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 (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 (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, 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. 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”.
He died from lung cancer on 22 December 2014 in Crawford, Colorado. 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.