Category R.I.P.

R.I.P.: Pete Shelley

The time had finally come when Punk Rock became more commercially mainstream. It would be awhile before the music softened into New Wave, but eventually, Punk records started to be sold in the more traditional outlets. I specifically recall a day in 1979 when I was browsing the bins of shiny sealed new LPs at […]

R.I.P.: Bleecker Bob

I’m glad that there was someone who cared enough to let us know that legendary New York City record store owner, Robert “Bleecker Bob” Plotkin has died. The death of the charismatic indie record store icon was reported yesterday by the Brooklyn Vegan blogsite. Bob is someone who should be remembered. Cutting my teeth as […]

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 […]