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Tommy Ramone, 1949 — 2014

July 12, 2014

Tommy Ramone, 1949 -- 2014

Musician, songwriter, and producer Tommy Ramone (Tamás Erdélyi) died last Friday. The drummer for The Ramones, he was the last surviving original member of that influential punk band.

More:

“Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65,” Scott Neuman, NPR

“Tommy Ramone Dies at 65; He Gave Punk Rock Its Pulse,” Ben Sisario, New York Times

Tom Erdelyi Discography, Discogs.com

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Jimmy C. Newman, 1927 — 2014

July 3, 2014

Jimmy C. Newman,  1927 -- 2014

Country singer Jimmy C. Newman died last week. After some Honky Tonk hits in the 1950s he became a regular on Shreveport’s Louisiana Hayride and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. In later years he added a Cajun flavor to his repertoire, introducing that regional style to the mainstream C&W audience.

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Bobby Womack, 1944 – 2014

June 28, 2014

Bobby Womack 1944 -- 2014

Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Bobby Womack died yesterday.

 More:

“Soul poet Bobby Womack dead at 70,” Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune 

“The Unimpeachable Songs of Bobby Womack,” Ben Greenman, The New Yorker

“Bobby Womack, gospel-soaked baritone and the very last of the Soul Men,” Barney Hoskyns, The Guardian

“Bobby Womack, R&B singer with brave second act, dies at age 70,” Chris Talbott, AP via Detroit Free Press

“Bobby Womack, Royalty of the Soul Era, Dies at 70,” Paul Vitello, New York Times

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Bird House

June 27, 2014

Bird House

In the early Fifties, jazz saxophone great Charlie Parker (“Bird”) lived at 151 Avenue B, across from Tompkins Square Park in New York’s East Village, with Chan Richardson and their children. Chan remembered:

“Yeah, we lived opposite Tompkin Square Park and Bird, a lot of Ukrainians, some gypsies, Hassidic Jews, and Bird used to hang out at the neighborhood bars and nobody knew who he was. I mean that he was Charlie Parker, you know. Well, they knew his name, but they didn’t know he was Bird, and they just called him Charlie, and he would go down the bar with the other old Ukrainian guys and hanging out and and then he’d come home and bring home Kaboshi. You know (laughing). He fit in wherever he went.”

– Chan Parker, interviewed by Ken Burns, May, 1998

There is a Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park each summer.

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Hangover

June 12, 2014

Hangover

Korean novelty pop star Psy (Park Jae-sang) hosts LA’s Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus, Jr.) on a binge-drinking tour of Seoul in a new music video. The hard part must have been convincing Snoop to forgo his customary herb for Korea’s potent soju (소주) distilled spirits, the best-selling booze in the world.

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Herb Jeffries, ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

June 2, 2014

Herb Jeffries, ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

Herb Jeffries, who sang with Duke Ellington and starred in early black westerns as the singing “Bronze Buckaroo,” died last week. He was believed to be 100 years old.

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Johnny Cash

May 8, 2014

Johnny Cash, interviewed by Barney Hoskyns, October 1996.  Animation by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital).

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Gabriel García Márquez, 1927 — 2014

April 19, 2014

Columbia writer Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (“Gabo”) died this week. His books have “no word misplaced” and inspired countless readers, writers, and songwriters. That’s Colombian singer Shakira above with a song from the film version of El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera). Cuban singer Oscar Chavez (below) sings about Márquez’s fictional town of Macondo.

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Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith, 1921 — 2014

April 10, 2014

Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith, 1921 -- 2014

Musician and songwriter Arthur Smith died on April third.  He composed or collaborated on hundreds of songs but is best known for two, “Guitar Boogie” and “Feuding Banjos.”

More:

“Arthur Smith, guitarist who wrote ‘Guitar Boogie’ and ‘Duelin’ Banjos,’ dies at 93,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post

“Remembering the late great Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith,” David Menconi, Charlotte News & Observer

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Does Repetition Make It Music?

April 5, 2014

“In fact, repetition is so powerfully linked with musicality that its application can dramatically transform apparently non-musical materials into song,” writes Elizabeth Margulis.  Yusef Lateef (above) agrees.

More:

“One more time,” Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Aeon

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