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I don’t normally post about music on this blog, outside of a mention here and there of The Voice.  But the 2017 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – the ceremony was Friday – deserve some attention. They are: Joan Baez, Yes, Journey (finally!), Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra (a.k.a. ELO), Tupac and producer Nile Rodgers.

Below is a video from the Hall’s official YouTube account:

Of the aforementioned I am a bigger fan of ELO and Journey than the others. It took forever for Journey, who was eligible 17 years ago, to be inducted. When they did something very special happened – former lead singer Steve Perry, who was inducted with the rest of the original lineup – showed up to accept his award (which you can find on YouTube if you search, but since it’s not an official Hall of Fame video I didn’t include here), still looking damn good at age 68. He received a standing ovation and gave a great speech, even giving a shout-out to his Journey replacement, Arnel Pineda. And he brought with him some news! He will be releasing a new solo album this year. This one may be a heartbreaker, as he wrote it after he lost his girlfriend to cancer four years ago.

Everyone knows Journey’s stuff (their albums Escape, The Essential Journey and Journey: Greatest Hits are perennial best-sellers) but if you haven’t heard Perry’s solo stuff beyond Oh, Sherrie and Foolish Heart you should look it up.  For The Love of Strange Medicine was his last solo album, released in 1994, and it has one of the best ballads I’ve ever heard, Missing You.

There’s a reason you hear classic rock everywhere you go, when some of it is 40 or 50 years old.  It’s because it holds up over time.  Just look at the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack from a couple of years ago.  Go All The Way by The Raspberries was released in 1972.  Hooked On A Feeling was first recorded in 1968 and covered by Blue Swede in 1974.  Come And Get Your Love was also released in 1974.  It was cool then, and it’s still cool now.

Congratulations to all the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Keep on rockin’.

#RockHall2017 #StevePerry #Journey

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One day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away, her mother, legendary entertainer Debbie Reynolds, has also died.

debbie_reynolds_via_wikipediaDebbie Reynolds suffered a stroke while at her son Todd Fisher’s home and was rushed to the hospital where she later passed away, according to Variety.  She was 84 years old.

Reynolds was a fixture on screen in the 1950’s and 60’s, with such films as Singin’ In The Rain, Bundle of Joy and Three Little Words.  She was nominated several times for a Golden Globe as well as other awards, and in 1965 was nominated for an Oscar for The Unsinkable Molly Brown.  She was recently presented the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her career as a singer included several albums that went to the top of the charts.

Reynolds married three times, but only had children with her first husband, Eddie Fisher.

Condolences to the family and friends of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Image via Wikipedia.org

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Prince’s semi-autobiographical film Purple Rain will be screened at certain AMC Theaters from tomorrow (Saturday) through next Thursday.

The Wrap has a list of the theaters showing the film here.

Prince won the Original Song Score Oscar for the film. Below is his acceptance speech via ABC:

The soundtrack also won a Grammy and When Doves Cry was nominated for a Golden Globe.  He did win a Golden Globe in 2007 for Song of the Heart from the film Happy Feet.  Prince had over 30 Grammy nominations, with seven wins.

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Prince Rogers Nelson was one of the most recognizable, successful and prolific music artists in history.  His death today at the age of 57 is a huge loss for the music world.  What a lot of people aren’t aware of is his many philanthrophic efforts as well.

His first album, For You, came out when he was only 19.  He required complete artistic control over his music from the beginning, a rarity, especially for a young, unknown artist.  Hits like 1999, Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Little Red Corvette are just a few of his iconic songs.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.  He played many instruments but was probably best known for his talents with the guitar, as can be seen in the Hall of Fame clip on RollingStone.com.  He also wrote songs for others, such as The Bangles’ Manic Monday.

His philanthrophic side was less well known, however, his friend Van Jones appeared on CNN and said he would spend hours with Prince talking about politics, but also underprivileged youth, AIDS, and many other causes.  Prince encouraged young people to start their own businesses and build successful communities.

As an actor he made three full-length films, Purple Rain, Under The Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge.  The last two of these he directed.  He also wrote the soundtrack for Batman (1989), starring Michael Keaton.  The long list of his music, television and film accomplishments is here on his IMDb page.

Prince had recently announced he was to write his autobiography, which would have been published next year by Random House.

R.I.P. to a legend.

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