by Goldmine Staff and The Associated Press
Clifford “Bud” Shank, a flutist and alto saxophonist who worked with such famous acts as the Mamas and the Papas, died of pulmonary failure April 3. He was 82
Shank was one of the first jazz musicians to explore Brazilian music and recorded a number of albums for World Pacific from the 1950s to the 1970s, according to JazzTimes magazine. During his career, Shank worked with Sergio Mendes and the Mamas and the Papas. His flute work is heard in the latter’s song, “California Dreamin’.”
Shank reached the Billboard charts in 1966 with his album Michelle, a collection of covers of pop hits. More recently, Shank focused on his alto work and formed the Bud Shank Big Band in 2007. Shank was recording a new album in San Diego the day before he died.
Randy Cain, a founding member of the soul group the Delfonics, which had such hits as “La La Means I Love You,” died April 9 at the age of 63.
Brothers William and Wilbert Hart and Cain formed the group while attending Philadelphia’s Overbrook High in the 1960s. The group, one of the earliest to define the smooth, soulful Philadelphia sound, won an R&B Grammy in 1970 for their song “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time.” Cain left the group in 1971 but returned for a later version of the group.
Charlie Kennedy, a saxophonist who was a frequent featured soloist in the big bands of Gene Krupa and Louis Prima in the 1940s, died April 3 of pulmonary disease. He was 81.
Kennedy played a memorable tenor sax solo on Prima’s 1943 “The White Cliffs of Dover” but is probably best known for his alto sax work in Krupa’s band from 1945 to 1948, when he was the featured soloist on the recordings “How High the Moon,” “Disc Jockey Jump,” and “I Should Have Kept on Dreaming.”
David “Pop” Winans Sr., the Grammy-nominated patriarch of the award-winning gospel music family The Winans, died April 8 at age 74.
In 1999, Winans was nominated for a Grammy for his solo CD Uncensored. He and his wife Delores, known as Mom Winans, were nominated for their CD Mom & Pop Winans in 1989. He was the father of BeBe and CeCe Winans, known for their hits “Addictive Love” and “I’ll Take You There.” Four other children — Michael, Marvin, Carvin and Ronald — performed as The Winans, recording such songs as “Ain’t No Need to Worry” featuring Anita Baker.
Monte Hale, a singing cowboy whose tall frame, strong voice and handsome looks led to dozens of film roles in Westerns during the 1940s, died March 29 at age 89.
Hale starred in almost 20 of his own films, including 1946’s “Home On the Range” with Robert Blake and “Out California Way.” Hale and his wife, Joanne, co-founded the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, later renamed the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and now part of the Autry National Center, with the late singing cowboy Gene Autry and his widow, Jackie.
Oscar-winning composer Maurice Jarre, who captured the majesty of the desert in his music for “Lawrence of Arabia” and wrote the haunting “Lara’s Theme” in his score for “Doctor Zhivago,” has died. He was 84.
Jarre’s musical style was noted for his use of ethnic instruments, and later synthetic sounds. He received a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Film Festival in February, after a career including more than 150 soundtracks. He worked with some of Hollywood’s most well-known directors including William Wyler, John Huston, Michael Apted, Alfred Hitchcock and Alfonso Arau.