You know…. Famous People Die in Three’s

I smell cake!*

WOW! It’s been a crazy past couple of days. There have been three actors and entertainers who have passed away recently. Actors and entertainers we grew up watching/listening to have been passing away.

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Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

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Joan “Chyna” Lauer (December 27, 1970 – April 17-20, 2016)

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Doris Roberts (November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016)

 

I wanted to share my favorite songs by Prince. I grow up listen to his music.

I have to go with the first song that I ever heard by Prince:

If you want to see/hear what an amazing guitar player Prince was, you need to watch this video of Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison and others — “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. What talent that man had.

I saw this quote. If Eric Clapton, who I think is one of the world’s best guitarist says this… WOW!

Eric Clapton was asked about how it felt to be the world’s best guitarist. His response: “I don’t know. Ask Prince.”

R.I.P. and thank you for leaving your legacy for us to always have.

Notes:

* My brother, Joe and I would always say this to each other after someone famous died.

“I smell cake! If Uncle Bernie died, someone’s gonna have to go on a beer run!”— Dan Dorian

“My Cake” is the sixth episode of Scrubs’ fourth season. J.D.’s father dies and he and his brother Dan have to cope with it.

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Song of the Day — Stuck In The Middle With You

Song of the day — “Stuck in the Middle With You” (1973) by Stealers Wheel.

 

 

Growing up, I would have sworn on ten Bibles that I thought George Harrison sang this song. I have no idea why I thought that. I really wasn’t a George Harrison fan, so there wouldn’t be any reason I would want this song to be sung by him.

Then, as I got older a and a little wiser… I found out the Stealers Wheel sang this song and you never guess who was a member of Stealer’s Wheel… Gerry Rafferty (Joe Egan was the other member of the group)! I know, did you know that?

It amazes me that I know anything at all! I didn’t care for this song when it first came out. It was only when I got older that I learned to appreciate the music from the 70’s.

“My Back Pages”

A couple of months ago I blogged about the top songs that I have been listening to on my iPod, one of them was “My Back Pages” – The Byrds (1967). The songs was written by Bob Dylan in 1964. There is something about this song that I really like. I don’t know what? I’m really not a person who listens to the lyrics of a song to get the “real” meaning of the song (just ask my friend, Rita).

I mentioned that I didn’t know Bob Dylan wrote this song! This is “a live version of the song was performed by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Neil Young, Roger McGuinn and Tom Petty during Dylan’s 30th anniversary concert celebration in New York City, October 1992.

I love this video, watching Eric Clapton play his guitar and sing — wow! And then George Harrison sings, I got chills. And I’m really not a huge Bob Dylan fan, but I like him in this video. Watching the video brought a tear to my eye.

Is there anyone in Generation X or Generation Y that can be in the same league as these legends? I don’ think so.

Ah, but I was so much older then,
I’m younger than that now.

What I’ve been listening to on my iPod…

I have always been a fan of  The Beatles. But lately I have enjoyed their songs they did in their solo careers. Here is one of my favorite solo songs from George Harrison — “All those Years Ago“. I don’t remember the song when it first came out, I was more of a Paul McCartney fan. But the older I got, the more I liked this song.

“All Those Years Ago” is a song written by George Harrison, released as a single from the album Somewhere in England. The song was a personal tribute to the recently murdered John Lennon. It was released on May 11, 1981 in the United States, where it spent three weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and on May 15, 1981 in the United Kingdom

When I looked up the song on Wikipedia, I found out some interesting things about the song:

The song featured all three remaining Beatles: George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Harrison originally wrote the song with different lyrics for Ringo Starr to record.

In the song, Harrison makes reference to The Beatles song “All You Need is Love” and the Lennon song “Imagine“.

This song is on my “Quick List” on my iPod of songs that I love to listen to over and over again.

Deep in the darkest night
I send out a prayer to you
Now in the world of light
Where the spirit free of the lies
And all else that we despised.

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