|Joseph "Joe" Sample |
(February 1, 1939 –
September 12, 2014)
When I heard the news two nights ago that Joe Sample passed away at age 75, I was at first saddened, then nostalgic and then embarrassed that I had not thought about all the contributions that Joe Sample made not only to the Crusaders ("Street Life" was my jam!) but to music as a whole.
I realized that while, thankfully, I've gotten older, unfortunately, my radio these days is crowded with so much "noise" that I don't spend nearly enough time enjoying real music.
"Creole Joe" as his twitter handle implies was even a zydeco master. He did it all. With style.
I won't reiterate his accomplishments here, as the newspapers have done that. However, I will pass along the announcement his family posted on his Facebook page.
Services for Joe Sample: Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:00pm-9:00pm, wake and viewing open to the general public, My Mother of Mercy Church, 4000 Sumpter St., Houston, TX, 77020. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, etc., the family asks to make donations to the Joe Sample Youth Organization, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. Contributions can be made via paypal/credit card using the following link: https://www.paypal.com/
As for me, I'm heading to the "record shop" this weekend to pick up some of his classics. Because there's something about the music store experience that online shopping just can't satisfy.