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Chuck Loeb

Charles Samuel "Chuck" Loeb
(December 7, 1955 – July 31, 2017)

Chuck LoebBorn and raised in Nyack,New York. According to a 2005 JazzTimes article, the first song he learned on guitar was Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone", which he would later play at a guest appearance with Dylan.He discovered jazz when he was sixteen through the music of guitarists Wes Montgomery, George Benson, John McLaughlin, and Pat Martino. At that point, Loeb chose to become a musician and "never thought of doing anything else".

Starting in 1979, Loeb was a member of Stan Getz's group. Loeb and Mitchel Forman, who was also in Getz's group, formed the jazz fusion band Metro (1994). In the 1980s, he was a member of the group Steps Ahead, which included Michael Brecker, someone Loeb credits as an influence. Loeb replaced Larry Carlton as guitarist in Fourplay (2010). Loeb began a solo career in 1988 with his debut album My Shining Hour. He released subsequent albums until receiving commercial success on The Music Inside (1996). The title song from the album held the number one position on the jazz charts for six weeks.

Loeb died of cancer on July 31, 2017, at the age of 61.

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Teddy Pendergrass

Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass
(March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010)

Teddy PendergrassBorn and raised in Philadelphia, Teddy Pendergrass initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. After leaving the group over monetary disputes in 1976, Pendergrass launched a successful solo career under the Philadelphia International label, releasing four consecutive platinum albums, then a record for an African-American R&B artist. Pendergrass' career was halted after a near-fatal car crash in March of 1982 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Pendergrass continued his successful solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007. Pendergrass died from respiratory failure in January 2010.

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