Posts Tagged ‘music’
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’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.
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.
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…
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.
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.