May 18, 2015
Blues musician B.B. King died last week:
B.B. King, the singer and guitarist who put the blues in a three-piece suit and took the musical genre from the barrooms and back porches of the Mississippi Delta to Carnegie Hall and the world’s toniest concert stages with a signature style emulated by generations of blues and rock musicians, has died. He was 89.
The 15-time Grammy Award winner died in Las Vegas, his attorney said. He had struggled in recent years with diabetes.
Early on, King transcended his musical shortcomings – an inability to play guitar leads while he sang and a failure to master the use of a bottleneck or slide favored by many of his guitar-playing peers – and created a unique style that made him one of the most respected and influential blues musicians ever. . .
April 25, 2015
Peter Williams says this song should be compulsory Anzac Day listening:
There’s a song that should be compulsory listening before ANZAC Day on Saturday.
“And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” was written by Scottish born Adelaide singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971.
That was a time when attendances at ANZAC Day Dawn Parades were sparse.
A time when – because of the Vietnam conflict – young people especially didn’t want to remember wars and those who fought in them.
A time when there was a real possibility that the annual remembrance of Gallipoli would fade away a long, long time before a centenary commemoration.
So in keeping with the times, Bogle wrote lyrics highlighting the horrors of Gallipoli and in the process emerged with some of the most damning and haunting words ever written about war and its after effects. . .
April 12, 2015
How many 70 year-olds could keep an audience of mostly 50+ in age on their feet for an hour and a half?
Rod Stewart did it at Forsyth Barr stadium last night when most had already been dancing during James Reyne’s opening act.
Rod gave us all the old hits, a few lesser known songs, sensational lighting and shared the limelight with the musicians and backing singers too.
It’s a pity the photo doesn’t show his stunning shoes and leopard skin socks.
January 27, 2015
Greek singer Demis Roussos has died:
The star’s daughter confirmed he passed away at the Hygeia Hospital in Athens, Greece over the weekend after battling an undisclosed illness.
Roussos, real name Artemios Ventouris Roussos, was born and raised in Egypt before his parents relocated to Greece.
He launched his career when he joined progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child in 1967 before enjoying a hugely successful solo career through the 1970s. . .
January 15, 2015
Trevor Ward-Davies, a member of the 60s band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, has died .
Ward-Davies – ‘Dozy’ in the British band – passed away on Tuesday following a short illness.
The bassist was a founding member of the group, which enjoyed hits with ‘Hold Tight!’, ‘Bend It!’, ‘The Legend of Xanadu’, and ‘Zabadak!’ in their 1960s heyday before breaking up in 1972 following the departure of frontman Dee three years earlier. . .