I am not sure when this happened, but it’s troubling. Bob Marley has become the Jimmy Buffett of reggae. Sadly, it has nothing to do with the music, it has everything to do with the fans.
Did you know that Camila Cabello was a contestant on the second season of the American version of The X Factor?
Did you know that Camila Cabello won a 2018 Radio Disney Music Award?
Did you know that Adele is short for Adele Laurie Blue Adkins?
Did you know that Adele won a Grammy for “Skyfall”?
Did you know that trivia is defined as details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value?
Growing up, I wanted to be a Pip. Not just any Pip, but the Pip in the middle. He appeared to be the Moe of the Pips, the leader, the guy who was not afraid to smack the other Pips in the back of the head with a vicious slap or a lead pipe, and say, “Spread out, numbskulls.”
In the early 1970s, Gladys Knight & The Pips performed “Midnight Train To Georgia” on the Grammy Awards. I was mesmerized by their rhythmic sidesteps, graceful hip swivels. and orchestrated finger snaps, as well as the large bouncing afros. So bad ass. The topper was the simulation of that midnight train, the three Pips like playful engineers pulling the whistle and singing, woo hoo. Sure, Gladys Knight was amazing, but without the Pips, she can only be Gladys Knight.
A few weeks ago, I was at the tobacco shop by my house and I heard “Havana” on the radio. The whole time, I kept thinking, this would sound really good mashed up with Eurythmics. Sadly, I had no idea what the song was, who sang the song, and couldn’t make out the lyrics except for the word Havana. And what are the odds that there would be an isolated vocals rendition? Thank you, YouTube©. Speaking of YouTube©, this video is ridiculous. And speaking of ridiculous, the mash up is conveniently hidden beneath the video.