Norah Jones was born on March 30, 1979 in Brooklyn, NY, where she resides now. She was raised in Texas by her mom. Her father is the world-renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar.
The singer-songwriter launched her career with the 2002 debut album Come Away with Me. The adult contemporary/pop/jazz album sold 25 million copies worldwide and received five Grammy Awards, including “Best New Artist.” This is one of my favorite albums; it soothed me through my nights of insomnia, when nothing else did. Thanks, Norah! The following was one of my favorite songs from that album.
These were also from that album:
Her sophomore album, Feels like Home, was released in 2004. This album had Jones as the main songwriter and had a completely different feel to it. In fact, it was a different band and it was in an entirely different genre – country/blues. Sunrise was from that album. In 2007, she released her third album, Not Too Late. Thinking About You and Sinking Soon are some good tunes from that album
In between these two albums, she recorded The Little Willies, with a band of the same name, her then boyfriend Lee Alexander and some of her buddies put together an country album, which included covers of old country tunes and some new ones of their own composing. Her mentor is Willie Nelson, hence the name of the band.
Here are some songs from that album:
Here’s Norah singing the Elvis classic “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”.
On March 15, 1999, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Dusty Springfield, and Bruce Springsteen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Here they are singing some of their classics:
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933. He is a man of many talents and accomplishments – music conductor, record producer, arranger, film score composer, and trumpeter.
He has been active for more than five decades in the entertainment industry and Jones has earned 27 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He’s worked with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin. He worked closely and was good friends with Sinatra. Their last project together was 1984’s “L.A. Is My Lady.” He produced Michael Jackson’s album Thriller and “We Are the World,” and the film The Color Purple.
Happy Birthday, Q!
For more on Quincy’s contributions to the music industry visit: http://www.quincyjonesmusic.com
I just came across this young man while listening to Pandora. And I like him. The California singer/songwriter debuted in 2004 and has released a few albums, including a holiday album. The folk-rocker’s songs send sociopolitical messages, but in a casual non-preachy style.
He’s been around for a few years, and I wish I’d discovered him sooner. But it’s never too late to appreciate good music!
Check out some of his tunes below: