RIP Gerry Rafferty

5 01 2011

Gerry Rafferty died early this week at age 63. Gerry was the frontman of 70’s era rock group Stealers Wheel. Gerry is most famous for his hit “Stuck In The Middle”, a tune that is often confused as a Bob Dylan song and rightfully so as it was written to mimic his lyrical style. The song was released in 1973 on their self-titled album. It instantly became a hit, rising to #6 on the charts and has since been further popularized due to it’s use in the cult-classic Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs. Here’s a 70-style music video for the song… I love it because its so dated.

RIP Gregory Isaacs

26 10 2010

Yesterday, Gregory Isaacs died of lung cancer at the age of 59 in his London home. Isaacs was a beloved reggae legend who recorded over 500 albums. 500! His most famous song is probably his 1982 release “Night Nurse”, but I really like this old 1978 footage of “Tune In”. I’m also really into “Number One”, another late 70’s hit.


Check out the tunes…

RIP Gary Coleman

28 05 2010

This may be a little off the traditional music theme but Gary Coleman passed away today at age 42. Coleman was hospitalized this week after falling and hitting his head at his home in Utah.  After slipping in and out of consciousness for the last two days, he was found dead this afternoon. Gary was best known as Arnold Jackson from TV’s Different Strokes. Although he had a bit of a resurgence in recent years, it is the wise cracking young Arnold that people will remember him for. As a tribute, below are two videos…. both of which are quite fitting. One is a a montage of Gary’s trademark line “What you talkin’ ’bout Willis?” and the other is the famous Different Strokes theme song… it’s a classic.

RIP Corey

11 03 2010

Corey Haim died yesterday at 38 years old of what looks like a drug overdose. Haim is but half the 80’s acting duo “The Corey’s”. Famous for his work in The Lost Boys but perhaps more famous for the countless B and C movies he has done since. As an up and coming child actor both he and Corey Feldman had ongoing drug and alcohol habits that have been very public for years. That aside, let’s remember Corey for his peaks rather than his valleys. Here is the theme music to one of my favorite Corey’s movies, License To Drive. The song is perfect for the movie. It’s Billy Ocean’s “Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car”. The image in this video is the oh-so-80’s movie poster for the 1988 film, featuring both Corey’s in cool mode.

In case you are not familiar with this epic film, the full trailer is below. In fact, I recommend you honor Corey posthumously and rent it tonight. It’s not quite a John Hughes masterpiece but it’s a classic nonetheless. The saddest part of all this is that there will never be a “Corey’s” comeback as I had always hoped for.

Feldman’s reaction to Haim’s death

License To Drive on IMDB

Corey Haim on IMDB

Corey Feldman on IMDB

License To Drive on Wiki

Haim’s Official Site

RIP Teddy

14 01 2010

Teddy Pendergrass died of cancer yesterday at age 59. I thought this tune was appropriate. It’s Teddy with Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes. Interesting sidebar: Teddy was originally recruited as the drummer for this group and then ended up becoming lead singer and a solo artist in his own right… Who said drummers never get no respect?

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