Monday, April 03, 2017

Monday Reads

Obituary: Singer Rosie Hamlin, 71, died on March 30:

Hamlin was the lead singer of the group Rosie and the Originals whose “Angel Baby” was a hit song in 1960-1961. The song peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of January, 1961.

Hamlin’s daughter confirmed her mother’s death on the group’s official website. She passed away on March 30, 2017.

"She didn't perform anymore, and had removed herself from the music scene because of health concerns. She did still paint and tended a very lovely garden. She will be greatly missed by so many," Hamlin's daughter wrote. "Thank you for all your wishes and time and kind words. It meant a lot to her.

Another obituary: Blues musician Lonnie Brooks, 83, also died recently:

Brooks was born Lee Baker Jr. Dec. 18, 1933, in Dubuisson, Louisiana. He was introduced to the blues by his banjo-plucking grandfather. Later, in the early 1950s, he decided to pursue a musical career after moving to Port Arthur, Texas, where he heard live sets by blues legends including T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, and others. During his solo career, Brooks called himself Guitar Jr., but he dropped the moniker after moving to Chicago in 1960 because Luther Johnson had called himself Guitar Jr. long before Brooks. It was in Chicago that Lee Baker became Lonnie Brooks. Brooks played clubs on Chicago's South Side and West Side, as well as in joints in neighboring Gary and East Chicago, Indiana.

Donald Trump many, many, many, many years ago, in the 1970s, was physically attractive though not hot or drop-dead gorgeous. However, thanks to the stress of running and ruining a business empire, he has not aged well.

Par for the course for most men. Most look like shit after age 50.

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