Category Archives: History

Images Of World War 1 Sites Today


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.

The Article

Remembering Phil Everly


Nothing to say.

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Remembering JJ Cale


English: J.J. Cale playing the blues

English: J.J. Cale playing the blues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Nothing to say.  Great artist. JJ Cale passes away on July 26.

 

 

 

 

Random Songs From My Phone – Stevie Ray Vaughn – Little Wing


English: Stevie Ray Vaughan Photograph © Scott...

English: Stevie Ray Vaughan Photograph © Scott Newton Weselex Depository Rights Reserved. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Remembering Clarence Burke Jr


Clarence Burke

Clarence Burke Jr passed away on May 25th, he was 62.  He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist with 1970’s family band “The Five Stairsteps“.  The band was best known for it’s hit “O-o-h Child“, a song rated at 392 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 of All time.  The video below is the band on “Soul Train“.

Random Songs From My Phone – The Commitments – “Mustang Sally”


The Commitments (film)

The Commitments (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Remembering Tony Sheridan


Tony Sheridan, Live

Tony Sheridan, Live (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Song Of The Day – The Monkees – “Goin’ Down”


The Best of The Monkees

The Best of The Monkees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Remembering Alvin Lee


Alvin Lee

Alvin Lee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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.

 

 

Remembering Von Freeman


von freeman have no fear

von freeman have no fear (Photo credit: cultchas)

 

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

 

 

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