Born on July 9, 1929, he was arguably one of the most important writer/producers in the industry. He has a couple dozen albums to his name, worked with pioneering rock guitarist Duane Eddy and his music has been covered by Beck, Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch, The Tubes, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Nick Cave and others. He was – an important part of the underground rock scene in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s.
“You won’t find it on any maps, but take a step in any direction and you’re in trouble.”
July 3, 1971. Morrison is found dead in the bathtub of his girlfriend’s apartment in Paris. He spent the day with Pamela Courson at the movies and then listening to Doors albums. Their debut album was found on the record player. The last song on the album – The End.
He had 19 country hit singles in his all-to-brief career — 12 before and 7 after he passed in 1989. He was a ‘traditional country” guy in both his singing and writing. He could turn a phrase with the best of them and leave you a mess.
The collection features guest appearances from June Carter Cash and Carl Perkins, a cover of Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and some of Cash’s biggest hits at the time like “I Walk The Line” and “Hey Potter.”
But with one listen to Naked & Warm, Withers’ sixth studio album and second outing on Columbia Records, it’s clear he reshaped the earthier modes of his original sound with a sleeker identity at the midpoint of the 1970s.
Steve Priest, bassist and founding member of Sweet, dead at 72
Sweet, a glam rock band who shot to international fame in the 1970s, released nine studio albums in total with the most recent being shared in 1982 with Identity Crisis. The group initially formed in London in 1968 and achieved, going after immediate success, they secured their first hit with the release of ‘Funny Funny’ and didn’t look back.
R.I.P. Jimmy Capps, “The Gambler” Guitarist and Grand Ole Opry Member Dies at 81
Capps was part of The Nashville A-Team, a collective of session musicians who backed artists like Elvis, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Brenda Lee throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. In Capps’ case, he famously played on Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”, George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, and George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning”. He also shared time in the studio with Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Ray Charles, Andy Williams, and Alan Jackson.