A Brief One from Doug Draper
Posted April 21st, 2016 on Niagara At Large
We are aren’t quite through the first four months of 2016 and it is already proving to be a year of huge and heartbreaking loss in the world of pop music.
It began on New Year’s Day with news of the death of Natalie Cole, daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole and a greater singer in her own right, and continued with the passing of David Bowie, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Beatles producer George Martin, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer fame, and two members of the iconic late-1960s San Francisco group Jefferson Airplane, Paul Kantner and the group’s pre-Grace Slick lead singer Sgne Toly Anderson, and the list goes on.
And now singer, guitarist and rock and R&B performer extraordinaire Prince Rogers Nelson, known more simply and famously to the world as Prince, found dead in his suburban Minneapolis home this Thursday, April 21st at age 57.
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life
Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here 2 tell u
There’s something else
A world of never ending happiness
U can always see the sun, day or night”
- From ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, the opening song on Prince’s classic album ‘Purple Rain’
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