Jerry Lawson, Lead Singer of the Persuasions, Is Dead at 75
By Peter Keepnews
Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the Persuasions, a group that revived the art of a cappella singing and attracted a loyal worldwide following, died on Wednesday in Phoenix. He was 75.
His death was confirmed by his wife, Julie. She said that Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, had compromised Mr. Lawson’s immune system.
Led by Mr. Lawson’s smooth, warm baritone, the Persuasions sang R&B, rock, blues, gospel and pop with no instrumental accompaniment, long after the doo-wop era that their sound evoked and long before the recent “Pitch Perfect” movies brought new attention to a cappella singing.
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David Bartholomew, Rock and Roll Pioneer...dead at 100.
NEW ORLEANS — Dave Bartholomew, the music producer, songwriter, arranger, trumpeter and bandleader whose chart-topping partnership with Fats Domino helped create rock ‘n’ roll and introduce the world to the New Orleans sound, has died at age 100.
His son confirmed the news to Eric Paulsen Sunday
Phil Lynott's mother Philomena has died aged 88
Philomena Lynott, the mother of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, has died aged 88.
She passed away on Wednesday morning, Hot Press magazine has confirmed, after battling cancer for the past number of years. Philomena was the author of the best-selling memoir My Boy, which told the story of Phil Lynott's life from his upbringing in Manchester and Dublin, to his success as the frontman of Thin Lizzy. "She was a formidable and brilliant woman," Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said. "I am really proud that we were able to participate in telling her remarkable story. Because she was indeed a remarkable woman.
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Dr. John, Legend of New Orleans, Dead At 77
Malcolm John Rebennack (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter. His music combined blues, pop, jazz, boogie-woogie and rock and roll. Active as a session musician from the late 1950s until his death, he gained a following in the late 1960s after the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He performed a lively, theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack recorded more than 20 albums and in 1973 produced a top-10 hit, "Right Place, Wrong Time". The winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend in March 2011. In May 2013, Rebennack received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University. *Courtesy of Wikipedia
Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson, Texas Psychedelic Music Legend, dies...
Leon Redbone, Musical Pioneer, dies at 69...
Leon Redbone (born Dickran Gobalian, August 26, 1949 – May 30, 2019) was a singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and voice actor specializing in jazz, blues, and Tin Pan Alley classics. Recognized by his Panama hat, dark sunglasses, and black tie, Redbone was born in Cyprus of Armenian ancestry and first appeared on stage in Toronto, Canada, in the early 1970s. He also appeared on film and television in acting and voice-over roles.