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’…

Music Birthday: Barry White

Today, September 12, 1944, Barry White was born Barry Eugene Carter in Galveston, Texas. Barry’s beautiful baritone blends amiably with those of El Debarge, James Ingram and Al B. Sure!, on Quincy Jones’ ‘The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite).’  The song was written by El Debarge, Quincy Jones, Siedah Garrett (also provided backing vocals), and…

Rest in Paradise: Peter Tosh

Today, September 11, 1987, Peter Tosh was murdered in a home invasion in Kingston, Jamaica. Prior to this all-too-common tragedy, Tosh enjoyed a super successful music career as part of The Wailers, and as his own act.  In 2019, Farruko and Bad Bunny sampled Peter Tosh’s ‘Legalize It’ single in their ‘La Cartera’ collaboration, promoting…

Music Birthday: Cameron Boyce

🔊🥳 Today, May 28, 1999, the late Cameron Mica Boyce was born in Los Angeles, California. Boyce played a young Ryan Ross in Panic! At the Disco’s visual for ‘That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed).” The single reached no. 96 on the UK Official Charts in June 2008, and it’s “Pretty. Odd.” parent album at…

Rest in Paradise: Gil-Scott Heron

🔊🙏🏾 Today, May 27, 2011, Gil Scott-Heron passed away in New York City, NY. Scott-Heron has a song called ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,’ and Travis Scott sampled it in his ‘Apple Pie.’ ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised‘ is included on Gil’s debut live album “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox,” and then…

Donna Summer: “Crayons”

🔊💜Today, May 20, 2008, Donna Summer released her 17th & final studio album “Crayons.” This album peaked at no. 17 on the US Billboard 200, and spawned four singles that peaked on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart: ‘Fame (The Game)’ (no. 1), ‘Stamp Your Feet’ (no. 1), and ‘I’m a Fire’ (no. 1). Another…

Rest in Paradise: Donna Summer

🔊🙏🏾Today, May 17, 2012, Donna Summer passed away from lung cancer in Naples, Florida. Summer’s ‘Bad Girls’ was remixed by Gigamesh in 2019 for inclusion on the Charlie’s Angels OST. The song, originally released by Summer in June 1979, peaked at no. 1 on the US Hot 100, and it’s parent album of the same…

Music Birthday: Melanie Thornton

🔊🥳 Today, May 13, 1967, Melanie Janene Thornton was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Before passing away in a plane crash in November 2001, Thornton, 1/2 of La Bouche, helped chart a hit album called “Sweet Dreams.” La Bouche also includes Kayo Shekoni, and their album also has the Apple Music-starred track ‘Be My Lover.’