Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012): Tribute Photo Gallery

Photos: LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

Working With Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood and Elvis Presley: Part II Of Billy Strange Video-Documentary

Nancy Sinatra and Billy Strange in the recording studio

Nancy Sinatra in the studio with Billy Strange.

Part 2 of my mini-video-documentary is now online: Billy Strange – Hit Maker.

Guitar-Legend and Master-Arranger Billy Strange Celebrates 80th Birthday

Nancy Sinatra, Billy Strange (middle) and Lee Hazlewood in 2003.

Today Billy Strange celebrates his 80th birthday in Nashville, TN. Here’s a video interview with Billy Strange I did. He talks about working with The Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Phil Spector and Nancy Sinatra.

Billy Strange helped the Beach Boys, Elvis, Frank and Nancy Sinatra and many others to make hits.

He was a number one studio guitarist in the music studios of Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s. You can hear his guitar on songs like “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, “Sloop John B.” and countless other Beach Boys and surf songs. He’s also famous for playing the haunting guitar on “Bang Bang”, the song that was used by Quentin Tarantino in “Kill Bill”. His arranging skills made songs like “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”, “Some Velvet Morning” and “Something Stupid” immortal.

Schlaue Jazz-Witwe bekämpft CD-Piraten

Eine Jazz-Witwe wehrt sich: Art und Laurie Pepper im Jazz Club «Dontes» in Los Angeles. Foto: http://www.StraightLife.info

Laurie Pepper, die Witwe des 1982 verstorbenen Jazz Saxophonisten Art Pepper, bekämpft auf raffinierte Weise die illegale Veröffentlichung  seiner Musik.

Sie nimmt per Email Kontakt auf mit Sammlern von Art Pepper Bootlegs. Sie fühlen sich geschmeichelt, dass die Witwe ihres Idols sich für die Aufnahmen interessiert und schicken ihr perfekte Kopien. Diese veröffentlicht Laurie Pepper dann auf ihrem Label Widow’s Taste.

Lachend meint sie: »In diesem Geschäft werden oft diejenigen zu Freunden, von denen du dachtest, dass du sie erwürgen willst». Weitere Geschichten über Witwen von Jazz-Musikern und deren Umgang mit der musikalischen Erbschaft ihrer Männer gibt es in Marc Meyers Artikel im «Wall Street Journal» (auf englisch).

Photographer And LP Cover Designer William Claxton Made West Coast Jazz Look Good

Jazz Photographer William Claxton

William Claxton (1927 – 2008) made the West Coast jazz scene of the 1950ies and early sixties look good. His photos were used for countless LP covers and he was sometimes also responsible for the cover design. Most of his pictures for LP covers are very colorful and have a California touch: sun, sea, desert and fun. Back then most jazz photography was caught in clichés – harsh flashlights, sweat, and strong contrasts were dominant. Claxton gave jazz photography a fresh perspective. Read the New York Times obituary for more information about William Claxton.

Photo-Audio Mashup (audio tribute from NPR)

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