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    Goodbye Kit Carson

    As part of the weird entanglement of life, (or is it just coincidence in a non-Newtonian quantum world? ) we submit the death of L.M. “Kit” Carson.

    Yesterday we wandered to Paris, Texas in reporting the death of Oscar de la Renta. Today, we report the death of Carson who directed the acclaimed film “Paris, Texas.”

    Cause of death, probably pneumonia at age 72. There’s a lot that could, and has, been said about Carson’s writing and directing career, but the tidbit we ODDly like is Carson’s marriage to Karen Black, the actress that played the obnoxious, airheaded waitress Rayette in “Five Easy Pieces”  and uttered the line, “Does this house have a tel-e-vision?”

    (BTW, Karen died earlier this year of ampullary cancer, a rare cancer at the junction of the bile and pancreatic ducts.)

    Hold the chicken.

    Dancing and Dressing No More; Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

    Dead from cancer is Oscar Aristes Renta Fiallo, fashion designer and business mogul extraordinaire.

    Born into a prominent Dominican Republic Spanish Family, de la Renta at age 16 moved to Spain to study art, but the fates had a different plan.  His talent for sketching and design took him to the Paris designer scene (that’s Paris, France, not Paris, Texas which proudly proclaims itself “the world’s second largest Paris”  complete with Eiffel Tower (but with red cowboy hat on top). In 1963 he moved to New York with a shortened name, “Renta” is his family name.

    A shrewd businessman, de la Renta saw the real money in fashion lay in ready-to-wear.  While he dressed First Ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Laura Bush, his fortune came off-the-rack. He accepted every challenge to make them look good.  Over time de la Renta expanded his brand beyond clothing to other luxury items including perfume, fashion accessories, and furniture.  The success of de la Renta offers many lessons for entrepreneurs.

    De la Renta freely offered advice, including famously telling Hillary Clinton not to wear black –  “It makes you look too tough.”  He told his runway models, “Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”  We ODD ones scratched our heads on this one for a while, but concluded that it was related to de la Renta’s Latin heritage, and attraction to the female rump.

    Gone is the Sultan of Sauvé, and also right up until the end, a very good dancer.

    Please pass the Cream – Jack Bruce off the table at 71

    So you’ve thought about taking up a musical instrument, and damn, the electric base lines laid down by classic rock bands  just sends your nucleus accumben  all aflutter. Well bucko, it’s not that easy.   Thinking Stanley Clarke or maybe Les Claypool?  Got your eye on a nice Rickenbacker?  ODD asks you pause a moment and consider our dear departed Jack Bruce.

    Jack Bruce studied classical cello and composition in the Julliard of Scotland, before at age 16, striking out for London and eventually the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He established an early pedigree, playing for John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, and Manfred Mann. Then he hooked up with Eric Clapton and Ginger Barker to form the trio Cream.

    In two years, before personalities fueled by too much acid broke them up, Cream sold 35 million albums – do you remember “albums? ” Wheels of Fire became the first platinum album. Jack was the bassist and lead singer.

    Strange fact: his rock musical muse was Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds. ODD fact, when Eric Clapton left Cream, the first band he though about joining was The Band. (In the way that death can bring us together, Robbie Robinson sought reconciliation with his former drummer at Levon Helm’s bedside.

    Here’s some tasty Crème and Jack Bruce reminisces from Eric Clapton.

    Cause of Bruce’s death at 71 not disclosed, but ODDly he was a candidate for both cello scrotum and guitar nipple.

    Paul Revere, “The Madman of Rock and Roll”, exits at 76

    If you remember rotary dial telephones, the Stonewall rebellion, women with wonderfully short skirts and men with capes and tunics, a fresh new comedy called “Gilligan’s Island”, black and white television, “goat” meant something other than a small, sometimes foul smelling, mammal, hair styled in very ODD ways, and watched disturbing things in the shower then you remember “Paul Revere and the Raiders.” Dead of cancer in Idaho, age 76 is Paul Revere (born “Paul Revere Dick”).
    Paul and his Raiders originally started in Boise, Idaho as the “Downbeats.” Their first hit single was “Louie, Louie,” recorded one week before the Kingsmen cut their classic version.  If you’re looking for ODD facts, “Louie, Louie” is the second most frequently covered song in Rock and Roll.

    Number one goes to the Beatles “Yesterday”. PRR went on to have 23 hit singles and 14 gold albums. One fan asked Paul to autograph copies of all his albums. He did so, saying, “Why not, they paid for my first house and my first marriage.”

    Paul Revere, continued to get his kicks right up to the end, making him the leader of one of the longest running rock bands ever–still hungry for applause, a bit portly, but with a drummer able to make a great catch.

    Bill Medley, of the Righteous Brothers, and 500 friends, sent Paul to his next gig.  Go, read, enjoy, and remember over at Bill Kopp’s Music Blog and the nicely granular Paul Revere (Dick) – In Memoriam.

    Style Scott, reggae drummer, dead at 58

    The news from Jamaica tells us that Style Scott (aka Lincoln Valentine Scott) has died at the young age of 58.  Details are fuzzy, but Scott was apparently murdered.  So far no arrests have been made in the case of Scott’s death.

    Police discovered Scott’s body in his house after the 10pm hour.  They were told that neighbors heard ‘explosions’ from the home prior to the police arrival.

    Scott began his musical career sitting in on rehearsals and playing sessions in the 1970s while doing his stint in the Jamaican Defence Force.  In 1978 he joined up with bass player Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt leading to the formation of the Roots Radics band.  The band played with a wide variety of artists including Gregory Issacs and Bunny Wailer.

    Scott’s more recent collaborations were with Adrian Sherwood in Dub Syndicate.

    Just as a refresher – raggae evolved from calypso (not that person in the Disney movie).  Calypso was an early 20th century music coming out of Trinidad and Tobago.  Dub grew out of raggae originally by remixing known songs removing the vocals and pumping up the rhythm parts.

    Dub Syndicate – Let The Spirit Rise – add some dub music to your collection today.