Saturday, 22 October 2011

Aaron Arsenic; RIP Dude

On October 21 Aaron Beamish, A.K.A. Aaron Arsenic, drummer with Toronto punk band Slow Motion Victory died when he was struck by a truck while he was skateboarding in the early morning and he died at the scene. He was only 2 but had already played with a number bands including Five Minutes to Glory, Sweet Lips and The Famous Monsters. But Slow Motion Victory were the most recent band, and the one most likely to actually be a success, having already gotten some buzz on CFNY after winning some sort of fan contest on Much Music. They're a basic pop punk band and not really on my radar, however they do have a cool version of the only Bryan Adams song that didn't suck.

Slow Motion Victory ~ "Run to you";

I knew him best from his earlier bands like the hardcore Five Minutes To Glory and The Misfits influenced Famous Monsters, who I booked a few times back in 2007-2008. They didn't have a cd but there is a Myspace page with some tracks on it.

The Famous Monsters ~ "Saturday Night" (live with dodgy sound);

Aaron was always a fun, upbeat, cheerful, friendly down-to-earth guy. And a great drummer too with a distinctive flailing but rock-solid style. We weren't really close but I remember running into him back in 2009 right after those lying scumbags at CKLN fucked me over and I was in a foul and bitter mood, he ran over and gave me a hug and offered to get me drunk. I don't drink but the gesture was sweet.

If he actually had lived to become the actual rockstar he clearly wanted to be I doubt it would have changed him. He still left behind a whole lot of friends, all of whom he deserved, and all of who already miss him.

A video someone put together of Aaron, (for some reason the music is from Blink 182);

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Some more early Rock n' Roll figures pass on

Some Rockers;

Sean Bonniwell ~ Singer/keyboards w/1960's garage punk group The Music Machine. Did the classic "Talk Talk";

The Music Machine ~ "Talk talk";

Gene Kurtz ~ 1960's Bassist/songwriter with Roy Head on "Treat her right" ~ 69

Roy Head & The Traits ~ "Treat her right";

Kim Brown ~ Singer/guitarist for 1960's English/Finnish garage bands The Renegades and The Cadillacs ~ 61

The Renegades ~ "Brand new Cadillac";

Bob Brunning ~ English Rock and Blues bassist w/ John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown ~ 68

Some early R&B figures;

Hubert Sumlin ~ blues Guitarist on many of Howlin Wolf's 1950's hits on Chess Records ~ 80

Howlin Wolf w/Hubert Sumlin & Willie Dixon~ "Smokestack Lightning";

Jimmy Norman ~ American R&B singer/songwriter/producer. Worked with Irma Thomas, Jimi Hendrix, The Coasters, Bob Marley. Co-wrote "Time is on my side" ~ 74

Jimmy Norman ~ "Here comes the night";

Freddie Ferrara ~ 1950's Doo Wop singer w/The Del-Satins, The Brooklyn Bridge

The Del Satins ~ "Remember";

Marv Tarplin ~ American guitarist and songwriter with Motown R&B group The Miracles. Although Tarplin stayed in the background, Robinson referred to him as his "secret weapon". He also worked on Smokey Robinson's solo records as well as Marvin Gaye and the Supremes ~ 70

The Miracles ~ "The tracks of my tears";

Wardell Quezergue ~ New Orleans 1950's & 60's R&B songwriter/producer w/ hits with Professor Longhair, “Iko Iko” by the Dixie Cups, “Barefootin’ ” by Robert Parker, “Groove Me” by King Floyd, “Mr. Big Stuff” by Jean Knight. ~ 81

Dixie Cups ~ "Iko Iko";

Sylvia Robinson ~ American 1950's R&B singer with Mikey Baker in Mickey & Sylvia. Later a record producer and record company co-founder of Sugar Hill Records ~ 75

Mickey and Sylvia ~ "No good lover";

George "Mojo" Buford ~ Blues harmonica player with Muddy Waters ~ 81

Muddy Waters & Mojo Buford ~ "Got my Mojo workin";

Jessy Dixon ~ American gospel singer ~ 73

Leonard Dillon ~ Singer with 1960's and 70's Jamaican ska and rocksteady group The Ethiopians ~ 68

The Ethiopians ~ "Train to Skaville";

Some folk and country figures;

Country Johnny Mathis ~ Not be confused with the pop singer, this Mathis was a country singer songwriter from the early 1950's to the 1960's recording for a number of labels as well as writing hit songs for Johnny Paycheck, Web Pierce and George Jones. ~ 77

Liz Anderson ~ 1950's Country singer and mother of singer Lynn Anderson ~ 81

Johnnie Wright ~ Country singer from the 1950's and 60's as part of Johnny And Jack with Jack Anglin until Anglin's death in a car accident in 1963. It was a benefit for Anglin's widow that Patsy Cline was returning from when her plane crashed killing her as well as Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. Wright married Kitty Wells and was a songwriter with hits into the 1970's including "Seasons in the sun. ~ 97

Johnny & Jack ~ "I get so lonely" (w/ Ray Price and an intro by Roy Acuff);

Herbert "Bert" Jansch ~ Scottish folk rock guitarist both solo and with UK group Pentangle from 1968 to 1972 and then continuing on as a solo artist. He also played Banjo, Dulcimer, Concertina and Recorder. His guitar work is highly influential on British guitarists from Jimmy Page to Niel Young, Donovan, Nick Drake and later Johnny Marr. ~ 67

Pentangle ~ "Traveling song" & "Let no man steal your thyme";

Some jazzbos;

Sam Rivers ~ Bebop and Free Jazz sax, clarinet and flute player solo and w/Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Anthony Braxton ~ 86

Al Vega ~ Boston based Jazz pianist w/Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Lester Young, Stan Getz, Billy Holiday ~ 90

Billy Bang ~ Violinist with Sun Ra 63

Sun Ra Arkrestra in Egypt;

Paul Motian ~ Jazz drummer w/Bill Evans, also played with Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett, Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, Joe Castro, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz and even Arlo Guthrie (Motian performed briefly with Guthrie in 1968-69, and performed with the singer at Woodstock) ~ 80