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”

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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.

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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.

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