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Half Year In Review 2016

It’s halfway through the year and we figured it was time to take a quick look back at all the great things we are happy with and thankful for in this first half of 2016 First off, I must say that our highest successes this year have all been due to our launch into video…

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Dennis Davis dies of cancer

Dennis Davis, drummer for David Bowie for seven albums as well as many other works by other artists, has passed away from cancer. Tony Visconti, Bowie’s long time producer and collaborator announced Davis’ death on his Facebook Page Dennis Davis has passed away. He was one of the most creative drummers I have ever worked…

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The 50 Rock Tunes You Must Know

Ok – So you caught me. This isn’t exactly a new publication, but there is good cause to promoting this again. At the end of 2014 Drew and I launched The Musician’s Notepad with the 50 Rock Tunes You Must Know list. We wrote a synopsis about each song on the list as to why…

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Dale Griffin, Drummer for Mott The Hoople passes away at age 67

It’s been a rough couple of months for losing musicians. We’re sorry to have to report the loss of Dale Griffin, drummer for the band Mott The Hoople, Sunday January 17th from Alzheimer’s. More info available at the BBC: Thank you Dale, for your rock solid groove.  

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Motorhead’s “Philthy” Phil dies at 61

We here at the Musician’s Notepad are saddened to hear of the passing of Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor.  Taylor of course will be remembered most for his work with Motorhead, a band that while popular, never reached superstardom. However, they were highly influential. They played fast enough for punks to listen to, and heavy enough…

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New Orleans great Joe “Smokey” Johnson passes away.

New Orleans great Joseph “Smokey” Johnson passed away this week. He was a huge influence to many and is considered a cornerstone of New Orleans funk. Read more about it here from the New Orleans Times-Picayune and expect a ‘Drummers You Should Know’ about him later this month.

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David Tilove endorses Soultone Cymbals

The Musician’s Notepad is proud to share that contributing writer David Tilove is the newest member of the Soultone Cymbal family. Check out more here: Congratulations Dave!