Category Archives: Musical Monday Special Edition

Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Nat King Cole


Nat King Cole March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965 Born Nathaniel Adam Coles but known professionally as Nat King Cole. An American vocalist and jazz pianist, Cole was one of the best. His song writing ability and jazz playing began at the age of 17. In 1946, Cole’s, (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons , […]
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Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Gene Pitney


Gene Pitney February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006 Gene Pitney was an American singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1960’s. In 1961 his song Town Without Pity was used in a movie with the same title. It stared Kirk Douglas. This became Pitney’s first hit and won him a Golden Globe […]
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Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Glen Campbell


Glen Campbell April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017 Glen Campbell’s show business career lasted fifty years. In that time he was an American singer, song writer, guitarist, actor and television host. Campbell released around 70 albums and sold roughly 45 million records. In his lifetime he received 12 gold albums, 4 platinum and 1 […]
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Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Israel Kamakawiwo’ole


Israel Kamakawiwo’ole May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997 Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, a Hawaiian musician, gained popularity while a member of the band, Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau during 1976-1980’s.  The band released 15 successful albums. In 1990, IZ as his fans knew him by, released the album, Facing Future.  His renditions of Somewhere Over The Rainbow […]
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Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Luther Vandross


Luther Vandross April 20, 1951 ~ July 1, 2005 Luther Vandross is another extremely talented singer who left us way too soon! He suffered from diabetes and hypertension. In 2003 a stroke left him in a coma for nearly 2 months.  He died at the age of 54 due to a heart attack. He sold […]
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Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Karen Carpenter


Karen Carpenter March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983 Karen Carpenter and her brother, Richard, formed the duo The Carpenters during the 1970’s.  Karen’s voice has been one of my favorites since the first time I heard her sing, Close To You.  Not only was she an extremely talented singer but she played a mean […]
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Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Eva Cassidy


EVA CASSIDY February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996 YouTube Video Source: Eva Cassidy It was my mother who told me of Eva Cassidy and of her phenomenal voice. This extremely talented singer was pretty much unknown until her death in 1996 at the age of 33 from advanced melanoma. Her posthumous success began with […]
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Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Cass Elliot


Cass Elliot September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974 One of the first singing groups that I remember when I was a child was The Mamas and The Papas. Four very talented performers made up this vocal group, Michelle and John Phillips, Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty. I can still remember singing along with the […]
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Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Selena


Selena Quintanilla – Perez April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995 I can still remember the day I heard about Selena’s tragic death while listening to my car radio. I pulled over immediately to turn up the volume as I could not believe what I was hearing. It was true…Selena had been shot by her […]
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