Tag Archives: Hollywood Walk of Fame

Whatever Happened To… The Clarke/Duke Project?

Sweet Baby – The Clarke/Duke Project (1981)
This recurring collaboration teamed two of the most prolific and distinguished musicians in jazz fusion, funk, and R&B. Bassist Stanley Clarke & pianist George Duke recorded three successful studio albums between 1981-1990, and have since toured together as well. Clarke became one of the most sought-after composers for television and film scores, resulting in a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Clarke’s most recent studio album, released in 2010, won a Grammy Award. Duke continued to be a successful bandleader, composer, and producer in his own right. Not only prolific, Duke’s been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards. His most recent album came out in 2010.

Old School: Gene Autry

Frosty the Snowman – Gene Autry & the Cass County Boys (1950)

Gene Autry

Genre: Country and Western
Origin: Tioga > Texas > US
Career: 1931–1964
Tidbit: Born Orvon Grover Autry, Autry was a diverse performer and businessman. He’s the only celebrity to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – one each for live theater, motion pictures, radio, recording, and television. He’s also been inducted into the Country Music, Nashville Songwriters, Radio, Western Performers, and Baseball Halls of Fame.

Old School: Ray Charles

Georgia on my Mind – Ray Charles (1960)

Ray Charles

Genre: Blues / Jazz / Country
Origin: Albany > Georgia > US
Career: 1947-2004
Tidbit: Born Ray Robinson, Charles attended the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind, where he developed his musical talent. He’s one of the most recognized artists of all-time:

  • 17 Grammy Awards
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Grammy President’s Merit Award
  • Polar Music Prize
  • Georgia State Music Hall of Fame
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Kennedy Center Honors
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Jazz Hall of Fame
  • National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame
  • George & Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement
  • National Medal of Arts
  • Hit Parade Hall of Fame

Old School: Louis Armstrong

When You’re Smiling – Louis Armstrong (1929, 1932 & 1956)

Louis Armstrong

Genre: Jazz / Dixieland / Traditional pop
Origin: New Orleans > Louisiana > US
Career: 1914-1971
Tidbit: Nicknamed Satchmo, Armstrong was one of the most versatile and celebrated performers of the 20th century. He was recognized with a Grammy Award (1964), a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy (1972), as well as induction into the following: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Jazz and Big Band Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and Hollywood Walk of Fame.