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…

Music Birthday: Bob Marley

Today, February 6, 1945, Bob Marley was born Robert Nesta Marley in Nine Mile, Jamaica. On February 18, 2015, “Easy Skanking in Boston ‘78,” Bob Marley & the Wailers’ fifth live album, peaked at no. 72 on the American iTunes Albums Chart. Recorded at the old Boston Musical Hall, Orpheum Theatre, in Boston, Massachusetts, “Easy…

Rest in Paradise: Maurice White

Today, February 4, 2016, Maurice White passed away in Los Angeles, California. At the 18th Annual Grammy Awards, White won Best R&B Vocal Performance, By A Duo, Group or Chorus for his production on ‘Shining Star’ by Earth, Wind & Fire. The song comes from the funk band’s sixth studio album, “That’s the Way of…

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’…

Pop Smoke: ‘For the Night’

Today, December 4, 2020, ‘For the Night’ by Pop Smoke, Lil Baby & DaBaby peaked at no. 2 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Taken from his posthumous debut studio album, “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon,” ‘For the Night’ also reached no. 15 on iTunes.  Expectedly, ‘For the Night’ enjoyed international…