24th June 2015
Harold Battiste, the warm, articulate New Orleans record man, died on June 19 in his hometown after a long illness, at age 83.
10th June 2015
It is with sadness that we learned of the death of Steve Lewins, the original bass player with Chiswick Records’ very first band , the Count Bishops, who recorded the ‘Speedball’ EP [SW1] in September 1975. This 7” record was released in November 1975 and went on to sell over 10,000 copies, playing a seminal part in helping to establish the fledgling Chiswick Records label.
15th May 2015
B.B., who suffered from type 2 diabetes, died in his sleep at 89 and had been under home nursing care due to ill-health for some months. King was one of the hardest working blues artists ever and spent most of his long life touring.
26th January 2015
The movie Zelig might be a suitable analogy for the life and career of that unique personage born Kim Vincent Fowley. It’s the fanciful tale of an individual who is able to insert himself at key moments in history, something Fowley accomplished at regular intervals over the past sixty years. But unlike Woody Allen’s character Leonard Zelig, Kim was not really a chameleon – his lanky frame and frequently off-beat attire put paid to that notion – and he certainly could not blend into the background of any scene. Instead, the man loudly demanded that people paid attention to him, whether they wanted to or not.
19th December 2014
John Fry, founder of the world-class, world-famous Ardent Studios in Memphis, and the genial, self-effacing mentor of cult act Big Star died unexpectedly yesterday at the age of 69. Alec Palao pays his respects.