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…‘Jump back like James Brown, Hey now…when the liquor done we smoking the hay now’…On September 21st, in 1968, Emcee, Native Tongues co-founder & member, Producer and Plug Two from the De La Soul Hip Hop Collective-Trugoy the Dove AKA David Jude Jolicoeur was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. De La Soul got their start in High School (by a group of 3 friends that wanted to pursue a career in Hip Hop).
Their first LP: 3 Feet High & Rising (1989 Produced by Prince Paul-Hosted by Don Newkirk), showed a side of Hip Hop that wasn’t Gold Dookey Rope Chains, MCM & Troop gear, or Gangster Raider up'd. It was more like a Hippy movement, with the Daisy Age, peace signs and other psychedelic visuals commonly associated with The Summer of Love. Trugoy went on to release 9 LPs with De La Soul from 1989 to 2017. He also has worked with several others, most notably, Common, Tribe Called Quest, The Gorillaz and Queen Latifah. He’s 50 today!
On September 21st, in 1980, Robert Nesta Marley of the Reggae band Bob Marley & the Wailers, was jogging around Central Park in New York City, New York when he collapsed. He was in the Big Apple fulfilling a tour date. The doctors had no idea why the Rasta Man had passed out. Further tests would reveal that Bob had cancer. They believe it came from a rusted nail that he kicked while playing soccer in Jamaica, which hadn’t properly healed.
Conspiracy Theories ran amuck under the guise that ‘The Man’ had to destroy Bob because he was mobilizing the 3rd World to come against the 1st World powers (America, UK, China, Japan, USSR). When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. However, it’s not been fully proven that he was intentionally given cancer. Bob would have his last stage appearance two nights later in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Stanley Theater.
On September 21st, in 1987, American Jazz Bassist, Weather Report Band Member, Sessions Musician, Composer, Arranger, Producer and Bandleader-John Francis Anthony Jaco Pastorius the 3rd passed away in Wilton Manors, Florida. Pastorius was well known for infusing Funk lines in his Jazz Bass playing. He was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He also managed to do some solo work, releasing 4 LPs from 1974 to 1983.
He’s a Hall of Fame Jazz Bassist (1987 Down Beat), and Bass Player Magazine listed him as one of the top 100 Bass Players of all time. Needless to say, Jaco had his own unique sound. He’s played with Joni Mitchell, Jack DeJohnette, Wayne Shorter, Sam & Dave, Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn, Hubert Laws, Pat Metheny and others. He died while in a coma from an altercation with a bar bouncer that was a Blackbelt in Karate. He was 35.
…‘You can’t run away, from this love I got, oh baby, hey baby, cause I got a lot, yeah’…On September 21st, in 1996, The Fugees had a Number one UK hit single with the song ‘Ready or Not’. Lauryn Hill lifted the chorus from the classic Delfonics song: Ready or Not Hear I Come (Can’t Hide From Love), which is a Hey Love, Hey Love, Hey Love LP commercial classic…hey man, lemme borrow that album…
No No my brother, you gotta get one on your own…This song has been covered or sampled by over 13 documented musical acts: The Jackson 5, Missy Elliott & Lil Kim to name a few. The Fugees song appeared on their sophomore release: The Score (1996). This LP had several hits, mostly based off of covers of older classics-like Killing Me Softly. This single did so well that the record company stopped manufacturing and distributing it to line up the next single.
…‘There will be…ups and downs, smiles and frowns’…On September 21st, in 2007, Calvin Cordozar Broadus the Second AKA Snoop Doggy Dogg AKA Snoop Lion had to do some community service work, not the coaching kind. Snoop pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon while in the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California in 2006. As it goes, he had a collapsible baton in his carry on.
When they searched and found it, they arrested and charged him. He had to do 160 hours of community service, and would be on probation for three long years. Bad part about this is, just 5 months prior (April 2007), Snoop got 800 hours of community service and 5 years probation after pleading guilty to drug and gun possession charges. He had nearly 1000 hours of community service to complete in all, and damn near a decade of probation…pause…AKA Snoop Catch A Case…
Honorable Mention: On September 21st, in 1929:Jazz Saxophonist, Sessions Musician and composer-Shafi Hadi (Curtis Porter) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He got his start at Howard University, studying music composition, and later the University of Detroit. He started his professional career with R&B acts like Ruth Brown and then Moved to Jazz with Mingus & Hank Mobley. He's still alive, and is 89 today!
On September 21st, in 1947, Eagles front man, songwriter, producer, singer and guitarist-Don Felder was born in Gainesville, Florida, home of the Gators. His musical partner turned sour in later years, Glenn Frey, made up the other creative side of the Eagles. Felder didn’t stop there, he worked with the Bee Gees, Grand Funk, Styx, Kenny Loggins, Cheap Trick and many others. He’s 71 today!
On September 21st, in 1971, The BBC aired a new music based TV Show called: The Old Grey Whistle Test. The show was hosted by Richard Williams, and the pilot episode showed footage of various hot Rock acts of the time in live settings: Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival performing his version of Wild Thing. It also showed behind the scenes footage of the band America and Lesley Duncan cutting tracks while in the studio. It was very innovative and influential in regard to music.
On September 21st, in 1998, one of the fastest, most fierce, most beautiful and most outlandish and original track outfit sporters-Flo Jo AKA Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner passed away in Mission Viejo, California. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and all-around recognizable sports celebrity.
Her track and field suits for running were very original too. She would have her nails done, make up on, hair done up, dressed in a suit that looked like she may pop up in the the club, and dust all the competition on the track…She was the epitome of making winning look good. She was 38 when she passed away in her sleep from an epileptic seizure.
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