We all know many artists, and some artists we are drawn to. For what ever reason. There was three artists who have now passed on that were my ABSOLUTE favorite artists. One was an actor and the other two was singers.
The actor’s name Was John Ritter. I loved him on Threes Company. I remember his Shenanigans had me laughing, I couldn’t wait to watch it every week. Then the show ended. And while he did a few movies, the last show I remember him doing was “8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter” Which of course I loved it. It’s my understanding that he was onset when he became ill. I believe it was a heart condition, point is his death was sudden, and tragic. He was not as they say ” old enough” to die. But because they was still filming the show, the writers had to “write” his passing into the script. I of course had to see how they did it. Because I of course was watching the show. Let me just say at the very end, (my apologies if you’ve NOT seen it yet) when they showed him it the front door waving goodbye. I started balling my eyes out. I was surprised at my tears because I didn’t know him personally, it’s not like we had get togethers like old friends do. I knew nothing about him other than he was an actor. Now many other actors have passed and I of course was saddened by their passing, but John Ritter touched my heart.
As I stated previously there were three artists, that was one. The next two artists are singers. Now just a little background. I don’t listen to just one genre of music. I listen to a wide veriety. I always say if it sounds good to my ears it’s a good song or good music I’ll listen. I often times like the music but not care for the words. That being said My most favorite country music artist is Waylon Jennings, a.k.a Hoss or watasha. The very first song I heard him sing was Amanda, and I was hooked. His voice was high quality. I could listen to him sing day and night and never get tired of his voice. He passed from complications of diabetes. That was a sad day as well. There was some really great music artists in that time. Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Merl Haggard, Freddie Fender. Charlie Daniels. The list goes on. But sadly the ones I mentioned have passed. These are the legends. But my man Waylon is the GOAT. They are truly missed.
The other musical artist is Prince. Now growing up my dad wouldn’t let me listen to heavy metal although, I had friends who did, so I was able to get an ear to some of the greats like Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Def Leopard, Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeath. Just to name a few. I remember when Cliff Burton was tragically killed while on tour 1986. I was devastated. I begged my parents to let me have the album Master of Puppets. To my surprise they got it for me. Funny little side note about that album. Years later my son is maybe early 20’s he was listening to music. A song came on and I knew the song, just that the title evaded my memory bank, but he changed the song. I said wait what was the previous song. His response was oh you wouldn’t know it mom. I said could you put it back just a moment because I think I do know it. So he put it back. I listened for a bit while he anxiously awaited for me to spew out the title. Then I said Master if puppets, he interrupted me saying nope. I held my finger up and said. From the album Master of Puppets, Orion, by Metallica. The shocked look on his face was priceless. Then I told him that was the first album I got by that band. But I digress. Now Prince, even though he went by many different names through out his music career he will forever be Prince to me. Now that I’m older and fully understand a lot of his music from the late 70’s and 80’s, I find it ironic that my parents let me listen to his music. It was disguised as funk, but it was rather risque even for the 80’s. Then when he did his movies. Purple Rain, Graffiti Bridge, and Under The Cherry Moon, I of course warched all 3 of them. Then one day I was in my room goofing around on the computer when my mom came to my room and said ( because I didn’t watch television) she knew I hadn’t seen the fact that there was activity ” news worthy” going on at Paisley Park. (Prince’s mansion) Now I’m thinking what’s going on? In short it was the shocking death of a musical genius. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe my Prince had died. He was young. I was deeply saddened by his pasing. Of course there was some radio stations that played his music in honor of his passing. But the thing that was so wierd for me is…. When I heard his music I would uncontrollably cry. I hadn’t realized the impact he had on me. Because I knew his art was HIS. He made his own music. He had in fact said in an interview his songs were like his children. Knowing that made it more difficult for me to hear his music without crying. Because to me his music came from his heart and soul. So tomorrow marks the fifth year of his passing. I referred to one of my favorite singers as the GOAT which means Greatest Of All Time. I refer to Prince as a musical genius. Because he could play any musical instrument he wanted to. And if he didn’t know how to play an instrument, he just needed 5 minutes to learn it.
But there are plenty of artists who have passed that are worthy to mention. The ones I mentioned in this blog are the ones that come to mind when I think about artists who passed too soon. So I’d like to ask who are some of your favorite artists who have passed that you feel made some type of impact on your life? I look forward to your replys and appreciate them.