On This Day: Seal, The Allman Brothers, and Shirley Manson

On this day in 1995, Seal went to number one in the US with his song “Kiss From a Rose,” which was used in the film Batman Forever.

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On this day in 2000, Douglas Allen Woody, best known for his work with The Allman Brothers Band, was found dead in New York. 😦

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And on this day in 1966, Shirley Manson, the vocalist for Garbage, was born.

 

On This Day: The Beatles and Layne Staley

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August 22nd was a big day in The Beatles’ history. In 1962, their first TV appearance was recorded as they played The Cavern Club in Liverpool.

In 1963, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas were at number one on the UK singles chart with “Bad to Me,” a song written for them by John Lennon.

In 1968, Ringo Starr quit the band during the recording of The White Album. He returned in September.

And in 1969, The Beatles met at John Lennon’s home for their final photo shoot.

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Layne Staley, front man for Alice in Chains, was born on this day in 1967.

 

 

 

R.I.P. Merle Haggard, country music legend has died at the age of 79 — Consequence of Sound

Country music legend Merle Haggard has died. According to TMZ, Haggard passed away Wednesday, the same day he turned 79 years old. Haggard was diagnosed with pneumonia last year and spent 11 days in the hospital earlier this year, TMZ reports. He fought hard against the illness, touring hard in 2015 and releasing an album…

via R.I.P. Merle Haggard, country music legend has died at the age of 79 — Consequence of Sound

Rock in Peace

I’ve been waiting to post about this, wanting the situation resolved before I said anything.

On March 2nd, the Velcro Pygmies announced that their bassist, Jacob “Sandman” Sanders, and his older brother, Jeremiah, had gone missing while fishing on the Tennessee River. After a grueling and suspenseful thirteen days, during which the entire Pyg family awaited news with bated breath, a body was found on the 15th..and soon identified as 24-year-old Jacob.

Still, as the band reminded all of those involved, it wasn’t going to be truly over until Jeremiah was found as well.

Today that moment has come.

I’m not even going to pretend to understand how their loved ones feel. I will simply say this: I met Jacob once in 2014 when I carried my parents to their first Pygmies show. He was sweet and obviously put his heart and soul into his craft. He chatted with my mom and me for a long time following their set, never acting as if there was something he’d rather be doing or as though he was bored, impatient, etc. He left quite an impression on both me and my mom. From what I’ve seen and read, that was just the kind of person he was. He touched lives, and the world feels much more empty without his presence — and Jeremiah’s, I know.

If you could, take a second out of your day to offer a prayer or positive vibes to those who are grieving over these losses.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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    Mom, Jacob, Me, and Chase