A sad day in the music world, with the deaths of Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker and grunge icon Mark Lanegan.

A statement from Lanegan’s publicist: “Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley. No other information is available at this time. The family asks everyone to respect their privacy at this time.”

Procol Harum’s website first reported Brooker’s death: “With the deepest regret we must announce the death on 19 February 2022 of Gary Brooker MBE, singer, pianist and composer of Procol Harum, and a brightly shining, irreplaceable light in the music industry. Aged 76, he had been receiving treatment for cancer, but died peacefully at home.

“From his earliest onstage duets with his musician father, through his youthful recording career with Southend’s The Paramounts, Gary exhibited and developed a highly-individual talent. His first single with Procol Harum, 1967’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” is widely regarded as defining ‘The Summer of Love,’ yet it could scarcely have been more different from the characteristic records of that era.”

Rest in peace.

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[su_highlight background=”#f29999″]UPDATES / ADDITIONS[/su_highlight]

NEW RELEASES

“The Garden,” Basia Bulat – new release date, March 25

“Heaven, Wait,” Ghostly Kisses – new release date, March 25

“Single Wide Dreamer,” Aaron Raitiere – May 6

“*Happiness not included,” Soft Cell – new release date, May 6

“NIGHT,” George Winston – May 6

“Home, before and after,” Regina Spektor – June 24

Artist Merch Shop: See the New Arrivals. »

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VINYL

“Chicago II,” Chicago – April 29

“How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today,” Suicidal Tendencies – April 29

MUSIC BOOKS

“Rock & Roll in Kennedy’s America: A Cultural History of the Early 1960s,” Richard Aquila – Nov. 15

“Peter Asher: A Life in Music,” David Jacks – Nov. 15

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[su_highlight background=”#f29999″]JUST RELEASED[/su_highlight] (surprise releases + more)

“Eleven Dollar Bill,” D. Columbus (new single: “Saddle Me Up”; Hear here; Apple Music; Ad Litteram)

[su_highlight background=”#f29999″]NEW SONGS[/su_highlight] (click on title to stream)

AHHH HA, Lil Durk |
I’ll Make You See God, The Afghan Whigs |
#AllAlone, Ray Angry feat. Stout

[su_highlight background=”#f29999″]TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS[/su_highlight]

Harvey Mason (75)
Dave Spitz (64)
Lea Solanga (51)
Scott Phillips [Creed] (49)
James Blunt (48)
Tom Higgenson [Plain White T’s] (43)
Joe Hottinger [Halestorm] (40)

[su_highlight background=”#f29999″]IN REMEMBRANCE[/su_highlight]

Sonny James (1928-2016)

Chris Rainbow (1946-2015)

Papa John Creach (1917-1994)

Efrem Zimbalist (1889-1985)

Florence Ballard (1943-1976)

Nick LaRocca (1889-1961)

[su_highlight background=”#f29999″]RANDOM LYRICS[/su_highlight]

“If they wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change”

[su_highlight background=”#f29999″]RELEASED ON FEB. 22 … IN 1971[/su_highlight]

“If I Could Only Remember My Name,” David Crosby (his debut solo album, featuring “Cowboy Movie”; producer: Crosby; guests: Graham Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Phil Lesh, Jack Casady, Mickey Hart, etc.; Atlantic)

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