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Two Musical Obituaries - F. Brett Cox

Feb. 18th, 2010

08:12 pm - Two Musical Obituaries

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Doug Fieger, 1952-2010. Lead singer for The Knack, whose "My Sharonna" was inescapable in 1979 and has managed to stick around ever after. With all due respect to the late Mr. Fieger, I was never able to regard either the band or its biggest hit as anything other than processed new-wave product. But it was a big, loud, energetic presence when I was in college. I always had fun listening to it, and I hope he had fun performing it.

Dale Hawkins, 1936-2010. Composer and performer of "Susie Q." Here, on the other hand, is the uncut stuff. The sound exemplified by Hawkins’ original performance—reverb-drenched rockabilly, recently emerged from the swamp—may be my favorite musical sound. And if you really want to get primitive, check out the original demo.


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Date:February 19th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Right on on both.
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