Music Diary – 28th October

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 28th October!

Bill Berry (R.E.M.)

Bill Berry (R.E.M.)

On the 28th October 1997, R.E.M. drummer William Thomas „Bill“ Berry announced that he is going to leave the band. In the official announcement he said: „I’ve been playing the drums since age nine. I’m at a point in my life where my priorities have shifted. I loved my 17 years with R.E.M. but I’m ready to … move on to a different phase of my life.“ Berry has been becoming a farmer after his good-bye.

Born on the 31st July 1958, Bill Berry and his friend Mike Mills (Bass) met Michael Stipe (Vocals) and Peter Buck (Guitar) in Athens, Georgia. The four young musicians started playing songs together and on the 5th April 1980 the first performance happened on a friend’s birthday party. Shortly after that the group was baptised R.E.M. and the quartet played more and more concerts and a tour through the Southern United States followed. In summer 1981 the first single „Radio Free Europe“ was released and the initial pressings of one thousand copies were sold quickly. The song is also the opener on the debut album „Murmur“ (1983). Berry’s drumming is also featured on the R.E.M. LPs „Reckoning“ (1984), „Fables of the Reconstruction“ (1985), „Lifes Rich Pageant“ (1986), „Document“ (1987), „Green“ (1988), „Out of Time“ (feat. the megahit „Losing my Religion„)(1991), „Automatic for the People“ (1992), „Monster“ (1994) and „New Adventures in Hi-Fi“ (1996).

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R.I.P. – Larry Barrett (25.04.1955 – 01.09.2014)

From Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts):
Cyril/Larry Barrett sadly left us today. A singular songwriter, my all-time favorite bartender and a deep, special soul. He was a good friend to me and The Walkabouts. He toured with us in 1994 and 2003 and played on three of our albums starting with Satisfied Mind. One of his greatest songs is called „House of Sky“ and I truly hope that he has found that place.

Larry Barrett (25.04.1955 - 01.09.2014)

Larry Barrett (25.04.1955 – 01.09.2014)

Buy recommendations (Europe/Germany):

Larry Barrett - The Big Slowdown Larry Barrett - Beyound the Mississippi Larry Barrett - Flowers

The Walkabouts - Scavenger The Walkabouts - Ssatisfied Mind The Walkabouts - Death Valley Days

Buy recommendations (USA):

Larry Barrett - The Big Slowdown Larry Barrett - Beyound the Mississippi Larry Barrett - Flowers

The Walkabouts - Scavenger The Walkabouts - Ssatisfied Mind The Walkabouts - Death Valley Days

 

Music Diary – 28th June

Hey dear Musicaddicts all around the world!

Today’s entry in my music diary takes us back to the year 2002:
On the 28th June I raised my R.E.M. collection by buying the albums „Lifes Rich Pageant“ (1986), „Document“ (1987), „Green“ (1988), „Automatic for the People“ (1992) and „Up“ (1998) on CD. Great stuff from a great band!

Cheers,

Alex MelomaneBild