Last week was one of loss, I’m sad to say: we lost Lamont Dozier, one-third of the Motown production and songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, and chanteuses Olivia Newton-John and Judith Durham of the Australian folk group The Seekers. I had intended on doing a tribute to the deceased today, but I saw where several other participants had already done them that I thought it would be nice to recognize the musicians that were still alive, specifically those that have reached their nineties. We did Tony Bennett (born August 3, 1926) about two weeks ago; here are a dozen more that were born in the 1920’s and are still alive (though most are retired or semi-retired) today; I’ve listed their dates of birth after their names. Again, if you try to play this and run into problems, here is the playlist on YouTube.
- Mervin Shiner (2/20/21), “Peter Cottontail”
- Ray Anthony (1/20/22), “Peter Gunn”
- Faye Adams (5/22/23), “Shake A Hand”
- Jane Morgan (5/3/24), “Fascination”
- Dick Van Dyke (12/13/25), “Step In Time”
- Harry Belafonte (3/1/27), “Jamaica Farewell”
- Doc Severinsen (7/7/27), “Last Tango In Paris”
- Ed Ames (7/9/27), “Try To Remember”
- Cleo Laine (10/28/27) and John Dankworth, “Crazy Rhythm”
- Burt Bacharach (5/12/28), “What The World Needs Now Is Love”
- Nino Tempo and April Stevens (4/29/29), “Deep Purple”
- Leroy Van Dyke (10/4/29), “Auctioneer”
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 15, 2022.