On This Day…
1975 – Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapsed into a coma suffering severe brain damage. Ironically, he was in the middle of singing one of his biggest hits, ‘Lonely Teardrops’ and was two words into the line, “….my heart is crying” when he collapsed to the stage, striking his head heavily. Wilson died on 21st January 1984.
1976 – Wings played a charity concert in St Marks Square, Venice to raise funds for the historic city. The night was a success but the weight of the equipment used by the group caused more damage to the square.
1980 – John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page’s house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in 4 hours).
2011 – The New York Post reported that Sly Stone was living in a van, parked in the notoriously rough Los Angeles neighborhood of Crenshaw. The 68-year-old was quoted as saying “I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”
Kurt Vile | b’lieve i’m goin down
Ever authentic, the newest from the brother of Jelloman, Kurt Vile, is a rewarding listen. Multifacited and profound, b’lieve i’m goin down cements Vile as one of songwriting’s most compelling artists.
Julia Holter | Have You in My Wilderness
The new one from avant-garde pop star Julia Holter is arguably her best work to date. Majestic, honest and moving away from the remote nature of her previous works, Have You in My Wilderness is her most accessible work yet.
CHVRCHES | Every Open Eye
Digital, emotional, danceable and ultimately pretty refreshing. CHVRCHES expands upon their 2013 synth-pop landscape they laid down on The Bones of What You Believe. There’s a newer sort of confidence to this one – a keener attention to bringing elements together to a more cohesive whole.