(English Soul, Jazz and R&B Singer-Songwriter)
Clarence Clemons 1942-2011
Gil Scott-Heron 1949-2011
(Musical Spoken-Word Artist)
Without music, life would be a bland, blank canvas. Each musician, producer, singer and songwriter is a painter. Every time we lose an artist, we painfully lose the unique styling and stroke of a contributing painter. As lovers of music and observers of an ever-growing mural, it is up to us to respect and preserve the art that remains. J.Says would like to acknowledge the lives and artistic contributions of Amy Winehouse, Clarence Clemons and Gil Scott-Heron. An old soul with an affinity for 60’s music and style, Winehouse revitalized a classic sound for the current generation and started a new U.K. invasion, as other European soul singers, like Adele and Duffy, followed and found fame in the United States.
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Clemons was both an actor and musician, starring in a handful of films and was an original member of “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen’s touring musicians, the E. Street Band. He most recently was featured on Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.” Scott-Heron provided political and societal commentary over musical composition, which heavily influenced the genres of hip-hop and neo-soul. His latest record, “I’m New Here,” was released in 2010 and his poetry was included on Kanye West’s “Who Will Survive in America.”Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23rd, 2011. Her long battle with alcohol and drug abuse is suspected to be the cause of her death, but results from an official autopsy and toxicology report have not arrived. When the results are known to the media, J.Says will provide an update. Clemons (June 18) and Scott-Heron’s (May 27) deaths were sadly under-publicized. Clemons died of stroke complications; a cause of death for Scott-Heron has yet to be announced. Below is a gallery of artwork dedicated to these artists, music samples and a poll. On the J.Says facebook page, facebook.com/jsaysFB, there is a note with celebrity responses to Winehouse’s death and a statement from her parents given today. #keepthemusicalive