Rest in peace, Ken Nordine: Colors (1966)

Ken Nordine passed away today at the age of 98. You may not know Ken's name, but you know his voice. Nordine has done more than a small amount of voiceover work, including this legendary Levi's ad that might just make you OK with plaid pants. But Nordine is best known for Word Jazz, a … Continue reading Rest in peace, Ken Nordine: Colors (1966)

RIP Dave Pell: “I’m an Old Cowhand” (1957)

(Above: The LP jacket for Swingin' In the Old Corral) Word filtered to me that jazz saxophonist Dave Pell passed away in May on 2017 at the age of 92. Dave Pell is not a household name, except perhaps to those who collect the "lounge" music of the 1950s. In the 1990s Capitol released a … Continue reading RIP Dave Pell: “I’m an Old Cowhand” (1957)

RIP Al Jarreau: “Moonlighting” (1987)

Al Jarreau passed away on Sunday (February 12) at the age of 76.  He had just retired from touring, effectively, due to exhaustion. At first glance it would appear that Al made a minor contribution to popular music, what with only three Top 40 hits.  That's nowhere near the full story. His works reached the … Continue reading RIP Al Jarreau: “Moonlighting” (1987)