JOHNNIE ALEXANDER BASSETT

JOHNNIE ALEXANDER BASSETT (OCTOBER 9, 1935 – AUGUST 4, 2012) WAS A DETROIT-BASED AMERICAN ELECTRIC BLUES GUITARIST, SINGER, AND SONGWRITER. WORKING FOR DECADES PRIMARILY AS A SESSION MUSICIAN, BY THE 1990S BASSETT HAD HIS OWN BACKING BAND AND RELEASED SEVEN ALBUMS IN HIS LIFETIME. HE CITED BILLY BUTLER, TINY GRIMES, ALBERT KING, B.B. KING AND ESPECIALLY T-BONE WALKER AS MAJOR INFLUENCES.[
Born in Marianna, Florida,[3] Bassett relocated with his family in 1944 to Detroit.[2] As a guitarist in his local group, Joe Weaver and the Bluenotes, they won talent contests, and locally backed Big Joe Turner, and Ruth Brown. In 1958, Bassett enrolled into the United States Army, but on his return to Detroit worked with the Bluenotes as session musicians for Fortune Records.[2][4] During this time he provided accompaniment to Nolan Strong & The Diablos and Andre Williams.[2] He later backed The Miracles in a short tenure at Chess Records, working on their debut single, “Got a Job” (1958).[2][5][6][7] In concerts while in Detroit, Bassett played on stage alongside John Lee Hooker, Alberta Adams, Lowell Fulson and Dinah Washington.[2]
Basset spent most of the next decade doing gigs in Seattle, also backing Tina Turner and Little Willie John.[2]
The Detroit Blues Society recognized Bassett’s contribution to the blues with a lifetime achievement award in 1994.[5] He released the album I Gave My Life to the Blues on the Dutch label Black Magic in 1996, before recording and touring in North America and Europe with his own backing band, the Blues Insurgents.[2] Their 1998 album Cadillac Blues was nominated for five W.C. Handy Awards.[5] His then record label, Cannonball Records ceased to trade, but Mack Avenue Records signed him to a new recording contract, after its owner saw Bassett and his band play in concert in Detroit’s suburb of Grosse Pointe.[5]
At the 2003 Great Lakes Folk Festival, Bassett performed as part of the Detroit Blues Revue with Alberta Adams and Joe Weaver.[8] At the 2006 Detroit Music Awards, Bassett won the ‘Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist’ title. In both 2010 and 2011, he was awarded the ‘Outstanding Blues Artist/Group’ title.

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JAMES “JIMMY” JONES

JAMES “JIMMY” JONES (JUNE 2, 1937[1] – AUGUST 2, 2012) WAS AN AMERICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER WHO MOVED TO NEW YORK WHILE A TEENAGER.[2] ACCORDING TO ALLMUSIC JOURNALIST STEVE HUEY, “BEST KNOWN FOR HIS 1960 R&B SMASH, ‘HANDY MAN,’ JONES SANG IN A SMOOTH YET SOULFUL FALSETTO MODELED ON THE LIKES OF CLYDE MCPHATTER AND SAM COOKE.”[2]

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Larry Lewis Hoppen

Larry Lewis Hoppen (January 12, 1951 – July 24, 2012) was a co-founder, vocalist and guitarist of the pop-rock group Orleans. Orleans was formed in Woodstock, New York in January 1972 by Hoppen, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter (and future member of Congress) John Hall, and drummer/percussionist Wells Kelly. In October 1972, Hoppen’s younger brother Lance joined the group on bass guitar. Larry sang lead on Orleans’ two biggest hits, “Still the One” and “Dance with Me.”[1]
Hoppen died of undisclosed causes on July 24, 2012.[1] The brothers had been scheduled to perform in a concert sponsored by morning TV’s “Fox & Friends” on July 27.[1] It was subsequently announced that the group’s scheduled tour dates would be cancelled.[2][3] He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his daughters Claire and Maeve.[1]
The cause of death was later revealed as suicide according to a eulogy

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