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From a Small Face to a Rolling Stone: Rock and Roll Legend Ian McLagan Passes

Posted December 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,166 views]

There are those artists who have made their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their outstanding contributions as a member of one groundbreaking band.
And then there are those who get there by having dabbled in a number of note-worthy projects throughout their career.
That is the case of keyboardist Ian McLagan, who, we learned today, has died at the age of …

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RIP Ian McLagan

Posted December 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,443 views]
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I’m so sad to hear of the passing of Ian McLagan, keyboardist and founding member of the Small Faces, which evolved into supergroup The Faces, featuring fellow music luminaries Jeff Beck, Ronnie Lane, Ron Wood and frontman Rod Stewart.
With keys that cut straight to the heart, Ian McLagan is the entry point on one of my favorite songs, “Glad and Sorry”.

The Faces were a …

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RIP Bobby Keys

Posted December 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 847 views]
Bobby Keys

If you’ve read Keith Richards’ biography “Life” (and if you haven’t, you should) you know what a major role Bobby Keys played in the band, especially on “Exile on Main Street”.
Recorded in the South of France (after the Rolling Stones fled the UK due to tax issues) in 1971, the double album is my all-time favorite record. It covers just about every genre imaginable …

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Maya Angelou and Music

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 934 views]

Editor’s Note: When Jason Bentley played the Buckshot LeFonque song “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” earlier this week, it immediately reminded me of the passing of Maya Angelou earlier this spring.
Music librarian Eric J. Lawrence was reminded as well & wrote this remembrance of the great American poet and her presence in popular music.

American writer & professor Maya Angelou was probably the …

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RIP Bobby Womack

Posted June 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,960 views]

Admittedly, I’m experiencing quiet emotional turmoil each time a “great” musician passes.
The generation of musicians born circa WWll are undoubtedly some of the greatest that will ever live.
Every facet of post world war America in the 1940′s through the 60′s, from the celebratory consensus of victory to the tenor of hope and rebellion that sparked radical political, social, and art movements, changed the world …

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RIP: Legendary Jazz Pianist Horace Silver

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,375 views]

Editor’s Note: Rhythm Planet’s Tom Schnabel shares his thoughts on the artist as well.
You look around the music landscape these days and, sad to say, there doesn’t seem to be as many iconic musicians around anymore.
And today we are down one more, as we learned of the passing of a true icon, jazz pianist Horace Silver. 
Basically serving as the definition of the term “hard …

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RIP Frankie Knuckles, “The Godfather of House”

Posted April 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 3,431 views]

As the shocking news spread like wildfire, the dance music community hoped beyond hope that news of his passing was a cruel April Fool’s Day joke, but it soon became clear that Chicago House Music legend and godfather Frankie Knuckles had indeed passed away.
A formidable DJ and producer, Knuckles began DJing in New York in the late 70s with Disco legend Larry Levan. He moved …

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RIP: Reggae Pops

Posted March 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 3,324 views]
by Anthony Valadez

Reggae Pops was a fixture on the music scene here in LA and, with the news of his passing, a flurry of tributes went up on Facebook.
He visited KCRW’s studios when Lianne La Havas performed, and it was a pleasure to have his incredible spirit here.
Watch Lianne’s video featuring Reggae Pops and read a tribute from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez below.

Lianne La Havas “Age” …

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RIP Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells

Posted December 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,568 views]
by Andrew Youssef

I had heard the news that Benjamin Curtis was battling cancer, but it still somehow came as a total shock when I found out he passed away last night.
Needless to say, he was way too young. You can find a note with more info from his manager here.
I had the pleasure of meeting Benjamin in studio during the two School of Seven Bells live …

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RIP Fruit Bats – A Tribute

Posted November 12, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 1,394 views]
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I’m always sad to see a band I love call it quits. But in this case, there is a happy ending.
Fruit Bats frontman/founder Eric D. Johnson wrote an open letter to fans letting them know he’s going to still be making new music under his own name and has been scoring movies and producing bands. SO, after 13 years and 5 albums, he’s simply …

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