R&B singer and Harvey-native John E. Carter dead at 75

August 21, 2009


Lead tenor John E. Carter, who was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with two separate Chicago-based vocal groups, has died at age 75.

Associates said Carter died Thursday in his native Harvey after a long battle with lung cancer.

Obituary continued here at  CHICAGO SUN- TIMES.

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Johnnie Carter of The Flamingos & The Dells passed this morning

This photo came from the Marv Goldeberg Dells article. Here is the link: http://home.att.net/~marvart/Dells/dells.html

This photo came from the Marv Goldeberg Dells article. Here is the link: http://home.att.net/~marvart/Dells/dells.html

All of the members of “classicsoulmusic70sstyle@yahoogroups.com,” myself included, just received the following email:

Hello everyone, sorry to have to post this very sad news, but Mr.
Johnnie Carter (the world’s best tenor) of The Dells, passed away this morning! He had cancer,it took its toll,  please pray for his family and for  The Dells, they are heartbroken!  And might I ask, please go and see our music legends, support them, give them thier [sic] props, time is running out fast!

Johnnie Carter

What a sad, sad note to start the weekend on. More to come. Stay tuned.

Update 8/27/09

Funeral information from this link can be found in the comments below.

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Rashied Ali, Free-Jazz Drummer, Dies at 76


Published: August 14, 2009

Rashied Ali, whose expressionistic, free-jazz drumming helped define the experimental style of John Coltrane’s final years, died Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 76.

The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Patricia Ali.

Mr. Ali, who first encountered Coltrane in their Philadelphia neighborhood in the late 1950s, made the leap from admiration to collaboration in the mid-1960s, when he joined Elvin Jones as a second drummer with Coltrane’s ensemble at the Village Gate in November 1965.

Mr. Ali recorded with Coltrane and Jones on the 1965 album “Meditations” and, after replacing Jones as Coltrane’s drummer, on the duet album “Interstellar Space” (1967), one of the purest expressions of the free-jazz movement.

“I didn’t know what it was, but he called it multidirectional rhythms,” Mr. Ali said of his drumming in an interview for the documentary “The World According to John Coltrane” (1990). On Mr. Ali’s Web site, rashiedali.org, Rashid Ali’s Web site his playing is described as “a multirhythmic, polytonal propellant, helping fuel Coltrane’s flights of free-jazz fancy.”

The obituary continues here at THE NEW YORK TIMES ONLINE.

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Guitar legend-inventor Les Paul dies at age 94

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By LUKE SHERIDAN, Associated Press Writer

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Les Paul, who pioneered the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock ‘n’ roll greats, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 94. According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.

As an inventor, Paul also helped bring about the rise of rock ‘n’ roll with multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the tracks in the finished recording.

The use of electric-amplified guitars gained popularity in the mid-to-late 1940s, and then exploded with the advent of rock in the mid-’50s.

“Suddenly, it was recognized that power was a very important part of music,” Paul once said. “To have the dynamics, to have the way of expressing yourself beyond the normal limits of an unamplified instrument, was incredible. Today a guy wouldn’t think of singing a song on a stage without a microphone and a sound system.”

“Without Les Paul, we would not have rock and roll as we know it,” said Terry Stewart, president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “His inventions created the infrastructure for the music and his playing style will ripple through generations. He was truly an architect of rock and roll.”

Obituary continues here on Yahoo News

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Mike Seeger, Singer and Music Historian, Dies at 75

Published August 10, 2009


Mike Seeger, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who played an important role in the folk revival of the 1950s and ’60s, died on Friday at his home in Lexington, Va. He was 75.

The cause was multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, said his wife, Alexia Smith.

Although a quieter voice on the national stage than his politically outspoken, older half-brother, Pete, Mike Seeger was a significant force in spreading the music of preindustrial America during an increasingly consumerist era. In 1958 he helped found the New Lost City Ramblers, whose repertory came from the 1920s and ’30s, and in his career he recorded or produced dozens of albums of what he called the “true vine” of American music, the mix of British and African traditions and topical storytelling that took root in the South.

The Obit continues here at THE NEW YORK TIMES ONLINE

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Willy DeVille, Mink DeVille Singer and Songwriter, Is Dead at 58

Published August 8, 2009


Willy DeVille, a singer and songwriter and the leader of the group Mink DeVille, whose adventurous forays into rhythm and blues, Cajun music and salsa made him one of the most original figures of the New York punk scene of the 1970s, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his publicist, Carol Kaye.

The Obit continues here at THE NY TIMES ONLINE.

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Former Motown singer loses Detroit council seat

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

(08-04) 20:48 PDT DETROIT, (AP) —

Former Motown singer Martha Reeves’ tenure on the Detroit City Council will end after one term.

Reeves lost in the city’s nonpartisan primary Tuesday.

The 68-year-old Reeves tells Detroit’s WDIV-TV that she’ll concentrate on her music career.

Her first record was released in 1961. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 as a member of Martha & The Vandellas.

Of the six incumbents running for re-election, only Reeves failed to move on to the Nov. 6 general election.

She has been criticized for missing council meetings and for voting against a state plan to turn Detroit’s Cobo Center over to a regional authority. The convention center hosts the North American International Auto Show each January.



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