Jim Croce, whose hits included “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle,” was born on January 10, 1943. The American folk rock singer-songwriter died in a plane crash on September 20, 1973 at the age of 30.
Jim Croce completed recording his third album I Got a Name just a week before his untimely death. This posthumously-released album included the title track, “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song,” and “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues.”
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
You Don’t Mess Around With Jim
I Got A Name
Workin’ At The Cash Wash Blues
Mary Travers, from the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. lost her battle against cancer this evening at age 72. Their hits included “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “If I Had a Hammer.” Some of the group’s songs became anthems for the 1960s protest movement. The group earned five Grammy Awards. At one point in 1963, three of their albums were in the top six Billboard best-selling LPs as they became the biggest stars of the folk revival movement.
Patrick Swayze lost his battle against cancer today. His most famous movie was “Dirty Dancing” and the music from that movie still lives on, even after twenty-two years! Here are a few music clips from that classic film.
Be My Baby (Opening credits)
She’s Like The Wind (Sung by Patrick Swayze)
Today marks the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As a New York by choice, I find it doesn’t get easier; things don’t feel any lighter. And I can’t imagine how those who lost a loved one on that fatal day feel. But, we must all carry on and remember to celebrate the lives and try not to dwell on the losses.
So for NYC and its people, here’s Frank:
On September 11, 1971, Donny Osmond had the No. 1 spot on the charts with “Go Away Little Girl.”
In 1996, David Bowie released his single “Telling Lies” on the Internet, 24 hours before it was to be played on the radio for the first time.
Moby was born by the name of Richard Melville Hall on this day in 1965.
Here’s some Moby:
Lift Me Up
Imogen Heap’s third solo album, Ellipse, has arrived. This is her first album since 2005; however, she has stayed in the spotlight since then. Her music has been featured on soundtracks and T.V. shows the last few years. During this time, she has grown as an artist, vocalist, and composer. With her classically trained musical skills and haunting voice, Heap’s music is very evocative.
My first exposure to her music was the song “Hide and Seek,” which appeared in The Last Kiss movie soundtrack. A friend, who let me borrow the CD, said that this song was capable of “changing one’s DNA.” I thought that was a bit of a stretch but I certainly recognized Ms. Heap’s talent, and kept an ear out for her other work.
All the tracks on Eclipse are good even though they do sound somewhat related to one another in sound and structure. But, with further listens, Heap’s talent continues to shine through. The opening track, “First Train Home,” with its celestial backing vocals and catchy chorus: “First train home, I’ve got to get on it,” starts things off on the right note. With its wordplay on “pain” and “play,” “Wait It Out” is one of those soaring ballads Heap is known for. The idealistic “Earth” has Heap’s trademark vocal layerings. She declares: “I’ve tried patience but you always want a war.” Her voice is effective, along with the computer-generated beats. “Little Bird,” “Swoon,” “Canvas,” “Between the Sheets” “Body Double” and “Half Life” are also notable tracks.
Ellipse is melancholic and lovely at the same time. Heap’s song writing is smart and elegant, and her voice is always soothing and pleasant to the ears. Eclipse and Imogen Heap are winners!