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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Multi Grammy Award Winning Rocker Tom Petty Dead At 66 From Cardiac Arrest

photo of Tom Petty in performance in 2010

by Richard Cameron Multi-Grammy award winning Rock musician Tom Petty, is dead. He was found unconscious in his home in Malibu and transported to nearby UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. Emergency physicians reported that in addition to his state of unconsciousness, Petty was not breathing and showed no brain activity. Cause of death was disclosed as massive cardiac arrest. Petty, 66, was born in Gainesville, Florida and began his musical legacy with a band named “Mudcrunch”, at the young age of 17. Eventually his odyssey found him establishing himself with a…

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