Rest in Paradise: Vic Damone

Today, February 11, 2018, Vic Damone passed away in Miami Beach, Florida. Spotify indicated Damone is still poppin’ today, with more than three million streams on ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ alone. ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ was included in Damone’s 1956 album, “That Towering Feeling.” Another hit from that album is ‘You Stepped Out of a…

Rest in Paradise: Tyrone Davis

Today, February 9, 2005, Tyrone Davis passed away in Hinsdale, Illinois. Davis has a 1979 song called ‘Ain’t Nothing I Can Do,’ and 24 years later, Beyonce sampled it in the ‘Be With You’ track of her debut solo studio album ‘Dangerously In Love.”   Tyrone Davis and Beyonce share a commonality – Columbia Records. Both…

Rest in Paradise: Big Pun

Today, February 7, 2000, Christopher “Big Punisher” Rios passed away in NYC, New York. Big Pun proves eternal with the constant sampling of his music making many of today’s songs. For example, Eminem sampled Big Pun’s ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ in his chart-topping single, ‘Rap God.’ ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ comes from Big Pun’s solo debut studio…

Rest in Paradise: Nikola Tesla

Today, January 7, 1943, Niokla Tesla passed away in New York City, New York. In their 1984 ‘Tesla Girls’ single, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) paid homage to Tesla’s contributions to today’s alternating current electricity supply system with references to dynamos and electric chairs.  The song was produced by the OMD, and Brian Tench,…

Rest in Paradise: Lou Rawls

Today, January 6, 2006, Lou Rawls passed away in Los Angeles, California. For their 1969 “Cloud Nine” album, The Temptations included their psychedelic soul cover of Rawls’ ‘Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing.’ Norman Whitfield produced The Temptations’ version, while David Axelrod handled Lou’s three years prior.  On November 4, 1966, ‘Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing’…

Rest in Paradise: Norman Whitfield

Today, September 16, 2008, Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Norman Jesse Whitfield passed away in Los Angeles, California. Whitfield co-wrote and produced several Motown hits, including ‘You’re My Everything,’ by The Temptations.  Yesterday, September 15/67, the song peaked at no. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘You’re My Everything’ was released as a single…

Music Birthday: Amy Winehouse

Today, September 14, 1983, Amy Jade Winehouse was born in London, England. Amy covered the song by The Zutons, called ‘Valerie,’ and it’s included on her “Back to Black: B-Sides” bonus album. The song is 1 of 6 productions on “Back to Black” by Mark Ronson, others include ‘Rehab,’ ‘Back to Black, ‘You Know I’m…

Rest in Paradise: 2 Pac

Today, September 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur passed away from gunshot wounds in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dying a true icon of conscious hip-hop, Tupac further paved the way for artists like J. Cole, Logic, and Kendrick Lamar to be so well-received in today’s music.  Tupac spoke truth, and demanded respect through real-life lyrics and bomb beats….