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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 7:33pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply


A slightly morbid topic, I realize, but here it goes:

My 8-year old son is somewhat obsessed with the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" at the moment, after its end-credits inclusion in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING; and his guitar teacher has chosen this song as his next study (after working on AC/DC's "Back in Black" for a few months)...

Anyway, we've both been on a little Ramones kick lately, and I sadly realized once again that every original member of the band has been deceased for a few years now (when founding member & former drummer Tommy Ramone shuffled-off in 2014).  And it made me wonder:  How many other notable groups no longer exist, and are all (hopefully) playing in the great beyond?

Certainly there are plenty of bands with only a single surviving member (the Bee Gees, Badfinger, Big Star, to name a few), but with over 60 years of rock 'n roll to look back on, I'm somewhat surprised that there aren't more noted examples of entire bands that are no longer with us.

The only other one I can think of for now is The Jimi Hendrix Experience, which may have been the first such example (when drummer Mitch Mitchell passed in 2008).  Any others that the Forum can think of?





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James Johnson
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 3:35pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

....this is an interesting topic....

I wanted to go out on a limb and say The Four Tops and The Temptations but they still have original members (Abdul "Duke" Fakir and Otis Williams, respectfully) living and I believe active.


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Ed Aycock
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Influential folk quartet The Weavers are all gone, the last members- Peter Seeger and Ronnie Gilbert- passing away in 2014 and 2015 respectively. 
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Shaun Barry
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I'll be sure to look them up, Ed, thanks... I of course had been aware of Pete Seeger for years, but didn't know of the Weavers (admittedly, I'm not a huge folk fan).

Mentioning folk music made me do a little digging into the Kingston Trio; which then got me wondering about Bill Haley & His Comets, Buddy Holly & the Crickets; and then Lynyrd Skynyrd...

Thankfully, still some original members left for all!





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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 13 July 2018 at 9:10pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The Platters once Herb Reed died a few years back.
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Shaun Barry
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Getting on a Motorhead kick recently, I only discovered today that the original classic line-up has sadly passed on... Lemmy and Phil Taylor in 2015, and Eddie Clarke in 2018.



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Brian Miller
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Lynyrd Skynyrd's been hanging by a thread. Their one surviving original
member has been plagued with heart issues for the last few years.
They've even postponed tour dates for surgerya few times.
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Doug Centers
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After recently seeing Michelle Phillips on the tv movie The CALIFORNIA KID, I looked up The Mama's and the Papa's and noticed she was the last one standing.
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Shaun Barry
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News that bassist Steve Priest of Sweet has passed away:


...which leaves noted guitarist Andy Scott as the last surviving original member.  A vastly underrated band in my opinion... and a group that all 3 of my kids surprisingly enjoy.





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Adam Schulman
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Jimmy Cobb, who was one of the great jazz drummers and played on Miles Davis' classic album KIND OF BLUE (1959) -- the first jazz LP that I ever listened to, which is a common story -- very recently died, age 91.

So now everyone from that version of the Miles Davis Quintet, everyone who played on that very important album, is dead. 
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Brian Miller
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I actually saw Cobb play two years ago. He had a little quartet that
opened for Steely Dan. It was incredible.
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Adam Schulman
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Sweet, Brian.

I meant to say -- it was Miles' "First Great Sextet," not Quintet.
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