We believe that we are known by what we do, and a lot of what we do is inspired by the experiences we have, the art we look at and the music we listen to. This month, we honour legendary musicians that have left an impact on us personally and inspire us daily. These musicians have made such a difference to our lives, changing the way we listen to music and bring out the best in us. Have these legends changed your life too? #WhatMakesUsGoWhoaMama
“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”
Born J. R. Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), he is one of the most prolific musicians in America. With songs like “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Walk The Line”, “Ring of Fire”, Cash has made a name for himself all over the world and even at the Whoa Mama office.
Famous for wearing all black, Cash once claimed it was because it was easier to keep clean on long tours. Two years after his death, a movie about his life was made starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, introducing a whole new audience to his unique brand of music.
“They got me trapped
Can barely walk the city streets
Without a cop harassing me, searching me
Then asking my identity
Hands up, throw me up against the wall
Didn’t do a thing at all”
These lines from Tupac Amaru Shakur’s (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996) track “Trapped” is one of the many that talk about social issues in America. So much of Tupac’s music focused on this, making him a symbol of resistance and an activist against racism, gender inequality and other issues.
After his death at the age of 25, five albums were released and certified platinum. And at Coachella in 2012, a hologram of Tupac performed with Snoop Dogg and his lyrics were turned into a Broadway play titled “Holler If Ya Hear Me” – making Tupac one of the most influential performers even after his death.
“Hey ho, let’s go! hey ho, let’s go!
Hey ho, let’s go! hey ho, let’s go!”
Born John William Cummings, Johnny Ramone (October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004) was the founding member of the punk rock band The Ramones. As one of the best known bands in the genre, their music has transcended time. His unique technique on the guitar made Johnny Ramone much more rhythmic than any of his contemporaries and heavily influenced punk rock bands that came after.
“Blitzkrieg Bop”, “Teenage Lobotomy” and “Rockaway Beach” are just some of the most iconic songs by the band. These songs have played a huge part in all of our lives, through our teenage years and even now, they represent a more rebellious time in our lives. Every year, a Johnny Ramone memorial is held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where he is buried.
To rock fans everyone, the name John Bonham (31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980) is sacred. As the drummer for Led Zeppelin, he was known for his fast bass drumming, distinctive sound and power behind the kit. Even now, Bonham is regarded as the greatest and most influential drummer of all time.
Affectionately known as ‘Bonzo’, he performed drum solos with the band, including the infamous track “Moby Dick” which lasted 30 minutes. He used his bare hands for different sounds and during tours with Zeppelin, he also included congas, orchestral timpani and a symphonic gong. For us at Whoa Mama, Zeppelin is a band that will always hold a special place.