Dee Murray
English bassist
Dee Murray
Dee Murray was an English bassist, best known as a member of Elton John's original rock band.
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PROGRESSIVE CLIENTELE: Karen Marie Mason (right) promotes visual artist Fahamu ... - Creative Loafing Atlanta
Google News - over 5 years
Featured panelists and industry vets include Dee Dee Murray (NARAS), Shanti Das (former marketing exec. with LaFace, Arista, Sony, Universal Motown; founder of ATL Live in the Park), Ian Burke (former A&R at Elektra; president of Launch Pad Records),
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Death notices, 05/09 - San Angelo Standard Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Survivors include her daughters, Dee Murray, Annette Mielke and Ginger Brown, all of San Angelo. SAN ANGELO - NB Williams, 84, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at his residence. Visitation is all day Tuesday at Shaffer Funeral Home with the family present
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Elton John tribute show will rocket you back to the 70's this Sunday at Viejas - San Diego Gay & Lesbian News
Google News - almost 6 years
This is not a cover band; Metcalf and his bandmates literally become Elton and his 70's era bandmates - Joe Allessandro as Nigel Olsson, Bobby HQ Storm as Dee Murray and Dean Cooper as Davey Johnstone. A fifth member, Mark Servi, is currently a
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Ballroom Dancing Is Back in the Swing Again
NYTimes - about 24 years
BALLROOM dancing, which flourished during the Depression, World War II and, briefly, the 1970's oil crisis and then went into eclipse, is on the rise again, and thousands of New Jerseyans are dressing up and going out to waltz, fox-trot and rumba. Baby boomers, weary of the solitary gyrations of the 80's, have joined their jitterbugging elders on
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Dee Murray Musician, 45
NYTimes - about 25 years
Dee Murray, the bass player in Elton John's original rock-and-roll band, died on Wednesday at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a stroke during treatment for skin cancer. He was 45 years old. Mr. Murray recorded and performed on tour with Mr. John throughout the 1970's and early 80's. He played on recordings of the hit songs "Crocodile
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TV REVIEW; ELTON JOHN PERFORMS ON SHOWTIME CABLE
NYTimes - about 32 years
IN the gallery of rock superstars over the last couple of decades, Elton John has been something of a problem for those reviewers brandishing sophisticated theories about rock 'n' roll's rebelliousness and liberating raunchiness. With his campy costumes and saucy posturings, Elton John has been an unabashed Mr. Show Business, a mod Liberace with a
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CRITICS' CHOICES
NYTimes - about 32 years
Cable TV Elton John's first TV concert in three years will have its premiere next Sunday, Dec. 23, at 8 P.M. on Showtime, and will play two more dates on Dec. 27th and Dec. 31. The show, which was taped last July at London's Wembley Stadium, drew 72,000 fans. It was an early concert in the singer's massive ''Breaking Hearts'' tour, which brought
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POP: NATURAL ELTON JOHN
NYTimes - over 34 years
Although Elton John's albums in the last five years have been uneven, occasionally slipshod affairs in comparison to his early poprock classics, Mr. John has lost none of his magic as a concert entertainer. And on Friday, at the second of three Madison Square Garden concerts, he and his band, composed of Nigel Olsen, Dee Murray and Davey Johnstone,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dee Murray
    FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 45
    Battling skin cancer for a number of years, Murray died in 1992 at the age of 45, in Nashville, Tennessee, after suffering a stroke.
    More Details Hide Details According to Murray's obituary, that March John performed two tribute concerts at the Grand Ole Opry to raise money to support Murray's family. Olsson, upon again becoming a full-time band member with John in 2004 to record Peachtree Road, reflected upon the absence of his longtime bandmate: "We will never again create anything as wonderful–as inspirational–without Dee’s presence". Bandmate Davey Johnstone believes Murray's musical skills were not fully appreciated, and in March 2011, said he was working on a documentary about the bass player.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 35
    Murray went on to contribute all the bass tracks on Jump Up! in 1982, and joined Olsson and guitarist Davey Johnstone for the Jump Up!
    More Details Hide Details Tour, followed by albums and tours for Too Low for Zero (1983) and Breaking Hearts (1984). The group then disbanded, reuniting once more to record backing vocals on Reg Strikes Back in 1988. In the 1980s, Murray played on numerous Nashville sessions for artists such as Michael Brown, Lewis Storey, Beth Nielsen Chapman and John Prine, amongst others.
  • 1980
    Age 33
    He and Olsson backed John during his landmark concert in New York City's Central Park before more than 400,000 fans on the Great Lawn on 13 September 1980, and appeared on "The Fox" in 1981.
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    Murray and Olsson returned to tour and play sessions with John, starting with "21 at 33" in 1980.
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  • 1978
    Age 31
    According to music site AllMusic.com, Murray played on Cooper's hit album "From the Inside," and joined Olsson backing the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir on his solo album "Heaven Help the Fool" in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Other artists he worked with during the 1970s and early 1980s include Yvonne Elliman (her Night Flight album contained the hit single "If I Can't Have You," composed by the Bee Gees), Shaun Cassidy, Allan Clarke, Bernie Taupin, Kiki Dee, Stefanie Gaines, Barbi Benton and Jimmy Webb.
    Between 1978 and 1979, Murray worked as part of Alice Cooper's backing band.
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  • 1977
    Age 30
    In 1977, Murray briefly joined Procol Harum on a North America tour promoting their last 1970s album, Something Magic, although he never recorded with the group.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 28
    In 1975, after recording Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Murray and Olsson were released from the band because John wanted to achieve a different sound.
    More Details Hide Details He said at the time "The band always rattled along. I want it to chug". Murray and Olsson continued working together as session musicians in Los Angeles. They played on Rick Springfield's first United States album, Wait for Night (1976).
  • 1972
    Age 25
    As of Honky Château in 1972, however, John exerted some of his skyrocketing popularity at the time, and convinced his record company to allow Murray and Olsson to also become full-time recording members of John's band.
    More Details Hide Details Along with fellow new recruit Davey Johnstone on guitar, Murray and Olsson played on John's hit albums, including the milestone album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, singles, and world tours for several years.
  • 1970
    Age 23
    Murray and Olsson joined John as his road sidemen in 1970, and first appeared on disc with John on "Amoreena" from the 1970 album Tumbleweed Connection, though they were first featured on the live album 17-11-70.
    More Details Hide Details While they were John's constant touring band mates, his record company only allowed them to play on just one track per studio album.
  • 1969
    Age 22
    Before joining Elton John as his touring sidemen, Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson were members of the Spencer Davis Group in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details In Murray's musician bio in the programme book for 1982's "Jump Up!" tour, Murray recalled when he first took up the bass guitar during his high school years: "Someone put this heavy thing over my shoulder and said, 'Here, you play this!'" Murray quickly established a solid reputation on the instrument. In the Classic Albums documentary on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, producer Gus Dudgeon lauded Murray's musical ability, and said he hadn't heard a bassist quite as good as him.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Murray was born David Murray Oates in Gillingham, Kent, England on 3 April 1946.
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