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…

Music Birthday: Natalie Cole

Today, February 6, 1950, Natalie Marie Cole was born in Los Angeles, California. On February 12, 2016, Cole’s “Unforgettable… with Love” album peaked at no. 25 on the American iTunes Chart.  Originally released in 1991, “Unforgettable… with Love” earned Natalie Cole a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards….

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…

Music Birthday: Rick James

Today, February 1, 1948, Rick James was born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. in Buffalo, New York City, New York. James was featured on a 2020 single from Anthony Hamilton called ‘Back Together.’  The song, produced by 9th Wonder, pays homage to the 80s classic, ‘Fire and Desire’ by Rick James and Teena Marie.  Hamilton is…

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,…

Music Birthday: DeFord Bailey Sr.

Today, December 14, 1899, DeFord Bailey Sr. was born in Smith County, Tennessee. Though he struggled with polio, Bailey broke racial barriers as a black musician when he performed on the Grand Ole Opry – originally The Barn Dance – in December 1924. Ultimately helping establish the country music genre.  With his harmonica, stature and…

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…