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Dec 09, 2021
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Steve Bronski, co-founder and keyboard player in 1980s pop group Bronski Beat, has died at the age of 61. BBC Entertainment & Arts Bronski, from Glasgow, was born Steve Forrest and formed the group in 1983 with singer Jimmy Somerville and fellow-musician Larry Steinbachek. They enjoyed UK top 10 hits with the gay anthem Smalltown Boy, Why? and a cover of Donna Summer's I Feel Love. Somerville said: "Sad to hear Steve has died. He was a talented and a very melodic man." The singer added: "Working with him on songs and the one song that changed our lives and touched so many other lives, was a fun and exciting time." Bronski's friend Josephine Samuel told BBC News he was a "gentle, kind and talented man". The group began when Bronski and Steinbachek met Somerville through a documentary called Framed Youth - Revenge of the Teenage Perverts, which was made for an LGBTQ arts festival. Smalltown Boy, their debut single, was a synth-pop classic, and reached number three in the charts. It was particularly ground-breaking for many fans who related to its story of a young, gay man leaving his home town for the freedom of the big city. The hard-hitting video showed Somerville being chased by a homophobic gang, taken home by the police and thrown out by his parents, before getting on the train to start a new life with Bronski and Steinbachek. more .
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Dec 09, 2021
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Hailed as one of the most influential bassists of all time, the Jamaican reggae musician also performed on songs by Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, and Mick Jagger by Nina Corcoran | Pitchfork December 8, 2021 Robbie Shakespeare, the influential Jamaican bassist best known as half of the rhythm duo Sly & Robbie, has died, according to Jamaica Observer and The Gleaner. Shakespeare reportedly died in a Florida hospital after undergoing kidney surgery. He was 68 years old. Born in 1953, Shakespeare grew up in East Kingston, Jamaica surrounded by a musical family who frequently invited fellow musicians over to rehearse. After learning how to play acoustic guitar as a kid, he switched to bass after convincing Aston “Family Man” Barrett, the legendary reggae bassist from the Upsetters, to teach him how to play. When Shakespeare got an opportunity to play in the Revolutionaries, the house band at Channel One Studio, he met drummer Sly Dunbar and the two hit it off. In the mid-1970s, they decided to form their own band, Sly & Robbie, and parted ways with Channel One to start their own production company called Taxi Records. The duo would go on to release countless records, beginning with Sly & Robbie Present Taxi in 1981 on through to Dubrising in 2014. Sly & Robbie also worked as studio musicians throughout their career. The duo played on classic reggae records like Culture’s Two Sevens Clash and Gregory Isaacs’ Cool Ruler, and began backing up high-profile artists like Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, Peter Tosh, and Serge Gainsbourg. As their popularity grew, Sly & Robbie were quickly playing alongside Mick Jagger, Carly Simon, Sting, Yoko Ono, and Jackson Browne. Bob Dylan tapped them to perform on Infidels, Empire Burlesque, and Down in the Groove. more .
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Oct 28, 2021
In William's World
Released on this day in 2017. .
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Sep 29, 2021
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By Peter Keepnews Sept. 29, 2021, 6:22 p.m. ET Lonnie Smith, a master of the Hammond B3 organ and a leading exponent of the infectiously rhythmic genre known as soul jazz, died on Tuesday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 79. His manager and partner, Holly Case, said the cause was pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Smith, who began billing himself as Dr. Lonnie Smith in the mid-1970s, could draw an audience’s attention with his appearance alone: He had a long white beard and always wore a colorful turban. (The turbans apparently had no specific religious significance, and he did not have an advanced degree in anything and never explained why he had adopted the honorific “Dr.”) His playing was every bit as striking. He began his career at a time when organists like Jimmy Smithand Jack McDuff were blending the sophistication of jazz with the earthy appeal of rhythm and blues. Mr. Smith was very much in that tradition, but his playing could also display an ethereal quality that was all his own. His music later reached new generations of fans when it was widely sampled by hip-hop artists. Reviewing a 2015 performance at the Jazz Standard in New York, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times praised Mr. Smith’s sense of dynamics. “When he is quiet, he is very quiet,” Mr. Ratliff wrote. “During a gospelish song with the singer Alicia Olatuja, he started a solo passage at a level that almost couldn’t be heard and stayed there for quite a while, unspooling jagged, alert phrases that you had to strain to listen to: an easy trick but a powerful one.” more .
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Sep 24, 2021
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Here are some “Star Wars” cards that Mark Hamill autographed. This is hilarious.
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Aug 22, 2021
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Hank Mobley – Lee Morgan – “Peckin’ Time” Sold for $1,643.00 Label: Blue Note Format: LP, Album, Mono Country: US Released: 1959 Genres: Jazz Styles: Hard Bop .
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Aug 14, 2021
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Today is the anniversary of this tremendous 2003 release. .
“The Romance Of Sustain” anniversary. content media
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Aug 12, 2021
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BY DENISE NEIL | The Wichita Eagle August 12, 2021 02:51 PM A famous musician Wichita claimed as its own has died, and he’s being mourned today not only by locals but by many well-known music stars across the country. Mike Finnigan, a famous keyboardist and session musician who was also a former KU basketball player and onetime Wichita resident, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, friends are reporting. Finnigan, who was 76, had been hospitalized and was fighting kidney cancer in recent weeks. Finnigan and the Phantom Blues Band had been scheduled to perform on Sept. 3 at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, Missouri. “There are great players and then there are people who are just touched,” said Drake Macy, a local musician whose father, Ed Macy Sr., was one of Finnigan’s early Wichita band mates. “Mike was definitely one of those. He just had an approach that no one else did. I’ve loved a lot of great singers in my day, but Mike Finnigan, in my opinion, is the best singer to this point who has ever walked the planet.” Read more here: https://www.kansas.com/entertainment/restaurants/dining-with-denise-neil/article253433664.html#storylink=cpy .
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Aug 09, 2021
In William's World
Seems Bill is getting a mention in the current issue of Prog Magazine:
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Jul 05, 2021
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Longtime Mahavishnu Orchestra bassist Rick Laird passed away yesterday, 4 July 2021, at 80 years old. .
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May 21, 2021
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Hmm… from a French comic book produced in the early 1970s. Some similar imagery going on… Just saying. .
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May 20, 2021
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With errant apostrophe and all… .
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May 20, 2021
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May 11, 2021
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All the spheres are the same color. .
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May 06, 2021
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Released on this day in 1983. .
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May 03, 2021
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These are just some of the albums released in 1971. What are some of your favorite albums that were released 50 years ago? .
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Apr 19, 2021
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Almost got away from me today (Sunday). Happy b’day, Patrick! 🎉 .
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Apr 10, 2021
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Just using a photo, what is your current mood?
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Mar 24, 2021
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Who is on your list of great bassists? Who is criminally overlooked? I’ll start with Andy West.
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Mar 16, 2021
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Well known for playing hardened personalities, he was also seen in movies like “Midnight Run” and the TV show “Homicide: Life on the Street.” by Mike Ives | New York Times March 16, 2021 Yaphet Kotto, an imposing actor who descended from African royalty and was known for playing tough characters in a roster of films like “Alien” and “Midnight Run,” died on Monday near Manila in the Philippines. He was 81. His death was confirmed on Tuesday by his agent, Ryan Goldhar. His wife, Thessa Sinahon, announced it in a Facebook post. No other details were immediately available. Mr. Kotto began studying acting at 16 at the Actors Mobile Theater Studio, according to Variety, and by 19 he had made his professional theater debut in “Othello.” He often played police officers, criminals and other hardened personalities onscreen. He received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of President Idi Amin, the murderous Ugandan strongman, in the 1976 television movie “Raid on Entebbe.” He also starred as a police lieutenant in the 1990s-era TV hit “Homicide: Life on the Street,” an ex-convict in the 1978 film “Blue Collar” and a prison trusty in “Brubaker,” a 1980 movie about a prison farm also starring Robert Redford. He even played a pair of Bond villains in the 1973 film “Live and Let Die”: both a corrupt Caribbean dictator and that character’s alter ago, a drug trafficker named Mr. Big. In 1993, Mr. Kotto, who stood 6-foot-3, told The Baltimore Sun that such roles presented a distorted image of what he was really like. “I want to try to play a much more sensitive man. A family man,” he told the newspaper. “There is an aspect of Black people’s lives that is not running or jumping. more .
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