Tommy Ramone

Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi (Hungarian: Erdélyi Tamás;)
January 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014), better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was an American record producer and musician. He was the drummer for the influential punk rock band the Ramones for the first four years of the band’s existence.
Tommy and guitarist John Cummings (later to be dubbed “Johnny Ramone”) performed together in a mid-1960s four-piece garage band, the Tangerine Puppets, while in high school.In 1970, Erdelyi was an assistant engineer for the production of the Jimi Hendrix album Band of Gypsys.
When the Ramones first came together, with Johnny Ramone on guitar, Dee Dee Ramone on bass and Joey Ramone on drums, Erdelyi was supposed to be the manager, but was drafted as the band’s drummer when Joey became the lead singer, after realizing that he couldn’t keep up with the Ramones’ increasingly fast tempos. “Tommy Ramone, who was managing us, finally had to sit down behind the drums, because nobody else wanted to,” Dee Dee later recalled.
He remained as drummer from 1974 to 1978, playing on and co-producing their first three albums, Ramones, Leave Home, and Rocket to Russia, as well as the live album It’s Alive

Phil Everly

Phil Everly ( January 19, 1939- January 3, 2914)
The Everly Brothers were American country-influenced rock and roll singers, known for steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing. The duo, consisting of Isaac Donald “Don” Everly (born February 1, 1937) and Phillip “Phil” Everly (January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014), were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
Their first Cadence single, “Bye Bye Love,” had been rejected by 30 other acts but the Everlys saw potential in the song. Their recording of “Bye Bye Love” reached No. 2 on the pop charts behind Elvis Presley’s “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”, hitting No. 1 on the Country and No. 5 on the R&B charts The song, written by the husband and wife team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, became the Everly Brothers’ first million-seller.
They became stalwarts of the Cadence label. Working with the Bryants, the duo had hits in the United States and the United Kingdom, the biggest being “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, “Bird Dog”, and “Problems”, all penned by the Bryants. The Everlys also found success as songwriters, especially with Don’s “(Till) I Kissed You”, which hit No. 4 on the United States pop charts.

Alvin Lee

Alvin Lee (born Graham Anthony Barnes, 19 December 1944 – 6 March 2013)
A British guitarist and singer, best known as the lead guitarist and lead singer with the blues-rock band Ten Years After.
Lee’s overall musical output includes more than twenty albums, including 1985’s Detroit Diesel, 1989’s About Time (Ten Years After album), recorded in Memphis with producer Terry Manning, and the back to back 1990s collections of Zoom and Nineteen Ninety-Four (US title I Hear You Rockin’ ). Guest artists on both albums included George Harrison.

GARY MOORE

ROBERT WILLIAM GARY MOORE (4 APRIL 1952 – 6 FEBRUARY 2011),
WAS A NORTHERN IRISH MUSICIAN, MOST WIDELY RECOGNISED AS A SINGER AND VIRTUOSO GUITARIST.
IN A CAREER DATING BACK TO THE 1960S, MOORE PLAYED WITH MUSICIANS INCLUDING PHIL LYNOTT AND BRIAN DOWNEY DURING HIS TEENS, LEADING HIM TO MEMBERSHIPS WITH THE IRISH BANDS SKID ROW AND THIN LIZZY, AND BRITISH BAND COLOSSEUM II. MOORE SHARED THE STAGE WITH SUCH BLUES AND ROCK MUSICIANS AS B.B. KING, ALBERT KING, ALBERT COLLINS, GEORGE HARRISON, AND GREG LAKE, AS WELL AS HAVING A SUCCESSFUL SOLO CAREER. HE GUESTED ON A NUMBER OF ALBUMS RECORDED BY HIGH-PROFILE MUSICIANS.

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.