This year has taken some of our finest artists...
EC, if you read a list, it is quite shocking.
Andrew, The loss of George is very sad but I do wish he had been more upfront about his HIV status, a subject he passionately tried to steer clear of discussing.The regular attacks of pneumonia were giveaway clues to that terrible illness. And even after an elongated period of promiscuity he still refused to take the test saying that he wouldn't have wanted to know the outcome as AIDS was a dirty word.At the time I thought that was a very immature statement.I suppose it will all come out one day.But no illness should ever be called a stigma.
Dee John, I alternate between him being entitled to privacy but then thinking of what good he could have done to de-stigmatise HIV.
Andrew really he was a grerat artist. RIP
He was indeed, Gosia.
A shocking year for the loss of talented people in all areas of activity.
Victor, with still a couple of days to go for the year. We hope no more.
I love his version of "The first time ever I saw your face".After the shock come the vultures, demanding a post mortem and results published. I don't know why it couldn't be left at died peacefully in his sleep after all his HIV status was his own business as long as he kept others safe.
Jah Teh, people are naturally curious and who knows if he kept others safe. Buy you are correct. While I think it would have been good to use his HIV status to public benefit, it is his business, no one else's.
It seem lot of Great pass this last year.Coffee is on
Dora, way too many, on both sides of the Atlantic.
I agree he had a fine voice. I haven't heard all of his music, I'm not his biggest fan that's for sure, but I did like what I heard, except for "Last Christmas", that song just annoys the heck out of me when I hear him singing 'gav' you my heart instead of 'gave'. I could just be hearing it wrong, but it's bad enough that I race over to the radio and turn it off. It is shocking how many have died this year. Rock and Roll Heaven must be expanding its borders.
River, saying gav sounds like an English accent. Nor do I like Last Christmas. Freedom is pretty special. Rock and Roll Heaven has indeed expanded, to our detriment.
Sad indeed. I was not a huge Wham fan in the 80s but I loved his solo albums especially the one with Freedom! on it which I played to death. He was a very talented songwriter with a great voice and seems to have been a very decent human as well.
Jackie, I did like him in Before you Go Go as he pranced down the aisle. Well, I liked his legs. I used to find his teeth were too white but he ditched that as he became older. He does seem to have been quite a decent bloke.
I was never a fan of his music. I considered it "pop" and I have never been a fan of "pop" music. But its a tragic death.
Strayer, while his music was pop, he was still a good musician.