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3 February 2021
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Boris Johnson has called for a national clapping session for Captain Sir Tom at 6 pm UK time. That will be noon in my time zone (Central Standard Time in the US). Let’s all clap for this hero.

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My flatmates and I all clapped, sadly we were the only ones on our street to do so. I was just saying how remarkable it is to live for over 100 years and become world famous in the very last of them – not that the rest of his life wasn’t also remarkable, of course.

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^ Do you think you and your flatmates were part of “a cult of white British nationalism” https://news.sky.com/story/cap…..t-12208212

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Christopher Plummer, best known as playing Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music, has died aged 91.

 

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Aw man, I was so obsessed with that film as a kid so that really sucks to hear. I reckon he lived a good long life though. apple01

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RIP Kevin Spacey (crickets in the background for overused joke)

 

No but seriously goodbye Mr. Plummer. Even the last time I saw him in Knives Out back in 2019 he was still giving his all as an actor. And I’m big on Sound of Music myself.

and this news has suddenly made me aware of the possibility of watching Julie Andrews passing in the next 5 years or so as well and I’m kind of bummed out.

Tomorrow for sure I’m dedicating 3 hours to Mr. Plummer and revisiting that classic.

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^ Do you think you and your flatmates were part of “a cult of white British nationalism” https://news.sky.com/story/cap…..t-12208212

  

I certainly hope not a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

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Jules said

No but seriously goodbye Mr. Plummer. Even the last time I saw him in Knives Out back in 2019 he was still giving his all as an actor. And I’m big on Sound of Music myself.


and this news has suddenly made me aware of the possibility of watching Julie Andrews passing in the next 5 years or so as well and I’m kind of bummed out.


Tomorrow for sure I’m dedicating 3 hours to Mr. Plummer and revisiting that classic.  

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Chick Corea, major jazz pianist, especially on the Fender Rhodes has just died aged 79. Best known for his association with Miles Davis, he played with everyone, including Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Vernon Reid, it’s a very long list. His Rhodes was sampled for the Yamaha Montage/Modx so I can actually play it (badly). A major influence on many, many others and a writer of many standards.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, literary citadel of San Francisco, dies at 101

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an acclaimed poet and longtime proprietor of City Lights, the San Francisco bookstore and avant-garde publishing house that catapulted the Beat Generation to fame and helped establish the city as a center of literary and cultural Revolution , died Feb. 22 at his home in San Francisco. He was 101.

The cause was interstitial lung disease, said his son, Lorenzo.

Intensely private and fiercely political, Mr. Ferlinghetti became a household name in the 1950s when he stood trial on obscenity charges for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s hallucinatory anti-establishment manifesto “Howl.”

The trial brought attention from around the world for Ginsberg, his ecstatically irreverent poem and, by extension, the entire Beat Generation — a roving band of hipsters, poets and artists who rebelled against the country’s conservatism, experimenting with literary forms as well as with drugs, sex and spirituality.

The “Howl” episode also cast Mr. Ferlinghetti as a heroic defender of free speech and a stalwart friend of the creative fringe. In the resulting glare, City Lights became one of San Francisco’s most enduring institutions — at once a source for edge-of-mainstream books, a gathering place for the city’s wandering artists and a pilgrimage site for anarchists, radicals and liberal activists.

When not tending shop, Mr. Ferlinghetti retreated to the attic of an old Victorian house, where he had a typewriter and an expansive view of the city. He wrote dozens of books, including one of the best-selling poetry volumes in American history: “A Coney Island of the Mind” (1958), a plain-spoken, often wry critique of American culture.

Written to be performed aloud with a jazz accompaniment, “Coney Island” helped yank poetry out of the academy into the streets.

“Christ climbed down/from His bare tree/this year,” reads one poem, “and ran away to where/no intrepid Bible salesmen/covered the territory/in two-tone Cadillacs.”

His own writing aside, Mr. Ferlinghetti was more widely known as a fixture at the center of the whirling counterculture that helped shape the nation’s social landscape since the 1950s. He was the bearded guru of San Francisco’s art scene, as closely identified with the city as summer fog and the Golden Gate.

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I went to a reading at City Lights bookstore.  That place has a totally cool vibe.

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Neville O’Riley Livingston, OM, best known as Bunny Wailer, has died aged 73.  One of the core original members of The Wailers with Peter Tosh and Bob Marley. Jah love, Bunny.

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A tangentially Beatle-related death yesterday.  Also, he was just generally important to British music. So, rest in peace.

 

Chris Barber, British trad jazz bandleader, dies aged 90

Chris Barber, the British trombonist, double bassist and trad jazz bandleader who influenced the path of mid-century pop, has died aged 90. He had dementia. His death was confirmed by his UK press representative.

Born in Hertfordshire and taught music at London’s Guildhall School, Barber was a champion of trad jazz, the raucous New Orleans style that had waned by the early 1950s as bebop became more fashionable. He helped to reignite the style’s popularity, and became known as one of the Three B’s, alongside Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk, who also separately revived trad jazz.

His first band was led by trumpeter Ken Colyer, and was renamed the Chris Barber Band after Colyer left in 1954 (later also credited as Chris Barber’s Jazz Band and other variations). Following a partnership with replacement trumpeter Pat Halcox until 2008, the group would be an abiding force in British jazz, later expanding into the Big Chris Barber Band.

The group’s biggest hit was in 1959 with Petite Fleur, originally written by Sidney Bechet. It reached No 3 in the UK charts and spent 24 weeks on the chart in total. In 1956, the influential short film Momma Don’t Allow, directed by Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson, documented one of the group’s gigs as the pair captured London’s trad jazz scene.

Another of his collaborators was Lonnie Donegan, who Barber first played with in the Colyer band. Barber played double bass on Donegan’s hit 1956 single Rock Island Line, which reached No 8 in 1956. Slowly ratcheting up in tempo and intensity, the song kicked off the craze for skiffle music, credited with pointing the way towards the revolutionary guitar-pop of the 1960s.

Barber would intersect with many stars from those mid-century pop and blues scenes. Paul McCartney gave him an instrumental composition called Cat Call, recorded in 1967, and appeared on it; it was later compiled on the album The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away. Barber profoundly admired blues musicians, and invited Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and other American artists to tour the UK.

He also nurtured Alexis Korner, who played in Barber’s orchestra before his group Blues Incorporated became a breeding ground for stars including the Rolling Stones and Cream.

Barber later expanded his orchestra’s repertoire beyond trad jazz, taking on adventurous pieces by artists including Charles Mingus and Joe Zawinul, and guested with stars including Van Morrison and Jools Holland.

He enjoyed a sideline in motor racing, driving a Lotus Elite. In 1991, he was awarded an OBE for services to music, and published a memoir, Jazz Me Blues, in 2014. He retired in 2019, although the Big Chris Barber Band continued to perform under his name.

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It’s a nice recording but I prefer the ’62 rehearsal by the foursome, some nice playing by George.

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The death at the age of 99 of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has been announced in the last few minutes:

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It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

It is not unexpected considering his health in recent years, but he was a major figure in the national life of the UK for well over half-a-century.

RIP Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021).

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LONDON, Feb. 25 (Reuters)—Prince Philip said today that he thought Britain’s Rock ‘N’ Roll quartet, the Beatles, were a “helpful” influence. He said he did not care how much noise people made “singing and dancing.”

What he objects to, he told a gathering of foreign newsmen, is “fighting and stealing.”

“It seems to me that these blokes [the Beatles] are helping people to enjoy themselves, and that it is far better than the other,” said Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

 
 

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RIP to rapper and actor DMX, who has died today age 50. 

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