Musicians Come and Go But Music Lives On
I can’t remember who it was that first made that comment but it is certainly very true. I wanted to create this website to remember some of the talented musicians or bands who we have enjoyed so much over the years but for one reason or another they have dissapeared from the stage.
These may be local bands who have been playing to their local followers in Towns or Cities throughout America or they could be highly sought after bands or musicians who have been playing to global audiences throughout the World. At times it seems to me that in many cases we only remember
the tragic cases where a popular figure has died from illness or been tragically killed in an accident. Obviously there are the big names like Elvis Presley(The King) who died on August 16, 1977. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he died at the age of 42. Elvis is still regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, “the King”. Elvis Presley is said to be one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.
Buddy Holly is another young singer who died tragically in an Aircrash on the night of February 2, 1959, he was only 22 at the
time and although he was popular for only a short time his brand of music and his trade mark hiccup when changing tempo helped to make his music stand out. He was barely out of high school when he opened for Elvis Presley in 1955 and he toured around the states tirelessly until the accident which killed him.
Then there is Jimi Hendrix who died from a drug overdose on September 18, 1970. He was only 27 years old when he died in his girlfriends flat in Notting Hill, London. the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music” But his talent with the Guitar still inspires many kids to pick up a guitar and learn to play, but his music too, still remains popular and you can hear his tracks being played on a daily basis wherever you are. In fact there are many days where you can hear these three examples of Popular or Rock Legends who have been taken before there time, but the cause of any band splitting up doesn’t have to be tragic. Bands can stop playing music together for any reason not just the tragic ones. It is just that a tragic death will always take priority over an amicable departure. It’s as though we have been cheated out of one of our heroes, so we feel the need to immortalise them along with their music.
The John Salamone Band are an example of a band who simply disbanded by choice back in 2012 for reasons of their own, but I’m sure that their fans in and around Philadelphia will still miss them just the same.