Remembering An Icon: Selena

No matter what type of music you listen to you know who Selena is, and you even know the words to more than one of her songs. Arguably the best Latin Superstar from the 1990s. Selena gave us fashion, glamour, beauty, vocals, and sunshine. She got her start as Selena y Los Dinos making Tejano music. As the band's popularity grew people were attracted to Selena’s creative outfits, beauty, and strong voice.

In 1989 she released her self-titled solo album, Mis Primeras Grabaciones. The album was successful making the charts and earning her the opportunity to be a spokesperson for Coca Cola. From 1990 to 1992 she released two more successful albums that shot her to superstar status. She took the Tejano Music Awards by storm with iconic songs like “Como La Flor”.

Selena was also a Fashion icon and in 1994 she released her clothing line “Selena, Inc.” full of glamorous designs that brought her astounding style to everyday women. She also released her most successful album that year, going platinum in the US and gold in Mexico.

Selena was known for selling out arena size shows and giving them all that she had. Her costumes, band, and live vocals set her apart from other Latin artists at the time. Her last album, Selena Live,  catered to her fan base in 1993.  After the release, she started recording her first English album with the hopes of crossing over.

She was the biggest Tejano music star, decorated in awards including a Grammy, and she was loved internationally. She had one of the biggest fan clubs at the time ran by trusted associate Yolanda Saldivar. Saldivar was questioned about missing money and in return, she shot Selena killing her.

Selena’s family, friends, and fans were devastated. She was only 23 when she died and had so much more to give the world. She already attained massive success. After her death a bio-pic on her life starring Jennifer Lopez was released and so were the English songs she recorded. There are murals, statues, tons of Halloween costumes, and quinceaneras in her memory. Selena was able to achieve more things in a few years than most artists do in a lifetime. Her legacy will forever live on.

Remembering an Icon: Janis Joplin

I wouldn’t be a true hippie if I was not a fan of the late Janis Joplin. Her incomparable vocals, a massive amount of soul, and amazing music made her royalty in a short amount of time. Artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin were the heartbeat of the counter-culture in the 1960s. Janis Joplin even headlined Woodstock in 1969 shaking the stage with her heartfelt performance.

Born in January 1943 Joplin was a fierce spirit who refused to be quiet. She rose to fame during a performance at the Monterey Pop Festival with band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Joplin later left the band to pursue her successful solo career. She took the world by storm performing at music festivals worldwide giving her all. With hits like “Piece of My Heart“, “Cry Baby“, and “Ball n Chain” she won hippie hearts everywhere.

Joplin was not only known for her amazing music and performances but her nasty habits. At a concert thrown by Rolling Stone shortly after Woodstock she was so drunk and high that she tried to get the audience to riot. Many say her music was so soulful because she was troubled and gave it all the pain she had inside.

On October 4th, 1970 Joplin died after an accidental heroin overdose. Her legacy has lived on through the many renditions of her music and many documentaries.  Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin often sing her songs in concert in remembrance to their late friend. Artists like Pink, Stevie Nicks, and many others cite Janis Joplin as a huge influence on their music.  Next time you ever want to feel the words an artist is singing put any of Janis Joplin’s records on.

Remembering An Icon: Teddy Pendergrass

I am a sucker for soul. Especially such a deep and endearing voice like the one of Teddy Pendergrass. I’m sure a lot of people in this world were conceived to the sweet sounds of his voice and if you put his songs on today it will surely get a lot of people in the mood.

Teddy Pendergrass was born on March 26, 1950 in South Carolina to Jesse and Ida Geraldine Pendergrass. He loved singing and from an early age his family knew he would reach super stardom. The raspy baritone joined R&B group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes in 1972 and lead their smash hit “I Miss You” showing the world what he was capable of as a vocalist. Pendergrass led most of the group’s hit songs like “When Somebody Loves You Back”, “Wake Up Everybody”, and “Bad Luck”. Continue Reading

Revisiting an Icon: Minnie Riperton

2016 has been full of amazing music from artists like Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyonce, Chance The Rapper, Drake, and more. Yes this year has blessed our ears, but we’re not talking about 2016 right now, we are taking it back to someone your momma and your granny used to sing in the kitchen together. The high-pitched legend Minnie Riperton! Minnie Riperton’s high falsetto has inspired many of your favorites like Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande so let’s get in that Soul Train themed time machine and see what she blessed the world with.

Most famous for her song “Loving You” where we all have tried to hit that note “la la la la la la la la do do do AHHHHHHH”. Born in 1947 in Chicago, IL no one knew she would change the sound of soul music by meeting the deeper gospel-esque voices like Aretha Franklin, with her angelic tone. Her most renowned works Perfect Angel and Adventures in Paradise claimed top spots on the R&B charts and solidified her spot as an icon in music.
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