Colorado Springs Musician Arthur Espree (“Vc”) Passes: It’s been one of those days that set you back a couple of steps. As some of you know, we lost a great friend, brother, musician and human, today. Our buddy Arthur Espree (Vc) passed away last night. I got the news early this morning and have been beside myself all day. Vc and I met back in the late 70’s when I was FOH guy for a concert at the local university. Vc’s band was on the line up and we hit it off right away. That started a 30 plus year friendship that I’ll always cherish. I spoke to Vc just a couple of weeks ago and had talked about getting together to jam, next time I was in Colorado Springs. He was in great spirits and sounded awesome. Thank you Ron Wesley for not letting me find this tragic news on my FB feed. I appreciate it, brother. Vc my friend; may God embrace you and welcome you home. Love ya, man!
From Jeff Jacobs on Fb, 12/03/14
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SONGWRITER BOB MONTGOMERY DIES AT AGE 77
Greg Matusky, a publicist for Bob Montgomery, said Montgomery died Thursday in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, after a struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 77.
Montgomery was born in Lampasas, Texas, on May 12, 1937.
He initially teamed up with Holly as a rockabilly duo in the 1950s, but then focused on songwriting for Holly and the Crickets. In the late 1960s, he moved to Nashville, where he started House of Gold Music. It became a major publishing house, scoring hits for country stars including Alabama, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Dottie West and the Judds.
Montgomery also worked as a producer and record executive later in his career.
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
10: José Feghali, 53, Brazilian pianist, suicide.
9: Lydia Mordkovitch, 70, Russian violinist; Sheila Stewart, 77, Scottish singer, storyteller, and author.
8: Earl Hayes, 34, American rapper (“Nolia Clap”), suicide by gunshot; Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, 87, Indian carnatic vocalist, lung cancer; Knut Nystedt, 99, Norwegian orchestral and choral composer.
7: Brian Roy Goble, 57, Canadian musician (Subhumans), heart attack; Giuseppe Mango, 60, Italian singer-songwriter and musician, heart attack.
5: Manuel De Sica, 65, Italian composer, heart attack; Luis Herrera de la Fuente, 98, Mexican conductor and composer.
4: Bob Montgomery, 77, American songwriter (“Heartbeat”, “Misty Blue”), Parkinson’s disease; Nick Talbot, 37, British singer-songwriter (Gravenhurst).