Yes, it’s true. The Poet of New York has passed. Dying from liver complications on October 27th, 2013, Lou Reed leaves behind a Rock and Roll legacy like none other. Born March 2, 1942, the Brooklyn born Lewis Allan Reed, rose from the 70’s music scene in New York to become one of Rock and Roll’ s most creative artist. In 1964, Lou moved to New York and joined forces with John Cale to form Velvet Underground. Though never reaching commercial success, they are attributed with being one of musics most influential bands. More……
Legendary keyboardist Ray Manzarek has passed away at the age of 74. Known worldwide for the soulful eeriness of his preferred Fender Rhodes keyboard, and inspired by the lyrics of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek laid the foundation of sound for The Doors. Ray and Jim met by chance in 1965 at Venice beach, both attending the University of California in Los Angeles. Together with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, they built their sound around the poetry of lead singer Jim Morrison. The band broke through with “Break On Through to the Other Side”, then rocketed to stardom in 1967 with the hit single “Light My Fire”. Other hits followed. “The End”,“Touch Me”, “Riders On The Storm”, “People Are Strange” were most notable. More…..
Folk icon Richie Havens passed away August 22, Earth Day. However, it was another fateful day for the earth which propelled Havens to heavenly heights over 40 years ago. The day that, by chance, he opened for the Woodstock festival where his message of social change and Freedom redefined a culture torn apart by war, as a new generation of hope. It was here where Havens began his notoriety as the soulful leader for peace, love, and thoughtful critique through music. Inspired by the folk artists of his time, and in turn inspiring them to reach beyond the commercialism of pop music. Fans were enamored for his energetic covers of Bob Dylan’s Just Like A Woman, and the Beatles Here Comes The Sun. Frequently sought after for his ability to capture the relativism of the moment, fans were drawn to the simple honesty of his live performances. Never slowing, Richie kept playing, releasing his last album in 2008 titled Nobody Left To Crown. In March 2012, Havens announced he would stop touring due to health problems. Richie Pierce Havens was 72.
Pandit Ravi Shankar, the “Godfather of World Music”, has passed. The legendary sitar player that brought Indian music to the West, died late December 11th, 2012, in San Diego near his home. He is survived by his wife Sukanya, and daughter Anoushka. He is father to jazz singer Norah Jones, and also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Famous for teaching Beatle George Harrison the sitar, he recorded with the super group on the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band”. More….