Other lives – November 2012

15. 12. 2012 | Rubriky: Articles,Lives

[by Kate Hickson, Powys, Wales] These remembrances are not fixed. They are in a state of flux cum backfill as news comes in, as details get corrected, information emerges and weblinks appear.

3 November – Kingston, Jamaica-born sound system pioneer Duke Vin (properly Vincent George Forbes) died aged 84. Chris Salewicz’s obituary ‘Duke Vin: ‘Soundman’ who brought sound systems to Britain’ from The Independent of 21 November 2012 is here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/duke-vin-soundman-who-brought-sound-systems-to-britain-8336228.html The same day Doogie Paul, bassist with James Yorkston from 2001, died. Yorkston’s tribute ‘RIP Doogie Paul’ is at: http://www.dominorecordco.com/uk/news/06-11-12/rip-doogie-paul/

14 November – the original fiddle player with the Irish band the Chieftains, Martin Fay died in Dublin aged 76. Ken Hunt’s obituary Ian Campbell: Musician whose politically charged band led the British folk revival of the 1960s’ from The Independent of 4 December 2012 is here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/martin-fay-foundermember-of-the-chieftains-8324180.html

24 November – The founder of the Ian Campbell Folk Group, Ian Campbell died in Birmingham in the British Midlands. Ken Hunt’s obituary ‘Martin Fay: Founder-member of the Chieftains’ from The Independent of 17 November 2012 is here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/ian-campbell-musician-whose-politically-charged-band-led-the-british-folk-revival-of-the-1960s-8376327.html

25 November – Ken Regan, Bronx-born photographer who amongst other subjects captured Dylan’s 1975 Rolling Thunder tour and before that the Beatles, Muhammad Ali and Robert Redford. An enigmatic character by several accounts. The Times of 8 December 2012 ran an obituary enitled ‘Ken Regan – American photographer whose reputation for discretion gave him rare access to many of the great names in pop, rock, cinema and sport’ – but you need to subscribe for access to that anonymous piece of writing.

27 November – Mickey Baker, with Sylvia Robinson, one half of duo Mickey & Sylvia, died near Toulouse in France, aged 87. Their Love is Strange was a crossover hit in 1956. Other covers included ones by Lonnie Donegan, the Everly Brothers, Peaches & Herb, Wings and Jackson Browne and David Lindley. Tony Russell’s ‘Mickey Baker obituary – Versatile American guitarist who had a million-selling hit with Love Is Strange’
from The Guardian is here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/dec/02/mickey-baker

30 November – the Malian balafon maestro died aged approximately 81. He worked with a wide range of Malian musicians including Les Ambassadeurs (and later their vocalist Salif Keita after he went solo), Amy Koita and Tata Bambo. Jon Lusk’s obituary ‘ Keletigui Diabate: Master of the Malian balafon’ from The Independent of Saturday, 19 January 2013 is here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/keletigui-diabate-master-of-the-malian-balafon-8458106.html

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