I had music already picked out earlier this week. But that was before I read that two musical artists, from two different worlds, passed away. One was a legend, the other relatively unknown; but there was no shortage of talent in either - - and both are worthy to be honored for their contributions.
The lesser known of the two was Steve Ferguson, the co-founder of what was once known as the New Rhythm and Blues Quintet (better known as NRBQ). Here is a little" project band" he put together, called Brother Stephen and the Humanitarians. The introduction is a little goofy, but the music is pure rock and roll with Chuck berry's influence written all over it:
I think this NRBQ single was released after Ferguson's departure from the band. But it still has his style deeply soaked into the material. This is a good song, the video has some good shots too:
What can we possibly say about the great Al Martino that hasn't already been said, by someone? My mom and dad loved him, which means he had to be a favorite of that damned career Marine officer, who shall remain nameless. This one is one of his best known:
Another Martino classic that many my age (and older) will remember:
They will both be missed.
So, enjoy them at their best.