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RIP: Scotty Moore

scottymoore2Pioneering rock and roll guitarist Scotty Moore has passed away at age 84. Scotty played guitar on Elvis Presley’s early recordings for Sun and RCA records. Along with bass player Bill Black, Scotty recorded Elvis’ first single, That’s All Right in 1954. Later drummer DJ Fontana joined the trio as Elvis’ sound and popularity grew.

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RIP: Bernie Worrell

Bernie WorrellP-Funkster Bernie Worrell has passed away after battling lung cancer. He was 72. Along with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell was one of the architects for the Parliament-Funkadelic sound contributing his keyboard playing and songwriting skills to albums like Maggot Brain, America Eats Its Young and Mothership Connection. He also played with Booty’s Rubber Band, Fred Wesley’s Horny Horns and, most notably, Talking Heads.

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Click here to listen to Cosmic Slop from the 1973 Funkadelic album of the same name:

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RIP Karyn Cullington

DHDFDs 14May16 (18 of 24)Karyn Cullington who, until recently, ran The Lucha Lounge in Newmarket, has passed away. We will miss her.

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RIP Guy Clark

Guy ClarkGuy Clark has passed away at the age of 74. The Texas songwriter is best known for tunes like LA Freeway, Dublin Blues and Desperados Waiting For A Train. Clark, who was a friend and contemporary of Townes Van Zandt, was a prolific artist whose songwriting was always at the highest level. His most recent album, 2013’s My Favorite Picture Of You, won a Grammy. Click here to read more about Guy Clark.

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RIP Prince

PRINCECLOSE-UPIt seems Prince has died at his Paisley Park home at the age of 57. This is incredibly disturbing news to wake up to, especially after having just witnessed his intimate piano and microphone show here in Auckland a few short weeks ago. The man seemed so full of music…maybe it was more than he could bear. I don’t know. All I know is that another one of our musical heroes is gone. Condolences go out to fellow fans who will be stunned upon waking up and reading this grim news.

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RIP: Merle Haggard

Merle_HaggardCountry music legend and outlaw Merle Haggard has died on his 79th birthday. Haggard, who spent his 21st birthday in solitary confinement at San Quentin State Prison, scored an incredible 38 number one singles on the Billboard County chart. Among his best-known songs are Mama Tried, Working Man Blues and Okie From Muskogee.

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RIP: Keith Emerson

220px-KeithEmersonPerformingKeyboard player Keith Emerson has died at the age of 71. Emerson was a member of The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. ELP became one of the top prog-rock bands of the 1970s thanks to their bombastic sound and spectacular stage shows. Click here to read more about the death of Keith Emerson. 

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RIP Paul Kantner

Paul KantnerPaul Kantner, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, and later, Jefferson Starship, has passed away at the age of 74. Kantner was one of the most important musical personalities to emerge from the San Francisco scene of the 1960s. He, along with Marty Balin formed the Airplane in 1965, originally as a folk-rock band. With Grace Slick on board, they eventually became one of the premiere psychedelic bands of the late 60s. Kantner’s interest in sci-fi was evident in much of his songwriting.

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RIP Glenn Frey

frey-glenn-510f471ad27c3Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey has passed away at age 67. Let’s face it folks, this has been a traumatic year for anyone who loves music. The 13th Floor was fortunate enough to speak to Glenn Frey a few years ago when he was promoting his solo show at thew Vector Arena. You can listen to the interview here. And click here to read more about Glenn Frey’s death. Let’s hope a bit more time passes before we have to pay tribute to another musician.


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RIP Dale Griffin (aka Buffin)

buffinDale Griffin, who, known as Buffin, was the drummer for Mott The Hoople, passed away at the age of 67. Buffin was a member of Mott from the beginning (1969) and played on their best-known tunes including All The Young Dudes. When the band reformed in 2009 for a series of gigs in London, Buffin was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and although he was too unwell to perform the entire set, he was determined to get in his licks, playing on the encores each night. You can read more about Buffin here.  Listen to him play Drivin’ Sister, from  1973’s Mott album here: 

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R.I.P. David Bowie

2014-09-24-davidbowie1973makeuplook320x480I can’t believe this is real. I just heard that David Bowie has passed away at age 69 from cancer. First Lemmy and now this. Words cannot describe in impact David Bowie’s music has had on mine, and millions of others’ lives. I am stunned. All I can say is thank you to The Star Man for making so much incredible music and being…David Bowie. I will now drop what I’m doing and listeb to Bowie from now until the foreseeable future. I suggest you do the same.

Marty Duda

This is the first song I heard by the great man…

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RIP Lemmy

motorhead-glastonbury-lemmy-2015-bass-750x422Just days after his 70th birthday, Motorhead frontman and bassist Lemmy has passed away. His impact on rock and roll is immeasurable. We are sad to see him go. Read more about Lemmy’s life and death here.

Watch Lemmy’s final performance with Motorhead, recorded just a couple of weeks ago in Berlin, here:

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R.I.P. Allen Toussaint

Allen ToussaintThe great Allen Toussaint has passed away at age 77. Toussaint was one of the finest musicians, songwriters and producers New Orleans had to offer. Among his compositions are Southern Nights, Working In A Coal Mine, Mother-In-Law, Brickyard Blues, Fortune Teller, A Certain Girl and hundreds of others. He also produced sessions for The Meters, LaBelle, and Lee Dorsey and collaborated with Paul McCartney, The Band and Elvis Costello, plus he released a slew of albums under his own name.

Click here to read the obit in The Guardian.

Click here to listen to Allen Toussaint’s performance of Brickyard Blues at the 1976 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:

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RIP: Chris Squire

Chris_SquireChris Squire, the long-standing bass player for prog-rock band Yes has passed away at the age of 67. Squire formed the influential band with vocalist Jon Anderson in 1968. Amid the multiple personnal changes the band went through over the years, Squire was the only one to remain a constant member. He appeared with Yes just this past November at Auckland’s Aotea Centre.  You can check out The 13th Floor interview interview with Chris Squire here.  And click here for Rolling Stone magazine’s Chris Squire obit. 

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RIP: Ornette Coleman

Ornette ColemanJazz great Ornette Colemnan has passed away at the age of 85. His contribution to music was immeaasurable. For more information, read this obituary from The New York Times.

Click here to listen to Ornette Coleman’s recording of Lonely Woman from the 1959 album The Shape Of Jazz To Come

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