Posts Tagged ‘musicians’

Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino Jr., 1928 – 2017

October 25, 2017

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr., the singer, pianist and songwriter who was New Orleans’ ambassador to Rock n’ Roll, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. He brought a boogie-woogie, R&B sensibility to the world of teen tunes.

More:

“Fats Domino, boogie-woogie pianist who helped launch rock-and-roll, dies at 89,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post

“Fats Domino, piano-playing prodigy and rock and roll legend, dies at 89” John Pope, Times-Picayune

“Fats Domino, Architect Of Rock And Roll, Dead At 89,” Gwen Thompkins, NPR

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Tom Petty, 1950 — 2017

October 4, 2017

“Free Fallin,'” written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, 1989. Video directed by Julien Temple.

More:

“Tom Petty, a Mainstay of Rock With the Heartbreakers, Dies at 66,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

“An Appreciation of Tom Petty: Rock’s Superstar Everyman,” Chris Willman, Variety

“Free Falling with Tom Petty,” Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker

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Leon Russell, 1942 – 2016

November 17, 2016

Leon Russell, 1942 – 2016

Musician and songwriter Leon Russell died last Sunday. He was 74.

More:

“Leon Russell, Hit Maker and Musicians’ Musician, Dies at 74,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

“Leon Russell, Renowned Songwriter and Musician, Dead at 74,” Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

“Leon Russell, musician and hit songwriter, dies at 74,” Terence McArdle Washington Post

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Zappa

October 30, 2016

Composer and musician Frank Zappa, interviewed by Howard Smith on June 6, 1971. Mr. Zappa was on tour with the Mothers of Invention promoting their album Chunga’s Revenge and the film 200 Motels.

Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital). Colorist:Jennifer Yoo. Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska.

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Scotty Moore, 1931 – 2016

June 30, 2016

Scotty Moore, 1931 -- 2016

Guitarist Scotty Moore died Tuesday at the age of 84. In 1955, at tiny Sun Studio in Memphis, Mr. Moore played his Gibson ES-295 through an EchoSonic amp and, along with bass player Bill Black, backed up young Elvis Presley on an uptempo version of Junior Parker‘s song “Mystery Train.” It was the first Rock n’ Roll record many people ever heard.

You can hear the key role Scotty Moore’s finger-picked guitar played in propelling the tune on the Elvis recording and on the version he recorded in 1964 without a lead vocal:

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Ralph Stanley, 1927 – 2016

June 26, 2016

“Stairway to Heaven” (no, not that one), written by Bill J. Grant and Ralph Stanley, recorded by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.

More:

“Ralph Stanley, Whose Mountain Music Gave Rise to Bluegrass, Dies at 89,” Bill Friskics-Warren, New York Times

“Bluegrass great Ralph Stanley was one of our last links to an old America,” Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post

“Ralph Stanley’s Inimitable Voice,” David Cantwell, The New Yorker

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Guy Clark, 1941– 2016

May 18, 2016

Guy Clark, 1941-- 2016

Influential Texas-born singer, songwriter, and luthier Guy Clark died in Nashville Tuesday at the age of 74. A wonderful performer, his songs were big hits for others, notably Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell.

More:

“Guy Clark dead at 74,” Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

“Guy Clark, a King of the Texas Troubadours, Is Dead at 74,” Bill Friskics-Warren, New York Times

“Legendary Texas songwriter Guy Clark, 74, dies,” Roberto Villalpando, Austin America-Statesman

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Lonnie Mack, 1941– 2016

April 28, 2016

Lonnie Mack, 1941-- 2016

Virtuoso electric guitarist Lonnie Mack died last Thursday at the age of 74. In 1963 he recorded the groundbreaking electric guitar instrumentals “Memphis,” “Wham!”, “Chicken Pickin,” and “Suzie Q” and is considered the father of the “Blues Rock” genre.

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Prince & Kate Bush: ‘My Computer’

April 25, 2016

Prince & Kate Bush: 'My Computer'

Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 – 2016) started with personal computers in the early 1980s, and used the PC as a metaphor in 1983’s “Computer Blue” before writing a song about online dating (“Emale“) and dropping a few more computer references in other tunes. At times Prince mistakes his own computer’s memory for the Internet, which seems a natural consequence of a vast imagination.

Prince and Kate Bush recorded “My Computer” in 1996. It starts and ends with AOL audio prompts:

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‘Good-night, sweet prince ….’

April 21, 2016


Version from the “Purple Rain” film soundtrack  here.

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
Hamlet, Act V Scene ii

Prince Rogers Nelson, June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016.

More:

“Prince Dead at 57,” Kory Grow, Rolling Stone

“Fans leave flowers, touch Prince’s star on First Avenue’s wall,” Katie Humphrey and Emma Nelson, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Beyond Raspberry Berets: What Prince Left Behind,” Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian

“We’ll Never Understand Prince, and That’s Why We Love Him, Brian Raftery, Wired

“Tributes to Prince spring up across the US,” Associated Press

“Purple Pain: World Front Pages Mourn Prince’s Death,” Worldcrunch

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