Our sincerest condolences go to Denver’s favorite female bassist Susan Phelan in the loss of her friend Johnny Minor, a drummer, and to Johnny’s family. Susan wrote on Facebook, 8/18/14:
I am saddened to hear of the passing of my high school friend and one time band mate, Johnny Miner. He was incredibly talented and a kind soul. He continued to inspire young kids by teaching drums and passing on his passion. My thoughts to his family and loved ones. Rest in peace, Johnny.
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RICK PARASHAR, ALICE IN CHAINS/PEARL JAM PRODUCER, DIES
Rick Parashar (December 13, 1963 – August 14, 2014) was an American record producer. He and his brother Raj founded and built London Bridge Studio in Seattle, WA, in 1985. Aside from composing and performing his own music, he also worked with and developed many local Seattle artists, including Alice In Chains, Litfiba, Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile and My Goodness.
Helmed by Parahar’s production and recording services, London Bridge became the center of the Seattle music scene. His credits include Multi-Platinum releases for Temple of the Dog, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Blind Melon and Dinosaur Jr.
Rick’s projects were not limited to just Seattle’s artists. In 2001 he produced 3 Doors Down’s multi-platinum record Away from the Sun, and was nominated for a Grammy for Nickelback’s Silver Side Up (which sold in excess of 6 million copies). His production credits also include platinum albums for Melissa Ethridge, Bon Jovi and Unwritten Law.
In addition to producing and engineering, Parashar also played piano, Fender Rhodes, organ and percussion on the Pearl Jam tracks Black and Jeremy as well as Temple of the Dog’s “Call Me A Dog”, “All Night Thing,” and “Times of Trouble”.
Parashar has been most recognized in the industry for his vocal production.
On August 15, 2014 it was reported that Parashar had died at his home in Queen Anne from natural causes [blood clot].
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
27: Yehezkel Braun, 92, Israeli composer; Jan Groth, 68, Norwegian singer (Aunt Mary, Just 4 Fun), cancer; Peret, 79, Spanish singer, guitarist and composer, lung cancer; Sandy Wilson, 90, English composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend).
26: Tim Williams, c. 30, American bassist (Suicidal Tendencies).
25: Jason Curley, 42, Australian bassist (Tumbleweed).
23: Inga Juuso, 69, Norwegian singer and actress.
21: Jean Redpath, 77, Scottish folk singer-songwriter, cancer.
20: Derek Rieth, 43, American percussionist (Pink Martini), suicide by gunshot (body discovered on this date).
17: Toshio Mishima (ja), 87, Japanese singer, hypoxia; Ralph Morman, 65, American vocalist (The Joe Perry Project, BUX, Savoy Brown); Pierre Vassiliu, 76, Swiss-born French singer.
16: Billy Rath, 66, American bassist (The Heartbreakers).
15: Licia Albanese, 105, Italian-born American operatic soprano; Jan Ekier, 100, Polish pianist, composer and competition judge, Chopin authority, a winner of the Chopin Competition (1937), recipient of the Order of the White Eagle (2010); Rick Parashar, 50, American record producer (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Alice in Chains), blood clot.
13: Frans Brüggen, 79, Dutch musician; Robert Bruce Smith, IV, 69, American music expert, writer, historian, and poet, traffic collision.
12: Marta Bohác (ová(cs), 78, Czech opera singer.