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Friday, March 9, 2018
Friend and colleague of Brian Epstein passes away at 87

Geoffrey Ellis, who worked closely with the Beatles and Brian Epstein during the 60's has passed away, aged 87. Ellis was contacted in 1963 by his childhood friend Epstein to help with the Beatles' first US trip, and left his job to help Epstein manage his quickly expanding business empire, becoming chief administrator of Epstein's NEMS Enterprises.

Source: M Magazine, UK
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Monday, March 5, 2018
Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies Warning: Page opens with sound

Russ Solomon, the bigger-than-life personality who founded Tower Records, died Sunday of a heart attack. He founded Tower Records in 1960 in Sacramento, in less than a decade he had expanded to San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond. Eventually the company would become a worldwide empire, with stores from New York to Tokyo.

Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Famed publicist Ron Scott dies at 74

Ron Scott, the publicist who represented actors including David Hasselhoff and John Stamos died Saturday in Hollywood. In the 1970s, Scott was hired by Capitol Records to do publicity for acts including Eric Carmen and The Raspberries, Rick Springfield and Blue Swede and for the Ringo Starr album Goodnight Vienna, released in 1974.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Wild-eyed comedian Marty Allen dead at 95

Marty Allen, the frizzy-haired, bug-eyed clown who joined forces with the crooner Steve Rossi to form one of the most successful comedy teams of the 1960s, died on Monday in Las Vegas. Allen and Rossi appeared on the same Ed Sullivan with the Beatles twice, in 1964 and 1965, the first time donning a Beatle wig. Allen was 95.

Source: New York Times
Monday, February 12, 2018
Sean Ono Lennon's tribute to late Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow

Among the tributes for John Perry Barlow after his death was one from Sean Ono Lennon, who counted Barlow among his friends. Lennon called the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital pioneer "a master of all trades and a jack of none," and said, "no one will ever come close to the guy, for this grateful and graceful guru was one of a kind."

Source: Brinkwire
Monday, January 29, 2018
Ed Sullivan Show's music exec, Robert Arthur, dies

Robert Arthur, music coordinator for The Ed Sullivan Show, closely involved with the show's performances by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, has died, it was reported last week. In 1964, Arthur realized the Beatles wouldn't be heard over the audience's screaming, and ordered boom mikes to be replaced by mikes on floor stands.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, January 22, 2018
Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family announces Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose last October, his wife and daughter announced in a Facebook post Friday. The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that Petty's cause of death was a "multisystem organ failure" due to mixed drug intoxication. His family said Petty suffered from "many serious ailments."

Source: CBS News
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Photographer who got only picture of John Lennon with his killer has died

Paul Goresh, who famously snapped the only photo of John Lennon with his killer, one of the last pictures of the legendary Beatle, has died. Goresh was forever haunted by the photo he took on Dec. 8, 1980. Goresh had been sick for some time, his cousin Rosanne Taylor wrote on a John Lennon Facebook fan page. He was 58.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Monday, January 8, 2018
Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas dies at 76

Ray Thomas, singer, flautist and founding member of The Moody Blues, has died at 76. One of Thomas' earliest blues groups El Riot and the Rebels, went on to support The Beatles in Tenbury Wells, Malvern. Following stints in the Hamburg, Thomas returned to Birmingham in 1964 and formed The Moody Blues with Denny Laine.

Source: Counteract, UK
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Music promoter who worked with Beatles Tony Calder dies

Pioneering British music promoter and PR agent Tony Calder, best known for his work with groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died on Jan. 2 at the age of 74, according to reports. His innovative methods helped promote many of the U.K.'s largest acts for more than 50 years. He promoted the Fab Four's first single Love Me Do.

Source: Variety
Monday, December 18, 2017
Keely Smith, early champion of the Beatles, dead at 89

Vocalist Keely Smith has passed away at the age of 89. Smith was the first singer to make an entire album of Beatles songs. In mid-1964 she recorded and released an album titled Keely Smith Sings The John Lennon & Paul McCartney Songbook, which contained twelve swingin' interpretations of early songs written by Lennon & McCartney.

Source: Huffington Post
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Smithereens singer Pat DiNizio dies at 62

The lead singer and primary songwriter of the New Jersey rock band The Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, passed away yesterday. In 2007 with the Smithereens, he recorded Meet the Smithereens, on which the group covered the entire Meet the Beatles album. Pat DiNizio had been rehabilitating from a fall, he was 62.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 8, 2017
An Optometrist recalls late-night chats with John Lennon

Optometrist Dr. Gary Tracy provided John Lennon with his iconic, eponymous "John Lennon glasses" from 1974 to 1979. John Lennon found a safe haven at Dr. Gary Tracy's Optometry and Eyewear. "He came at closing time on purpose," Dr. Tracy explained. "He and Yoko would enjoy just sitting and relaxing and chatting about local things."

Source: West Side Rag
How Hong Kong reacted to the shooting of John Lennon

John Lennon's 1980 murder in New York sent shock waves around the world, not least in Hong Kong, where broadcasters were quick to air tributes. Hong Kong disc Jockey Ray Cordeiro, who had interviewed Lennon and the Beatles three times, said he "almost lost control of his car when he heard the news".

Fan Content Warning  Source: South China Morning Post
December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

John Lennon was an artist, a cultural icon, a man of peace who gave so much of himself, who defined us and gave us direction. We will miss him until we too have our day. From the Beatles' start in 1962 until his passing on December 8, 1980, was only 18 years. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

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2017 in Review: A farewell to those who left us

We lost many greats of the music world in 2017, musicians and singers, songwriters and producers, music industry giants and others who made it all happen, including Beatles idols Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, part-time Beach Boy Glen Campbell, McCartney producer Tommy LiPuma, and Apple recording artist David Peel.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, November 10, 2017
Tailor who made the Beatles' first suits passes away Warning: Page opens with sound

The man who made the The Beatles' first suits has died aged 83. Walter Smith crafted thousands of bespoke suits at his shop, Craft Tailoring, in Liverpool. In 1962, one of his regular customers was Brian Epstein and one day that summer he walked into the shop looking for clothes for the four lads in his new up and coming band.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Paul McCartney writes touching tribute to Fats Domino

Fats Domino, who died Tuesday at 89, was one of the main pioneers of early rock and roll, influencing virtually everyone who followed him, including the Beatles, who covered his songs and met him on one of their first trips to America. Today, Paul McCartney issued a statement on his website remembering the legendary rocker.

Related Articles  Source: Variety
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fats Domino
The Day the Beatles met Fats Domino

In 1964, a bunch of rock 'n' roll legends met face-to-face in New Orleans. The Beatles were in the Big Easy for their City Park concert that September and were determined to meet one of their idols, Fats Domino, whom they named as a major influence. Another New Orleans musician, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, agreed to help set up a meeting.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Fats Domino: a huge talent who inspired ska, the Beatles and bling

Fats Domino, the boogie-woogie master, who passed away today at the age of 89, shaped the course of popular music over and over again. Elvis Presley proclaimed him "the real king of rock'n'roll", his influence proved vast, not least on the Beatles. Ain't That a Shame was the first song John Lennon learned to play.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Friday, October 20, 2017
Fans can pay tribute to DJ Rick Shaw and leave with piece of music history

in 1964, while he worked for WQAM, DJ Rick Shaw, who passed away in September, was the first radio disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles. Fans, friends and colleagues will pay tribute at a memorial Sunday afternoon at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. The will also be a silent auction featuring Rick Shaw memorabilia.

Source: Miami Herald
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Primal Scream therapist Arthur Janov dies at 93

Arthur Janov, a psychotherapist whose "primal therapy" had celebrities screaming to release their childhood traumas and spawned a best-selling book in the 1970s, has died. His 1970 book "The Primal Scream," made him an international celebrity. His patients included John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He was 93.

Source: CBS News
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
In pictures: Tom Petty (1950 - 2017)

Pictures from the life and career of Tom Petty, who passed away on Monday, including with Bob Dylan in New York in 1986, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage in 1979, with the Heartbreakers after their 40th anniversary tour, with his wife Dana York in 2001, and his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year.

Source: The London Times, UK
Tom Petty tributes pour in from rock stars, fans

On Tom Petty, Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I'm sure going to miss you Tom." Olivia and Dhani Harrison tweeted, "Tom was a tender southern gent in life, a poet and a music master on stage. We will love and miss him for the rest of our days. Our thoughts are with his family and all the heart breakers."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tom Petty, a mainstay of rock with the Heartbreakers, dies at 66

Tom Petty, who melded California rock with his Southern heritage to produce a long string of hits, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. In the late 1980s, Mr. Petty teamed up with some of his elders and influences to form the Traveling Wilburys, writing and recording with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

Source: New York Times

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