Rock and jazz photographer Jim Marshall died in his sleep Tuesday. Cause of death was unknown. He was 74.
Cherie DeCastro, last surviving member of the DeCastro Sisters singing trio, whose biggest hit “Teach Me Tonight” sold more than 5 million copies in 1954 and continues to be one of the great classic recordings, died of pneumonia March 14 in Las Vegas. She was 87.
Billy Hunt, who headed the predecessor to the AMPTP, died March 13 of natural causes in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 83.
Jim Atherton, a member of the IATSE Local 695 Motion Picture Sound Recording Engineers, died Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio of natural causes. He was 70.
Rick Abramson, one of the record industry’s legendary promotion men, died of lung cancer March 18 in Los Angeles. He was 65.
Alan M. Solomon, president of Amsell Entertainment, died March 18 in Los Angeles. He was 74.
Marketing maven Gary Allen died of injuries from a motorcycle accident March 15 in Los Angeles. He was 68.
Film editor Paul Anderson died March 8 in Saugus, Calif., of cancer. He was 49.
Indian cinematographer P.N. Sundaram, who lensed more than 200 films, died Monday n Chennai, India, of a heart condition. He was 82.
The stocky, pugnacious Marshall was best known for his iconic pictures of such rockers as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones. Probably his most famous single shot was of Johnny Cash giving a one-fingered salute to the camera during a 1969 concert at San Quentin Prison; he frequently complained that he never received a penny from the much-bootlegged image.
Born in Chicago, Marshall moved to San Francisco with his family at age 2. He bought his first Leica camera as a teenager. His earliest work was of jazzmen like John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. He also shot the 1964 Newport Folk Festival.
In 1966, he gained exclusive access to what proved to be the Beatles’ final concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The following year, he brought a memorable gallery back from the Monterey Pop Festival. His pictures of Bay Area acts like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Santana received exposure in national mags.
Marshall shot more than 500 album covers, including the Allman Bros.’ “At Fillmore East.”
He continued to work into the new millennium, photographing stars from John Mayer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Marshall’s books include “Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles’ Last Concert,” “Not Fade Away,” “Jazz,” “Proof,” “Trust” and a recently published collaboration with photographer Timothy White, “Match Prints.” He had been scheduled to appear Wednesday at a New York event celebrating the latter work’s publication.