JEFF BECK, one of the genuine and pioneering guitar heroes in rock, passed away
2 days ago at 78, after suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis. The news was made public yesterday evening. The exceptional musician was born Geoffrey Arnold Beck in East Essex, UK in 1944.
He started his career with 60s blues beat band The Yardbirds (who also had Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton in their changing line-ups). In 1967 he started his own band The Jeff Beck Group originally with Rod Stewart as the singer and Ronnie Wood on guitar. The JBG recorded 3 albums.
On the Letterman Show in 1999
As a solo artist Beck released 11 LPs with Loud Hailer as the most recent
one that came out in 2016. He also recorded with many other artists.
On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/4dvt5aGzlv
MAXI JAZZ (born Maxwell Fraser on 14 June 1957 in London) was
a rapper, songwriter and DJ, best know as the frontman of dance-pop
act FAITHLESS (from 1995 to 2011 and in 2015/2016). He passed away
on 23 December in his sleep. Only 65.
The band broke the news on their social media.
“We are heartbroken to say Maxi Jazz died peacefully in his sleep last night.
He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways. He gave proper meaning
and message to our music,”
Renowned Italian music composer ANGELO BADALAMENTI who worked
a lot with groundbreaking filmmaker David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet,
Mulholland Drive), has died at the age of 85.
Badalamenti’s passing was confirmed by multiple relatives of the famous composer,
with his niece Frances Badalamenti telling The Hollywood Reporter that her nephew died of natural causes on Sunday, December 11 surrounded by family, at his home
in New Jersey.
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.
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).
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.
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 bandTHE 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.