Lou Reed has passed away at the age of 71. He was the lead singer of the iconic 60's group The Velvet Underground and a rock pioneer on his own right as a solo performer.
Rolling Stone broke the story. There is no cause of death right now and the only thing that has been reported by RS is a liver transplant back in May and him ended up in the ER a month later due to the transplant.
Lou's importance to music just cannot be covered in simple writing. It was a movement and he was part of it. Up and coming NY rockers would kill to have the importance of The Velvet Underground. They may not have been best sellers according to charts but what they did do was perfection.
The NY Daily News has recent photos of Lou if you care to check them out.
"Talk A Walk On The Peaceful Side" someone posted. I agree.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Brookylyn's finest.
Sad news. We have received confirmation via a friend of the site that musician George Duke passed away last night on August 5th. Right now, we cannot confirm how he died.
When we have that info, we will pass it on.
Duke was a keyboard pioneer, singer, composer, and producer for pop and jazz records and also left his mark on hip-hop.
He has over 32+ records and worked with Frank Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Jefferey Osborne, George Clinton, Anita Baker, Sheila E., Rachelle Ferrell, and countless others.
He worked with Miles Davis producing and composing "Backyard Ritual" (From "Tutu") and "Cobra" (From "Amandla") back in the 1980's,
Here is Duke playing "Reach For It"...
Here is George Duke and Sheila E. performing and recording "Dukey Stick"...
George just released a band new CD entitled "DreamWeaver" and he talks about his wife who passed away last year. He has now joined her.-DocFB
Diagnosis: George Duke was FUNK. You will be missed but not forgotten......
Legendary composer Clare Fischer who has worked with Prince, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Tori Amos, Chaka Khan, and Robert Palmer, has died at the age of 83.
His official web site has been updated with his passing.
Clare released his first recording in 1962 and during that time would make arrangements for artists such as Sergio Mendes. In the 70's, he formed a latin band called "Salsa Picante," and won a Grammy as part of that group in 1981. That followed with working with The Jacksons, Debarge, and Atlantic Star.
In 1985, Fischer started working with music icon Prince on his "Parade" record. he also worked on Prince's "Pink Cashmere" "The One" and "Goodbye". Clair and Prince continued to work together as recently as Prince's "Te Amo Corazon" released on his number 1 album "3121" recorded in 2005. Prince heard of his writing through Rufus and Chaka Khan whose drummer was Clair's nephew.
Interestingly enough, although Prince and Clare worked with each other for over 30 years, they never met.
"I never met Prince and I was informed by people who had been with him when asked about meeting me that he said "I don't want to meet him." It's going just fine as it is."
Clare felt the reason that him and Prince worked together for so long is because they hadn't met personally.
We have contacted Prince's people regarding a comment about Clare's passing but have not heard anything back yet. Prince had this to say about Clare a few years ago for his work on "Parade";
"Special thanks 2 Clare Fischer 4 making brighter the colors of black & white."
Clare Fischer's talent and compositions will be heard for generations to come. How would Clare wish to be remembered?
"I may die a poor man, but I will have a smile on my face"-Clair Fischer 1991
Diagnosis: Sometimes It Snows In April......
Legendary Penn State college football coach Joe Paterno passed away this morning at the age of 85 years old.
Paterno was coach of Penn State for 46 years until being fired this past November for a sex scandal that rocked the sports world. An assistant of his, Jerry Sandusky had sexual abuse allegations leveled against him, and Paterno reported it to the athletic director, but not the police.
Shortly after he was let go, it was announced that Paterno had a treatable form of lung cancer. He passed away due to complications from lung cancer.
His family has released this statement to the media;
"He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."
It really is something that so shortly after he no longer coaches the team, he passes away. He was 85 years old and still coaching. He broke his hip on previous occasions and would still coach the team. It is unfortunate this scandal tainted his last days at Penn State. I do believe he will be remembered for his accomplishments as a coach and for what he meant to Penn State University.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Paterno family and Penn State University.-DocFB
Clemons helped shape the sound and image of Bruce Springsteen, being an integral part of Bruce's band, the E Street Band. Clemons also had a pop resurgence of late, performing with Lady Gaga and being in her latest video, "The Edge Of Glory", which came out earlier this week.
Clemons has been in pain for several years, suffering from back and hip issues along with having double knee replacement surgery shortly before performing with Bruce at the Super Bowl in 2009.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: The Big Man Will Be Missed
Music legend Lena Horne has passed away at the age of 92. Her voice was as sexy as her beauty and her acting.
She passed away at a New York hospital. In the 1940's, Lena was one of the first black artists to play at the Copacabana. In 1943, she starred in "Stormy Weather" and it became the role that would identify her for quite a while.
Singing and acting was not good enough for Horne as she successfully performed on Broadway in the late 50's in "Jamaica" and was well reviewed.
One of the first female performers to tackle racism back then, Horne became an advocate of only performing for white audiences and would stop performing at places that kept black people out. Early in her career, black people felt Lena sold out for performing for white audiences and tried to pass for something else due to her complexion.
"I don't have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I'd become," Horne once said. "I'm me, and I'm like nobody else."
In 1944, while performing for the troops overseas, she saw white soldiers sitting in the front while black soldiers were regulated to the back and that caused her to take action.
Lena Horne did marry a white man and when asked why, she replied; "To get even with him."
In 1981, she returned to Broadway to do a 1 woman show about her life entitled " Lena Horne: The Lady & Her Music", which she won a Tony for.
Lena Horne is an icon. To music. To film. To Broadway. To Civil Rights. Without Lena, there would be no Halle Berry. There would be no Alicia Keys. This place would not be so funky if not for a soul like Lena Horne.
You will be missed. Thank you for everything you did.-Dr.FB
Man, whenever I am pumping gas, it's usually some guy who looks like a life-like version of Peter Griffin from "Family Guy" and his pants are falling down.
Sofia Viagra Vergara was spotted in Miami pumping her gas and she looked like something out of a music video dream sequence. Who looks that hot pumping gas? Seriously.
On a related note, Sofia's father passed away last week. The 2 have been estranged for the the last 10 years or so, but was aware his health was failing.
Well, for now, enjoy this photo of Sofia and her Porsche and next time your pumping gas, take a look around and see if you can find anyone who looks like that while getting gas.-Dr.FB
Comedy legend Soupy Sales died at the age of 83 yesterday in the Bronx of New York. It is being reported he battled health problems for several years.
He leaves behind his wife, Trudy Carson Sales, 2 sons, four grandchildren and his brother.
Condolences to the Sales family.-Dr.FB
Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary has passed away.
She was 72 and had battled leukemia for several years. She won 5 grammy awards with the group.
She will be missed but her music will live on forever.-Dr.FB