Monday, October 16, 2017

Rock & Roll in the NEWS: Where New Rock Meets Old Rock...October 16, 2017 (Music News you might have missed)

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Here are stories about Oldies Artists in the News that you might have missed:

Jimmy Beaumont, lead singer of the Skyliners, died Saturday (October 7), a couple of weeks shy of his 77th birthday. Jimmy originally started singing while at Knoxville Junior High School in Pittsburgh in a group called the Montereys (later the Crescents) that came to the attention of local manager Joe Rock. He got them a contract with Calico Records with a song he wrote (literally on the way to the recording studio) called "Since I Don't Have You". Released under the name "the Skyliners", it got to #12 in 1959 and was followed by (among others) "This I Swear" (#26-1959) and "Pennies From Heaven" (#24-1960). As a solo artist, Jimmy barely scratched the national chart with "Ev'rybody's Cryin'" (#100-1961) and " I Feel Like I'm Falling In Love" (#123-1965). The Skyliners, however, called it quits by 1964. Jimmy took on a variety of non-musical jobs, including driving a cab, before re-forming the Skyliners to play the oldies circuit starting in the '70s and he continued to front the group until his passing. The Skyliners were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.

Arkansas police arrested Jerry Yester, one-time keyboardist and producer of the Lovin' Spoonful, Thursday (October 5) and charged him with possession and distribution of child pornography. The 74-year old was released on $35,000 bail. He played as a session musician on the group's early hits, produced the album "Renaissance" and was officially a member for a year before their breakup.

Walter "Bunny" Sigler died from a heart attack Friday (October 6). Known as "Mr. Emotion" the songwriter and producer worked with most of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff's stable of artists there, including the O'Jays, Harold Melvin, Lou Rawls and Billy Paul. As a recording artist he appeared on the pop charts six limes from 1967 to 1978, including "Let The Good Times Roll and Feel So Good" (#22-1967) and "Let Me Party With You" (#43-1978).

The latest nominees to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame were announced Thursday (October 5). First time nominees are: the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Rage Against Machine and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Nominated for a second or more time are the Zombies, Rufus (Chaka Khan), Link Wray, the J. Geils Band, the Meters, the Cars, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, LL Cool J, and MC5.

Skip Haynes, vocalist and guitarist with Chicago favorite Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah, died Monday (October 2) of cancer at the age of 71. Skip wrote the group's signature tune, "Lake Shore Drive", which was featured recently in the movie, "Guardians Of The Galaxy II". It's said the a part of his ashes may be spread on the city's famed highway.

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