Category R.I.P.

R.I.P.: John Wicks

Even though I’ve already made my love for his band known in this space, this is just one loss that I couldn’t let go by without paying my respects. Last week (October 7), John Wicks, the lead singer, co-songwriter and rhythm guitarist of The Records passed away. Wicks had struggled with his health for several […]

R.I.P.: Aretha Franklin

Hey Nineteen That’s ‘Retha Franklin She don’t remember the Queen of Soul   Well, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagan sure got that right. How sad it is to be too young to remember the soulful singing of Aretha Franklin who we just lost at the age of 76. I was fortunate enough to grow up hearing […]

R.I.P.: Tom Petty

On Sunday night, I was at the Nashville City Winery watching a great show by Chris Hillman. The founding member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers was there celebrating his new release which is a great collection of songs produced earlier this year by Tom Petty. For a moment, I fantasized how cool […]

R.I.P.: Jessi Zazu

Sad to hear the news today about Jessi’s passing at the young age of 28. She sure handled her illness with style, and I am sure inspired many with her courage and hope. There is a nice detailed obit here in the Nashville Scene: http://www.nashvillescene.com/music/nashville-cream/article/20975448/musician-and-artist-jessi-zazu-dies-at-28 Here’s a photo I took at a great Those Darlins […]

R.I.P.: Walter Becker

After getting my first real job in the late 70s, I finally bought a turntable. This major lifestyle change had me finally start buying records again instead of 8-Tracks for the car. One of the first LPs I bought was Steely Dan’s Katy Lied. I think for about a year, I played that record every […]

R.I.P.: Glen Campbell

How many other rock music fans like me were foolish and had a delayed appreciation for the great Glen Campbell who died today? While in our younger days we might have thought Campbell belonged more to our parent’s generation and was not cool enough for ours, most of us were ignorant of the fact that […]

R.I.P.: Gregg Allman

When I first listened to FM rock radio back in the early 1970s, live albums meant so much more than they do today. It once took a major record label effort to do what an artist can do now rather commonplace on their own. One live album that really stood out back then was 1971’s […]