Prince (1958-2016) #ripprince

#ripprince

As I am pretty sure you were, I was shocked to find out that #Prince was found dead in his Minneapolis-area studio when this news broke today. This may sound cliche, but this announcement is as sad as those of the deaths of Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Michael Jackson because like these other artists, Prince was a music icon who was in a class by himself.

As someone who grew up during the 80s and early 90s, I vividly remember hearing Prince’s records like Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, Kiss, and Diamonds And Pearls on the radio. These are more than just records; they are masterpieces because of the way that his compositions were arranged and his instrumentations were augmented by his phenomenal baritone-to-countertenor vocal range. As for his work as an actor, Purple Rain is among his best work not just as a motion picture but his best work collectively because his work ethic reflected in everything he did.

Prince Rogers Nelson, aka The Artist Formerly Known As The Unpronounceable Love Symbol, may have been as maniacal about his privacy as the late Michael Jackson and veteran music producer Mutt Lange have been about theirs, but through his work, I feel that the world knew as much about him as he would let us know. He will be truly missed, and as his recordings continue to play on the radio, his spirit still lingers among us. May you rest in peace, Prince.

This video contains reflections about Prince and his musical legacy. Check it out.

https://youtu.be/SI7W5J5Zirk

George Martin, Producer and Arranger for The Beatles, Dies at 90 | Billboard

Sir George Martin, the legendary producer who was at the helm of most of the Beatles’ biggest hits, has passed away at age 90. Aside from the Fab Four, “the fifth Beatle,” as he was known, also produced recordings for such artists as America, Celine Dion, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney (and Wings), and Michael Jackson. Martin’s contribution to the music industry as not only a producer but also as a composer, arranger, and music executive is remarkable and will never be forgotten.

May you rest in peace, George.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6913528/george-martin-producer-arranger-beatles-dies-90

Eagles’ Glenn Frey Dead at 67

I have just heard on the news this evening that Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey has passed away today at age 67 after a period of declining health. Glenn played guitar and piano for the Eagles’ and sang lead on some of the band’s hits, including Take It Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling, and Heartache Tonight. As a solo artist, he produced successful singles like The Heat Is On, True Love, and Sexy Girl.

Rest in peace, Glenn, and keep rocking in heaven!

http://via.wghp.com/9PyhM

Scott Weiland Dead

Scott Weiland, who was best known as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was found dead yesterday on his tour bus at age 48. His baritone voice was heard as he sang on STP’s biggest hits such as Creep, Interstate Love Song, and Sour Girl as well as VR’s singles including Fall To Pieces. Despite his issues with drugs over the years, Scott was still one of the finest performers in rock history since the Doors’ frontman Jim Morrison.

RIP, Scott Weiland. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/scott-weiland-dead-at-48-20151204