I got quite a shock this morning when I woke up to this news about Chuck Berry’s passing at the age of 90. I still remember him doing his “duck-walk” to the strains of his famous number Johnny B. Goode. In any case, according to news reports, he was found unresponsive at lunchtime on Saturday, St Charles County police said. And can you believe it? He had a seven-decade career which boasted a string of hits. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Rest in peace Chuck. You had a good run. Its party time with the others in heaven who went before you.
Looks like 2017 is surely shaping itself up to what 2016 was, robbing us of quality and great entertainers. Today it was Joni Sledge, the founder of the group Sister Sledge. Sister Sledge formed in 1971 and went on to record such hits as “We Are Family,” “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” “Frankie” and more. The Grammy-nominated “We Are Family,” released in 1979, peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100; the song also topped the R&B and disco charts. The album of the same name reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Rest in peace Joni. You are surely up there with a whole host of others who left us last year, and this year. You will be missed,
Apparently, 2017 is continuing what 2016 was doing i.e. robbing us of artistes. Today I just found out Tommy Page had passed away, apparently of suicide. While I was never really a fan of his, my girlfriend at that time was. This was about 1990, 1991 thereabouts. His songs were played heavily on the radio…bubblegum pop is what his songs were classified as. His song A Million Kisses kept being played all the time and I remember telling my girlfriend then that the beat on A Million Kisses was stolen from Will To Power’s Fading Away. Then came other songs like the one above, Paintings In My Mind and Shoulder To Cry On. Tommy Page, who at the time of his death was vice president of music partnerships at the Voice, previously led artist partnerships, branded content and events at internet radio company Pandora. He also had been an executive at Warner Bros. Records, where he helped shape the careers of Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban and Green Day. He also had been a senior vice president at Cumulus Media Inc.
Rest in peace Tommy. Though I was never really a fan of yours, it is sad to know that you are no longer with us.
It is a sad day indeed for the world of show-business. Actor Bill Paxton, who was best known for his role in the sci-fi classic Aliens, died at the age of 61. Apparently, Paxton had reportedly suffered from complications following surgery. His biggest hits included The Terminator, Apollo 13, True Lies, Titanic, and 1996’s Twister – in which he starred opposite Helen Hunt. The pic above is a pic from the movie Tombstone, where he plays one of the Earp brothers. Rest in peace Bill. We will miss you
The signs were there. Just a few days back, it was said that the singer was recovering from exhaustion. It is sad because I used to play all his songs back in the day, and I still play Boogie Down on occasion.
A little about Al Jarreau I did not know but found out after reading online. In 1962, after earning a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa, Jarreau got a job in San Francisco as a rehabilitation counselor.
At night, he moonlighted as a jazz musician, performing with Bay Area jazz great, George Duke as part of his trio. Jarreau then partnered with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez and performed at Gatsby’s in Sausalito. This pairing is said to have led to Jarreau’s decision to take music on as his lifelong career.
Jarreau is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner. His last Grammy win was in 2006 for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “God Bless The Child” with George Benson and Jill Scott.
Jarreau is survived by his wife Susan and his son Ryan.
Rest in peace Mr Jarreau. Thanks for the music.
She could turn the world on with her smile. At least that was what was part of the song of the Mary Tyler Moore show back in the 70s, when I used to watch it with my mum. Even at that young age, I always thought that Mary Tyler Moore was radiantly lovely. It is sad to know that she has passed away, but at least she is not suffering anymore. Rest in peace Mary. Memories of you on your TV show will always be in my memory.
When I was a teenager, I used to love watching ‘Allo ‘Allo!, a sitcom whose story was set in a small-town café in German-occupied France during the Second World War. Gordon Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois, whose life got turned upside down when his impartial life got “invaded” by the Germans and the resistance. Not only that, he had to keep his affairs with his waitresses from his wife Edith. In any case, he died at a care home on Monday morning. Rest in peace Gordon and many, many thanks for the hours of entertainment you gave us.