Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Musicans and Artists in Rock & Roll Heaven, Part 10

Inside The Rock Era is once again saluting those who joined Rock &  Roll Heaven.  We know most of you will appreciate what they have done for your lives:

Dallas Taylor, drummer with Crosby, Stills & Nash and Van Morrison, died of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease January 18, 2015 in Los Angeles at the age of 66. 

Sid Tepper, who with Roy C. Bennett wrote "Red Roses For A Blue Lady", "Kewpie Doll" for Perry Como and songs for the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Cliff Richard and Jeff Beck, among others, died April 24, 2015 at age 96 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Allen Toussaint, singer, songwriter and producer who worked with Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, the Band, the Neville Brothers and Lee Dorsey, died November 10, 2015 of a heart attack after appearing in concert in Madrid, Spain at the age of 77.  Toussaint wrote "Mother-In-Law" for Ernie K. Doe, "Southern Nights" for Glen Campbell and "Working In The Coal Mine", among others, and produced "Lady Marmalade" for Labelle and "Right Place, Wrong Time" for Dr. John.  (Note:  some websites erroneously say Toussaint was born in Gert Town.  Gert Town is a neighborhood, not a city.  Birth certificates do not list the neighborhood in which you are born.)

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