We lost a lot of great ones this last year. Too many who were important, in one way or another, to WC. Here are notes and links to a few of them.
|George McGovern, the first presidential candidate for whom WC actively campaigned. An absolutely decent man. WC still wonders who the other vote for McGovern was in the Aurora Precinct.|
|“Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job.” Maybe so, but he was WC’s hero at an age when WC was really too old for heros.|
|Helen Gurley Brown, author, editor, publisher, businesswoman and the very definition of a classy lady. She changed the public perception of women, and women’s self-perception.|
|Sally Ride, another class act among astronauts, she was America’s first woman in space, 20 years after the Soviets. “Ride, Sally, Ride.”|
|Doug Dillard fused folk music and nascent bluegrass. And he brought a bit of humor to the far too serious genre.|
|Donald “Duck” Dunn defined the studio musician. A superb bass player, he laid down the brilliant open licks on Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay”|
|Levon Helm, perhaps the biggest loss among musicians. The heart of The Band, he changed pop music.|
|Arthel “Doc” Watson, master of flat-picking guitar and an authentic voice in Americana music. Endlessly copied, never surpassed. “Just one of the people.”|
|Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, and the pioneer for many women pop stars today. She worked hard for her money.|
|Dave Brubeck, who broke the chains of 4/4 time and was the inspiration for West Coast Jazz. His show in Fairbanks is on WC’s list of ten best concerts ever.|
NEWTOWN SHOOTING VICTIMS
Requiescat in pace.