Archive for the ‘Deaths In the World Of Music’ Category


WISHING A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SIR DUKE!

“There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.” – Duke Ellington Happy Birthday Sir Duke!  You would have been 112 years old today! That’s some gooood stuff!  And I always liked the fact that he called his music .. “American music”  !!!

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PHOEBE SNOW PASSES AWAY AT 60

Another beautiful voice in music is now silent. Phoebe Snow died today from complications of a brain hemorrhage she suffered in January 2010. She was 60. A beautiful voice, a beautiful mother, a beautiful person. Here is the song that was her breakthrough hit in 1975. God Bless, Dean

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MEL MCDANIEL LOSES FIGHT WITH CANCER

Country recording artist Mel McDaniel died today at the young age of 68.  He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the man behind the number one hit “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.”  I don’t claim to be a huge listener of country music, but I do remember him for sure. McDaniel […]

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SLIDE INTO HOME, DUKE!

Goodbye to baseball great Duke Snider, who died of natural causes today at age 84. Thanks to Ozzie P, a dodger fan, for this you tube clip. Two songs are featured here, but Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball” hits home with me, since the song features Willie, Mickey, and the Duke! The other song is Danny […]

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DON KIRSHNER HAS LEFT THE BRILL BUILDING (Part One)

Don Kirshner, legendary music publisher and host of Rock Concert, has passed away from heart failure.  He was 76 years old. If my life was a patchwork quilt, Don Kirshner would be responsible for a lot of the music related squares in it, as he had a hand in propelling the careers of many of […]

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Remembering Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011)

Another notable musical talent has left the earth.  Scotsman Gerry Rafferty has passed away at the age of 63.  From the perspective of songwriting, he was brilliant with his lyrics, but he was considered a one hit wonder.  Because I grew up in the era of his popularity, I appreciated his five prominent singles. After […]

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Remembering With Love – Teena Marie (1956-2010)

Soulful R&B songstress Teena Marie has died, as reported on December 26.  She was discovered unresponsive in her house by Alia Rose, her daughter, and had apparently died of natural causes.   The Los Angeles coroner said that her body showed no signs of trauma and no illegal drugs were found in the Pasadena home […]

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Remembering Steve Allen the Songwriter – Part Two

This is Part Two.  Part One can be read here >> Legend has it, Steve made a public bet with Frankie Laine that he could write 50 songs each day for one week.  They sweetened the wager by ponying up a grand and sharing the experience with fans of the television program by taking it […]

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Remembering Steve Allen With a Treat

It’s October 31st, and while the wife and I turn out all the lights in the house and hide from trick-or-treaters, I will share with you the spirit of Steve Allen! R. I. P. Steverino! (1921-2000) Dean

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Remembering Steve Allen the Songwriter – Part One

Today marks the date, ten years ago, of the passing of a legendary entertainer, Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. If you were to look up the definition of “polymath” or “renaissance man” you should include at least a picture of Steve Allen. He should, without a doubt, hold his own in the modern era with […]

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