It’s been rough few weeks for losing musicians, in fact it’s been a rough year. Over the past few weeks, we’ve lost Mac Davis, Helen Reddy and Eddie Van Halen. What a diverse group of musicians.
Helen Reddy was on the radio all the time when I was in High School. Here top 40 hits included Delta Dawn, Angie Baby, You and Me against the world and of course the iconic I am Woman. In a little bit of symmetry, her first release was I Believe in Music, written by Mac Davis. I had not thought of her in a long time but when her passing was announced, I went back and listened to many of her songs and felt a sense of happiness for the music and a sense of loss on her passing.
Mac Davis was a prolific song writer writing some of Elvis latter day hits including In the Ghetto, Don’t Cry Daddy, A little less Conversation and my favorite Memories. I loved his Variety show and he was great in one of the best Football movies of all time, North Dallas Forty. I’ve always admired his music and appreciated his songwriting.
Eddie Van Halen is a rock icon. When you think of guitar wizards of the modern rock era, he is on the list if not at the top of the list. It didn’t matter if you were a casual fan or a major follower of the group, Van Halen was a significant part of Rock and Roll history. He also got to marry one of my teenage crushes Valerie Bertinelli. As long as young musicians work on guitar solos, he will be remembered.
2020 is a year we have lost so many musical heroes. We can only try to treasure the heroes we still have and continue to remember those we’ve lost.