We are just heartbroken. We knew her not just as a blues singer's blues singer, crowd-rousing piano player but also as a kind-hearted, warm human being. Diane's mother, Miss Catherine, told us Diane had done as many as 30 gigs in a week, 6 in a day. "Sometimes," Diane told us as she wearily packed up her gear after the last gig of the night, "sometimes it's a *job,* you know?" But she never flagged. She'd give it her all to an audience of 5 as strongly as to an audience of 50. One of her "Boyfriends" told us, "Diane has no personal life; music is her whole life."
Diane gave it all to us. Huey's, The Vault, Cielo's/Molly Fontaine, you name it. She played her heart out for folks in retirement homes. If only we could have somehow turned the tables on her and shown her as much love as she bestowed on us. Diane, Diane, how we miss you. You *were* the blues, and Memphis just won't be Memphis without you. Take your rest, baby. Take your rest.
She is the greatest! We are luck to have Diane among us. Don't miss a chance to catch her! Joe Bryak
It's simple. Cohen is better for the overwhelming majority of Black folk than Hernton. Never mind superficial things like skin color or even the stronger factor of shared culture and history that Hernton might rely on--he's for the few and rich; Cohen is for the many. Cohen has supported all kinds of gov. programs that benefit us all. He has even sponsored the Reparations Bill, designed to help level the playing field and try to undo the legacy of slavery. His heart is in the right place. His actions, too. If all else is equal, sure, I'd vote Black. But how about John Brown vs. Idi Amin, to make a ridiculous example. In the end you gotta support the one who will do for you. And that's Cohen. Simple.
Fabulous piano player (all styles you can wish for), fine singer, great personality. Memphis' best kept secret. World class. On top of this, it's the best room in town, by me. Mellow to the max.
By Leonard Gill
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