One drawback about posting infrequently is I'm missing a lot of timely news. Namely those celebrity passings. I've managed to catch the major ones (with another one to be posted very soon), but here's a few that I neglected...
The name doesn't ring any bells does it? To me either. But soon as they showed this picture, I knew who the guy was. Or at least what he was a part of. Only one of the best one-hit wonder bands of the 80s. I'm sure die-hard Devo fanatics would say they were more than that. Sorry, but "Whip It" is the only song I ever knew by them. It's really the only one that mattered. It still holds up extremely well to this day. Both the song AND the video. Not a lot of acts from the 80s can make that same claim.
Myers passed away June 24th after losing his battle with cancer. He was only 58-years-old.
The short time he was here, Myers was the drummer for Devo during the time period that "Whip It" became their trademark song. That's good enough for him to make my radar. Thank you, Alan, for being a part of one of the best joints from my childhood.
Robert "Blue" Bland
I would be a boldface liar if I sat here and told you that I'm a fan of the blues. It's just not my flavor. Maybe it's a generational thing. Can you name a great blues singer from my age group? How about even a decent one? How about just name one period? Yeah..I couldn't either. My extent of the blues is the fond recollection of the segments on "The Cosby Show" where they brought the blues to the mainstream. However, some names just stick with you no matter if you like the genre or not. Bobby "Blue" Bland was one of them.
Blues legend Bobby "Blue" Bland passed away also on June 24th due to natural causes. He was 83-years-old.
As with most performers from his generation, Bland was performing non-stop up until his final days. Probably due to both the love of the music and also to continue making a living. I know of him mostly through samples used in hip-hop songs, like Jay-Z's "Heart of the City" that used his "Ain't No Love". I couldn't name another song of his (without googling them) if you paid me, but I can still respect his contribution to the music world.
Talk about some obscure names, huh? This is one of those cats who you would undoubtedly know if you saw him. That's how most character actors are. You just couldn't place their names to save your life. Or theirs either for that mater. But they were still able to be a fixture in some of the more memorable moments of your pop culture life. Like Burkley's role in the movie "Mask" (yet another 80s gem) where he played the mute biker. Now he's unfortunately muted forever.
Burkley passed away in his sleep on July 14th from causes yet to be determined. He was 67-years-old.
"King of the Hill" fans may be familiar with this cat due to his more recent vocal work on the show as the voice of Principal Moss on the show. So I read. Never seen a single episode. However, to me he was always "that one dude" who popped up in tons of tv shows ranging from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (remember the dream episode?) to "The Dukes of Hazzard". Heck yes I watched that show. It was the 80s. We had 4 stations to pick from. Give me a break.
May all of you rest in peace.