04/09/2017

Dave Hlubek

Dave Hlubek, lead guitarist and co-founder of Southern rock icons Molly Hatchet, has died at the age of 66. The news was confirmed via a post on the band’s official Facebook page, although no details were provided.

They said in a brief message: “It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved friend and band member Dave Hlubek. Amongst his many contributions to southern rock is “Flirtin’ with Disaster.” Our condolences and our prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. He will be missed but never forgotten, as the music lives on through his legacy in Molly Hatchet.”

David Lawrence Hlubeck was born on Aug. 28, 1951, in Jacksonville, FL and returned there after several family moves. He founded the band in 1971 and they released their debut self-titled album seven years later, scoring their biggest hit with “Flirtin’ with Disaster,” the title track of their 1979 second LP.

Speaking to Kaos2000 in 1999, Hlubek recalled the early years of his career as he endured the kind of rip-off experiences many bands so, saying of signing his first management deal: “We walked in with an imaginary eight-slice apple pie. When we walked out of the office we only had three slices.” But he added: “I can’t tell you I have many regrets because I don’t. I’ve had a good ride. When I signed in 1977 with Epic/CBS they gave us a bonus for signing which was six figured. We hadn’t done dick. They flew us, wined us and dined us. They put a booklet in front of each one of us and our life was going to forever change. I’ve been around the world 12 times now. I never had to join the service like my dad did.”

The current lineup had a number of U.S. and European tour dates booked over the coming up between Sept. 16 and Dec. 15, but as yet have given no word on whether they’ll proceed. Former Molly Hatchet bassist Banner Thomas died at 63 in April.

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Martin Chambers

September 4th 1951, Born on this day, Martin Chambers, drums, Pretenders, (1980 UK No.1 single 'Brass In Pocket', 1983 US No.5 single, 'Back On The Chain Gang').

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Gene Parsons

September 4th 1944, Born on this day, Gene Parsons, drummer, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'). Also a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers and Parsons Green. Parsons is credited with inventing the B-Bender (also known as the StringBender) along with Clarence White.

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The Steve Miller Band

September 4th 1982, The Steve Miller Band started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Abracadabra' the group's third US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK. The song is said to have been inspired by Diana Ross with whom Miller had met while performing together on Hullabaloo in the 1960s.

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The Beatles

September 4th 1968, The Beatles recorded promotional videos for ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Revolution’ at Twickenham Film Studios. The vocals are recorded live over the pre-recorded instrumental tracks to get round the current British Musicians Union ban on lip-sync performances. For ‘Hey Jude’, The Beatles were accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 300 fans and other assorted extras who join in singing the long refrain.

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03/09/2017

Walter Carl Becker

Walter Carl Becker (February 20, 1950 - September 3, 2017)

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Walter Becker, guitarist and co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Steely Dan, died Sunday at the age of 67.

Becker's official site announced the guitarist's death; no cause of death or other details were provided.

Becker missed Steely Dan's Classic East and West concerts in July as he recovered from an unspecified ailment. "Walter's recovering from a procedure and hopefully he'll be fine very soon," his band mate Donald Fagen told Billboard. Becker's doctor advised the guitarist not to leave his Maui home for the performances.

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Suzanne Freitag

September 3rd 1957, Born on this day, Suzanne Freitag, Propaganda, (1985 UK No.21 single 'Duel').

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Donald Brewer

September 3rd 1948, Born on this day, Donald Brewer, drummer, Grand Funk Railroad, (1974 US No.1 single 'The Locomotion'). Most successful US Heavy Metal band of the 70's selling over 20m albums. Also worked with Bob Seger.

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Eric Bell

September 3rd 1947, Born on this day, Eric Bell, guitarist, Thin Lizzy, (1973 UK No.6 single 'Whisky In The Jar').

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Al Jardine

September 3rd 1942, Born on this day, Al Jardine, guitar, vocals, The Beach Boys (1966 UK & US No.1 single 'Good Vibrations', plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles).

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Freddie King

September 3rd 1934, Born on this day, blues guitarist Freddie King. Eric Clapton covered his 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman' on the 'Layla' album. Died on 27th December 1976 of heart trouble and Ulcers aged 42.

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Elvis Presley

September 3rd 1977, The month after his death, Elvis Presley had 27 albums and 9 singles in the Top 100 charts in the UK. 'Moody Blue' was the No.1 album while 'Way Down' was No.1 on the singles chart, (putting him equal with The Beatles each amassing 17 No.1 hits).

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Donovan

September 3rd 1966, Donovan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sunshine Superman', a No.2 hit in the UK. The track featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. The song was written for Donovan's future wife Linda Lawrence.

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The Beatles

September 3rd 1962, After playing a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Beatles played the first of three Monday night gigs at The Queen's Hall, Widnes, Cheshire. Also on the bill, Billy Kramer and the Coasters, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Sonny Kaye and the Reds. Tickets cost 3/6.

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02/09/2017

Fritz McIntyre

September 2nd 1958, Born on this day, Fritz McIntyre, Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Holding Back The Years').

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Steve Porcaro

September 2nd 1957, Born on this day, Steve Porcaro, Keyboards, Toto,(1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Africa').

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Mik Kaminski

September 2nd 1951, Born on this day, Mik Kaminski, violin, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No. 4 single 'Don't Bring Me Down' plus 26 other UK Top 40 hits).

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The Doors

September 2nd 1965, The Doors recorded their first demos at World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles, California, where they cut six Jim Morrison songs.

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01/09/2017

Greg Errico

September 1st 1946, Born on this day, Greg Errico, drummer, Sly and The Family Stone, (1971 US No.1 & 1972 UK No.15 single 'Family Affair')

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Pink Floyd

September 1st 1976, Wish You Were here was close to spending one year on the UK chart. Pink Floyd’s ninth studio had been premiered at Knebworth in July 1975, and was released in September that year. It was an instant success, with record company EMI unable to press enough copies to satisfy demand. The artwork for the album package was once again created by the Hipgnosis team, who created a series of tableaux based on ‘absence’, including the empty gesture of a handshake between two US business men (one of whom is on fire), a diver that causes no ripples, and a piece of gauze floating in the wind, photographed somewhere in Norfolk, UK.

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