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Category: passings

Saturday, February 12th

passings

Syl Johnson, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, July 1, 1936–February 6, 2022

“Different Strokes,” 1967

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“Is It Because I’m Black” (S. Johnson, et al.), 1969

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“Take Me to the River” (A. Green, M. Hodges), 1975

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, February 2nd

passings

Jimmy Johnson, singer, guitarist, November 25, 1928–January 31, 2022

“Cold, Cold Feeling” (J. M. Robinson), live, San Francisco, 2015

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Sam Lay, drummer, March 20, 1935–January 29, 2022

Sam Lay in Bluesland (trailer), 2014

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 15th

passings

Stephen Sondheim, composer, March 22, 1930–November 26, 2021

Terry Teachout, critic (among other things), February 6, 1956–January 13, 2022 (this was his “favorite Sondheim,” according to Scott Simon on this morning’s Weekend Edition Saturday [NPR])

Bernadette Peters, “Not a Day Goes By” (Merrily We Roll Along), live, London, 1998

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, August 23rd

passings

Don Everly, singer, guitarist, songwriter, February 1, 1937-August 21, 2021

When I was a little boy, my brother and I played this record, over and over, on our basement jukebox. Music comes and goes; the earliest songs remain.

Everly Brothers, “Wake Up Little Susie” (F. Bryant, B. Bryant), 1957

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, February 28th

another take

Rev. Paul Jones, “I Won’t Complain” (P. Jones), live, Texas (Texas City), 1989

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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passings

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (March 24, 1919–February 22, 2021), poet, publisher, bookstore owner

“The World Is a Beautiful Place,” City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco

 

Saturday, October 3rd

sounds of Chicago

Garden of Souls (Nick Mazzarella, alto saxophone; Geof Bradfield, tenor saxophone; Joshua Abrams, bass; Mike Reed, drums), live, Chicago (Constellation), last night

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

 

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passings

How should I not be glad to contemplate
the clouds clearing beyond the dormer window
and a high tide reflected on the ceiling?
There will be dying, there will be dying,
but there is no need to go into that.
The poems flow from the hand unbidden
and the hidden source is the watchful heart.
The sun rises in spite of everything
and the far cities are beautiful and bright.
I lie here in a riot of sunlight
watching the day break and the clouds flying.
Everything is going to be all right.

—Derek Mahon (November 23, 1941-October 1, 2020), “Everything Is Going to Be All Right”

Tuesday, July 28th

passings

Peter Green, guitarist, singer, songwriter, October 29, 1946–July 25, 2020

Fleetwood Mac (with Peter Green, vocals, guitar), “Black Magic Woman” (P. Green), live, Boston, 1970

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, May 15th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Little Richard, 1932-2020

“Tutti Frutti,” 1956 (screen test, The Girl Can’t Help It)

 

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“Long Tall Sally,” 1956 (Don’t Knock the Rock)

 

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“Good Golly, Miss Molly,” 1958

 

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“Rip It Up,” early 1960s

 

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“Lucille,” 1973

 

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When you look at today’s Grammy winners – God bless them – half of them were discovered when they were 10 years old, were groomed, and had managers and publicists. Little Richard just clawed his way to the top at a very early age with nothing except a tremendous amount of talent and gumption.

David Kirby, author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll (2009)

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other day, Chicago

Sunday, May 10th

passings

Little Richard (aka Richard Penniman), singer, pianist, songwriter, December 5, 1932–May 9, 2020

“Didn’t It Rain” (trad.), live, New York (Apollo Theater), 1985

 

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“Yes, God Is Real” (K. Morris), 1960

 

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“Peace in the Valley” (T. Dorsey), 1961

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

The hope that is left after all your hopes are gone—that is pure hope, rooted in the heart.

—Br. David Steindl-Rast (1926-), Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer (1984)

Thursday, May 7th

what’s new

Susan Alcorn (1953-, pedal steel guitar), live (Quarantine Concert presented by Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago), 4/29/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Maine (Monhegan Island)

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reading table

LET THERE BE PHYSICAL SUDDENNESS!

—Michael McClure, poet, playwright, songwriter, etc., October 20, 1932–May 4, 2020, from “PLUME ODE”

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