Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Five Jew Do Music Makers

By: Dean Medina 

These are some of the greats who really changed my life musically in no particular order:

 1. Sammy Davis Junior

A member of Frank Sinatra's infamous "Rat Pack" 
A convert to Judaism, when asked what his handicap was on the golf course he made a comment that became his signature: "Handicap?" he asked. "Talk about handicap — I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew."
Oh Mr. Bonjangles

2. Guster

One of my favorite bands that just happens to be pretty much all Jewish
When asked if the band is Jewish Brian, the band's percussionist replied:

Rather than answer this one with a simple yes/no, we suggest you check the following sources for clues: 1) Brian’s last name – ‘Rosenworcel.’ 2) Any photo of Ryan where you can see his profile. 3) The Guster Backstage Contract Rider, where we stipify (sic) that ‘the dressing room must be furnished with plenty of borscht, noodle kugels, potato latkes, gefilte fish and homemade rugulah for dessert.”

My favorite song "Amsterdam"

3. Simon and Garfunkel

I saw them in concert when they came to town a number of years ago and they sound just as good as they did 30 years ago. Paul Simon's unparalleled song writing mixed with the angelic voice of Garfunkel = the greatest duo in music history

Feelin' Groovy!

Garfunklin! Flight of the Conchords

4. Leonard Cohen

Probably one of the greatest songwriters ever.

 Wrote what is probably my favorite all-time song: Hallelujah

Check out Jeff Buckley's version (this is really my favorite)

and last but not least... 

5. Bob Dylan

Definitely the greatest hair in the music biz along with Garfunkel. 

Ranked by the Rolling Stone Magazine as the greatest song of all time:

"Like a Rolling Stone"


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