R.l.P. Gregg Allman

Allman died today of unspecified causes after several years of health issues. He co-founded the Allman Brothers Band with his brother Duane in 1969 and cut several hugely successful albums. The band suffered the loss of Duane to a motorcycle accident in 1971 and then the loss of bassist Berry Oakley at almost the same …

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Sad occasion to go to the beach

A friend of 36 years passed away last June, and today there was a scattering of ashes and a celebration of his life at Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki. There were probably 60-70 people there. Our relationship was primarily one of working together until we both moved on from those jobs, and then it was …

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R.I.P. Maurice White

Earth, Wind and Fire’s longtime bandleader died today at 74 of complications from Parkinson’s Disease, which he battled for twenty years. Here’s the band’s first big hit: February is starting out as January ended, with artists from my most intense music-listening years dying nearly once a week. I hate it.