Category Archives: History
Very interesting article showing sites of WW1 battles as they look today. The war to end all wars started just over 100 years ago. One of my grandfathers fought for Canada in this and was gassed at some point. I’m going to have to look into that a bit further.
Good evening all. Lots happened in the last month, and I’ll expand on that all over the next few days. In the meantime, I just needed to drop in and let you know I am still kicking. That trip to Alaska in a short while is going to be very therapeutic. My song of the day is a random shuffle off my phone and boy, did I hit it big time. Love this song Little Wing, the classic Hendrix tune as interpreted by one the great Texas blues-men of all time, Stevie ray Vaughn. As an added bonus, I have added a Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer renditions of the tune. Enjoy, and we shall talk soon.
Stevie Ray Vaughn‘s cover
John Mayer’s cover
And the original
I am adding a new feature to my Song Of The Day category. I hit random on my iPhone and whatever song pops up is my Song Of The Day. This feature joins my current group consisting of “Remembering”, “Canada’s Best Music”, “Let’s Explore The Blues” (which I’m resurrecting) and the “Song Of The Day” (which makes up everything else).
I couldn’t have chosen a better song to start this series. The Commitments, filmed in 1991, follows the forming of a soul group in Dublin, Ireland. It is unique in that the actors were chosen for their musical talent and not their acting ability. Kind of like the Blues Brothers in that respect. The result, a terrific movie and an absolutely great soundtrack. The song that popped up was the Mack Rice classic, “Mustang Sally“. The song has had a great life, being recorded by Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy, The Rascals, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and many others.
Tony Sheridan, an early Beatle (Ok the Beat Brothers), he is one of only 2 men (the other being Billy Preston) to be credited on a Beatle song, and the only person to sing lead on a Beatle single, passed away on February 16, 2013. All the stories have been told, so no point in rehashing them. Suffice to say that the Beatles first album was released as “My Bonnie” by Tony Sheridan and the Beatles. The band’s name was changed to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers as the word Beatles sounded too much like the German word for penis. I wonder how they dealt with that as the Beatles became more and more famous.
He was an original rock & roll artist, but migrated to more of a jazz player as his career continued. He continued recording right up to 2008. Here is a sampling of his work.
Shake It Some More, recorded in 1966.
With The Beatles
Some more recent material
It has been a tough week. Been to busy to sit at the keyboard, with more hecticness to come. Blogging will be slow until next week. Having said that, we did find time to finish off Breaking Bad to current. Heard this song on the credits(great show for music) and had to smile. I mean, The Monkees!!. Still, a great song, good enough to make song of the day.
- Mike Nesmith says he and his fellow Monkees will tour again (examiner.com)
March 6th was a tough day. The world also lost Alvin Lee, guitarist, leader and singer of Ten Years After. This band is one of those bands that etched a big place in the soundtrack of my life, this song in particular. “I’d Love To Change The World“. It has a short interview at the beginning and gets cut off at the end, Oh well.
The band hit its stride at Woodstock, and contributed to the idealism of the 60’s and early 70’s. Terrific player, great band, he will be missed, Alvin Lee, dead at 69.
- Tributes To ‘Ten Years After’s’ Alvin Lee Led By Queen Guitarist Brian May (contactmusic.com)
- RIP Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee (brooklynvegan.com)
- Ten Years After singer Alvin Lee has died at 68 (todayentertainment.today.com)
Tenor jazz saxophone player Von Feeman died on August 11, 2012 at 88. I love Saxophone and jazz, together a deadly combination. Von was one of the great innovators and creators of this sound in, what is known as, the Chicago School. I have attached 2 videos, one is live in Chicago in 1988, the second is Von playing last year at almost 90. Incredible sound, great player.
and the second