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Remembering Al Jarreau [1940 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2017 10:22am | Post a Comment

Rest in peace to multi-million selling pop/jazz vocalist Al Jarreau who died yesterday in an LA area hospital from unknown causes. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin born vocalist/musician, who just a coupe of weeks ago had suddenly stopped his ongoing tour citing "exhaustion" as the reason, was 76 years of age. A seven-time Grammy winner, Jarreau held the distinction of being the only vocalist in music history to earn Grammy Awards in three different categories: jazz, pop, and R&B. Jarreau won his first Grammy for "best jazz vocal performance" back in 1978. Jarreau's first Grammy award was credited to his 1977 Warner Bros released album Look to the Rainbow.

Fast forward forty years to last night's 59th Grammys, as news of Jarreau's passing was fresh on peoples' minds, and the artist was  given a shout out on stage by vocal quintet Pentatonix before bursting into an abbreviated acapella version of The Jackson 5's hit "ABC."  In another related sad coincidence at last night's Grammys show the late great hip-hop artist Phife Dawg, who was lovingly saluted during the extended A Tribe Called Quest ensemble's live performance, was among the many artists to have collaborated with Al Jarreau over the years. The ATCQ emcee had worked with Jarreau back in 2001 on the track "In My Music" (audio clip below). 

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Eye On L.A And Its Lasting Impressions

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 4, 2009 01:10am | Post a Comment
As a youngster growing up in the late 70’s/early 80’s, I had a misconception of L.A. life. Since my reality was based on what I saw on television, Los Angeles was all palm trees with tanned blondes sailing on yachts during the day, then going to the clubs at night, mostly to enjoy female mud wrestling. Why would I have such a skewed vision of Los Angeles? Eye On L.A., of course. Eye on L.A. is Los Angeles’ longest running news segment program, and it is still on today. I feel that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay must have watch many hours of Eye On L.A. as well to have created a movie as twisted as Anchorman. In fact, check out this promo for Eye On L.A. back in 1982, which starts with the startling tale of heiress Patty Hearst, the “Slave Of The SLA,” then ends with female mud wrestling. I can’t make this stuff up.


They used go on and on about the female mud wresting so much that Phranc, former member of Catholic Discipline and All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger, once wrote a song about Eye On L.A. called “Female Mud Wresting.” I always remember the line in the song, “Not like Steve and Melody, I do not like female mud wrestling.” The Steve that she referenced in the song is none other than Steve Edwards, who is still in the “light news” game on Fox’s Good Day L.A. Now Phranc has her own Internet show called Phranc Talk. It’s sort of like a Mr. Rogers show, only if an All-American Lesbian Folksinger did it. Maybe she could have Steve Edwards on her show one day. In this episode, she shares her song-writing skills and her bird named Pickles.

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