Archive: Passings

Les Paul and Rashied Ali, RIP

The world is down a couple of musical titans. Les Paul, the father of the modern electric guitar and inventor of multi-track recording, passed away this morning at the age of 94 from respiratory failure. His contributions to modern music simply cannot be overstated (duh); rock-and-roll would sound a...

By David Malitz | August 13, 2009; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

R.I.P. Mitch Mitchell

Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died on Wedesday. I've spent all morning looking for this live performance of the band playing "Manic Depression" on a British TV show back in the '60s but I just cannot find it. I know it's out there somewhere, because one day...

By David Malitz | November 13, 2008; 02:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

Danny Federici: R.I.P.

Bruce and Phantom Dan. The longtime glockenspiel / accordion / organ / keyboard player for the E Street Band is gone. Federici had taken a leave of absence from the band in November to seek treatment for melanoma. But he returned for a coda on March 20 in Indianapolis,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 18, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (4)


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