Monthly Archives: January 2016
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BIG FAN!!! WOW!!! Ravi Shankar
Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar has died in a hospital in the US, aged 92.
His family said he had been admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego last week, but had failed to recover fully from surgery.
Shankar gained widespread international recognition through his association with The Beatles.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described him as a “national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage”.
In a statement quoted by Reuters, Shankar’s wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka said he had recently undergone surgery which would have “potentially given him a new lease of life”.
“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery,” they said.
“We were at his side when he passed away.
“Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives. He will live forever in our hearts and in his music.”
Anoushka Shankar is herself a sitar player. Shankar’s other daughter is Grammy award-winning singer Norah Jones.
‘Respect for music’
George Harrison of the Beatles once called Shankar “the godfather of world music”.
He played at Woodstock and the 1967 Monterey Pop festival, and also collaborated with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.
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Media captionRavi Shankar teaches George Harrison the sitar
Shankar also composed a number of film scores – notably Satyajit Ray’s celebrated Apu trilogy (1951-55) and Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982) – and collaborated with US composer Philip Glass in Passages in 1990.
Talking in later life about his experiences at the influential Monterey Pop festival, Ravi Shankar said he was “shocked to see people dressing so flamboyantly”.
He told Rolling Stone magazine that he was horrified when Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire on stage.
“That was too much for me. In our culture, we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God,” he said.
In 1999, Shankar was awarded the highest civilian citation in India – the Bharat Ratna, or Jewel of India.
George Harrison, Ravi Shankar and Patti Boyd
He introduced the Beatles to the Indian sounds that informed their later music. George Harrison once called him “the godfather of world music”.
Life in pictures: Ravi Shankar
Tributes pour in
Western musicians praise Shankar
On Wednesday morning, shortly after his death, the Recording Academy of America announced the musician would receive a lifetime achievement award at next year’s Grammys.
The Academy’s President Neil Portnow said he had been able to inform Shankar of the honour last week.
“He was deeply touched and so pleased,” he said, adding, “we have lost an innovative and exceptional talent and a true ambassador of international music”.
Born into a Bengali family in the ancient Indian city of Varanasi, Ravi Shankar was originally a dancer with his brother’s troupe.
He gave up dancing to study the sitar at the age of 18.
For seven years Shankar studied under Baba Allauddin Khan, founder of the Maihar Gharana style of Hindustani classical music, and became well-known in India for his virtuoso sitar playing.
For the last years of his life, Ravi Shankar lived in Encinitas, California, with his wife.
Dale “Buffin” Griffin: Mott the Hoople Drummer Dies at Age 67 After Battle With Alzheimer’s Disease
Griffin died on Jan. 17, Angel Air Records confirmed on Facebook. Mott the Hoople is best known for the track “All the Young Dudes,” written for them by David Bowie. CRAZY!!!!
Scott Weiland dead at 48 while on tour WOW!!!
In 2000, #ScottWeiland joined the surviving members of The Doors for what proved to be one of the more memorable performances in the history of VH1 Storytellers. R.I.P. Scott.
Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist for Eagles, died Monday. He was 67.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016,” the band said in a statement. “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”
Frey wrote and provided vocals for many Eagles hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Tequila Sunrise” and “Take It Easy.”
The musician, with Don Henley, also co-wrote “Hotel California” and “Desperado.” Eagles won six Grammys and five American Music Awards during its run, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Frey also had a successful solo career after Eagles broke up in 1980. His debut solo album, 1982’s “No Fun Aloud,” contained such Top 40 hits as “The One You Love,” “Smuggler’s Blue,” “Sexy Girl,” “The Heat Is On,” “You Belong to the City,” “True Love,” “Soul Searchin’,” and “Livin’ Right.”
He had an acting career as well, landing a role in the first season of “Miami Vice.”
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Nick Caldwell, founder of The Whispers! Yet another loss in the Music World! Was 71 years old!
David Bowie, a master of music and makeovers, dies at 69
David Bowie, whose incomparable sound and chameleon-like ability to reinvent himself made him a pop music fixture for more than four decades, has died. He was 69.
Bowie died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, his publicist Steve Martin told CNN.
David Bowie’s haunting final album hints at death
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” said a statement posted on his official social media accounts. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
Neither his publicist nor the statement elaborated on what type of cancer the singer had.
Bowie’s death has been the regular subject of Internet hoaxes for the last several years. So the news came as a shock to fans and industry insiders when it was confirmed.