Music impresario Kim Fowley dies aged 75

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Kim Fowley, the creator, manager and producer of all-female rock band The Runaways has died at the age of 75. He had been battling with cancer of the bladder.

Despite a history containing acrimony and legal battles between them, it is reported that Fowley had been cared for recently by former member of The Runaways, Cherie Curry.

Currie issued a statement reading: “Just before 8am this morning, Kim passed away at home with his wife Kara by his side.

“I am so blessed that I got to know you again, Kim – really get to know you on a personal level, and that we became friends. Mostly, that you spent time here at my home. It’s a time I will never forget.

“The last record you made is in good hands, and I’m so glad that record is mine. Thank you for starting my career when I was just a child. You are a genius. You are loved. Rest in peace, my friend.”

Lita Ford, a former member of The Runaways, tweeted: “My first manager, my start in the music industry, my first band put together by Kim. Sometimes I wonder if there would ever have been a Lita Ford without Kim Fowley.”

Fowley was immortalised by actor Michael Shannon in the 2010 movie The Runaways, based on Currie’s autobiography, and described the actor’s role as “the performance of a lifetime.”

Fowley co-wrote a number of successful songs, including The Runaways hit “Cherry Bomb”.

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Faces’ keyboard player Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan dies

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The Faces keyboard player Ian ‘Mac’ MacLagan has died after suffering a stroke. He was 69.

MacLagan had been due to begin a tour of the USA with Nick Lowe this week. He lived in Austin, Texas for the last 20 years and often played in the area with his Bump Band.

His manager said in a statement yesterday evening: “It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock’n’roll icon Ian McLagan. He died today surrounded by family and friends due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day.

“His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations. Ian’s artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world. His loss will be felt by so many.”

Tributes have been pouring in from friends and colleagues.

Doug Anderson, a friend and venue owner in Austin said: “Without any exaggeration, Mac was the kindest, most humble and pleasant person I’ve worked with – and yet he was a legend. He hung out with us all day, then stayed up until 4am. He had a lot of great stories.”

The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood said via Facebook: “God bless Bobby and Mac”, referring to Rolling Stones saxophone player Bobby Keys who also died earlier this week.

Billy Bragg said: “I have lost a dear friend and British rock has lost one of its greatest players.”

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Sound City studio owner, Tom Skeeter, dies

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Tom Skeeter, owner of the legendary Sound City recording studio in California, has died. He was 82.

The studio issued an official statement on their Facebook page over the weekend, saying: “We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful to our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him to all of you. Thank you to all of the people who have stopped by the office to meet Tom in the past few years– he enjoyed the visits, and loved hearing how far people had come.”

Skeeter founded Sound City in 1969 with business partner Joe Gottfried. Based in an industrial park in Van Nuys, the studio was the recording location for a number of legendary albums, including Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush and Nirvana’s Nevermind.

Of course the studio – and its Neve 8028 analogue recording console – were the subject of Dave Grohl’s 2013 documentary film, Sound City. Whilst promoting the film, Grohl said of the studio that is was ” “…America’s greatest unsung recording studio. Deep in California’s sunburnt San Fernando Valley, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history.”

The console now resides in Grohl’s own Studio 606, after he purchased it from Sound City when they shut their doors to commercial activity in 2011.

“I always had a strong connection to that studio because Nirvana wasn’t meant to be the biggest band in the world,” Grohl told Rolling Stone. “So when we went there for 16 days, we weren’t making that album with the intention that we were going to change the fuckin’ world. We just wanted it to sound good . . . The fact that what happened actually, happened, makes me think there’s something more than just wires and knobs in that place. Personally, I have a strong emotional connection to it.”

Rick Springfield, who worked with Skeeter and Gottfried for many years, posted a tribute on his Twitter feed. “Tom Skeeter (partner in Sound City Studios & my co-manager through the ’80s) has passed away. A southern gentleman. RIP Tom. xo Rick.”

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Primal Scream guitarist Rob Young dies

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Robert ‘Throb’ Young, former guitarist with Primal Scream, has died.

Young was a founding member of the band along with singer Bobby Gillespie in 1984.

Primal Scream came to prominence with their album Screamadelica in 1991, winning the inaugural Mercury Prize in the process.

Young left Primal Scream in 2006 to deal with what Gillespie described at the time as “problems in his personal life.”

Friends and fellow musicians have been paying tribute via social media, with Charlatans singer Tim Burgess writing on Twitter: “So sad to hear of the death of Rob ‘Throb’ Young… A real good un.”

Author Irvine Welsh wrote: “RIP Robert Young. One of the best, the most beautiful, who WAS rock n roll. Big love bro, give them it big time over the other side. #Throb”

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Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison dies

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Survivior frontman Jimi Jamison has died. He was 63 years old.

Reports indicate the he was found by his son at home early on Monday morning, apparently having suffered a heart attack.

Jamison was best known as lead singer for Survivor, performing with the band on their most well known run of 80’s albums, including Vital Signs, When Seconds Count and Too Hot To Sleep.

As a solo performer, Jamison also penned and performed “I’m Always Here”, the theme tune to 90’s hit TV show Baywatch.

The band said in a statement: “Survivor is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his friends and family.”

A post on Jamison’s Facebook page said: “We are saddened and heartbroken to announce the passing of a great musician, loving father and grandfather, and overall extraordinary, giving and kindhearted human being.”

“He’s loved by so many and he will be incredibly missed by all. Please keep his family in your prayers and give them the privacy they need during this difficult time.”

You can watch the video of Survivor performing their hit single “Burning Heart” below:

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