Archive for the ‘music’ category

Chicago blues legend Koko Taylor dies at 80

June 3, 2009

The Chicago blues queen, Koko Taylor, has passed at the age of 80.  She was recovering from surgery at Northwestern Hospital when she passed today.

According to the Chicago Tribune, she was born Cora Walton in 1928 in Memphis, Tenn., she was orphaned by the time she was 11, and had to work the cotton fields to support herself. She came to Chicago in 1952 with her future husband, Robert “Pops” Taylor, to escape the plantation life and “look for work, start a new life, get married and have a family.”

She had no intention of becoming a singer. But she was inspired by the blues songs of Memphis Minnie and Big Mama Thornton at an early age, and had sung gospel in church. When she came to Chicago, she was thrilled by the music she encountered in the South Side clubs, amplified and raucous, a harder incarnation of the backporch brand of blues she had heard in the South.

You can read the full story HERE.

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Susan Boyle Finishes Second On ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

May 30, 2009

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Susan Boyle who became a YouTube sensation almost overnight and has been under scrutiny like never before finished second on ‘Britan’s Got Talent’ reality television show.  Susan became an international video star after blowing the judges away with her outstanding voice during the initial tryouts for the show.  That performance went on to become one of the most watched YouTube videos in recent history.  You can see that video HERE.

Once you see her, you realize what all the fuss is about.  Susan doesn’t fit the “normal” look of a singing star.  So over the past few weeks she has undergone a few makeovers, but she has kept most of her natural charm.  She has even been stalked by the local paparazzi.  Through it all Susan kept singing and kept wowing the audience.

In the end she finished second in the competition, but she is the real winner in this because she desired to show her talent and now the world knows that Susan Boyle is one outstanding singer.  I’m going to go out on a short limb and say that you have not heard the last of Susan Boyle.  You can read the full story of her finishing second HERE.

Congratulations Susan.  Your trip to stardom is just beginning.

DeaconDavid

Is one of the ladies in Beyonce’s video a man?

January 8, 2009

The rumor: One of the ladies dancing with Beyonce in the immensely popular “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” video is actually a dude.

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IGN: Rock Band 2 this September

June 30, 2008

To no one’s surprise, Harmonix, MTV and EA are preparing an encore for Rock Band later this year. Rock Band 2 is now official — and it’s coming to Xbox 360 this September, with “other platforms” releasing later in the year.

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This girl would win American Idol if this were her finals song

November 19, 2007

I will always support my Chicago homegirl Jennifer Hudson, but you have to see this.  What do you think?

New Alicia Keys Album

November 9, 2007

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I happened to be looking for new websites for my job and I stumbled across this site CLICK HERE that lets you listen to the new Alicia Keys album that will be released on November 13, 2007. I haven’t even had a chance to listen to it yet. When I do, I’ll share my thoughts.

I found this interesting…I hope you do too.

DeaconDavid