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In 234 days I will have outlived JFK.

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I've outlived Bill Haley!

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Old 03-06-2019, 05:39 PM
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Both Nancy Reagan and Ayn Rand died on this date. 2016 and 1982 respectively.
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Old 03-09-2019, 05:25 AM
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Huh. Last month, announced today.

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RIP Hal Blaine

This guy falls not so much under the heading "was famous" as under the heading "would have been famous in a just universe."

When Brian Wilson's mental illness progressed to the point where he could no longer tour, he'd stay home while the rest of the Beach Boys toured, write the songs for the band's next album, and record the instrumental tracks using studio musicians. He'd bring in the rest of the Beach Boys to lay down the vocal tracks when their tour was over.

Wilson regularly used a group of studio musicians collectively known as the Wrecking Crew, which included drummer Hal Blaine. He played on Good Vibrations and the classic album Pet Sounds.

But the Beach Boys stuff was just the beginning. Check out the linked article for some of the other legendarily famous music he worked on. There's pretty much no one who hasn't heard Blaine's drumming.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:00 PM
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He studied with Roy Knapp, the teacher of Benny Goodman’s famed drummer Gene Krupa.
Sounds like a martial arts pedigree. Not that that's a bad thing.

"Oh yeah, the guy behind nearly every memorable rhythm for, like, fuckall time? Just died." :sadcheer:
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Hal Blaine: Listen to 12 Essential Songs

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R.I.P. to Hal Blaine. :(

Also, I only just today discovered that Mark Hollis, lead singer/songwriter of Talk Talk, passed away last month at the age of 64. In case you haven't heard them, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock kickstarted the genre of post-rock (alongside Slint's Spiderland) and remain two of the genre's defining masterpieces decades on. The Colour of Spring, the band's third album, is also great (though not really post-rock). Day ruined now. :sadcheer:


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Old 03-17-2019, 03:54 AM
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Mark Hollis was OP...
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Dick Dale.

He's been sick a while, but he kept touring at least in part to cover his medical bills.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:28 AM
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Further evidence of the barbarity of our healthcare system. :blank:

Everyone knows Dale from Pulp Fiction for “Misirlou” and many people know him as one of the pioneers of surf rock, but while I could tell he was obviously a great guitarist, I didn’t fully understand how influential he was until the news of his passing broke. He was one of if not the first people to introduce Middle Eastern scales into popular music, and he was so instrumental in Leo Fender’s design of his guitars that some commentators have referred to him as the Father of Heavy Metal. I can kind of hear that now; in addition to his connection to the development of electric guitars and amplifiers, he also popularised tremolo picking as an electric guitar technique, which is of course ubiquitous in metal music. And his music was shockingly loud for the early ’60s as well. (Some of this is explained in the article Mr Pea linked, but I don’t always read those that closely.)

A few other things I didn’t know: He was of Lebanese, Polish, and Belarusian descent, and he became an environmental activist after pollution worsened an injury he suffered and almost caused him to lose a leg. Also, the line “you’ll never hear surf music again” in Hendrix’ song “Third Stone from the Sun” was Hendrix’ reaction to hearing that Dale had cancer and a sly way of encouraging Dale to recover. In gratitude, Dale later covered “Third Stone”.

I’m going to have to check out a lot more of his work. I’m sure I’ve heard several of his other songs, but since they’re mostly instrumentals, I probably don’t know any except “Misirlou” by name.

…Also, from the sidebar I see that actor Richard Erdman has also died at age 93. :sadcheer: I knew him best for his role as perpetual student Leonard from Community, but he also had major roles in The Twilight Zone and numerous other works.

R.I.P. to both. :(
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Not the scumbag ex-Wisconsin governor, unfortunately:

Scott Walker, experimental pop hero, dies aged 76 | Music | The Guardian

Scott Walker, Experimental Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 76 – Rolling Stone

Scott Walker Dead at 76 - Pitchfork

What a voice. He wasn't quite a household name in the U.S. (I think his solo output, especially after his first couple of albums, was probably just too weird for that level of fame), but he was an enormous, acknowledged influence on many acts who were, including Radiohead and David Bowie. There was no one else quite like him.







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TIL that RunDMC covered the Monkees.
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Ranking Roger Dies at 56

This one hurt a lot. I loved The Beat. I remember being so excited when MTV played their videos (back when they actually did that sort of thing)


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Oh no. I hate this a lot.

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