Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wednesday Crosscurrents 12/30

Host - John Gaguine

Today we pay tribute to some of the figures in the music industry who passed away in 2009

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Jackson Five-ABC

Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary:
PP&M - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan), If I Had My Way (Rev. Gary Davis)

Norton Buffalo - Harmonica player, played with Steve Miller and worked with Roy Rogers
Kate Wolf - Across the Great Divide (Buffalo on harmonica)

Drake Levin, guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders
Raiders - Hungry

Otha Young, guitarist and songwriter for Juice Newton; he's been to Juneau several times
Newton - The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known) - written by Young

Koko Taylor, great blues singer - You Can Have My Husband, Wang Dang Doodle (Willie Dixon)

Aaron Schroeder, songwriter
Elvis Presley - It's Now or Never (co-written by Schroeder)

Bob Bogle, guitarist for the Ventures
Ventures - Walk, Don't Run

Sky Saxon, lead singer for the Seeds
Seeds - Pushing Too Hard

Gordon Waller, half of the British Invasion group Peter and Gordon
P and G - A World Without Love (Lennon/McCartney)

Ellie Greenwich, great songwriter
Ronettes - Be My Baby
Ike and Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High
Both co-written with Greenwich's writing partner (and husband for a while) Jeff Barry and Phil Spector

Larry Knechtel, important studio musician
Simon and Garfunkel -Bridge over Troubled Waters (Knechtel on piano)

Bob Keane, discoverer and producer of Richie Valens
Valens - La Bamba

Billy Powell, keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, both pre- and post-crash
Skynyrd - Free Bird

Dan Seals, hit country singer and brother of Jim Seals of Seals and Croft
England Dan (Seals) and John Ford Coley - I'd Really Like to See You Tonight

Mike Seeger - folk singer, half-brother of Pete - Coo Coo Bird

Beatles - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - supposedly inspired by a picture drawn by John Lennon's son Julian of Lucy Vodden, who died this year. Julian supposedly said, "That's Lucy in the sky with diamonds"; Helter Skelter - Charles Manson believed that this song would somehow precipitate a race war. One of the Manson girls, Susan Atkins, also died this year.

Patrick Swayze, actor, co-star of Dirty Dancing
Swayze - She's Like the Wind (sung and co-written by Swayze) (from Dirty Dancing)
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time of My Life (also from Dirty Dancing)

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