Buttered Soul Pop is how I once described his emotional, sweet, passionate baritone voice...and now it - one of my favorite vocalists - is silenced at 66. Rest peacefully, James Ingram. Here he is in 1981 on "Soul Train" singing one of his (many) signature songs (and one of my eternal favorites), "Just Once." Yes, … Continue reading Legacy: RIP James Ingram
If there was a god, it's apparent that he/she has no sense of humor. Still recovering from the loss of comic god Robin Williams only three weeks ago, another comedy giant has left the building. Joan Rivers is gone. After a routine throat procedure, she stopped breathing and was taken to Mount Sinai hospital. After … Continue reading Legacy: Joan Rivers, Exit Laughing
More than 500 Sunday mornings of my pre-to-teen years were spent with my ears glued to the radio from 8am-12pm listening to Casey Kasem's American Top 40. It was a weekly ritual; while my mother and sisters were downstairs in the kitchen starting Sunday's afternoon dinner (the scent of sausages frying in the pan wafted … Continue reading Legacy: Casey Kasem
********** Another master has walked through the gates of Rock n Roll heaven. Richie Havens, who came to prominence as the opening act of the Woodstock Festival (though a seminal force of the 60s folk music scene) has left us. He wasn't a household name as the years progressed, but should have been. The gruff, … Continue reading Legacy: Richie Havens
A few weeks ago, TCM started airing it's annual display of bittersweet beauty in remembering those who have left us from the world of cinema (they posted the tribute on their official YouTube page on December 10, weeks before greats like Jack Klugman and Charles Durning recently left this life). As with every year, there … Continue reading Legacy: TCM Remembers 2012
Rest In Peace, Fontella Bass. The singer - most known for her Aretha Franklin-sounding soul classic "Rescue Me" - passed away at the age of 72 from complications resulting from a heart attack she suffered a month earlier. Click on photo for Huffington Post obit.
Sad to hear the passing of Pop and Soul singer Dobie Gray. His "Drift Away" is one the seminal songs of the 1970s. Read his obituary here. Here's a re-post of a blog I wrote last year about his classic jam - one of my favorite songs of all time. Rest in peace, Dobie. I … Continue reading Legacy: Dobie Gray