January 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm #415729
I think it’s long overdue to have a Music In Memoriam thread around here. It’s just as important as the Film and Television tribute threads are. I hope this topic gets stickied. This will cover the calendar years of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and beyond. It will NOT go by Grammy deadlines. I’ll update the thread with updates, as necessary.January 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm #415731
Singer Natalie Cole dead at 65
by Todd Leopold, CNN
Updated 2:28 PM ET, Fri January 1, 2016
Cole, the Grammy-winning singer who had hits with such songs as “This
Will Be” and “Our Love” and recorded “Unforgettable … With Love,” a
best-selling album of songs made famous by her late father, Nat King
Cole, died Thursday evening.
She was 65.
Cole’s death was confirmed by publicist Maureen O’Connor.
Notables were quick to express their condolences.
“#NatalieCole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace,” tweeted the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
in 1950, Cole grew up among musical royalty. Her father was one of the
most accomplished singers and jazz musicians of the postwar era, and her
mother, Maria Hawkins Cole, was a singer for Duke Ellington. Their
house, in Los Angeles’ upscale Hancock Park neighborhood, was a regular
spot for her parents’ colleagues.
remember meeting Peggy Lee, Danny Thomas, Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge,
Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and so many others at parties,” she told The Wall Street Journal in 2014.
Tony Bennett, who also knew many of the legends of that era, expressed his sadness on Instagram on Friday.
am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole, as I have
cherished the long friendship I had with her, her father Nat, and the
family over the years. Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was
an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions.
She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed.
A photo posted by Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) on Jan 1, 2016 at 10:05 am PST
“I am deeply saddened to hear
of the passing of Natalie Cole, as I have cherished the long friendship I
had with her, her father Nat, and the family over the years,” he wrote.
age 6, Cole sang with her father on a Christmas album, and she was
performing by the time she was 11. Nat King Cole died in 1965, when she
was 15, a loss that “crushed” her, she said.
“Dad had been everything to me,” she told the WSJ.
college in Massachusetts, Cole embarked on her own career. In 1975, she
had a massive hit with “This Will Be” from her album “Inseparable,”
which showed off her tremendous pipes—she earned comparisons to
Aretha Franklin—and command of a range of styles. The work won her a
Grammy for best new artist.
She followed that with other hits, including “I’ve Got Love on My Mind,” “Our Love,” and “Someone That I Used to Love.”
But failing sales and personal problems sidetracked Cole’s career. She had done heroin in the early ’70s, she told the Houston Chronicle, and then got hooked on cocaine. Her mother even filed for conservatorship in 1982.
A rehab stint in 1983 turned her life around, she said.
at some point halfway through those 30 days, I went from not wanting to
be there to being afraid to leave. I was starting to get it,” she said.
Cole began a comeback in the late
’80s that was capped by 1991’s “Unforgettable … With Love,” an album
that—thanks to the wonder of technology—included a duet with her
father on one of his biggest hits, “Unforgettable.” (On another song,
“Route 66,” she was accompanied on piano by another member of her
family, her uncle Ike Cole.)
years, she had declined to perform her father’s works in concert; now,
an album of those recordings won six Grammys, including the big three:
song of the year, record of the year and album of the year.
She won another Grammy for 2008’s “Still Unforgettable,” which included a variety of American standards.
2008, Cole started suffering from kidney problems due to hepatitis C,
which she attributed to her past drug issues. Despite chemotherapy, both
kidneys failed, and in 2009, she went public with a request for a
Even then, despite her struggles, she was a determined performer.
“I have been on dialysis in Istanbul, Milan, Indonesia, Manila, London. It’s—it’s amazing,” Cole told CNN in 2009.
She received a directed donation of a kidney from a deceased donor in May 2009.
maintained her recording and performing career, most recently recording
an album in Spanish, “Natalie Cole in Español.” She also appeared as a
judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and guested on some “Real Housewives”
Cole was married three times. She divorced her third husband, Kenneth Dupree, in 2004.January 4, 2016 at 2:05 pm #415733
RIP Craig StricklandJanuary 4, 2016 at 11:35 pm #415735
Robert Stigwood who managed the Bee Gees has passed away at age 81.January 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm #415736
Nicholas Caldwell, singer for the R&B vocal group The Whispers best known for hits such as “And the Beat Goes” and “Rock Steady” passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71.January 11, 2016 at 8:31 am #415738This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.January 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm #415739
RIP Rene Angelil http://www.ew.com/article/2016/01/14/rene-angelil-dead-diesJanuary 18, 2016 at 10:12 am #415740
My take on #DavidBowie
#LifeOnMars – To an amazing artist, and an inspiration for the entire
world, who passed away way too early.
Let me know what you think! Go watch it and share it with
Life On Mars? by David Bowie – Cover by Allie FarrisJanuary 29, 2016 at 11:03 am #415742
Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane guitarist, dies:
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/29/entertainment/jefferson-airplane-guitarist-dies/index.htmlJanuary 29, 2016 at 11:05 am #415743
Every time I see this thread I just think, again?!?February 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm #415744
Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74March 5, 2016 at 11:41 am #415745
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