in rock history with Rumours (1977).

Three great moments

– I’D RATHER GO BLIND –
With Chicken Shack.
A blues classic written by Ellington
Jordan, Billy Foster
and Etta James.

– SONGBIRD –
A song she wrote/sang on Rumours .

– EVERYWHERE –
A song she wrote/sang on FM’s
1987 LP Tango In The Night.

CHRISTINE McVIE: Bio – Discography


(Backcover Rumours LP)

LEGENDS – Rest In Peace GINGER BAKER And EDDIE VAN HALEN

6 October 2022

It’s already been two years – 6 October 2020 – since EDDIE VAN HALEN (born Edward Lodewijk Van Halen in Amsterdam, The Netherlands) guitar expert and co-founder of mega rock band Van Halen passed away following a stroke. The band made/released 12 studio LPs between 1978 and 2012.

Their 1996 single JUMP was a giant hit, as we know it
(almost 640 million streams on Spotify).

EDDIE VAN HALEN: Bio – Discography

Masterly drummer GINGER BAKER (born Peter Edward Baker in London) passed away
on 6 October 2019, at the age of 80, following heart surgery and a terrible fall. He’s best know as member of the three-star rock band Cream which only lasted for 2 years (1966-1968).

Baker melted jazz and African rhythms and pioneered both jazz fusion and world
music. He hated to be called ‘rock drummer’. Following the split of Cream he drummed
with supergroup Blind Faith, formed his own act called Ginger Baker’s Air Force, and collaborated with multiple artists.

With his AIR FORCE

GINGER BAKER: Bio

CHRIS BAILEY Of Australian Punk Pioneers THE SAINTS Sadly Stranded At 65

Top singles from the past

12 April 2022

CHRIS BAILEY was born Christopher James Mannix Bailey in The Colony of Kenya 65 years ago. He spent his childhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and moved afterward to Australia. Three days ago he passed away. R.I.P.

A message on the group’s FB page broke the sad news: “It is with great pain in our hearts that we have to inform you about the passing of Chris Bailey, singer and songwriter of The Saints, on April the 9th 2022. Chris lived a life of poetry and music and stranded on a Saturday night.”

With his Brisbane schoolmates Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay he formed legendary punk rock band THE SAINTS in the early 70s. Their debut LP I’M STRANDED (1977) is still an all-time landmark punk album with its rolling and roaring title track as their best-known cracker…

And here’s another great Chris Bailey moment to honor this great musician.
In 2003 he joined his friend Nick Cave for Bring It On. A towering goosebumps
single of the Bad Seeds‘ album Nocturama.

Stunning duo performance …

THE SAINTS: Facebook

They made/released 14 studio LPs with King Of The Sun
as the most recent one. Came out in 2014. Bailey also
released several solo albums.

(Image on top: from the cover of his 1984 solo LP ‘What We Did on Our Holidays)

R.I.P. New York Doll SYLVAIN SYLVAIN

15 January 2021

Last Wednesday Sylvain Mizrahi aka Sylvain Sylvain, born in Cairo in 1951 and globally famous for being the guitarist of the infamous glam punks New York Dolls (1971–1976) passed away after a long battle against cancer. He was 69.

Legendary Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye
broke the news with a tribute message on his Facebook page…

Sylvain Sylvain, the heart and soul of the New York Dolls, bearer of the Teenage
News, passed into his next astral incarnation on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Syl loved rock and roll. His onstage joy, his radiant smile as he chopped at his guitar, revealed the sense of wonder he must have felt at the age of 10, emigrating from his native Cairo with his family in 1961, the ship pulling into New York Harbor and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. It was he who looked across Lexington Ave. and saw the sign for the New York Doll hospital. Syl and a high school friend, Billy Murcia, were in the rag trade then, the aptly named Truth and Soul, handknit sweaters with a side of rockattitude. Hooking up with another classmate, John Genzale, and then, as bands will, Arthur Kane, and David Johansen, and Jerry Nolan, they became a quasar in the rock firmament; embodying trash, glam, garage-to-punk, the ambisexual affirmation of music played louder.

His role in the band was as lynchpin, keeping the revolving satellites of his bandmates in precision. Though he tried valiantly to keep the band going, in the end the Dolls’ moral fable overwhelmed them, not before seeding an influence that would engender many rock generations yet to come. Syl never stopped. In his solo lifeline, he was welcomed all over the world, from England to Japan, but most of all the rock dens of New York City, which is where I caught up with him a couple of years ago at the Bowery Electric. Still Syl. His corkscrew curls, tireless bounce, exulting in living his dream, asking the crowd to sing along, and so we will. His twin names, mirrored, becomes us.

Thank you Sylvain x 2, for your heart, belief, and the way
you whacked that E chord. Sleep Baby Doll.

Rest in peace

With the Dolls (second from left)…

SAD LOSSES IN 2020

Each year, unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to music legends who brought joy, excitement, and thrills. Here are five of the most famous, among those who passed sadly away in 2020. Rest in peace

ANDY GILL from Gang Of Four
1 January 1956 – 1 February 2020

GENENSIS P-ORRIDGE from Throbbing Gristle
22 February 1950 – 14 March 2020

LITTLE RICHARD
5 December 1932 – 9 May 2020

EDDIE VAN HALEN
26 January 1955 – 6 October 2020

SID McGRAY from BAD BRAINS
3 July 1957 – 9 September 2020

R.I.P. LEONARD COHEN – Passed Away 2 Years Ago – On 7 November 2016…

7 November

As we all know too well time flies without mercy and doesn’t pause for just one second.
So, I was really surprised to find out that legendary and iconic Canadian poet, novelist
and supreme singer-songwriter LEONARD COHEN left Planet Earth already two years ago, on 7 November 2016. He was 82. To remember a one of a kind artist Turn Up The Volume selected three goosebumps Cohen moments performed live. Here we go…

– TOWER OF SONG –
(US TV ‘Night Music Show‘ – 1989)

– LOVER LOVER LOVER –
(French TV – June 1976)

– HALLELUJAH –
(San Sebastian, Spain – 1988)

LEONARD COHEN: Website – Facebook