Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’
Legendary singer Chuck Berry has died, having spent many of his 90 years belting out hits he wrote and performed for his legion of fans. Unsurprisingly, he was among the first group of performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
His 1958 hit “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock and roll song included on the so-called “Golden Record” affixed to the Voyager spacecraft that was launched into space in 1977.
UPDATE: Have some remembrances, here.
In case you don’t know, Jarreau was a noted jazz and rhythm and blues singer. He gained more commercial appeal after writing and singing the lyrics for the hit 1980’s TV show “Moonlighting”, but I enjoyed him primarily for his scat singing, which done well is one of the finer points in jazz music.
I was fortunate enough to hear the jazz man play his clarinet in his unique style live several times in New Orleans. He was apparently as good-humored as a person as he was as a performer, and he always appeared to be having a lot of fun doing what he loved. The music in Heaven is even sweeter now…
Dean Martin was a multi-talented performer, but unlike his buddy Sinatra, who conducted his career like a military operation, Martin never chose to focus on honing his considerable gifts. I was one of many people who enjoyed him as a singer, yet was always frustrated by his habit of interrupting a song to crack a joke, or change the lyrics, or whatever other disruption his fertile brain produced.
Like the late actor James Garner, Martin was so good he made it all look very easy, and as someone who has enjoyed singing all my life, though never at the professional level, I know all too well that singing is hard, and that singing well is quite difficult
Actress Patty Duke has died. She didn’t sustain the stardom she achieved by winning an Academy Award at age 16, but she worked steadily over the years, even having her own short-lived TV show. Unlike so many child stars, she didn’t implode, and she deserves credit for bringing mental health issues to the fore.
If you’re a Hank Williams fan, you’ll probably want to see the new movie about him, a biopic entitled “I Saw the Light.” It offers one of the several theories regarding the circumstances of the singer’s death, but it certainly won’t solve the mystery surrounding it. Whatever your opinion, it shouldn’t stop you from watching and hearing some good songs.
If you’re old enough to remember the progressive-rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, you’ll be saddened to learn of the likely suicide of Keith Emerson, a man of marvelous talent at any keyboard. He was a rare bird in the business because he never considered himself a rock star, and did not wish to be one. His interest was in playing and composing, and he did both exceedingly well.
He was particularly fond of using of Hammond organs and Moog synthesizers, and he made them work for the group’s style.
UPDATE: Apparently Emerson had some nerve damage in his right arm and hand which affected his ability to play to the level of perfection he expected of himself.