Jon Brookes will be sadly missed.
Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes has died aged 44 after undergoing several operations for a brain tumour.
He suffered a seizure on tour with the band in 2010 and had been receiving treatment, even working on new material with the band over the summer. He died in hospital on Tuesday morning (August 13, 2013) with his family beside him.
Brookes was diagnosed with a brain tumour after the seizure during a show in North America. He briefly stopped breathing and was helped by a doctor attending the show in Philadelphia before being taken to a hospital for emergency treatment. The rest of the tour was cancelled and Brookes was flown back to the UK for treatment.
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Terry Callier has passed away at the age of 67. The soul and jazz singer is probably best known for the song 'You Goin' Miss Your Candyman' and with a career than spanned six decades, found renewed interest in his work after his collaborations with artists such as Beth Orton and Massive Attack. Caliier died last night (Sunday, October 28, 2012), after suffering from a long illness, according to The Guardian.
Callier was born in 1945, in Chicago, where he counted Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler amongst his childhood friends. In 1962, he auditioned at the legendary Chess Records and recorded his debut single, 'Look At Me Now.' Six years later, he released his debut album, The New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier. His career slowed between his 1978 album Turn You To Love and the 1990s, when he stopped making music professionally and instead became a computer programmer at the University of Chicago. As a new generation of artists share their love for Callier's music in the 1990s, there was a resurgence of interest in Callier's songwriting.
One of those artists, the British songwriter Beth Orton, paid tribute to Callier, who recorded with him in 1997. She has paid tribute on her Twitter page, to her former collaborator, saying "This was one of the best nights of my life. Such a privilege and joy- RIP dear Terry Callier," with a link to the YouTube video (below) of her performing live. A host of other artists and DJs have also paid tribute to Callier, including Gilles Peterson and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans.
Continue reading: Cult Soul Hero Terry Callier Dies, Aged 67, Beth Orton Pays Tribute
When you've been in the music business as long as Tim Burgess has, expectations kind of lose priority somewhat. Yet, despite his veteran status, Burgess has spent the best part of the last decade doing his utmost to confound such preconceptions. Having been the lead singer with The Charlatans since 1990, he and his band have outlasted a succession of genres from the baggy counterculture of indie rock through acid house and rave, grunge, Britpop and any other musically orientated fad you care to mention. Not bad for an outfit initially dismissed as little more than a Stone Roses pastiche all those years ago.
Of course, it could be argued that Tim Burgess first showed signs of his own re-invention back in 2003. While daring in many ways, 'I Believe', his one and only excursion as a solo artist until now, was a patchy affair at best. Forged in a similar soulful-cum-Americana vein to the material his band were churning out at the time, it wasn't his finest hour; if anything, it provided a catalyst for the three excellent long players The Charlatans have conjured up between them since.
Nowadays, Burgess is more likely to be seen manning the decks in a trendy East London nightspot chaperoned by at least one member of The Horrors rather than jumping on any Madchester-induced 1990s revival, and if 'Oh No I Love You' is anything to go by, sounds all the better for it.
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Tributes to Andy Williams have been led today by fellow crooner Tony Christie. Andy Williams has died, aged 84, following a year-long battle against bladder cancer. He was best known for his rendition of the song ‘Moon River’ but had many other hits, including ‘Raindrops Are Falling on My Head’ and ‘Music To Watch Girls By.’ Tony Christie told BBC News that Williams was “up there with Sinatra, Bennett,” referring to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. “I enjoyed a chat with him backstage at the Royal Albert Hall some years ago,” Christie added, “and he was a lovely man, very gentle…he was a pleasure to have met.”
Williams’ influence spread far and wide; many of the songs that he recorded and performed have become staples in the musical upbringings of several generations. The composer Don Black, who wrote ‘Born Free’ (another classic Williams track) said that he was the “ultimate professional… He was a great guy, he was very professional but didn't take himself too seriously. That type of performer doesn't exist anymore. It's gradually becoming the end of an era.”
It’s not just Williams’ contemporaries that have been paying tribute to the late singer though; Tim Burgess, the singer of The Charlatans, said “Andy Williams was a real smooth guy, that's for sure. Rest in peace, Andy.” The Radio One DJ Zoe Ball also posted a touching message on her Twitter page, to say “what a chap. May his star always shine bright.”
Tim Burgess from The Charlatans talks to us about The Charlatans new album and his upcoming gig as part of The JD Set which will see him teaming up with Mike Joyce, John Cooper Clarke and other Mancunian bands as they rework the Buzzcocks' seminal 'Spiral Scratch'.
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