Saturday, December 31, 2011

We need to talk about '11: Valete

Clare Amory, Excerpter
Nick Ashford, songwriter
Milton Babbitt, composer and electronic music pioneer
John Barry, composer
Michael Bukht, controller, Classic FM
Clarence Clemons, saxophonist, The E-Street Band
Scott Columbus, drummer, Manowar
Smiley Culture, MC pioneer
Heavy D, rapper, Heavy D And The Boyz
Hazel Dickens, singer, Hazel And Alice
Nate Dogg, rapper
Mark Farmiloe, Pica Huss & The Econothugs
Michael Garrick, pianist and composer
John Garrighan, singer, The Berlin Project
Andrew Gold, songwriter
Esther Gordy Edwards, executive, Motown
Joe Gracey, producer & dj
Marshall Grant, guitarist, Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two
Dobie Gray, singer
Ronnie Hammond, singer, Atlanta Rhythm Section
Vaclav Havel, rock and roll loving president
Tom Hibbert, music journalist
Loleatta Holloway, singer
Gladys Horton, singer, The Marvelettes
Bert Jansch, folk singer
Mick Karn, bassist, Japan
Trish Keenan, singer, Broadcast
Alex Kirst, drummer, The Nymphs
Jani Lane, singer, Warrant
Jerry Lieber, songwriter
Charlie Louvin, singer, Louvin Brothers
Hugh Martin, songwriter
M-Bone, dancer, Cali Swing District
Gary Moore, guitarist, Thin Lizzy
Jesse Morris, busker
Roger Nichols, sound engineer
Norio Ohga, head of Sony
Darryl Pandy, voclaist
Pinetop Perkins, blues legend
Seth Putnam, singer, Anal Cunt
Gerry Rafferty, singer-songwriter
Coco Robicheux, voodoo bluesman
Sylvia Robinson, co-owner, Sugarhill Records
Suze Rotolo, activist & Dylan muse
Martin Rushent, producer
Ken Russell, filmmaker
Jimmy Saville, dj and presenter
Conrad Schnitzler, krautrock pioneer
Jane Scott, pioneering music journalist
Marvin Sease, chitlin star
Gil Scott-Heron, genius
Bee Spears, bassist, Willie
Billie Jo Spears, country singer
Ryan Shaw, singer, The Early Strike
Gerard Smith, bassist, TV On The Radio
Cory Smoot, Flattus Maximus, GWAR
Maxim Soria, drummer, Valencia
Mike Starr, bassist, Alice In Chains
Poly Styrene, singer, X Ray Spex
Peter Sykes, guitarist, This Many Boyfriends
Bill Tapia, oldest working musician in America
Marv Tarplin, guitarist, The Miracles
Howard Tate, soul singer
Andrea True, singer Andrea True Connection
John Walker, singer, The Walker Brothers
'Big' George Webley, radio presenter & composer
Mikey Welsh, bassist, Weezer
Roger Whitaker, photographer
Margaret Whiting, singer and early Capitol artist
Vesta Williams, soul singer
Amy Winehouse, soul singer
Wurzel (Michael Burston), guitarist, Motorhead

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We need to talk about '11: December

Ticketmaster has twelve months to dream up new charges to replace unfair card processing fees. HMV might not have even that long to survive; could Universal save them?. It might distract them from censoring YouTube.

Joe McElderry offered X Factor winners Little Mix on how to avoid turning into the new Joe McElderry. Madonna's fabulous 360 deal clearly hasn't worked. At least she has a deal, unlike Limp Bizkit.

Indonesia started to crack down on punk as a worrying form of self-expression. The Wanted expressed themselves by putting their little penis on This Morning's Twitterstream.

Radio One unseated Judge Jules as part of a dance overhaul. The One Show upset Mike Batt by disrespecting The Wombles. No, really.

The death of Amy Winehouse was no barrier to flogging records. Indeed, it looked like it helped.

Vanishing: Napster.

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