REQUIEM FOR A KING

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(image by the (literally) illustrious John Jennings)

B.B. King passed away yesterday.

I’ll leave it to my betters to properly eulogize him but my man Joe Schloss reminded me about one of King’s best lines ever (executed here to funky perfection by Johnny Holiday):

BOBBY WOMACK: RIP

I don’t know why this song, of all of Womack’s, is my favorite by him. But it is.

Gone too young.

HAPPY B-DAY CURTIS

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Curtis Mayfield would have turned 72 today. The immensity of his genius is something I am continually rediscovering. Here’s just three cuts to remember him by…out of seemingly a countless bounty.

LEARNING FROM FRANKIE

I will forever be a student of music, learning from the greats. RIP, Frankie Knuckles.

DARONDO: DIDN’T HE TREAT US RIGHT?

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Darondo (né William Pulliam) passed away today at the age of 67. His single, “Didn’t I” remains one of my favorite Bay Area records (and really, just an all-time great slow jam).

I interviewed Darondo back in 2006 for Wax Poetics and they just reprinted the article on their site. Here’s an excerpt:

The name “Darondo” is so unique, it’s hard to forget. But for many years, all people knew of him was only that: a name on a faded label. In his brief recording career, […]

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