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wow I would have imagined Tom& Jerry and Popeye dad would have been long gone...

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Shame neither are now shown here in the UK - deemed too violent for our precious little ones (or precocious little buggers depending on your point of view!!!) these days. He must have been very successfully creative at a very young age.

Given what's happening at the moment I'll be over the bloody moon if I get to 95 though!!!
 

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Shame neither are now shown here in the UK - deemed too violent for our precious little ones (or precocious little buggers depending on your point of view!!!) these days. He must have been very successfully creative at a very young age.

Given what's happening at the moment I'll be over the bloody moon if I get to 95 though!!!
You're kidding about the bold part, right? If not, :help: @today's society.
 

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This is from Krafwerk's 1st album with Florian playing some pretty wild flute. He was a totally groundbreaking musician and will be very missed. RIP Florian

 

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Florian Schneider, 0ne of the founders of the pioneering and highly influential German electronic music group Kraftwerk, has died. He was 73 years old. His death was confirmed by his former bandmate, Ralf Hütter, in a statement issued Wednesday.

 

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This is from Krafwerk's 1st album with Florian playing some pretty wild flute. He was a totally groundbreaking musician and will be very missed. RIP Florian

Florian and Kraftwerk made some really great and influential music. RIP. :cry:
 

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Hillard 'Sweet Pea' Atkinson, Legendary Vocalist With Was (Not Was), Dies at 74

5/7/2020 by Gary Graff

Sweet Pea Atkinson

Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns
Sweet Pea Atkinson performing on stage at La Zona Rosa as part of the SXSW Festival.

When Chris Blackwell signed Hillard "Sweet Pea" Atkinson to Island Records, he wanted to do more than just make a solo album for the Was (Not Was) singer.

"He wanted to make a comic book where Sweet Pea was the main character," Don Was tells Billboard, "because he was a larger than life guy -- which is how I still think of him. I don't think of him as a regular human."

Atkinson's large life came to an end May 5, when he suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 74 in Los Angeles, where he lived.

While Was (Not Was) became Atkinson's claim to fame, it was also the stepping stone into a career that included two solo albums -- Don't Walk Away in 1982 and 2017's Get What You Deserve -- and membership in another band, the Boneshakers. Atkinson also spent a decade on the road with Lyle Lovett and sang on records by Bonnie Raitt (including her Grammy Award-winning Nick of Time), Bob Dylan, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Bob Seger and others. His smoky, soulful vocals were his calling card, but his fashion sense -- sharply tailored, wide-lapelled suits and an ever-present fedora -- an equally memorable impression.

Upon the release of Get What You Deserve, Atkinson proclaimed that, "I'm old as dirt -- but I can still sing!"
"People keep saying 'one of a kind,' and that's it. He was one of a kind," says Was (Not Was) and Boneshakers guitarist Randy Jacobs. "He was one of those guys who opens his mouth and it's just there. He didn't have to warm up to do that. All the time I knew him, he didn't have to warm up singing. He just opened his mouth, and there it was. It was a gift."

On top of that, Jacobs adds, "He had that aura. He could walk on stage and win everybody over, without singing a note....because he's Sweet Pea. I saw him do that so many times. And then once he sings...forget about it."

Lovett, who met Atkinson during the early '90s, recalls that "he had a gruff exterior. He might say something that had an edge to it, or a little bit of an attitude -- but then he'd laugh. He was very aware of his persona."

Born in Oberlin, Ohio, Atkinson moved to Detroit when he was young and worked on the assembly line for Chrysler -- where he would sing while building rear ends for cars. Steeped in R&B, soul and blues, he always had musical aspirations and was singing with fellow United Auto Workers members in a local band called Hi Energy when was first met him during the late '70s at Sound Suite Studios in Detroit, one night when Atkinson and his band were rehearsing at the facility.

"He was the most flamboyant character I ever met," Was recalls. "It was three in the morning and we walked out into the hallway and he's wearing this orange ensemble -- hat, shirt, socks and shoes all matched the exact same shade of orange. Coming out of that dark control room, it looked like he was on fire.

"He was pretty lit," Was adds, "and talking a mile a minute, and it was hysterical. He had the most incredible stories."

Atkinson became a key part of Was (Not Was)'s cross-pollinated sonic stew, forming a vocal triumvirate with Sir Harry Bowens and Donald Ray Mitchell but also stood apart as a defining character in the mix, bouncing from wry wit to soulful sincerity. "He had the voice I always wished I had," Was says. "When I was writing songs, I was always writing with him in mind."

Atkinson remained a staple in the Was (Not Was) lineup over the years and was also a key voice in Was' Orquestra Was and its 1997 Hank Williams covers album Forever's a Long, Long Time -- as well as the Grammy Award-nominated short film that accompanied it. He remained with the Boneshakers as the band joined forces with Mindi Abair, and Atkinson's resume also includes albums by Paula Abdul, Michael McDonald, Wayne Kramer, Marc Cohn, Khaled, Felix Cavaliere, Curtis Stigers, AJ Croce, Dave Koz, Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Richie Sambora, Walter Becker and Solomon Burke.

"I always encouraged Sweet Pea to adlib and throw in whatever occurred to him," Lovett says. "Just how natural he was and how soulful he was came through in everything he did."

Keb' Mo,, who co-produced Get What You Deserve with Was, said that the time that, "Sweet Pea is one of the last great R&B/soul singers. He's a man of charisma and style, a timeless talent...and the epitome of cool. They don't make 'em like that anymore."

He got the name "Sweet Pea" because "he was a sweet gentleman who truly cared about people," recounts his best friend, the producer and writer Chris Tian. "He was a gift to the world and he will be missed by all who knew him."

Atkinson is survived by three adult children, grandchildren, and a sister in Detroit.

[Billboard]


RIP, Mr. Atkinson and thanks for the jams! :cry:
 

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We are losing so many talented musicians right now. Was (Not Was) was another great act to come out from Ze Records, one of the coolest labels of the early 80s. We also lost Cristina at the end of March. Was (Not Was) like all the Ze stable of acts played fast and loose mixing musical genres in a carefree way that was way ahead of it's time. There was jazz, funk, rock, disco and no wave all thrown into their musical blender. I love the 1st Was (Not Was) album especially

From the 1st album with Sweet Pea on vocals -

And the very 1st Was (Not Was) single (their best song I think) again with Sweet Pea on vocals -

Or and why not a live version from the great Night Music TV show as well?

And okay...(last one) from the same Late Night show...this is Sweet Pea singing a great Otis Redding classic.

I have to add I love the article @JN posted above. It really showcases the eclectic range of artists Sweet Pea worked with over the years. It's an impressive and far reaching list. I also had a look at the list of Sweet Pea's musical credits on Discogs and it shows how his talents were in demand from so many of music's greatest talents of so many genres.
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I am signed up to a daily music business newsletter and it includes a section of dearly departed musicians. Every day there are a few notable musicians who have passed away. That's life.

“There is no beginning and no end in music. Some people want it to end. But it goes on.”
- Florian Schneider, 1947 – 2020
 

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Ty, the UK hip-hop star died aged 47 from coronavirus-induced pneumonia. :( :( :(

He was nominated for Mercury Prize in 2004

 

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Just found out Young Jessie passed away on April 27th (not sure if anyone's acknowledged it here)

 

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The great Millie Small ("My Boy Lollipop"), who was hugely responsible for bringing Jamaican music to the world, has died at the age of 72. Even though her international career was basically that of a "one hit wonder," and the song itself was a remake of a minor 1956 release, her legacy will live forever.


R.I.P.
 

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Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barries, Dead at 87


 
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