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(b.1942) de­vel­oped his free-jazz in­stincts un­der com­mu­nism, lis­ten­ing to Voice Of Amer­ica broad­casts. In­spired by Or­nette Cole­man and Miles Davis, in 1963 he joined the Krzysztof Komeda Quin­tet, taking a cen­tral role on the highly-re­garded 1966 al­bum Astig­matic. He later led his own quin­tet and worked with play­ers in­clud­ing Ce­cil Tay­lor and im­prov su­per-en­sem­ble the Globe Unity Orches­tra. From the ’90s he re­leased mu­sic on the ECM la­bel, in­clud­ing a 1997 trib­ute to Komeda en­ti­tled Li­ta­nia, and two al­bums with his New York Quar­tet. In 2014 his Polin Suite was per­formed at the POLIN Mu­seum of the His­tory of Pol­ish Jews.

BASSIST JOSEPH MAUS (b.1988) played in the live band of his brother John, which he also road man­aged. He passed away on tour in Latvia.


(pic­tured above, b.1987) played in in­die-dance punkers Test Ici­cles in 2004 with Rory At­twell and Dev Hynes. They re­leased their James Ford-pro­duced sole LP For Screen­ing Pur­poses Only in 2005, and split the year af­ter. Mehran went onto record as Outer Lim­its Record­ings, Ma­trix Met­als and Wingdings. He also worked with Ariel Pink on Puro In­stinct’s 2016 al­bum Au­to­drama.


(b.1939) ar­ranged for jazz en­sem­bles be­fore mov­ing into TV and movie work in 1968. For the for­mer, he wrote me­morable, big band-with-beats themes for shows like Columbo, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, The Streets Of San Fran­cisco and The Bob Ne­whart Show. In 1976 he wrote the jazz-sym­phonic piece An Amer­i­can Con­certo CONSORT NANCY SI­NA­TRA (be­low, b.1917) was mar­ried to Frank from 1939 to 1951, the phase that marked his transformation from a singing waiter into the first pop-era heart­throb su­per­star. Frank mar­ried Ava Gard­ner days af­ter their di­vorce: Nancy led a quiet life there­after, rais­ing their chil­dren Nancy, Frank Jr and Tina, and do­ing char­i­ta­ble work. Frank Sr con­tin­ued to con­fide in her un­til his death in 1998.

AS­BURY PARK singer/ song­writer GE­ORGE THEISS (b.c.1950) was dat­ing Bruce Spring­steen’s sis­ter Ginny in 1964, when he asked him to join his band The Castiles as lead gui­tarist. In 1966, the two co-wrote and recorded their first songs, with Baby I fi­nally get­ting a re­lease on Spring­steen’s 2016 com­pi­la­tion Chap­ter & Verse. Though ten­sion caused the group’s split, the two re­mained on good terms. Theiss later played in Rusty Chain, Doo-Dah and Ca­hoots.

CHANSONNIER MARC OGERET (above, b.1932) be­gan singing out­side Paris’s cafes in the mid ’50s. Soon reg­u­larly ap­pear­ing in cabaret, he re­leased his first record in 1955, his al­bums in­clud­ing record­ings of his­toric rev­o­lu­tion­ary songs, sea shanties, and Le Con­damné À Mort, his in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Jean Genet’s prison po­ems. He won the Grand Prix du Disques twice and in 1983 was made a Knight of The Or­dres Des Arts Et Des Let­tres.

JOUR­NAL­IST JERRY HOP­KINS (b.1935) con­tributed to Rolling Stone from 1967. Best known for the 1980 Jim Mor­ri­son bi­og­ra­phy No One Here Gets Out Alive, co-writ­ten with Danny Suger­man, he also wrote books on Bowie, Hen­drix and Yoko Ono, plus travel writ­ing on his ex­pe­ri­ences in Asia and Hawaii. When writ­ing Elvis’s bi­og­ra­phy in 1969, he later re­called po­ten­tial in­ter­vie­wees ask­ing, “Why do you want to write about him?”


(b.1931) was a screen teen idol in the late ’50s, ap­pear­ing in movies with Natalie Wood. In­evitably, he also cut records, en­joy­ing US and UK chart suc­cess with Young Love in 1957. When suc­cess slowed in the ’60s, he moved to Europe and had an af­fair with Ru­dolf Nureyev. In 1981 he ap­peared with Di­vine and Stiv Ba­tors in John Wa­ters’ movie Polyester. Clive Prior

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