I apologize for the lack of recent posts, but the insomnia has returned. I really wanted to post something funny, but just can’t think of anything. There are new posts up on my Genealogy blog, but that’s it..
So I’ll leave you with this. Maybe next week will be better.
This could be posted under Singer – Songwriters or Guitar Gods as well. Just as my last Music Box was could have been. Maybe I need to start another series.
This time it’s Dave Mason on the hot seat. A quick reminder for those not quite up to speed with my music tastes. Dave is best known first, as a member of Traffic, then as a solo artist with “We Just Disagree” as his biggest hit. The other track of his that made it big, is covered here by Dave Mason And The Quarantines. Just like “Let It Rain” in the post linked at the top, this is a virtual performance. In fact, take Peter Frampton out and insert Michael McDonald and the backing band is damn near the same.
And take a look at the wall of gold and silver records in Dave’s home. Wow! Now that is impressive. I really like the double platinum album for The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Electric Ladyland“. Dave played the acoustic 12 string guitar and sang backup on both “Crosstown Traffic” and the monster hit “All Along The Watchtower” for that album. That was the only award I could identify in the video. Let me know if you see any others you can identify.
As much I give Michael McDonald grief as a member of the Doobie Brothers, I think he fits in quite nicely with this song. His voice seems to fit, not that you can understand half of what he says. But then Joe Cocker’s cover of this song isn’t all that understandable vocally either. The rest of bandmates are spectacular! Mick Fleetwood’s eyes are a whole ‘nother post!
Today’s entry is Chester Williams Powers, Jr. Never heard of him? Not surprising since he didn’t preform under his birth name. In fact, he not only used a stage name, Dino Valenti (sometimes Valente), he wrote under a different name, Jesse Oris Farrow. As confusing as some of my family tree has turned out to be.
So just who is this guy, or maybe it’s “these guys”?
You would know him best from the psychedelic 60’s and 70’s group Quicksilver Messenger Service. Their biggest hit was “Fresh Air” which I thought I’ve already linked here on the blog, but I can’t find it. But that’s okay, since I’m not using that song anyway.
While listening to Earle Bailey on the Deep Tracks channel this morning, he played the song I will use. He also talked about how Chet (at least that’s what his Wiki page says he calls himself) had the different names. Naturally, I had to go and check. The next obvious step was to write this post so I might be able to educate you, my wonderful reader(s).
One thing I did learn was that Chet wrote “Let’s Get Together”, or as it’s more widely known “Get Together”. I may or may not have already posted Jessie Colin Young and the Youngbloods’ cover of that tune here. That version made it to number 5 in 1967.
After an arrest for possession of marijuana, he was searched again by police (who found more marijuana and amphetamines in his apartment) while awaiting trial. He received a one-to-ten-year sentence served in part at Folsom State Prison. To raise money for his defense, he sold the publishing rights for “Get Together” to Frank Werber, the manager of The Kingston Trio.