Leon Russell 1942 – 2016

November 14, 2016

leon-russellLeon Russell died in his sleep in at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 13, 2016, at the age of 74, his wife said in a statement on his website. In 2010, he underwent surgery to stop leaking brain fluid, and he suffered a heart attack in July 2016. He was recovering from heart surgery.

Elton John, who had once been Russell’s opening act, said “He was my biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter.”  On hearing of Russell’s death, he said “My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. He was a mentor, inspiration and so kind to me.”

Click here to read the New York Times press release.

 


Leonard Cohen – 1934 – 2016

November 11, 2016

leonardLeonard Cohen has passed away, aged 82.  Read Rolling Stone Magazine here


Paul Kantner 1941 – 2016

January 30, 2016

Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, died on Thursday, Jan 28.  He was 74.  Paul had suffered an number of health issues in recent times including a heart attack in March 2015, and another this past week.

Read Rolling Stone Magazine’s announcement here.

White Rabbit – Jefferson Starship – video.


Glenn Frey (1948 – 2016)

January 19, 2016

Glenn Frey

For the second time in a week, a shining light of 70s music has died: Glenn Frey, Eagles guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, passed away Monday, January 18.  He was 67.

Read the Rolling Stone Magazine article here.

The Eagles – One of These Nights – video

The Eagles – New Kid in Town – Video


David Bowie – 1947 – 2016

January 11, 2016

David Bowie

One of the true icons of 70s music has died.  David Bowie passed away today after an 18 month battle with cancer.

David’s latest album, Blackstar (represented by a black star) was released just two days ago.

Read the report from David Bowie Dies.

David Bowie – Blackstar – 2016 – Video


Graham Brazier 1952 – 2015

September 4, 2015

 

Graham BrazierSeptember 4, 2015. A sad day for New Zealand music fans with the death of Graham Brazier – frontman of iconic New Zealand band, Hello Sailor.

Read the New Zealand Herald report here.


Cilla Black | 1943 – 2015

August 3, 2015

Cilla Black

British music icon Cilla Black passed away on August 1st 2015.

Read the full news report here.