Thread: In tribute...

Stephen - 9/25/2010 at 12:38 PM

John "Bonzo" Bonham, May 31, 1948-Sept. 25, 1980 -- Zeppelin -- my first concert, July 1970 -- his playing on those early Zeppelin albums -- and on all of them -- but especially those early records (just me) --
a great musician
RIP Bonzo

lonomon - 9/27/2010 at 12:10 PM

R.I.P. Bonzo

fanfrom-71 - 9/27/2010 at 12:38 PM

Ride in peace John Bonham.
So glad I was able to see him perform a couple of times.
My favorite drummer.

fanfrom-71 - 9/27/2010 at 09:01 PM

WOW! Not much love for Bonzo?

Stephen - 10/4/2010 at 01:22 PM

Janis Joplin, Jan. 19, 1943-Oct. 4 1970

"and I say whoa-whoawhoawhoa, ahoney, this can't bbbeee love..."

that Cheap Thrills album -- permanent brilliant -- just loved Janis -- what a month that was, Alan Wilson Sept. 3, Jimi Sept. 18, Janis -- a beautiful soul

Stephen - 10/20/2010 at 06:39 PM

Wasn't really a fan but remember where I was when hearing about Lynrd Skynyrd's plane crash -- their Gold & Platinum record is real nice, as is the simple one-sentence liner note from the band to its fans....

Skynryd fans were marking the 20th anniversary of this sad event when word came along of the passing of Mr. Henry Vestine (Christmas 1944-Oct. 20, 1997) -- great guitar player, part of the original Canned Heat -- for one fine listen go to their Live At Topanga Corral record -- in his will Henry asked that when circumstances permitted, for some of his ashes to be spread on the moon on Vestine Crater -- how cool is that

KWidgeon - 10/20/2010 at 07:03 PM

Cool thread. Showing some love for Bonzo and all the others mentioned here.

And hello to my brother (((Stephen))).

Stephen - 10/21/2010 at 06:15 AM

Kitty my sister ((())) -- yeah just a quiet corner of appreciation for all my heroes -- so many are no longer with us, but forgotten they are not

Stephen - 10/29/2010 at 08:31 PM

"He was a triple scorpio (laughs) -- he had a good temper on him -- he didn't mince with words -- he was a compassionate person, if he like you he liked you all the way, if he didn't like you ... he didn't care At All." - Gregg

"Duane had this way of talking that made you instantly realize he didn't bullsh!t." -- Red Dog

"I KNEW the dude; I knew him all the way through. I admired him; I learned from him, he learned from me. To experience that with a musician the caliber of Duane Allman is one of the greatest gifts I've received and been able to share in my 31 years." - Dickey

Howard Duane Allman, Nov. 20, 1946-Oct. 29 1971 -- his gift of music positively impacted so many people that he'll always live on -- the annual Jam for Duane, the cool event coming up next month in Macon on his birthday, people like Tom Holloway who organized the great 20th-anniversary even in Macon -- through people like Donnah with the great photos she's posted -- & of course all ABB fans -- I love the ABB

lonomon - 10/29/2010 at 08:53 PM

Well said

R.I.P. Duane

Stephen - 11/11/2010 at 03:49 PM

"Berry was a serious and determined person who always befriended the low man/child on the totem pole. From early childhood Berry had a passion for defending anyone in trouble and taking them under his protective wing until differences were resolved. This character trait became even more dominant as he grew older."

Candace Oakley, from the candlelight vigil Oct. 29, 1992 at Rose Hill Cemetery

Raymond Berry Oakley III, April 4, 1948-Nov. 11 1972

As we speak right now, decades & generations later, his legacy flourishes, with his brothers preparing for a round of shows that could border on the cosmic -- you know he would love how they sound -- I love the ABB, & it's mainly because of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley --

the article from Bass Player magazine around then ('92 or so) said it best
"it was his attitude coming through his fingers"
that attitude was, love is everywhere -- it was a special time
BO was the heart & soul of it all -- you are missed bro

Stephen - 11/12/2010 at 03:37 PM

July 9 1947-Nov. 12 2008

Gosh it doesn't seem like two years already -- fel so lucky to see him on the Experience Hendrix tour -- his playing on all those Hendrix records Speaks For Itself -- drumming in the league of Bonzo, Moony, Ginger B...
A lifetime of listening -- thank you so much...

fanfrom-71 - 11/12/2010 at 03:49 PM

July 9 1947-Nov. 12 2008
Gosh it doesn't seem like two years already
I remember calling Frankie Toler the day Mitch died and giving him the news.Mitchell was Frankie's favorite drummer.
Ride in peace brother Mitch.

Stephen - 11/16/2010 at 04:29 PM

Sorry for such a long post, but it's a wonderful recollection of Mr. Twiggs Lyndon from Steve Morse, whose band the Dixie Dregs Twiggs was working with at the time of the 1979 accident in Duanesberg --
"when the Allman Brothers quit he was like a fish out of water..."
with all the other BS that was going on at the time w/the lawsuits, a road crew that was lacking, and then this (even though Twiggs wasn't with the ABB) -- that was it for brother Red Dog, who three days later said so long to the ABB -- the only original member who left on his own
it just shows how tight a bond those original musicians & crew had
Rest In Peace, brother Twiggs -- you'll never be forgotten

MF: Maybe this is too personal to talk about, but I've always wondered about Twiggs [Lyndon].

SM: No, I like talking about Twiggs. He was a very good influence for all of us. He was just a gung-ho, incredible, do-it-all, fix-it-all, multitalented, mechanical genius, hard-driving, cowboy, sort of road technician. [laughs] When the Allman brothers quit, he was just like a fish out of water. He didn't know what to do, so he worked a little bit with Sea Level, which was Chuck Leavell's band, the keyboard player. And right after that Chuck started playing with the Stones and hasn't stopped since.

But anyway the way we got together was he was with Sea Level when we played at the same show. And they both remarked to Phil Walden of Capricorn records that they really enjoyed the band. And I think that led to us getting signed with Capricorn. Then he volunteered to work with us. He said, "Hey, I got a truck and I've got sleeping quarters in the truck and I know how to do this stuff. And I can teach you guys how to tour on the road and do it efficiently. And he did."

MF: What year would that be, roughly?

SM: '76, maybe '77. And really up until the day he died he was just full on. In fact we were driving an old bus that we'd bought. We took it on the tour for transportation, but we didn't have any interior in it. We were sleeping on blow-up air mattresses on the floor. Because when we started the album, Twiggs was going to build the interior. And Twiggs could do it, he could make it exactly like a regular RV.

That was his thing. He invented things and made things happen. For instance, he made a fully articulated suspension for Chuck Leavell's piano in the Allman Brothers. The grand piano traveled in a truck and he made this cradle inside a cradle with shock absorbers that would hold the piano so it wouldn't go out of tune. Stuff like that. And he came up with a device to blow hot air across Chuck's keyboard when they played outside. [laughs]

MF: How did he die?

SM: He was interested in parachute jumping and he had gotten a new sports chute, one of the first square sails that were available down here. And he was participating in multiperson jumps, the star formations, you know, where they all jump out of the plane and connect and hook up together. This was back when it was a new kind of thing.

MF: Were the rest of you guys doing that too?

Dixie Dynamo: Musician's Friend Artist Spotlight Exclusive Interview with Steve Morse SM: No, I only jumped twice on the same day, just to do it. Back then they would just hand you a parachute and tie the rip cord to the static line and you could just jump out of the plane. Now, of course, there are too many legal liabilities for anybody to let you do that. Anyway, I dropped him off at a jump site down in Georgia and he did the star formation there. We both lived in Georgia. But the way I dropped him off was I flew over it, and he jumped out of the plane. [laughs] We were just doing it for a goof.

Later, while we were on tour, he'd planned to hook up with these guys in upstate New York to do a star formation with 14 people or something like that. They practiced on the ground. It was freezing cold. The band was going to have lunch while he was jumping and then go on to the gig, because we had a gig that day. Twiggs and I were talking about the wind. It was really windy. I was wondering how many knots forward speed you could get out of a parachute. Otherwise you wouldn't have any control. And we agreed that it was close to the limit. So that was not a good sign.

The next thing was Twiggs didn't have winter clothes. He was a guy who lived in Georgia. He didn't dress that warmly. And neither did I. It was just freezing cold with this biting wind. And they practice outside for about an hour, how they are going to hook up, who is going to go where, which direction they're going to exit the star formation so they don't hit each other when they open up their chutes.

They finally went up in a Cessna 206 or 207 with no door on it. So that was freezing. By the time they got up to 13,500 it was way below zero. They jumped. He made the formation and the other guys opened up, and I guess he was one of the last ones to open. And he had a problem with his chute. He cut away and right about then I think he had a heart attack or passed out or something. Because he just plummeted. I was watching him. I went tearing into the woods. And after about 45 minutes we found him. And of course he was dead.

I called his parents and told them what happened. For some reason I thought we could just take him and find a place that would take care of him. But we couldn't. We couldn't even touch his stuff. It was really weird. I remember getting threatened with jail by one of the police saying, "You can't . . ." Twiggs wore a very expensive diamond on his ear. And I was going to grab that before all these strangers just took him. And that was really dear to him. He was always wearing his life savings. That was one of his things. He said, "Why put it in the bank where you can't use it?" So they got all bent out of shape. I said, "Hey, he's my friend. I'm going to take care of his stuff." They said, "Well, you can't." And it just freaked me out.

We ended up having to back down. Because there were cops there. I couldn't even take his suitcase to his parents. I became a bus driver that day. We called the gig and told them what happened and said, "we're driving as fast as we can, see if the other band will switch with us," because we were opening up for Jorma Kaukonen. We drove to the gig and when we got there we learned that they couldn't switch and they had just unloaded our stuff from the stage because they wouldn't wait for us. It was just the most horrible day of my life.

MF: Sorry to bring it up, man!

SM: No, I don't mind talking about it. Because it's one of the best things you can do for your friends that are gone is to remember them well. But the main thing is he really taught the band a lot. And he especially was such a good example of never giving up. Because he never gave up on anything—"Just find an answer, find a solution." At times the truck was falling apart underneath us and it was real clever the things he would do to keep it going.

Stephen - 11/24/2010 at 03:30 PM

Mr. Albert Collins
Oct. 1 1932, Nov. 24, 1993

What a great player -- one of those artists who you can't believe you don't have more of in your collection -- his Alligator records with the Ice Pickers are treasures & I don't even know any of his stuff before that...

How often has it come to mind that if stuck on the proverbial island & all there was were Albert Collins, Albert King and Buddy Guy records -- you'd be good -- More than good

You'll never be forgotten, Albert Collins

Stephen - 11/29/2010 at 08:37 PM

"I've got a word or two
to say about the things that you do
Yatellin' all those lies
about the good things that we can have if we close our eyes..."

the song of George's that has stayed with me the most over those years -- as has that whole record, the incomparable Rubber Soul

From going to the theatres to see the Concert for Bangla Desh, right up to the fantastic Concert for George -- & all points in between -- & before too obviously..."I know I'll never be the same/if I don't get her back a-Gain/....

& so much of his stuff I don't know, like Gone Troppo, Somewhere in England, Extra Texture/Read All About It (OMYBLPMPH), except for This Guitar Can't Keep From Crying, & on & on....have never heard a note of Brainwashed...

I love Beatle George -- whose deeply religious views were rooted in the peace/love-the-one-you're-with hippie values of the day -- amazing it's been nine years since his passing -- George Harrison, thank you so much

Stephen - 12/4/2010 at 02:57 PM

Fondly remembering two of the greatest most interesting innovative guitarists & musicians of all times in some circles

Mr. Frank Zappa, whose loss 17 years ago on this date left the world without one of its geniuses -- cancer, at 52 -- a real loss -- it was Hot Rats that got me into Frank -- & the ones that followed, esp. Overnight Sensation -- to this day hardly even know Lumpy Gravy, WOIIFTheMoney, Freakout & those ones -- "standin' on the corner of the Lido Hotel/floozies in the lobby love the way I smell..." -- Frank, you are a genius --

Mr. Tommy Bolin -- "a delightful man...a lost soul" is how Jon Lord describes him in Heavy Metal Pioneers -- my gosh how I'd like to know more about Live at Ebbets Field -- an inexpensive item it is not -- the release from a few years ago, Whips & Jingles (?) was supposed to be good too -- of course Spectrum is as much Tommy's album as it is Billy's, he's just ridiculous on that, & the songs he plays on on Mind Transplant, the Alphonse Mouzon album that came the next year (1974) was just awesome as well -- never even knew his playing in DP -- but sure hard to believe it was 34 years ago today, holy mackarel

[Edited on 12/4/2010 by Stephen]

Stephen - 12/8/2010 at 03:18 PM

There are places I remember
Some have gone, some have changed
some forever, not for better

...though I know I'll never lose affection
for people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I've loved them all

what beautiful writing -- the simple heartfelt sentiment comes across so well -- something he'd similarly expressed earlier that year with his song Help -- being famous --

We love you John

Stephen - 12/10/2010 at 03:29 PM

Mr. Otis Redding, Sept. 9 1941-Dec. 10 1967
Mr. Rick Danko, Dec. 29 1943-Dec. 10 1999

Two voices, and what voices they were -- which bridged all "forms" of music & which Everybody dug regardless race creed color etc. -- Otis was one of the first "rock stars" I ever heard of -- not through his music though -- via William Bell's "Tribute To A King" -- later on his side of the Monterey live album got played on my brother's stereo long before Jimi's -- of course Otis was part of the bill that gave Duane & Gregg their calling in life -- w/BB King, Patti LaBelle &, shoot don't recall the other band -- Gregg usually recalls this occasion in interviews & stuff

at any rate I love Otis Redding -- the wing to the airplane that went down was at the R&R HOF when I went years ago

I love Rick Danko too -- I mean what else would there be if it was just the first two Band albums, MFBPink, and The Band -- the 1968-78 run of The Band is a very precious legacy of music --

Just fondly remembering two tremendous musicians, who left us too soon -- and whose music was supposedly as "different" by "category", as it was all the same...

Stephen - 12/21/2010 at 03:41 PM

Now where would our music world be without the contribution of one of the Giants, literally and figuratively, of that sound he he was pivotal in pioneering, known as electric blues guitar...

Mr. Albert King -- whose music I don't know, not do -- who every time he comes on a TV show or stereo, owns that stage w/that left-hand playing & scowling looks -- dang it's hard to believe it was almost 20 years ago -- (Dec. 21, 1992) -- that the big man had made his final deal w/the devil etc -- what a great musician & any other comments of course are always most welcome, esp. about the great recordings of the incomparable Mr. Albert King.
RIP bro

Stephen - 12/25/2010 at 06:31 PM

"I worked on jobs
with my feet and my hands
And you know all the work I did was for the other man
And now we demand a chance
to do things for ourself
We're gettin' tired of beating our heads against the wall
and workin' for someone else..."

what many felt, regardless of race, although that's what he was talking about in this song -- coming right at the time of the MLK/RFK violence etc -- his concert in Boston the night of MLK, w/he and Mayah White up there on the stage, paying tribute to Dr. King & showing in the flesh that black/white violence could so easily be avoided -- with music, passing the peace pipe etc. -- James himself said it best in later years in Get On The Good Foot

"the long-haired hippies and the afro blacks
they all get together across the tracks
And They PARTY
they be dancin' on the good foot...

...this Christmas can't go by without appreciation for the immortal Mr. James Brown -- four years already (Dec. 25 2006) -- there was no one else like him

Stephen - 12/27/2010 at 06:01 PM

How can it be two years already -- since the passing of Mr. Delaney Bramlett -- so many of our heroes have passed in recent years, & Delaney's passing hit home -- we all know the records & everything -- what great stuff he did -- the musical world isn't the same without Delaney Bramlett

KWidgeon - 12/28/2010 at 05:30 PM

How can it be two years already -- since the passing of Mr. Delaney Bramlett -- so many of our heroes have passed in recent years, & Delaney's passing hit home -- we all know the records & everything -- what great stuff he did -- the musical world isn't the same without Delaney Bramlett

I agree 100%. Delaney is very sorely missed.

Stephen - 1/1/2011 at 06:55 PM

Same thing with Mr. Townes Van Zant -- how many folkies are there out there whose music I know I'd like, & who I'd never heard a note of --

kinda bad, but still only starting hearing around for his stuff when he passed on (Jan. 1, 1997) -- seems to work that way sometime, for some reason -- but he's got his devotees & should for the long career he had in music

Happy New Year to all!!

Stephen - 1/4/2011 at 03:41 PM

Phil Lynott -- "on this day in music," passed on Jan. 4, 1986 -- only 36 years old -- a fine bass guitarist/songwriter -- the Jailbreak album is all his writing or co-writing -- Jailbreak is one of those albums that is so good in part (or more) because of how cool the album cover is -- you flip open the gatefold, & boom -- jailbreak -- Thin Lizzy is about much more than TBABITown on this album -- Way more indeed

RIP Mr. Phil Lynott -- an underrated and missed musician

[Edited on 1/4/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 1/29/2011 at 04:06 AM

Just as with his fellow great bluesman Albert King, it's hard to believe that 19 years have passed since the passing of Mr. Willie Dixon (Jan. 29, 1992) -- how many bands were inspired to get their start from the music of Mr. Dixon (you know Led Zeppelin is forever grateful )

Mr. Willie Dixon, who I've always thought is to the blues what Charles Mingus was to jazz -- a great bassist whose songs live on

Rest in peace, Willie Dixon

Stephen - 2/7/2011 at 03:21 PM

RIP Mr. Billy Jones (Nov 20 1949-Feb. 7 1995)
he contributed so much to our universal language of music -- those albums of the triple-guitar attack w/he, Hughie & Henry Paul were, & Are, tremendous listening

lonomon - 2/8/2011 at 02:37 PM

RIP Gary Moore

off to jam with Phil and Rory

Stephen - 2/15/2011 at 04:04 AM

Mr. Mike Bloomfield (July 28 1943-Feb. 15 1981)

Mike and Nick Gravenites produced the song "You Reap What You Sow" from Otis Rush's Mourning in the Morning album -- Duane was one of three guitarists on the session along of course with Otis, and Jimmy Johnson, while the PBBBand's Mark Naftalin was one of the two keyboard players

that may have been the closest these two musical giants, Duane and Mike, ever came to crossing paths in the studio

What a player -- what a cool person too -- his animated (to say the least) intro of a then-unknown Johnny Winter (he called him Winters) on The Lost Bloomfield-Kooper tapes -- the great version of One Way Out from that album -- IMO he was seldom better than on Nick's My Labors album -- Moon Tune -- what singing & playing

& of course his work in the Butterfield Blues Band

gone much too soon -- how can 30 years have passed

a tremendous musician

Rest in peace, bro

lonomon - 2/15/2011 at 02:16 PM

Little Walter, born Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968), was an American blues harmonica player whose revolutionary approach to his instrument has earned him comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix for innovation and impact on succeeding generations. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners' expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica. Little Walter's body of work earned him a spot in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 making him the only artist ever to be inducted specifically for his work as a harmonica player.

I was born on the day he died.

R.I.P. Little Walter

Stephen - 2/19/2011 at 04:05 AM

That's a real affecting tribute to Little Walter lonomon -- I know he's great # 1, & # 2, don't know his music!

What would life be for us music heads without a little AC/DC now and then

Thank you Mr. Bon Scott (July 9 1946-Feb. 19 1980) -- those 1970s AC/DC albums live on -- us who know those records, & those who have the Bonfire box set, enjoy & appreciate this great vocalist/musician

[Edited on 2/19/2011 by Stephen]

[Edited on 2/19/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 2/22/2011 at 03:35 PM

thinking of a brother, Red Dog -- in that better place

Would also like to pay tribute to one of the most unique musicians of all times
in the era that Red Dog/the ABB came from, anything was possible musically -- seeing an elderly black gentleman, Mr. Papa John Creach (May 28 1917-Feb. 22, 1994), who seemed to step off the pages of a backporch bayou jam into playing psych-rock music w/a bunch of stoned out hippies, was not only quite natural but just a very unique blending of the fiddle into rock music of that ilk...

it was wonderful! the live cut of Milk Train" (from 30 Seconds Over Winterland); all the wonderful playing he did with Hot Tuna; and indeed, later on with the Jeff. Starship on those excellent mid-70s albums

what great times -- brought about by great music -- specifically that of Papa John Creach -- I can still see him sitting in that old car with the other three Hot Tuna members from their Burgers album

[Edited on 2/22/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 2/25/2011 at 04:06 AM

Getting off work at 11 p.m., it's midnight on the boards here -- making it convenient to post here -- about my musical heroes

"There's an old man, asittin' in a rocking chair
He's got the best beagle dog in the county, I've been told
But his shotgun done got too rusty
That ol beagle dog, he done grown a little too old

"As he stares up into heaven
I'm sure I know the reason why
He's athinkin' about that promised land
In them Blue Ridge Mountain Skies"

For this and for so much more -- thank you, Mr. Toy Caldwell (Nov. 13 1947-Feb. 25 1993)
nothing but brilliance -- simple brilliance -- a guitar player like no other --

Stephen - 2/26/2011 at 07:46 PM

Mr. Buddy Miles (Sept 5 1947-Feb 26, 2008)

He lived a long full life -- of course best known for his work with Hendrix -- what about that Carlos Santana/Buddy Miles Live! album --with the orange & red cver -- recorded in a volcanic crater somewhere -- his recordings with the Electric Flag...

& in on a jam among some amazing musicians -- Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley and Johnny Winter, on Wasted Words -- the last minute or so of that song is just Buddy and Johhny, blazing away in an awesome 2-way jam

the drum roll at the end of Them Changes still blows me away -- what a great player was Mr. Buddy Miles -- 3 years go by a lot quicker than they used to

Stephen - 3/4/2011 at 04:14 AM

Mr. Richard Manuel (April 4 1943-March 4 1986)

Boy did I ever feel this one (didn't we all) -- so very very sad & unfortunate

with their first two albums & Rock Of Ages -- what other music could ever be necessary?

Richard was great

Thank you Richard Manuel -- you'll never be forgotten

Stephen - 3/8/2011 at 07:41 PM

Really remember feeling the passing of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (Sept. 5 1947-March 8 1973) -- was really getting into the Dead then -- Europe 72 -- the side w/Sugar Mag, Pigpen's Mr. Charlie, & Tenn. Jed...
He was to the Dead what Brian Jones was to the Stones -- original member, a lot of early input, then the sound drifted more into different areas later on...
those first 3 live Dead albums -- & Workingman's & A.Beauty -- what incredible music, & it wouldn't have been what it was without Mr. McKernan -- RIP bro

Stephen - 3/9/2011 at 04:03 AM

The passing of great vocalist Brad Delp on this day four years ago in Atkinson, NH was strange -- no sign at all that he had been depressed or anything.

What a revelation that first Boston alum was -- heavy metal-like instrumentation, with CSNY-type vocals -- his work on all those vocal tracks remains amazing all these decades later

I always wanted like mad to see Beatlejuice -- friends who did said it was the best of all the Beatles cover bands.

What a singer & musician he was -- RIP Brad Delp -- you are missed

Stephen - 3/17/2011 at 03:10 PM

Blind Faith
Low Spark
EC's Rainbow Concert
the Fathers & Sons album

the bass playing of Mr. Ric Grech (Nov. 1 1947-March 17 1990) helped to make all these records the classics they are -- he participated in more jams I like, than I could possibly name off the top of my head -- never forgotten through his music

Stephen - 3/19/2011 at 01:55 PM

March 19, 1982 -- the date always sticks out, when Mr. Randy Rhoades had his tragic airplane accident -- they announced it over SHOM FM in Montreal, a station that played a lot of Ozzy -- first heard his playing on the radio on Crazy Train, immediately thinking that is some guitar playing -- the Tribute album remains a wonderful tribute to this musician who had so much more in him -- RIP Randy

Stephen - 4/5/2011 at 03:06 PM

Bob "Bear" Hite
Feb 26 1943-April 5 1981

Canned Heat -- what a band of the times it was -- that sitar & intro to their famous one On The Road Again still sounds so cool -- & their live chops were the real thing, as Topanga Corral shows -- RIP bro -- your contributions are never forgotten

nor those of another musician whose music gave rise to a whole new sound/movement/category -- Mr. Kurt Cobain (Feb. 20 1967-April 5 1994) -- Nirvana's music & their Nevermind album -- RIP bro

Stephen - 4/9/2011 at 08:00 PM

Mr. Phil Ochs (Dec. 19 1940-April 9 1976

If the only thing he ever did in his life was those first two albums, "All The News That's Fit To Sing," and "I Ain't Marching Anymore," they would be (and are) the best possible examples of "topical" songwriting

The "There But For Fortune" from 1989 or so, includes highlights from those records as well as a live performance

Phil would have a field day with all these current events, and the various wars in Libya, and other places

Visiting the R&R Hall of Fame some years ago, it had on display a letter written by Woody Guthrie to Phil's family, registering his deep upset at the news of his passing

He found a vehicle for his passion, his anger and intensity, through lyrics -- he was one of a kind and his work still resonates -- "Here's To The State Of Mississippi," "The Power and the Glory" -- "One More Parade" -- and on and on -- his work can't become outdated

RIP sir

[Edited on 4/15/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 4/15/2011 at 03:02 PM

You kinow punk rockers everywhere are pausing today to remember the godfather of them all,
Mr. Joey Ramone (May 19 1951-April 15 2001)
Joey had a tough battle with lymphoma -- a hard infirmity
the Ramones-Mania 2-LP set has many of the greats -- the Ramones -- punk's answer to AC/DC -- those 2-3 min soundalike blasts of music that are so good -- their album Acid Eaters, in which they covered, and covered Fantastic too, many 60's psych songs, is great -- they sound like themselves
Rest In Peace Joey

Stephen - 4/15/2011 at 03:04 PM

April 15
as a Titanic fan I always notice this date
next year is the 100th anniversary -- imagine some big doings will be on tap to remember this most infamous shipwreck of all time

Stephen - 4/17/2011 at 10:16 PM

"Hey looky there, 'cross the street..."
Cars and girls -- what else was there for teens of the 1950s (or any era for that matter)
Eddie Cochran (May 1930-April 17 1960)
I would've been bummed for weeks had I been one of his fans, hearing about his death at age 21 in a car wreck in England
My Eddie album is a good one, a 1983 release, all in mono! -- 20 Flight Rock, C'Mon Everybody, of course SBlues -- Eddie's version of LTSally rocks out -- great liner notes by Brian Setzer, who writes well about his hero, incl. notations by each of the songs -- he pays tribute to Eddie in his Stray Cats song "Gene & Eddie" from the Blast Off album
Another great tribute to Eddie is by the Steve Gibbons Band with their song "Eddy Vortex"

The Who, Blue Cheer, T Rex, the 100s of others -- they could all cover Summertime Blues -- but no one will ever measure up to the master -- the king of all cool cats back in the day -- Mr. Eddie Cochran

[Edited on 4/18/2011 by Stephen]

midnghtrdr69 - 4/18/2011 at 12:22 AM

RIP Bonzo. Had the privledge of seeing him with Zep on the 74 tour I think. It was, he was great. One more genius taken from us way too soon.

Stephen - 4/18/2011 at 01:26 AM

Felix Pappalardi, Dec. 30 1939-April 17 1983
This was a sad day -- to think that Gail Collins, who did all the wonderful artwork on those Mountain albums, could have done this
Felix was awesome -- no one else had the sound he had with that big bass rig of his -- and what a voice -- a great songwriter -- helped put Cream on the map with his producing of their albums
Rest in peace bro -- you'll never be forgotten

"In a house beside the northbound tracks I felt the Santa Fe engine line
The Deep South calls her childrewn home and the scent of magnolia fills the night"

[Edited on 4/20/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 4/20/2011 at 02:26 PM

Steve Marriott
Jan. 1947-April 20 1991

Huhwah -- 20 years???
no matter
How I would like to have seen Steve Marriott live -- A Humble Pie youtube was posted some months ago, confirming even more what is widely known anyway about this awesome musician -- he is a locked-in-and-more musician on that video -- singer/songwriter/guitarist, w/few peers IMO --
a tragic untimely death in a house fire -- awful
Rest In Peace, Brother

Stephen - 4/28/2011 at 05:59 PM

Mr. Tommy Caldwell
Nov 9 1949-April 28, 1980

I had a killer stereo around the time of Where We All Belong came out -- a Luxman integrated amp, an almost top of the line Dual turntable, & awesome JBL L65 speakers -- oh my gosh, Tommy's brief solo on 24 Hrs. -- would crank it up to the nines, & What A Sound -- it remains one of the best-recorded bass solos ever --
Thank you for everything Tommy -- you are missed, & not forgotten

fanfrom-71 - 4/28/2011 at 06:09 PM

Mr. Tommy Caldwell
Nov 9 1949-April 28, 1980

I had a killer stereo around the time of Where We All Belong came out -- a Luxman integrated amp, an almost top of the line Dual turntable, & awesome JBL L65 speakers -- oh my gosh, Tommy's brief solo on 24 Hrs. -- would crank it up to the nines, & What A Sound -- it remains one of the best-recorded bass solos ever --
Thank you for everything Tommy -- you are missed, & not forgotten
I remember where I was on this date. What a very sad day indeed.

Eddie Cochcran. What a rocker! One of my all time "deserted island" picks for sure.

abbfan47 - 4/29/2011 at 03:28 AM

Very Cool Thread.

I'll add Paul Kossoff and Rory Gallagher. 2 of my favorites.
And my favorite vocalist of all time - James Dewar.

R.I.P. to all the great ones.

lonomon - 4/29/2011 at 11:32 AM

Mr. Michael "Mick" Ronson
(26 May 1946 – 29 April 1993)

Kick ass English guitarist, esp for David Bowie during the Ziggy/Spider days and played on one of Dylan's
Rolling Thunder tours. read somewhere that John Mellencamp said his early song 'Jack and Diane' was rearranged
or something by Ronson and became a hit, thanks to what Ronson did.

Sadly, he died of liver cancer at age 46 back in '93.

[Edited on 4/29/2011 by lonomon]

Stephen - 4/30/2011 at 01:45 PM

Very nice to see the posts!

Mr. McKinley Morganfield
April 4 1913-April 30 1983

My gosh -- if Muddy Waters had the proverbial nickel for all ther music that's been covered from his catalog -- most every band comes to mind
saw Muddy at Paul's Mall in Boston around the time of his Hard Again tour -- he was in good form & said how much he liked Boston & that it always felt like he was coming home when he played there
of course he did 100s of albums -- but IMO The Real Folk Blues, from 1963 I think, is one of the most important & timeless of all time, in any genre
A pioneer of music -- his legacy can't go away, his music will be played as long as there is music itself

Stephen - 5/4/2011 at 02:31 PM

Paul Butterfield
Dec. 17 1942-May 4 1987

The "BB King & Friends" show from 1988 is a must-have -- Everyone is on it, Clapton, SRV, Albert King I think, numerous others
but so is Paul Butterfield -- it was one of his last times on stage, & the show is dedicated to him
one brilliant, ahead of his time musician -- their first album is so different from anything else from those days (1966) -- then came East West -- still remember hearing that for the first time many years later (late 70s or so) & thinking...wha? how could I never have heard this before
the Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Rest In Peace, brother

Stephen - 5/11/2011 at 02:59 PM

Noel Redding
Christmas 1945-May 11 2003

how cool is it his participation in Warren's Power Jam from 93 or 94 -- playing with people in such a different sphere but from the same era etc. --
Are You Experienced
Axis: Bold As Love
Electric Ladyland, w/his great Little Miss Strange
& his many other recordings w/Jimi

Never forgotten

Stephen - 5/14/2011 at 01:51 PM

Keith Relf
Sept. 22 1943-May 14 1976

definitely remember hearing this over the radio...
just listened to the Armageddon CD, which someone here on the boards was nice enough to burn -- with Bobby Caldwell on drums, Martin Pugh guit., Louis Cennamo bass

he was a great singer & musician -- the Armageddon album was the last thing he did -- but just his participation in the Yardbirds alone
RIP, Keith Relf

Stephen - 5/30/2011 at 08:51 PM

Just one short month after Tommy Caldwell's passing came word of that of another, equally loved bassist -- Mr. Carl Radle (May 30, 1980)

Of course Carl was with EC all through the 70s, beginning with EC's solo album right up until this point, & his live playing on EC Was Here rivals that of D&TheDominoes In Concert

His legacy can't be forgotten -- for it's that of the universal language of music

RIP bro, & thank you for your music

Stephen - 6/2/2011 at 02:26 PM

"Bo Diddley Rides Again!..."
My favorite cover of a Bo Diddley song, among what must be the thousands out there -- have forgotten who does it though (yet I like getting old)

what about Rockout I too -- the first 4 songs, WDYLove, Roadrunner, Bo's Bounce (a 1:35 instrumental that shows his axe side) and YCJABBIts Cover -- then it goes into other stuff by Chuck, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Eddie C. etc etc

Mr. Elias McDaniel
Dec 30 1928-June 2 2008
the world hasn't been the same without him & his square guitar
RIP, bro

Stephen - 6/6/2011 at 04:17 PM

Mr. Billy Preston
Sept. 2 1946-June 6, 2006

leaving the world a poorer place because of his absence
& a better place because of his tremendous music & infectious upbeat personality that many who played with him, mentioned regularly

shook hands with Billy when Ringo & All-Starr Band played in 88 or 89 in Kingston NH
what tunes he did -- his organ playing on Here Comes The Sun & elsewhere on A-Road -- Clapton speaks so glowingly -- & fairly -- of Billy in the EC concert vid from a few years ago

you rock, Billy Preston -- never forgotten bro

Stephen - 6/10/2011 at 02:40 PM

Sept. 28, 1930-June 10 2004
What else need be said -- as well all know it was a Ray concert where a kid in the audience at an Ala. show had his epiphany
From "Between Rock And A Home Place",
"Then came my epiphany...Talk about fate! Ray was so brilliant, playing such cool and sophisticated licks and phrases on the piano and singing with that wonderful big soulful voice...It was truly a life changing experience, and Ray Charles has remained a huge influence on me my entire career."

The previous tribute, to Billy Preston, figures prominently here too. Chuck: "Billy Preston was in the band at the time, and while Ray played an incredible show, I was mesmerized by Preston, the guy in the background behind the star, sharing the spotlight but being given lots of space to play. It seemed to me he was having a better time than anyone else there..."

Billy -- Ray Charles, the Stones, the Beatles, Bangla Desh, live King Curtis album, the All-Star Band later on, his overlooked A Whole New Thing album -- he was wonderful --

& it wasn't about any one aspect of music that Ray Charles did -- like Chuck said, it was "that big soulful voice & piano playing"

Stephen - 6/14/2011 at 03:39 PM

March 2 1948-June 14 1995

There's often a lot of Rory mention here on the boards
& abbfan47 & lonomon in this thread

I'll admit it -- I have no Taste
although -- is there really any such thing as a "bad" Rory album -- or "Bad" any album for that matter
if Photofinish and Top Priority are any indication -- oh my gosh -- what trio playing -- guitar bass drms man -- Rory was one of the undisputed greats -- RIP, brother

lonomon - 6/16/2011 at 11:28 AM

as for Taste ... get the best of that's out
great stuff

[Edited on 6/16/2011 by lonomon]

Stephen - 6/21/2011 at 02:22 PM

Thanks for that headsup lonomon -- don't know a note from Rory's original trio, Stoked -- Rory Rocks

Stephen - 6/25/2011 at 01:51 PM

Michael Jackson
Aug. 28 1958-June 25 2009
Fame overwhelmed this young man into an early grave -- he was in the public glare since birth -- he made tremendous records -- his trio of 90s albums, History, Bad, & Dangerous -- plus all his earlier stuff
RIP bro

lonomon - 6/27/2011 at 11:34 AM

40 years ago tonight, after only three years in business, rock promoter Bill Graham closed the now legendary Fillmore East, the "Church of Rock and Roll", in New York City.

Stephen - 6/27/2011 at 02:19 PM

Amen to that, lonomon -- the Fillmore, Ludlow Garage, Warehouse, Boston Tea Party etc etc -- irreplaceable -- & it's a great tape -- one of the first good-qual ABB boots I ever had

Let us not forget the Ox too -- how could we -- John Entwhistle (Oct. 9 1944-June 27 2002) -- with Ox-size talent
John was the first rock n roll hero I ever saw up close -- when his band, also called Ox, played early 1975 maybe or so, in Columbus OH at the Agora -- Awe-some -- a fun memorable night -- saw the 'oo later, in Dec. 1982, Worcester Centrum
he was a sensational musician -- no other like Mr. Entwhistle
RIP bro

Stephen - 6/29/2011 at 03:34 PM

Cass Elliott, Sept. 21 1941-June 29 1974
Lowell George, April 13 1945-June 29 1979
George McCorkle, Aug. 23 1947-June 29 2007

Great great musicans one & all -- the lazy lounge swing of Dream A Little Dream -- those video clips of the Ms&Ps, singing away -- and Lowell -- he played on the greatest thing the Feat ever did IMO, WFColumbus, then bam -- sad

and George -- the big man strumming out all those hard driving rhythm guitar parts as Tucker tore down the house at its live gigs -- he is never forgotten, as is the case with the other two -- the circumstances of George' passing elude me at the moment, but wasn't it something line -- farming accident, followed by discovery of cancer --

lonomon - 6/30/2011 at 11:38 AM

day late, but will add on

Tim Buckley February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975

another eclectic musician

Stephen - 7/2/2011 at 01:09 AM

Real nice contribution lonomon -- he kind of came back into the limelight a little bit when his son Jeff Buckley, who also died untimely, released some CDs -- I had one, called Grace, for a little while -- but that's really how I first learned about Tim Buckley

fanfrom-71 - 7/2/2011 at 01:41 AM

and George -- the big man strumming out all those hard driving rhythm guitar parts as Tucker tore down the house at its live gigs -- he is never forgotten, as is the case with the other two -- the circumstances of George' passing elude me at the moment, but wasn't it something line -- farming accident, followed by discovery of cancer --

From Wiki...McCorkle was diagnosed with cancer in early June 2007 and died soon afterward.
I was supposed to see George right after his diagnosis, but he was to sick to make it,and passed a few days later. Was amazed at the quickness the cancer took him.

Stephen - 7/3/2011 at 01:47 PM

Thanks for that info fanfrom71!

Of course this day is linked together and has been mentioned over the years when it's rolled around in tribute to two musicians who left so much & would have had so much more to share...

Brian Jones
Feb. 28 1942-July 3 1969

Jim Morrison
Dec. 8 1943-July 3 1971

Two people very much of their times -- Brian of course was dismissed, or left, the Stones shortly before this date -- did he drown, was he murdered, on & on it goes for the many book writers who think they know

his influence diminished toward the end -- is only listed on a few tracks on Let It Bleed, & IIRC minor stuff like autoharp, tambourine etc -- was always curious about what he contributed to Beggars -- Bill Wyman has always gone to bat when talking about Brian, saying what a well-versed musician he was

Morrison likewise would have done a lot more IMO -- what a character -- obviously, like the Stones, the Doors left an indelible mark -- the ABB was playing at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City when he died, wonder if they mentioned this at one of their shows there that week -- one of the best concerts I ever saw was the Doors, 1972 Boston Common on their Other Voices tour -- the crowd was more into it than practically any other I could recall...

They were two of the best -- RIP

Stephen - 7/7/2011 at 02:25 PM

Syd Barrett
Jn. 6 1946-July 7 2006

Huhwah -- 5 years already since moving on to the dark side of the moon -- perhaps his more natural habitat -- those early PFloyd albums, like Ummagooma, Atom Heart Mother, Saucerful of Secrets (?) -- they sort of like to their catalog, what ones like Aoxamoxa, Anthem of the Sun, self-titled first one are to the Dead's in a way...

Shine on you crazy diamond
RIP bro

Stephen - 7/12/2011 at 02:15 PM

Chris Wood
June 24 1944-July 12 1983

Another great musician, taken too soon -- those Traffic albums wouldn't have been what they were without him
RIP, bro

Stephen - 7/15/2011 at 02:54 PM

Clarence White
June 7 1944-July 15 1973

I may have seen Clarence in concert -- when the Byrds played South Shore Music Circus summer 1971 -- honestly don't know if he was in the band then or not -- but what a weekend that was -- still haven't recovered

but certainly knew him by the time this happened -- just a terrible tragedy -- hit by a car late at night while moving equipment after a gig -- according to Wilkipedia, "especially shaken by his death was Gram Parsons, who would lead a singalong of "Farther Along" at the funeral service and conceive his final song before his own death, "In My Hour of Darkness", as a partial tribute to White."

Was on a moving job when word of this came over the radio -- droning away in the living room, the echo getting louder and louder as it emptied, were the Watergate hearings on the television -- it's a specific recollection because of the time & place as well as the thing itself -- shortly after this, J. Geils/Mahavishnu Orchestra at Schaefer Stadium, then after that (7/27-29), Watkins Glen...

Muleskinner -- a well-overlooked band, w/Clarence, David Grisman, Peter Rowan & others

& Clarence White himself -- a real "country" player who just seemed to fit in with the times -- it was cruel to meet an untimely end in this way...

RIP, brother

[Edited on 7/15/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 7/17/2011 at 09:05 PM

John Coltrane
Sept. 26 1926-July 17 1967

He should never be forgotten -- and won't be, as long as there exists the universal language of music -- taken much too soon -- RIP brother

Stephen - 7/23/2011 at 04:51 PM

Keith Godchaux
July 19 1948-July 23 1980

Just three short months after Tommy Caldwell, a car crash claims an equally loved & respected musician -- this was my favorite "era" of the band -- well starting w/the Skull & Roses album, then when Keith & Donna came along & contributed so much -- the solo album they did together -- the albums like Wake, Mars Hotel, BFAllah etc, & of course the live shows, about which you say Thank You Dicks Pick's series, for this band ranges Far and Wide imagination-wise w/this lineup...
You are never forgotten bro

[Edited on 7/25/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 7/26/2011 at 03:26 PM

Who could've thought, just three short days after the 10th anniversary of his predecesor's passing, that Brent Mydland (Oct. 21 1952-July 26 1990) would meet his own sad and all-too-untimely end
fame is costly to certain types of people -- I could see where it could get unnerving & cause heavy drug use & stuff...
I never got familiar w/the two studio albums he's on, In The Dark & Built To Last -- his song I Will Take You Home -- saw the Dead summer 1990 at Foxboro & honestly don't know if he was there or not -- info easily-enough googled
He contributed a lot, as do all who share what's in their soul through music
RIP, bro

Stephen - 8/9/2011 at 02:39 PM

There is so much of his stuff out there -- the Dead stuff obviously, but just his solo "career" alone is an entire lexicon/legacy -- the early ones like CUTStars, then the JCB, Legion of Mary & on and on through OAITWay, the stuff with David Grisman, his playing w/Ornette Coleman...& it's not even the start of it -- it's loved to this day & indeed is being currently/independently discussed in the AG (about the '72 tour)...

Aug. 1 1942-Aug. 9 1995
no words are needed, it's MUSIC & nothing but music

Stephen - 8/10/2011 at 02:54 PM

Michael Houser
July 6 1962-Aug. 10 2002
Felt lucky to see Michael when the Panic played at Hamp Beach Casino -- he was seated in his chair by then, playing those sweet affecting lead guitar licks -- have really lost track of the Panic in recent years (since Jimmy H joined) -- always think of my buddy Phil, a big WP fan -- Mikey was just great -- RIP brother

"who's the black private dick that's the sex machine to all the chicks..."
well he was about a lot more than just that one song
Aug. 20 1942-Aug. 10 2008
the "Black Moses"
& The Issac Hayes Movement, & all those ones
what was so great about that wah-wah guitar lick in Shaft, is that Everbody liked it -- it wasn't just so-called "black" or "white" music -- bands like Issac, James Brown, Sly, Parliament/Funkadelic really helped do that
the track run on his 2-LP "Enterprise" best-of album, is similar to Fillmore East -- 2 side-long songs, 7 on the whole album etc -- in an age when the Dead, ABB & others made an art form of the extended jam, so did Issac -- the big man brings it on down to soulsville on his version of The Look of Love
RIP Issac Hayes

Stephen - 8/13/2011 at 01:40 PM

Am grateful to Duane Allman for his mention on the A&R tape of the live Fillmore album recorded by Mr. Curtis "King Curtis" Owsley (Feb. 7 1934-Aug. 13 1971)
he and Gregg had sat in with him just the previous month, at the same venue
Duane obviously thought the world of Mr. Owsley, as a person and musician
Rest in peace, King Curtis -- a brilliant musician

[Edited on 8/14/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 8/14/2011 at 09:34 PM

Roy Buchanan
(Sept. 23 1939-Aug. 14 1988

The posts in the AG thread say it all
The circumstances of his death -- which occured while he was in police custody -- remain cloudy
My music collection is incomplete without more of his albums than I have -- I remember Roy being all the **** when the 1971 PBS special aired
One fine musician and player
RIP, Roy Buchanan

Stephen - 8/16/2011 at 02:32 PM

The old saying goes "Elvis has left the building..."
Elvis never really left though -- his music, especially the 1956-60 period obviously, lives on -- it was a pelvic thrust into the Ike-era consciousness of America -- and the swivel hips & supposedly-semi-sneering face outraged many a staid unsuspecting TV viewer...
(haha )
Hard headed Woman is about my favorite -- but I love all those ones -- Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry where would our world be without these trailblazing pioneers
yep, remember well those aerial photos of the mob of his grief-stricken fans clustered around the entrance to Graceland -- on Aug. 16 1977
RIP, Mr. Presley

Stephen - 8/26/2011 at 02:29 PM

Allen Woody -- Big Al
Oct. 3 1955-Oct. 26 2000
SPAC, Great Woods twice a year, some of those other 90s summer-tour "sheds" -- heck all these years later they're that era's Ludlow/Stonybrook etc -- w/Mr. Woody's bass rumbling them with his amazing bottom end...
Taken much too soon -- this band's longevity is so much because of what he contributed...
RIP, brother

[Edited on 8/27/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 8/27/2011 at 02:29 PM

Oct. 3 1954-Aug. 27 1990
He and Woody, separated by a decade almost to the day...the line at the pearly gates to see this jam session would be long indeed -- I'd be among the first
the Live at Maracaibo club tape -- his instrumentals like Travis Walk, from In Step, and his cool jazz bebop one from the Double Trouble days...
Rest in peace, Stevie Ray

BIGV - 8/27/2011 at 07:14 PM

Lowell George
April 13 1945-June 29 1979

As the leader of Little Feat throughout the '70s, George not only created a standard for slide guitar players, but was also arguably the first slide guitarist to apply an otherwise country or blues technique to a New Orleans rhythm & blues based rock format. You can hear his lingering legacy, directly or indirectly, in the contemporary music of the Radiators, Roy Rogers, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, the Subdudes and many others, including the reborn Little Feat.

Along with Duane Allman, George brought slide guitar into the homes of young guitarists around the country who learned a trick or two from his open A and G tunings. Guitarist Sonny Landreth claims George was one of his heroes and influenced his melodic approach with the use of slow vibrato. "Lowell had impeccable taste, timing and phrasing," Landreth says.

Stephen - 8/29/2011 at 07:30 PM

Am woefully lacking on the Feat -- then again if it's WFCbus only (which mine is), you're still doing OK!!
Is Lowell's slide playing particularly in evidence on any of those early studio ones, like Time Loves A Hero & those ones?

Stephen - 9/3/2011 at 02:00 PM

Alan Wilson
July 4 1943-Sept. 3 1970

"Jimi The Fox, Alan Wilson & Duane Allman"
Stephen Stills pays wonderful homage to these 3 guitarists during a Manassas concert -- picking these acoustic-guitar blues phrases while talking to the audience about learning the blues as a kid, leading eventually to this statement

He was great -- born & raised in the Boston area -- simply a fantastic blues-rock guitarist -- Boogie With Canned Heat & all those ones -- the live one they did at Topanga Corral is a great album, with long jamming -- his tone & chops should never be underestimated -- wish there was more live stuff of the original band -- us ABB fans are lucky in that respect

RIP, bro

Stephen - 9/7/2011 at 02:33 PM

Keith Moon
Aug 23 1946-Sept. 7 1978
just as Bonzo's passing 2 years later brought an end to the Led Zeppelin, so did this w/the Who -- the most melodic madman ever to play drums -- a briliant drummer through all that mayhem -- that's the hardest thing, in addition to the loss of the person, so goes the music of his band etc
He's forever young, wailing away behind that big drum kit
Rest In Peace and thanks for the music, Mr. Keith Moon

Stephen - 9/7/2011 at 02:38 PM

Would also like to go back a day having missed the Sept. 6 1990 passing of another musician who, like Keith & so many others, was such a fine musician taken so sadly soon

Mr. Tom Fogerty
Nov. 9 1941-Sept 6 1990

Credence Clearwater Revival
John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook
they're timeless
RIP, sir

fanfrom-71 - 9/9/2011 at 11:41 AM

Hugh Edward "Hughie" Thomasson, Jr. (August 13, 1952 - September 9, 2007)
Gone but never forgotten. Ride in peace brother Hughie.

Stephen - 9/9/2011 at 03:02 PM

Hugh Edward "Hughie" Thomasson, Jr. (August 13, 1952 - September 9, 2007)
Gone but never forgotten. Ride in peace brother Hughie.

May the grass be green and the tides high
RIP Hughie

Stephen - 9/11/2011 at 08:18 PM

Peter Tosh
Oct. 19 1944-Sept. 11 1987

His death was so senseless and horrible -- the same thing could've happened to George Harrison when burglars broke into his house that time...

he was up front about what most reasonable fair minded people want -- in this case, herb -- and he took his beatings for it, according to the Wilkepedia page

His Live In Boston at the Somerville Theatre CD is a great listen

No brother it hasn't happened yet -- maybe someday we'll see the light and Legalize It

Rest In Peace, Mr. Tosh

Stephen - 9/12/2011 at 02:17 PM

Mr. Johnny Cash
Feb. 26 1932-Sept. 12 2003

never listened to Johnny much until recently -- everything I've heard/seen I've loved -- great TV documentary which shows him greeting a friend just being sprung from prison -- one tme I recited Ragged Old Flag in a play -- was blown away hearing his Lonesome Valley, had only been familiar with the K-Trio's version...
what a talent & what a man w/that deep voice...RIP

Stephen - 9/12/2011 at 02:23 PM

...sad to hear about Cliff Robertson's passing just recently
the acting in "The Galaxy Being" from the original Outer Limits series (b&w) is just so darn good -- his reaction upon first seeing the alien is priceless -- & how convincing he is trying to commnicate w/the alien -- but he was a fine actor, & RIP, sir

Stephen - 9/16/2011 at 02:28 PM

Marc Bolan
Sept. 30 1947-Sept. 16 1977
"He was the greatest little giant in the world"
That's how Ringo was quoted at his funeral -- sad -- car wreck in which he was a passenger -- and then, to top it all off, his house was looted during the funeral
such were the life & times of T.Rex -- T. Rex -- he & Mickey Finn -- there were other people earlier in the band IIRC, then when Electric Warrior came out late '71 -- am quite sure his earlier Beardful of Stars album was around the house, WAY back when...
the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash that came the next month sort of obscured his death, not that he was ever hugely known anyway, but I know one of my favorite listens is the T. Rextasy album -- any other fans feel free... & thank you Marc

Stephen - 9/18/2011 at 09:20 PM

Nov. 27 1942-Sept. 18 1970
no words need to be said
according to the data base the ABB played Raleigh on this date, then RFK Stadium 2 nights later, followed by the well-known F.East gig 3 nights later that was filmed for PBS -- would think Duane would've mentioned Jimi -- to this day he remains unsurpassed to my ears -- just like the Beatles/ABB & many others do in theirs
RIP brother Jimi

Stephen - 9/19/2011 at 02:26 PM

Gram Parsons
Nov. 5 1946-Sept. 19 1973
HTN many years back published a definitive account of this iconic figure -- about what a big fan Keith Richards was (& is), his work w/Emmylou H, the early Int'l Submarine Band stuff -- & on & on -- of course the utterly strange circumstances of his untimely & tragic passing...
RIP bro

Stephen - 9/20/2011 at 03:57 PM

Had heard of Gram before though couldn't call myself a fan -- then word came along of someone else who also died, this one in a plane crash, and I was like, who?
Practically no one I knew had heard of Jim Croce when word came along of his accident
Would the ones which became famous after his death like Bad Bad Leroy Brown, You Don't Mess Around W/Jim -- would they/him have become famous had he lived? Who knows
RIP Jim Croce (Jan. 10 1943-Sept.20 1973)

Stephen - 9/21/2011 at 02:54 PM

Jaco Pastorius
Dec. 1 1951-Sept. 21 1987

what a player -- love most everything he was involved with (would love to have seen Weather Report live) -- there are many "tribute" albums nowadays, but "The Word Is Out" is as good as it gets -- was a little curious that it's by The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, but they're all people he'd worked with before, masterful reworkings of his stuff, &, while many don't approve of this type of thing -- it was also done on some Hendrix mid-70s releases, also the "Bird" soundtrack, & by the Stones on recent releases...

...but anyway the CD (which is from 206) ends with Jaco's part being restored on Reza. The liner notes, which are all about the love for this brilliant mercurial musician, read well:

"The Word Is Out! closes with Jaco himself playing on Reza (a tune that first appeared on 1982's live in Japan recording, "Invitation"). Graves isolated Jaco's bass parts from an old gig tape documenting a mid-1980s performance on Sanibel Island with the Atlantean Driftwood Band. 'I just extracted the bass part and we recorded the whole band around it, kind of like the version of Unforgetteable that Natalie Cole did with her father Nat'," Graves said."

also recommended, "Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life Of Jaco Pastorius" by Bill Mikowski, who also wrote the liner notes

"Mercurial" -- Jaco was the definition of the word -- a streak of brilliance that crashed early -- too early
RIP, brother

Also, how could I forget -- Oteil is on this too, playing just the coolest, Little Martha-esque intro to one of the #s

[Edited on 9/21/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 9/26/2011 at 03:27 PM

Four years go by a lot quicker nowadays than they did before -- just thinking of Mike Callahan -- one of the original ABB
Mike is so cool on Please Call Home -- as they all were, Kim, Red Dog, all interviewed -- still one tough looking hombre who recalled so fondly (as fondly as a disreputable character like "Mander" could ) that 1969-72 era -- RIP brother, you're never forgotten

he & Kim being fired in 1973 was unfortunate (as JJJ and FRB would later find out)
it kind of isolates those guys -- Duane, Berry, Mike, Slim -- & those places -- the Warehouse, Fillmore, Stonybrook etc etc -- & those first four albums -- all into one era
it wasn't all a perfect world -- as Red Dog wrote in his book, "it hurt that Joe Dan thought that Mander and Payne should be fired -- he didn't didn't hate them, they just never got along all that well -- Twiggs thought like me, we thought send them to rehab..."
so yes they were brothers, w/the typical fam spats -- only two are left from that cover shoot now, Willie & Kim

[Edited on 9/26/2011 by Stephen]

Stephen - 9/28/2011 at 06:18 PM

"Miles Davis to me does the best job of portraying the subtlest, softest innermost feelings in the human psyche. He does it beautifully."

Duane said it well about this giant of the entertainment field (Duane later in the interview referred to Miles in that context).

May 26 1926-Sept. 28 1991

Miles himself (IIRC) referred to Duane & the ABB in the liner notes when Kind Of Blue was reissued on CD -- not 100% sure about that but almost

He lived a full & amazing life so left us with a vast & amazing legacy of music -- Duane plays My Sweet Valentine on the radio show the quote is taken from (WPLO 1970) -- to think the Brothers broke out stuff from In A Silent Way & other albums at the 2009 Beacon run -- Miles is timeless -- on this 20th date of his passing we realize that more than ever -- RIP, bro

Stephen - 10/3/2011 at 02:31 PM

Benjamin Orr
Sept. 8 1947-Oct. 3 2000

The Cars just put out a new one this summer -- not sure who the bassist was -- there's also the interesting looking "The New Cars" CD from 5 or so years ago, which Todd Rundgren was a part of & which Ric signed off on...
Their first album at the time I thought was one of the coolest 1st-album releases by a new band in quite some time (the B52' first 1 2, from around this time) -- bands like the Stones & the Who had good ones out then too w/Some Girls & Who Are You -- the ABB had also reformed around this time & released a comeback album etc. -- but I love their 1st album still (Door To Door is a good one too) & classic rock radio can't ruin it for me

Ben -- cancer, at the age of 53 -- a real shame -- RIP, brother

[Edited on 10/3/2011 by Stephen]

fanfrom-71 - 10/22/2011 at 05:44 PM

Mary Bradley=7-24-1926 - 10-22-1974
George Bradley= 3-17-1908 - 10-22-1987
Love you mom. Love you pop.

Stephen - 1/9/2012 at 03:14 PM

A day late but no tribute thread, much less here, is complete without mention of Mr. Joe Dan Petty
all those pics of touring w/the band -- seeing Grinderswitch open for the ABB one time -- his wife Judi is so sweet & endearing on the Please Call Home DVD
...& one of those tough guys on the back of AFE
RIP, bro

Stephen - 1/19/2012 at 03:46 PM

Wilson Pickett
March 18 1941-Jan. 19 2006

What a collaboration -- brother Duane playing on a Wicked Wilson album -- & not only that but doing such a great read of Hey Jude -- all those ones -- Save Me, Toe Hold, My Own Kind of Love etc etc on the Hey Jude album are awesome -- what about Born To Be Wild too, the other cover they did...
RIP, brother Pickett

Stephen - 1/21/2012 at 04:04 AM

Lamar Williams
Jan. 14, 1949-Jan. 21 1983

I don't know how Lamar got overlooked before --

He was a wonderful contributor -- he came in in a tough situation, and had little to show for his tenure w/the band when it fell apart in 1976 -- his time w/Sea Level came to an unhappy end as well -- & all the while he contributed so much -- the business end of the music business is extremely harsh & unforgiving

Rest In Peace, brother Lamar Williams -- take care and know that you are loved

[Edited on 1/24/2012 by Stephen]

Stephen - 1/28/2012 at 02:15 PM


I don't know how Lamar got overlooked before --

Or this gentleman
Mr. Jim Capaldi (Aug. 2 1944-Jan. 28 2005)
must've been Jan. brain hibernation of some sort
side 2 of Low Spark is always a favorite anyway, but on a Sat. morn, with a nice day coming -- Rock n Roll Stew is & always has been my favorite one -- he is so brilliant on that one, as is the whole band...
Jim and Dave Mason were going to play a show in Boston in more recent years (somewhere between 2000-05 or so), but it never came off -- woulda been there
RIP, bro

Stephen - 2/10/2012 at 05:30 PM

You know you're old when it's the 10th anniversary of the passing of one of the great musicians of all time, who like so many of his folk brethren had such a long yet under-the-radar career
Dave Van Ronk
June 30, 1936-Feb. 10, 2002
have never heard his take of Statesboro Blues -- his cover of Champion Jack Dupree's "Goin Down Slow" is his along w/that whiskey voice & every bit as affecting as the Duane version we all know & love too
we had his records around the house a long long time back -- his passing compelled refamiliarity & he's a great musician -- in the ranks with the Utah Phillips, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxtons, Bill Morrisseys & so many more of the genre...
RIP, bro

Stephen - 2/21/2012 at 03:30 PM

Semper Fi
It's all you can think of when it comes to Joseph R. "Red Dog" Campbell, especially on this, the first year of his passing -- a lot of people came together to love & appreciate Red Dog w/the benefit gigs, visits etc & that was great to see
He had that unique view of a fan's enthusiasm just like us, coupled w/"working for" the band -- we're so lucky that he shared all his love in his book & the DVDs etc.
RIP, brother

lonomon - 6/14/2012 at 08:21 PM

March 2 1948-June 14 1995

There's often a lot of Rory mention here on the boards
& abbfan47 & lonomon in this thread

I'll admit it -- I have no Taste
although -- is there really any such thing as a "bad" Rory album -- or "Bad" any album for that matter
if Photofinish and Top Priority are any indication -- oh my gosh -- what trio playing -- guitar bass drms man -- Rory was one of the undisputed greats -- RIP, brother

Stephen - 9/7/2012 at 02:24 PM

An oversight that's made the thread threadbare
Warren Zevon
Jan. 24 1947-Sept. 7 2003
of that danged cancer -- unbelievable -- just like Zappa

Warren opened for the Dead one time around 1977-78 or so at Dartmouth in Hanover NH -- all that night you heard it from time to time on the campus -- "Aahoooh" -- he played WOLondon twice, tho that's a foggy memory talking

I have the biography his widow wrote -- at the time she lived in Barre Vt. & maybe does still

Lawyers Guns & Money
well what else is there to say
RIP, bro

Stephen - 10/12/2012 at 02:33 PM

Charlie on his website mentions the one year anniversary of the passing of Taz DiGregorio

That had to be tough for Charlie -- 67 years old -- he'd been there the whole time, right/almost from the beginning of the CDB -- 40 years of working/traveling -- impossible to replace -- what a great player, like on Redneck Fiddlin' Man, his great playing on the 1975 Volunteer Jam -- it's endless -- a Northboro Mass. boy who made good & did more good sharing his music...
RIP, brother Taz

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