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Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017), better known by his stage name Al Jarreau, was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau is perhaps best known for his 1981 album Breakin’ Away. He also sang the theme song of the late-1980s television series Moonlighting, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song “We Are the World“.

 

In 1968, Jarreau made jazz his primary images-2occupation. In 1969, Jarreau and Martinez headed south, where Jarreau appeared at such Los Angeles hot spots as Dino’s, The Troubadour, and Bitter End West. Television exposure came from Johnny CarsonMike DouglasMerv GriffinDinah Shore, and David Frost. He expanded his nightclub appearances performing at The Improv between the acts of such rising-star comics as Bette MidlerJimmie Walker, and John Belushi. During this period, he became involved with the United Church of Religious Science and the Church of Scientology, but he later dissociated from Scientology. Also, roughly at the same time, he began writing his own lyrics, finding that his Christian spirituality began to influence his work.

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In 1975, Jarreau was working with pianist Tom Canning when he was spotted by Warner Bros. Records. On Valentine’s Day 1976 he sang on the 13th episode of NBC’s new Saturday Night Live, that week hosted by Peter Boyle. Soon thereafter he released his critically acclaimed debut album, We Got By, which catapulted him to international fame and garnered him an Echo Award (the German equivalent of the Grammy’s in the United States). A second Echo Award would follow with the release of his second album, Glow. In 1978, Al won his first U.S. Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for his album, Look To The Rainbow.

One of Jarreau’s most commercially successful albums is Breakin’ Away (1981), which includes the hit song “We’re in This Love Together“. He won the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Breakin’ Away. In 1984, his single “After All” reached 69 on the US Hot 100 chart and number 26 on the R&B chart. It was especially popular in the Philippines. His last big hit was the Grammy-nominated theme to the 1980s American television show Moonlighting, for which he wrote the lyrics. Among other things, he was well known for his extensive use of scat singing, and vocal percussion. He was also a featured vocalist on USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” in which he sang the line, “…and so we all must lend a helping hand.” Another charitable media event, HBO‘s Comic Relief, featured Al in a duet with Natalie Cole singing the song “Mr. President”, written by Joe Sterling, Mike Loveless and Ray Reach.

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Jarreau took an extended break from recording in the 1990s. As he explained in an interview with Jazz Review: “I was still touring, in fact, I toured more than I ever had in the past, so I kept in touch with my audience. I got my symphony program under way, which included my music and that of other people too, and I performed on the Broadway production of Grease. I was busier than ever! For the most part, I was doing what I have always done … perform live. I was shopping for a record deal and was letting people know that there is a new album coming. I was just waiting for the right label (Verve), but I toured more than ever.” In 2003, Jarreau and conductor Larry Baird collaborated on symphony shows around the United States, with Baird arranging additional orchestral material for Jarreau’s shows.

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Jarreau toured and performed with Joe SampleChick CoreaKathleen BattleMiles DavisGeorge DukeDavid SanbornRick Braun, and George Benson. He also performed the role of the Teen Angel in a 1996 Broadway production of Grease. On March 6, 2001, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. In 2006, Jarreau appeared in a duet with American Idol finalist Paris Bennett during the Season 5 finale and on Celebrity Duets singing with actor Cheech Marin. In 2010, Jarreau was a guest on the new Eumir Deodato album, with the song “Double Face” written by Nicolosi/Deodato/Al Jarreau. The song was produced by the Italian company Nicolosi Productions. On February 16, 2012, he was invited to the famous Italian Festival di Sanremo to sing with the Italian group Matia Bazar.

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There passed the years: the fashion, was “extended”. It was extended, beginning from the hair of musical idols and finishing their clothes. It was the beginning of a challenge, protest to an establishment and became continuation of revolution of 50 – s.

On the musical arena appeared, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, rollingstones-80s-500x250Janis Japlin, Jimmy Hendrix whose music and behavior not only shocked, but also rejected all values, cumulated  by “bourgeois society” as Marxists liked to say.

 

 

beatlesad1965justthebeatlescropBy the late ’60s, that was a game Lennon had largely lost interest in playing, but he’d become increasingly savvy about how to leverage his celebrity in order to further his favorite causes. In the fall of 1969, that was a list that included ending British military involvement in global conflicts such as the wars in Vietnam and Biafra, and he decided to use the award he’d never really wanted in order to prove a point.

Calling a press conference for Nov. 25, 1969 (a portion of which you can watch above), Lennon announced his intention to return his MBE to the Queen and outlined his reasons for doing so, which were succinctly summed up in a typically cheeky note that read as follows:

Your Majesty,
I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.
With love. John Lennon of Bag

As he’d known there would be, Lennon’s decision sparked a public outcry — but as he later pointed out, plenty of people never thought he deserved an MBE in the first place. “Lots of people who complained about us getting the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war,” he shrugged. “They got them for killing people. We deserved ours for not killing people. In a way it was hypocritical of me to accept it, but I’m glad I did, really, because it meant that four years later I was able to use it to make a gesture.”

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In 1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” in NYC!

maxresdefaultYoko Ono met John Lennon in 1966 during a preview of Ono’s art exhibition at a London gallery. The began an affair a year later and, after Cynthia Lennon filed for divorce, married in 1969 in Gibraltar. In addition to collaborating on numerous recordings, including Two Virgins and “Give Peace a Chance,” the couple held “Bed-ins for Peace” toimages-1 protest the Vietnam War. After the Beatles’s breakup, they moved to New York, where their son, Sean Ono Lennon, was born in 1975. Lennon was shot and killed outside their apartment building on December 8, 1980. In his memory, Ono founded the Strawberry fields Memorial in Central Park, the John Lennon Museum in her hometown of Saitama, Japan, and the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland
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DON’T CRY FOR ME, ARGENTINA!

cristina_fernandez_de_kirchner-jovenCristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner is an Argentine lawyer and politician, who served as President of Argentina from 2007 to 2015. She was the second woman to serve as President of Argentina (after Isabel Martínez de Perón, 1974–76), the first directly elected female president and the first woman re-elected.

Born in La PlataBuenos Aires Province, she studied laws at the University of La Plata, and moved to the Patagonia with her husband Néstor Kirchner upon graduation. She was elected to the provincial legislature, and her husband to mayor of Río Gallegos. She was elected national senator in 1995, and had a controversial tenure, while her husband was elected governor of the Santa Cruz Province. She was also elected in 1994 for the constituent assembly that amended the Constitution of Argentina. She became the First Lady from 2003 to 2007, when Néstor Kirchner was elected president.

%d0%b1%d0%b5%d0%b7-%d0%bd%d0%b0%d0%b7%d0%b2%d0%b0%d0%bd%d0%b8%d1%8fNéstor Kirchner did not try to be reelected, and Cristina Kirchner was the candidate for the Front for Victory instead, becoming president in the 2007 presidential election. Her first term of office started with a conflict with the agricultural sector, and her proposed taxation system was rejected. After it, she nationalized the private pension funds, and fired the president of the Central Bank. Taxes of public services remain subsidied, the country lost the self-supply of energy, and she renationalized YPF as an alternative. The country fell in a sovereign default in 2014. The country had good international relations with other South American nations, and a rocky one with the United States and the United Kingdom. She also continued the human rights policy of her husband, and had a rocky relation with the press. Néstor Kirchner died in 2010, and Cristina Kirchner was reelected in 2011. She established currency controls during her second term. Several corruption scandals took place, and faced several demonstrations against her rule. Her defeat in the 2013 midterm elections prevented the project to amend the constitution and run for more terms, and appointed governor Daniel Scioli as the candidate for the 2015 presidential elections. Scioli was defeated by mayor Mauricio Macriin a ballotage.

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CAN’T BUY ME LOVE

images-11Having spent the better part of the past two years as Britain’s greatest musical ambassadors, the Beatles‘ accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed by the royal family. On Oct. 26, 1965, all four members went to Buckingham Palace to receive their Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II.

They had been notified of the award back in June, when their names showed up on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Given that rock ‘n’ roll music still had a negative connotation from most of society, the reaction from many previous honorees was predictable: Several returned their decorations in disgust. One man, Col. Frederick Wagg, even sent back 12 medals he had earned fighting in both World Wars, resigned from the Labour Party — Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who represented the Liverpool suburb of Huyton, had lobbied the Queen to honor the group — and canceled a bequest to the party.

images-13“Decorating the Beatles,” he wrote, “has made a mockery of everything this country stands for. I’ve heard them sing an play, and I think they’re terrible.”

But their protests went unheeded and the ceremony, in which 189 people received awards, took place. Beforehand, they were instructed in the protocol for meeting the Queen. “Some equerry to the Queen, a Guards officer, took us to one side and showed us what we had to do,” Paul MacCartney recalled in Anthology. “‘Approach Her Majesty like this and never turn your back on her, and don’t talk to her unless she talks to you.’ All of those things. For four Liverpool lads it was, ‘Wow, hey man!’ It was quite funny. But she was sweet. I think she seemed a bit mumsy to us because we were young boys and she was a bit older.”

images-14Despite the formality of the proceedings, the Beatles signed autographs for about 50 other recipients, including one man who told McCartney, “I want it for my daughter. I don’t know what she sees in you.”

There was also a brief opportunity for their trademark irreverent humor. “[The Queen] said to me, ‘Have you been together long?’” McCartney remembered. “And I said, ‘Yes, many years.’ And Ringo Starr said, ’40 years,’” which made the Queen laugh.

John Lennon would later claim that the Beatles were so nervous at the idea of meeting the Queen that they went into the bathroom and smoked marijuana. But later George Harrison would refute Lennon’s claims, saying that it was a regular cigarette.

Four years later, Lennon sent back his MBE. “Your Majesty,” he wrote, “I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love. John Lennon of Bag.” The medal was discovered in a vault at St. James Palace in 2009.

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