Phil Ramone

Philip “Phil” Ramone (January 5, 1934 – March 30, 2013)
was a South African-born American recording engineer, record producer, violinist and composer who in 1958 co-founded A & R Recording, Inc., a recording studio with business partner Jack Arnold at 112 West 48th Street, New York, above what was then Manny’s Music. The success of that studio caused it to grow into several studios and a record producing company. He was described by Billboard as “legendary” and the BBC as a “CD pioneer”
Ramone was a musical prodigy, beginning to play the violin at age three and performing for Princess Elizabeth at age ten. In the late 1940s he trained as a classical violinist at the Juilliard School, where one of his classmates was Phil Woods. Ramone opened his own recording studio before he was 20. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States on December 14, 1953

Rob Grill

Robert Frank “Rob” Grill (November 30, 1943 – July 11, 2011
An American lead singer, songwriter and bass guitarist of the rock and roll band, The Grass Roots.
HE BEGAN WORKING AT AMERICAN RECORDING STUDIOS WITH MUSICIAN FRIENDS CORY WELLS AND JOHN KAY (WHO LATER FORMED THREE DOG NIGHT AND STEPPENWOLF, RESPECTIVELY).
GRILL EVENTUALLY WAS ASKED TO JOIN THE GRASS ROOTS, WHICH GREW OUT OF A PROJECT ORIGINATING FROM DUNHILL RECORDS. WRITER/PRODUCERS P. F. SLOAN AND STEVE BARRI (THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS, TOMMY ROE, FOUR TOPS AND DUSTY SPRINGFIELD) WERE ASKED BY DUNHILL TO WRITE SONGS THAT WOULD CAPITALIZE ON THE GROWING INTEREST IN THE FOLK-ROCK MOVEMENT.
THE GRASS ROOTS WENT ON TO CHART TWENTY NINE SINGLES, THIRTEEN OF WHICH WENT GOLD FOLLOWED BY TWO GOLD ALBUMS AND TWO PLATINUM ALBUMS.
THE GRASS ROOTS PLAYED AT THE FANTASY FAIR AND MAGIC MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 1967, IN THE “SUMMER OF LOVE” AS THEIR TOP TEN HIT “LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY” WAS HITTING THE AIRWAVES. THIS MUSIC FESTIVAL IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT OCCURRED BEFORE THE MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL BUT DID NOT HAVE A MOVIE TO DOCUMENT IT FOR THE AGES. HITS; “MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS”
“WAIT A MILLION YEARS”
GRILL LEFT THE GRASS ROOTS IN 1977 AND LAUNCHED A SOLO CAREER IN 1979, ASSISTED ON HIS SOLO ALBUM BY SEVERAL MEMBERS OF FLEETWOOD MAC. RESPONDING TO 60S NOSTALGIA, GRILL THEN REUNITED WITH THE GRASS ROOTS (BILLED “THE GRASS ROOTS STARRING ROB GRILL”) AND TOURED THE UNITED STATES WITH THEM FROM 1980 UP TO HIS DEATH IN 2011.
IN 2008 THE GRASS ROOTS STARRING ROB GRILL RELEASED A LIVE ALBUM CHRONICLING THEIR 14 TOP FORTY BILLBOARD HITS TITLED LIVE GOLD.

JOHNNY WINTER

JOHN DAWSON WINTER III KNOWN AS JOHNNY WINTER
(FEBRUARY 23, 1944 – JULY 16, 2014),
AN AMERICAN BLUES GUITARIST, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, SINGER, AND PRODUCER. BEST KNOWN FOR HIS HIGH-ENERGY BLUES-ROCK ALBUMS AND LIVE PERFORMANCES IN THE LATE 1960S AND 1970S, WINTER ALSO PRODUCED THREE GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ALBUMS FOR BLUES SINGER AND GUITARIST MUDDY WATERS. AFTER HIS TIME WITH WATERS, WINTER RECORDED SEVERAL GRAMMY-NOMINATED BLUES ALBUMS. IN 1988, HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE BLUES FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME AND IN 2003, HE WAS RANKED 63RD IN ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE’S LIST OF THE “100 GREATEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME”

JACK” BRUCE

JOHN SYMON ASHER “JACK” BRUCE (14 MAY 1943 – 25 OCTOBER 2014)
A SCOTTISH MUSICIAN AND COMPOSER, KNOWN PRIMARILY AS A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ROCK TRIO CREAM.
BRUCE MAINTAINED A SOLO CAREER THAT SPANNED SEVERAL DECADES AND ALSO PLAYED IN SEVERAL MUSICAL GROUPS. ALTHOUGH PARTICULARLY FAMOUS FOR HIS WORK AS A VOCALIST, BASS GUITARIST AND SONGWRITER, HE ALSO PLAYED DOUBLE BASS, HARMONICA, PIANO AND CELLO. HE WAS TRAINED AS A CLASSICAL CELLIST AND CONSIDERED HIMSELF A JAZZ MUSICIAN, ALTHOUGH MUCH OF HIS CATALOGUE OF COMPOSITIONS AND RECORDINGS TENDED TOWARD BLUES AND ROCK AND ROLL. THE SUNDAY TIMES SAID THAT “MANY CONSIDER HIM TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST BASS PLAYERS OF ALL TIME.

CASEY” KASEM

KEMAL AMEN “CASEY” KASEM (APRIL 27, 1932 – JUNE 15, 2014
AN AMERICAN DISC JOCKEY, MUSIC HISTORIAN, RADIO PERSONALITY, VOICE ACTOR, AND ACTOR, BEST KNOWN FOR BEING THE HOST OF SEVERAL MUSIC RADIO COUNTDOWN PROGRAMS, MOST NOTABLY AMERICAN TOP 40, FROM 1970 UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 2009, AND FOR PROVIDING THE VOICE OF “SHAGGY” ROGERS IN THE SCOOBY-DOO FRANCHISE FROM 1969 TO 1997, AND AGAIN FROM 2002 UNTIL 2009.
KASEM CO-FOUNDED THE AMERICAN TOP 40 FRANCHISE IN 1970, HOSTING IT FROM ITS INCEPTION TO 1988, AND AGAIN FROM 1998 TO 2004. BETWEEN JANUARY 1989 AND EARLY 1998, HE WAS THE HOST OF CASEY’S TOP 40, CASEY’S HOT 20, AND CASEY’S COUNTDOWN. FROM 1998 TO 2009, KASEM ALSO HOSTED TWO ADULT CONTEMPORARY SPIN-OFFS OF AMERICAN TOP 40: AMERICAN TOP 20 AND AMERICAN TOP 10.
IN ADDITION TO HIS RADIO SHOWS, KASEM PROVIDED THE VOICE OF MANY COMMERCIALS, PERFORMED MANY VOICES FOR SESAME STREET, PROVIDED THE CHARACTER VOICE OF PETER COTTONTAIL IN THE RANKIN/BASS PRODUCTION OF HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL, WAS “THE VOICE OF NBC”, AND HELPED OUT WITH THE ANNUAL JERRY LEWIS TELETHON. HE PROVIDED THE CARTOON VOICES OF ROBIN IN SUPER FRIENDS, MARK ON BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, AND A NUMBER OF CHARACTERS FOR THE TRANSFORMERS CARTOON SERIES OF THE 1980S. IN 2008, HE WAS THE VOICE OF OUT OF SIGHT RETRO NIGHT WHICH AIRED ON WGN AMERICA, BUT WAS REPLACED BY RIVAL RICK DEES. AFTER 40 YEARS, KASEM RETIRED FROM HIS ROLE OF VOICING SHAGGY IN 2009, ALTHOUGH HE DID VOICE SHAGGY’S FATHER IN THE 2010 TV SERIES, SCOOBY-DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED.

Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim, January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012)
An American singer and songwriter. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”.
IN 1961 PHILLIPS AND MCKENZIE MET DICK WEISSMAN AND FORMED THE FOLK GROUP, THE JOURNEYMEN,THEY RECORDED THREE ALBUMS AND SEVEN SINGLES FOR CAPITOL RECORDS IN 1964, THE JOURNEYMEN DISBANDED THEN MCKENZIE AND WEISSMAN BECAME SOLO PERFORMERS, WHILE PHILLIPS FORMED THE GROUP THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS WITH DENNY DOHERTY, CASS ELIOT IN 1986, HE STARTED SINGING WITH A NEW VERSION OF THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS. WITH TERRY MELCHER, MIKE LOVE, AND JOHN PHILLIPS, HE CO-WROTE “KOKOMO” (1988), A NUMBER 1 SINGLE FOR THE BEACH BOYS.

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona, July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)
An Italian American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band, Dio. He is credited with popularizing the “metal horns” hand gesture in metal culture and is known for his medieval themed lyrics. Dio possessed a powerful versatile vocal range capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads and according to Rainbow/Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore upon hearing him sing, “I felt shivers down my spine. Dio sold over 47 million albums throughout his career.

GERALD “GERRY” RAFFERTY

GERALD “GERRY” RAFFERTY (16 APRIL 1947 – 4 JANUARY 2011)
WAS A SCOTTISH SINGER-SONGWRITER BEST KNOWN FOR HIS SOLO HITS “BAKER STREET”, “RIGHT DOWN THE LINE” AND “NIGHT OWL”, AS WELL AS “STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU” RECORDED WITH THE BAND STEALERS WHEEL.
HE WAS INFLUENCED BY THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES AND BOB DYLAN. HE JOINED THE FOLK-POP GROUP THE HUMBLEBUMS IN 1969. AFTER THEY DISBANDED IN 1971, HE RECORDED HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM, CAN I HAVE MY MONEY BACK? RAFFERTY AND JOE EGAN FORMED THE GROUP STEALERS WHEEL IN 1972, PRODUCING SEVERAL HITS, MOST NOTABLY “STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU” AND “STAR”. IN 1978, HE RECORDED HIS SECOND SOLO ALBUM, CITY TO CITY, WHICH INCLUDED “BAKER STREET”, HIS MOST POPULAR SONG.

John Robert “Joe” Cocker

John Robert “Joe” Cocker, OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and definitive versions of popular songs.

Cocker’s cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” reached number one in the UK in 1968. He performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969, and at the Party at the Palace concert for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2002. His version also became the theme song for the TV series The Wonder Years. His 1974 cover of “You Are So Beautiful”, reached number five in the US. Cocker was the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US number one “Up Where We Belong”, a duet with Jennifer Warnes.

In 1993 Cocker was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male, in 2007 was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown, and in 2008 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.[1][2] Cocker was ranked number 97 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest singers list.

While performing a concert at Madison Square Garden on 17 September 2014, fellow musician Billy Joel stated that Cocker was “not very well right now” and endorsed Cocker for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before impersonating the singer in a take on “With a Little Help From My Friends”.[49]

He died from lung cancer on 22 December 2014 in Crawford, Colorado.[50][51][52] The two remaining living ex-Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, were among those who paid tribute to the singer, while Cocker’s agent, Barrie Marshall, said that Cocker was “without doubt the greatest rock/soul singer ever to come out of Britain.

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge Percy Tyrone Sledge (November 25, 1940 – April 14, 2015) was an American R&B, soul, gospel, and traditional pop singer. He is best known for the song “When a Man Loves a Woman”, a No. 1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts in 1966. It was awarded a million-selling, Gold-certified disc from the RIAA.

Having previously worked as a hospital orderly in the early 1960s, Sledge achieved his strongest success in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a series of emotional soul songs. In later years, Sledge received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Career Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Sledge died of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge on April 14, 2015 at the age of 74.[14][15] His interment was in Baton Rouge’s Heavenly Gates Cemetery.[1