Archive: Appreciations

Michael's Musical Legacy Will Endure

Try, for a moment, to separate the art from the artist. Consider Michael Jackson's entertainment proffer in a vacuum-sealed space. In that bubble, where Bubbles and all the peculiarities and plastic surgeries matter not one whit, you will find a man -- and, if you go back far enough...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 26, 2009; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Eric Hutchinson Gloves Michael

Hot off the presses --- err, press release about the Takoma Park piano-popper's MJ tribute. Words could not begin to express the collective sorrow experienced yesterday at the news of the passing of Michael Jackson. In this clip of Warner Bros. Records recording artist Eric Hutchinson performing "OK, Its Alright...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 26, 2009; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Michael Jackson Dies

There are a million things that can be said about Michael Jackson, and most of them probably will be said over the next couple of days. But one thing is undeniable -- he was responsible for some of the best pop songs ever. So for now, just enjoy one. Here...

By David Malitz | June 25, 2009; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

'Travelin' Soldier': Video of the Day

One of the greatest ironies of the Great Dixie Chicks Backlash of 2003 is that, at the time, the group had the No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot Country chart with a terrific tribute to an anonymous Vietnam vet, told through the eyes of a pretty little girl with a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 25, 2009; 07:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

RIP Piedmont Bluesman John Cephas

The Foggy Bottom-born blues guitarist and singer from the W.C. Handy Award-winning duo Cephas and Wiggins died of natural causes yesterday at the age of 78. The AP obit is here. Cephas was a big deal in the blues world -- one of the very last exponents of true, traditional...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 5, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Can You Name 10 Songs Better Than This One? No, You Can't.

News of Estelle Bennett's passing today at the age of 67 serves as a sad excuse to talk about one of the best songs ever, the Ronettes' "Be My Baby." You've got the greatest drumbeat there is, Phil Spector's incomparable Wall of Sound at its most imposing, a stunning vocal...

By David Malitz | February 13, 2009; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (5)

R.I.P. Lux Interior of the Cramps

Lux Interior, frontman for psychobilly (emphasis on psycho) greats the Cramps, passed away yesterday at the age of 52 62. I dug through The Post archives and found some old reviews of the band's shows from years past to give a feel for what the live experience was like. And...

By David Malitz | February 5, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Day the Music Died

Dave Marsh's Rock Rap Confidential just emailed an image of this poster for the Feb. 3, 1959, stop on the Winter Dance Party tour featuring Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Ritchie Valens -- all of whom died 50 years ago today when their plane crashed near Clear Lake,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 3, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Breaking Up Is Easy to Do

There's a lot of things that I'm gonna miss... (By Michael Schmelling) In a typically cryptic, humorous and odd manner, David Berman announced the end of the Silver Jews late last week. Regular readers know that, well, I sort of liked the Silver Jews. To use one of my...

By David Malitz | January 28, 2009; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

R.I.P. Ron Asheton of the Stooges

Ron Asheton, the Stooges guitarist whose buzz-saw riffs on the band's first two albums helped lay the foundations for punk rock, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning. He was 60. It's a pretty shocking loss. Asheton has been on the road with Iggy Pop and the reunited Stooges...

By David Malitz | January 6, 2009; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

R.I.P. Levi Stubbs

News bulletin: "DETROIT (AP) -- Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs has died at 72." Reaction: One of 1960s soul music's greatest expressionists has been silenced. As the longtime lead singer for the Four Tops, Stubbs was known for his yearning vocals on some classic Motown sides, including "Baby I Need...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 17, 2008; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (15)

R.I.P. Norman Whitfield, Motown Studio/Songwriting Ace

The producer and songwriter who displaced Smokey Robinson as the lead producer for the Temptations and helped usher Motown into its psychedelic, socially conscious era has gone to a session in the great Studio A in the sky. He leaves behind a string of truly potent singles and album tracks...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 17, 2008; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

R.I.P. Jerry Wexler

Respect! Jerry Wexler with the Queen of Soul. The revered producer and Atlantic Records co-pilot - a music-biz legend who coined the term "rhythm and blues," then worked with some of the genre's greatest artists on some of their greatest recordings (and also worked with more than a few...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 15, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (6)

R.I.P. Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley passed away this morning. J. Freedom will have a full appreciation in tomorrow's paper, but the man's influence on rock 'n' roll is hard to overstate. He brought a rougher guitar sound into play and I always loved the guy because he knew that you could write a...

By David Malitz | June 2, 2008; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

R.I.P. Buddy Miles

Drummer Buddy Miles died on Tuesday night. I don't have any personal anecdotes about him and won't claim to be anything of an expert on his entire career, but I do know that "Band of Gypsys" has always been my favorite Jimi Hendrix album and Buddy Miles is a huge...

By David Malitz | February 27, 2008; 05:52 PM ET | Comments (9)

Christmas Tribute: James Brown

Last year was not the most merry of Christmases. On that day the music world - heck, the world - lost a true original when the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, passed away. (You can read Richard Harrington's wonderful appreciation, "Eternal Soul," here.) So in honor Mr. Dynamite, the Hardest...

By David Malitz | December 25, 2007; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

'I Like Ike'

(AP Photo/Keystone, Fabrice Coffrini) One of the most striking things about being in Clarksdale, Miss., 10 years ago, when Ike Turner played his first hometown concert in three decades, was how he was received. Ike was reviled around the world for the way he'd treated Tina Turner - particularly...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 13, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

 

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