Aretha Franklin – How She Influenced This White Kid In 1967 Los Angeles

photo of the wax figure of R&B legend Aretha Franklin on display at the famous Madame Tussauds' museum in London, England.

by Richard Cameron Aretha Franklin  March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018 I decided not to recap the commonly reported information regarding the broad musical and personal history of Aretha Franklin, who passed yesterday of complications related to Pancreatic cancer. Those details are easily accessible via various news reports and Wikipedia – although some will be touched upon here. Instead, my essay here, has to do with my own recollections of Ms. Franklin, how she emerged on the scene as a breakthrough entertainer in pop music and the context of…

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Fats Domino Heads Off In Search Of The Great Blueberry Hill In The Sky And That Ain’t A Shame

by Richard Cameron Fats Domino (1928-2017) Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., who passed late Tuesday at age 89, is one of those artists we can recognize for their contributions to the music scene that we don’t need to spend much time introducing.  His impact on pop music is imprinted on so many recordings and facets of pop culture that just mentioning one of his hits, defines the concept behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Domino remained in the footprint of New Orleans – in nearby Harvey, Louisiana; a…

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