November 30, 2016

On TV 6: A Rockefeller Xmas



















Styrous® ~ Wednesday, November 30, 2016












Leonard Cohen

I'm Your Man                           
I'm Your Man album lyrics           
Hallelujah!  
         
           
     
         
           
         
Cohen Songs:          
              
Judy Collins ~ Suzanne                      
      
         

photobooth photo by Leonard Cohen           
detail photo of album cover by Styrous®               
       



Song lyrics

Leonard Cohen ~ I'm Your Man album           
Leonard Cohen ~ Hallelujah!
The Fantasticks ~ Try To Remember       
The Flaming Lips ~  Do You Realize??   
Bill Haley ~ Rock Around the Clock         
The Heavy ~ Be Mine         
Iron Butterfly ~ Metamorphosis            
Al Jarreau ~  
Blue Rondo A La Turk (Round, Round, Round)
Janis Joplin ~ Pearl songs         
Scott McKenzie ~      
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair 
Edith Piaf ~ Milord               
The Rolling Stones ~ Some Girls       
             
             
             
           
         

     
    
          
         
      
         


November 27, 2016

Leonard Cohen ~ Hallelujah! The anthem for our time



I don't remember when I first heard this song but it has been in my repertoire of all-time greats ever since I can remember. Maybe it's because it's Sunday and I have gotten into a spiritual (NOT religious) mode or I'm deep into sadness about the events of the week, but it occurred to me it wasn't until Kate McKinnon, portraying Hillary Clinton on SNL, sang the song that I realized it is the anthem for our time. This observation has been upheld by many online reviews of her performance including the religious oriented Christian Science Mnitor (links below)!

Once I realized this, I began researching the many covers of of the song; I was not amazed at the range of versions of the piece. Some are listed below (with links to them on YouTube at the end). 

Almost each one is brilliant in it's own way but there are three that stand out to me as especially dazzling. The previously mentioned SNL is one as well as a video that was not even professionally produced. 

At the top of my list is an amateur video of the wedding in Ireland of Chris and Leah O’Kane in which the priest officiating, Father Ray Kelly, sings the song, with altered lyrics. He looks the very antithesis of a rock singer but his voice and the intense emotion is stunning to see and hear! And his phenomenal voice takes it to an amazing height of astonishing beauty! Who'd a thought a priest could rock out like this? The event was carried by many media sources on the net including the BBC News (links below).   

Father Ray Kelly


The second is an entrant, Jeff Gutt, on The X Factor, a talent show. When he first comes on he is the classic image of a DORK! But then he goes into action and when he starts to sing his voice erupts into one of the most fantastic hard rock vocals I've ever heard. He has since gone on to do several albums. 




But above those is the one that set me off on this venture, the SNL broadcast of the song. It was one of the most brilliant performances ever produced on television; it was simple. Kate McKinnon played the piano and although there was absolutely no mention of Cohen I'm sure everyone who heard it instantly knew it was his; there was no mention of his death nor the painful event that occurred that same week but Everybody Knows. It was a beautiful, understated performance by her but it packed a solid punch to the gut!



Next on my list of great interpretations of the song is Pentatonix. What an amazing group of musicians they are. An American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of five vocalists: Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Mitch Grassi. Their interpretation is utterly subline.   



John Cale, one of the founding members of the American experimental rock band the Velvet Underground takes a turn on solo piano and he does a magnificent job!



Jeff Buckley does it with solo guitar and some improvisation. KD Lang had a go at it at the opening ceremony for the 2010 Olympic Games with great results, of course.   

 Jeff Buckley                                                                             

 KD Lang                                    


Alexandra Burke and Susan Boyle (the unlikely woman with the phenomenal voice) have full orchestra arrangements that are luscious. Andre Rieu follows up with his violin backed by a full rock orchestra.  

                   Alexandra Burke    


Andre Rieu                                 


The song is represented internationally as well. Thomas Uhlig does it in German and Daniel Kahn sings in Yiddish, both on guitar. Holiday Celebrity sings it in French with a full orchestra and there is a sweet, easy rock French cover but no credit for the singer is given. It was sung in Russian as well on the kids version of the talent show, The Voice. And of course there is a Spanish version performed by Il Divo.   



Net links:
           
Hallelujah! lyrics     
Leonard Cohen ~ I'm Your Man          
            
             
reviews:          
        
Fortune              
IndieWire            
Huffington Post on Kate McKinnon As Hillary Clinton      
Christian Science Monitor      
Huffington Post on Father Ray Kelly           
BBC News on Father Ray Kelly      
             
         
                       
YouTube links:   
    
Father Ray Kelly (Singing priest)        
Jeff Gutt
Pentatonix         
John Cale             
Jeff Buckley       
K. D. Lang        
Alexandra Burke        
Susan Boyle           
Thomas Uhlig        Daniel Kahn   
Holiday Celebrity
French cover     
The Voice Kids      Il Divo        
           


Thanks to all these artists for their affirmation.
Hallelujah! 


Styrous® ~ Sunday, November 27, 2016










Leonard Cohen ~ Hallelujah! lyrics

Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen

Now, I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair                                     New Skin For The Old Ceremony
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah                                                   vinyl LP album detail
                                                                                                                        detail photo by Styrous®  
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light in every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Songwriter: Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC



Styrous® ~ Sunday, November 27, 2016













November 16, 2016

Gray Loft Gallery ~ Figure closing reception

          






Closing reception & wine tasting


   Saturday, November 19 
1 to 5 pm

  









"Figure, a group show that celebrates figurative art, paintings, includes ink drawings, watercolors, photography and mixed media abstractions of the figure. “The use of line, symbolic color, and an abstracted compositional flat space, illuminate underlying culture and the human condition. Beyond portraiture, figurative paintings have sought to distill imagery to an abstract system which conveys elements of power, tension, and resolution.” ~ Jan Wurm"   

Featured Artists:
Jeffrey Abrahams  |  Gabriele Bungardt  |  Mark Eanes  |  Lin Fischer
Nathaniel Garcia  |  Cliff Gustafson  |  James Hartman  |  Lara Hoke
Betsy Kendall  |   Susan Matthews  |  Lynn McGeever  |  Janet Norris
Gordon Pagnello   |  Jude Pittman  |  Claire Rabkin  |  Fernando Reyes
Mary Robinson  |  Styrous  |  Tom White  |  Jan Wurm  |  Elena Zolotnitsky




Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford Street, third floor
Oakand, CA 94601
510-499-3445
 



Styrous® ~ Wednesday, November 18, 2016


              

November 15, 2016

In Memoriam


about In Memoriam    
        
George Abbott ~ 1995 
Arthur Adamov ~ 1970         
Ansel Adams ~ 1984         
Jonathan Adams ~ 2005          
Richard Adler ~ 2012       
Rosalie Aguilar ~ 1947     
Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov ~ 1947 
Muhammad Ali ~ 2016        
Francesc Alió  ~ 1908
Edward Albee ~ 2016     
Irwin Allen ~ 1991          
Duane Allman ~ 1971     
Gregg Allman ~ 2017         
Robert Altman ~ 2006           
George Anderson ~ 1985     
Judith Anderson ~ 1992     
Marian Anderson ~ 1993     
Ernst (Ernest) Ansermet  ~ 1969      
Diane Arbus ~ 1971   
Andrews Sisters ~ 1967 / 1995 / 2013    
Fernando Arbex ~ 2003        
Maurizio Arcieri ~ 2015        
Louis Armstrong ~ 1971        
W. H. Auden ~ 1973     
Mildred Bailey ~ 1951     
Pearl Bailey ~ 1990   
Josephine Baker ~ 1975     
Kenny Baker ~ 2016              
James Baldwin ~ 1987     
Lucille Ball ~ 1989         
Florence Ballard ~ 1976       
Tallulah Bankhead ~ 1968     
Theda Bara ~ 1955    
Gene Barry ~ 2009     
Béla Bartók ~ 1945     
Count Basie ~ 1984             
Anne Baxter ~ 1985         
Ernest J. Beall (aka Ernst) ~ 1980 
Samuel Beckett ~ 1989 
Franny Beecher ~ 2015       
Doris Belack ~ 2011      
Louie Bellson ~ 2009                  
Malik Bendjelloul ~ 2014 
Feral Benga ~ 1957    
David Ben-Gurion ~ 1973   
Joan Bennett ~ 1990
John Berkey ~ 2008    
Milton Berle ~ 2002         
Emile Berliner ~ 1929       
Leonard Bernstein ~ 1990         
Chuck Berry ~ 2017          
Richard Pike Bissell ~ 1977         
Jimmy Carl Black ~ 2008         
Sidney Blackmer ~ 1973      
Napoleon Bonaparte ~ 1821    
Nadia Boulanger ~ 1979        
David Bowie ~ 2016      
Marlon Brando ~ 2004         
Erik Brann ~ 2003   
Charles Bressler ~ 1996
Ray Brown ~ 2002     
The Brown Twins ~ 2013 / 2014   
Don Buchla ~ 2016              
Jack Buetel ~ 2011         
Beniamino Bufano ~ 1970          
Richard Burton ~ 1984                  
Paul Butterfield ~ 1987           
David Byron ~ 1985   
John Cage ~ 1992                          
Erskine Caldwell ~ 1987     
Maria Callas ~ 1977     
Ernest Callenbach ~ 2012   
David Canary ~ 2015              
Truman Capote ~ 1984          
Herb Cardwell ~ 1977           
John Carradine ~ 1988          
Benny Carter ~ 2003          
Ramon Casas ~ 1932          
Marc Chagall ~ 1985    
Lane Chandler ~ 1972      
Keith Charles ~ 2008            
Ray Charles ~ 2004    
Lew Christensen ~ 1984          
Willam Christensen ~ 2001              
Frédéric Chopin ~ 1849              
Alessandro Cicognini ~ 1955         
Buck Clayton ~ 1991      
Van Cliburn ~ 2013      
Herb Cohen ~ 2010            
Leonard Cohen ~ 2016       
Ray Collins ~ 2012            
Zebedy Colt ~ 2004       
Chuck Connors ~ 1992         
Bert Convy ~ 1991          
John Calvin Coolidge, Jr ~ 1929                    
Michael Cooper ~ 1973         
Vincent Crane ~ 1989 
Xavier Cugat ~ 1990             
Tony Curtis ~ 2010               
Peter Cushing ~ 1994             
Hal David ~ 2012         
James Dean ~ 1955  
Giorgio de Chirico ~ 1978    
Salvador Dalí ~ 1978    
Buddy DeFranco ~ 1923          
Gaspar de Guzmán ~ 1645    
Sean Delaney ~ 2003    
Yvonne De Carlo ~ 2007        
Jeanne Deckers (aka The Singing Nun) ~ 1985 
Manuel de Falla ~ 1946         
David Dellinger ~ 2004    
Victoria de los Ángeles ~ 2005     
Denny Doherty ~ 2007            
Robert DoQui ~ 2008       
Antal Doráti ~ 1988           
Lee Dorman ~ 2012                
Jane Dornacker ~ 1986    
Lizzie Douglas (aka Memphis Minnie) ~ 1973     
Mike Douglas ~ 2006
William Dozier ~ 1991         
Roland Dubillard ~ 2011       
Alexandre Dumas ~ 1870         
Ralph Dumke ~ 1964       
Louis Edmonds ~ 2001                
Albert Einstein ~ 1955              
Roy Eldridge ~ 1989          
Duke Ellington ~ 1974            
Cass Elliot ~ 1974           
Don Ellis ~ 1978            
Herb Ellis ~ 2010             
John Embry ~ 2010     
John Entwistle~ 2002      
Brian Samuel Epstein ~ 1967         
Mal Evans ~ 1976         
Ray Evans ~ 2007          
Percy Faith ~ 1976
Tal Farlow ~ 1998                  
Farrah Fawcett ~ 2009         
Carrie Fisher ~ 2016  
Maynard Ferguson ~ 2006    
Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci ~ 1250     
Arthur Fiedler ~ 1979        
Larry Fine (The Three Stooges) ~ 1975        
Bill Finger ~ 1974            
Carrie Fisher ~  2016        
Ella Fitzgerald ~ 1996          
Bob Fosse ~ 1987         
Robert Foulk ~ 1989         
Eddie Foy Jr. ~ 1983       
Robert Fraser ~ 1986     
Stan Freberg ~ 2015                 
Jonathan Frid ~ 2012                
Martin Gabel ~ 1986        
Zsa Zsa Gabor ~ 2016            
Slim Gaillard ~ 1991               
Mahatma Gandhi ~ 1948               
Judy Garland ~ 1969          
Antoni Gaudí ~ 1926      
Marvin Gaye ~ 1984          
George W. George ~ 2007     
Stan Getz ~ 1991         
Charlotte Perkins Gilman ~ 1935        
Dizzy Gillespie ~ 1993                
Allen Ginsberg ~ 1997            
Jackie Gleason ~ 1987          
John Glenn ~ 2016      
Dwayne Goettel ~ 1995       
Nikolai Gogol ~ 1852             
Peter Carl Goldmark ~ 1977    
Jerry Goldsmith ~ 1991                  
Benny Goodman ~ 1986           
Frank Gorshin ~ 2005          
Robert Goulet ~ 2007         
Martha Graham ~ 1991    
Johnny Grande ~ 2006          
Norman Granz ~ 2001         
Charles Gray ~ 2000       
Noah Greenberg ~ 1966         
Jean Grémillon ~ 1959              
Sid Grossman ~ 1955            
Emili Guanyavents i Jané  ~ 1941    
John Guerin ~ 2004
Alec Guinness ~ 2000           
Woody Guthrie ~ 1967                
Bill Haley ~ 1981            
Chico Hamilton ~ 2013          
Lionel Hampton ~ 1993                    
W. C. Handy ~ 1958     
Carol Haney ~ 1964               
Lorraine Vivian Hansberry ~ 1965       
Tim Hardin ~ 1980        
Joe Harriott ~ 1973              
Julie Harris ~ 2013             
George Harrison ~ 2001       
Janice Harsanyi ~ 2007                    
Robert "Bob" Hartman ~ 2015        
Tim Hauser ~ 2014        
Coleman Hawkins ~ 1969        
Thomas Hayden ~ 2016       
William Randolph Hearst  ~ 1951      
Neal Hefti ~ 2008         
Jimi Hendrix ~ 1970         
Audrey Hepburn ~ 1993       
Bill Hickman ~ 1986      
Otis Verries Hicks (aka Lightnin' Slim) ~ 1974              
Bob Hite ~ 1981          
Adolph Hitler ~ 1945        
Johnny Hodges ~ 1970       
Abbie Hoffman ~ 1989          
Billie Holiday ~ 1959           
Buddy Holly ~ 1959       
Gustav Holst ~ 1934        
J. Edgar Hoover ~ 1972         
Curley Howard (The Three Stooges) ~ 1975        
John Galen Howard  ~ 1931     
Moe Howard (The Three Stooges) ~ 1975           
Shemp Howard (The Three Stooges) ~ 1955          
L. Ron Hubbard ~ 1986        
Howard Hughes ~ 1976          
Victor Hugo ~ 1885     
Alberta Hunter ~ 1984    
Zora Neale Hurston ~ 1960      
Gwen Ifill ~ 2016       
Eugène Ionesco ~ 1994                 
Lev Ivanov ~ 1901                      
Charles Ives ~ 1954      
Michael Jackson ~ 2009
Milt Jackson ~ 1999          
Illinois Jacquet ~ 2004           
Al Jarreau ~ 2017          
Florence Foster Jenkins ~ 1944     
John, King of England ~ 1216 
James Weldon Johnson ~ 1938      
Lyndon B. Johnson  ~ 1973     
Carolyn Jones ~ 1983         
Hank Jones ~ 2010       
Janis Joplin ~ 1970      
E. F. Joseph ~ 1979            
John Fitzgerald Kennedy ~ 1963         
Franz Kafka ~ 1924          
Bob Kane ~ 1998            
Fred Kaps ~ 1980   
Mick Karn ~ 2011     
Gene Kelly ~ 1996      
Ken Kesey ~ 2001           
Ayatollah Khomeini ~ 1989      
B. B. King ~ 2015     
Eartha Kitt ~ 2008          
Richard Kness ~ 2005   
Erich Wolfgang Korngold ~ 1957        
Bernard Krainis ~ 2000       
Gene Krupa ~ 1973               
Akira Kurosawa ~ 1998             
Kay Kyser ~ 1985     
Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) ~ 1991     
Frankie Laine ~ 2007 
Greg Lake ~ 2016     
Hedy Lamarr ~ 2000   
Hugh Laing ~ 1988     
Dick Latessa ~ 2016         
Pierre Latour ~ 1976 
Timothy Leary  ~ 1996           
Derek Leckenby ~ 1994     
Huddie William Ledbetter (aka Lead Belly) ~ 1949   
Peggy Lee ~ 2002       
Nikolai Legat ~ 1937       
John Lennon ~ 1980           
Lotte Lenya ~ 1961          
Jay Livingston ~ 2001             
Alain LeRoy Locke ~ 1954      
Jon Lord ~ 2012        
Joe Louis ~ 1981     
Marshall Lytle ~ 2013        
Machito ~ 1984              
Henry Mancini ~ 1994                 
Marcel Marceau ~ 2007                  
Arif Mardin ~ 2006       
Mary Ellen Mark ~ 2015 
David Stone Martin ~ 1992            
George Martin ~ 2016         
Jean Martin ~ 2009 
Denise Katrina Matthews (aka Vanity) ~ 2016      
Victor Mature ~ 1999
Joe B. Mauldin ~ 2015         
Joel McCrea ~ 1990     
Danny McCulloch ~ 2015
Gary McFarland ~ 1971         
Scott McKenzie ~ 2012     
Ian McLagan ~ 2014      
Steve McQueen ~ 1980          
Terry Melcher ~ 2004            
Felix Mendelssohn ~ 1839    
Burgess Meredith ~ 1997          
Olivier Messiaen ~ 1992            
George Métivier ~ 1881      
George Michael ~ 2016         
Nathan Milstein ~ 1992    
Harris Glenn Milstead (aka Divine) ~ 1988     
Yukio Mishima ~ 1970        
Marilyn Monroe ~ 1962     
Keith Moon ~ 1978               
Mikhail Mordkin  ~ 1944             
Thomas More ~ 1535      
Edward R. Murrow ~ 1965     
Rushton Moreve ~ 1981       
William Morris ~ 1896 
Billy Mundi ~ 2014         
Johann Karl August Musäus  ~ 1787          
Juanita Musson (ne: Juanita Hudspeth) ~ 2011  
John Najjar ~ 2011         
Jack Nance ~ 1996      
Reycita Naranjo ~ 2003        
Gamal Abdel Nasser ~ 1970               
Kenneth Nelson ~ 1993            
Lionel Newman ~ 1989                  
Mike Nichols ~ 2014         
Jack Nitzsche ~ 2000            
David Niven ~ 1983              
Klaus Nomi ~ 1983        
Maidie Norman ~ 1998     
Lore Noto ~ 2002             
Russell Oberlin ~ 2016           
Alice Elizabeth Skinner Ochs ~ 2010          
Philip David Ochs ~ 1976                
Anita O'Day ~ 2006              
Jacques Offenbach ~ 1880                 
Charles Raymond Offenberg ~ 2015 
Dan O'Herlihy ~ 2005    
Georgia O'Keeffe ~ 1986         
Robert Opel ~ 1979     
Jerry Orbach ~ 2004               
Eugene Ormandy ~ 1985      
Johnny Otis ~ 2012           
Peter O'Toole ~ 2013
George Pal ~ 1980
Charlie Parker ~ 1955               
Joe Pass ~ 1994              
Ignacio Peri ~ 1995         
Oscar Peterson ~ 2007                  
Marius Petipa ~ 1910                
Rudolph Petrak ~ 1972            
Philip IV of Spain ~ 1665  
Flip Phillips ~ 2001        
John Phillips ~ 2001        
Édith Piaf ~ 1963         
Luigi Pirandello ~ 1936        
Basil Poledouris ~ 2008     
Rudy Pompilli ~ 1976         
Cole Porter ~ 1964             
Bud Powell ~ 1966                
Pérez Prado ~ 1989            
Stanley Prager ~ 1972             
Olga Preobrajenskaya ~ 1962            
Elvis Presley ~ 1997      
Harve Presnell ~ 2009           
Vincent Price ~ 1993         
Prince ~ 2016        
Tito Puente ~ 2000            
Sergei Rachmaninoff ~ 1943      
Maurice Ravel ~ 1937   
Ronald Reagan ~ 2004        
Lou Reed ~ 2013          
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt ~ 2012          
Julius Reisinger ~ 1892           
Pierre-Auguste Renoir ~ 1919     
Debbie Reynolds ~ 2016       
Buddy Rich ~ 1987             
Nelson Riddle ~ 1985         
Jerome Robbins ~ 1998                 
Marty Robbins ~ 1982           
Cliff Robertson ~ 2011         
Paul Robeson ~ 1976      
Frank M. Robinson ~ 2014    
Gene Roddenberry ~ 1991      
Murray Roman ~ 1973       
Cesar Romero ~ 1994          
David Rose ~ 1990               
Tim Rose ~ 2002            
Timme Rosenkrantz ~ 1969            
Jerry Ross ~ 1955                   
Theodore Roosevelt  ~ 1909       
Bertram Ross ~ 2003    
Sanford H. Roth ~ 1962           
Antoni Rovira i Rabassa~ 1919           
Antoni Rovira i Trias ~ 1889            
Jerry Rubin ~ 1994          
Jane Russell ~ 2011         
Luigi Russolo ~ 1947              
Sandra Sakata ~ 1997   
George Sanders ~ 1972          
Carlos Santana ~ 1982              
José Sarria ~ 2013       
Doug Sax ~ 2015           
Francesco Scavullo  ~ 2004        
Pierre Schaeffer ~ 1995             
Howard H. Scott ~ 2012    
Rod Serling ~ 1975      
Jean-Marie Serreau ~ 1973          
Rabindra (Ravi) Shankar ~ 2012            
Reta Shaw ~ 1982   
Hugh Sidey  ~ 2005          
Ron Silver ~ 2009    
Frank Sinatra ~ 1998           
Bessie Smith ~ 1937  
Clara Smith ~ 1935      
Herbert W. Spencer ~ 1992         
Chris Squire ~ 2015     
Joseph Stalin ~ 1953       
Gertrude Stein ~ 1946    
John Steinbeck ~ 1968       
Phil Stern ~ 2014  
Stewart Stern ~ 2015         
Leith Stevens ~ 1970   
Onslow Stevens ~ 1977   
Samuel Steward ~ 1993     
Carmine Stipo ~ 1984         
Sonny Stitt ~ 1924              
Leopold Stokowski ~ 1977           
Harlan F. Stone ~ 1946                
Levi Strauss ~ 1902     
Igor Stravinsky ~ 1971   
Niki Sullivan ~ 2004                
Joan Sutherland ~ 2010    
Darrell Sweet ~ 1999
Gabor Szabó ~ 1982   
Art Tatum ~ 1956                
Deems Taylor ~ 1966           
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ~ 1893    
Renata Tebaldi ~ 2004 
Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ 1892    
Sonny Terry ~ 1986         
Gary Thain ~ 1985         
Elvie Thomas ~ 1979         
Storm Thorgerson ~ 2013             
Wallace Thurman ~ 1934      
Maureen "Mo" Starkey Tigrett (aka Mary Cox) ~ 1994          
Tiki Tom's ~ 2010   
Cal Tjader ~ 1982           
Eric Arthur Tomlinson ~ 2015          
Val Valentin ~ 1999            
Ludwig van Beethoven ~1827       
Carl Van Vechten  ~ 1964           
Gianni Versace ~ 1997    
Henry Charles Vestine (a.k.a. "The Sunflower") ~ 1997 
Ivan Vsevolozhsky ~ 1909           
Richard Wagner ~ 1883     
Porter Wagoner ~ 2007               
Bruno Walter ~ 1962       
Fredi Washington ~ 1994     
Ethel Waters ~ 1977      
David Wayne ~ 1995          
Ben Webster ~ 1973       
Casey Bill Weldon ~ 1970           
Orson Wells ~ 1985           
Vince Welnick ~ 2006 
Adam West ~ 2017          
Harry Alexander White ~ 1962     
Maurice White ~ 2016       
Tom White, Sr. ~ 2003             
O. Z. Whitehead ~ 1998       
Gene Wilder ~ 2016        
Geeshie Wiley ~ mid-1950s         
Billy Williamson ~ 1996         
Bob Wills ~ 1975          
B. J. Wilson ~ 1990      
Tom Wilson ~ 1978            
Robert Wise ~ 2005        
Ed Wittstein ~ 2011            
Bobby Womack ~ 2014          
Kaisik Wong ~ 1990      
Ed Wood ~ 1978     
Patrick Woodroffe ~ 2014            
Richard Wright (author) ~ 1960       
Richard Wright (Pink Floyd) ~ 2008       
Rolf Wütherich ~ 1981     
Tammy Wynette ~ 1998     
Zal Yanovsky~ 2002   
Lester Young ~ 1959       
Frank Zappa  ~ 1993           
George Zoritch ~ 2009