Sonny Bono

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Songwriter, record producer, singer, session musician and politician Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono was born on February 16, 1935 and died on January 5, 1998. He came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher, as the popular singing duo Sonny and Cher.

He was mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 to 1992, and congressman for California’s 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998 – he was influential in improving copyright laws and the United States Federal Copyright Term Extension Act, which extended the term of copyright by 20 years, is now commonly known as the Sonny Bono Act.

Sonny Bono is of interest to Sue UK readers for his production of “Soul Motion” by his long time friends Don and Dewey, which was released on Sue WI 4032.

Sonny Bono obituary, The Independent

Created 4 September 2016

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Larry Fallon

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Larry Fallon’s real name is thought to have been Lawrence Freaso. Born in 1925, Mr Fallon died on June 2, 2005. He was a composer, arranger and record producer. He is of interest for his production of The Jaybirds’ Somebody help me which was issued on Sue WI 4013, and he was also involved in recording “Incense” by The Anglos which was not originally issued on UK Sue but did find its way on to the “This is Sue” sampler LP.

Created 30 August 2016

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Lloyd Price

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Singer, songwriter, bandleader, businessman, record producer and record company executive Lloyd Price was born on March 9, 1933 and rose to international fame in the 1950s with a string of hit recordings including “Personality” which is probably the most famous of his recordings. He was discovered in 1952 by Art Rupe of Specialty Records, and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” became his first successful record. In 1954 he was called up for national service. Between 1957 and 1959 he made his famous sequence of successful records for ABC Records.

He is associated with Wilson Pickett, Larry Williams, Little Richard and many others.

His recording “Such a mess” was issued on ILP 920, “50 minutes 24 seconds of recorded dynamite”.

Updated 23 August 2016

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Gary S. Paxton

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Record producer Gary Sanford Paxton was born Larry Wayne Stevens on May 18, 1939 and died on July 17, 2016 from complications of heart surgery and liver disease, aged 77.

He was a successful record producer, recording artist, and songwriter. Paxton came to notice as a member of Skip & Flip and The Hollywood Argyles is famed for being producer of “Alley Oop” for The Hollywood Argyles in 1960 and “Monster Mash” for Bobby “Boris” Pickett in 1962.

One of his last compositions was entitled When I Die, Just Bury Me at Wal-Mart (So My Wife Will Come Visit Me).

Sue fans know him as the producer of “Like long hair” for Paul Revere and The Raiders, which was also a pop hit in the US, and was released on UK Sue WI 343.

“Sho know a lot about love” by The Hollywood Argyles was released on the UK Sue LP ILP 933 “The Sue Story Vol. 2”.

Daily Telegraph Obituary

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