Category Archives: RIP

My favorite songs: “Sanctified Lady”

I recently had a moment of reckoning with Marvin Gaye’s “Sanctified Lady.” I was driving north up the California coast on US 1, from Santa Cruz (which I call home) to San Francisco (where I lived for 9 years and … Continue reading

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On Aretha: 2 duets

On Monday, The Singles Jukebox tributed Aretha Franklin. I had a pair of entries that I meant to get in, but didn’t make the deadline. Here’s the first, on two of her ’80s duets. “I Knew You Were Waiting (For … Continue reading

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First love, heartbreak, tough luck, big mistake — what else can you do?: Pat DiNizio, RIP

My heart hurt when I read the news, late Tuesday night, that the Smithereens’ leader, Pat DiNizio, had died at the age of 62. Besides R.E.M., there’s no band I more closely associate with that chiming Rickenbacker guitar sound, so … Continue reading

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Like a transmission from somewhere distant: on “You Got Lucky”

I highly recommend you read the entire TSJ tribute to Tom Petty, but I’m particularly pleased with what I contributed, on his late 1982 single “You Got Lucky,” so I’m reposting it here for posterity. ***** In the fall of 1982, … Continue reading

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He was born a rebel: Tom Petty, RIP

I grew up in the ’80s (I was born at the end of 1970), so Tom Petty was everywhere: on the radio, on MTV, and on the cover of Rolling Stone. His 1981 cover, where he’s ripping a dollar bill in … Continue reading

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Time out of mind: Walter Becker, RIP

[Graphic borrowed from Paul Myers’ IG/FB. As big a Peanuts fan as I am, it really resonates with me.] I’m heartbroken by the news of Walter Becker’s passing. Steely Dan are one of my favorite bands, so integral to the … Continue reading

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Last of the rock gods: Chris Cornell, RIP

Chris Cornell was, indisputably, to the ’90s as Robert Plant was to the ’70s: a long-haired, handsome frontman with charisma and charm to spare, deep, soulful eyes, and a voice. Oh, that voice. A primal, erotic wail, really. Where Cobain … Continue reading

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