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  1. #21
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    It wasn't from Covid-19 but rather heart complications but Bill Withers has passed away. Ain't No Sunshine is one of my all time favorite songs. Rest in peace.
    "The future ain't what it used to be."

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    Add kicker Tom Dempsey to the list..

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Devilwin View Post
    Add kicker Tom Dempsey to the list..
    Quite a video of his record breaking historic kick in 1970. It's amazing how different the approach to a kick is nowadays.
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1246670806916173826

    Being born without any toes on his right foot and without a right hand, Dempsey clearly overcame a lot in his life. Some argue that his custom shoe that had a large flat front gave him an advantage, which I think is indisputable that it does allow for much more distance with everything else being equal, but I'd think accuracy might be harder.

    Amazingly, his record stood for 43 years until Prater hit a 64-yarder.

    RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedog View Post
    Quite a video of his record breaking historic kick in 1970. It's amazing how different the approach to a kick is nowadays.
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1246670806916173826

    Being born without any toes on his right foot and without a right hand, Dempsey clearly overcame a lot in his life. Some argue that his custom shoe that had a large flat front gave him an advantage, which I think is indisputable that it does allow for much more distance with everything else being equal, but I'd think accuracy might be harder.

    Amazingly, his record stood for 43 years until Prater hit a 64-yarder.

    RIP
    I would think it would be easier on both counts...notice that there aren't really any golf clubs that narrow down to a blunt point on the action side the way a foot does. Would certainly have been harder for him to shank one.

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    R.I.P. Adam Schlesinger

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    Just got word that musician Adam Schlesinger has died at age 52. He won 3 Grammys and an Emmy, but is best known for 2 things.

    He wrote the song That Thing You Do for the film... and his band, Fountains of Wayne, had a huge hit with his song "Stacy's Mom."
    As a huge FoW fan, I was incredibly sad when I saw this news yesterday. Schlesinger was incredibly talented--he participated in several bands, including FoW and Eve, plus he had written for a lot of movies and TV since his success with "That Thing." He was the musical director for Crazy Ex Girlfriend, for example, and I've read stories of him contributing things like theme songs to TV shows on a lark.

    While I love everything Fountains did--they're one of the few bands whose albums I listen to straight through, even in this digital age--to me, "That Thing" is an amazing achievement. When you think about the assignment, "write a song that sounds exactly like a 1960's pop hit, make it so good we can build an entire movie around it as a one-hit-wonder that we play over and over again, AND make it SO GOOD that modern audiences will like it and hum along to it today as if it were a beloved favorite," it's just mind-boggling. But he pulled it off.

    As Jason said, I have a feeling this thread is going to be a lot longer by the time we're done, but this was a big blow to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JosephReidBooks View Post
    While I love everything Fountains did--they're one of the few bands whose albums I listen to straight through, even in this digital age--to me, "That Thing" is an amazing achievement. When you think about the assignment, "write a song that sounds exactly like a 1960's pop hit, make it so good we can build an entire movie around it as a one-hit-wonder that we play over and over again, AND make it SO GOOD that modern audiences will like it and hum along to it today as if it were a beloved favorite," it's just mind-boggling. But he pulled it off.
    How often is a movie built around a single song?? And would you ever build a movie around a song that was not already an established hit?!!?!?

    And to do it without a known band... I mean The Beatles built movies around songs a couple times but they were the freaking Beatles. Here the band was a bunch of little known actors (Steve Zahn and Tom Everett Scott are not exactly mega-stars) and the least known actor in the entire band was the lead freaking singer!!

    It is ridiculous to even think about.

    -Jason "TTYD lost the Golden Globe and Academy Award for best song to Madonna's 'You Must Love Me' from Evita... which has withstood the test of time better? Ha!" Evans
    I don't know what you are doing right now, but if you aren't listening to the DBR Podcast, you're doing it wrong.

  7. #27
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    and speaking of Tom Dempsey and his record that wasn't broken for 43 years, and movies: anyone TV or movie watchers out there notice Charlie Gogolak with lots of TV and movie producer credits? He (kicking for Princeton in the sixties) and his brother (Pete, kicking for Cornell) popularized the soccer style kick...thought to be not much more than a novelty at first, now try finding a kicker who does it straight on...

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    How often is a movie built around a single song?? And would you ever build a movie around a song that was not already an established hit?!!?!?

    And to do it without a known band... I mean The Beatles built movies around songs a couple times but they were the freaking Beatles. Here the band was a bunch of little known actors (Steve Zahn and Tom Everett Scott are not exactly mega-stars) and the least known actor in the entire band was the lead freaking singer!!

    It is ridiculous to even think about.

    -Jason "TTYD lost the Golden Globe and Academy Award for best song to Madonna's 'You Must Love Me' from Evita... which has withstood the test of time better? Ha!" Evans
    Kind of random but this reminded Paul Simons “Mrs Robinson”. Was surprised listening to this clip that the song wasn’t fully recorded and released until after the movie.

    https://youtu.be/sDqIsuIpVy4

    If there were ever a thread for iconic movie songs I’d have to throw out “Somebody’s Baby” in my top 5 but I loved FTARH and probably saw it 4-5 times in theaters the year it can out.

  9. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvdahops View Post
    Big fan of Adam's and FoW

    Welcome Interstate Managers is one of my top 5 albums from the last 20 years, and I loved "That Thing You Do"

    Schlesinger also wrote and produced songs for a number of other bands, including Ivy's "This is the Day" from There's Something About Mary

    He had a terrific way with catchy hooks and all manner of pop music genres
    OK, speaking of Fountains of Wayne. Does anyone else hear a little bit of the hook from Shanaia Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much" in the guitar solo of Stacey's Mom? I've heard it clear as day since the first time I heard the song but I've yet to find anyone else who agrees.

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    John Prine succumbs:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...e-obit-253684/

    Really bummed.
    "We're only tourists in this life
    Only tourists but the view is nice"

    -- David Byrne

  11. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    John Prine succumbs:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...e-obit-253684/

    Really bummed.
    Wow. Hello in There; Sam Stone; Dear Abbey. I’m losing my youth. Loved John Prine. Need to go listen to Illegal Smile...and smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    John Prine succumbs:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...e-obit-253684/

    Really bummed.
    So sad to hear that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accfanfrom1970 View Post
    Wow. Hello in There; Sam Stone; Dear Abbey. I’m losing my youth. Loved John Prine. Need to go listen to Illegal Smile...and smile.
    John Prine had many, many brilliant songs. My personal favorite is Souvenirs, a duet with Steve Goodman. In my mind, the combination of poignant lyrics, dual guitar playing, and vocal harmonies in this song are about as close to perfect as it gets.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...nUZOJl_1MRwcYQ

  14. #34
    RIP John Prine. Truly one of the best. Some say Dylan but I'm Team Prine. Enjoy that cigarette and cocktail sir, you've earned it.

    https://youtu.be/JKPDFQRmG_M

  15. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by House P View Post
    John Prine had many, many brilliant songs. My personal favorite is Souvenirs, a duet with Steve Goodman. In my mind, the combination of poignant lyrics, dual guitar playing, and vocal harmonies in this song are about as close to perfect as it gets.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...nUZOJl_1MRwcYQ
    Souvenirs is one of the first songs I learned to finger pick and I still play and sing it often. JP’s 70s songs are classic but he never stopped writing great songs. I’m partial to some of his 80s work that isn’t as heralded. Aimless Love, Bruised Orange and One Red Rose are 3 of my all time favorites.

    https://youtu.be/5a-LRFyQ2Pc

    https://youtu.be/Rj-kH7LPeZ4

    https://youtu.be/lFD2wZaBciY

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    John Prine succumbs:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...e-obit-253684/

    Really bummed.
    Me too, thought he was getting better. I used to sing "Dear Abby" and "Paradise" when I used to rock the young Turks to sleep many moons ago.
    "Quality is not an option!"

  17. #37
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    We all miss artists in our own pop cultural journey. I missed John Prine. Knew the name, but I am 44, graduated Duke in '98, and seem to have missed him. When I found out he was sick, saw how people I respected were reacting, and read more about his influence, I started listening more. Amazing. Huge loss, but I feel like I found something diving into his stuff.

  18. #38
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    R.I.P Mr. Prine

    He definitely deserves his own thread. Could a moderator break out the posts about the great Mr. Prine?

    He wrote an awful lot of great songs. Some not mentioned (I think) yet here: Angel from Montgomery (brilliantly covered by many, but especially by Bonnie Raitt), Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore, Illegal Smile, Clay Pigeons, Paradise etc. I could keep going.

    His last recording, The Tree of Forgiveness, is great, too. It includes a song titled "When I Get To Heaven", which I hope means that John Prine was at peace with dying.

    He did a great interview on NPR's Fresh Air, with Terry Gross, when Tree of Forgiveness came out: https://www.johnprine.com/news/liste...th-terry-gross

    One of my favorite Prine stories came out after his second duets album, "For Better, or Worse", about how a pedal steel guitar can change any song:

    'We cut every one of them live except the Alison Krauss track ("Falling In Love Again"). The band was really hot one night, and we had done three artists, and still had an hour left over. We cut the track, and I sang on it. It came off so good. [Producer] Jim Rooney asked me 'How in the heck can that be a country song?" I told him to put some steel on it. That's how we pitched it to Alison.'

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...221012143.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by MChambers View Post
    He definitely deserves his own thread. Could a moderator break out the posts about the great Mr. Prine?

    He wrote an awful lot of great songs. Some not mentioned (I think) yet here: Angel from Montgomery (brilliantly covered by many, but especially by Bonnie Raitt), Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore, Illegal Smile, Clay Pigeons, Paradise etc. I could keep going.

    His last recording, The Tree of Forgiveness, is great, too. It includes a song titled "When I Get To Heaven", which I hope means that John Prine was at peace with dying.

    He did a great interview on NPR's Fresh Air, with Terry Gross, when Tree of Forgiveness came out: https://www.johnprine.com/news/liste...th-terry-gross

    One of my favorite Prine stories came out after his second duets album, "For Better, or Worse", about how a pedal steel guitar can change any song:

    'We cut every one of them live except the Alison Krauss track ("Falling In Love Again"). The band was really hot one night, and we had done three artists, and still had an hour left over. We cut the track, and I sang on it. It came off so good. [Producer] Jim Rooney asked me 'How in the heck can that be a country song?" I told him to put some steel on it. That's how we pitched it to Alison.'

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...221012143.html
    I truly mean this:

    I feel better about the life I have lived by the number of friends and social follows of mine who were as moved by John Prine as I have been. He could express the most basic raw emotions (humor, pathos, sadness, anger, tension) in the simplest of words.

    For those who are not familiar or only slightly, John had three live albums (John Prine Live, In Person & On Stage, Live On Tour) which give the humor and warmth of his shows. He was a fantastic story-teller and his live banter really shows his skills.

    A true early classic (although his later stuff is just as compelling in different ways):

    "We're only tourists in this life
    Only tourists but the view is nice"

    -- David Byrne

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    Bill Murray and John Prine together:

    "We're only tourists in this life
    Only tourists but the view is nice"

    -- David Byrne

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