On That Note: Reflections of My Life

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  1. cyclones500

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    Welcome back to On That Note, the weekly music exploration hosted by @MeanDean, @CycloneRulzzz and cyclones500. This week is a tribute to notable music artists who died in 2019. (We’ll also accept deaths from final week or so of ’18.)

    Performers may be honored multiple times, but please choose songs that haven’t already been posted.


    If you didn't keep close track throughout the year, here are a few handy links to roundup of deaths:

    Billboard: Gone But Note Forgotten

    NY Times Notable Deaths 2019

    Celebrity deaths in music


    I'll post my first selection shortly.
     
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    Peter Tork DayDream Believer - he does most of the opening piano open



    Eddie Money Two Tickets to Paradise



    Darly Dragon aka The Captain Love Will Keep Us together



    Ric Ocasek Cars Magic

     
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    Dean Ford passed away 12/31/18. So he missed any kind of year end coverage last year.

    Dean Ford was the lead singer of the Scottish pop group Marmalade.

    While they only had one big hit here, they had NINE (9) top ten hits in the UK between 1968 and 1976

    Their big one here was Reflections of My Life. This remains one of my all time favorite songs and I actually did own this album back in the day. One of very few I was able to accumulate prior to working part time at HyVee about two years later and making some decent spending money.

    Here's that song dating from the period of its popularity along with another updated version not too much before Mr. Ford's passing.




     
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    D*ck Dale (May 4, 1937-March 16, 2019)

    “The King of Surf Guitar.” What an innovator. No one plays quite the way he did. Notable: He helped Fender produce the first 100-watt guitar amp.





    I’ll step aside and let others post a few more selections.
     
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    Chuck Barksdale was a member of the legendary Chicago Doo-Wop group the Dells.

     
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    Scott Walker (lead singer of the Walker Brothers) and also noted solo career is a UK legend. Here are three best known Walker Brothers hits from the mid 1960's





     
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    My next two artists follow Rulzzz’s early lead.

    Ric Ocasek (March 23, 1944-September 15, 2019)
    I’m splitting this tribute into two parts --- as frontman for The Cars and in his role as music producer.

    Part 1 -- Cars songs written by Ocasek ... one song each from 3 albums. I could post so many more.







     
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    George Chambers was, obviously, one of the Chambers Brothers. Yes, Black psychedelic music was a thing. Remember the Temptations Psychedelic Shack?

     
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    RIP David Berman

     
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    Ocasek Part 2: A few standouts among his production credits. Feel free to add more from these albums (or others in his catalog)

    Weezer
    (Blue Album)
    ---> Everyone has heard the biggies from this LP, here are two other favorites of mine






    (Green Album)




    Guided By Voices
    “Do The Collapse”
    A radical move (at the time) away from the low-fi roots into polished sound. It got mixed reviews, but Ocasek did a decent job of making it sound radio-friendly without losing all the prior charm



     
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    I had never heard the term “surf guitar”
    but I love the song selection to go with it.
     
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    Label definitely fits. .... Apparently, as a surfer he basically tried to transfer the feel of surfing into his music. I've never surfed, but I'm guessing he succeeded at creating the auditory parallel.
     
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    My second artist following in footsteps of the Rulzzz roundup.

    Peter Tork, The Monkees (February 13, 1942-February 21, 2019)

    Eldest member the Pre-Fab Four, Tork got strapped with “lovable dummy” role on the TV series (apparently he developed a similar persona as a folk music prior to landing a spot on the show). Probably the group’s most accomplished musician --- adept at guitar, bass, piano, banjo and harpsichord.

    He played banjo on this song (written & sung by Mike Nesmith)



    Two songs written by Tork for The Monkees, both from "Head." He also had several co-writes w/ bandmates and outside songwriters throughout the band's tenure.



     
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    Surf rock is my favorite genre.
     
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    He's already been mentioned, but here is my favorite from his solo work.

     
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    Robert Hunter, long time collaborator with Jerry Garcia (Hunter was the lyricist)
     
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    Had no idea Ocasek was apart of Guided by Voices. Ahh Teenage FBI from the 2006 NCAA Football soundtrack - imo the best video game soundtrack which also included Bad Religion, De la Soul, Pixies, Jawbreaker, Lush, Mother Love Bone and several others.
     
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    Ocasek's two producing credits from No Doubt's Rock Steady Album



     
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