But his song does pop into the ol’ brain case now and then. Back in the day I was a fan of CDB. I drifted away from his music for no particular reason, just changing tastes I guess. But this along with The Ballad of the Uneasy Rider are still on my playlist. Even if he does spell Trudie wrong (see the link above).
Charlie was a damn good musician, although his twang distracts from the vocals for me. He could play that fiddle something fierce. I have several big cowboy hats like his. Plus a really nice Stetson my late, great mother-in-law bought me in New Orleans back about 1995.
This video reminds me of The Allman Brothers so much. With the two drummers and dual lead guitars. The song itself isn’t all that complicated, but I can’t play it. I can’t grow a beard that bushy, so I don’t qualify. Guess that means ZZ Top won’t be calling anytime soon either…
P.S. I’ve got a new genealogy blog now. The link is down below!
Saturday afternoon while I was do a little genealogy this played on the Classic Vinyl station. I am very familiar with this song, it is a George Harrison original after all, but not this version. A quick look at the channel guide showed me it was George and his best pal Eric Clapton. I immediately brought up YouTube to see if I could find a video. I did find a video for the two guitar gods playing together, but it didn’t sound quite right.
On the cover I heard, the vocals were really nicely balanced. George’s lead vocal had more presence than both the original by The Beatles and this live video I had found. It took a few changes to my search terms, and some scrolling to find at least the proper vocal mix. If you go to the YouTube page for this song it says it is a 2004 remix of a 1991 concert from Japan. The bootleg concert video (here) is interesting in seeing the interplay of George with the audience at the beginning, and of course to see Eric play in his usual laid-back style. They didn’t call him slow hand for nothing.
The album Live In Japan features this track, and Eric also preformed it at the Concert For George tribute concert to Harrison in 2002.
The video I’m using is boring, true. But I used it because of the superior audio quality. I hope you enjoy it as much as I!
P.S. I’ve got a new genealogy blog now. The link is down below!
Today is one of those days when I have a medley of songs stuck in my head. It was a difficult choice to pick just one of the songs bouncing around inside my noggin, but I picked this one. Not really sure why. Ringo Starr’s Act Naturally (with Buck Owens) was also a major contender.
If I had to come up with a single reason for this song over Ringo’s it would have to be the husband and wife duo of singer-songwriters. I guess this post could fit under that theme as well.
What a list of backing band members! In Eric Clapton’s autobiography, he credits the late Delaney Bramlett with scaring him to broaden his music. Eric really only wanted to be a guitar player, but Delaney thought he should go solo and sing as well. “If you don’t use all your talents, God will take them away” was Delaney’s warning (paraphrased as I no longer have the book to get an exact quote).
All this happened while D&B were touring with Eric’s band Blind Faith.
On the strength of Accept No Substitute, and at his friend Harrison’s suggestion, Eric Clapton took Delaney & Bonnie and Friends on the road in mid-1969 as the opening act for his band Blind Faith. Clapton quickly became friends with Delaney, Bonnie and their band, preferring their music to Blind Faith’s. Impressed by their live performances, he would often appear on stage with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends during this period, and he continued to record and tour with them following Blind Faith’s August 1969 breakup. Clapton helped broker a new record deal for Delaney and Bonnie with his then-US label, Atco (Atlantic) Records, and performed (with Harrison, Dave Mason, and others) on Delaney and Bonnie’s third album, the live On Tour with Eric Clapton (Atco; recorded in the UK, 7 December 1969, and released in North America in March 1970). This album would be their most successful, reaching #29 on the Billboard 200, and achieving RIAAgold record status. Clapton also recruited Delaney and Bonnie and their band to back him on his debut solo album, recorded in late 1969 and early 1970 and produced by Delaney.
So, what song did I pick you may be asking yourself.
“Never Ending Song of Love” is a song written by Delaney Bramlett, and, according to some sources, by his wife Bonnie Bramlett. It was originally recorded with his band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, in 1971 on the album Motel Shot. Released as a single by Atco Records the same year, “Never Ending Song of Love” became Delaney & Bonnie’s greatest hit on the pop charts, reaching a peak of #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eight Easy Listening. It reached #16 in Australia.
Taking a break from the genealogy today. I did set up a couple of test family trees for the two matches I mentioned yesterday, but that’s it. Not going to stress over finding long lost cousins right now.
Today’s stuck song features two gentlemen that are on some of my other lists. Walter Becker is on the Guitar Gods and Wizards list, and Donald Fagen in also on the Singer – Songwriter list. But this song is not what I had in mind when I will feature each of them later. This is a Steely Dan song. Donald and Walter will show up later.
Steely Dan is an American rock and jazz fusion band founded in 1972 by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals). Blending elements of rock, jazz, latin music, R&B, blues and sophisticated studio production with cryptic and ironic lyrics, the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. Initially the band had a core lineup, but in 1974, Becker and Fagen retired the band from live performances altogether to become a studio-only band, opting to record with a revolving cast of session musicians. Rolling Stone has called them “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies”.
After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult followingremained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. VH1 ranked Steely Dan at #82 on their list of the 100 greatest musical artists of all time. Founding member Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017, leaving Fagen as the sole official member.
I have mentioned “The Dan” in an earlier blog post. Well, at least I thought I did. I can’t seem to find it now. So, I guess I’ll have to retell the story. It’s not too long but go get an adult beverage if you’d like.
I was about 13 years old just throwing a football around with a neighbor. He was older than I, about my brother’s age maybe even a few years older. As we were playing catch, we were talking music. Yes, even at an early age I was trying to learn about the music I was listening to on the radio, and from the albums I was “borrowing” from my older siblings.
When we got around to talking about The Beatles (they had broken up by this time) Ol’ Tommy told me that Steely Dan would be the “next Beatles”. They may not have made it quite that big, but they did have a very loyal following. This was about the time that “Reelin’ In The Years” was out so I knew the band. I did my best from then to get every album of theirs I could find. I still have them. Somewhere…
“Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” must be their biggest hit, but it’s not my favorite. For whatever reason “Kid Charlemagne” takes that title. But that’s not the song that’s stuck in my head. This one is.
Oh, I think I scared off the every Friday vistor. I have seen him/her since I mentioned it. Too bad!
10CC… What comes to mind when you hear that? A measurement of volume (10 Cubic Centimeters – although Milliliters is a better term), or maybe, for techies a Carbon Copy on an email send to 10 addresses? Well, in this case, I’m referring to the English “art” band, 10cc.
I won’t use their two American airplay hits, “I’m Not In Love”, (from the 1975 album The Original Soundtrack) or from the 1976 album Deceptive Bends, “The Things We Do For Love”. Both are excellent songs with “I’m Not In Love” reaching number one in the UK and number 2 in the US, and “The Things We Do For Love” making it to number 6 and number 5 as well.
10cc is an English rock band formed in Stockport, Greater Manchester in 1972. It initially consisted of four musicians – Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme – who had written and recorded together since 1968. The group featured two songwriting teams. Stewart and Gouldman were predominantly pop songwriters, who created most of the band’s accessible songs. By contrast, Godley and Creme were the predominantly experimental half of 10cc, featuring art and cinematically-inspired writing.
Every member of 10cc was a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer and producer. Most of the band’s records were recorded at their own Strawberry Studios (North) in Stockport and Strawberry Studios (South) in Dorking, with most of those engineered by Stewart.
I always enjoy it more when the song is based on an actual event;
The song was based on real events Eric Stewart and Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward experienced in Barbados. Stewart changed the location to Jamaica. Graham Gouldman commented: “Some of the experiences that are mentioned are true, and some of them are … fairly true!” Stewart recalled seeing a white guy “trying to be cool and he looked so naff” walking into a group of Afro-Caribbeans and being reprimanded, which became the lyric “Don’t you walk through my words, you got to show some respect.” Another lyric came from a conversation Gouldman had with a Jamaican, who when asked if he liked cricket replied, “No, I love it!”.
While this catchy reggae rhythm is what’s stuck today, I also recommend their 8+ minute opus “Une Nuit A Paris (One Night in Paris)” also from the Original Soundtrack album. But I have to ask what exactly that album was a soundtrack for….
And I’m not going to get into other meanings of the band’s name. See also: The Loving Spoonful. I seem to remember another band name or song title along this line, but it won’t come to mind right now. Leave a comment below if you know of others that fit!
On one of the (too many) news feeds I read, Far Out Magazine has been posting a look back at some early songs by The Beatles. The web site (linked above) covers a very wide range of music and other artsy things.
This particular track was mentioned a few days ago and although the song itself hasn’t stuck with me the way John intro’s the song has. The video has a little bit of an interview that isn’t really all that interesting. The good part starts about 50 seconds in.
So… Yesterday we celebrated Father’s Day. Yes, we were a week late (for the USA), but this was the first time in about 4 years we’ve had both of our sons together. We are a military family. For new readers, I am a retired US Army and son-the-elder is active Army. So, we are very used to celebrating holidays that don’t match everyone else’s calendar. We really don’t give a rat’s ass. We celebrate when we want to. Get over it, we don’t care if it messes with your calendar. My son and I have dedicated over 30 years to protecting your way of life. We understand that you may not agree with either of our outlooks. But understand that we have protected your right to have a difference of opinion. If you don’t like that fact – go the fuck away. Plain and simple.
So anyway, while over-imbibing on various adult beverages, this silly assed clip came up. Between the several veterans in attendance (although this clip had nothing to do militarily with this post), all felt this was worthy of a post. It does bear to note that we are all of Scots descent, and that does bear to mind this post.
Wifey and I are just over a year since our trip to the homeland, Scotland, just in case that hasn’t jumped out at you yet. One thing that stands out for me, is that it’s funny that I have problems with TV shows with characters with any kind of accent, be it British, Scottish, Spanish, etc., I have major problems understanding the dialog. But while in country, I had no problems at all. Therefore, I blame it on TV. My ears are fine (no, not really). But still, TV sucks.
P.S. Next weekend is Granddaughter-The-Elder and Wifey’s birthdays. Just and wait and see what happens then!
Before I get into the music, let’s do a quick catch-up since it’s been awhile since my last post.
Wifey starts her new job today. She was laid off due to the coronavirus on St. Patrick’s Day (17 March for those that don’t have a calendar handy). She’s back in a law office, which is what she was doing for the last 5 years or so. And trying to claim unemployment here in #Floriduh has been a pain. But we made it work (again).
Obviously, I made it through the cardiac ablation fine. I haven’t had a follow up with the cardiologist that did the procedure yet, but I did have a follow up with my regular cardiologist and have a tele-medicine call with my family doctor tomorrow. No big warning signs have popped up, although my blood glucose is trending a bit high as well as my blood pressure. I’m blaming the blood pressure on the fact that I have had the anti-arrhythmia drugs stopped. Plus the fact that I am more than a bit overweight, which adds to both the blood pressure and glucose issues. Neither of the “problems” are serious at this time. Wifey and I are trying to maintain a better diet and now that my heart is beating normal again, we have restarted our walking in the mornings. The biggest issue I have from the procedure is the itching from where they shaved my groin for all the catheters they used. By my count I had one catheter in my right femoral vein, four in my left femoral vein and one in the left femoral artery. Even though I had stopped the Eliquis (blood thinner) two days prior to the procedure, I still bruised badly.
Other good news is that son-the-younger also has found a new job, and son-the-elder has finally made it back stateside from his Europe deployment, but back home quite yet.
Now, on to the music.
I have no clue why this is stuck in my head. I am not that big of fan of Mr. Springsteen. It is notable that the line “Well I got this guitar and I learned how to make it talk” is what keeps repeating. Realizing of course, that “talk” rhymes with “walk”, I’m more used to hearing that guitarists strive to make their instruments “sing”. But then again, Bruce doesn’t really sing all the well either. Not that I do any better, but still. In retrospect, it’s no worse that Eric Clapton and George Harrison using the line “Then I told ‘bout our kid / Now he’s married to Mabel”. Mabel rhymes with “table” the last word of the previous verse. Artistic license as it best/worst?
I picked this version of the song simply because of Melissa Etheridge. I had a cassette tape of her first album when I was stationed in Korea. I wore that tape out. I love her voice!
P.S. I had blood work done yesterday and I just got the results. My glucose is firmly in the normal area. So disregard the above!
Not too long ago (I can’t really remember exactly when – the days here in self-isolation just blend together), I watched the ZZ Top documentary on Netflix. A very enjoyable show it was. It gives a good background on how they got started and had bit and pieces of lots of their music scattered throughout the show, as well as the band playing live.
One line that stuck with me, but I can’t remember who said it (not a band member), was “ZZ Top took the blues and turned it into party music”. That’s a very true statement. It goes right along with front man Billy F. Gibbons’ reply when asked why fans still come to see them play live; (paraphrasing here) “I don’t know. We’re just the same three guys playing the same three chords”.
I hope they keep those same I-VI-V chords going!
This song has been stuck in my head off and on since I watched that show.
So just yesterday, or maybe the day before, or was it last week, son-the-younger hit me up with one of his questions. It was a very good question.
”Would Jimi Hendrix be just as famous if he had had a lead singer?”
In my (not so humble) opinion, no he would not have been as famous. Generally speaking only the front man of the band get’s the headlines. Without “googling” it, name the lead guitar player for The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, or The Animals. See? Not that easy. (Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and The Animals was a trick question, they had more guitarists wander in and out you’d have to read the Wikipedia page for all the names).
Not that Jimi didn’t deserve his fame. He was a brilliant musician, and is a member of my “Guitar Gods” list (I really, really need to actually put that list in writing). My thought was since he died so young (a founding member of the 27 Club), he would not have had enough time to get out of the shadow of a really good front man. Of course, we’ll never know. Feel free to leave your response to the question as a comment!
Before you go thinking that this is a Hendrix post, read on.
The next (semi) logical step in our conversation was who else fit in this category. We threw lots of names around. Naturally, the whole discussion started looking for a rabbit hole. As we were on our second Tequila drink (not sure exactly what we were drinking, something from son-the-younger’s warped mind) it didn’t take long to find said rabbit hole.
We ended up discussing front men that really couldn’t sing. Sometime during the course of the back and forth of throwing out names and laughing, I mentioned Roger McGuinn. Since Earth Day and Arbor Day is right around now, this song has been getting a bit more airplay. And when I played it for the boy, he had never heard it. But we both agreed that Roger is not a singer. A great song writer and guitar player, but we’ll leave it at that.