I’m sorry to report that Jesse Winchester passed away yesterday. He was a great singer/songwriter who is better know for other artists interpretations of his songs than for his own recordings of them. Here is Jesse’s performance of his song Biloxi (from his self titled debut album) followed by Jimmy Buffet’s cover version version (from Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes).
I always had great respect for Jesse and his personal convictions that caused him to move to Canada in the 60’s rather than to be drafted into the military and sent to Vietnam. He was granted amnesty in the 70’s by President Carter. Jesse was back home in the US living in Virginia when he passed away yesterday.
We lost Scott Asheton, the drummer for Iggy Pop and the Stooges, today. He was 64 years old. Scott’s brother Ron, the Stooges guitarist, had preceded him in death passing away in 2009. Here is what Iggy had to say about Scott:
Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world.
If by some chance you aren’t familiar with the Stooges check out the following video recorded in 2010 over 40 years after their start in the late 1960s. Neither Iggy nor the band had lost any of their power across the years, and as you will see, their fans are just as devoted as they were in 1969!
Scott, you will be missed…..RIP my friend!
A message to readers of my blog. I know that my lack of recent posts has probably left some of you wondering what’s going on. Don’t give up on me or the blog……I will be back with more great stuff in the coming months!
“If there’s something wrong, speak up.” – Pete Seeger
I won’t bore you with a tribute to Pete today….if you want to read one, they are easy to find.
Instead, I ask each of you to think about which side you are on. Pete was always on the right side whether it was supporting the labor movement in the 40s, fighting McCarthyism in the 50, or marching for civil rights and protesting the Vietnam war in the 60s. We have issues today that are just as important as the ones that Pete sang about but very few people today seem to be willing to take a stand. If you want to honor the life of Pete Seeger pick a side, speak up, and make your life count.
The rock world lost a true innovator today with the death of Phil Everly, one half of the amazing Everly Brothers. Their harmonies had a major influence on groups that would follow including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon and Garfunkel to name just a few. Phil will be missed greatly. Here’s a wonderful video of them performing (OK….they were obviously lip syncing) one of their early 60s hits called Cathy’s Clown (Phil is on the left in most of the shots in the video. His brother Don is singing lead on this one).
Here is a short but to the point documentary about the impact of the Everly Brothers on the music business (with some great insight from Warren Zevon….RIP Warren)….
Here’s a much more detailed documentary about the duo and their music. You need to watch this to truly appreciate their talent and what we’ve lost with the death of Phil.
Marvin Gaye is another of my all time favorite performers. In memory of Marvin’s amazing career, I offer his live performance of the Christmas Song. Enjoy!
If you’re a Marvin fan, or even if you aren’t, I invite you back later today to checkout my Monday Matinee post which features the 1964 T.A.M.I. concert (arguably the best concert in history). A very young Marvin was on the bill for that concert as were a long with of other performers that have since become music legends. You really don’t want to miss this one
If you’ve been paying attention over the past two years you already know that I adore the late Dan Fogelberg. He was a talented songwriter, a great singer, and although we tend to overlook it, he was a wonderful musician. Today post features his musical chops on the beautiful song, Snowfall………
I was lucky to get to see Dan multiple times in the 70s and 80s and one of my biggest wishes has been to show all of the readers of this blog what an amazing live performer he was. I’m excited to tell you that I’ve recently discovered some live performances by Dan from 1976 and I plan to feature those performances in a post before the end of the year. Keep an eye out for it!
Lou made his mark in the Velvet Underground. As Lillian Roxon said about them: “They were punk in a time of flower power” and to that I would like to add that they were absolutely awesome. From my perspective Lou was the heart and soul of the Underground. Lou died today, on Sunday morning, and based on that here is how I will always remember him…..
Great vocal from Lou but I must confess it is not my favorite Lou song. Have a listen to Heroin which is my favorite…..
The dynamics of this song are unbelievable.
When the Underground broke up in 1970/1971 Lou went on to have the most success of any of the other group members having a huge hit with “Walk On The Wild Side” in 1972.
If you want to know more about Lou incredible career checkout this documentary (I apologize in advance for the ad at the beginning!)……
As a follow-up to yesterday’s 1970 Chicago concert, here is a mini 1970 documentary on Chicago from the NBC video news magazine “First Tuesday”. I think you will like it……
In my Chicago posts over the past few days I have intentionally avoided one topic that needs to be addressed. Terry Kathy, the amazingly talented Chicago guitarist, died in early 1978 from an unintentionally self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was a senseless and tragic loss for the band and for music in general. The details are provided below (thanks to Wikipedia for this information)…..
Around 5 p.m., on January 23, 1978, after a party at roadie and band technician Don Johnson’s home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, Kath took an unloaded .38 revolver and put it to his head, pulling the trigger several times on the empty chambers. Johnson had warned Kath several times to be careful. Kath then picked up a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and, leaning back in a chair, said to Johnson, “Don’t worry, it’s not loaded”. To assuage Johnson’s concerns, Kath showed the empty magazine to Johnson. Kath then replaced the magazine in the gun, put the gun to his temple, and pulled the trigger. However, there was a round in the chamber, and Kath died instantly. Kath was one week short of his 32nd birthday. He left a widow, Camelia Emily Ortiz (whom he married in 1974; she would later marry actor Kiefer Sutherland), and a daughter, Michelle, born in 1976.
My friend Gerard informed me this morning that JJ Cale had died and suggested that a post was called for. I couldn’t agree more!
JJ was a musician’s musician and maybe more importantly a songwriter’s songwriter. Many of you might not be familiar with his name but I can assure you that you know JJ’s music. and that is exactly the way he wanted it.
“I’m a background person,” Cale told the Chicago Sun Timesin 1990. “I’m not a household name. People have heard my music, but all my famous songs were made famous by somebody else. . . . But that was my goal.”
Let’s listen to a couple of of JJ’s songs that were made famous by other artists…….
It wouldn’t be right to not feature a JJ performance so here is a great clip of he and Eric Clapton playing the two songs above at the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival……good stuff!
I encourage you to dig a a little deeper and listen to some of JJ’s solo work. I think you will dig it. To get you started you can listen to to his entire 1976 album, Troubadour, below……..