Chuck Berry 1926 – 2017

Chuck Berry, legend who formed the bedrock of rock ’n’ roll, dies at 90

Chuck Berry was the father of rock-and-roll… period. He influenced millions of musicians including myself.

He was a great influence on me as a guitar player. I don’t think rock-and-roll will have started the way it did without him. Even most of my favorite guitarists like Rory Gallagher, Ace Frehley, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, etc, will not have sounded the way we know them today. He will be greatly missed. 😥

I learned how to play Johnny B. Goode from the Jimi Hendrix Plays Berkeley film. After that I started learning and buying many of Berry’s songs and albums.

You can see some Chuck Berry moves and playing style on this Jimi Hendrix video. 🙂

Chuck Berry 1926 – 2017 R.I.P. 😦

Falling Legends

We have lost two great music legends that influence generations of people and musicians. 😦

David Bowie

The British musician David Bowie died after an 18-month battle with cancer, two days after his 69th birthday.

David Bowie had a unique and special way of making music. He was like a chameleon, every album was different from the one before. He really was into visual and music experimentation. In every album he had a different face. 😎

I used to play Ziggy Stardust with my band back in the 90s. But my favorite Bowie song always been Space Oddity. 😀

David Bowie 1947 – 2016 😦

 


 

Lemmy Kilmister

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Lemmy Kilmister was Lemmy! 😉 A bad-ass metal in your face icon. His music was an influence to me. He had a fast and heavy sound that also influence many other bands. I used to jam on Ace Of Spades back in the day! 😎

I saw Motörhead, Dio, and Iron Maiden on tour at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2003, and Lemmy was awesome on stage! :mrgreen:

Lemmy Kilmister 1945 – 2015 😦

 


 

P.S.

I really love this version of Space Oddity by astronaut Chris Hadfield and his great YouTube page. ❗

R.I.P. 😦

Chris Squire 1948-2015

1970s, USA --- Chris Squire Playing the Bass --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

1970s, USA — Chris Squire Playing the Bass — Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

Chris Squire was one of the founding members of the band YES. I am really shocked to hear the news about his death. 😯 This was really unexpected. Just last week, I was just watching an interview about his gear on YouTube. 😦

Chris Squire

Chris was a unique bass player and vocalist. He shared vocal harmonies with Jon Anderson and had great chemistry singing. He will be missed. 😦

I can’t believe all my favorite musicians and heroes are passing away so soon. 😥 I guess we as fans expect them to live forever.

YES is one of those progressive bands that influenced me greatly. Steve Howe is one of my many heroes in the guitar.

One of my favorite Squire’s songs is Heart Of The Sunrise

Also from his solo album Hold out Your Hand/You by My Side

R.I.P. 😦

B.B. King 1925-2015

B.B. King

I saw this coming. 😦 News of him been sick were all around the net these past weeks. 😦

B.B. King was a great influence on me. He was a very melodic soulful blues player. He had a very unique way to bend his guitar strings and put great feeling in his notes. I used to spend hours learning and listening to his music, and breaking my guitar strings. 😉

R.I.P. 😦

For Jack

Jack Bruce

– Eric Clapton

for Jack………ec

via Eric Clapton – Timeline Photos FaceBook.

Great guitar tribute by Eric Clapton. 😎

Jack Bruce was a great musician. 😦 Jack, along with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker were members of one of my favorite bands growing up. I remember playing Cream and the Experience every time I tuned my guitar for a gig.

Jack Bruce 1943 – 2014

R.I.P. 😦

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Jimi Hendrix Wax Statue

Leon Hendrix stands with a wax figure of his legendary brother Jimi Hendrix after seeing it for the first time at Madame Tussauds in honor of Jimi Hendrix Day and the 44th anniversary of his death on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif. (Beck Diefenbach / Madame Tussauds)

Jimi Hendrix Memorialized With Wax Statue! 😎

In honor of the 44th anniversary of his death Thursday, a likeness of rocker Jimi Hendrix was unveiled for the first time at Madame Tussauds gallery in San Francisco.

via CBS SF

8-bit Xmas Music

Here’s some cool and free holiday music in 8-bits for the geek in us all! 😎

I find it cool hearing the sounds of my favorite old video-game consoles. The Atari 2600, Nintendo (NES), Commodore 64, etc., even my old still working Mac ❗ , were the sounds of childhood. :mrgreen: I never thought that you can make music like this with that. 😯

The 8bits of Christmas

The 8bitpeoples

This very special holiday release from 8bitpeoples features an allstar cross-platform lineup that is sure to make yours a truly chippy christmas indeed. Brought together from all corners of the globe, these 8 amazing tunes were composed by 8 dedicated chiptune maniacs on 8 different videogame consoles and homecomputers! Featuring the sounds of Yerzmyey on the Spectrum, Nullsleep on the NES, Vim on the VIC20, Paul Slocum on the Atari 2600, Bit Shifter on the GameBoy, Goto80 on the C64, Dma-Sc on the Atari ST, and Hally on the X68000, there is only one way to celebrate the holidays right this year, and this is it.

You can download the album here:

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My favorites on the album are: Let It Snow by Bit Shifter and Up On The Housetop by Paul Slocum.

Let It Snow

 

Up On The Housetop

I have already added this album to my holiday music playlist. 😛