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Guess Who died in 2018

Postby Benjamin Grimm » Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:11 am

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Rick Hall (a few days ago) producer and songrwriter, who, through his Muscle Shoals Alabama studio, contributed about as much to American R&B, soul and rock music as just about anybody else.

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Check out Wilson Pickett's Hey Jude. Duane Allman's outro lead guitar solo sends chills up and down my spine every single time I hear it.


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Postby Edgy MD » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:16 pm

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Best show I ever saw was Wilson Pickett, and "Hey Jude" was its highlight.

Freezing cold March night at The Ritz. Coldest night of the year. We were supposed to see Violent Femmes at Carnegie Hall, but our tickets said "obscured view" due to the scaffolding that was part of their renovation (and the only reason they were booking rock acts at the time, I'd guess). So we sold our tickets to some kid with weird hair, and went and saw Hannah and Her Sisters, grabbed a Village Voice to see what else was going on, and committed to go to see Wilson afterwards. To be young in New York with a few $$ in your pocket. Sweet!

It was a late show, and it was cold in that way only New York can be cold, where the wind can pick you up and toss you across the street. So cold we got disoriented down in the Village, and couldn't find our way until we stopped and heard "Land of 1,000 Dances" on the breeze. We hustled in the direction of the sound and it turned out to be a lone mechanic working late and in the cold at his garage, blasting a then-current version of "LoaTD" by an all-star group of WWF wrestlers to keep him warm. Crazy!

Somehow we got our bearings and found our way to the Ritz, and it was special in the way on The Ritz could be special — where the time before a show wasn't filled with folks jostling for position and smoking and hunching, but actually joyously dancing. So we walked in at 11ish, checked our parkas, danced to half a record, and then walked right to the stage's edge as the opening act, Mitch Ryder, fresh out of cocaine rehab, took the stage. Wilson, true to his lyrics, didn't come on 'til the midnight hour, and he and every note insisted that booties shake. He pulled the best dancers up on stage, pretty little 98-pound teenage chixx, yeah, but middle-aged fatties too. Pickett didn't discriminate. They needed some big-league pulling by Pickett, too, so we got under their asses and helped hoist them up. By the time he got to "Hey, Jude" the whole place was singing together like a Scottish football rally. The guitarist started his outro referencing Duane Allman's original but then went in his own direction, and on and on. Catharasis! Rarely have I fully understood that word.

Southern soul cooked just right is just the greatest music.

A few years later, when Wilson Pickett was being inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, I was working at SPIN. Nobody wanted to go to the ceremony so I said HELL YEAH. I gots my formal wear ready, but at the last minute, a senior editor deigned to go instead, and I got bumped. That day the Gulf War started, and Wilson's flight got cancelled, which might have been for the best, as he didn't endure Bobby Brown giving the worst induction tribute in the Hall's history, essentially acknowledging that apart from the nickname "Wicked Pickett," he didn't really know who Wilson Pickett was.
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Postby 41Forever » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:26 pm

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Edgy MD wrote:Best show I ever saw was Wilson Pickett, and "Hey Jude" was its highlight.

Freezing cold March night at The Ritz. Coldest night of the year. We were supposed to see Violent Femmes at Carnegie Hall, but our tickets said "obscured view" due to the scaffolding that was part of their renovation (and the only reason they were booking rock acts at the time, I'd guess). So we sold our tickets to some kid with weird hair, and went and saw Hannah and Her Sisters, grabbed a Village Voice to see what else was going on, and committed to go to see Wilson afterwards. To be young in New York with a few $$ in your pocket. Sweet!

It was a late show, and it was cold in that way only New York can be cold, where the wind can pick you up and toss you across the street. So cold we got disoriented down in the Village, and couldn't find our way until we stopped and heard "Land of 1,000 Dances" on the breeze. We hustled in the direction of the sound and it turned out to be a lone mechanic working late and in the cold at his garage, blasting a then-current version of "LoaTD" by an all-star group of WWF wrestlers to keep him warm. Crazy!

Somehow we got our bearings and found our way to the Ritz, and it was special in the way on The Ritz could be special — where the time before a show wasn't filled with folks jostling for position and smoking and hunching, but actually joyously dancing. So we walked in at 11ish, checked our parkas, danced to half a record, and then walked right to the stage's edge as the opening act, Mitch Ryder, fresh out of cocaine rehab, took the stage. Wilson, true to his lyrics, didn't come on 'til the midnight hour, and he and every note insisted that booties shake. He pulled the best dancers up on stage, pretty little 98-pound teenage chixx, yeah, but middle-aged fatties too. Pickett didn't discriminate. They needed some big-league pulling by Pickett, too, so we got under their asses and helped hoist them up. By the time he got to "Hey, Jude" the whole place was singing together like a Scottish football rally. The guitarist started his outro referencing Duane Allman's original but then went in his own direction, and on and on. Catharasis! Rarely have I fully understood that word.

Southern soul cooked just right is just the greatest music.

A few years later, when Wilson Pickett was being inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, I was working at SPIN. Nobody wanted to go to the ceremony so I said HELL YEAH. I gots my formal wear ready, but at the last minute, a senior editor deigned to go instead, and I got bumped. That day the Gulf War started, and Wilson's flight got cancelled, which might have been for the best, as he didn't endure Bobby Brown giving the worst induction tribute in the Hall's history, essentially acknowledging that apart from the nickname "Wicked Pickett," he didn't really know who Wilson Pickett was.


That's a great story. You're such a good writer.

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Postby Edgy MD » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:34 pm

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Thanks!

By the way, I coincidentally heard this yesterday, which is living proof that Wilson could make anything sound greasy and soulful. Number 25 in 1970, less than a year after the original went to #1.

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Postby G-Fafif » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:58 pm

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Brendan Byrne, two-term governor of New Jersey (and Meadowlands arena namesake, namesake being one of those words that works in both directions), 93.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/obit ... at-93.html
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Postby Lefty Specialist » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:20 am

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Postby G-Fafif » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:08 pm

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Ace comedic actor Jerry Van Dyke, 86. A lot of roles, including as wonderfully self-unaware maternal grandpa Tag on The Middle in recent years. Also pretty well known as a sibling.
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Postby cooby » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:25 pm

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Postby Frayed Knot » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:56 pm

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... and then there were five.

Astronaut John Young, who flew in the Gemeni, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs, became the ninth man to walk on the moon with Apollo 16, and was one of only three men
to have been to the moon more than once (he also orbited but did not land on the moon with Apollo 10), is dead at age 87.

Seven of the twelve men to walk on the moon are now gone as are 10 of the 24 who have flown to the moon.

Neil Armstrong (11)
Buzz Aldrin (11)
Alan Bean (12)
Gene Cernan (17)
Pete Conrad (12)
Charlie Duke (16)
Jim Irwin (15)
Edgar Mitchell (14)
Harrison Schmitt (17)
Dave Scott (15)
Alan Shepard (14)
John Young (16)
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Dick Orkin, 84. (It happened in December, but that thread is closed.)

Orkin was a radio announcer and comedian, best known for creating both Chickenman and The Tooth Fairy, two series of two-minute radio comedies that were syndicated in the 70s and developed a cult following.

I'm not sure if Chickenman ran in the NYC area (it originated from Chicago), but I do remember The Tooth Fairy.

Orkin and his partner Bert Berdis went on to write and perform in radio advertising, following in the footsteps of Stan Freberg by creating clever and funny ads that were all over the radio in the late 70s and winning multiple Cleo awards for best advertising.

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Postby Frayed Knot » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:05 pm

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Keith Jackson, longtime announcer, and for many the definitive voice, of Saturday afternoon college football - age 89
He was not nearly as good at baseball, but that was he paired with Tim McCarver on Game 6 1986 Mets/Astros. That was, in fact, his final MLB game.
He was also on the mike for 1977 Game 6 WS (Reggie x3), or at least he was when Cosell wasn't stepping all over his p-b-p.

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Postby SteveJRogers » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:14 pm

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Frayed Knot wrote:Keith Jackson, longtime announcer, and for many the definitive voice, of Saturday afternoon college football - age 89
He was not nearly as good at baseball, but that was he paired with Tim McCarver on Game 6 1986 Mets/Astros. That was, in fact, his final MLB game.
He was also on the mike for 1977 Game 6 WS (Reggie x3), or at least he was when Cosell wasn't stepping all over his p-b-p.

Also did Olympics, college hoops, and auto racing.
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Jackson was also the orignal Play-By-Play man for Monday Night Football.

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Keith also changed the nickname of a college football team.
The Saturday College Football Game of the Week was (partially) sponsored by General Motors.
One day, the SMU Mustangs were playing. Keith, so as not to offend the sponsor by using the name of a competitor's product throughout the game, started calling them the "Ponies" and other announcers and writers began calling them by that name for a while.
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Postby Ashie62 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:27 am

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Keith Jackson. The VOICE of College Football. A fixture of my youth "Here we are at the Rose Bowl, the grandaddy of them all!"

R.I.P. Keith and thanks so so much.

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Lefty Specialist wrote:One of the great lines from Byrne was that he wanted to be buried in Hudson County, so he could remain active in politics.


I'm sure Bob Menendez would laugh. Hilarious.

Bryne's passing got by me. I spent time with him at Lawrenceville during the darkest times. He asked the group from Eagleton before a presser that if it got too nasty in the room, throw up a question about Notre Dame football so he could get his sea legs. He did what he had to do and I have the highest respect for B.B.

Hudson County, you do not rise up without some type of "help" IMHO.

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Postby G-Fafif » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:42 pm

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Ray Thomas, a founder of the Moody Blues and author of the signature flute sound of "Nights in White Satin," 76.
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Postby A Boy Named Seo » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:48 pm

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I just read Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries has died at the very young age of 46.

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Postby Edgy MD » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:56 pm

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Passed away right in the middle of a recording session. She was fantastic.
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Postby Frayed Knot » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:00 pm

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Was just thinking about her recently for the first time in years on account of hearing LINGER via a supermarket PA
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Postby Edgy MD » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:09 pm

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I've made a lot of comments about the alarming mortality of the frontpersons for bands associated with the 90s, but as far as I know she wasn't reputed to have chemical issues, unlike so many of her contemporaries. I know she did profess at one point to be bipolar.

I thought they were great, although their singles really outshone their album tracks, as if they were using ambitious production to make up for whatever limitations they had. But they came across without artiface, even without the comparing them to grunge-era acts. They just seemed like decent Limerick folk who got lucky and knew it.

They were rare birds who broke in the US before breaking in Ireland or the UK, and the UK music press seemingly didn't trust them because of that, so it took a few years before their status in Europe was as big as it was here. I remember them playing the Mall in DC and getting increasingly wearied by the audience slamming aggressively and at inappropriate moments. She asked them to calm down and they started throwing bottles at her. The band left the stage and in came the riot police.

The 90's, man. What a jerky era.
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Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:09 pm

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I hope she doesn't return as a Zombie, zo-ahm-bie, zom- ba-hie, ba-hie, ba-hie, ba-hie, ba-hie.

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Postby 41Forever » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:41 pm

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I thought their Sept. 11 song was excellent. I think it’s called “New New York.”

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Postby G-Fafif » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:36 pm

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Yet another loss from the world of music: Edwin Hawkins, of "Oh Happy Day" fame.

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries ... story.html
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