Jim Shorkey

The Music They Made
January 9, 2011, 10:28 am
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A nice piece from the New York Times on the artists who left us last year:


Reg King (5 February 1945 – 8 October 2010)
December 4, 2010, 8:51 pm
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Not exactly a timely post, but I just found out about Reg King’s passing. Sinfully overlooked through their career (I am as guilty as anyone), King ad the voice that with a bit of luck should have brought him a helluva lot more attention.

A more recent performance, showinh up with Andy Lewis:

And the absolutely sublime song that first brought me to the Action:

Leo Cullum, New Yorker Cartoonist, Dies at 68
October 26, 2010, 7:50 pm
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The New York Times has an obit with a slide show for Mr. Cullum.

Chris Dedrick (1947-2010)
October 16, 2010, 10:29 am
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A belated acknowledgement on the passing of Chris Dedrick, leader of The Free Design. His music and lyrics could be soft but were also deceptively clever. “Kites Are Fun” always made me feel conflicted, some pretty goofy lines but once heard it would stick. Everytime I heard the song it would put a smile on my face that may have started ironically, but was pretty damn sincere by the end of the tune.

“General” Norman Johnson (May 23, 1943 – October 13, 2010)

Our kid, sent me an e-mail with the sad news of General Johnson‘s passing. He was a key instigator in our search backwards for forgotten soul nuggets. An easy access point for sure, but no less rewarding. Johnson’s trill never fails to give me goosebumps.

Derek’s Daily 45 pays tribute.

And here’s a (relatively) more modern cut, featuring our boy Joey.

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010)
October 10, 2010, 8:46 am
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Solomon Burke wasn’t always in the limelight, but iot’s nice to know that you was doing great work right until the end.

Bobby Hebb (July 26, 1938, – August 3, 2010)
August 5, 2010, 8:59 am
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Bobby Hebb was the man behind “Sunny”, an evergreen standard. Covered by many, “Sunny” was a song that brought out the best of any singer that tackled it. As a kid, I remember it6 being a staple on all of the variety shows on television and at the time I would have been hard pressed to name which was the original. That’s to my shame. Hebb’s of course was the original and it is original, supple and always fresh.

Some of the covers:

I may have overloaded a bit on the covers…