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“Hope I die before I get old” — Do famous musicians really die young?

“Hope I die before I get old” — Do famous musicians really die young?

Featured Posts, Music, People
With her tragic and untimely death, Amy Winehouse became the latest member of a grim group -- the so-called Club 27, whose only entrance requirement is to be a famous musician and to die at age 27. The club also includes legends such as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain. This got me to thinking -- is it really true that the brightest stars burn out the earliest? Or does it just seem that way because of our fascination with stars who die young? Curious, I decided to conduct a little research so I compiled a list of famous and influential dead musicians. Of course that list could be limitless, depending on your standards for fame and influence. I ultimately opted to use Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, first published in 2004/05 and...
Sunday Jazz: Star-Spangled Jazz

Sunday Jazz: Star-Spangled Jazz

Music, Sunday Jazz
Tomorrow is of course July 4th, Independence Day here in these United States of America. So I'd be remiss if I didn't dedicate this week's Sunday Jazz to the birth of my country. She turns 235 years old this year, but if you ask me she doesn't look a day over 178. So here's a handful of jazz songs (if not necessarily jazz compositions) to get your flags waving and your fireworks exploding (legally, of course). "America the Beautiful," Ray Charles (live performance on The Dick Cavett Show, 1972) "The Star-Spangled Banner," Duke Ellington (from Ellington at Newport) "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," Red Nichols and His Five Pennies "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," Jimmy Smith (from Crazy! Baby)
Retrotisement: Craig Powerplay (featuring Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

Retrotisement: Craig Powerplay (featuring Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

Retrotisements
Before today I had never even heard of Craig Powerplay, but would've guessed he was a legendary hockey player.  In fact, it's the name for a line of automotive stereo equipment produced by (you guessed it) Craig.  Back around 1977/78 Craig ran an ad campaign for its Powerplay products featuring a rather diverse group of musicians - Ray Charles, the Beach Boys, and Billy Preston to name a few.  This one calls upon the star power of prog rock giants Emerson, Lake & Palmer. You probably don't recognize the group without capes or satin kimonos, but that's them alright.