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Terry Jones, "... not the Messiah" RIP

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The message from Monty Python team read: 'Yesterday we bid a final farewell to our dear Terry Jones ... Not the Messiah, but just a very naughty boy.'


A moving tribute by Michael Palin:



Jones, who died at the age of 77 last month, was brought into the crematorium to the song How Sweet To Be An Idiot, penned by Neil Innes, the Python collaborator who died in December last year.

Some classic Python scenes with Terry Jones:






Obituaries:
Guardian
The New York Times
Daily Mail




RIP Neil Innes, the Urban Spaceman has left the planet

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This is a tribute to Neil Innes composer, muscian and comedian Neil Innes, who was known and loved by many fans for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band, Monty Python as well as spoof band The Rutles, who sadly died at the age of 75 at the end of December 2019. His biggest hit was "I am the Urban Spaceman" with the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band: I discovered the Bonzos how they were colloquially called by their fans through Monty Python, which I was obsessed with after I discovered their movies in our local arthouse cinema. As well as composing well known tunes for the Pythons (like He appeared in some of their films like here in the hunt for the Holy Grail:
I have seen him 3 times live once solo, withe the Rutles and the reformed Bonzos and his performances were certainly living up to his legendary reputation for being extremely witty, funny and a versatile performer, who had wanted to make the world a better place. The Rutles - Living In Hope
The Rutles - Get Up And Go

Innes Boo…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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This post is not about some recently deceased artist, but a man who was assassinated more than half a century ago, but inspired many people and many artists I love.
As it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US today and it is more important than ever to remember the "King of Love", how Nina Simone called him.

Here Muddy Waters and his great band play tribute to the great man:

There quite a few tributes by famous Blues, Jazz and Soul artists:







But of course we are celebrating his birthday and not his assassination as Stevie Wonder reminds us:






New Year Resolutions

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This post is for the folks out there, who behaved badly, ate & drunk too much over the holidays and need some soothing tunes full of worldly wisdom for their recovery.

But "let's not forget too make promises we can keep"!

If you got those New Year Blues again:

These old folks did surely know one thing:  Tough times ahead after the holidays!

Happy New Year, darling! Nice to be home sings  Lonnie Johnson🎵.  Wishing you all a great start in the new Roaring Twenties.




Xmess Season's Upon Us, aaagain!

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Yeah the bells are jingling around us and it's time for my yearly Xmess round up again.
The Season's Upon Us by the Dropkick Murphys is already a classic:


Stickin' with the punky Irish vibe:





And all those cowboys out there need a little ball as well:

Time to change the vibe slightly:

Of course they're celebratin' in Dancehall as well:

And we shouldn't forget the funky and naughty side of Xmas:

Yeah Santa needs some lovin' too!

This lady has a surprisingly funky Christmas!

Xmas out of this world with Sun Ra:


Read the strange story of Sun Ra’s lost doo-wop Christmas hit here
and the Yo La Tengo cover of  "It's Christmas Time"

Must be ... Bob

Weird Yello Xmess
Even Weirder: Tom Waits take on Silent Night


The weirdest: Gape Kerkelig (that's what spell check made out of Hape Kerkeling) Merry Christmas

That's it for this year, folks! And don't forget to enjoy the festive period until new year all you miserable sods out there!
And don't fo…

Ginger Baker RIP

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Ginger Baker, one of the most innovative and influential drummers in rock music, has died at the age of 80 on Sunday 7/10/2019.  Nicknamed Ginger for his flaming red hair, the musician was born Peter Edward Baker in Lewisham, south London, shortly before World War Two. A co-founder of Cream, he also played with Blind Faith, Hawkwind, Baker Gurvitz Army, Airforce, Fela Kuti and many renown Jazz musicians like Bill Frisell in a long and varied career over 60 years. Away from music, his other passion was initially cycling and later he took up rally driving and developed a love of polo, building up a sizeable collection of ponies, despite his tendency to get injured.  The musician fought osteoarthritis to record his final album, Why?, in 2014. Two years later, he underwent open heart surgery and announced his retirement from touring. "Just seen doctor… big shock… no more gigs for this old drummer... everything is off," he wrote on his official blog in 2014. "Of all things I…