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Allen Toussaint, Songwriter & Producer: 4 Popular Songs You Should Know

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 724 views]
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The late Allen Toussaint’s songwriting and producer credits went farther and wider into pop culture than you maybe ever knew. But the artists below knew.
Check out Robert Palmer’s cover of Toussaint’s “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley,” Labelle’s Toussaint-produced “Lady Marmalade,” The Meters’ “Cissy Strut” (producer) and Aaron Neville’s “Hercules” (songwriter and producer).

Want more Toussaint? Watch BBC Four’s one-hour “Originals: The Allen Toussaint Touch” documentary …

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A Tribute to De La Soul

Posted June 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,679 views]
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Del La Soul remixed by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

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RIP: Barron Machat, Co-Founder of Hippos In Tanks

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,786 views]
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I met Barron about 4 years ago at El Coyote.
Like a cliche, I totally walked in super late and I looked around the empty restaurant and all I saw was this smiling kid in a booth.
I looked right at him, the only dude in the room and was unsure if I was looking at Barron because A) he was so remarkably young and B) …

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Celebrating Billie Holiday

Posted April 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,115 views]

Billie Holiday would have turned 100 years old today and both Strictly Jazz host Bo Leibowitz and Rhythm Planet’s Tom Schnabel have paid tribute to the singer, who started singing in nightclubs as a teenager and released her first two tracks at age 18. Despite her success she faced rampant racism and struggled with substance abuse.
Bo dedicated his weekend show to the extraordinary singer …

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RIP Trumpeter Clark Terry

Posted March 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,953 views]

KCRW’s Strictly Jazz host Bo Leibowitz  honored the legacy of the late great trumpeter Clark Terry with his show this week, which you can stream below.
Terry recently passed away at the age of 94.

A St. Louis native idolized by Miles Davis (also from St. Louis), Terry’s puckish, recognizable tone could be heard in a variety of settings, including early stints with the bands of …

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Cosmic Shock: The passing of Edgar Froese & Demis Roussos

Posted January 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 7,338 views]

Although both legendary artists deserve their individual respective eulogies via post, there is a timely and sadly poetic charge their passing, so I felt it compelled to remember their respective legacies in tandem.
I mean no disrespect by it, it’s just so sad and weird to lose both Tangerine Dream‘s Edgar Froese and Greek superstar Demis Roussos (also of Aphrodite’s Child) within days of each other.
In revisiting …

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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 | 2,109 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 | 2,507 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 | 1,601 views]
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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 | 1,543 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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