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Joe Diorio, Sandy Nelson - R.I.P.


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Ace jazz guitarist Joe Diorio passed away earlier this month. He was 85.

While not a big name, Mr Diorio was well-known in the jazz community and was also a very highly-rated teacher.   He was a truly superb guitar player and will be much missed.  There is some excellent stuff on youtube: 




Drummer Sandy Nelson - a name from childhood - passed away on Feb 14th.  He was 83.  I am sure that "Teen Beat" and "Let There Be Drums" are familiar titles to older forum members.  Both were part of the early 1960s prototype rock/pop soundtrack on our transistor radios.  Despite a catastrophic car accident in 1963 which resulted in serious injuries, Sandy Nelson continued to record and play drum-oriented albums and recordings.  It is said that he was Keith Moon's original inspiration. 


Also recently;  Betty Davis, Syl Johnson and drummer Howard Grimes - all important/influential figures in funk, blues and soul music - have gone.


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