One of my musical heroes, Merle Haggard, passed away yesterday, age 79. I grew up with Country & Western music, on the radio, local dance bands, and records in my parents collections. Here's one of my favorite songs from Mr. Haggard:
I think Ali made the biggest impression on me when he refused to be drafted. It was one of the cultural events/action that gradually shifted the public's opinion away from supporting the war in Viet Nam ( also see Walter Cronkite.) For this he paid a huge price at the time, but stood up for his conscience. Being right first is damn brave.
I sit and think of everything, then I wonder where I've been.
Bernie Worrell, the amazing keyboard player has died at 72. He greatly expanded the sounds available for electronic keyboards and synthesizers with Parliament, Funkadelic and later with the Talking Heads in their best incarnation imo.
Ken Barrie, the voice of children's TV favourite Postman Pat, has died at the age of 83.
Barrie, who was born Leslie Hulme in Stoke-on-Trent, provided the voice for Pat and many of the other characters in the animated series.
He also famously sang the show's theme tune, which was released as a single and spent 15 weeks in the top 75.
Got a tear in my eye.
When my son was tiny, he watched this show all the time. I know the theme song by heart to this day as we had to sing it to him every night before he went to bed. Add Fireman Sam to that as well.SaveSave
Pretending I'm a pleasant person all day is exhausting
New Orleans lost another one of her great musicians yesterday, clarinetist Pete Fountain. To say that he was beloved by all down here is an understatement. I sure will miss seeing him on Mardi Gras morning, leading the Half-Fast Walking Club.