Today’s Monday Matinee offering is a classic 1969 Simon and Garfunkel TV special that had not been seen in many years until it was released in DVD format as part of a 40th Anniversary release of Bridge Over Troubled Waters. The special was originally aired on US TV at on November 30, 1969 (it was later shown on BBC which is apparently the source of this version). Here is what thevideobeat.com has to say about the special.
Controversial and rare TV show containing in-studio rehearsal and recording, road travel, political viewpoints, concert performances and video montages of key events of the 1960s.
The program was originally to be a “Bell Telephone” TV special but when they saw the finished product they said, “No!” When video images of JFK, RFK and MLK were shown while “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” played, the Bell Telephone executives commented, “They’re all democrats, why no republicans?” Simon & Garfunkel said, “Is that what you see? How about they were all assassinated?” Simon & Garfunkel met with CBS and they sympathized with the content and agreed to air the program.
Songs include: “America,” “So Long Frank Lloyd Wright,” “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “Scarborough Fair, ” “El Condor Pasa (If I Could),” “Punky’s Dilemma,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Mystery Train,” “Feeling Groovy,” “The Boxer,” “Homeward Bound,” “Sounds Of Silence,” and several others.
Seeing Simon and Garfunkel at the height of their power in 1969 is definitely worth an hour of your time but this video offers much more that that. Watch it and let me know what you think……..
I don’t talk to much about Country Music in this Blog but I have to comment on the passing of George Jones this weekend. Without a doubt George was the greatest country singer of all time. I can’t think of any better way honor his passing than this great performance of He Stopped Loving Her Today, the song he will always be remembered for……
If you listened to this song and didn’t have a tear in your eye by the end you don’t have a heart!
So…..as a general rule, I do not go in for the classic rock reunions but I am making an exception for Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, and the rest of the Guess Who when they were running across Canada once again back in 2000. I saw the Guess Who back in the early 70s (unfortunately without Randy) and they were amazing. I am happy to say the band has not lost a step in the intervening years. Really good stuff from my favorite Canadian band, I think you will enjoy this.
One of the things that I liked best about this concert was seeing the respect that Burton and Randy have for each other. Never thought I would ever see Burton singing a Bachman Turner Overdrive song….miracles never cease!
Today I have a terrific recent interview with Gordon. Some things get better with age…..Gordon is one of those things. Enjoy the interview!
As a bonus here is a great clip of Burton Cummings imitating Gordon singing various songs. Burton clearly has a lot of love for Gordon as do most Canadians and this American.
So…..we talked about The Lovin Spoonful last week. As it turns out, John Sebastian was also quite successful after his time with the group achieving solo success and having memorable performances at many of the great rock festivals in the late 1960s. Here is a great interview with John where he talks about the influence that the great Richie Havens had on his early career and how he ended up on stage at Woodstock as an unscheduled performer.
After listening to John’s interview, I bet you are ready to hear some music. Here are a couple of great videes of John from the Celebration at Big Sur and Woodstock rock festivals.
Celebration at Big Sur (1968) – with Stephen Stills
Photograph Copyright 1969 Henry Diltz
Richie will always be known for his opening performance at Woodstock. He was not scheduled to be the opening performer but when the first four schedule performers had trouble reaching the festival he was asked to play in order to buy time. In an epic performance he played for almost three hours straight, eventually improvising the song Freedom on the spot having played every other song that he knew. It was a wonderful performance and one that made him famous.
Here is an interview with Richie from the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.
Here is Richie with his amazing performance of Freedom at Woodstock in 1969.
RIP Richie – you will be missed!
OK I admit it…….I am pandering to my prog rock readers for yet another week with this 1973 behind the scenes ELP TV special. This is great stuff on one of my favorite Prog Rock bands. Keith Emerson on keyboards and the angelic voice of Greg Lake always make me happy. I hope they make you happy this Monday as well……
Gordon Lightfoot is easily one of my top three favorite musicians of all time (the others are Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen….and yes the Canadians outnumber the American on this list). Let me elaborate how strong my feelings for Gordon’s music are……
- If I had to give up all of my music except my Gordon Lightfoot library I could still lead a happy life.
- I have planned Gordon Lightfoot themed vacations…a train trip through the Canadian Rockies inspired of course by Canadian Railroad Trilogy.
- My pick for the most moving song ever written…..The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
- Did I mention he’s Canadian!
So it is with great pride that I bring you this great Gordon Lightfoot acoustic concert performance on BBC. If you aren’t a fan after listening to this concert…..I seriously have to question your musical taste. The set list includes:
Summer Side of Life
That’s What You Get For Loving Me
Affair on 8th Avenue
If YouCould Read My Mind
Steel Rail Blues
Ten Degrees and Getting Colder
Early Morning Rain
Me and Bobby McGee
Minstrel of the Dawn
Canadian Railroad Trilogy
I challenged my readers with a couple of questions yesterday and, as always, the faithful came through for me! Mr STAP stepped up and nailed the answer to the question about the origins of the name 10cc. His answer is summarized below:
There was a study that determined that the average output from a male ejaculation was 9 cc, so they called themselves 10 cc. Don’t remember the details about Lovin Spoonful, but the connection is obvious
Yes indeed….the members of 10cc wanted the world to know that they were real men! If the average man only produced 9cc they produced more….10cc. The similarity with the Lovin Spoonful name is that it is another slang term for the average amount of male ejaculation. The things you can learn on this website!
Thanks to Mr STAP for being the first to answer the question. I encourage you all to visit his great music blog standthereandplay (http://standthereandplay.wordpress.com). While you are there, be sure to checkout his amazing collection of concert posters!
My good friend Gerard was also nice enough to chime in with another interesting point regarding the above topic….while the story behind the name was based on a supposed average of 9cc, a lot of sources seem to indicate that a more realistic average is somewhere between 3 and 5 cc. Thanks Gerard for always being there for this blog!
One last thing…..the origins of the name 10cc makes me think about the movie This Is Spinal Tap. if you haven’t seen it, the movie is a mockumentary about a heavy metal band named Spinal Tap. The bands amps go up to 11 unlike every other band’s amps that only go up to 10. You can watch that scene below…….
If you are a rock fan and haven’t seen the movie I highly recommend that you find it and watch. The first time I saw it Iaughed until I cried!
So……back on March 18th I did a Two’Fer Tuesday post about 10cc and challenged the readers to post a comment explaining the origin of the groups name. No one…..let me repeat….No one responded 😦
Undaunted, I am throwing down the Pop Quiz gauntlet again!
Yesterday i posted about The Lovin Spoonful and, as it turns out, the origin of their name is closely related to the origin of the name for 10cc. Your challenge is to be the first to post a comment explaining how the two names are related.
Ready….set….comment…. Come on, I know you can do it!