Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

R.I.P. Donna Summer (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012)

Donna Summer Sings

Donna Summer Sings

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known by the stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and was a five-time Grammy Award winner. Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period.

 

 

 

 

R.I.P. Don Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012)

Don Cornelius born in Chicago in 1936, has passed at the age of 75, here in Los Angeles, California from what the police report was a self inflicted gunshot.

Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius, creator of the long-running TV dance show “Soul Train,” apparently shot himself to death Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 75.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting found Cornelius at his Mulholland Drive home at around 4 a.m., police said. He was pronounced dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 4:56 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

R.I.P. Amy Whinehouse (Sep 14th 1983 – Jul 23rd 2011)

I first remember hearing Amy Whinehouse on an ad for Target. It was playing her music and talking about her coming to the US. It caused me to search for her on the net and I was immediately hooked. She had the style of American soul artist that I grew up listening to my mom and dad play around the house (we are from Detroit after all). I even went back to check out her first release “Frank” which I throughly enjoyed as well. I was sad when she fell into substance abuse not just for the fact that it would delay new music but also because of how destructive it can be. With the news of her death at 27 I see that she has paid the ultimate price!

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011 was an English singer-songwriter, known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, and jazz. She received extensive publicity over her substance abuse and mental health issues. Winehouse died on 23 July 2011; police have described the cause of her death as “unexplained”.

Amy Whinehouse