Friday, 15 May 2015


Phil Miller 1947 - 2015
Phil Miller, Glastonbury Festival's Head of Infrastructure, has died after a short illness. Festival organiser Michael Eavis said "his concern and dedication to this job of organising all the infrastructure was exemplary. Nothing was left to chance, and as a result, we have the Glastonbury we have now. We owe you so much Phil, for these incredible years, and all of the people you trained to walk behind you are now well placed to maintain your incredible record. Thank you to you and Claire for being here, and for being such a big part of what we do."  Emily Eavis added "Phil had enormous amounts of energy and poured endless love into our Festival and farm, without ego or needing everyone to know. A great man whose name is carved firmly into the Festival’s history. It’s a very sad day for Glastonbury Festival. Phil will be sorely missed and never forgotten.

Jazz FM chairman and presenter Richard Wheatly has died week following a short illness.  He was also co-founder and director of the Love Supreme Jazz Festival, and presented a weekly show on Jazz FM called 'Jazz Notes'. He was 69. 

Ben E King
R&B and soul singer Ben E King, has died at the age of 76. King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me before moving on to a successful solo career best known for the classic hit Stand By Me. BBC Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris said on Twitter: "So sad to hear that Ben E King has passed away. More than almost anyone, he fired and inspired my love of music. #StandByMe #ThereGoesMyBaby."

Stan Cornyn, the revered ad man and writer of both piercing liner notes and Exploding: The Highs, Hits, Hype, Heroes, and Hustlers of the Warner Music Group, who was a definitive force at Warner Music Group, has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Bruce Lundvall, the former CEO of Blue Note Records and a key figure in jazz music, has died. He was 79 years old.

Errol Brown
Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown has died aged 71. Brown had had liver cancer and died at his home in the Bahamas. Hot Chocolate had hits in more than 50 countries worldwide, including You Sexy Thing, It Started with a Kiss and Everyone's a WinnerBrown was made an MBE in 2003 and received an Ivor Novello award for his outstanding contribution to British music in 2004.

BB King at Glastonbury 2011
And a true legend, BB King, has died aged 89. Known as the 'King of the Blues' his hits included My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby. King  died in his sleep in Las Vegas. Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians, and working with the likes of Eric Clapton, U2, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s with his trusted Gibson guitar 'Lucille',, often performing 250 or more concerts a year. Although he had continued to perform well into his 80s and played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2011, the 15-time Grammy winner suffered from diabetes and had been in declining health during the past year. He collapsed during a concert in Chicago last October, later blaming dehydration and exhaustion. He had been in hospice care at his Las Vegas home.

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