26th September 2014
U Srinivas, 28 February 1969 – 19 September 2014
With great sadness we have learned that the outstanding musician Uppalapu Shrinivas – known worldwide as U Srinivas, or Mandolin Srinivas, because of the instrument he popularised – has passed away aged 45, in Chennai India, of complications following a liver operation. The death of a great talent is always a blow, but even more so when it is at a relatively early age. It is the greatest of ironies to spend the formative years of a career described as a child prodigy, and then to pass away having finally been allowed the credit of mature maestro. To succeed in the super-critical and highly developed world of Indian classical music is hard enough, but to do so on an instrument completely out of the prevailing tradition is a challenge. U Srinivas joined a trend of 20th Century Indian musicians (for example Kadri Gopalnath, Brij Bushan Kabra, Shivkumar Sharma) to bring in other valid voices to the orthodoxy of Indian classical music.
16th September 2014
17th December 2013
Joe Bihari’s death on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 88, now leaves Art Rupe and Phil Chess as the sole survivors of a unique group of post-war independent record men. Their efforts created a body of music which remains a major influence on popular music.
7th October 2013
(17 June 1957 - 8 October 2013)
Johnny Jukebox has smashed his last Telecaster through the television screen.
56 is no age to be dying. With Philip’s sad and sadly not unexpected death we sorely miss the old man he should have become and who would undoubtedly have continued to exercise his active and enquiring mind with such passion, purpose and humanity.
23rd June 2013
Mary Love Remembered
I first came across Mary Love’s wonderful music as a teenager, dancing to ‘You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet’ and ‘Lay This Burden Down’ at “Old Soul” gatherings for lovers of the uptempo mid 60s soul sound (soon to be coined Northern Soul in the UK). As a record collector I had picked up other Modern label recordings like ‘Let Me Know’ and ‘Hey Stoney Face’ over the years and got to love her ballad ‘Baby I’ll Come’ too. In the late 70s my friend and eventual co-founder of the 6Ts Randy Cozens turned me on to ‘I’m In Your Hands’, the flip of ‘You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet’, that I had foolishly neglected for the excellence of the disc’s other side. With Randy’s championing of it that track became something of an anthem for the early 6Ts dances and when we switched to all-nighters it was adopted as an appropriately emotional and majestic ender to the night’s soul session.