Songs With A Mardi Gras Theme

mardi-gras-maskIt’s carnival time here once again in the states and with the party atmosphere taking a stronghold down in New Orleans this week I thought I would put together a small list of essential Mardi Gras themed music, with a few surprises thrown in at the bottom of this post. Unlike most of the other song lists or play lists I’ve created over the years in this section, the title does not just have to include the word ‘Mardi Gras’. The songs and videos below just need to have a feel for the annual New Orleans celebration. Some are even instrumentals with the sounds of Cajun, Creole, Blues, Jazz and Zydeco or a fusion mix. This is a relatively small list compared to other themed song lists I’ve done previously but should still give a good sampling of music for this special annual event known as Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

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SONGS WITH A MARDI GRAS THEME

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Big Chief – Earl King

Carnival Time – Al Johnson

Fire On The Bayou – The Meters

Go To The Mardi Gras – Professor Longhair

Goin’ Back To New Orleans – Dr. John

Hey Pocky A-Way – The Meters

I Went To The Mardi Gras – Snooks Eaglin

La Danse De Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Song) – Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Mardi Gras Day – Dr. John

Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Fats Domino

Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Professor Longhair

Mardi Gras Mambo – The Hawketts

Meet De Boys On The Battlefront – Wild Tchoupitoulas

Take Me To The Mardi Gras – Paul Simon

The Day After Mardi Gras – The Lakefront Loungers

The Second Line – Stop, Inc

When The Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong

Who Dat At Da Mardi Gras – Jake Da Snake

 

************ BONUS ************

Enjoy a couple more off-the-wall sounds of Mardi Gras…. with a humorous twist…..

Ain’t No Place To Pee On Mardi Gras Day – Benny Grunch

Mardi Gras Funk!  (Parody of “Uptown Funk”) – Melissa Stevenson

 

*** A FEW MORE SOUNDS OF LOUISIANA ***

Diggy Liggy Lo – Dou Kershaw (“The Rajun Cajun”)

Down At The Twist & Shout – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Jambalaya On The Bayou – John Fogerty (Blue Ridge Rangers)

When The Saints Go Marching In – Pelican 212

(an amazing family brass band that have appeared recently on national TV)

 

************ ENCORE ************

and here’s one more that sums up the unmistaken sounds of the season…………

New Orleans Creole / Cajun / Zydeco / Blues / Jazz Music of Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday / NOLA Saints

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Impressive Young Singers From Around The World: TV & Video Performances

Sensational Young Singers Round The WorldThere have been some really good stand out vocal performances from young people from around the world that have made a positive impression in their local viewing area. Some may have even become minor celebrities in their home communities. But unless you’re a diehard Youtube follower, or they made national news coverage or widespread social media most people from others parts of the country (or world) would have no way of discovering their great voices without someone bringing it to your attention. That’s what my goal is here. Over the past several years I’ve enjoyed exploring videos from around the world of kids & young people who have given some really impressive performances. Most of the videos below are from the past 10 years or so, but I’ll also be including a few retro videos from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s of some of the future stars early in their careers. Many of the more recent performers are not necessarily recording stars, at least for now anyways. Please feel free to comment on your thoughts of these performances. There will undoubtedly be others out there that I’m not familiar with or aware of. Let me know below.

Impressive Young Singers From Around The World:

TV & Video Performances

Listings are arranged alphabetically by country of the young singers origin or longest residency (if known). I’m continually adding more videos to this post as time permits as well as when I discover more really good young talent. In reality, this list will never be complete as there is virtually no end in sight………. Enjoy!

A R G E N T I N A 

Pablo Ruiz (1988)

A R M E N I A

Vladimir Arzumanyan (2010)

Misha (2017)

A U S T R A L I A

Jordan Jansen (2009)

Straalen McCallum (2010)

Jack Vidgen (2011)

Jai Waetford (2013)

Paris Morgan (2013)

Robbie Anderson (2014)

Olivia Swinton (2014)

Molly Sneddon (2014)

Jasmine Dale (2014)

Ky Baldwin (2014)

Angus Ross (2014)

Angus Ross, Ky Baldwin & Robbie Anderson (2014)

Alexa Curtis (2014)

Ethan Karpathy (2014)

Justin Vasquez (2014)

Isabella Clarke (2017)

A U S T R I A

Luca Stangl (2017)

Luca Stangl (2017)

B E L A R U S

Ksenia Sitnik (2005)

Andrey Kunets (2006)

Alexey Zhigalkovic (2007)

Angelina Pipper (2011)

Nadezhda Misyakova (2014)

B E L G I U M

X!NK (2003)

Thor Salden (Thor) (2006)

Thor Salden (Thor) (2007)

Laura Omloop (2009)

Fabian Feyaerts (2012)

Josefien Derijcke (2015)

Nalu (2015)

Zita (2015)

Florence (2015)

Zita, Josefien & Precious (2015)

Leeloo Love (2016)

B R A Z I L

Jotta A  (Jose Antonio Viana) (2011)

Jotta A  (Jose Antonio Viana) (2011)

Enzo & Eder (2016)

B U L G A R I A

Krisia Todorova (2014)

Krisia Todorova (2016)

C A N A D A

The Moffats (1995)

The Moffats (1996)

Matt Errs (2012)

Johnny Orlando (2013)

Johnny Orlando (2013)

Johnny Orlando (2015)

Christian Lalama (2016)

Annabelle, Lee Anne & Rafaël Dolan-Bachand (2016)

Sandrine Lamontagne (2016)

Jadyn Rylee (2017)

"Beaches Of Tofino" ORIGINAL song by Jadyn Rylee (2017)

C H I L E 

Christell (2003)

C H I N A

Jeffrey Li & Celine Tam (2015)

Jeffrey Li (2015)

C O L U M B I A

Adrián Londoño (2014)

David Santiago Pena (2014)

Matthew Moreno (2014)

Matthew Moreno (2015)

Juan Andres (2015)

Juan José Figueroa (2015)

C R O A T I A

Dino Jelusic (2003)

Nika Turkovic (2004)

D E N M A R K

Luca (2015)

Oliver (2016) 

Tobias (2016)

Rumle, Oliver & Nicolai (2016)

E C U A D O R

Santiago Acuna (2013) 

E G Y P T

Noor Uthman (2013)

F I N L A N D

Lleucu “Leikki” Young (2014)

Aino Morko (2015)

F R A N C E

Caroline Costa (2008)

Marina Dalmas (2011)

Edith Piaf (2014)

Léo Ristorto (2015)

Johan (2015)

Max & Mango (2015)

Nans (2016)

Leelou (2017)

G E O R G I A

Candy (2011)

Lizi Japaridze (Lizi Pop) (2014)

Mariam Mamadashvilli (2016)

G E R M A N Y

The Mini-Beats (2000)

(Philip Lawall, Markus Attinger, Jonas Kenner & Andreas Schaupp)

Laura Kamhuber (2013)

Fabienne (2013)

Danyiom (2014)

Soufjan (2014)

Luca Schatz (2015)

Lukas Janisch (2016)

Iggy (2017)

Iggi, Ruben & Leon (2017)

Nils (2017)

G R E A T   B R I T A I N   ( E N G L A N D )

Jack Wild (1970)

Jack Wild (1970)

Declan Galbraith (2002)

Declan Galbraith (2007)

Joseph McManners (2005)

Joseph Manners (2005)

Connie Talbot (2007)

Connie Talbot (2009)

Charlie Green (2008)

Natalie Okri (2009)

Ronan Parke (2011)

Ronan Parke (2011)

Ronan Parke (2011)

Libera Boys Choir (2011)

Libera Boys Choir (2011)

Bars & Melody (Leondre Devries & Charlie Lenehan) (2014)

Henry Gallagher (2015)

Beau Dermott (2016)

Cruz Beckham (2016)

Jack Goodacre (2017)

Jack Goodacre (2017)

Jude Landeg (2017)

Jude, Tilly &  Jack (2017)

G R E A T  B R I T A I N   ( S C O T L A N D )  

Neil Reid (1971)

Lena Zavaroni  (1974)

Stuart Anderson Jr. (1992)

G R E A T  B R I T A I N  ( W A L E S )

Aled Jones (1985)

Charlotte Church (2000)

Shaheen Jafargholi (2009)

G R E E C E 

Niki Giannoulsou (2008)

I N D I A

Vishwaprasad Ganagi (2016)

I N D O N E S I A

Super7 (2013)

Rachel Farial (2016) 

I R E L A N D

The Kelly Family (1979)

The Wee Amigos (Ben Troy, Gerald Ahern & Simon Peters) (2011)

The Wee Amigos (Ben Troy, Gerald Ahern & Simon Peters) (2011)

Ben Troy (2011)

Gerald Ahern (2011)

Jack & Cormac (Jack Duff & Cormac Connell) (2013)

Gaelic (Irish) version of ‘The Cup Song’ (2013)

… about 600 students at Coláiste Lurgan in Conamara, Ireland got together with plastic cups to perform ‘When I’m Gone’ (also known as ‘The Cup Song’) and to give an unofficial attempt to set a world record for the largest group performance of the song.

I S R A E L

Michel Cohen (2012)

I T A L Y

Vincenzo Cantiello (2014)

Raffaele Papadia (2016)

J O R D A N

Eman Bisha (2017)

M A L T A

Gaia Cauchi (2013)

Gianluca Cilia (2017)

M E X I C O

Luis Miguel (1981)

Samantha Ríos (2015)

Ashley Acosta (2015)

Luis Angel (2017)

Santiago Ervey (2017)

N E T H E R L A N D S

Ralf Mackenbach (2009)

Donny (2012)

Jesse Pardon (2013)

Jarmo de Rek (2013)

Cas Van Leeuwen (2013)

Chelsea (2013)

Amira Willighagen (2013)

Bodi Zong Bij Zijn (2014)

Roeland Beelen (2014)

Ayoub Maach (2014)

Marijn (2015)

Britney (2015)

Jade & Senna Dorssers (2016)

Isabel (2016)

Jaco (2016)

N O R W A Y

Malin Reitan (2005)

Angelina Jordan (2014)

Angelina Jordan (2017)

Marcus & Martinus (2015)

Marcus & Martinus (2015)

P E R U

Valeria Zapata (2014)

P H I L L I P I N E S

Jal Joshua (2009)

Jal Joshua (2009)

Angelico “Echo” Claridad (2014)

Lyca Gairanod (2014)

Jimboy (2014)

Gwyneth Dorado (2015)

Antonette Tismo (2016)

Ian Joseph (2016)

Justin Alva (2016)

P O L A N D 

Magda Fronczewska (1990)

R O M A N I A 

Noni Răzvan (2004)

Nicole Cherry (2013)

R U S S I A

Street Magic (2005)

Street Magic (2005)

Tolmachevy Twins (2006)

Alexey Tsvetkov (2008)

Lesha Tsvetkov (2009)

Arsene Shavlyuk (2012)

Danil Gilev (2013)

Vitya Aniskin (2013)

Alain Ershov (2014)

Michael Smirnov (2015)

Georgi Dolgolenko (2015) 

Artem Kolesnikov, Julia Serenko, Marsel Sabirov, Xenia Ponomarenko (2016)

Benjamin Nurgaleev , Anastasia Dmitrachkova , Vsevolod Rudakov (2016)

Taisiya Podgornaya , Nonna Yeganyan , Dmitry Kondakov (2016)

Ksenia Ponomarenko (2016)

Said Mukhametzyanova , Camilla Kusova, Renata Tazetdinova (2015)

Hallelujah (beautifully performed in 3 languages, Russian, English & Arabic)

S I N G A P O R E

Filomena Litani (2015)

S O U T H   A F R I C A

Henno William (2015)

Henno William (2017)

S O U T H   K O R E A

Park Ye Eum (2013)

Yoon Si Young (2013)

Lee Eunsung (2013)

S P A I N

Diego Dominguez (2003)

Nico  (Nicolo Urbinati) (2004)

Maria Isabel (2007)

Abraham Mateo (2010)

Abraham Mateo & Caroline Costa (2012)

Adexe & Nau (2015)

Pedro Martin (2016)

Antonio & Paco (2017)

S W E D E N

Zara Larsson (2008)

Zara Larsson (2008)

T U R K E Y

Çağla & Doğa Vardar (2014)

U K R A I N E

Anastasia Petrik (2010)

Anastasia Petrik (2012)

Ruslan Korshunov (2012)

Kyrylo Cherpita (2016)

Ivan Iastrebov (2016)

Taly Kuper (2016)

Aleksandra Myronenko (2016)

Maria Zakharova (2017)

Daneliya Tulyeshova (2017)

Sofia Lozina (2017)

Kain Rivers (aka Kyrylo Cherpita, aka Kirill Rogovets) (2017)

U N I T E D   S T A T E S

Tony DeFranco & The DeFranco Family (1973)

Shaun Cassidy (1977)

Leif Garrett (1978)

Kristy & Jimmy McNichol (1978)

Aaron Carter (1997)

Aaron Carter (1998)

Aaron Carter (2000)

Billy Gilman (2000)

Billy Gilman (2001)

Bianca Ryan (2006)

Taylor Ware (2006)

Joey Pearson (2006)

Joey Pearson (2006)

Greyson Chance (2010)

Jackie Evancho (2010)

Colton Jacobson (2011)

Aj Silva (2011)

Brewer Boys (2011)

Kaitlyn Maher (2012)

Sawyer Fredericks (2012)

Sawyer Fredericks (2012)

Carly Rose Sonenclar (2012)

Beatrice Miller (2012)

Reed Deming (2012)

Reed Deming (2013)

Griffin Tucker (2012)

Griffin Tucker (2014)

Stone Martin (2013)

MattyB  (Matthew David Morris) (2013)

MattyB & Carissa Adee (2014)

Carson Leuders (2014)

Carson Leuders (2014)

GregoryQ  (Gregory Quintana) (2015)

Isaiah Morgan (2016)

Pelican 212 (2016)

Grace Vanderwaal (2016)

Angelina Green (2017)

Celine Tam (2017)

Angelica Hale (2017)

Evie Clair (2017)

“STRANGER THINGS” kids performance at the EMMY AWARDS (2017)

featuring Millie Bobbie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo & Caleb Maclaughlin

“STRANGER THINGS” kids performance on the Late Show with James Corden (2017)

featuring Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb Maclaughlin & Noah Schnapp 

V E N E Z U E L A

Daniela Ramos (2015)

Katherine Aponte (2016)

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AND HERE’S A BONUS…..

from BBC of a 2008 performance of highlights from the musical stage show “Oliver Twist” — a medley of 3 entertaining & popular songs…..

and one more….. Here are all 12 ‘Oliver’s’ singing “Electricity” from the BBC stage production of “Billy Elliot”

 

Remembering Music Artists Who Passed in 2012

As sure as each day fades into night and each night reveals a new day, sooner or later, we will all be faced with our own mortality. As we grow older and move from one stage of our life to the next, majority of us  have fond memories of people that made an impact on our day-to-day lives, parents, relatives, friends, teachers, counselors, coaches, role models, etc. on a personal level. Then we have those memorable icons who kept us  entertained through the media that we looked forward to seeing on our favorite TV shows, at the movies, on the radio, in the funny pages (comic books), in concert or on stage. As time passes and we all age, we begin loosing many of our childhood heroes and people we cared about or made us feel secure in our own special place.

The focus on this particular post will be on MUSIC ARTISTS of all genres. I will attempt to present to you many of my personal favorites that the world has lost during this calendar year. As you might expect, this post will be ongoing and updated as we unfortunately will lose more wonderful music artists through the end of 2012. I know there will be some that I leave out, maybe because I’m unaware of their passing, or because they were not known in America, or, in the case of a few, I personally did not like them or care for their music.

* There may also be a couple of other “non-artists” that were involved in some capacity with music that I have included here also such as band members, producers, writers, hosts (Don Cornelius), etc.

Enjoy the trip down memory lane and hopefully some of the artists listed will leave a soft spot in your heart or a tear in your eye.  

I’ll include one of their classics that they are best remembered for (as well as a personal favorite).

Deaths are listed in reverse chronological order from most recent (December) backward to the beginning of the year, January, 2012.

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Updated once again as the curtain closes on 2012, with several more entries of those who passed during the past twelve months, those who entertained us through music and song…. that left us with memories of our youth, our past, the good times, the bad times, the happy, the sad

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DECEMBER DEATHS

Fontella Bass – Age 72

July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012 (from St. Louis, Missouri)

Ray Collins – Age 76

(Mothers of Invention)

November 19, 1936 – December 24, 2012 (from Pomona, California)

Mike Scaccia – Age 47

(Lead Guitar – Ministry)

June 14, 1965 – December 23, 2012 (from Babylon, New York)

Lee Dorman – Age 70

(Bass Guitar – Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond)

September 15, 1942 – December 21, 2012 (from St. Louis, Missouri)

Jimmy McCracklin – Age 91

August 13, 1921 – December 20, 2012 (from St. Louis, Missouri)

Inez Andrews – Age 83

(Gospel Soloist / The Caravans)

April 14, 1929 – December 19, 2012 (from Birmingham, Alabama)

Pecker Dunne – Age 79

April 1, 1933 – December 19, 2012 (from Castlebar, Ireland)

Ravi Shankar – Age 92

April 7, 1920 – December 11, 2012 (from India)

Jenni Rivera – Age 43

July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012 (from Long Beach, California)

Ed Cassidy – Age 89

(Drummer/Founder – Rising Sons, Spirit)

May 4, 1923 – December 6, 2012 (from Bakersfield, California)

Huw Lloyd-Langton – Age 61

(Guitarist – Hawkwind, Widowmaker)

February 6, 1951 – December 6, 2012  (from London, England)

Dave Brubeck – Age 91

December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012  (from Concord, California)

Dee Harvey – Age 47

1965 – December 1, 2012  (from Memphis, Tennessee)

NOVEMBER DEATHS

Frank Barsalona – Age 74

(Legendary Talent Agent/Pioneering Rock Promoter)

March 31, 1938 – November 22, 2012  (from Staten Island, New York)

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Peter Bennett – Age 77

(Legendary Music Promoter)

May 10, 1935 – November 22, 2012  (from The Bronx, New York)

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Michael Dunford – Age 68

(Guitarist – Renaissance)

July 8, 1944 – November 20, 2012  (from Surrey, England)

Billy Scott – Age 70

(Billy Scott & the Prophets)

October 5, 1942 – November 17, 2012  (from Huntington, West Virginia)

Major Harris – Age 65

(The Delfonics, solo career)

 February 9, 1947 – November 9, 2012  (from Richmond, Virginia)

OCTOBER DEATHS

Terry Callier – Age 67

(Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter)

May 24, 1945 – October 27, 2012 (from Chicago, Illinois)

Pundits referred to his music as “jazz-folk” in the 1970’s. Callier was an unusual and singularly inspired singer-songwriter whose music defied such easy categorization. He was largely ignored by the U.S. record buying public, despite being well-respected among musicians and critics.

SEPTEMBER DEATHS

Hal David – Age 91

(Lyricist)

May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012  (from Brooklyn, New York)

Hal David wrote words for, most notably, Burt Bacharach. Together, the two provided hits to Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, The Carpenters and others. Songs include, “The Look of Love,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose.”

Joe South – Age 72

February 28, 1940 – September 5, 2012 (from Atlanta, Georgia)

An American songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. Best known for his songwriting, South won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1970 for “Games People Play” and was again nominated for the award in 1972 for “Rose Garden”.

Dorothy McGuire – Age 84

(McGuire Sisters)

February 13, 1928 – September 7, 2012 (from Middletown, Ohio)

The McGuire Sisters were a singing trio in American popular music. The group was composed of three sisters: Christine McGuire (born July 30, 1926); Dorothy McGuire (February 13, 1928 – September 7, 2012); and Phyllis McGuire (born February 14, 1931). Among their most popular songs are “Sincerely” and “Sugartime”, both number one hits.

Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan – Age 93

(Lonzo and Oscar)

January 9, 1919 – September 7, 2012 (from Edmonton, Kentucky)

Andy Williams – Age 84

(December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012 (from Wall Lake, Iowa)

A legendary American popular music singer. He recorded 44 albums in his career, 15 of which have been gold-certified and three of which have been platinum-certified.He was also nominated for six Grammy Awards. He hosted The Andy Williams Show, a television variety show, from 1962 to 1971, and numerous TV specials. The Andy Williams Show garnered three Emmy awards. The Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, is named after the song he is most known for singing—Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”. He sold over 100 million records worldwide including 10.5 million certified units in the United States.

AUGUST DEATHS

Jimmy Jones – Age 75

June 2, 1937 – August 2, 2012 (from Birmingham, Alabama)

Marvin Hamlisch – Age 68

June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012 (from New York City, New York)

An American composer and conductor. Hamlisch was one of only twelve people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. He is also one of only two people (along with Richard Rodgers) to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize.

Carl Davis – Age 77

(record producer)

September 19, 1934 – August 9, 2012 (from Chicago, Illinois)

An American record producer and music executive, who was particularly active in Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. He was responsible for hit R&B records by Gene Chandler, Major Lance, Jackie Wilson, The Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin, Tyrone Davis and others.

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Scott McKenzie – Age 73

January 10, 1939 – August 18, 2012 (from Jacksonville, Florida)

An American singer and songwriter. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”.

Max Bygraves – Age 89

October 16, 1922 – August 31, 2012 (from London, England)

An English comedian, singer, actor and variety performer. He appeared on his own television shows, sometimes performing comedy sketches between songs. He made twenty Royal Variety Performance appearances and presented numerous programmes, including Family Fortunes.

 

JULY DEATHS

Bob Babbitt – Age 74

(Bass Guitar/ The Funk Brothers, MFSB)

November 26, 1937 – July 16, 2012  (from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

He was a bassist in Motown Records’ studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1966 through 1972, and also a member of MFSB for Philadelphia International Records. He played on hundreds of hits, including Steve Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” Edwin Starr’s “War” and Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

Jon Lord – Age 71

(Deep Purple)

June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012  (from Leicester, England)

An English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men. In 1968 Lord co-founded Deep Purple, a hard rock band of which he was regarded as the leader until 1970.

Kitty Wells – Age 92

“Queen of Country Music”

August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012  (from Nashville, Tennessee)

Her 1952 hit recording, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”, made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s. Wells ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of Billboard’s country charts. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1991, she became the third country music artist and the eighth woman to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Wells’ accomplishments earned her the nickname Queen of Country Music.

JUNE DEATHS

Herb Reed – Age 83

August 7, 1928 – June 4, 2012 (from Kansas City, Missouri)

An American musician, vocalist and founding member of The Platters, who were known for their hits during the 1950s and 1960s. Reed, who was the last surviving original member of the group, which he co-founded with four other musicians in 1953, is credited with creating The Platters’ name.

Bob Welch – Age 66

August 31, 1945 – June 7, 2012 (from Los Angeles, CA)

An American musician, who was member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He had a successful solo career in the late 1970s. His singles included “Hot Love, Cold World,” “Ebony Eyes,” “Precious Love,” and his signature song, “Sentimental Lady

Graeme Bell – Age 97

September 7, 1914 – June 13, 2012 (from Victoria, Australia)

An Australian Dixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader

 

Marjorie “Marjie” Hymans – Age 91

August 9, 1920 – June 14, 2012 (from New York City, New York)

An American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, and arranger. She began her career as a vibraphonist in the 1940s, playing with Woody Herman (from 1944 to 1945), the Hip Chicks (1945), Mary Lou Williams (1946), Charlie Ventura (1946), George Shearing (from 1949 to 1950), and led her own groups, including a trio, which stayed together from 1945 to 1948, performing on 52nd Street in Manhattan

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MAY DEATHS

Doc Watson – Age 89

(Guitarist / ‘Roots Music’ Legend)

March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012  (from Deep Gap, North Carolina)

Blind from nearly birth, Watson went on to become a legendary guitar picker, both fingerstyle and flatpicking. He won seven Grammy awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. When you think of traditional American music — folk, bluegrass, blues, country and gospel — think Doc.

Robin Gibb – Age 62

The Bee Gees

December 22, 1949 – May 20, 2012  (from Douglas, Isle of Man)

Of Brothers Gibb fame, Robin sang lead on many of the early Bee Gees hits, including “Massachusetts,” “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” and “I Started a Joke.” He has writing credits on “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “Tragedy.”

Donna Summer – Age 63

(“Disco Queen”)

December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012  (from Boston, Massachusetts)

She became a disco queen, with racy hits such as “Love To Love You Baby,” “I Feel Love,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls,” eventually became a born-again Christian. But while her music was often controversial for its lyrical content, it was just as groundbreaking in the musical sphere, bringing electronic-based music to the people.

Donald “Duck” Dunn – Age 70

(Booker T & The MGs)

(Bass guitarist / session musician / record producer / songwriter)

November 24, 1941 – May 13, 2012  (from Memphis, Tennessee)

Teaming up with guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist “Duck” Dunn joined the house band at Stax Records, which became Booker T. and the MGs. Session work was extensive, including Otis Redding’s “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay” and Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour.”

Adam “MCA” Yauch – Age 47

(Beastie Boys)

August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012  (from Brooklyn, New York)

APRIL DEATHS

Levon Helm – Age 71

(The Band)

May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012  (from Elaine, Arkansas)

Helm was a multi-instrumentalist known for singing and drumming with the Band on such hits as “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down” and “Up On Cripple Creek.” He was a benevolent musician who won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Americana Album with Electric Dirt.

Dick Clark “America’s Oldest Teenager” – Age 82

(Legendary Producer, TV/Radio Personality, American Bandstand, American Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, as well as other TV series & game shows)

November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012  (from Mount Vernon, New York)

Dick Clark became a cultural icon as he switched from radio to TV and hosted American Bandstand, which ran from 1957 to 1987. Started his own production company while hosting Often referred to as “America’s Oldest Teenager,” Clark also counted down New Year’s Eve every year on New Year’s Eve!

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MARCH DEATHS

Earl Scruggs – Age 88

(Bluegrass Music Legend, Banjo)

January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012  (from Flint Hill, North Carolina)

Banjo players the world over mourned the passing of this bluegrass music giant. He joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1945 and popularized his three-finger picking style.

Ronnie Montrose – Age 64

(Montrose, Gamma)

November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012 (from San Francisco, California)

An American rock guitarist, who led the bands Montrose (1973-77 & 1987) and Gamma (1979-83 & 2000) and also performed and did session work with a variety of musicians, including Van Morrison (1971–72), Herbie Hancock (1971), Beaver & Krause (1971), Boz Scaggs (1971), Edgar Winter (1972 & 1996), Gary Wright (1975), The Beau Brummels (1975), Dan Hartman (1976), Tony Williams (1978), The Neville Brothers (1987), Marc Bonilla (1991 & 1993), Sammy Hagar (1997), and Johnny Winter. The first Montrose album was often cited as “America’s answer to Led Zeppelin” and Ronnie Montrose was often referred to as one of the most influential guitarists in American hard rock.

FEBRUARY DEATHS

Davy Jones – Age 66

(The Monkees)

December 20, 1945 – February 29, 2012 (from Manchester, Lancashire, England)

An English singer-songwriter, musician, actor and businessman best known as a member of the band The Monkees, and for starring in the TV series of the same name. Jones is considered one of the great teen idols of his era.

Whitney Houston – Age 48

(solo artist)

August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012 (from Newark, New Jersey)

The only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, Whitney Houston was a force of nature who lost her battle with her inner demons. She starred in the hugely popular film The Bodyguard in 1992, which also featured the best-selling single by a female artist, “I Will Always Love You.”

Don Cornelius – Age 75

(Soul Train creator, producer & host)

September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012 (from Chicago, Illinois)

Don Cornelius brought “Love, Peace and Soul” into the homes of average teenagers who watched his music program Soul Train religiously for its promotion of R&B and soul music performers such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, among the many.

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JANUARY DEATHS

Etta James – Age 73

(Soul Singer)

January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012 (from Los Angeles, California)

Discovered by Johnny Otis when just a teenager, James was inducted into several Hall of Fames — Rock and Roll, Blues, Grammy — and was known for such hits as “Roll With Me, Henry,” “At Last” and “Tell Mama.”

Johnny Otis – Age 90

“The Godfather of Rhythm & Blues”

December 28, 1921 – January 17, 2012 (from Vallejo, California)

Commonly referred to as “The Godfather of Rhythm & Blues,” Otis was a singer, drummer, pianist, producer, songwriter whose credits included playing the memorable vibraphone part on Johnny Ace’s “Pledging My Love.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Jimmy Castor – Age 71

(Jimmy Castor Bunch)

June 23, 1940 – January 16, 2012 (from Manhattan, New York)

Larry Reinhardt – Age 63

(Guitarist / Iron Butterfly & Captain Beyond)

July 7, 1948 – January 2, 2012 (from Florida)

An American rock guitarist who played with Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond. At one time Reinhardt was known by the nicknames “El Rhino” and “Ryno”.

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Fred Milano – Age 72

(The Belmonts)

August 26, 1939 – January 1, 2012 (from the Bronx, New York)

Voter Poll Results: 2010 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Winners

Well – Here, finally, for you curiosity seekers out there are the results/winners of the Voter Poll of which music artists you’d like to see in the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inauguration ceremonies held next winter (2010-2011). Of course this was simply a casual – non-scientific 😛 public opinion poll conducted on this site from October 1, 2009 through January 1, 2010.

There were 123 votes cast overall – not that shabby for my first attempt at conducting a web poll – Some of you maybe surprised by the final results – or not. Several nominees were tied with the same number of votes here also.

The induction process and qualifications for the Hall can be found at this LINK.

2010 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Poll

FINAL RESULTS

First Place Winner in Poll

1st – Rush (8 votes) 7%

2nd – Kiss (6 votes) 6%

3rd – Bon Jovi (5 votes) 5%

Neil Diamond (5 votes) 5%

4th – ABBA (4 votes) 4%

Alice Cooper (4 votes) 4%

Chicago (4 votes) 4%

Deep Purple (4 votes) 4%

Heart (4 votes) 4%

Journey (4 votes) 4%

Steve Miller Band (4 votes) 4%

5th – Beastie Boys (3 votes) 3%

Boston (3 votes) 3%

Def Leppard (3 votes) 3%

Depeche Mode (3 votes) 3%

Electric Light Orchestra (3 votes) 3%

Genesis (3 votes) 3%

Hall & Oates (3 votes) 3%

Iggy Pop & The Stooges (3 votes) 3%

Ozzy Osbourne (3 votes) 3%

Peter Paul & Mary (3 votes) 3%

The Cure (3 votes) 3%

Yes (3 votes) 3%

6th – Cheap Trick (2 votes) 2%

Chubby Checker (2 votes) 2%

Doobie Brothers (2 votes) 2%

Foreigner (2 votes) 2%

Iron Maiden (2 votes) 2%

Jethro Tull (2 votes) 2%

Neil Sedaka (2 votes) 2%

Red Hot Chili Peppers (2 votes) 2%

Styx (2 votes) 2%

The Moody Blues (2 votes) 2%

7th – Barry Manilow (1 vote) 1%

Connie Francis (1 vote) 1%

Dire Straits (1 vote) 1%

Duran Duran (1 vote) 1%

Kool & The Gang (1 vote) 1%

Motley Crue (1 vote) 1%

Paul Anka (1 vote) 1%

Stevie Ray Vaughn (1 vote) 1%

The Cars (1 vote) 1%

The Commodores (1 vote) 1%

The Kingston Trio (1 vote) 1%

Three Dog Night (1 vote) 1%

Tom Waits (1 vote) 1%

Tommy James & The Shondells (1 vote) 1%

War (1 vote) 1%

The following artists were listed in the poll but received no (0) votes:

Cher, Donovan, Harry Nilsson, Joe Satriani, The Hollies, The Spinners, Toots & The Maytals and Whitney Houston

Thanks to everyone who participated and voted in this poll.

Many more polls to come in the near future…

Resource Links:

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland, OH

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Roll Call – Who’s Next?

Here is an overview of the annual inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – specifically in the performers category – along with the latest nominations for 2010.

rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-and-museum-lightsThe performers category is meant for the recording artists and bands that have “influence and significance to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.” Artists become eligible for Rock Hall induction consideration in this particular category 25 years after their first recording was released. In order to be inducted, an artist must be nominated by a committee that selects anywhere from nine to a dozen candidates. Ballots are sent to 500 “rock experts” who then evaluate the candidates and vote on who should be inducted. The performers that receive the highest number of votes and more than 50 percent of the vote are inducted.

The latest crop of inductees (listed at the bottom of this post) are expected to be announced in December, and the winners will be recognized at the 25th annual Rock Hall induction ceremony scheduled for March 15 in New York City.

Since the Rock Hall was instituted back in 1986, here are the performers who have been inducted, with a year-by-year run down. As of the 2009 crop, there are now 164 members of this elite club.  Links are provided to obtain more information about each artist as well as their discography.

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HEY  –  CHECK  THIS  OUT! —–

Be sure to express your own opinion by voting in the  new POLL in the left column of this page (you may need to scroll down slightly to find it), and let me know who’d you think should be inducted into next years ROCK HALL OF FAME. I realize it’s very subjective (according to ones personal preferences) – But there’s no denying there are lots of deserving performers to choose from covering a wide genre range of music as well as time span. PLEASE VOTE for up to 5 choices or write in your own choice. This will stay open through the end of the year.

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ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME

YEAR-BY-YEAR ROLL CALL

of PERFORMERS

Learn more about each Hall of Fame member by clicking on their name. Each link will take you to the Wikipedia entry about that particular music artist. All listings are in chronological order by year of entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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OFFICIAL 2010 NOMINEES

The 2010 nominees for the performers category were announced on September 23, 2009. Five inductees will be announced in January 2010, and will be inducted at a ceremony in New York on March 15.

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