Here’s to the Greats

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The music world recently lost yet another talented artist.  The Artist formerly known as Prince passed away two weeks ago and this made me think of my love for Music, whether it be Internationally or Locally.

Like all the previous greats we have lost, Prince too had his contribution to my love for Music.  In no particular order, here is my top 45 songs from artist that passed away in the last 30 years.

  1.  Round bout Midnight-Miles Davis
  2. We are the Champions-Queen (Freddie Mercury)
  3. Lithium-Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)
  4. California Love- 2Pac ft Dr Dre
  5. Hypnotize-Notorious BIG
  6. My Way-Frank Sinatra
  7. Drive-The Cars (Benjamin Orr)
  8. California Dreamin – The Mama’s and Papas (John Phillips)
  9. Try Again -Aaliyah
  10. Hey Jude – The Beatles (George Harrison)
  11. Waterfalls – TLC (Lisa Lopes)
  12. It’s like that – Run DMC (Jam Master Jay)
  13. How Deep is your Love- The Bee Gees (Robin & Maurice Gibb)
  14. Come as you are -Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)
  15. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (Freddie Mercury)
  16. Somewhere in Heaven – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (Howie Epstein)
  17. Let the Music Play -Barry White
  18. Ring of Fire –  Johnny Cash
  19. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers (Bobby Hatfield)
  20. Georgia on my Mind –  Ray Charles
  21. What a Fool Believes – Doobie Brothers (Keith Knudsen)
  22. Never too much – Luther Vandross
  23. You’ll never find –  Lou Rawls
  24. I Got You (I feel good)- James Brown
  25. Theme from Shaft – Isaac Hayes
  26. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  27. Close the Door –  Teddy Pendergrass
  28. Caravan of Love – Isley Brothers (Marvin Isley)
  29. Night Nurse –  Gregory Isaacs
  30. Valerie – Amy Winehouse
  31. Now that we found love – Heavy D and the Boyz (Heavy D)
  32. Drift Away – Dobie Gray
  33. You Give Good Love – Whitney Houston
  34. You Gotta Fight for your right (to Party)-Beastie Boys (Adam Yauch)
  35. Hold the Line – Toto (Dennis Frederiksen)
  36. Street Life – The Crusaders ft. Randy Crawford (Joe Sample)
  37. I want to know what love is – Foreigner (Ed Gagliardi)
  38. Up where we belong – Joe Cocker
  39. When a Man loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
  40. The Thrill is gone – BB King
  41. This will be – Natalie Cole
  42. Hotel California – The Eagles (Glenn Frey)
  43. After the Love is Gone- Earth Wind and Fire (Maurice White)
  44. Purple Rain – Prince
  45. The Man who sold the world – David Bowie

Looking at the sheer list of artist, one can easily argue that they had a handful of favorites over the years.  I can easily think of Reasons (EWF), The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (Prince), Mr Magic (Amy Winehouse), Love TKO (Teddy Pendergrass) to name just a few.

The world just seems to be losing some of the most talented artist that our Era has ever seen.  This should then be wake up call to up and coming artist to solidify their positions.

 

 

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