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Show #61: Remembering Charlie Haden

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 3 Comments

Charlie Haden died last Friday at 77. He had contracted polio as a teenager in Springfield, Missouri and the dreaded disease had returned in 2011 like Faust from Hell.
Charlie was a great friend of KCRW. He probably visited both myself and Chris Douridas 30 times on Morning Becomes Eclectic. But he didn’t want us just to play his music; he loved being guest deejay, …

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RIP: David Weiss, Master of the Musical Saw

Posted July 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Another musical friend has passed: David Weiss. What makes it more poignant is that he performed on his $7.00 Stanley Handyman Saw on Morning Becomes Eclectic with me on December 5, 1983, but also that he was born 3 days after me. Tragically, David Weiss dropped dead in Pacific Palisades while surfing on May 24th. One would think that if you’re healthy enough to go surfing …

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Show #57: Remembering Little Jimmy Scott

Posted June 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Little Jimmy Scott was a singer’s singer. Let’s start with what Nancy Wilson said about him:
“There would be no Nancy Wilson were it not for Little Jimmy Scott. I owe all that I am and all that I have to this man’s singing style…when I hear Jimmy, he touches me with his unique ability for phrasing. The emotions riding on the timbre of his …

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RIP: Maya Angelou

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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I interviewed Maya Angelou on January 7, 1995. She visited Cafe LA as a guest DJ. She was wearing Malian mud cloth slacks. It was an El Niño year and it was pouring buckets outside. I welcomed her to sunny Southern California.  The guest mike wasn’t working, there was no engineer on duty to fix it, but I had prepared and was ready. She …

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RIP: Juan Formell and Dennis Kamakahi

Posted May 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Two more musical giants have passed. Dennis Kamakahi, called the “Ambassador of Aloha”, died from lung cancer at 61. He was part and parcel of the Hawaiian renaissance that began in the 1970s, when cultural traditions were saved from extinction and celebrated again. He was a master of the slack key guitar; the guitar was brought to Hawai’i in the 1800s by Mexican cowboys, …

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RIP: Latin Music Loses 2 More Giants

Posted April 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments

We have lost 2 great Latin musicians that will be missed. First, there was percussionist Armando Peraza, who played bongos and congas for Carlos Santana for over 20 years. Once a homeless orphan on the streets of Havana: “I was sleeping on the street…I grew up with a lot of violence,” he told Latin Beat magazine, an LA-based publication.
Peraza taught himself drums and rose …

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RIP: Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House Music

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 2 Comments

The world of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was shocked to learn today of Frankie Knuckles‘ death at just 59 years of age of complications from diabetes.
Knuckles moved from New York and started deejaying in the late 1970s in Chicago. His influence has been enormous and spread worldwide. Electronic Dance Music superstars like Daft Punk, Paul Oakenfold, the Dutch duo Kraak and Smaak, DJ Cam, …

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Remembering Ronald Shannon Jackson

Posted March 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Jazz drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson passed away in October of 2013. He was a powerful drummer in a band that broke down a lot of barriers and blended many genres of music: The Decoding Society. The Decoding Society was more edgy, funky, driving. Looking in my KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic archives and there is my aircheck of an interview I did with him on September …

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RIP: Flamenco Giant Paco de Lucia

Posted February 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Paco de Lucia, a giant of flamenco, has died of a sudden heart attack. He passed away yesterday while on vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico with his children. He had several homes, both in Spain, Mexico, and other places.  He was 66.
“Paco lived as he wished and died playing with his children beside the sea,” a statement offered by the de Lucia family …

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RIP: Wadi El-Safi, The Great Voice of Lebanon

Posted February 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Lebanese vocalist Wadi El-Safi (also spelled Wadih Al-Safi) passed away in Beirut this past October, 2013. He was 91. Just as Fairouz remains the female voice of Lebanon, El-Safi was the most famous singer of his generation in Lebanon and widely admired throughout the Arab world. His powerful, passionate voice recalls that of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and other legendary singers whose music transcended …

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