Merle Haggard 6.4.37 – 6.4.16

April 7, 2016

Country singer Merle Haggard has died:

Merle Haggard, the grizzled country music legend whose songs such as “Okie from Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side of Me” made him a voice for the workingman and the outsider, has died. He was 79.

Haggard died Wednesday, his birthday, of complications from pneumonia at his home in Northern California, his agent Lance Roberts told CNN. . . 


Quote of the day

March 24, 2016

It is not enough to have a song on your lips. You must also have a song in your heart. – Fanny Crosby who was born on this day in 1820.


Hogsnort Rupert’s Alec Wishart has died

January 23, 2016

Alec Wishart, frontman for Hogsnort Rupert’s Original Flagon Band, later rebranded as Hogsnort Rupert, has died.

 

Karl du Fresne pays tribute to a lovely man and born entertainer.

I’m not sure I could have named any members of the band but their music is etched in my memory.

My brothers and I saved up to buy our father a record of his favourite song Pretty Girl for a birthday or Christmas and we often danced to it.

 

Aunty Alice Brought Us This  was another one which got our toes tapping.

One Christmas morning the church organist was playing a medley of carols as we waited for the service to begin when she suddenly stopped mid-bar and giggled. The tune that started as a carol had morphed in to Aunty Alice.


Quote of the day

January 21, 2016

I then realized that I could never be satisfied again with the mere natural charm of my voice, that I had to constantly paint when singing, melting all the colors, expressing reds and blacks that had to be less primary but bursting with subtly colored combinations. – Placido Domingo who celebrates his 75th birthday today.

 


David Bowie 8.1.47 – 10.1.16

January 11, 2016

David Bowie has died:

David Bowie was one of the most influential musicians of his time, constantly re-inventing his persona and sound, from the 1960s hippy of Space Oddity, through Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke to his later incarnation as a soulful rocker.

Where before, artists and groups either evolved their musical style and appearance or remained unchanging, David Bowie seemed to be in permanent revolution. . . 

 


Te Harinui

December 25, 2015


Quote of the day

November 27, 2015

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. – Jimi Hendrix who was born on this day in 1942.


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