PALM SPRINGS, California (AP) — Blues guitarist and singer Phillip Walker, who backed such stars as Etta James and Lowell Fulson, has died. He was 73.
Marc Lipkin, publicity director for Alligator Records, says Walker died July 22, 2010, of heart failure in Palm Springs.
Walker performed for more than 50 years, recording many solo albums and touring with zydeco legend Clifton Chenier for two years.
In 1959, Walker moved to California, where he earned a reputation as one of the region’s top guitarists. He even joined Little Richard’s band for a brief time.
Over the past decade, Walker continued to record albums and tour, including an October 2009 stint in South Africa.
His most recent album, “Going Back Home,’’ was released in 2007.
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Al Goodman, a baritone who performed on several soul and pop hits in the 1970s, including “Love on a Two-Way Street” and “Special Lady,” has died.
He was 67.
Family members say Goodman died July 26, 2010, from complications during surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Goodman first gained attention with The Moments when “Love on a Two-Way Street” topped the R&B chart in 1970 and reached No. 3 on the pop chart.
They went on to record several other hits, including “All I Have’” and “Sexy Mama,” before leaving the Stang label in 1979.
They then changed their name to Ray, Goodman & Brown and released “Special Lady,” which topped the soul charts and reached No. 5 pop.
The Jackson, Miss., native moved to the New York at 19 and found work as a sound mixer at an Englewood recording studio. He was selected to join The Moments after studio officials heard him singing while he worked.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Fred Carter Jr., a longtime Nashville studio musician and father of country musician Deana Carter, has died.
He was 76.
He died of complications from a stroke July 17, 2010, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, according to an obituary and funeral arrangements released by a public relations firm.
Born in Louisiana, Carter began his career as a staff guitarist on the Shreveport-based country music show known as the “Louisiana Hayride.”
He settled in Nashville in the late 1950s as a session player and worked with many prominent country artists, including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. He also worked with Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hank Cochran, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including “Make the World Go Away’’ for Eddy Arnold, died July 15, 2010. He was 74.
Cochran had been in declining health in recent years and had suffered an aortic aneurysm in March. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago.
Cochran co-wrote several No. 1 hits: Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces;” George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property;” and “Set ’em Up Joe’’ by Vern Gosdin. He also wrote the No. 1 hits “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” “He’s Got You,” “I Want to Go With You’’ and “That’s All That Matters to Me.”
Cochran was born in Mississippi and worked the New Mexico oilfields as a young man. He arrived in Nashville in 1960, and got a job as a staff songwriter with Pamper Music for $50 a week, hired by country singer Ray Price.
Shortly after that, Cochran helped Willie Nelson get a songwriting job with Pamper. Nelson went on to write classics such as “Crazy,’’ sung by Cline, and enjoyed his own singing career.
Cochran was a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tuli Kupferberg, a founding member of the Fugs, one of the first underground rock groups and a staple on the anti-war protest scene in the 1960s, died July 12, 2010, in a Manhattan hospital, said his friend and bandmate Ed Sanders. He was 86.
Kupferberg’s contributions were recognized in January when Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and others appeared at a benefit concert in Brooklyn to help pay for some of his medical expenses. He was too ill by then to attend the show, but recorded a video message, thanking the audience.
The Fugs were formed by Sanders and Kupferberg, who were neighbors on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in early 1965, according to the band’s Web site. Their name, a substitute for a common expletive, was inspired by Norman Mailer, who used it in his classic, “Naked and the Dead.’’ The band ran in the same circles as Andy Warhol, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. It often performed at peace protests.
The group disbanded in 1969, but reformed several times since. It performed for a time on the Reprise label, which was owned by Frank Sinatra, who had final approval on album releases. Kupferberg, who also was a poet, produced cartoons for the Village Voice and had a longtime television program on the Manhattan public access cable channel, Sanders said.
DETROIT (AP) — Singer, songwriter and record producer Harvey Fuqua, 80, an early mentor of Marvin Gaye, has died.
Ron Brewington of the Motown Alumni Association says Fuqua died of a heart attack July 6, 2010, at a Detroit hospital.
The Louisville, Ky., native founded The Moonglows, which signed with DJ Alan Freed. The group’s first single was the 1954 hit “Sincerely.’’ Fuqua added Gaye and others in 1958 to a reconstituted group that he called Harvey and The Moonglows. It had the 1958 hit “Ten Commandments of Love.’’
He started Tri-Phi and Harvey Records in 1961, recording the Spinners, Junior Walker & the All Stars, and Shorty Long.
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy later hired Fuqua to develop recording talent.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Sugar Minott, 54, a smooth-voiced singer and producer who helped to popularize reggae music, died July 10, 2010. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Born in Kingston in May 1956, the singer, whose real name was Lincoln Barrington Minott, launched his musical career as a youngster in the late 1960s as a member of the African Brothers reggae trio. He started a successful solo career in the 1970s, gaining a following in Jamaica’s dancehalls with songs like “Vanity” and “Mr. DC” while recording for the famed Studio One, the Caribbean island’s first black-owned music studio. In 1981, he had his biggest hit with a cover of the Jackson Five’s “Good Thing Going,’’ which reached No. 4 in the U.K. singles chart.
Minott was known for nurturing young talent with his own Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion company. Reggae and dancehall artists such as Junior Reid and Tenor Saw began their careers under his tutelage.
RIPON, Calif. (AP) — Bishop Walter Hawkins, 61, a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor, died July 11, 2010, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Oakland, Hawkins studied for his divinity degree at the University of California, Berkeley. While at the university, he recorded his first album titled “Do Your Best” in 1972. The next year, Hawkins became a pastor and founded the Love Center Church in Oakland, where he also formed a choir.
In the 1980s, Hawkins recorded a number of albums and earned nine Grammy Award nominations. His “The Lord’s Prayer’’ won a Grammy in 1980. He also released “Love Alive III”, Hawkins released top-selling gospel albums “Love Alive III’’ and “Love Alive IV.” Between work on the two albums, Hawkins was ordained a bishop in October 1992.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Olga Guillot, the legendary Cuban singer who became the first Latin artist to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, died July 12, 2010. She was 86. A family spokeswoman said she had suffered a heart attack.
Guillot was born in Santiago, Cuba, and was first recognized for her singing talent at age 13. At 20, she performed with Edith Piaf. She left Cuba in 1962 and settled in Mexico. Over the years, she recorded 14 records that went gold and 10 platinum. She also participated in more than 20 movies, almost always acting as herself.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian jazz great and Latin Grammy winner Paulo Moura, 77, died July12, 2010, after a fight against cancer.
The clarinet player was famed for his versatility as well as his virtuosity and he ranged across Brazilian folk music, jazz and classical orchestral music.
He won a Latin Grammy in 2000 for the best Brazilian roots album. In 1962, he played with Sergio Mendes’ group at the historic Bossa Nova night at Carnegie Hall that helped launched the genre’s mass appeal.
LONDON (AP) — David Fanshawe, a widely traveled musical explorer best known as the composer of “African Sanctus,’’ died July 12, 2010, at age 68.
His early musical education was as a chorister at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, and later at the Royal College Music, where his studies alternated with travel.
“African Sanctus,’’ which premiered in 1972, was based on music collected during four years of wanderings in Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.
The Fanshawe Collection now holds 3,000 audio tapes and 60,000 images.