This image released by Cromarty and Co. shows Dee Dee Bridgewater performing in the off-Broadway musical play, “Lady Day,” about legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. (AP Photo/Cromarty and Co., Carol Rosegg) by Charles GansAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dee Dee Bridgewater might have been a Broadway star were she not so successful as a jazz singer. She won a Tony Award in her Broadway debut as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz.” But she later rededicated herself to her jazz career, touring the world, winning three Grammys Awards and hosting NPR’s nationally syndicated “Jazz Set.”
In this June 5, 2004 photo, singer-songwriter J.J. Cale plays during the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas. Cale, whose best-known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with “After Midnight” and Lynyrd Skynyrd with “Call Me the Breeze,” has died. He was 74. Cale’s manager Mike Kappus said the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday, July 26, 2013 of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) If musicians were measured not by the number of records they sold but by the number of peers they influenced, JJ Cale would have been a towering figure in 1970s rock ‘n’ roll. His best songs like “After Midnight,” ”Cocaine” and “Call Me the Breeze” were towering hits — for other artists. Eric Clapton took “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” and turned them into the kind of hard-party anthems that defined rock for a long period of time. And Lynyrd Skynyrd took the easy-shuffling “Breeze” and supercharged it with a three-guitar attack that made it a hit.
JAMES LEWIS CARTER “T-MODEL” FORD JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — James Lewis Carter “T-Model” Ford, a hard-living blues singer who taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 years old and his fifth wife left him, died Tuesday at his home in Greenville, Miss. His age was uncertain. Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson said the family told her Ford was born in 1924 and had already had his birthday this year, which would have made him 89. But a blues expert and longtime friend, Roger Stolle (STOW-lee), said Ford didn’t remember what year he was born and claimed to be 93.
“Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love” by Bob Davis Funk/Soul/Blues/Jazz/Pop/Electronica/Peace & Love (soul-patrol.com)–This is a great album. I have been waiting for this album to appear since the mid 1970′s. It’s the best album I have heard so far in 2013. The original “Inspiration Information” has actually been a key influencing factor in my thought processes and behavior since I first listened to it in 1974, via WAMO in Pittsburgh. Since that time I have probably listened to it more than any other single album I have ever owned, with the possible exception of Miles Davis “On The Corner.”