obituarys 2019

Sara Romweber

Sara Romweber Sara Romweber was a central member of the North Carolina independent music scene from her teenage years to her death this month at age 55. As the drummer of Let's Active, she was closely associated with Mitch Easter, who would go on to produce R.E.M. as well as many other bands. She later drummed for the band Snatches of Pink and in the past decade performed with her younger brother, Dex Romweber, in the Dex Romweber Duo. Dex is known for his band Flat Duo Jets, which Jack White has cited as a major influence.

Sara Romweber's death prompted an outpouring of tributes, notably from members of the band Superchunk, who described Romweber as creative, caring and inspiring.

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Dick Dale

Dick Dale

Innovative guitarist Dick Dale passed away this week at age 81. Dale brought his unique brand of surf guitar to the masses with a series of recordings originally released on his own Deltone Records, later released on Capitol Records alongside The Beach Boys. He was known for folding Middle Eastern flourishes into his style, and for his heavy use of reverb, which influnced artists that came after him like Jimi Hendrix. He was also known for playing loud and hard, utilizing heavy gauge strings to acheive his signature sound, long before metal heads pushed the volume to 11. His style of surf rock was exclipsed by the 1960s British Invasion, but he was able to start touring again in the mid-1990s when the Quentin Tarentino film Pulp Fiction featured his 1962 record, "Miserlou," in a pivotal scene. Dale continued touring and playing for the rest of his life.

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Andre Williams

Andre

Legendary R&B songwriter, producer and performer Andre Williams, also passed away recently, at the age 82. Andre was born in Alabama, but got his start in 1950s Detroit, where he gained the nickname Mr. Rhythm. He was later also known as the Godfather of Rap, and his slick spoken vocals on the 1956 classic "Bacon Fat" are evidence of why. Williams went on the work with artists from Stevie Wonder to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but Jim will always remember him for his dapper day-glo suits, and for his 2012 recording called "I Gotta Get Shorty Out Of Jail," which was released on indie label Bloodshot Records.

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