Wednesday, February 26, 2014

RIP Paco de Lucia and Harold Ramis

Guitar great Paco de Lucia passed away while vacationing in Mexico. He died of an apparent heart attack while on the beach.

Mr. de Lucia was a virtuoso talent who toured with jazz guitarists Al Di Meola  and John McLaughlin. I had the pleasure of seeing them in 1981 at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY.

Here's a video of these three masters from that tour.


Amazing performance.

RIP Paco de Lucia
Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia plays a guitar during a rehearsal of closing concert of the Biennial of Flamenco in the Andalusian capital of Seville October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

I would also like to mention Harold Ramis passing as well. When you look at the body of work Mr. Ramis accomplished in his career, it's amazing he wasn't more of a household name up there with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Sorcese. His genre was comedy and he had a hand in some of the greatest comedies in the last 30+ years.

From what I've read, the reasons he wasn't as "famous" as others was because he was such an unassuming guy. It sounds like he was unfazed by fame and more focused on his work than being well know.

You could make a case that Mr. Ramis gave birth to the pantheon of comedy films that have been released after the successes of films such as Animal House, Stripes, Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. All of which Harold Ramis either wrote, directed or acted in.
RIP Harold Ramis

His list of films is impressive and it appears that he had a hand in just about every great comedy in the past 30 years including Analyze This.

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