In Memoriam: Doobie Brothers drummer John Hartman, Janis Joplin guitarist John Till and more
John Hartman Founding drummer of the Doobie Brothers, John Hartman, died on September 22 at the age of 72. 1 gold single “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes”. After the first album, a second drummer was added to the band, first Mike Hossack in 1971 replaced by Keith Knudsen in 1973, doubling down on their percussive sound, notably on the Top 10 hit “Long Train Runnin'”.
In 1974, when Steely Dan was reduced to a duo, the Doobie Brothers cast Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, who said, “John Hartman was a special combination of musician, drummer, percussionist, showman, innovative and fearless pursuer of knowledge. His energy and talent were major factors in the early success of the Doobie Brothers. His distinctive sense of humor and catchy drumming style made him the right person at the right time for the Doobies in particular and music in general Baxter and Hartman, along with Patrick Simmons, co-wrote “Wheels of Fortune”, the opening track from the Top 10 album Take it to the streets.
In 1979, Baxter and Hartman left the band, but Hartman returned from 1989 to 1992, including performing on the classic rock band’s Top 10 hit “The Doctor.”
In 2020, Hartman was among the Doobie Brothers members to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
John up to Canadian guitarist John Till, of Janis Joplin’s band Full Tilt Boogie, died on September 4 at the age of 78. Till’s playing was heard on Janis Joplin’s latest studio album. pearl, released after his death and included the posthumous hit “Me and Bobby McGee”. He can be seen performing an exciting solo on “Move Over” on the Party Express two DVD set of the movie, a song we recently featured in our Gold mine Fabulous Flip Sides series.
Plus, hear John Till’s biographer explain the guitarist’s importance to the Full Tilt Boogie Band in an episode of the Goldmine podcast HERE.
Ramsey Lewis Chicago jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis died September 12 at the age of 87. The Ramsey Lewis Trio made their Top 40 debut in 1965 with the live instrumental “The ‘In’ Crowd” which reached No. 5. Two covers immediately followed, “Hang on Sloopy” and “A Hard Day’s Night”, which also reached the Top 40 for the trio which included Eldee Young on bass and Isaac “Red” Holt on drums. disbanded during this Top 40 with Young and Holt forming Young-Holt Unlimited and reaching the Top 10 by the end of the decade with their gold instrumental single “Soulful Strut”.After Holt and Young left, Lewis was returned to the Top 40 for one last time with “Wade on the Water”. He covered the Beatles twice more in the Top 100 of that decade with “Day Tripper” and “Julia”. His reformed trio included Cleveland Eaton at bass and drummer Maurice White, who would become a founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Jim Post Best known for the 1968 Top 10 hit “Reach Out of The Darkness” as one half of the duo Friend and Lover, singer-songwriter Jim Post died on September 14 at the age of 82. Gold mine, “I kept a notepad. One page had “I think it’s so great now that people are finally getting together” and another page had “Reach out.” More pages of lyrics followed. There was no repeated melodic verse in the song. It worked well for us back then and since then it has been used in the Mad Men TV show and a Target commercial.
The Scrapbook out of darkness was subsequently released, consisting of eleven of Post’s compositions produced by Joe South, opening with “Boston Is a Lovely Town”. Friend and Lover traveled as the opening act for Cream’s farewell tour in 1968. Post said, “We flew over Boston, and it was so beautiful from the sky, which inspired that opening number.” The album also included the duo’s second Top 100 single “If Love is in Your Heart”, which Post said “had a very beautiful melody”.
After Friend and Lover disbanded, Post performed for years with a variety of shows, including folk music, storytelling, and children’s music.
Coolio Rapper Coolio, born Artis Ivey, died on September 28 at the age of 59. His first hit came in 1994 with the platinum Top 10 single “Fantastic Voyage”, a rap version of Lakeside’s 1980 No. 1 R&B single of the same name. Coolio’s greatest achievement came the following year with his second platinum and single number 1 single “Gangsta’s Paradise”, a rap version of Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” from the film. dangerous spirits. This Grammy-winning recording inspired the 1996 parody of “Weird Al” Yankovic and the popular “Amish Paradise” video of his bad hair day album. Coolio’s success continued with three gold singles in the mid-1990s, “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New)”, “It’s All the Way Live (Now)” and “CU When U Get There”.
Jesse Powell R&B singer-songwriter Jesse Powell died on September 13 at the age of 51. Her biggest hit was the beautiful ballad “You” which reached the Top 10 in 1999. Powell’s sisters Trina & Tamara followed a few months later with “What’d You Come Here”. For? which made the Top 100 and sampled Rose Royce’s “Car Wash”.
Marva Hicks R&B singer and actress Marva Hicks died on September 17 at the age of 66. Hicks’ tender and moving single, “Never Been in Love Before,” was a Top 10 R&B hit in 1991. Prior to his self-titled album, which featured this song and a duet with Stevie Wonder, “Our Strong Love,” Hicks was a backing vocalist for Wonder.
Sonny West Rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist Sonny West died on September 8 at the age of 85. Buddy Holly found success with two of West’s compositions, “Oh Boy” which reached No. 10 in 1957 and “Rave On” which reached No. 37 in 1958.
Bobby Sutliff Guitarist Bobby Sutliff died on August 29 at the age of 65. In the 1980s, he was part of the duo The Windbreakers with Tim Lee. More recently, his version of the song “Indiana Wants Me” by R. Dean Taylor, who died in January, was released on the pop-rock compilation We all shinefilled with 22 covers of songs originating in 1970, which we reviewed in Gold mine.
Pharaoh Sanders Jazz tenor saxophonist Farrell “Pharoah” Sanders died on September 24 at the age of 81. Sanders was a member of John Coltrane’s bands in the mid-1960s and worked with keyboardist Alice Coltrane and singer Leon Thomas who were also featured on Santana’s 1973 jazz fusion album. Welcome. Sanders’ best known album is his 1969 album Karma on Impulse!, the jazz label created by Creed Taylor, who died in August.
Anton Proud Cleveland native drummer Anton Fier died Sept. 21 at the age of 66. Fier has performed with Mr. Stress Blues Band, Pere Ubu, The Feelies, The Lounge Lizards, The Golden Palominos and more. As an in-demand drummer, Fier has played on recordings by Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Herbie Hancock, Gil Scott-Heron and many more.