Rest in peace, Joe Diffie: “A Night To Remember” (1999)

  Word spread tonight that Country singer Joe Diffie passed away today from complications connected to the COVID-19 virus. He was 61. Diffie had tested positive for the disease last week. Diffie hailed from Oklahoma, where he began his career performing in various bars, small clubs, and VFW halls before hitting it big. That required … Continue reading Rest in peace, Joe Diffie: “A Night To Remember” (1999)

New this week in ’70: March 28

(Above: That one's not even close.) March 28, 1970 It's the day that actor Vince Vaughan is born in Minneapolis. That same day, two members of the Weathermen, a domestic political protest group, were killed when a pipe bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely. Two days later, another famous figure is born: Secretariat, probably the … Continue reading New this week in ’70: March 28

Rest in peace, Phil Phillips: “Sea of Love” (1959)

  R&B singer John Philip Baptiste passed away Saturday at the age of 94. You know him as Phil Phillips, who - from a pop standpoint - had one hit: 1959's "Sea of Love," recorded with The Twilights as the backing group. Originally released on the Khoury record label, it was later picked up by … Continue reading Rest in peace, Phil Phillips: “Sea of Love” (1959)

Rest in peace, Bill Rieflin: Ministry, “Work For Love (1983)”

Word circulated late last night that drummer Bill Rieflin lost his battle with cancer at the age of only 59. The discography of Rieflin's work reads like a "who's who" of industrial rock. Rieflin played either in studio, on tour, or both with a wide variety of bands. A quick scan of the list shows … Continue reading Rest in peace, Bill Rieflin: Ministry, “Work For Love (1983)”

Rest in peace, Eric Weissberg: “Dueling Banjos” (1973)

Eric Weissberg, who had a huge hit in 1973 with the instrumental hit "Dueling Banjos," passed away Sunday at a senior care facility near Detroit after a long battle with dementia. He was 80. Weissberg was fascinated by the banjo after seeing Pete Seeger play it as a part of his folk act in the … Continue reading Rest in peace, Eric Weissberg: “Dueling Banjos” (1973)

Rest in peace, Manu Dibango: “Soul Makossa” (1973)

Word circulated today that Manu Dibango, best described as a jazz-funk saxophonist, passed away at the age of 86 as a result of COVID-19 infection. Dibango was a legend in his native Cameroon for his music, which went worldwide in 1973 with the release of "Soul Makossa." The tune made it up to #35 in … Continue reading Rest in peace, Manu Dibango: “Soul Makossa” (1973)

Rest in peace, Kenny Rogers: “Love Will Turn You Around” (1982)

(Above: Recognize any of those kids?) This morning we got the news that Kenny Rogers passed away at the age of 81. I've already seen a lot written about Rogers' expansive career in both Pop and Country music. (I already covered one of favorite songs of his, "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town)," when … Continue reading Rest in peace, Kenny Rogers: “Love Will Turn You Around” (1982)

New this week in ’70: March 21

(Above: We don't put folding chairs on the court enough anymore.) March 21, 1970 It's a big day in college sports. UCLA claims the NCAA men's basketball championship, defeating Jacksonville University 80-69. That's right - Jacksonville, home of the Dolphins, which has just over four thousand students today and in 1970 was the second-smallest school … Continue reading New this week in ’70: March 21

New this week in ’70: March 14

(Above: Tammi Terrell, gone too soon.) March 14, 1970 Today's the day that actress Meredith Salenger is born. She's also the wife of comedian Patton Oswalt. Three days earlier we lost Erle Stanley Gardner, writer of the Perry Mason series and - at one time - the top-selling American author. He was 80. Monday the … Continue reading New this week in ’70: March 14