Rock & Roll Heaven

Gerry Goffin We Will Still Love You Tomorrow

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Submitted by Don Graham

Gerry Goffin, lyricist , has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. His wife, Michelle Goffin, says he died of natural causes.

It used to be when you picked up a “record” there was the song title in a large font and right underneath in smaller print and in parenthesis the songwriter or songwriters. In the 60’s under the title of some of your favourites you would see ( Goffin /King). The King was Carole King the Goffin - Gerry Goffin.  This pair wrote some the classics that are woven into the tapestry of the American songbook of the 60’s.  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Up On The Roof, Chains covered by the Beatles, (You Make Me Feel  Like) A Natural Woman.

Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939 and met King at Queens College.  The two were married in 1959 while they were in their teens. Goffin and King wrote more than 50 Top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Crying in the Rain by The Everly Brothers, Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee and  the classic You've Got a Friend by James Taylor. They also wrote Locomotion and Halfway To Paradise.

"She was interested in writing rock 'n' roll, and I was interested in writing this Broadway play," Goffin said  in 2001. "So we had an agreement where she would write the music to the play if I would write the lyrics to some of her rock 'n' roll melodies. And eventually it came to be a boy-and-girl relationship. Eventually I began to lose heart in my play, and we stuck to writing rock 'n' roll."

Kevin Walters Mourned in the Music & Entertainment Community

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

A well-known music promoter is being remembered now as an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and an advocate for his own city, Winnipeg.

Kevin Walters passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kevin Walters had long been a prominent festival and event organizer for Culture Days, the Manitoba Homecoming 2012, the BBQ & Blues Festival, the Red River Ex and the Junos earlier this year.

Across the country through social media, Walters was being mourned as a staunch supporter of music, film and art in the city. He played an instrumental part in bringing the Juno Awards back to Winnipeg just this March in 2014.

A tweet from the official Juno Awards Twitter account Monday was one of many pouring in from around Canada.

“We are saddened by the passing of Kevin Walters. We will miss you. From Winnipeg, MB and beyond, your legacy remains,” the tweet read.

Rick Fenton, who worked alongside Walters in running the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues festival, called Walters one of his best friends.

“Kevin got me involved and certainly professionally was important to the community and to me, and very selflessly introduced me,” Fenton said. “Throughout his career with everyone, he was always so engaged. He could talk to the premier, he could talk to the mayor, and at the same time be helping a young artist and they all walked away feeling like they had a connection. “Coupled with ability and a great mind, he was a very rare person.”

Casey Kasem 1932-2014 ‘Simply the Best’

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Submitted Courtesy of  Rob Durkee
Author, "American Top 40: The Countdown Of The Century"

There's only ONE way to salute radio pioneer extraordinaire Casey Kasem……with a Long Distance Dedication.

It goes out not just to Casey, but to his fans...millions of listeners covering at least two generations....people who experienced the enjoyment, the honor and the sheer thrill of hearing perhaps radio's greatest voice ever. With his friendly voice, his human interest stories, trivia and chart pieces, Casey educated us about pop music even though we hardly realized it. He was heard world-wide in over 75 foreign countries.

If Elvis Presley was the King of Rock and Roll and Michael Jackson the King of Pop, then surely Casey was the King of the Countdowns. To paraphrase Carly Simon, nobody did it better. And for nearly 40 years from 1970 to 2009, when he played about 10,000 records and read some 4000 dedication letters.

Casey Kasem wasn't just a one-in-a-million air talent. One-in-a-Centillion was more like it...a talent you'd be fortunate to hear in your lifetime. And his legacy lives to this day...because "American Top 40," now hosted by Ryan Seacrest, is heard on over 400 radio stations worldwide.

Jerry Vale Passes Away at the Age of 83

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Jerry Vale, the romantic crooner, known for many hits in the 1950’s and 1960’s has passed away.

In high school, to earn money, Vale took a job shining shoes in a barbershop in New York City. He loved to sing while shining shoes, his employer was so impressed he financed music lessons for the young boy. This led to Vale singing in High School musicals at a local night club.

This led to additional club dates, including one that lasted for three years at a club in the suburb of Yonkers, New York, This led to being noticed by Paul Insetta, (road manager for Guy Mitchell and a hit songwriter) heard him and promptly signed him to a management contract. This led to the decision to change his name, record demos and get them to the A&R department. He then arranged for Vale to record Columbia Records. Vale then signed a recording contract with Columbia, and resulted with Insetta managing him for many years to come.

Vale was a friend of fellow Italian-American crooner Frank Sinatra, and he was an honorary pallbearer at Sinatra's funeral on May 20, 1998.  "While performing at the Sands in Las Vegas, Nevada, I befriended a number of fellow entertainers. There was Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat King Cole and, of course, I worked alongside one of my early idols, Frank Sinatra, whose generous recommendation landed me the job in the first place," Vale told Palm Springs Life in 2000.

R.I.P. Larry Ramos Everything That Touches You

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Submitted by Don Graham

Deon Jackson Love Makes The World Go Round

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Jackson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He performed in vocal groups and as a soloist while he attended Ann Arbor High School, and was signed by producer Ollie McLaughlin while still in school. Ollie McLaughlin was known for launching the career of Barbara Lewis with the hit ‘Baby I’m Yours’. His first single was his own "You Said You Love Me", followed by "Come Back Home"; both were regional hits in his native Michigan.

Jackson toured heavily on the local club circuit before releasing his next record, 1966's "Love Makes the World Go Round" on Carla Records. The tune became a major pop hit, and a full-length album was released subsequently on Atco Records. Although he has been referred to as a "one hit wonder", Jackson had two more successful singles and recorded until the end of the decade, but then faded from view, living and performing in the Chicago area as a popular performer in the clubs and legacy circuit.

After leaving the entertainment industry, Jackson became a teacher and counselor in the Wheaton, Ill., school district. A personal remembrance posted on an online bulletin board said that Jackson never told his students about his past fame until they found an early performance on YouTube.

Deon Jackson died on April 18, 2014 at the age of 68.

Love Makes the World Round
Deon Jackson
http://youtu.be/16cAPO2tAGw

Kevin Sharp His Battle is Over

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Submitted by Don Graham

His long, courageous battle is over as Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp has now passed away. He died on Saturday April 19, 2014 due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

Rolling Stones Cancel Concert Tour After Death of L'Wren Scott

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

The Rolling Stones canceled the launch of their six-concert Australian tour after the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, then went on to postpone their entire tour Down Under.

The fashion designer was found dead inside her Manhattan apartment Monday morning, an apparent suicide. She was 49 years old.

The Rolling Stones were currently preparing to tour Australia, but earlier today they announced plans to postpone tomorrow's concert in Perth. A representative said the band had "gathered together in Perth where they’re dealing with the situation,” and that rumours of Jagger leaving for the United States are -- “to their knowledge” -- not entirely incorrect. Their next scheduled gig was March 22 in Adelaide but they have since opted to cancel the tour.

Jerry Corbitt of The Youngbloods R.I. P.

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Jerry Corbitt, a founding member of the Youngbloods and record producer, died on Saturday at his home in Smiley, Texas after a long battle with lung cancer.

Peter Callander Multi Award Winning Songwriter Passes On

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Peter Callander was an English songwriter and record producer. Active from the 1960’s, Callander has written or co-written songs that have been performed by recording artists such as Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Vanity Fair, Shirley Bassey, and The Tremeloes amongst many others. Callander was also a founding member of the Society of Distinguished Songwriters (SODS), a director of PRS for Music, and had formed a publishing company, Callander Family Music Ltd.

Callander had often worked in conjunction with Mitch Murray, with Murray writing the music and Callander the lyrics. The two also teamed together to produce recording artists such as Paper Lace, Tony Christie, and The Brothers. Their joint compositions included "Even the Bad Times are Good" (The Tremeloes), "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" (Georgie Fame), "Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" (Cliff Richard), "Ragamuffin Man" (Manfred Mann), "Hitchin' a Ride" (Vanity Fare), "Turn On The Sun" (Nana Mouskouri) plus "Avenues and Alleyways", "Las Vegas", and "I Did What I Did for Maria" for Tony Christie.

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