RIP: Toots Hibbert of the Maytals, inventor of reggae

This one hurts. We just lost Toots Hibbert of the Maytals.

Yesterday, on September 11, his family released this statement:

“It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

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RIP: Pat O’Day, NW Music Legend

Pat O’Day, the legendary Broadcaster and concert promoter of the Pacific Northwest, has passed away.

During the 1960’s he was the highest-profile disc jockey of Seattle and the region’s dominant dance promoter. He has often been credited as being the primary person responsible from bringing the Seattle music scene to national prominence during that […]

RIP: Ennio Morricone, composer of magnificent soundtracks

On Monday, we lost Ennio Morricone, a brilliant composer of many magnificent soundtracks. Morricone created over 400 scores for film and television, as well as over 100 classical pieces. His most famous creation, the score to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and […]

RIP: Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg, legendary Boston DJ

Today, we’re mourning the loss of Arnie Ginsburg, a legendary disc jockey from Boston that played a prominent role in the history of the song LOUIE LOUIE.

In 1963, Arnie was a very popular disk jockey on radio station WMEX in Boston, Massachusetts. In a time when most Top-40 DJs were given non-descript, non-ethnic […]

RIP: Bonnie Pointer, founding member of the Pointer Sisters

I was hoping not to write any more obituaries for people that I’ve met that have provided support for this documentary project.

Sadly, we have lost more of these people, and I feel the urgency to acknowledge those kind souls that made a difference.

Bonnie Pointer was one of those special beings.

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RIP: Little Richard, rock ‘n’ roll legend

We lost a beautiful soul this weekend. Truly, there was no person ever like Little Richard, nor will there ever be another person like Little Richard.

I mean seriously… he WAS the heart and soul of this thing we call rock ‘n’ roll…. a genuine believer in the higher power… and a bonafide supernova […]

RIP: Roy Ross / Pete Dixon of KFJC Radio

Last week, we lost another fine human – KFJC disc jockey Pete Dixon aka Roy Ross.

As the KFJC 89.7 FM Facebook page points out…

We are heartbroken by the passing of our dear friend Pete Dixon, who left us on Mayhem 1st. During three decades at KFJC, he left his mark in so […]

RIP: Young Jessie, founding member of the Flairs w/ Richard Berry

Another great singer – Young Jessie aka Obediah Donnell “Obie” Jessie, who was one of Richard Berry‘s earliest musical collaborators, passed away on April 27th.

Obediah Donnell Jessie was born on December 28, 1936 in Lincoln Manor, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. His father was a cook, and his mother, who had a brief […]

RIP: Lynn Easton of the Kingsmen

Lynn Easton, co-founder of the Kingsmen, whose performance of LOUIE LOUIE inspired countless toga parties, a gazillion re-recordings of the song, and an actual FBI investigation . . . passed away last week.

On Saturday, I received word via the Two Louies Facebook page that Lynn died in Toronto of a massive stroke.

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RIP: John Prine, singer / songwriter

With the passing of John Prine, I’m gratified to see so much appreciation for his music on the social networks. He was a brilliant singer-songwriter.

In the back of my mind, I kept thinking I had already written something on these pages about John and his special LOUIE reference with his song entitled “Lake […]