Sunday, December 30, 2007

Absent Friends

Ike Turner, I'm Lonesome Baby.
Ike and Tina Turner, Sexy Ida (Pt. 1).
Porter Wagoner, Midnight.
Janis Martin, Will You Willyum.
Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Powell's Prances.
Oscar Peterson, Blues Etude.
Cannonball Adderley, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Studie ii.
Nellie Lutcher, Come and Get It, Honey.
Hank Thompson, A Six Pack To Go.
The Mamas and Papas, I Saw Her Again Last Night.
Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra, Some Velvet Morning.
Willie Tee, Teasin' You.
Albert and Donald Ayler, Ghosts.
Bobby Byrd, I Know You Got Soul.
UGK, The Game Belong To Me.
Luciano Pavarotti, Di Quella Pira (from Il Trovatore).
Boston, More Than a Feeling.
Frankie Laine, Do Not Forsake Me (Theme from High Noon).
Stan Kenton Orchestra with June Christy, Everything Happens to Me.<
Dan Fogelberg, Part of the Plan.
Luther Ingram, To the Other Man.

Ike Turner, 1931-2007. "I'm Lonesome Baby," from 1951, which features one of Ike's few lead vocals, is on Sun Sessions; "Sexy Ida" is on Proud Mary.

Porter Wagoner, 1927-2007. On RCA Country Legends.

Janis Martin, 1940-2007. On The Female Elvis.

Max Roach, 1924-2007. On At Basin St.

Oscar Peterson, 1925-2007. On Solo.

Joe Zawinul, 1932-2007. (Among many other things, composer of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"). On Live at The Club.

Karlheinz Stockhausen
, 1928-2007.

Nellie Lutcher
, 1912-2007. On The R&B Years 1948.

Hank Thompson, 1925-2007. On Greatest Songs.

Denny Doherty, 1940-2007. On The Mamas and Papas--20th Century Masters.

Lee Hazlewood, 1929-2007. On Morvern Callar.

Willie Tee (born Willie Turbinton), 1944-2007. On Atlantic R&B Vol. 6.

Donald Ayler, 1942-2007. From his Guardian obit: "At John Coltrane's funeral service in 1967, Donald Ayler stood on a balcony beside his saxophonist brother and played a spine-chilling lament. Wildly flagging his trumpet valves and swaying backwards and forwards, he seemed to scream through the instrument." On Love Cry.

Bobby Byrd, 1934-2007. On Best of James Brown Vol. 3 and iTunes/Amazon downloads.

Pimp C
(born Chad Butler), 1973-2007. On Underground Kingz.

Luciano Pavarotti, 1935-2007. On The Best.

Brad Delp
, 1951-2007. On Boston.

Frankie Laine
, 1913-2007. On Jezebel.

Marion "Buddy" Childers, 1926-2007. Lead trumpeter in Stan Kenton's big band. On City of Glass.

Dan Fogelberg, 1951-2007. On Very Best.

Luther Ingram, 1937--2007. "And if I should ever have a son...I'll teach him to understand/When I say 'Boy, you gotta give a heck/promise you'll always give respect/to the other man.'" On Greatest Hits.

Ave atque vale: Megan Matthews, Verity Lambert, Edward Yang, Madeleine L'Engle, Zakia Zaki, Lloyd Alexander, Solveig Dommartin, Alisher Saipov, Albert "Dapper" O'Neill, Kurt Vonnegut, Whitney Balliett, Tom Snyder, Stylus Magazine, The DVD Journal, Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Helen Hill, Alexandra Boulat, László Kovács, Molly Ivins, Barbaro, Sidney Sheldon, Johanna Sällström, Tom Moldvay (on behalf of my 11-year old self), Jean Baudrillard, Doug Marlette, Ernest Gallo (on behalf of my great-aunt, deceased, a connoisseur of Gallo wine), Jake, Tony Wilson, Hilly Kristal, Norman Mailer, Benazir Bhutto, the 1,004 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Boris Yeltsin, who, in 1995, said: We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.

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