IN MEMORIAM: Mimi Levitt – Co-Founder of the Levitt Pavilions – passes; Eric Haydock (The Hollies); Alan Perlman (inventor) // Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths
NEW YORK – Levitt Pavilion Denver is sad to announce the passing of the Levitt Foundation’s namesake and founder, Mimi Levitt, who passed away Sunday at age 97. Mimi, along with her husband Mortimer, were iconic patrons of the arts and their generosity and vision lead to the creation of seven Levitt Pavilions across the country, including the first Pavilion in Westport, CT which the couple opened in 1974. This hands-on approach to philanthropy and activism were sources for positive social change across America, including here in Denver with our Levitt Pavilion which opened its doors in 2017. These efforts, along with Levitt Foundation’s “AMP” Series have given the Levitt Foundation the distinction of [being] the largest provider of free music in the country.
Levitt Denver Executive Director, Chris Zacher, who started the nonprofit Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver in 2012, had this to say about Mimi: “Mimi’s visionary leadership helped bring underutilized Parks across the country back to life through the gift of free music. Mimi will be greatly missed though her legacy lives on in the work of Levitt Foundation.”
With Levitt Pavilions opening up in Sioux Falls, SD, Dayton, OH, and others, Mimi’s legacy will continue to grow and her mission of increasing access to the arts will flourish.
More about Mimi’s life and legacy can be found here:
Photo: Mimi Levitt
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Eric Haydock (born Eric John Haddock; 3 February 1943 – 5 January 2019) was a British musician, best known as the original bass guitarist of The Hollies from December 1962 until July 1966. He was one of the first British musicians to play a Fender Bass VI, a six-string bass. Although considered a great bass guitarist, he was replaced in 1966 by Bernie Calvert, after disputes related to the conduct of the band’s managers.
On March 15, 2010, Haydock along with Calvert and the other fellow Hollies members Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, Bobby Elliott, and Terry Sylvester were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Haydock died on January 5, 2019, at the age of 75.
Singles: “Searchin'” “Stay” “Just One Look” “Here I Go Again” “Yes I Will” “I’m Alive” “Look Through Any Window” “If I Needed Someone” “I Can’t Let Go” “Bus Stop” “Stop Stop Stop” “On a Carousel” “Carrie Anne” “King Midas in Reverse” “Jennifer Eccles” “Listen to Me” “Sorry Suzanne” “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” “The Air That I Breathe” “Sandy (4th July, Asbury Park)” “Heartbeat” “Stop! In the Name of Love”
Alan R. Pearlman (June 7, 1925 – January 6, 2019) was an American engineer best known as the founder of ARP Instruments, Inc., one of the early leading American synthesizer manufacturers.
Pearlman was born in New York City on 7 June 1925. His father was a movie theatre projector designer and his grandfather made parts for phonograph machines. He grew up building radio sets, inspired by Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines, and served in the military briefly following World War II.
Following his military service, Pearlman attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts and in 1948, for his senior thesis designed a vacuum tube envelope follower that could extract the envelope of a sound from an instrument. He later audited a Harvard University course taught by one of the inventors of the transistor, Walter Brattain.
Pearlman spent five years designing amplifiers for NASA’s Gemini and Apollo programs. He worked at George A. Philbrick Researchers with Roger Noble, and the two later founded analog module and op amp manufacturer Nexus Research Laboratory in Canton, Massachusetts in the early 1960s. Nexus Research Laboratory’s business grew to $4 million in annual sales before being acquired by Teledyne in 1966.
In 1969, Pearlman founded ARP Instruments, Inc. (originally Tonus, Inc.) with $100,000 of his own money and matching funds from a small group of investors. The name ARP was derived from Pearlman’s initials. ARP entered the fledgling synthesizer industry with the introduction of the ARP 2002, which with twice as many switch rows on top, became the 2500 analog modular synthesizer. The 2002 was introduced at the AES show in Fall 1970, and subsequently competed head to head with other leading synthesizer companies of the time. Pearlman eschewed patch cord methodology for interconnecting synthesizer modules, designing instead a system of sliding matrix switches. He also applied his op-amp experience by utilizing dual transistors on a single integrated circuit to overcome temperature gradients and provide very stable oscillators – more stable than other popular synthesizers on the market at the time, namely offerings from Moog Music and Buchla.
The company’s next synthesizer, and one of its most popular and commercially successful, was the ARP 2600. The first units were manufactured in early 1971 in small quantities, but by the end of the year the 2600P model was in full production. Eschewing some of the more esoteric modules from the 2500, the 2600 was conceived as both a musical instrument and a didactic tool for learning about electronic music. Instead of the 2500’s unreliable and arcane pin matrix, the 2600 used a more traditional patch cord routing architecture that provided users with a clear visual indication of signal flow. The 2600 was produced from 1971 until 1982, the year that ARP ceased to exist as a company.
ARP went public in 1973, based on the success of the 2600 and the ARP Odyssey. The company’s annual sales peaked at $7 million in 1977, but differences of opinion in the management team, the costly development of the Avatar guitar synthesizer, and product sales figures that fell far short of the company’s sales projections led to financial difficulties for the company and its eventual liquidation in September 1981. ARP’s demise was financially devastating to Pearlman and his family, who together lost nearly $500,000 in cash and $1 million in paper assets.
Pearlman went on to found and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Selva Systems Inc., a computer graphics software company. Later, Pearlman advised Way Out Ware’s Jim Heintz on the development of the TimewARP 2600 software re-creation of the ARP 2600. This is the only ARP 2600 software re-creation that Pearlman endorsed.
In 1978, Worcester Polytechnic Institute presented the Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award to Pearlman for outstanding professional achievement in his field.
At the AES convention in New York in October, 2010, Keyboard magazine editor-at-large Craig Anderton presented Alan R. Pearlman with a commemorative plaque naming him a “Keyboard Legend.” Pearlman accepted with Jim Heintz of Way Out Ware, the developers of the TimewARP 2600, a software recreation of the ARP 2600 whose development Pearlman consulted on.
Pearlman died on January 6, 2019, at the age of 93.
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
7: Jimmy Hannan, 84, Australian singer and game show host (Saturday Date), Gold Logie winner (1965), cancer; John Joubert, 91, South African-born British composer; Houari Manar, 38, French-born Algerian raï singer, heart attack.
6: Alan R. Pearlman, 93, American sound engineer, founder of ARP Instruments;
5: Eric Haydock, 75, British Hall of Fame bassist (The Hollies); Dan Tshanda, 54, South African musician (Splash), heart attack.
3: Steve Ripley, 69, American musician (The Tractors), cancer; Thais St. Julien, 73, American opera singer, Alzheimer’s disease.
2: Daryl Dragon, 76, American musician and songwriter (Captain & Tennille, The Beach Boys), renal failure.
1: Shane Bisnett, 31, American bassist (Ice Nine Kills); Feis Ecktuh, 32, Dutch rapper, shot; Joan Guinjoan, 87, Spanish composer and pianist; Kris Kelmi, 63, Russian singer-songwriter (Autograph), heart attack; Pegi Young, 66, American educator, philanthropist, and singer-songwriter, cancer.