Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Round of Tributes

This has been a summer of losses in the entertainment industry, and I'm not talking about dollars. A lot of great artists have passed on recently, and I've tried to pay tribute to some of them, but I am only one man!

Last week, fans of classic pop music lost two folks who might not have been household names, but there music sure was widely known. Ellie Greenwich wrote and produced some of the most beloved pop hits of all time. Don't believe me? Take a look. I've mentioned Artie Wayne here before and recommended his blog; well, his Ellie Greenwich tribute has attracted comments from many music business giants who knew her. Check out Artie's thoughts and the responses:

While you're at it, take a look at Artie's tribute to Larry Knechtel, not only a member of Bread but also one of the most prolific session musicians of all time:

If you know me, you know I've been largely avoiding the subject of Michael Jackson on One Note Ahead because, well, you've seen and perhaps been involved in the controversy. I dove headfirst into it myself right after he died and that was a mistake! But today is the date of his burial, which has me thinking about a blog posted in June by Boy Wonder, one of the big names on the Philly music scene. So he incorrectly identified Michael's cause of death; I still think this is one of the more intelligent fan tributes I've seen. And note how he lists "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" twice among Michael's greatest compositions; I'd like to think that's not a mistake.

Of course, there are plenty of other MJ tributes out there (including Artie's), but I wanted to share that one in particular.

That's all for now. Stay tuned.

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  1. Thanks S.J. for mentioning my site. Like you said the comments at bottom of my tributes to Ellie and Larry read like a Who's Who of '60s and '70s Pop Music. I'm very proud that I've been able to get so many people to share their personal remembrances.

    I'm enjoying "One Note Ahead" Keep up the good work!

    Regards, Artie

  2. Thanks, Artie! Funny you should say "Who's Who of '60s and '70s Pop music" because that's the wording I had originally considered using in my blog!

    Rock on,


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