Joe Cocker died of lung cancer at the age of 70 and his loss is tremendous as there may never be another singer like Joe Cocker. Ever again.
In an age of singing contest shows ala "The Voice" and "American Idol" someone who has a voice like Joe may never make it out of first auditions. Sure in the past there was 1 or 2 but the judges had no idea what to do with a voice like that. Joe had one thing you just cannot teach tho, and that is soul.
In an age where video killed the radio star, Cocker survived and persevered. Dying Monday in his home in Colorado due to lung cancer was his own way on being on the mountain high. His style was truly unique and one of a kind.
His voice and delivery style made sure that "Leave Your Hat On" was anyting but 80's campy but absolutely quite sexy. As Sandra Bullock was once told, shoes and a hat should be the last things taken off at night. Cocker can be thanked a lot for that frame of mind.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Joe Cocker. Truly one of a kind.
Lenny Kravitz and Gladys Knight recorded a song together for "Lee Daniels The Butler" and it will be featured on the soundtrack to the film!
The photo above is of Gladys Knight & Lenny Kravitz at The Village Recorder studio in Santa Monica, listening back to Ms Knight's freshly recorded vocals on a song for film "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (Weinstein Co.). Photographed by Mathieu Bitton.
For the first time here, the song title is revealed! The song title is "You And I Ain't Nothin No More" written by Lenny Kravitz.
Lenny had this to say exclusively to us regarding recording with Gladys Knight:
"Writing "You And I Ain't Nothin' No More" for "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was an added bonus to my involvement in the film. Moreover, having Gladys Knight sing the song was a musical experience that I will cherish forever. Gladys Knight's performance delivered a haunting soulfulness that brought forth the full emotion of each word." -Lenny Kravitz
Thank you LK and MB! It is appreciated!-DocFB
Diagnosis: We cannot wait to see the film and hear "You And I Ain't Nothin' No More" as well. Exciting times for Lenny!
Phyllis Diller passed away at the age of 95, trailblazing a way for female comedians after her time. When Jerry Lewis and Adam Corolla say that female comedians are not funny, Phyllis Diller shows them just how truly stupid they are.
Phyllis mad herself the butt of jokes from her looks to the outrageous costumes she wore on stage and for interviews.
She did not start being a comedian until in her late 30's which was back in the 1950's. Bob Hope to a liking to her comedic style and featured her whenever he could.
You look at female comedians now like Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg and Amy Shumer, and the comedy is not focused on their looks. Ellen is pure comedy gold and she knows without Diller or Joan Rivers, she would not be where she is today.
Rivers is upset that not most know who Diller is. I do, but that is because of my Grandparents letting me know at an early age, and her voice was unmistakable in cartoons I watched as a kid when she would be a guest star in "Scooby Doo" and others.
She truly was the Queen of one-liners and her set-up and delivery was smooth and quite fast.
Phyllis Diller will not be forgotten, by her peers, by her fans, by anyone. I know this has been used before, but when it comes to her, it is completely true. Right now, she is making God laugh.
Thank you Phyllis for a childhood that wouldn't have been as funny without you.-DocFB
Folk music legend Doc Watson passed away yesterday at the age of 89. He passed away at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
Doc Watson, who was blind since infancy, was known for his outstanding acoustic guitar playing, was hospitalized last week when he underwent surgery after he fell at his home in Deep Gap.
He purchased his first guitar as a young boy for just $10.00 and learned to play it.
Doc did an interview with friend of the site Jon Bream in 2000 and you can access the interview here.-DocFB
Larry Graham performed at the Bass Player Live Awards in October, and gave us a lesson in funk. Bass funk especially.
The man is timeless and brought the funk big time. We are excited to share this footage we took with you and hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
In HD, for your viewing pleasure.-DocFB
Diagnosis: His name is......
The legendary Kate Bush has released "Wild Man" a new song now available everywhere.
It is trippy. Most R & B singers can thank Kate for recording "This Woman's Work" back in the 80's, providing everyone from Maxwell to D'Angelo a song to cover to drop panties to.
The song "Wild Man" is quite trippy but it shows Kate Bush still has it and it still underrated.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Not Made For A Mild Man