On December 26, 2017, James Burns died aged 65. He was television producer and writer, best known as co-creator (with Robert Small) of “MTV Unplugged”. The show originally aired on “MTV” from 1989 to 1999, featured well-known musicians performing acoustic versions of their songs, among the others Elton John, Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nirvana, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, LL Cool J, and 10,000 Maniacs.
On December 26, 2012, Fontella Marie Bass died aged 72. She was musician (piano, singer) and songwriter, collaborated with Little Milton, Bobby McClure (The Oliver Sain Soul Revue featuring Fontella and Bobby McClure), Maurice White, David Bowie, Minnie Ripeton and Art Ensemble of Chicago. She recorded 8 albums during her career.
On December 26, 2006, “Columbia” label released “Oh! Gravity”, the sixth Switchfoot album. It was recorded in 2006, at “Big Fish Recordings” in Encinitas, CA, Signature Sound” in San Diego, CA, “Starstruck Studio” in Nashville, and was produced by Tim Palmer, Steve Lillywhite, John Fields, Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley.
- Jon Foreman– lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar
- Tim Foreman– bass guitar, backing vocals
- Chad Butler– drums
- Jerome Fontamillas– rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing vocals
- Drew Shirley– lead guitar, backing vocals
- Keith Tutt II – cello
- Kybra Minisee – violin
- Sidney Cabrera – violin
- Andy Geibon – horns
- Charlie Peacock– Chimus Minutus
- Mark Felthamon – harmonica
- Sarah Mooridian – cowbell
- Sean Watkins, Sara Watkins– vocals, mandolin
- Noah Lamberth – space pedal steel
- Care House Choir: Jennifer, Lukas, Dawn, Tierra, Lynsey, Steffany, Luke, Devin – vocals
- Tim Lord Palmer – additional “window treatments”
- Steve Lillywhite– executive producer
- Tim Palmer– recording, mixing
- John Fields– mixing
- Tom Lord-Alge– mixing
- Ted Jensen– mastering
- Steven Miller, Chris Testa, Joe Marlett – additional recording
- Michael Harris, Matt Beckley, Cameron Barton, Zeph Sowers – recording assistant
- Jamie Seyberth, Femio Hernandez – assistant mix engineer
- Joshua Marc Levy – art direction, illustration
- Andy Barron– photography
All tracks by Jon Foreman, except where noted.
- Oh! Gravity – Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman
- American Dream
- Dirty Second Hands – Jon Foreman, Todd Cooper
- Amateur Lovers
- Faust, Midas, and Myself
- Head Over Heels (In This Life)
- Burn Out Bright
- Let Your Love Be Strong
On December 26, 1999, Curtis Lee Mayfield died aged 57. He was composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, regarded as one of the most influential musicians and composers in soul and politically conscious African-American music. He started the career in a gospel choir, gained wide recognition as member and main composer of The Impressions, and later had a successful solo career. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked his 1965 song “People Get Ready” at number 24 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The same song was also included in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”, and in 1998 was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”. His album with the soundtrack for the 1972 movie “Super Fly” was ranked at number 72 on “Rolling Stone’s” list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 1994, Mayfield won a “Grammy Legend Award” in and a “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” in 1995. In 1991, he was inductee into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as a member of the Impressions, and in 1999 as a solo artist.