Lost Ones

As Black Music Month comes to an end I am posting lyrics , quotes, videos of the artists that left us too soon. From Tupac to Whitney Houston. Getting it started with Donny Hathaway.

"Someday We'll All Be Free"
Donny Hathaway (1973)
Hang on to the world as it spins around
Just don't let the spin get you down
Think of moving fast
Hold on tight and you will last
Give your self respect, your manly pride
Get yourself in gear
Keep your stride
Never mind your fears
Brighter days will soon be here
Take it from me, someday we'll all be free, yeah

Keep on walking tall
Hold your head up high
Lay your dreams right up to the sky
Sing your greatest song
And you'll keep going, going on
Take it from me, someday we'll all be free
Hey, just wait and see, some day we'll all be free, yeah
Take it from me, someday we'll all be free
It won't be long, take it from me, someday we'll all be free
Take it from me, take it from me, take it from me...
Here is the link to the song
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez
Waterfalls Verse 1995
Come on

I seen a rainbow yesterday
But too many storms have come and gone
Leavin' a trace of not one God-given ray
Is it because my life is ten shades of gray
I pray all ten fade away
Seldom praise Him for the sunny days

And like His promise is true
Only my faith can undo
The many chances I blew
To bring my life to anew
Clear blue and unconditional skies
Have dried the tears from my eyes
No more lonely cries

My only bleedin' hope
Is for the folk who can't cope
With such an endurin' pain
That it keeps 'em in the pourin' rain
Who's to blame
For tootin' 'caine into your own vein
What a shame
You shoot and aim for someone else's brain
You claim the insane
And name this day in time
For fallin' prey to crime
I say the system got you victim to your own mind
Dreams are hopeless aspirations
In hopes of comin' true
Believe in yourself
The rest is up to me and you
Here is the link to their 1995 VMA Performance


Tupac Amaru Shakur born as Lesane Parrish Crooks (This name comes from an 18th century Peruvian revolutionary who was executed for leading an indigenous uprising against Spanish rule)
"I'd rather live like a man, than die like a coward." He warned us about rappers that only talked about money, cars, sex, and other bullshit. He was real and raw.
Here is the link to "Keep Your Head Up" (1993) a sample from Roger and Zapp's "It's Gonna Be Alright"


"I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe." Whitney Houston
The Voice and The Original Black Barbie
I miss her so much.
Here is the link to her performance on Merv Griffin Show (1983) singing "Home" a song from The Wiz

Hot Buttered Soul with Black Moses aka Issac Hayes
Here is Walk on By his cover of the Dionne Warwick classic


"Yeah, Wacko Jacko, where did that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me. It's not nice." Michael Jackson

The kid grew up from Gary, Indiana that studied James Brown grew up to become "The King of Pop."
Here is ""Butterflies" (2001)

I love your music Marvin.
The Prince of Motown ( The guy Robin Thicke wishes he could be. "Blurred Lines" is "Got to Give It Up" this is not up for debate)
Here is the link to "If I Should Die Tonight" (1973)


Gil Scott Heron
Chicago's Poet
"Home is the where the hatred is." ( Think about it racism)
Here is the link to "Angel Dust" (1978)

Tammi Terrell
Motown's Cinderella ( Died at the age of 24 brain tumor)
Marvin Gaye's musical wife
Here is the link to the Stevie Wonder penned song "All I Do is Think of You" (1966) later sung by Stevie Wonder and The Jacksons
She was best known for duets with Marvin Gaye such as "Your Precious Love" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

Phyllis Hyman
The Regal Diva
Here is the link to this "Living All Alone" (1986)

Sam Cooke
Charming Sex Symbol
Here is the link to "A Change is Gonna Come" (1964)
We are still waiting on that change

Otis Redding
Raspy Southern Drawl
Here is the link to "Try A Little Tenderness" (1967) performance
Performance the day before his death

Feels Good to be Black with Nina Simone
The High Priestess of Soul
Here is the link to Feeling Good (1965)

Rick James
Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll
"I'm Rick James bitch!" Rick James
Here is the link to my favorite behind "Fire and Desire" "Give it to Me Baby"(1981)

Curtis Mayfield
Windy City's Finest
Here is the link to "Give Me Your Love" (1972)


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