Tag: Music legends

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This cool guy saved the life of a music legend

Folk singer John Baldry was born on this day, January 12, 1941, and the world of music thanks him from the bottom of its collective heart.

If “Long John” Baldry — he was 6-feet-7 — had never been born, an unknown pianist named Reggie Dwight might have been doomed.

Back in 1969, keyboard musician Reginald Dwight was engaged to be married to a young woman. There was one problem. Dwight was secretly gay. In those days the closet door was firmly closed.

Male homosexuality was a criminal offense in Britain until 1967 — punishable by forced medication and/or jail time.

ATTEMPTED SUICIDE

As the wedding day approached Dwight was torn up inside and sank into a deep depression. He tried to kill himself.

Enter Dwight’s pals, singer John Baldry, who was also gay, and lyricist Bernie Taupin. They told their friend to admit his true sexuality and call off the wedding.

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Reg Dwight and Bernie Taupin

Dwight told his fiancée, Linda Woodrow, the truth and the wedding was cancelled. Dwight later changed his name to include part of Baldry’s, and the rest, as they say, is history.

🎵 ’Saved in time, thank God my music’s still alive’ 🎵

The “someone” in Elton John’s 1975 hit “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” which was written by Taupin, is Long John Baldry — Sugar Bear in the song.

PIONEER IN BRITISH ROCK SCENE

John Baldry, who died on July 21, 2005, was known as a pioneer in the British blues-rock scene in the 1960s.

He started out as a folk singer, touring Europe with American Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and formed a couple of different bands, one with the afore-mentioned Reg Dwight on keyboard, and another with a guy named Rod Stewart.

Rod Stewart and John Baldry, back when.

Baldry’s one big hit was “Let the Heartaches Begin,” which went to No. 1 on the British charts in 1967. This is one sweet song.

ROD STEWART WAS THERE FOR HIM

When John Baldry died in Vancouver, Canada, on July 21, 2005 at the age of 64, Rod Stewart was at his bedside.

P.S.

Elton John did not publicly come out as gay until 1988.

Linda Woodrow later moved to America, got married and had three children.

John Baldry Wikibio HERE


The tragic life and death of the ‘Caruso of Rock’

REMEMBERING ROY ORBISON

Died on December 6, 1988, at the age of 52.

His music was called operatic. Critics hailed him as the “Casuso of Rock” after famed opera singer Enrico Caruso.

“While most male rock-and-roll singers in the 1950s and 1960s projected gyrating masculinity, many of Orbison’s songs conveyed vulnerability, which he performed standing still, wearing black clothes to match his black hair and dark sunglasses.”

BROODING PERSONA

Orbison was very shy and suffered from severe stage fright. He wore his trademark sunglasses — which led some people to assume he was blind — as a way to hide himself.

His black clothes and song lyrics “emphasised the image of mystery and introversion. His dark and brooding persona, combined with his tremulous voice in lovelorn ballads marketed to teenagers made Orbison a star in the early 1960s.”

Perhaps he’s best known for the song ‘Pretty Woman,’ the theme song of the hit movie by the same name starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

TRAVELING WILBURYS

Orbison was a founding member of the American-British “supergroup” known as  the Traveling Wilburys, with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

TRAGEDY

Orbison’s life was filled with tragedy, including the sudden accidental death of his wife Claudette. During a series of concerts in Britain, his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burned down, killing his two sons, 11-year old Roy and Tony, 6.

In what would turn out to be the last three months of his life, he gave Rolling Stone magazine extensive access to his daily activities. He had plans to write an autobiography and wanted Martin Sheen to play him in a biopic.

HECTIC SCHEDULE

Orbison confided in Johnny Cash that he was having chest pains. He went to Europe and performed to standing ovations. He gave several interviews a day in a hectic schedule.

Back in America, he performed at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, Ohio. Exhausted, he returned to his home in Hendersonville to rest for several days before flying again to London to film two more videos for the Traveling Wilburys.

On December 6, 1988, he ate dinner at his mother’s home in Hendersonville. Later that day he died of a heart attack at the age of 52.

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We love you, Fats, then, now and always.

Clean living keeps me in shape. Righteous thoughts are my secret. And New Orleans home cooking.

Fats Domino died two years ago today—October 24, 2017—at the age of 89.

Antoine Dominique Domino Jr.,  born Feb. 26, 1928 (Pisces), sold more than 65 million records in the 1950s and early ‘60s — second only to Elvis Presley — and had three dozen Top 40 hits.

Everybody started calling my music rock and roll, but it wasn’t anything but the same rhythm and blues I’d been playing down in New Orleans.”

Interesting stuff about Fats

His style was a major influence on John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
• He left school at the age of 14 to work in a bedspring factory by day and to play in bars by night.
• His first hit song was called ’The Fat Man.’
• In 1955 Fats broke into the mainstream pop world with ’Ain’t That a Shame.’ The following year he had his biggest hit, ’Blueberry Hill.’

• He had eight children and all their names began with the letter A.
• In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit his home town of New Orleans, his house was ruined and he lost most of his possessions, including his gold and platinum discs.
• Fats Domino once said “I’m glad that people liked me and music. I guess it was an interesting life. I didn’t pay much attention, and I never thought I’d be here this long”.

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