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Lux Interior

Postby Bugsy on Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:51 am

Lux Interior, the singer, songwriter and founding member of the pioneering New York City horror-punk band the Cramps, died Wednesday. He was 60.

Interior, whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser, died at Glendale Memorial Hospital of a previously-existing heart condition, according to a statement from his publicist.

With his wife, guitarist "Poison" Ivy Rorschach, Interior formed the Cramps in 1976, pairing lyrics that expressed their love of B-movie camp with ferocious rockabilly and surf-inspired instrumentation.

The band became a staple of the late '70s Manhattan punk scene emerging from clubs like Max's Kansas City and CBGB and was one of the first acts to realize the potential of punk rock as theater and spectacle.
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SAM BUTERA: Gone, but not forgotten

Postby Dino Martini on Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:50 pm

BIM BAM - Sam Butera died today at the age of 81.

Tenor sax player Sam Butera joined up with Louis Prima - a fellow New Orleans native of Italian heritage - in 1954, and for almost two decades they recorded hit albums for Capitol Records, were nightclub fixtures from Las Vegas to New York and appeared in movies and on television.

He was best known for his musical partnership with entertainer Louis Prima. They were a nightclub fixture and appeared on TV and in movies.

From Los Angeles - 5th June 2009
Sam Butera, a hard-swinging tenor saxophonist who formed a rowdy and successful onstage partnership with entertainers Louis Prima and Keely Smith in the 1950s, died Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas. He was 81.

He had Alzheimer's disease, according to a report in the Las Vegas Sun.

Prima, nearly 20 years older than Butera, was a composer ("Sing, Sing, Sing"), trumpeter, singer and irrepressible stage performer, a combination of Louis Armstrong and Jerry Lewis. His career was on the wane when he teamed in 1954 with Butera, who a few years earlier had been named the country's outstanding teenage jazz musician by Look magazine. Both men were New Orleans natives of Italian heritage.

Butera was enjoying a long engagement at a New Orleans club owned by Prima's brother before he and Louis Prima began a musical union in 1954 that lasted nearly two decades. They recorded hit albums for Capitol Records, became nightclub fixtures from Las Vegas to New York and appeared in movies and on television.

Prima was married to Smith, a smoky-voiced balladeer with a pageboy haircut, until their rancorous divorce in the early 1960s. Prima's fifth wife, Gia Maione, later joined the act as singer.

Backed by a small band called the Witnesses, the Prima-Smith-Butera partnership re-created jazz and pop standards in a dazzlingly inventive array of styles and tempos: swing jazz, "shuffling" upbeat jump blues, Italian tarantellas and Dixieland. Some of their best-known titles included "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody" (done as a medley), "Pennies From Heaven," "That Old Black Magic" (which won a Grammy Award), "Jump, Jive an' Wail" and "When You're Smiling."

Mostly, Butera took a supporting role to the headliner Prima but was at times allowed to shine in a singing role, notably on "There'll Be No Next Time," a jokey, blues-inflected number about a man who goes to jail for "failure to support" his faithless wife.

Prima had complications from surgery for a benign brain tumor in 1975 and was in a coma until his death in 1978. Afterward, Butera performed with a band he called the Wildest. He lived to see his music influence a later generation of musicians as varied as David Lee Roth, who had a hit with "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody," and Brian Setzer, who won a Grammy for his cover of "Jump, Jive an' Wail."

Butera was born Aug. 17, 1927, in New Orleans, where his father owned a meat market and played guitar and concertina. Butera later recalled that when he was 7, his father took him to see a big band and asked which of the instruments the boy liked best.

"The saxophones were closest, so I pointed to the saxophones," Butera told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "The next day, I had a horn."

He married his childhood sweetheart, Vera, who survives him, as do their four children.

In addition to his work with Prima, Butera enjoyed a prolific side career performing with entertainers including Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., with whom he recorded the acclaimed 1965 album "When the Feeling Hits You!" He also put out several albums under his own name, including "The Rat Race" (1960) and "The Whole World Loves Italians" (1996).

He told interviewers that with companions such as Sinatra, he lived hard much of his life, with a typical day starting with two beers and ending with a bottle of Courvoisier.

"The whole thing is entertainment, man," Butera told a reporter. "I learned that from him. You can get up on stage, do all the singing and talking you want, but if you don't know how to laugh and get happy with the people, it's nothing."

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Re: Gone but not forgotten

Postby FrankM on Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:31 pm

Popular guy.I still play Bim Bam.


Sam Butera, Saxophonist for Louis Prima, Dies at 81

by Peter Keepnews
June 5, 2009

Sam Butera, whose tenor saxophone provided a raucous counterpoint to
Louis Prima's frenzied "jump, jive and wail" vocals for two decades and
who was later a successful bandleader in his own right, died on Wednesday
in Las Vegas. He was 81.

The cause was pneumonia, his daughter Cheryl told The Associated Press.

Singing and clowning over a driving shuffle beat, Prima and his wife, the
singer Keely Smith, became one of Las Vegas's biggest attractions in the
1950s with a crowd-pleasing mixture of jazz, rhythm and blues, and pure
showmanship. Mr. Butera's high-energy saxophone solos were an essential
element of Mr. Prima's success, as were the many arrangements that Mr.
Butera wrote for the band.

Sam Butera was born in New Orleans on Aug. 17, 1927. His father, Joseph,
was an amateur musician who made his living as a butcher and encouraged
young Sam's interest in music.

Mr. Butera began studying saxophone when he was 7 and became a professional
musician at 14, playing in a strip club on Bourbon Street. At 19 he won a
talent contest sponsored by Look magazine, which led to an appearance with
other winners from around the country at Carnegie Hall.

After working with the big bands of Ray McKinley, Tommy Dorsey and others,
he formed his own group and began a four-year residency at the 500 Club in
New Orleans. He was hired by Prima, a fellow New Orleans native, in December
1954 and put together a band, the Witnesses, to back Prima at the Sahara
Hotel in Las Vegas.

Mr. Butera and the Witnesses continued to work with Prima, in Las Vegas and
later in New Orleans, until Prima fell into a coma after undergoing brain
surgery in 1975. He died in 1978.

In the late 1970s, Mr. Butera stepped into the spotlight. Doing as much
singing as playing, he led a band that performed songs from the Prima
repertory and frequently accompanied Ms. Smith, who had divorced Prima
in 1961. He retired in 2004.

Mr. Butera's survivors include his wife, Vera; two daughters, Cheryl and
Diane; two sons, Sam Jr. and Nick; eight grandchildren; and one great-

Among Mr. Butera¹s best-known arrangements was the medley of "Just A
Gigolo" and "I Ain't Got Nobody" that was a hit for the Prima-Smith team
in 1956. To Mr. Butera's chagrin, it became an even bigger hit for the
rock singer David Lee Roth three decades later.

"He copied my arrangement note for note, and I didn't get a dime for it,"
Mr. Butera told The New York Times in 1997. "But there wasn't an act in
Atlantic City or Las Vegas that would do that song, out of respect for me."
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Re: Gone but not forgotten

Postby Sophie Stree on Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:19 am

Not sure if I'm an appropriate subject for a post in this thread or just the gal who's posting it. Could be either, I guess.

Anyways ... how youse all doin''?

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Re: Gone but not forgotten

Postby Frankie Sumatra on Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:37 pm

R.I.P. Guru


Farewell to a true hip-hop visionary, a man I had the great fortune to meet and work with on a number of occasions over the years.
Rest in peace Guru.
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