Guru, real name Keith Elam, passed away yesterday (April 19) after a year-long battle with the disease. The rapper, who formed Gang Starr in 1985, had suffered a heart attack on February 28 then slipped into a coma.
Almost two years ago, we wrote about the compilation Birth of Surf from Ace Records. Now volume 2 is here, and once again we're treated to quite a few first-time-on-cd tracks. “The Birth Of Surf Volume 2” follows the pattern of Vol 1 in taking a slice through the timeline of rock instrumental history leading up to and on through the first surf era. Influential artists such as the Ventures, Wailers and Revels are joined by early examples of the sounds that became surf such as the Scarlets’ ‘Stampede’, the Rockin’ Rebels’ ‘Wild Weekend’ and the Busters on ‘Bust Out’. It’s an exciting listen, an attractive purchase for the casual buyer, and is sure to be an essential acquisition for collectors.
Virginia Wynette Pugh was born into a poor family in Mississippi but was
blessed with an astonishing singing voice. She always believed in her
talent so, when her first marriage was breaking down, she bundled her
three children into her car and roared off to make her name in the
capital of Country music, Nashville. An overnight success, Wynette took
the persona of the tortured housewife and turned it into hit records. Her life included five husbands (one marriage lasting
only forty-four days); four kids; thirty-plus operations; a monstrous
addiction to painkillers; and even a bizarre unsolved kidnapping attempt
that some insiders suggest Tammy might have staged herself. Her tragic
death at age 55 shocked her fans but not those who knew of her health
and addiction problems. Then the final indignity: her family had
Wynette's body exhumed a year after her passing to ascertain the cause
of her demise, yet the death has never been fully explained. Jimmy
McDonough has been a true fan of Tammy all his life and has spent years
researching the singer's story.