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On August 23rd, in 1961, the guitarist with the Stone Temple Pilots-Dean DeLeo was born in Montclair, New Jersey (Newark suburb). Both he and his younger brother-bassist Robert DeLeo were members of Stone Temple Pilots. Dean went on to form and play for other groups such as:
Army of Anyone, Laughter Train & Talk Show. Stone Temple Pilots are considered another one of the seminal Grunge bands of the 90s through the early 2000s era. DeLeo & his brother helped shaped the melody and basslines for a subgenre of Rock music that has yet to be reproduced by future generations.
On August 23rd, in 1967, daughter of Robert Nesta Marley & Rita Marley-Cedella Marley was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She is a singer with brother's band-Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. She also is a fashion designer, actress and all around entrepreneur. She was surrounded by music as a child and picked up singing early on.
The Melody Makers were formed per their father’s request, and following his death in the early 80's, they began to practice more and hone their skills. By the late 80's and early 90's, they were considered a reputable Reggae band. They’ve toured worldwide and help tremendously in spreading the musical legacy of their father. Cedella’s 51 today.
On August 23rd, in 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were on a US tour stop at the Singer Bowl in Flushing Meadows Park, New York. The performed alongside Big Brother & Holding Company with Janis Joplin and Soft Machine-a Prog Rock group.
The former two were receiving critical acclaims wherever they performed, but the later one-Soft Machine is probably the funkiest of the three. They have a unique sound that merges Fusion Jazz with Futuristic synth based sounds and heavy drum patterns. They have a very unique style that doesn’t match their LP covers. Cop em if you see em.
On August 23rd, in 2008, Dr. Dre’s 20 year-old son, producer and student of the hip hop game-Andre Young Jr. passed away. His mother who had a $5,000.00 a month paternity suit against Dr. Dre at the time, found Andre Young Jr. dead in his bed around 10:30PM after he had returned from a night out with friends.
The Young family decided to keep things private about the cause of death. Dr. Dre continues to make music, lecture, produce, and manage his Beats by Dre empire. He seldom speaks publicly about his son’s death. There's probably a disclousre statement interviewers have to sign when speaking with him that leaves his son's passing off the table of discussion. R.I.P. Andre Young Jr.
On August 23rd, in 2012: flautist, sideman, composer, saxophonist, bandleader & arranger-Byard Lancaster died in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, he was 70. Lancaster is considered one of the pioneers of Free Jazz and Avant Garde Jazz. Much like Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman & Pharaoh Sanders at the time:
Lancaster (c) was working with influential musicians in the late 60s like McCoy Tyner, Sun Ra, and Blues player Memphis Slim. Lancaster put out deveral solo projects over the years starting in the late 70s. He also managed to stay contemporary by adding Emcees and House Rhythms to his music during the 90s up until his death in 2012. Although he’ll be missed, his music lives on.
On August 23rd, in 1967, Kieth Moon the drummer for The Who accidentally drove his Lincoln Limo into the pool at a Holiday Inn. As the story goes, it was a wild party where Moon had gotten faded, caused a few disturbances, enough to make the cops come, and then snuck off before the fuzz got em. He jumped into a Lincoln limo and planned to drive off, but he released the parking brake and it started to roll. It crashed through the fence and then splashed into the pool. I guess he was too faded to jump out.
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