Pop Culture Critic Renee Graham On Artists We Lost

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2014 saw the deaths of many artists including Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, conductor Claudio Abbado, Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang and the last living member of The Ramones.

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham joins Here & Now's Lisa Mullins to remember a few of the other artists who left us this year.

Songs Heard in this segment

  • Joe Cocker, “The Letter”
  • Tommy Ramone and The Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop”
  • Little Jimmy Scott, “If You Only Knew”
  • Elaine Stritch, “The Ladies Who Lunch”
  • Bobby Womack, “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”
  • Claudio Abbado (directing Shirley Verrett), “La Luce Langue”
  • James Garner and Waylon Jennings, “I’ll Find it Where I Can”
  • Big Bank Hank and the Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight”

Renee Also Recommends

  • Bob Casale and Devo, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
  • Phil Everly and the Everly Brothers, “When Will I Be Loved”
  • Charlie Haden and Hank Jones, “Wade in the Water”
  • Joe Sample, “In All My Wildest Dreams”
  • Frankie Knuckles, “The Whistle Song”
  • Jack Bruce and Cream, “Sunshine of Your Love”
  • Horace Silver, “Song For My Father”
  • Tim Hauser and Manhattan Transfer, “A Foreign Affair”
  • Cheo Feliciano, “Anacaona”
  • Dr. Maya Angelou, “Proclaiming Hope”


This segment aired on December 31, 2014.


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