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Al Jarreau, R.I.P.

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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.

 

 

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February 15, 2017 at 11:58 pm

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Pete Fountain, R.I.P.

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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…

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August 7, 2016 at 10:03 am

A careless talent…

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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

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/15/just-how-good-a-singer-was-dean-martin.html

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May 16, 2016 at 10:12 am

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Patty Duke, R.I.P.

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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.

 

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March 30, 2016 at 10:08 am

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For Hank’s fans…

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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.

 

 

 

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March 21, 2016 at 10:09 am

Keith Emerson, R.I.P.

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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.

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March 13, 2016 at 11:55 pm

Fifth Beatle dies…

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Producer George Martin,  who gave the Beatles a chance after the group had been turned down by everyone else,  has died  at the age of 90.   He earned the nickname of the Fifth Beatle because he not only gave them their first record contract,  but produced  nearly all  of their records.   The Beatles would have made it without Mr. Martin,  but his skill no doubt helped them  get there  faster.

 

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March 9, 2016 at 11:50 pm