• Rock

    RIP T-Bone Wolk

    Ugh. Huge loss. Tom “T-Bone” Wolk, bass player extraordinaire – and best known for his almost 30 year association with Hall & Oates – unexpectedly passed away this past Saturday at the age of 59, apparently from a heart attack. …

  • Country,  Jazz

    RIP Les Paul

    Legendary guitarist, inventor, songwriter and overall pioneer Les Paul has passed away at the age of 94. The debt that popular music itself owes to Les is immeasurable. From his part in the creation of the solid-body electric guitar to…

  • Pop

    RIP Michael Jackson: 1958-2009

    Pete’s Thoughts My first memory of seeing Michael Jackson was May of 1983. I was 12 years old, and a 7th grader at Jerstad Junior High in Racine, Wisconsin. My drama teacher, Mrs. Mottl, wheeled in a TV and VCR…

  • New Orleans

    Remembering Snooks

    Lifelong New Orleans resident and Ickmusic buddy Cove reflects on the passing of a New Orleans great. – Pete New Orleans lost another of the great legends of its musical heritage this past week, when Fird “Snooks” Eaglin died at…

  • Miscellaneous

    Eartha Kitt

    I can’t pretend to know a lot about Eartha Kitt other than through her stint as Catwoman and her rendition of “Santa Baby” (eat your heart out, Madonna). It’s simply that this 1957 magazine cover took my breath away. Absolutely…

  • Soul

    R.I.P. Isaac Hayes

    Performing “Theme from Shaft” at  1972’s Wattstax festival (introduced by the Rev. Jesse Jackson). [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auZV2myICts] Across the blogs (with mp3’s)…make sure you hit that Soul Sides link… Issac Hayes: 1942-2008 (Soul Sides) TVD remembers Issac Hayes (The Vinyl District) Isaac…

  • Rock

    Sad News: RIP Danny Federici (1950-2008)

    Danny Federici, Bruce Springsteen’s organ, keys, and accordion player for the last 40 years, passed away Thursday afternoon after a three year battle with melanoma. My prayers and warmest condolences go out to Danny’s Family and the E Street family.…

  • Pop,  Rock

    RIP Jeff Healey

    Canadian guitarist Jeff Healey passed away Sunday at the age of 41 after a long battle with a rare form of retinal cancer. Jeff had been blind since infancy due to this cancer. “Angel Eyes” was one of those songs…

  • Rock n' Folk

    RIP Dan Fogelberg

    Photo by Henry Diltz Pete’s Comments: While I was never familiar with the Dan Fogelberg catalog, it was his biggest hit, “Same Old Lang Syne”, that always connected with me. Who can resist the storyline? Running into a former lover…

  • Reggae,  World

    RIP Lucky Dube: 1964-2007

    The world loses another great musician. In a senseless & random act of violence, South African reggae star Lucky Dube was shot and killed outside of Johannesburg yesterday in an attempted carjacking – in front of his children, mind you.…