'What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others'. Pericles (495 - 429 b.c.)
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b. Charmayne Maxwell, 11th January 1969, Guyana, South America
d. 27th February 2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
The singer with the group Brownstone, Charmayne Maxwell, has died.
Charmayne died as a result of complications, following a recent fall. She was 46.
Brownstone were a Grammy-nominated band, who were best known for their 1995 hit single, ‘If You Love Me’.
Charmayne later released a solo single entitled ‘When I Look Into Your Eyes’ in 2000.
She was a member of Brownstone between 1994 until 1998, later rejoining the group between 2007 and 2015)
Charmayne was married to the Danish producer Soulshock.
b. 14th December 1920, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
d. 21st February 2015, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
The Jazz trumpter, Clark Terry, has died. Clark was 94.
Clark died surrounded by his family, students and friends.
Earlier this month, Clark entered hospice care for treatment concerning his advanced diabetes.
Clark had played with some of the great jazz musicians of the last century, including the likes of Charlie Barnett, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Quincy Jones.
Hailing from St. Louis, Clark attended the Vashon High School, later becoming a band player in the United States Navy during World War II.
The the Forties and Fifties, he played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington’s bands.
In his early days, Clark had educated a young Miles Davis back in St. Louis.
Clark, later joined NBC, becoming their first African-American staff musician.
Over a ten year period, Clark appeared on ‘The Tonight Show’ as a member of house band.
By the 1980’s he became the featured soloist in that group.
In late 1980, he headlined alongside Anita O'Day, Lionel Hampton and Ramsey Lewis at the Blue Note Lounge at the Marriott O'Hare Hotel near Chicago.
Clark continued collaborating with various musicians including J. J. Johnson, Oscar Peterson, and Bob Brookmeyer.
Up until the 1990s, Clark performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Lincoln Center.
In 1998, Clark recorded ‘Let's Call the Whole Thing Off’ for the album ‘Red Hot + Rhapsody’, and in 2001, he contributed to the album ‘Red Hot + Indigo’, (a tribute to Ellington).
Throughout his career, Clark performed for seven U.S. Presidents, and performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch Metropole Orchestra, and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
Clark’s recording of the ‘Theme To The Flintstones ‘, became a popular novelty hit on the Acid Jazz scene during the Eighties.
Dizzy Gillespie once described Terry as the ‘greatest jazz trumpet player on earth’.
b. Kenneth Kelley, 9th January 1943, New Jersey, U.S.A.
d. 17th February 2015, U.S.A.
Kenneth ‘Wally’ Kelley, the last surviving founding member of the Manhattans, has died. Kenneth was 72.
Kenneth passed away, only 2 months after the passings of two other group members, Winfred ‘Blue’ Lovett (9th December 2014) and Edward ‘Sonny’ Bivins (3rd December 2014).
The singer had left the group, a few years ago, in order to follow a career as a qualified teacher in biology.
The Manhattans began their recording careers in the early Sixties (Kenneth had attended the Lincoln High School), after group members had been in the armed forces.
They recorded for Carnival Records, and later, Columbia Records.
Gerald Alston joined the group later on, and performed on their number one hit ‘Kiss and Say Goodbye’, in 1976.
Further hits followed, including ‘Hurt’, ‘I Kinda Miss You’, ’Shining Star’ and ’Crazy’.
Gerald departed the group in 1988, and was replaced by Roger Harris.
b. Lesley Sue Goldstein, 2nd May 1946, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
d. 16th February 2015, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.A.
The blue eyed soul singer and songwriter, Lesley Gore, has died. Lesley was 68.
She had been suffering from cancer, and passed away at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
Lesley Gore will, probably, be best remembered for her 1963 pop hit, ‘It’s My Party, however her skills took her into the acting arena and, she later became an equal rights campaigner.
Born in New York City, Lesley attended the Dwight School for Girls, which is where she achieved her number one hit, ‘It's My Party’.
The single was followed by further hit’s, including ‘Judy's Turn to Cry’, ‘She's a Fool’, ‘You Don't Own Me’, ‘That's the Way Boys Are’, ‘Maybe I Know’, ‘Look of Love’ and the Grammy-nominated ‘Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows’.
In 1965, she appeared in the film ‘The Girls on the Beach’, performing the songs, ‘Leave Me Alone’, ‘It's Gotta Be You’ and ‘I Don't Want to Be a Loser’.
with quincy jones and millie small
Quincy Jones, worked with Lesley between 1963 and 1965, also releasing Marvin Hamlisch's first hit composition, ‘Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows’.
Quincy was later to cover a Lesley penned song, the title track from Lesley's 1976 album 'Love Me By Name', on his own 1978 project, 'Stuff Like That' (featuring Patti Austin).
Lesley performed on two episodes of the Batman TV series in 1967.
Bob Crewe’s 1967 song ‘California Nights’, reached number 16 that year.
Lesley attended the Sarah Lawrence College, studying literature.
She also composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film ‘Fame’.
Lesley went on to perform in concerts and appeared on television throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2005, she released the album ‘Ever Since’.
In 2004, Lesley hosted the television series ‘In the Life’, which focused on homosexuality issues.
Lesley spoke of her own sexuality, having lived with her female partner for more than 23 years.
It was Lesley’s partner who informed the media that Lesley had passed away from cancer.
b. Donald Randolph, 24th March 1938, Orangeburg, South Carolina, U.S.A.
d. 30th January 2015, Franklin Square, New York, U.S.A.
The R&B singer and songwriter, Don Covay, has died.
Don's passing has been confirmed by his daughter. He had suffered a stroke. Don was 76.
Don is best remembered for his self penned hits 'See Saw', 'Mercy, Mercy' and 'Sookie Sookie', whilst, as a songwriter for others, he penned 'Chain Of Fools' for Aretha Franklin.
In the 1990's, Don suffered a stroke, however, he recovered to release the album 'Adlib' in 2000.
b. Clifford Alanza Adams Snr., 8th October 1952, Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
d. 12th January 2015, Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
The trombonist, Clifford Adams, has died Clifford was 62.
Clifford passed away following a struggle with liver cancer.
Best known for his work within the second incarnation of the group, Kool and the Gang (‘Ladies Night, ‘Too Hot’ etc.), he had been suffering with medical issues for a year or so.
Clifford was without health insurance to cover medical expenses.
In recent weeks, his family and friends held several fundraisers to try to cover the cost of a liver transplant.
Apart from his work with Kool and the Gang, Clifford also collaborated with the likes of The Stylistics, Patti Labelle and the Bluebells and Duke Ellington’s Orchestra during his career.
He released two solo albums, namely, ‘The Master Power’ and ‘I Feel Your Spirit’.
Clifford founded the organisation DRUMM (Developmental Roundtable for the Upward Mobility of Musicians), which was dedicated in bringing music into Trenton schools.
b. Andra Edward Crouch, 1st July 1942, Compton, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. 8th January 2015, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Northridge, California, U.S.A.
The gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer, and pastor, Andraé Crouch, has died. Andraé was 72.
Andraé attended hospital in December, due to pneumonia and congestive heart failure.
He returned to hospital this month, following the postponement of a tour, in Los Angeles. Andraé had suffered a heart attack.
Andraé Crouch was born in 1942 in San Francisco, along with his twin sister, Sandra.
When he was 11, Andraé’s father suggested he speak at a local church, during which, Andraé played the piano.
He penned his first Gospel song at the age of 14.
In 1960, Andraé became part of the Church of God in Christ Singers (a.k.a. COGICS).
The singers group included the artist, Billy Preston.
Andraé attended the Valley Junior College in California forming the gospel group, The Disciples in 1965, along with Perry Morgan and Bill Thedford.
He was then introduced to Tim Spencer of Manna Music Publishing, who went on to publish Andraé’s song ‘The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power’.
Tim took the Disciples to the Light Records founder Ralph Carmichael, who released their first album, ‘Take The Message Everywhere’, in 1968.
Andraé began to record his compositions that year, including the aforementioned ‘The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power’, along with ‘Through It All’, ‘Bless His Holy Name’, ‘Soon and Very Soon’, ‘Jesus is the Answer’, and ‘My Tribute’.
The Disciples went their separate ways in 1979.
Andraé pursued his solo career with an ensemble including Howard Smith, Linda McCrary, Táta Vega, and Kristle Murden and The Andraé Crouch Singers.
His recordings featured many major artists, including Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Dean Parks, David Paich, Phillip Bailey and Stevie Wonder.
Andraé has co-produced projects for The Winans, Danniebelle Hall, and Kristle Murden.
In 2006, Andraé released ‘Mighty Wind’, a 40th anniversary album featuring guest performances by Lauren Evans, Crystal Lewis, Karen Clark Sheard, Táta Vega, and Marvin Winans.
Andraé Crouch helped merge Christian music within various ethnic groups.
In 1987, the Andraé Crouch Choir sang background vocals on Michael Jackson's hit single ‘Man in the Mirror’ from the singers album ‘Bad’.
Andraé, also, became the Senior Pastor at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima, California, (the church founded by his parents).
b. Jeffrey Golub, 15th April 1955, Copley, Near Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. 1st January 2015, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
The guitarist and session performer, Jeff Golub, passed away, on New Years Day, at the age of 59.
Jeff’s passing followed a serious of health issues.
In 2011, he suffered the collapse of an optic nerve, leaving him blind.
As a result, Jeff was nearly killed after falling onto some subway tracks.
As a performer, Jeff released 12 solo albums and three CDs as the leader of the instrumental band, Avenue Blue.
His performances saw him collaborating with Rod Stewart, who he worked with between 1988 until 1995.
Jeff studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, performing with The James Montgomery Band.
He relocated to New York in 1980, where he worked with Billy Squier, (Jeff appeared on all of Billy’s Capitol albums).
Jeff, also, worked alongside Hammond legend Brian Auger and Brian’s guest vocalists Christopher Cross and former Ambrosia leader David Pack.
Jeff released his first solo recording, ‘Unspoken Words’ for Gaia Records in 1988.
As band leader and performer he released ‘Avenue Blue’ in 1994.
He was also a member of Dave Koz & The Kozmos.
In June 2011, Jeff became blind due to collapse of the optic nerve.
In 2012, he fell onto the tracks of a subway train, and was taken to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center with minor injuries.
In 2014, Jeff was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, which, eventually took his life on the 1st of January 2015.
2014...those we fondly remember...