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Duane Allman's Guitar Brilliance

Duane Allman's Guitar Brilliance


Duane Allman, known as "Skydog" to those who loved him, was one of the all-time great rock guitarists. In just 10 short years, Allman produced an amazing body of work, both as a studio musician and as part of the Allman Brothers band. Sadly, he was killed in a motorcycle accident at 24, just as the band was breaking through to mainstream audiences. Now, more than 40 years after his death, Duane Allman's influence on rock is still being felt. See how his legacy is remembered today, and read what others are saying about this guitar hero.

Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side

Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side


Lou Reed, who died Oct. 27, 2013, was one of rock 'n' roll's darkest and most seductive ambassadors. His unmistakable deadpan voice, haunting lyrics and unusual instrumentation inspired generations of musicians to follow in his footsteps, with varying degrees of success. His career had more commercial failures than hits — his debut with the Velvet Underground sold just 30,000 copies — but his influence on future artists was massive – and remains huge today. On the anniversary of his death, find out what others are saying about his artistic and personal legacy, and leave your own message in his Guest Book.

The Powerful Mahalia Jackson

The Powerful Mahalia Jackson


Mahalia Jackson's voice moved mountains. Renowned for the extraordinary power of her singing voice, Jackson sang the gospel, stunning listeners with her bold contralto tones. But her power extended beyond the ability to gain fans. Jackson used her musical gift to advance the civil rights movement, performing in Montgomery during the bus boycotts, as well as at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington and again at his funeral. She stated that she hoped her music could "break down some of the hate and fear that divide the white and black people in this country." On the 103rd anniversary of her birth, we remember the power Jackson wielded – over her listeners and over a changing America.

What to Say – and Not Say – to the Bereaved

When someone you care about is grieving, it's hard to find the right words. Learn how to write a condolence note and get tips on providing comfort and support in times of loss.
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What You Need to Know Before the Funeral

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How to Write an Obituary or Eulogy

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2014 Memorial Site
2014 Remembering celebrities who died and the year's notable deaths
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Site | Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons/Vince Alongi
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Paying tribute to U.S. veterans of the Iraq-Afghan wars
Remember 9/11 Memorial Site
Remember 9/11 Honoring those we lost on Sept. 11, 2001