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Wendy & Susanahh Melvoin's Father Dies

Just days after The Revolution reunites , WENDY & SUSANNAH lose their father :

Here's a statement from THE REVOLUTION

" Our deepest condolences to Wendy and Susannah and the entire Melvoin family during this time of loss... May Mike rest in peace. Truly a piano legend " .

" He's All Black, He's All White, Everybody's Gotta Jam 2Nite, Limouzine ".
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Reply #1 posted 02/23/12 6:35pm

babyjubilation

Rest in Peace pray

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Reply #2 posted 02/23/12 6:42pm

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Reply #3 posted 02/23/12 6:42pm

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Rest In Peace Mr. Melvoin

I remember him proudly introducing them at the Grammy's

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Reply #4 posted 02/23/12 6:45pm

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Sad news...my condolences to the ladies and their families. rose

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Reply #5 posted 02/23/12 8:19pm

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He seemed like a completely sweet/cool guy. My Condolences to the Melovoin/Coleman clan.

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Reply #6 posted 02/23/12 9:05pm

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Reply #7 posted 02/24/12 12:18am

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Hope he's making sweet music in heaven. dove rainbo

The world is done...
But you don't have to be.
Darkness gathers around the light...
Hold on, hold on...
There is a Light--don't let it go out!
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Reply #8 posted 02/24/12 2:18am

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Peace to the Melvoin family. rose

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Reply #9 posted 02/24/12 3:17am

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My condolences to the family and extended family.

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Reply #10 posted 02/24/12 4:37am

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Prayers to Wendy/Susanahh and family in their time of loss

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Reply #11 posted 02/24/12 5:07am

Efan

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So sorry to hear that. Rest in peace.

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Reply #12 posted 02/24/12 5:14am

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Peace to everyone who knew him. We love you.

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Reply #13 posted 02/24/12 6:00am

Graycap23

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R.I.P.

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Reply #14 posted 02/24/12 9:42am

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Your family and loved ones will be in my thoughts and prayers. rose

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Reply #15 posted 02/24/12 9:52am

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R.I.P

"How Can I Stand To..Stay Where I Am? Poor Butterfly Who..Dont Understand." P
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Reply #16 posted 02/24/12 10:48am

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Condolences...

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Reply #17 posted 02/24/12 10:58am

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Rest peacefully. pray

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Reply #18 posted 02/24/12 12:02pm

ladygirl99

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Reply #19 posted 02/24/12 12:06pm

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JudasLChrist said:

He seemed like a completely sweet/cool guy. My Condolences to the Melovoin/Coleman clan.

He was. His music get played all over classic music stations and he doesnt get the recognization he is very talented and his talent will forever lives on

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Reply #20 posted 02/24/12 12:24pm

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http://www.latimes.com/ne...8819.story

Mike Melvoin dies at 74; studio musician, composer

A distinguished pianist and composer, Mike Melvoin was a former head of the Recording Academy and worked with Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys.

Mike Melvoin

"It was a marathon,” Mike Melvoin said of recording the Beach Boys' “Good Vibrations.” “Six double sessions. All for one song.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has died. He was 74.

A first-call pianist and keyboardist since the early 1960s, Melvoin died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his daughter Wendy. He hadcancer.

In addition to his studio work, Melvoin remained strongly linked to jazz, his first musical love, performing on a regular basis in local clubs, frequently touring internationally and releasing numerous recordings of his own groups.

Pianist/composer Michael Lang, also a busy member of the Los Angeles community of jazz and studio musicians, expressed high praise for Melvoin's many accomplishments, noting his "unique, significant contributions to jazz and popular music as a pianist, arranger and songwriter as well as a composer of film music."

Jazz alto saxophonist Phil Woods, who performed on Melvoin's album "It's Always You," was equally enthusiastic about another area of Melvoin's skills — his songwriting. "They're not just your regular Tin Pan Alley," Woods said. "It's the American song form raised a notch. Mike is like fine wine."

Among the numerous sessions in his lengthy resume, Melvoin played on such memorable recordings as Frank Sinatra's "That's Life," Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable," the Jackson 5's "ABC," and "Pet Sounds" and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys.

"It was a marathon," Melvoin said, mentioning the "Good Vibrations" recording dates while describing the ups and downs of life as a studio musician. "Six double sessions," he recalled. "All for one song."

His name turns up with remarkable consistency among the backing players for one varied hit after another, including Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman," John Lennon's "Stand By Me," Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen" and Quincy Jones' all-star collective, "We Are the World."

As a busy studio musician for a good part of his career, Melvoin was always quick to defend the skills and the versatility of the players who performed, as he did, on recordings, films, television shows and beyond, bringing life to every style and genre of music.

"Studio guys get sold short," he told the Boston Herald in 2004. "There's an innate distrust that people have that if you do one thing, somehow that's the authentic article, and if you do more than one thing, somehow it's not. The truth is the great studio players are the authentic article in everything they do."

In 2011, when the Recording Academy made changes in the Grammy awards structure, Melvoin was in the vanguard of the movement to rescind the category changes. As a pianist whose career had touched every stylistic area, he was especially bothered by the effect of the changes upon instrumentalists.

"Everyone who has ever played an instrument," he said in a public statement, "has had the possibility of receiving recognition from the Grammys gutted. That cannot and will not stand."

Melvoin's advocacy for the recognition of instrumental musicians continued until his death.

Michael Melvoin was born May 10, 1937, in Oshkosh, Wis. He began to play piano at the age of 3, and was an active performing musician as a teenager.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in English, he moved to New York, focusing on a career as a professional musician. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1961.

Melvoin, who was separated from his wife, Sandra, is survived by twin daughters Wendy and Susannah, both singer-songwriters; four grandchildren; a brother; and Melvoin's companion, actressTheresa Russell. His son, Jonathan, a member of the group Smashing Pumpkins, died in 1996 of a fatal heroin overdose.

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Reply #21 posted 02/24/12 12:52pm

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^^ Thanks for that wonderful article!

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Reply #22 posted 02/24/12 1:32pm

ladygirl99

afro75 said:

http://www.latimes.com/ne...8819.story

Mike Melvoin dies at 74; studio musician, composer

A distinguished pianist and composer, Mike Melvoin was a former head of the Recording Academy and worked with Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys.

Mike Melvoin

"It was a marathon,” Mike Melvoin said of recording the Beach Boys' “Good Vibrations.” “Six double sessions. All for one song.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has died. He was 74.

A first-call pianist and keyboardist since the early 1960s, Melvoin died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his daughter Wendy. He hadcancer.

In addition to his studio work, Melvoin remained strongly linked to jazz, his first musical love, performing on a regular basis in local clubs, frequently touring internationally and releasing numerous recordings of his own groups.

Pianist/composer Michael Lang, also a busy member of the Los Angeles community of jazz and studio musicians, expressed high praise for Melvoin's many accomplishments, noting his "unique, significant contributions to jazz and popular music as a pianist, arranger and songwriter as well as a composer of film music."

Jazz alto saxophonist Phil Woods, who performed on Melvoin's album "It's Always You," was equally enthusiastic about another area of Melvoin's skills — his songwriting. "They're not just your regular Tin Pan Alley," Woods said. "It's the American song form raised a notch. Mike is like fine wine."

Among the numerous sessions in his lengthy resume, Melvoin played on such memorable recordings as Frank Sinatra's "That's Life," Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable," the Jackson 5's "ABC," and "Pet Sounds" and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys.

"It was a marathon," Melvoin said, mentioning the "Good Vibrations" recording dates while describing the ups and downs of life as a studio musician. "Six double sessions," he recalled. "All for one song."

His name turns up with remarkable consistency among the backing players for one varied hit after another, including Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman," John Lennon's "Stand By Me," Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen" and Quincy Jones' all-star collective, "We Are the World."

As a busy studio musician for a good part of his career, Melvoin was always quick to defend the skills and the versatility of the players who performed, as he did, on recordings, films, television shows and beyond, bringing life to every style and genre of music.

"Studio guys get sold short," he told the Boston Herald in 2004. "There's an innate distrust that people have that if you do one thing, somehow that's the authentic article, and if you do more than one thing, somehow it's not. The truth is the great studio players are the authentic article in everything they do."

In 2011, when the Recording Academy made changes in the Grammy awards structure, Melvoin was in the vanguard of the movement to rescind the category changes. As a pianist whose career had touched every stylistic area, he was especially bothered by the effect of the changes upon instrumentalists.

"Everyone who has ever played an instrument," he said in a public statement, "has had the possibility of receiving recognition from the Grammys gutted. That cannot and will not stand."

Melvoin's advocacy for the recognition of instrumental musicians continued until his death.

Michael Melvoin was born May 10, 1937, in Oshkosh, Wis. He began to play piano at the age of 3, and was an active performing musician as a teenager.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in English, he moved to New York, focusing on a career as a professional musician. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1961.

Melvoin, who was separated from his wife, Sandra, is survived by twin daughters Wendy and Susannah, both singer-songwriters; four grandchildren; a brother; and Melvoin's companion, actressTheresa Russell. His son, Jonathan, a member of the group Smashing Pumpkins, died in 1996 of a fatal heroin overdose.

news.obits@latimes.com

His music was pretty much everywhere especially in the 60s and 70s. And also he was once NARAS President. I am sure the Grammys show will definately mention him next year. He also played on one of my favorite songs by Natalie Cole Unforgettable. I am hearing nothing but good things from this cat. What a huge loss.

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Reply #23 posted 02/24/12 2:29pm

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He sounds like an amazing man. Heartfelt condolences to the whole family and friends.

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Reply #24 posted 02/24/12 3:45pm

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~*~ dove My sincere condolences dove ~*~

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Reply #25 posted 02/24/12 4:29pm

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eye remember when he introduced prince & The Revolution @ the 1985 Grammy awards. He was so proud that his daughter Wendy was part of The Revolution....R.I.P. mIKE mELVOiN.... sad

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Reply #26 posted 02/24/12 5:21pm

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rose pray
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Reply #27 posted 02/24/12 6:06pm

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RIP

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Reply #28 posted 02/24/12 6:12pm

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There's a lovely clip of Mike on The Wrecking Crew facebook page, from its documentary:

http://www.facebook.com/p...1965424706

"We all know that the inevitable will arrive but its still a shock when we hear that our family, friends, or heroes have left this earth.
We are fortunate in so many ways when our musical hero's and family leave us. I lost my father in 1997 but feel he has never left us. I hear his music on the radio and TV constantly. Sometimes, I think he plays DJ in heaven. When I'm feeling kinda of blue, I'll hear something that reminds me of him and the good times.

Over the last couple of weeks, we've lost two of the great piano players; Al Delory and yesterday, Mike Melvoin.

Al DeLory first came to prominence in the late '50s for co-authoring the song "Mr. Custer" ("Please Mr. Custer, I don't want to go...."), which became a million-selling novelty hit in the hands of Larry Verne. By the early '60s, Al was a very busy session musician, playing piano and organ for records produced by Phil Spector and Brian Wilson, among others, and was signed as a producer at Capitol Records. When session guitarist Glen Campbell was signed to Capitol as a recording artist and expressed a desire to break out of doing bluegrass instrumentals, Al was assigned to produce him and steered him to a very appealing country-pop sound. It was Al who put strings behind Glen and at the time, that was not well received by the 'suits'.. but history proves them wrong.

With help from a large handful of Jimmy Webb songs (and one, "Gentle on My Mind," by John Hartford), Glen and Al generated a string of million-selling singles and albums between 1965 and 1970; Al was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as a producer three decades later for his work on Campbell's recordings of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman."
But you have to check out Al's passion of Latin Jazz. He was amazing.

Mike Melvoin

A first-call pianist and keyboardist since the early 1960s, Mike died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of Cancer.
In addition to his studio work, Mike remained strongly linked to jazz, his first musical love, performing on a regular basis in local clubs, frequently touring internationally and releasing numerous recordings of his own groups.
Among the numerous sessions in his lengthy resume, Melvoin played on such memorable recordings as Frank Sinatra's "That's Life," Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable," the Jackson 5's "ABC," and "Pet Sounds" and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys.

As a busy studio musician for a good part of his career, Mike was always quick to defend the skills and the versatility of the players who performed, as he did, on recordings, films, television shows and beyond, bringing life to every style and genre of music.
"Studio guys get sold short," he told the Boston Herald in 2004. "There's an innate distrust that people have that if you do one thing, somehow that's the authentic article, and if you do more than one thing, somehow it's not. The truth is the great studio players are the authentic article in everything they do."

In 2011, when the Recording Academy made changes in the Grammy awards structure, Mike was in the vanguard of the movement to rescind the category changes. As a pianist whose career had touched every stylistic area, he was especially bothered by the effect of the changes upon instrumentalists.
"Everyone who has ever played an instrument," he said in a public statement, "has had the possibility of receiving recognition from the Grammys gutted. That cannot and will not stand."


Mike's advocacy for the recognition of instrumental musicians continued until his death. Another loss.
Please send your prayers and thoughts to the Delory, Melvoin and Strange families. If you can, pull out their music and play it for yourself and friends.
There isn't a more appropriate out take that you've all seen then Mike Melvoin playing the Sinatra hit."

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