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by Mazzy Star, feat. Keith Mitchell, drums
Keith Mitchell (1951 to 2017) was an American drummer, with 'Mazzy Star'. Keith Edward Mitchell was born in Long Beach, California, USA, on June 16th 1951, and raised there. His first notable contribution to a group as a drummer was with 'Monitor' in 1981, after which he joined 'The Romans' and released three albums with them between 1983 and 1986. He had also played drums on some of the tracks contained on Johanna Went's album "Posh Boy" in 1982, and went on to provide the beat for bands like 'Green On Red', 'Clay Allison' and 'Opal', as well as a 1989 collaboration on the self-titled album by 'Chris Cacavas & Junkyard Love'. Mitchell had joined 'Clay Allison' in early 1984 when their drummer Terry Graham left - he had first met the group's Kendra Smith when she and David Roback were fans of his previous band 'Monitor'. He then followed Roback into 'Opal' and later into the Santa Monica 'alternative rock' band 'Mazzy Star', playing drums on all the group's early albums (with the exception of just a few tracks). For a while after the first dissolution of 'Mazzy Star' in 1997, he worked on his own material and formed a group with singer Mary Mullen called 'Euphora', though this was a rather short-lived collaboration. Mitchell was one of only three original 'Mazzy Star' members (with Hope Sandoval and Roback) to play on a short European tour in 2000, and they returned again in 2010, releasing their fourth album, "Seasons of Your Day", in 2013. In the meantime, he had worked with the band 'Sugarplum Fairies', playing drums on their album "Introspective Raincoat Student Music", which was released in 2004 on the 'Starfish' label. Keith Mitchell died in California after a battle with cancer on May 14th 2017, aged 65. http://www.gazettes.com/news/long-beach-native-mazzy-star-drummer-keith-mitchell-dies/article_bc05de06-3f2c-11e7-85d8-ffefac6ac301.html
Sources: http://www.hopesandoval.com/bio.shtml - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazzy_Star - http://mazzystar.free.fr/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=23&start=10 - research at http://cabi.mirrorz.com/
Posted: 23rd June 2017
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† REST IN PEACE †
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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