Chris Cornell passes away (17 May 2017)

Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle, 20 July 1964) was one of the architects of the grunge music movement, most notably from Soundgarden and later Audioslave.

Below is a sample of his body of work…

 

Can’t Change Me

Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dog

 

Spoonman – Soundgarden

 

Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

Blow Up The Outside World – Soundgarden

 

Like A Stone – Audioslave

Be Yourself – Audioslave

Chuck Berry passes away (18 March 2017)

Charles Edward Anderson Berry, known as Chuck Berry, was born 18 October 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music, breaking through in the mid-1950s with “Maybellene.”

A sample of his music library follows…


Maybellene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXQLyzeysGU
Roll Over Beethoven

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHG5-GxI_Es
School Days (a.k.a., “School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)”)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLV4NGpoy_E
Sweet Little Sixteen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFo8-JqzSCM
Johnny B. Goode

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVu4c7dhDRE
Run Rudolph Run

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpitvLeNjuE
No Particular Place To Go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfI0j07mu0g
My Ding-a-Ling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMddte6yD2w
My Ding-a-Ling {full-length video performance}

Al Jarreau passes away (12 February 2017)

Alwin Lopez Jarreau (born 12 March 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) won seven Grammy Awards over his career and performed in the 1985 song “We Are The World” and had the theme for the hit TV show “Moonlighting.” Here is a sampling of his work…


We’re In This Love Together


Moonlighting


Trouble In Paradise


Mornin’


Boogie Down

George Michaels Passes Away (25 December 2016

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou better known as George Michael was born 25 June 1963 in East Finchley, London, England. He rose to fame as the music duo Wham with Andrew Ridgeley. His first solo single (although billed under Wham!) was “Careless Whisper”) and officially began his solo career with the “Faith” album released in 1987.

A sample of his musical body follows…

 

Bad Boys – Wham!

Careless Whisper

Everything She Wants – Wham!

Last Christmas – Wham!

Freedom – Wham!

Faith

 
Freedom ’90

Flawless (Go To The City)

Pete Burns passes away (23 October 2016)

Peter JozzeppiPeteBurns was born 5 August 1959 in Bebington, Cheshire. He found greatest commercial success with the band Dead or Alive.

A sample of his music follows:

You Spin My Round (Like A Record)

Come Home With Me Baby (7″ version)

Brand New Lover

Something In My House

Baby Don’t Say Goodbye

 

 

Bobby Vee passes away (24 October 2016)

Bobby Vee (born Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943) passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

A sampling of his music follows:

Take Good Care Of My Baby

Run To Him

Come Back When You Grow Up

The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

Rubber Ball

Billy Paul passes away (24 April 2016)

Billy Paul was born Paul Williams on 1 December 1934. He was best known for the 1972 song “Me and Mrs. Jones.”

“Me and Mrs. Jones”

“Am I Black Enough For You”

“Thanks For Saving My Life”

Prince passes away (21 April 2016)

Prince_PurpleRainImagePrince Rogers Nelson (born 7 June 1958) was found dead today at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

He started charting on the music scene in 1978. His height in music sales and airplay was seen in the early to mid 80s with albums like 1999 and Purple Rain, the latter which was a motion picture release starring himself in the lead role (He would also lead in “Under a Cherry Moon”). He released two albums as recently as 2015 (HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRun Phase Two, his 38th and 39th albums respectively)

He was also musically involved with many artists over his long career.

 

A sampling of his many singles…

Soft and Wet
I Wanna Be Your Lover
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
Dirty Mind
Controversy
Erotic City
1999
Little Red Corvette
Delirious
Let’s Pretend We’re Married
When Doves Cry
Let’s Go Crazy
Purple Rain
I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m A Star
Take Me With U (with Apollonia)
Raspberry Beret
Pop Life
A Love Bizarre (with Sheila E.)
Kiss
Mountains
Hot Thing
Sign o’ The Times
If I Was Your Girlfriend
U Got The Look (with Sheena Easton)
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
Alphabet St.
Batdance
The Arms of Orion (with Sheena Easton)
Thieves In The Temple
Gett Off
Cream
Diamond and Pearls
Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
Sexy MF
My Name Is Prince
7
Pink Cashmere
Peach
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Gold
Betcha By Golly Wow!
The Holy River
Musicology
Cinnamon Girl
Te Amo Corozon
Black Sweat
Rock & Roll Love Affair
Breakfast Can Wait

Keith Emerson passes away (10 March 2016)

Keith Noel Emerson (born 2 November 1944) was a founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP).

 

A sampling of his music follows…

“Lucky Man”

“From The Beginning”

“Fanfare for the Common Man” {edit}

“Touch And Go” {as Emerson Lake and Powell}

Joey Feek passes away (4 March 2016)

JoeyFeek2Joey Martin Feek, of the country and gospel duo Joey + Rory, passed away at the age of 40 after battling cervical cancer and recently stage 4 colon cancer.

“My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven,” her husband Rory wrote.

A sample of her and her husband’s music follows…

 

“When I’m Gone”

 

“Cheater, Cheater”

 

“Headache”

 

“This Song’s For You” (with Zac Brown Band)

 

“That’s Important To Me”

“Take My Hand, Precious Lord”

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