I'm almost afraid to get the latest from Bob Lefsetz. It seems like everyday someone new has gone to rock and roll heaven. I wrote about Andrew Gold and Gil Scott-Heron. Two behind-the-scene guys, without household names passed away and are worth mentioning.
First Martin Rushent best know for producing the Human League and the ubiquitous Don't You Want Me? He worked on so much music that was part of my collection: T. Rex, The Buzzcocks, The Stranglers, XTC, the Go-Go's, Generation X and Pete Shelley's first solo single Homosapien.
Here's the Telegraph's obit.
Steve Popovich started the label Cleveland International. Without him, there would be no Bat Out Of Hell. He signed the Jacksons to Epic Records when they left Motown. He was instrumental in the careers of Cheap Trick and Ian Hunter. Here's the Plain Dealers obit.
These are the people that mean so much to music and the music business. You may never know their names, unless you are like me and read every word from every liner note, but they left an indelibile mark on your ears.