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Monday, October 8th

passings

Otis Rush, guitarist, singer, April 29, 1935-September 29, 2018 

Today, remembering him, we revisit a couple of posts.

1/21/10

Otis Rush (with Fred Below [drums], et al.), “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” live, Germany, 1966

 

I was staying with my sister and messing around with the guitar every day for my own amusement. Then she took me around and introduced me to Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and the first time I saw that onstage, it inspired me to play. I thought that was the world.

—Otis Rush

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9/15/18

basement jukebox

Otis Rush (1934-)

“All Your Love (I Miss Loving),” 1958

 

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“I Can’t Quit You Baby,” 1956

 

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“Double Trouble,” 1958

 

Sunday, September 2nd

Shirley testifies

Shirley Caesar (with Tasha Cobbs), “How I Got Over,” Aretha’s homegoing service, Detroit, 8/31/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Brook, Ill. (Dean Nature Sanctuary)

Friday, August 17th

passings

Aretha Franklin, singer, pianist, March 25, 1942-August 16, 2018

Today we remember her by revisiting previous posts.

10/18/09

Here—at the funeral service for Bishop David L. Ellis, pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith—Aretha testifies.

Aretha Franklin, “Never Grow Old,” live, Detroit, 1996

 

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[A] lengthy service was perceived to be an honor to the deceased—a testimony to the great impact of his or her life. Consider the 1996 funeral of Bishop David Ellis Sr., pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith, whose services stretched over three days. His body was laid to rest in a $30,000 gold-plated casket that was ‘propped at an angle in the church aisle so mourners could see his body resting on red velvet cushions.’—Karla FC Holloway (in Passed On: African American Mourning Stories [2002])

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10/25/09

When someone sounds as good as Aretha did last Sunday, only one word seems to fit: more.

Aretha Franklin (joined on the second number by Billy Preston and Little Richard), “Surely God Is Able,” “Packin’ Up,” live (Tribute to Marion Williams), Washington, D.C., 1993

 

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My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left.—Aretha Franklin

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11/1/09

Aretha didn’t have to wait until she was grown to be great. She was great when she was 14.

Aretha Franklin (at 14, vocal and piano), “Precious Lord,” live, Detroit (New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, was pastor), 1956

 

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10/24/10

Here’s more of the late Albertina Walker.

“Lord, Remember Me,” live

 

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“I’m Still Here” (joined by Delores Washington), live, 1998, Philadelphia

 

Want more? Here.

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Here’s a better clip from this service than the one posted last Sunday (now deleted).

Aretha Franklin, “I’ll Fly Away,” live, Homegoing Service for Albertina Walker, Chicago (West Point Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove), 10/15/10

 

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12/12/10

Friends and fans of Aretha Franklin offered prayers and good wishes after learning that the Queen of Soul, one of Detroit’s beloved musical artists, is suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The Detroit News, 12/8/10

A world without Aretha?

Impossible.

Aretha Franklin, “Oh It Is Jesus,” “Old Landmark,” live, featuring Rev. Cecil Franklin (brother) & Erma Franklin (sister), Detroit, 1985 (TV broadcast 1986)

 

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4/8/12

Aretha testifies

Aretha Franklin, “Surely God Is Able,” live, Detroit, 1990

 

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1/6/13

The other day, in the wake of Inez’s [Andrews] passing, we heard several takes on this. How about another?

Aretha Franklin (with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir), “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” live, Los Angeles, 1972

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6/23/14

passings

Gerry Goffin, lyricist, February 11, 1939-June 19, 2014

The Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1961

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The Drifters, “Up on the Roof” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1962


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Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), 1967

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1/1/16

What better way to start the new year?

Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), live, Washington, D.C., 2015

 

Friday, July 6th

passings

Henry Butler, pianist, singer, September 21, 1948-July 2, 2018

With Steven Bernstein & the Hot 9, “Some Iko,” live, Chicago, 2015

 

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art beat

Lee Friedlander (1934-), New Orleans

Eureka Brass Band, late 1950s

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Young Tuxedo Brass Band, 1959

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Second Liners at Mardi Gras, 1957

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Second Liners, 1961

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Young Tuxedo Bass Band, 1966

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Wednesday, May 16th

passings

Glenn Branca, composer, guitarist, October 6, 1948-May 13, 2018

Live, Washington, D.C., 2012

 

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Live (Symphony No. 16 [Orgasm], First Mvt.), Paris, 2015

 

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lagniappe

reading table

That was fast.
I mean life.

—Ron Padgett, “Haiku”

Monday, April 30th

passings

Charles Neville, saxophonist, December 28, 1938-April 26, 2018

Neville Brothers, “Yellow Moon,” live, New Orleans, 1991

 

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More?

Here’s the whole set.

 

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, April 25th

passings

Bob Dorough, singer, songwriter, piano player, December 12, 1923-April 23, 2018

“Devil May Care” (B. Dorough, T. Kirk), live (studio), New York, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, April 7th

passings

Cecil Taylor, pianist, composer, bandleader, April 25, 1929-April 5, 2018

Today we celebrate his singular musical presence by revisiting a few favorites.

Live, 1981 (Imagine the Sound)

 

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With Max Roach (drums), live, New York (Columbia University), 2000

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With Harri Sjostrom (soprano saxophone), Tristan Honsinger (cello), Thurman Barker (marimba), Paul Lovens (drums), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1995

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I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.

—Cecil Taylor

Wednesday, December 20th

passings

Best minute of music you’ll hear all month?

Willie Pickens, April 18, 1931-December 13, 2017, pianist, educator

“Giant Steps” (J. Coltrane), live, Chicago, 2012

 

Saturday, November 25th

passings

Warren “Pete” Moore, singer (The Miracles, bass), songwriter, vocal arranger, producer, November 19, 1937-November 19, 2017

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (WPM, far left)

“Tracks of My Tears”  (S. Robinson, P. Moore, M. Tarplin), 1965

 

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“Ooo Baby Baby” (S. Robinson, P. Moore), 1965

 

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Jon Hendricks, singer, songwriter, September 16, 1921-November 22, 2017

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (JH scats first), “Airegin” (S. Rollins), live, Newport, R.I., 1960

 

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Tommy Keene, singer, songwriter, guitarist, June 30, 1958-November 22, 2017

Live, New York, 1986

 

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