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Jeff Walker has died October 23, 2020 @ 78 years old
Jeff Walker has died October 23, 2020 @ 78 years old
 
John Prine passed from complications of COVID19, He was 73 Years old.
John Prine passed from complications of COVID19, He was 73 Years old.
 
One of my favorite bands from my era, which produced the best music of the 20th century, is The Band.
One of my favorite bands from my era, which produced the best music of the 20th century, is The Band.
 
I will bet you can't watch this without singing along in you head.
I will bet you can't watch this without singing along in you head.
 
“Your mission, Stan, should you decide to accept it, is… As usual, should you or any member of your BCN Force be captured or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your existence. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Stan.”
“Your mission, Stan, should you decide to accept it, is… As usual, should you or any member of your BCN Force be captured or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your existence. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Stan.”
 
I happened upon an early recording of Iris Dement's "Our Town" from the early 1990's, a song that played a large part in classic TV series Northern Exposure's swan song. That memorable last TV show signing off this beautiful classic really stuck with me.
I happened upon an early recording of Iris Dement's "Our Town" from the early 1990's, a song that played a large part in classic TV series Northern Exposure's swan song. That memorable last TV show signing off this beautiful classic really stuck with me.
 
Like many, I first heard this song in 1963 when a popular folk group, Peter Paul and Mary, sang in on their album.
Like many, I first heard this song in 1963 when a popular folk group, Peter Paul and Mary, sang in on their album.
 
I'll start my contribution to this series with one of the most beautiful spiritual songs . A musical version of the Catholic Rosary.
I'll start my contribution to this series with one of the most beautiful spiritual songs . A musical version of the Catholic Rosary.
 
I woke up early this morning at 3:00 AM as usual. I normally have a news show TV on for background to catch up on recent events. One news story after the other was bad news.
I woke up early this morning at 3:00 AM as usual. I normally have a news show TV on for background to catch up on recent events. One news story after the other was bad news.
 
Wayne Cochran was one of those performers that I was aware of as a teen in Georgia. He was born in Thomaston, Georgia. 
Wayne Cochran was one of those performers that I was aware of as a teen in Georgia. He was born in Thomaston, Georgia. 
 
As part of The Partridge Family (TV Series 1970–1974) he made a great impact on the TV and Musical landscape for many of the teens of that era.
As part of The Partridge Family (TV Series 1970–1974) he made a great impact on the TV and Musical landscape for many of the teens of that era.
 
Both Stan and I missed the opportunity to post on the passing of Tom Petty. We each thought the other would offer a better commentary.
Both Stan and I missed the opportunity to post on the passing of Tom Petty. We each thought the other would offer a better commentary.
 
When I orignially posted the article on the passing of Fats Domino, I had hopes that it would generate some comments from Alex J. Ortolano who was raised in New Orleans. I doubt that anyone not born and raised in New Orleans could capture the musical magic that was that city.
When I orignially posted the article on the passing of Fats Domino, I had hopes that it would generate some comments from Alex J. Ortolano who was raised in New Orleans. I doubt that anyone not born and raised in New Orleans could capture the musical magic that was that city.
 
I can't remember far enough back when Fats Domino's music was not part of my musical landscape. Granted I was only 10 years old when Fats released his first album in 1955.
I can't remember far enough back when Fats Domino's music was not part of my musical landscape. Granted I was only 10 years old when Fats released his first album in 1955.
 
Some entertainers storm the stage with a burst of fame and then fade away with the ever-changing taste of musical whim. Others have a long and varied career by adapting to the changing times. Still others just stick it out and keep doing what they do best. He became knows as the "Gentle Giant" of
Some entertainers storm the stage with a burst of fame and then fade away with the ever-changing taste of musical whim. Others have a long and varied career by adapting to the changing times. Still others just stick it out and keep doing what they do best. He became knows as the "Gentle Giant" of
 
Glen Campbell passes at 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease
Glen Campbell passes at 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease
 
Canadian Balladeer Gordon Lightfoot was never a fixture among my favorites, as I consumed volumes of the uniquely eclectic music from the most enlightened periods of any within the realm of the classical creation of music; however, Balladeer Lightfoot did create one song that has stuck with me.
Canadian Balladeer Gordon Lightfoot was never a fixture among my favorites, as I consumed volumes of the uniquely eclectic music from the most enlightened periods of any within the realm of the classical creation of music; however, Balladeer Lightfoot did create one song that has stuck with me.
 
Most of us pay no attention to those Warning Signs until it is a bit too late. Then inevitably, we adapt the song as if it was written about us.
Most of us pay no attention to those Warning Signs until it is a bit too late. Then inevitably, we adapt the song as if it was written about us.
 
She was one of the founding members of the group Sister Sledge, which was another Philadelphia group founded in 1971. Joni and her sisters came from a musical family. Her father was a tap dancer and he mother was an actress. Her grandmother was an opera singer.
She was one of the founding members of the group Sister Sledge, which was another Philadelphia group founded in 1971. Joni and her sisters came from a musical family. Her father was a tap dancer and he mother was an actress. Her grandmother was an opera singer.
 
Occasionally you hear about the passing of a musician you never heard of. One of the most remarkable things about the music business is that some of the most talented people are never front stage. Many are either session layers or band members who just provide the foundation for the star to shine.
Occasionally you hear about the passing of a musician you never heard of. One of the most remarkable things about the music business is that some of the most talented people are never front stage. Many are either session layers or band members who just provide the foundation for the star to shine.
 
There are singers and there are musicians. Occasionally you find some of both. Buddy Greco was an accomplished musician as well as a great stylist of the Vegas Style of performing arts.
There are singers and there are musicians. Occasionally you find some of both. Buddy Greco was an accomplished musician as well as a great stylist of the Vegas Style of performing arts.
 
It has been said that you need to have lived the blues to sing the blues. I am not sure I agree with that but when it comes to Jazz, I do think you have to live it to play and sing it. Al Jarreau did just that.
It has been said that you need to have lived the blues to sing the blues. I am not sure I agree with that but when it comes to Jazz, I do think you have to live it to play and sing it. Al Jarreau did just that.
 
Back in my day, we had a similar prohibition about bathroom use and everyone knew the rules. Heaven forbid that you overstepped the rules back then.
Back in my day, we had a similar prohibition about bathroom use and everyone knew the rules. Heaven forbid that you overstepped the rules back then.
 
Would trust this man with your wife? Do not answer that question, but there is one musician that trust this man with something way more important than his wife. Meet Willie Nelson's go to man when his famous guitar needs a rework.
Would trust this man with your wife? Do not answer that question, but there is one musician that trust this man with something way more important than his wife. Meet Willie Nelson's go to man when his famous guitar needs a rework.
 
As some of you may know, Glen Campbell is in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease. Here is one of his songs that may be a good New Year resolution.
As some of you may know, Glen Campbell is in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease. Here is one of his songs that may be a good New Year resolution.
 
Van Morrison covered this Tommy Edwards's classic, "All in the Game", on his classic album, Into the Music, released in 1979.
Van Morrison covered this Tommy Edwards's classic, "All in the Game", on his classic album, Into the Music, released in 1979.
 
Carl Sigman, the lyricist of many of America's most famous love songs, passed from this temporal plane in September of 2000; however, his music lives on, embodied in his beautiful songs of hope and heartbreak.
Carl Sigman, the lyricist of many of America's most famous love songs, passed from this temporal plane in September of 2000; however, his music lives on, embodied in his beautiful songs of hope and heartbreak.
 
Mark Knopfler, and Dire Straits helped steer my love of good music through the stinky stuff that was Disco in the late 1970's and for that I will always be thankful.
Mark Knopfler, and Dire Straits helped steer my love of good music through the stinky stuff that was Disco in the late 1970's and for that I will always be thankful.
 
There are many love songs written over the ages littered along the American musical landscape, but few were ever written with the impact of Brian Wilson's and the Beach Boy's classic, "God Only Knows".
There are many love songs written over the ages littered along the American musical landscape, but few were ever written with the impact of Brian Wilson's and the Beach Boy's classic, "God Only Knows".
 
Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits holds a special place in my musical heart for many reasons; not least of which, Dire Straits, led by the Knopfler brothers, came onto the musical scene with their first album, Dire Straits, 1978, at the height of the dreaded Disco craze.
Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits holds a special place in my musical heart for many reasons; not least of which, Dire Straits, led by the Knopfler brothers, came onto the musical scene with their first album, Dire Straits, 1978, at the height of the dreaded Disco craze.
 
"Why Does Love Got to be so Sad?" will always be among my favorite rock 'n' roll songs, but only one version of it - the version that appears of "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".
"Why Does Love Got to be so Sad?" will always be among my favorite rock 'n' roll songs, but only one version of it - the version that appears of "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".
 
"Mona Lisas and Madhatters", from Elton John's Honky Château, was that special ballad of heart wrenching sincerity, forever etched on the collective soul of generation, which saved a lyrical moment in time, and became a gift to so many.
"Mona Lisas and Madhatters", from Elton John's Honky Château, was that special ballad of heart wrenching sincerity, forever etched on the collective soul of generation, which saved a lyrical moment in time, and became a gift to so many.
 
It's Friday night, I'm out of energy, the funds are tight, and I just want to kick back, and 'keep the home fire burning' with 'The Missus'.
It's Friday night, I'm out of energy, the funds are tight, and I just want to kick back, and 'keep the home fire burning' with 'The Missus'.
 
Some songs are performance songs and some songs are just there for you to cry in you beer songs. Bob Dylan wrote both types during his pre-mailing it in days.
Some songs are performance songs and some songs are just there for you to cry in you beer songs. Bob Dylan wrote both types during his pre-mailing it in days.
 
Singer, songwriter, NASCAR Racecar driver, and generally a hell raiser, he could have been a hero if would have just calmed down
Singer, songwriter, NASCAR Racecar driver, and generally a hell raiser, he could have been a hero if would have just calmed down
 
Vince Gill's new album ain't exactly country but it's DARN good and it shows the versatility of this genius of country music.
Vince Gill's new album ain't exactly country but it's DARN good and it shows the versatility of this genius of country music.
 
Song that give advice on how to live your life can be dangerous.
 
If the name Mickey Newberry is not familiar to you, don't feel alone
If the name Mickey Newberry is not familiar to you, don't feel alone
 
Jewel's "Picking Up the Pieces" Tour, showcased March 19, 2016 at Durham's Carolina Theater, is ancillary to her autobiography, "Never Broken", which is at the nexus of her every one woman show; it is her all consuming theme projected well, her life as a poetic masterpiece.
Jewel's "Picking Up the Pieces" Tour, showcased March 19, 2016 at Durham's Carolina Theater, is ancillary to her autobiography, "Never Broken", which is at the nexus of her every one woman show; it is her all consuming theme projected well, her life as a poetic masterpiece.
 
I was never a great fan of Tom Jones until I dated a girl who actually loved him. Warning, this post contains no adult content. But maybe some adult inferences.
I was never a great fan of Tom Jones until I dated a girl who actually loved him. Warning, this post contains no adult content. But maybe some adult inferences.
 
Each year-end brings the usual look back on those that have passed during the year. Here is my incomplete list of Music Icons that have passed in last twelve months. The list was compiled extemporaneously during the year as the news was reported.
Each year-end brings the usual look back on those that have passed during the year. Here is my incomplete list of Music Icons that have passed in last twelve months. The list was compiled extemporaneously during the year as the news was reported.
 
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