Category Archives: R.I.P.

B.B. King — The Thrill Ain’t Gone!

Riley “B.B.” King would have turned 95 on September 16th, 2020. I’ve been thinking about him and, if you’ll indulge me, I thought I’d share a little of what’s been playing in my head. In no particular order: As a … Continue reading

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R.I.P Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels has been a part of the soundtrack of our lives for a long time.  In the days of our solo radio careers, Charlie’s records were regularly a part of our respective radio lives. In fact, before radio was … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Little Richard

That original album (Vinyl, thank you very much!) is safely ensconced in our music room. When it first landed, there was nothing safe about it. It was scary!  At least, that’s what a lot of 50s mid-America’s adults thought about … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Clark Weber

Like many of us who lived in the Chicago area, I (Steve) first knew him as “Mother Weber’s Oldest.”  It was a nickname Clark Weber used from the very first time I heard him on WLS. That first time, by … Continue reading

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R.I.P. D.J. Fontana

We’ve lost the man who defined the backbeat of Rock & Roll.  More importantly, we’ve lost a gentle, humble man with an easy, shy smile who we were privileged to know, Dominic Joseph Fontana, better known throughout the world as … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Milt Rosenberg

One of the most amazing “perks” of our time spent at WGN radio is that we’ve had the luxury (and pressure!) of working with an incredible cast of genuine broadcast legends.  Wednesday morning we got the sad news that one … Continue reading

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Chuck Berry: An Appreciation

Chuck Berry taught me how to play guitar! Oh, sure there was that first year of formal guitar lessons I had, taught by an accordion player who played a little guitar on the side.  But, after that first year, when … Continue reading

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R.I.P. “The Greatest”

As I write this, it’s only moments after hearing the news that Muhammad Ali passed away.  Numerous stories will be written and told of his achievements and career and why, over the years, his name became synonymous with the phrase … Continue reading

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R.I.P. “Rusty”

As 2015 ended we received some sad news. Some called him Rusty.  Some called him Russ.  One of his Facebook pages listed him as Russ Les Paul Jr.  In announcing his passing, The Les Paul Foundation website lists his name … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Bob Young

We may have told you before that some posts are harder than others to write.  Well … this is one of those. As we started typing this into our desktop it was a half hour until Midnight.  We were still … Continue reading

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