MMMM: Still Alive!

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.

  1. Mervin Shiner (2/20/21), “Peter Cottontail”
  2. Ray Anthony (1/20/22), “Peter Gunn”
  3. Faye Adams (5/22/23), “Shake A Hand”
  4. Jane Morgan (5/3/24), “Fascination”
  5. Dick Van Dyke (12/13/25), “Step In Time”
  6. Harry Belafonte (3/1/27), “Jamaica Farewell”
  7. Doc Severinsen (7/7/27), “Last Tango In Paris”
  8. Ed Ames (7/9/27), “Try To Remember”
  9. Cleo Laine (10/28/27) and John Dankworth, “Crazy Rhythm”
  10. Burt Bacharach (5/12/28), “What The World Needs Now Is Love”
  11. Nino Tempo and April Stevens (4/29/29), “Deep Purple”
  12. Leroy Van Dyke (10/4/29), “Auctioneer”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 15, 2022.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

18 thoughts on “MMMM: Still Alive!

  1. What a positive post, and this brings back memories of my childhood. Auctioneer. Try to Remember. Fascination. Jamaica Farewell. Deep Purple. It’s been years. It made me look up some others – quite a number in their 80’s, but even some in their 90’s, including Tom Lehrer. I was sorry to hear of the death of Bill Pitman, who played ukelele on “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”. I’m still laughing over Duck Van Dyke (sorry, Songbird). Alana ramblinwitham

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      1. I turn off auto correct and spell check. They drive me bonkers, and most of the time they get it wrong. I want to tell it “You want to help? Then don’t help.”

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  2. Some of these I knew and others I didn’t, even after listening to the songs. DH got me Merry Christmas from Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Orchestra digital Christmas album last year which is a great addition to my music library. I remember how Burt Bacharach was smokin’ hot in his writing career in the 70s and 80s. It seemed every time I heard a hit song, it was one of his. I enjoyed your playlist. It’s wonderful you’re paying tribute to these one they are still around. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

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  3. There have been a lit of musical losses this year. I’m glad you went the positive route qith people still alive. I’m not a fan of Cleo Lane and she kind of reminds me of the Duchess of Alba In her later years…scary. I am not a fan of the last song which made me feel like he took some cocaine…lol. I love the others especially Harry Belafonte who is still going strong. That song reminded me of the song Ursula sang in Dr. No.

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  4. I knew Harry Belafonte, Dick Van Dyke, Burt Bacharach and Cleo Laine, but not the others. I’ve looked it up and Leroy Van Dyke appears to be no relation to Dick Van Dyke.

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