Remembering Allee Willis

Do you know this song?

 

 

Or this one?

Both were written by Allee Willis, who passed away on December 24th of heart failure.  A prolific writer, she was nominated for a Tony for A Color Purple soundtrack and  won a Grammy for the same as well as several other nominations and wins at the Emmy’s, Grammys and Tonys.

A final song you may recognize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Charles and Billy Preston – Very Cool

Backside Billy Preston - Late At Night

Billy Preston

Some rare footage of Billy Preston, a great keyboardist in his own right (Get Back – The Beatles), performing Agent Double O Soul with Ray Charles.  Awesome.  You have to be amazed by Ray’s feel for what Billy is doing, although I am thinking that the green suit may have been a bit much for him.  Enjoy.

Remembering Amy Winehouse

Cover of "Back to Black"

Cover of Back to Black

A life led tragically.  Amy Winehouse joins an elite group of musical superstars who have passed away at 27.  This magical list includes, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones and Janis Joplin.  All coincidences aside, Amy was a potential icon.  When we first discovered her she had just released her second album “Back to Black”.  We were stunned and immediately went and got “Frank“, her first disc.  Incredible.  We did some research and discovered she was being backed up by some great players we already knew, The Dap Kings of Sharon Jones fame, which explained the great sound behind her on several songs.  Instant love it was.  Fabulous potential in this one. But, as happens so often, the lifestyle caught up with her, and some cannot handle it.  It took her away from us several years ago and has now taken her permanently.  Say what you want, but I will sorely miss her voice and talent, the rest, not so much.

Other Links

The first is to a blog I follow, the second is to Th Daily Mail which gives some insight on how she died and the third is a link to her last concert where she was booed offstage.  The video is one of my favourites by her “In My Bed”

http://musiccourt.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/amy-winehouse-dies-at-27/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2018126/Amy-Winehouse-bought-ecstasy-cocaine-ketamine-tragic-death.html

https://therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/amy-winehouse-booed-offstage-straight-to-rehab/