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Chuck Berry, R.I.P.

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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.

 

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March 19, 2017 at 12:19 am

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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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Puppy party…

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I’m tired of politics,  so I’m offering you an adorable moment when a litter of Alaskan Malamute  puppies hear  music for the first time.

 

 

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September 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

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Toots Thielemans, R.I.P.

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If you or your children listened to Sesame Street,  you heard the distinctive harmonica  in the opening theme music.   That was Thielemans,  but he was so much more than that,  both musically and personally.   If Quincy Jones calls you  “one of the greatest musicians of our time,”   you are a force to be reckoned with in the jazz world,  and that is what he said of Thielemans.   Read this  to catch up.

 

 

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August 23, 2016 at 11:57 pm

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

The oldest song?

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This may  be the world’s most ancient song,  since it was discovered on clay tablets dating back to 1400 B.C.   You’ll find the lengths the scientists and researchers had to go to in order to  “translate”  the written text found in Syria to modern music symbols quite interesting.

 

 

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July 13, 2016 at 11:47 pm

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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