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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering David Peel

April 6, 2017 saw the passing of David Peel, founder of David Peel and the Lower East Side.  He and the band were early proponents of “street rock” and embraced the hippie/marijuana culture of the 60’s and 70’s.  One could also say that he was an early punk pioneer as well.  His recording career spanned 6 decades, and his last album was released in 2015.  The clip below is notable as it has some special guests, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and is a live performance on the David Frost Show in 1971.

 

Song Of The Day – Remembering George Duke

English: George Duke and Miles Davis in 1986 a...

English: George Duke and Miles Davis in 1986 at Montreux Jazz Festival. Français : Miles Davis et George Duke en 1986 au Montreux Jazz Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The world lost a great one on August 5.  George Duke, the legend, passed away at the age of 67.  Not many careers as fine as this jazz keyboardist, singer, composer and producer.  And collaborator, wow, he played with Zappa on many of his albums and is recognized as a major keyboard pioneer.  Truly an amazing player.  He played with everybody, Al Jarreau, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, and the list goes on.  Almost 40 albums on his own, innumerable albums as a sideman, he will be missed.  The cut I have posted is unbelievably good.  It is a live video of George and his band at the java Jazz Festival.