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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Betty Bennett (born October 23, 1921) is an American jazz singer. 
Betty Bennett was born 23 October 1921 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child, she hoped to become an opera singer, studying voice and piano while attending Drake University, Iowa. Her direction was changed when, by way of records, her mother introduced her to the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Loving what she heard of these jazz musicians, Betty quickly became proficient in jazz singing, displaying a natural talent for the form. 

Betty left Hamburg, Iowa, for New York in 1941, determined to become a big band singer. After serving as a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in World War II, Betty's dream came true. 

While still very young, she joined Georgie Auld’s band in 1943 and then in quick succession spent time in the late swing era big bands led by Claude Thornhill in 1946, the band in which her husband, bassist Iggy Shevak was playing. Shortly after her husband left to join Alvino Rey, Bennett followed him there. 

In 1949, she joined Charlie Ventura's band. The Ventura band bore the promo tag ‘Bop for the People’ and Betty’s contemporary vocal styling was a perfect fit. More than her contemporaries, Betty bridged swing and bop. She was also briefly with Stan Kenton and Woody Herman.

Apart from airshots, Betty’s recording career got underway with 1949-1951 sessions by the Ventura band, including performances of Yankee Clipper, Too Marvelous For Words and I Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind. Betty’s experiences in these years are entertainingly recounted in her autobiography, The Ladies Who Sing With The Band, which was published by Scarecrow Press in 2000. 

                Here's "Sidewalks of Cuba" from above album.

Betty recorded her first own-name album for Trend in 1953. Two years later in 1955, she recorded “Nobody Else But Me” for Atlantic Records accompanied by a band led by André Previn, whom she had married in 1952. In the band were Shorty Rogers, who with Previn also wrote the charts, Frank Rosolino, Bob Cooper, Jimmy Giuffre, Barney Kessell and Shelly Manne.  

Betty had two daughters with Andre Previn; Claudia and Alicia. Previn divorced Bennett in 1957, a few months before she gave birth to their second daughter. In 1958 Betty resumed her singing career with Benny Goodman after which she semi-retired. In 1963 she moved to London where she worked as resident singer at Ronnie Scott’s Club from 1964 to 1966. She moved back to LA in 1967 working as a  secretary-researcher for a TV producer.  

In addition to jazz club dates, Betty had begun appearing on the jazz festival circuit and in 1975 she celebrated a new personal relationship when she and Mundell Lowe were married at a ceremony held at the Monterey Jazz Festival. By the late '80s she was touring Europe with Lowe, and was a featured performer for opening night of Wolsey's club in London. 

Separately and together, over the years Betty Bennett and Mundell Lowe have made significant contributions to jazz that are always lithely swinging. Betty’s singing, lyrically profound and musically adventurous, and Mundy’s elegant and deceptively sparse exploration of the often overlooked subtleties of many compositions, have allowed them to create memorable interpretations of standards from the repertoire of both jazz and popular song.
Betty’s extensive collection of photographs and other memorabilia is now with Rutgers University’s Institute of Jazz Studies, although most of the photos seen here are from Marc Myers’ JazzWax website. 

(Info edited from various sources, mainly from an article by Editor Bruce @

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Dory Previn born 22 October 1925

Dory Previn (October 22, 1925 – February 14, 2012) was an American lyricist, singer-songwriter and poet.
She was born Dorothy Veronica Langan at Rahway, New Jersey, on October 22 1925, the daughter of an Irish Catholic labourer. She once said: “I was raised with fear of God, guilt over Jesus and terror of the Devil,” adding that when she went to confession as a child, if she could not think of any sins to confess she would make some up.
Her father was unstable, and is said once to have held the family at gunpoint having boarded up their home. He also loved music and forced his daughter to take singing and dancing lessons. Though his talents were little to boast about, she was performing at local nightclubs by the age of 11.
After finishing high school, Dory went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, which she had to leave after only a year because she was unable to pay her way. Instead she worked as a chorus girl around the clubs in Manhattan . She appeared in the musical comedy Top Banana, with Phil Silvers, but was sacked; with time on her hands she tried writing short stories and lyrics for songs.
In the mid-1950s she was back singing on the club circuit, performing popular songs to which she had added her own verses. When in 1959 examples of her lyrics reached Arthur Freed, the producer of An American in Paris and Singin’ in the Rain, he hired her as a junior writer at MGM.
Her first brief was to write the lyrics for The Subterraneans (1960), a picture based on the novel by Jack Kerouac. The film was about San Francisco’s beat colony, and featured a number of jazz composers, among them André Previn, who was also head of

MGM’s musical department. Dory and Previn married in November 1959.
When Dory Previn’s contract expired after six months, MGM did not renew it. But by now she and her husband were collaborating on theme and title songs for films made by other studios. They were nominated for Academy Awards for their songs A Faraway Part of Town, from the film Pepe (1960), and Second Chance, from Two For the Seesaw (1962). Her lyrics also accompanied Previn’s songs for Irma La Douce (1963), Goodbye Charlie (1964) and Inside Daisy Clover (1966), among other movies.
Dory Previn also worked with other songwriters. Her lyrics for John Williams’s theme song for Valley of the Dolls (1967) found much wider exposure when it became a hit for Dionne Warwick; and her collaboration with Fred Karlin on the song Come Saturday Morning, for The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), brought her a third Oscar nomination; it too became a bestselling single when recorded by The Sandpipers.
André Previn, meanwhile, was in demand internationally as a conductor; but because she suffered from a deep-seated phobia of air travel, she did not accompany him on his trips abroad. In 1969 he left her for the actress Mia Farrow, and the marriage was dissolved the following year. Dory was devastated.She suffered a breakdown, and on the recommendation of a psychiatrist began to write free verse, which she later set to music.

In the event, this sad episode was to make her career. Despite a chronic lack of self-confidence in her abilities as a songwriter, she was persuaded to submit a demo to the recording company Mediarts, which invited her to make an album.  The result was On My Way to Where, released in 1970. The songs addressed themes such as her relationship with her father and her loathing for the rituals of the Roman Catholic Church. Dory Previn followed up with Mythical Kings and Iguanas, which was even more successful, and Reflections in a Mud Puddle (both 1971).
Among Dory Previn’s other albums were Live at Carnegie Hall; Dory Previn; and We’re Children of Coincidence and Harpo Marx. A compilation, The Art of Dory Previn, was released in 2008.
In 1976 she published an autobiography, Midnight Baby. She last appeared in concert in 1988, in Dublin and at the Donmar Warehouse in London. In 1997 she collaborated with her former husband on The Magic Number, a piece performed by the New York Philharmonic.

For many years Dory Previn underwent psychoanalysis (which she described as “a beautiful odyssey”), and she also found solace in a Gestalt therapy group. Previn died, aged 86, on February 14, 2012, at her farm in Southfield, Massachusetts, where she lived with her husband, Joby Baker. (Info mainly edited from the Telegraph)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Don Parmley born 19 October 1933

Don Parmley (Oct. 19, 1933 - Jul. 30, 2016 ) was a lifelong banjo player and patriarch of the legendary Bluegrass Cardinals.
Parmley was born in Monticello, Kentucky. As a 12-year-old he began learning claw-hammer/drop thumb banjo from his grandfather, but it was the driving three-finger banjo style of Earl Scruggs that he heard on the Grand Ol’ Opry that soon led to him taking up that method of picking the 5-string. Playing firstly just for family entertainment, Parmley quickly made a name for himself in the region, securing stints with popular touring groups of the era such as Carl Story and Hylo Brown.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was trained as a tank driver, but it wasn’t long before his musical talents became known among the ranks and his duties were expanded to provide music from “back home” to entertain his fellow troops. After his discharge, Don returned home and on May 26, 1956, he married Betty Jean Abbott.
Faced with a severe shortage of employment opportunities in south central Kentucky, the Parmleys soon moved west to southern California where Don found a steady job and entry into a welcoming music community.

He performed with the Golden State Boys regarded at the time as the top bluegrass band in the region.  As well as Parmley, the Hillmen featured future Country music icon Vern Gosdin and his brother Rex, noted for his song-writing skills. 18-year-old mandolin prodigy Chris Hillman joined late in 1963.The band subsequently became known as The Blue Diamond Boys and then the Hillmen. Also, Parmley recorded with Glen Campbell, Doug Dillard and Billy Strange, the last named helped Parmley with an album mixing ‘Blue Grass and Folk Blues.’
From 1964 he played the banjo for the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, contributing background music to the show throughout its nine seasons.
In 1974 Don Parmley formed the Bluegrass Cardinals with his 15-year-old son David (lead vocals and guitar) and tenor singer and mandolin player Randy Graham. The band’s calling card was their eponymous LP for Sierra Briar (released in 1976) that prompted the Parmley family and the Bluegrass Cardinals to move east to settle in Virginia where they quickly established themselves as a top name on the bluegrass festival circuit, charming audiences with their solid, tasteful picking and beautiful vocal harmonies.
According to the band’s manager/agent, the late Lance Leroy, a noted bluegrass and early country music historian, the Bluegrass Cardinals were the first bluegrass band to record bluegrass Gospel a cappella style. Many bands performed in that style long before but, for whatever reason, they didn’t record in that style. In all the Bluegrass Cardinals recorded prolifically during their 25-years existence.
Under Parmley’s leadership, the Bluegrass Cardinals provided a learning ground and springboard for the careers of Dale Perry, Mike Hartgrove, Larry Stephenson, Norman Wright, Bill Bryson, Barry Berrier, Warren Blair, Don Rigsby and Ernie Sykes.
Parmley retired from the Bluegrass Cardinals in 1997 with his son David moving on to form the band Continental Divide. Parmley occasionally sang in concerts with the Continental Divide. Health problems troubled Don in his later years. He died on July 30, 2016, at age 83 after experiencing complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. (Info edited mainly from an article by Richard Thompson for Bluegrass Today)

David Parmley & Continental Divide perform "Knee Deep in Loving You" with David's lengendary father Don Parmley (on banjo) at the 29th Annual Father's Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley, California. The evening show of June 17th, 2004.  

Monday, 17 October 2016

Lattie Moore born 17 October 1924

Lattie Harrison Moore (17th October 1924 in Scottsville, Kentucky - 13. June 2010 ) was an American Hillbilly and rockabilly singer and songwriter.
Lattie Harrison Moore was born in 1924 in Scottsville, Kentucky, to Dora and Homer Leo Moore -- his father was a tobacco farmer-turned-preacher. The young Moore had an interest in music at an early age and, as a boy, learned to play the guitar, mandolin, and upright bass. His first job out of school was as a projectionist at the local movie theater in Scottsville. As a teenager, he was an especially big fan of Gene Autry and the latter's country & western songs, and he also admired the work of Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, and others he heard on the Grand Ole Opry -- and a bit later, he added another name to that list who came ahead of all of the others: Hank Williams.

At age 19, he headed to Indianapolis, hitchhiking his way to the city where he felt he had a shot at making a living as a musician. He was drafted into the United States Navy around this time but didn't stay in the service very long, and Moore was back in Indiana by the end of 1944, playing small clubs and other minor venues. He was also married around this time, and later hosted a local radio show as well as working on the musical side of an act put together by aging cowboy movie star Lash LaRue. 

In 1951 he made his first record, Hideaway Heart/Married Troubles, for a local label, Arrow; collectors hunted for it for more than 50 years before a copy turned up. The following year, he tried again. In Nashville he met Frank Innocenti, one of the owners of Speed Records, coming out of the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, and auditioned for him there on the street. 

"The song was called Juke Joint Johnny," Innocenti told the rockabilly historian Martin Hawkins. "I thought it was so good I gave him a contract and cut it that very afternoon. No one in the band knew the song except Lattie and his lead player, so to fill up the sound I told the engineer to bring the drums in as loud as possible to fill out the sound of the piano. The song hit the jukeboxes fast and good. I think this was about the first rock'n'roll record out of Nashville, and in those early days we didn't know it."

Juke Joint Johnny was hillbilly blues, its sound and structure redolent of the period and somewhat akin to a Hank Williams hit of a few years earlier, Honky Tonk Blues. Certainly Williams's influence – the deep blue tonality, the wordbreaks that are half hiccup, half yodel – runs wide and deep through Moore's work, whether in a jaunty love song like I'm Gonna Tell You Something or the wry hard-times reportage of I'm Not Broke, But I'm Badly Bent.

These were made for King Records, a Cincinnati-based company that was one of the most powerful promoters of country music and blues in the two decades following the Second World War. Moore cut about two dozen recordings for King, in two stints between 1953 and 1963. One of the best of them was Out of Control, a picture, drawn from life, of alcoholic excess, which Moore co-wrote with an expert in that field, the singer George Jones, who recorded it first. 

Others included (Here I Am) Drunk Again, written by a fellow country singer, Webb Pierce, an admirer of Moore's work, and If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creek Don't Rise. The Williams flavour was intensified by the presence on some of his sessions of Williams’ steel guitarist, Don Helms. 

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Moore was heard on radio, and gave personal appearances, in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. His last recording was a 1971 album, You Can't Make Hay Pickin' Cotton. Evidently, by then he couldn't make hay singing country either, because he returned to Scottsville, where for a few years he worked in law enforcement. By now he was a figure of near-legendary status in record-collecting circles, his discs eagerly collected and lovingly reissued. He underwent laser surgery in 1986 for throat cancer and recovered from quadruple heart bypass surgery in 1999.

Melvin Grubbs with Lattie Moore
His wife, Mildred, to whom he was married for 58 years, died in 2003. Lattie Moore died June 13, 2010 at the Medical Centre, Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was 85. (Info edited from All Music & an obit by Tony Russell for the The Guardian)

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Reginald Dixon born 16 October1904

Reginald Herbert Dixon, MBE, ARCM (16 October 1904 – 9 May 1985), was an English theatre organist who was primarily known for his position as organist at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, a position he held from March 1930 until March 1970. He made and sold more recordings than any other organist before him, or since. He was in high demand throughout the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. During his fifty-year career he was one of the top-selling artists, his prolific output ranking alongside that of Victor Sylvester and Bing Crosby.
Although he earned the title Mr Blackpool, Dixon was born in Sheffield on October 16, 1904, to Richard and Agnes Dixon. His musical talents soon came to the fore and as a youngster he was a keen pianist, with an ambition to be a concert pianist.
He played church organs, before getting work playing piano for the silent films at the Stocksbridge Palace, Sheffield, for £3 per week. Later he played at the Chesterfield Picture House and Derby Regent, before moving to play the Wurlizter at the Victoria,

Preston, where he stayed for a short time and lost his job after a disagreement with the management. His lucky break came when he visited the Tower Ballroom with his girlfriend Vera and learned from the Tower's organist, Max Bruce, that a new organist would shortly be needed.  The Tower had installed an American-made Wurlitzer at a cost of about £10,000. It boasted many sounds of cathedral chimes, bird song and breaking waves. With its 1000 pipes, 1200 magnets, two keyboards and ten ranks of pipes, it was considered the best organ in the world.
He was asked at his audition if he could play dance music and said yes, although he was not sure that he could. Yet he got the job and started his first season in May, 1930. The Wurlizter, which had been proving difficult to handle, was mastered by Dixon and he went on to draw in the crowds to the Tower. He shared alternate spots with the Bertini Band in the thirties and later shared the stage for many years with the Charlie Barlow Band.

The start of a long and successful career co-incided with a lengthy happy marriage to Vera, whom he married at Preston Register Office shortly after his audition at the Tower. He did numerous broadcasts for the BBC and by the late thirties he notched up his 500th broadcast, playing to listeners worldwide. A new and much larger Wurlitzer was purchased for Dixon in the mid-thirties and built to his own specification. Organist Horace Finch took over the old machine, which moved to the Winter Gardens' Empress Ballroom.
In 1940, Dixon joined the R.A.F. During his time there, he was often called upon to entertain service personnel, and was still to be heard on radio occasionally, as well as playing for concerts at the Tower Ballroom. While in the RAF he attained the rank of Flying Officer, and he left the RAF as Squadron Leader. In 1946, he returned to the tower, and was busier than ever. In addition to his Tower broadcasts, he was also broadcasting from Europe.
                         Here's "Sabre Dance" from above E.P. 

In the fifties and sixties his broadcasts from the Tower included Blackpool Nights, with famous stars of the day. He played the Royal Command Performance from the Blackpool Opera House in 1955.
In 1956, the Tower Ballroom and organ were damaged in a fire and most of Dixon's sheet music was lost. The venue was closed and Dixon moved to the Empress Ballroom, until the Tower Ballroom was restored. He made a welcome return in 1958 with a rebuilt Wurlizter.
As well as playing popular music, Dixon was a classical pianist and he also worked for charities. He received the MBE in 1966 and switched on the illuminations the same year. Over the years, he sold many records, earning a Gold Disc in 1981.
At the age of 65, Dixon retired from his 40-year residency at the Tower and did an Easter farewell concert with the Northern Dance Orchestra and Vince Hill in 1970, when fans said a fond farewell. He continued to do the occasional charity show.
Dixon outlived his wife Vera and died in his sleep at the age of 80 on May 9, 1985.
(Info Wikipedia and  mainly from an article by Pamela Watford @ the

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Mickey Baker born 15 October 1925

MacHouston Baker (October 15, 1925 – November 27, 2012), known as Mickey Baker and Mickey "Guitar" Baker, was an American guitarist. He is widely held to be a critical force in the

bridging of rhythm and blues and rock and roll, along with Bo Diddley, Ike Turner, and Chuck Berry.
Baker was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His mother was black, and his father, whom he had never met, was believed to be white. In 1936, at the age of 11, Baker was put into an orphanage. He ran away frequently, and had to be retrieved by the staff from St. Louis, New York City, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. Eventually the orphanage quit looking for him, and at the age of 16 he stayed in New York City. He found work as a labourer and then a dishwasher. But after hanging out in the pool halls of 26th Street, he gave up work to become a full-time pool shark.
At 19, Baker decided to make a change in his life. He went back to dishwashing, and was determined to become a jazz musician. The trumpet was his first choice for an instrument, but with only $14 saved up, he could not find a pawnshop with anything but guitars for that price.
He enrolled at The New York School of Music, but found the learning pace too slow. He dropped out and resolved to teach himself, but gave up shortly afterwards. Six months later he met a street guitarist who inspired him to start playing again. He continued taking private lessons from different teachers over the next few years. His musical style was influenced by saxophonist Charlie Parker.
By 1949, Baker had his own combo, and a few paying jobs. He decided to move west, but found that audiences there were not receptive to progressive jazz music. Baker was stranded without work in California when he saw a show by blues guitarist Pee Wee Crayton. Baker said of the encounter: He found a few jobs in Richmond, California, and made enough money to return to New York.
After returning east, Baker began recording for Savoy, King and Atlantic Records. He did sessions with Doc Pomus, The Drifters, Ray Charles, Ivory Joe Hunter, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Coleman Hawkins, and numerous other artists. During this time, Baker (along with either Paramour Crampton or Connie Kay on drums, Sam "The Man" Taylor on tenor, and Lloyd Trotman on bass) played on numerous hit records on the Atlantic, Savoy, and King labels.
Inspired by the success of Les Paul & Mary Ford, he formed the pop duo Mickey & Sylvia (with Sylvia Robinson, one of his guitar students) in the mid-1950s. Together, they had a hit single with "Love Is Strange" in 1956. The duo split up in the late 1950s, but sporadically worked together on additional tracks until the mid-1960s.
             Here's "Old Devil Moon" rec. 1959 from above EP

  It was around this time that he moved to France, where he worked with Ronnie Bird and Chantal Goya and made a few solo records. He would remain in France for the rest of his life. Up until the end of his life, Baker was rarely without work. Baker appeared at the 1975 version of the Roskilde Festival.
Because Baker revealed very few details about his private life, reasons for his move to France were never made completely clear. Some media sources claimed that Baker had grown tired of the business aspects of the commercial music industry in the United States, while others stated that the bi-racial Baker was angered by the growing rate of hate crimes in the southern United States during the burgeoning civil rights movement.
In 1999 Baker received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 2003 he was listed at #53 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". His self-tuition method book series, the Complete Course in Jazz Guitar is a mainstay for introducing students of guitar to the world of jazz. They have remained in print for over 50 years.
Baker was married six times. Among his wives were Barbara Castellano from the mid-1950s to the mid-70s, and Marie France-Drei, a singer with whom he stayed from the early 1980s until his death.
Baker died on November 27, 2012 near Toulouse, France, aged 87. His wife, Marie, said he died of heart and kidney failure. (Info edited from Wikipedia)

Friday, 14 October 2016

Bill Justis born 14 October 1926

William Everett "Bill" Justis, Jr. (October 14, 1926 – July 15, 1982) was an American pioneer rock and roll musician, composer, and musical arranger, best known for his 1957 Grammy Hall of Fame song, "Raunchy." As a songwriter, he was also often credited as Bill Everette.
Justis was born in Birmingham, Alabama but grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. His mother was a concert pianist, who encouraged him into music, which he studied  at Christian Brothers College (high school department) and Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduation, Justis started playing trumpet in jazz and dance bands in Memphis, and took up the saxophone around 1955.
He was eventually taken on by Sam Phillips at Sun Records where he recorded music for himself as well as arranged the music for Sun artists. At 30, Justis was a good decade older than most of Sun's artists and had little interest in rock & roll until he learned just how lucrative the music had become. With guitarist Sid Manker, Justis composed a wild, primitive instrumental they dubbed "Backwoods"; Phillips renamed the tune "Raunchy," releasing it as a single in November 1957. Although Justis' honking tenor sax assumed centre stage, what made "Raunchy" so unique was Manker's guitar; he forged the song's distinctive riff not from the traditional middle strings but from the bass strings, creating a cavernous, resonant sound further buffered by studio echo.

Released in November 1957, his song "Raunchy" was the first rock and roll instrumental hit, and its popularity was such that it reached #2 on the American Billboard chart by 3 different artists (Ernie Freeman for Imperial, and Billy Vaughn on Dot). It reached #11 in the UK Singles Chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
Justis would nevertheless score only more chart hit, "College Man," which only went as high as number 42. He continued recording the occasional single (including "Flea Circus," penned by Steve Cropper), but by and large focused the remainder of his career on studio work, arranging sessions for Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison. Justis also discovered Charlie Rich at Memphis night spot The Sharecropper Club and brought him to Sun in 1960, arranging Rich's first major hit, "Lonely Weekends."
However, squabbles with Phillips prompted Justis to leave Sun soon after, and he formed his own label, the short-lived Play Me Records. In 1961 after moving to Nashville and briefly reuniting with Rich at RCA. By 1963 he was with Monument Records, another significant southern label, where he produced hits by vocal group the Dixiebelles. Kenny Rogers was among those for whom he later wrote arrangements. He then landed with Mercury which remained his home for the remainder of his career.
In the years to follow, Justis would arrange records for everyone from Patsy Cline to Dean Martin to Tom Jones, also recording a series of instrumental LPs for Mercury's Smash subsidiary. He played saxophone on the soundtrack for the 1964 Elvis Presley film, Kissin' Cousins and that same year took over as manager of the singing group, Ronny & the Daytonas.
Justis had a number one hit in Australia in 1963 with "Tamoure". The song did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. In the early 1960s he produced a successful series of instrumental albums on the Smash label (Alley Cat/Green Onions and Telstar/The Lonely Bull). Justis was credited by Ray Stevens in the TNN special, The Life and Times of Ray Stevens, for giving him the phrase "gitarzan", which became a million selling hit for Stevens in 1969.
Justis also wrote the scores for several films including Dear Dead Delilah (1972), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Hooper (1978), The Villain (1979), and Island Claws (1980).
Justis died of cancer in Nashville in 1982, at the age of 55. The huge crowd that attended his funeral attested to the respect in which he was held. He was interred in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis. (Info mainly edited from Wikipedia & All Music)