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Jerry Vale Passes Away at the Age of 83

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

Bob Casale of Devo Dies of Heart Failure


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Bob Casale, one of the original members of the 1980’s rock group has died in New York on Monday, February 17, 2014.  Casale is the second member of Devo to pass on. Alan Myers died of stomach cancer in June 2013.

Bob Casale died of heart failure and was only 61 years old. He is survived by his wife Lisa and two children, Alex and Samantha.

Casale, or Bob 2, was a musician and sound engineer but was best known as guitarist and keyboard player for the new wave band, Devo. He was the brother of Gerald Casale. Casale, the founder of Devo, said, "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that led to heart failure came as a total shock to us all."

In Devo concerts, Bob played lead/rhythm guitar and keyboards while working with MIDI sampling. He also sang backup vocals both on album and at live shows.Starting in 1984, Bob was the sound engineer for all of Devo's albums, including Shout, Total Devo, Smooth Noodle Maps andSomething for Everybody.

Pete Seeger To Everything There is a Season

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"Every kid who ever sat around a campfire singing an old song is indebted in some way to Pete Seeger," Arlo Guthrie once said and truer words were never spoken

Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage, died Monday at the age of 94. His grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson​ said "He was chopping wood 10 days ago,"

Pete and Toshi Seeger were married July 20, 1943. The couple built their cabin in Beacon, New York after World War II and stayed on the high spot of land by the Hudson River for the rest of their lives together. The couple raised three children. Toshi Seeger died in July at age 91. Much like Johnny Cash after he lost his beloved June, Pete didn’t last long alone.

The lanky 6’2” Seeger  armed with his  banjo and full white beard was an iconic figure in folk music. He performed with the great  Woody Guthrie in his younger days and marched with Occupy Wall Street protesters in his 90s, leaning on two canes. He wrote or co-wrote If I Had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn, Where Have All the Flowers Gone and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine. He lent his voice against Hitler and nuclear power.

Phil Everly: Bye Bye Love

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Submitted by Don Graham

Phil Everly, the high harmony voice of the iconic Everly Brothers with older brother Don, has passed away at age 74. A little more than 2 weeks away from his 75th birthday, Everly succumbed after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was a longtime smoker.

The Everly Brothers harmony singing had a strong influence on rock groups of the 1960s. The Beatles, The Beach Boys  and Simon & Garfunkel developed their early singing styles by performing  Everly covers. The Bee Gees, the Hollies and other rock'n'roll groups were influenced by The Everly Brothers.

The brothers started working together as part of their father Ike Everly’s radio show on KMA and KFNF in Shenandoah, Iowa, in the 1940s. Singing on the show gave the brothers their first exposure to the music industry. The family sang together and lived and traveled in the area singing as The Everly Family.

Chet Atkins, a family friend, was  an early supporter of The Everly Brothers and  even though he was affiliated with  RCA Records, he arranged a chance for the Everly Brothers to record for Columbia Records in early 1956. Their first and only single for the label, "Keep A' Lovin' Me," was a flop, and they were quickly dropped from Columbia.

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