Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Power of Soul

This close to the end of the year, it's time to talk about famous New Year's Eve concerts. One of the most famous and one of my personal favorites was Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys live at the Fillmore East 12-31-70. This is one of the funkier songs Hendrix ever played, and features a killer riff, Billy Cox on bass, and the magificent Buddy Miles on drums and backing vocals and scat singing. One wonders if, on this night, if Jimi knew he had about nine months to live, he would have done anything differently? We'll never know. So here's hoping that you have a groovy New Years'Eve and a great New Year. Keep on rockin'!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

He's Gotta Wear His Goggles...

... cause the snow really flies...On this date in rock history in 1964, the Beach Boys made their first appearance on the TV show "Shindig" (remember "Shindig" - Go go dancers, go go boots, the "Shindogs?" No? Then you're too young to be reading this!), playing, among other things, "Little Saint Nick," which was their attempt at writing a hot roddin' Christmas song, set to the tune of "Little Duece Coupe." Notice how all the girls go nuts when the camera pans to Dennis on the drums...Beachboymania! At any rate, happy holidays to your and yours, and keep on rockin'!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In the Garden of Eden...

... baby! On this date in rock and roll history in 1968 (actually it was yesterday, but I was too busy yesterday to post), the Iron Butterfly single "In A Gadda Da Vida" went gold. Now in my home town, when I was playing in bands in high school, to be accepted as a decent drummer, you had to be able to play the drum solos to either "In A Gadda Da Vida" or "Toad" by Cream. Not meaning to brag, but I could play both... The song, at 18+ minutes, was way too long for top 40 radio, so they did make a shorter version sans the drum solo for radio play. So let's enjoy the video, which I think comes from a public television special on the '60's produced a few years back; it featured Erik Braunn on lead guitar, who, unfortunately, is no longer with us, having died in 2003; Ron Bushy on drums, Lee Dorman on bass, and Charlie Marinkovich doing the keyboard solo on a Hammond B-3 (sounds much better than the ol' combo organ he used in the '60's, for sure!). Thanks to www.rockhall.com for the info, and keep on rockin'!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Just Like Starting Over...

Today in rock history, in 1980, John Lennon is shot by a deranged assailant as he and Yoko return to the Dakota after a recording session. He is pronounced dead at Roosevelt Hospital. A truly sad day for Beatles fans all around the world. I often think, where would be be if he were still alive today - doing an all-star show like Ringo, or still writing "silly love songs" like Macca? I know, both of them have moved on from these activities, but that's what they're likely to be remembered for. I'd like to think he'd be doing something revolutionary and exciting, still stunning the world with his talent and innovation. Ironically enough, he was poised to re-enter the music world in a big way when he was gunned down. He truly was starting over...let's enjoy the vid, celebrate his life, and keep on rockin'! Thanks to http://www.rockhall.com/notes/today-in-rock/ for the info...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Carl Perkins' Cadillac

On this date in rock history, in 1955, Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Honey Don't," which Sun releases together as a single on January 1, 1956. During May 1964, Perkins toured England along with Chuck Berry. The Animals backed the two performers. On the last night of the tour, Perkins attended a party that turned out to be for him, and ended up sitting on the floor sharing stories, playing guitar, and singing songs while surrounded by The Beatles. Ringo Starr asked if he could record "Honey Don't." "Man," answered Perkins, "go ahead, have at it." The Beatles would cover "Matchbox," "Honey Don't" and "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby". My connection to Mr. Perkins (besides rootin’ for Ringo every time I hear him sing Perkins’ song) is my band’s cover of the Drive By Truckers song “Carl Perkins’ Cadillac,” a sympathetic account of the early Sun Records days of Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Jerry Lee. My favorite line? “Dammit Elvis, I swear son I think it's time you came around. Making money you can't spend ain't what being dead's about.” ‘Nuff said… Enjoy the vid, keep on rockin’, and thanks to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Perkins for the info.