Thank you and good night.
Eddy Clearwater January 10, 1935 – June 1, 2018
Born Edward Harrington and sometimes known as The Chief, Eddy Clearwater began to play the guitar at 13 and went on to specialise in Chicago blues. His 2003 album Rock ‘N’ Roll City was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Traditional Blues Release. He was 83 years old.
Steve Soto August 23, 1963 – June 27, 2018
A staple of the southern California punk and hardcore scene, Steve Soto has died peacefully in his sleep aged 54. The bassist was a founding member of Agent Orange, among the first acts to fuse punk with surf music, in 1979, and of The Adolescents the following year.
Richard Swift March 16, 1977 – July 3, 2018
A producer, singer-songwriter and musician, Swift was a former member of The Shins and a touring bassist with The Black Keys. The 41-year-old, who released a solo album,The Atlantic Ocean, in 2009, “suffered from alcohol addiction, and it’s ultimately what took his life”, said a Facebook statement.
David Bianco Died June 2018
Born in 1954, American record producer David Bianco accrued a hugely impressive CV, working alongside Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne, Primal Scream, Danzig and many more. Once referred to as “Rick Rubin’s secret weapon”, Bianco died following a stroke.
Russ Regan October 15, 1928 – May 27, 2018
The man who discovered Elton John and named the Beach Boys, California native Russ Regan (real name Harold Rustigian) was one of a handful of record label executives to notch No.1 records in four decades. He died of cancer and other issues, aged 89.
Roy Carr Died July 21, 2018
Roy Carr was a musician before taking up the typewriter. Joining the NME in 1970, he was a popular staff member during the title’s heyday. Carr also worked as a broadcaster and record producer and collated the mix tapes and CD compilations given away by several titles. He was 73 at the time of his death from a heart attack.