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George Harrison - 1943 - 2001
More inspiration than we will ever realise


Beatle and Beetle - RIP

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Sunday 12th January 2003 7am UK time
Maurice Gibb - 1950 - 2003
"The quiet man with the harmonies"
MIAMI BEACH, Florida. - Maurice Gibb, a member of the famed disco band the Bee Gees, died Sunday at a Miami Beach hospital, his family said. Maurice Gibb 53, who joined with his older brother Barry and his twin Robin to harmonise their way to becoming one of the best selling musical groups ever, suffered cardiac arrest before undergoing surgery for a blocked intestine. He was admitted to hospital Wednesday and underwent surgery Thursday.

Maurice, twin Robin, older brother Barry

Gibb played bass and keyboard for the group, whose name is short for the Brothers Gibb. The Bee Gees lived between Oxfordshire in the Heart of England and Florida USA since the late 1970s. The family has experienced it's sadness as well as the heady heights of fame, not least the death of the youngest brother Andy fourteen years ago.

Known for their close harmonies and original sound, the Bee Gees are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and their 1977 contributions to the "Saturday Night Fever" album made it the best selling movie soundtrack ever with more than 40 million copies sold. Among their disco hits on that album are "Stayin' Alive," "More Than a Woman" and "How Deep Is Your Love," and "Night Fever." The group won seven Grammy Awards. The Bee Gees last album was in 2001, entitled "This Is Where I Came In."

The family emigrated from England to Australia in 1958, and the brothers soon gained fame as a teen pop group. They returned to England in the 1960s, and their first four albums contained hits such as "1941 New York Mining Disaster," "To Love Somebody," and their first U.S. number one song, 1971's "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart." The Bee Gees followed "Saturday Night Fever" with the 1978 album "Spirits Having Flown" which sold 20 million copies.

The brothers wrote and produced songs for Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick in the 1980s. They also wrote the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton hit "Islands in the Stream." The Bee Gees released three studio albums and went on a world tour in the 1990s. The live album from the tour "One Night Only," sold more than 1 million albums in the United States.

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Noel Redding

Born – 25th December 1945

Died – 11th May 2003
at his home in Ireland
Noel Jimi

Redding was regarded as an accidental bassist because he originally had aspirations as a guitarist. It was only a chance meeting with The Animals' bass guitarist Chas Chandler that lead to a chance to play with Hendrix. With Hendrix's flamboyance and genius, Redding found himself propelled into the high life of rock stardom. The chart hits and festival appearances followed, and as regulars to the site will know of the Hagstrom connection.

Noel Redding Hagstrom Advert for the H8 (8 String Bass)

Noel was one third of the phenomenon The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In the late sixties bassist Noel, with drummer Mitch Mitchell and Jimi himself, created sounds that had never been heard before or thought possible and which their contemporaries scrambled to imitate.
This was the birth of the three-man supergroup, the predecessor to the likes of Cream, The Nice, and Emerson Lake and Palmer.

The sound was decidedly blues based, harking back to the origins of the early sixties beat sound, and to Jimi's ethnic origins.
This was at a time when Mod and beat were running down, and Psychedilia and drug-induced lyrics were in vogue.

"Noel re-unites with Jimi and... his mother Margaret who died only a few weeks ago..."

Voodoo Chile Video link (BBC) (RealPlayer format if you have it)

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Barney Kessel 1924 - 2004

May 8, 2004

Barney Kessel's reputation as one of the greatest guitarists jazz has ever known dates back to his seminal 1944 recordings with Billie Holiday, Art Tatum and Lester Young.

But his impact also extended to the many classic songs he recorded with everyone from Elvis Presley ("Return to Sender"), the Righteous Brothers ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling") and the Beach Boys, whose landmark "Pet Sounds" album prominently featured his impeccable guitar work. And Kessel, who died Thursday evening in his University Heights home at age 80, counted among his fans such superstars as the late Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison.

"Barney Kessel is incredible. He's just amazing . . . . Nobody can play guitar like that," Lennon said following a recording session in the 1970s.

Harrison was even more enthused, telling an interviewer in the 1960s: "Barney Kessel is definitely the best guitar player in this world, or any other world."

Those sentiments were echoed yesterday by jazz guitarist Larry Coryell.

"This is a time to revisit Barney's genius and celebrate his life, not only in music, but the outstanding human being he was," Coryell said from West Palm Beach, Fla.

"He was 'Mr. Guitar,' the foremost jazz guitarist of his generation. He had an amazing imagination, his solos were incredible, he swung his tail off, he was a heck of an arranger and could out-read anybody. I remember once in the late '60s in L.A. he gave me counsel and it wasn't about music. He told me I should learn about world affairs and always develop my mind and be aware of what's going on in life."

Kessel, who suffered several debilitating strokes in 1992, died of a brain tumor that was diagnosed three years ago. His death, at about 7 p.m. Thursday, was peaceful, according to his wife, Phyllis Van Doren, who was by his side.

"I had music on all day, and he was actually listening to one of his own records, 'Barney Kessel Plays for Lovers,' when he died," said Van Doren, 70, whose 1992 marriage to Kessel came just four months before his first stroke and three years after he had moved to San Diego.

"The last breath he took was in time with the last chord of the last song on that record," continued Van Doren, a senior editor at San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine. "The song was 'I'm Through With Love,' which is not an inappropriate title. It was such a beautiful ending."

Van Doren, Kessel's fourth wife, was at his side constantly since his first stroke 12 years ago. He had been bedridden since his brain tumor was discovered in 2001.

An Oklahoma native, Kessel began playing guitar when he was 12. Within two years he was a member of Ellis Ezell's big band and was jamming with his idol, electric guitar pioneer Charlie Christian. 

Kessel moved to Los Angeles when he was 20. It was the start of a remarkable career that would see him record dozens of acclaimed solo albums and work with artists as varied as Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke and singer Julie London (with whom he recorded the groundbreaking 1955 album, "Julie is Her Name").

Although a frequent collaborator of pioneering pop/rock producer Phil Spector, jazz was Kessel's greatest musical love, and his recording partners included such icons as Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Elvin Jones and many more.

"Music represents one of the ways to express emotions," Kessel said in a 1996 Union-Tribune interview. "But more than that, for me - all the time - is the human, the person.

"And I am healthy," he said, thumping his chest, "in here."

Kessel will be buried later this month in a private service at the Van Doren family's grave site in western New York. His other survivors include two sons from a previous marriage, Dan Kessel of Palm Springs and David Kessel of Pacific Grove, and five stepchildren and five stepgrandchildren.

External Link to more on Barney Kessel

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John Peel 26th October 2004
On holiday in Peru with his family.
I grew up listening to him, and have enormous respect
for his  anarchistic attitude to the rules of commercialism.
He will be missed, who will champion new (real) music now?

Nothing more I can say, everyone knows him in most quarters of the world.
See the BBC Obituary Tribute

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Dr Robert Moog, the inventor of the electronic synthesiser, died 22nd August 2005 of brain cancer aged 71.
Diagnosed 4 months prior, he lost his life at his home in North Carolina. The synthesiser, which bears his name,
revolutionised music from the 1960s onwards, and was used by bands like the Beatles and the Doors.

He built his first electronic instrument (a Theremin) aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, "the first compact,
easy-to-use synthesiser" came along in 1970. In 2001 he won the Polar prize, Sweden's "music Nobel prize".

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Alwin W. Casey
Guitarist:
Born:
Long Beach, California
26 October 1936;
Died:
Phoenix, Arizona
17 September 2006,
aged 69.

Duane Eddy remembers
Al Casey:

"He was basically Lee Hazlewood's musical director. Besides being very close friends, they were drinking buddies and would travel together.

Al did a lot of sessions in L.A. He was one of the 'A' players there for a couple of years.

He worked the Elvis Presley (TV comeback) special in '68. Elvis liked the look of the guitar Al was playing and borrowed it from him. That red guitar."

See more of
"That Red Guitar"


..another Hagström guitar man

Clearly Al Casey liked the Hagström Viking. He is shown here with another, not the famed Deluxe/II, but a standard Viking 1 model from around 1967.

"Guitar Man" - Featured in the 1968 Elvis TV Special - Casey also released a version... don't be confused.

He was credited with contributing guitar to so many hit numbers; so to celebrate his contribution as much as respect the man, how about one of those memories with enough dimensions for a smile:

Al Casey quickly gained a reputation as one of Hollywood's top-ranking session musicians.

He spent some early days in a few TV seasons playing in the studio band on Dean Martin's NBC variety show....

Casey played on the No. 1 smashes Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys (1966), These Boots Are Made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra (1966), Strangers In The Night by Frank Sinatra(1966), and Somethin' Stupid by Frank and Nancy (1967).

Also The Association's 1967 No. 2 hit Never My Love and Nilsson's No. 6 Everybody's Talkin' from the movie Midnight Cowboy. Who played the guitar on most of the Monkees tracks? Al Casey .
 

Tribute to Al Casey:
On the 17th of September my buddy Al Casey died. He was my mentor, best friend and the reason that I'm in the business. We stayed very close through all the years and I spent a week with him in Phoenix last February while we recorded what turned out to be his last album. Everyone should have a mentor in their life and I am the luckiest guy in the world to have been under Al Casey's wing for the last 40 years.

I spent most of the 60's in Phoenix and took guitar lessons with Forrest Skaggs who's star student 15 years earlier was Al Casey. When I met Al in the mid-60's he was already a first call session man in Los Angeles having played on so many hits for Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Glen Campbell, The Mills Bros. and hundreds more. I was only 14 years old then and it was like meeting a titan. He was very kind to me and I still have a snap shot of us sitting in the back of Skaggs' store with a couple of guitars while Al pushed and pulled my fingers around. It was during those moments while the picture was taken that in my ignorance and arrogance, I made up my mind to be a studio musician.

On graduating high school I moved to Los Angeles and went to work in Al's music store in Hollywood. He took me around to record dates, introduced me to everyone who came by the store, showed me the ropes, furthered my guitar education, taught me how to keep a date book, bought me a million lunches and was like a big brother to me. I did my very first record date in Hollywood in 1968 sitting next to him. From there I had many years in the L.A. studios then moved to Nashville 21 years ago where I continue to have a studio career as well as having recorded and toured with Neil Diamond from 1971 to 1987 and for the past 12 years recording and touring with Mark Knopfler. I would have had NONE of it without Al Casey.

His impact on the active Phoenix recording scene of the 1950's was monumental. There was scarcely a record made in Phoenix in those days that didn't have Al Casey on it, including the first national hit to be recorded there in 1955, Sanford Clark's "The Fool". Much has been said of his influence on fellow Phoenix resident, Duane Eddy. While taking nothing away from Duane, all one has to do is listen to many of the records Al played on prior to Duane's debut to realise the genesis of that deep, throaty, tremulous sound was Al Casey. The following link goes into depth about his early years in Phoenix and his influence on the recording scene there, as well as some great photos, newspaper articles, discography and links: www.azcentral.com/blogs 

After many years in Los Angeles, Al returned to Phoenix in the 80's where he raised the quality of any gig he played and began a long running teaching career at Ziggie's Music. He recorded several solo albums during these years that I 'm very proud to have worked on, and saw the re-release of much of his earlier solo work on CD.

Al Casey played great rock, country, standards, jazz, Hawaiian steel and was one of the finest rhythm guitar players in the business. He was also my best buddy and I'm going to miss him like crazy, miss him ringing me up with a story or joke he'd just heard, miss going to Phoenix and the two of us dashing off to some Mexican restaurant for green chilli then back to his place for a few drinks and a little guitar playing. I'm going to miss the easy musician talk and calling him up after a particularly lousy day in the studio when the music business isn't all fun and games. I'm going to miss him.

I'll be flying solo now, but my wings are strong because I learned from the very best, Al Casey. See ya pal, I love you. (Richard Bennett) - Richard is another Hagström player with a 1958 Standard, and a close affiliation with Guy Fletcher and Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits

http://www.richard-bennett.com

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