Thursday, 16 October 2014

RIP

Lynsey de Paul has died aged 64. De Paul, who represented the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rock Bottom, had five top 20 UK chart hits, including 1972's Sugar Me. She became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello award for songwriting for her 1973 hit Won't Somebody Dance and she won a second Ivor Novello Award followed a year later for No Honestly - the theme tune for the hit ITV show of the same name.

Rob Skipper, guitarist and founding member of North London indie rock group The Holloways, has died. He was 28. The Holloways' former agent Matt Bates of Primary Talent International confirmed the news to NME.

MC Stephen Gordon, aka The Spaceape, has died last week in news broken by the Hyperdub label who revealed that he had been suffering with a rare form of cancer for the past five years.
Andrew Kerr

Andrew Kerr, who was in his eighty-first year, has died, He had been ill for some time and died in Yeovil Hospital. Andrew co-promoted the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre, with Arabella Churchill, the second edition of the now legendary Glastonbury Festival. The free festival featured music from Hawkwind, Traffic and David Bowie, as well as dance, theatre and poetry. The first Pyramid Stage was built on a ley line running between Galstonbury Tor and Stonehenge. Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis said "He brought a new green conviction to Worthy Farm, raising environmental and ecological concerns to a national level of debate for the very first time. His charisma and charm dissolved any opposition to the Festival and the Glastonbury we know now owes so much to his vision." Andrew was still organising a stage at Worthy Farm in his late 70s, which featured everything from trance to punk to  rock to string quintets.


Pasquale 'Paky' Quadri, the founder of lighting company ClayPaky has died aged 67 at his home in Italy. He is survived by his wife Antonella, his two daughters and  his two grand children.

The drummer Lincoln Valentine "Style" Scott has died. He was first spotted as a youngster by Prince Far I and he was soon inducted into Far I's own rhythm section The Arabs, appearing on Volume 3 of his 'Cry Tuff Dub Encounter' series - also featuring Adrian Sherwood as The Dub Syndicate in one of his first outings as producer-in-charge. He provided drums and / or percussion for the likes of the New Age Steppers, Deadly Headley, Playgroup, African Head Charge, Bim Sherman and the Singers And Players and, between 1989-93, as part of the sprawling, Gary Clail fronted, On-U Sound System.


Mark Bell of 1990s house vanguardists LFO and Bj√∂rk collaborator has died following "complications after an operation", his long-time label Warp has confirmed.

Paul Revere, frontman with the colourfully uniformed Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died. Heralded as the US's answer to the Beatles, the band had 15 top 40 hits in the USA in the sixties and Paul continued to tour and make music.

Jack White has cancelled a number of up coming concerts following the death of his band's keyboard player, Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens, best known as a member of The Mars Volta. Owens was found dead in his hotel room while touring with White in Mexico. 


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