Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wednesday Crosscurrents 12/31/08

In Memoriam, 2008 (part 1)

Levi Stubbs, Lead Singer, Four Tops (also voice of Audrey in movie version of Little Shop of Horrors)

Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving, Standing in the Shadows of Love, I Can't Help Myself (Sugarpie, Honeybunch), Reach Out (I'll Be There) - all written by the great Motown songwriting team of Holland, Dozier, Holland, who also wrote most of the Supremes' hits

Isaac Hayes - composer and performer - and voice of Chef in South Park

Theme from Shaft
Soul Man - Sam and Dave - written by Hayes

Norman Whitfield - songwriter, producer and major part of Motown - who wrote all of the following:

Ain't Too Proud to Beg - Temptations, 1967, shortly after he took over their production
Too Many Fish in the Sea - Marvelettes - around 1962
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye - covered also by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Creedence, and many others
War - Edwin Starr

Count Five, whose lead singer died - Psychotic Reaction
Classics IV, featuring the late Dennis Yost - Spooky, Stormy

Long Black Veil - The Band - written by the late Danny Dill
Happy Together and She'd Rather Be with Me - The Turtles - both written by the late Alan Gordon

The Kingston Trio, two of whose members died in 2008, John Stewart and Nick Reynolds:

Tom Dooley
Where Have All the Flowers Gone (Pete Seeger song)
Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton song)

Odetta, died last year - Joshua, John Henry

Jimi Hendrix Experience, whose drummer, Mitch Mitchell, died last year:

Manic Depression
Little Wing

Don Helms, played steel guitar for Hank Williams and was featured prominently in these two songs:

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

The late Jerry Reed - When You're Hot, You're Hot

Dave Matthews Band, whose sax player, Leroi Moore, died last year and was featured prominently in Stay (Wasting Time)

Pink Floyd, whose early keyboardist, Richard Wright, died last year - The Great Gig in the Sky

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