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Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

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.

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