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    Rolling Stone Issue 32

    Dated May 3, 1969. Stevie Winwood on the cover.

    John & Yoko have just gotten married on March 20th on the Island of Gibraltar & have just finished the famous “bed in” for peace in the Amsterdam Hilton.

    Salvador Dali has asked for $5,000 to design the cover for the new Johnny Winter album. He was turned down.

    Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane have been given advances of $25,000 each to record an album as a duo, outside & separate from the Airplane. They are recording at the same time as JA is recording their 6th album as a group.

    Van Dyke Parks is a busy man, regardless of Columbia Records still being pissed about his first album not being accepted by the record buying public. At the time he is producing the next album from Arlo Guthrie, playing piano on new albums by Judy Collins & Gentle Soul, & writing music for the Beach Boys with Brian Wilson.

    Jim Morrison surrendered to the FBI in LA on April 3 in regards to the Federal warrants issued for his arrest stemming from the exposure incident in Miami. He is facing 3 yrs. & 150 days in the Fl. State Pen.

    Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood & Ginger Baker are set to begin touring as a group. The tour is set to begin June 13th in Oakland & continue for two months. The cost to book them? $25,000 per night. Rumor is that an album will be released prior to the start of the tour.

    Atlantic Records is claiming that they have purchased a previously signed contract (3 years old) & enough material for two albums of music by Johnny Winter. Clive Davis at Columbia says that’s nonsense, he & Columbia are in possession of the only true contract. Looks like a battle may be brewing.

    The Beach Boys are suing Capitol Records claiming they are owed $662,618.72 in unpaid royalties & another $1,418,827.92 in unpaid producer fees for Brian Wilson.

    There is a 2 pg. article on the next big thing in electronic Rock & Roll…..the Moog Synthesizer…

    Album Reviews:

    Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails
    This, thanks to the album title, is presumably the band’s final album. It is Quicksilvers version of Buffalo Bills Wild West Show on tour from sea to shining sea. The album begins on side 1 with a Live version of Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love & ends on side two with Dale Evan’s Happy Trails, which is a nice idea but it took me two hours to even get to the other side.….Greil Marcus.

    Lothar & the Hand People
    There was a strange New York scene a few years ago composed of a few motley groups such as the Lovin Spoonful, the Youngbloods the Blues Magoos & a host of others that never made it big. Most of them have split up or split town by now. But then, from some hidden away corner, comes Lothar etc.. I don’t know where they have been all these years, but here they are, playing music which is probably indescribable but reflects the aura of those years. It is electronic country. The type of music played by a bunch of mad dwarfs. There are wonderfully right things, some things that don’t come off so well, some vague electronic doodling, misplaced lyrics, etc. but the whole of this album, the perfect roundness of it all is what is really fine….Lenny Kaye

    Hand Sown…Home Grown - Linda Rondstadt
    This is distinctive if not a unique approach to Country as rock (her first album after parting ways with The Stone Poneys) . Lot’s of girls singers have big voices, hers is remarkable more for her control & subtlety. There are no musicians listed on the cover, no attempt at proving authenticity, & the music frames a voice with more feeling for Country Music than either Judy Collins or Joan Baez, a voice a bit like Janis Joplin’s, but influenced more by June Carter & Patsy Cline. Nice, loud, “good time” country styled rock. Finger poppin time…Jack Egan & Arthur Schmidt

    Other albums also reviewed this issue:

    Lonnie Mack - Glad I’m in the Band

    The Illinois Speed Press - Illinois Speed Press

    Black Pearl - Black Pearl

    Jerry Lee Lewis - She Still Comes Around

    The Incredible String Band - The Big Huge & Wee Tam

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Albert King - Years Gone By on Stax Records

    The Byrds - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (The Byrds, always beyond today. On Columbia Records.)

    The newest album by Seatrain is available on A&M.

    The Rascals - Freedom Street on Atlantic Records & it’s in Stereo

    Moby Grape - Moby Grape 69 on Columbia Records. Also available on 8 track cartridge & reel to reel tape.

    Also on Columbia The Sons of Champlin - Loosen Up Naturally

    Screamin Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell on You (Screamin, screams on Epic Records)

    Henry Gibson - The Glass Menagerie (or a flower child’s garden of verses) Yep, it’s the guy from Rowan & Martins Laugh In all right….bizarre….

    For anyone that jumps on the subscription band wagon, this time around you will receive a copy of the new album by Delaney & Bonnie.

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    Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood & Ginger Baker are set to begin touring as a group. The tour is set to begin June 13th in Oakland & continue for two months. The cost to book them? $25,000 per night. Rumor is that an album will be released prior to the start of the tour.
    I bet that was the birth of Blind Faith!

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    I bet that was the birth of Blind Faith!

    It has been rumored for the past few issues (see above recaps for those rumors) that something was going on between these guys. Eric & Steve had been playing together for awhile, since the breakup of both Cream & Traffic. They were on the verge of cutting an album & rumors of a new band were found out by Ginger Baker. He sat in on a few sessions & Steve loved his drumming. Clapton, however, had some reservations about Ginger joining the band due to Ginger “supposedly” being pretty well stoned on hallucinogenics most of the time. But, join he did. The 3 of them debated for a while on whether or not to add a Bass player. Winwood was considered as an option to add the bass lines on the organ. But Clapton at the time was hanging out with a group called The Family & doing a bunch of impromptu gigs with them. The bass player for The Family was Ric Grech. Ric never was formally asked to join, but he just sort of hung around, melded in, & as you say Blind Faith was now a reality.

    The guys had their first gig as Blind Faith on June 7th 1969 when they performed a free concert in front of 100,000 in Hyde Park in London. They had a July 12th date at Madison Square Garden where they were Top Billed as Blind Faith & the openers were Delaney Bonnie & Friends (whom Clapton would play & record with a few times later in life).

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    Loved reading the Ronstadt review. She has always had just the most amazing voice.
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    Happy 4th everybody!!!

    Rolling Stone Issue 33

    Dated May 17,1969. Joni Mitchell on the cover.

    This issue revolves around Folk Music.

    Joni Mitchell is at the forefront of a movement back to Folk Music. With all the other “folk artists” Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, having gone electric, it is refreshing to hear someone step up & sing traditional folk. Joni is 25 years old at the time, but she has already written songs such as Michael From the Mountains & Both Sides Now recorded by Judy Collins & The Circle Game as done by Tom Rush. She is also sharing a brand new house in Laurel Canyon with Graham Nash.

    Judy Collins has already been on the scene for 8 years now, she is 28. She is in the process of producing the Judy Collins song book & it is almost ready for the publisher. She is still very much a pacifist & into the anti war movement. She is looking for someone to replace her guitar player, Steven Stills used to sit in often, but he has gone on to a new band.

    RS is quoting the New Musical Express (the British Pop paper) for the following tidbit: Janis Joplin was scheduled to be on the cover of the latest edition of Newsweek, however due to the death of former President Dwight Eisenhower she was booted. Here was her response when asked about it; “GD it, you mother%$#%^$#$, You &^$$$*, Fourteen heart attacks & he had to die in my week. In MY Week.”

    LA Blues band Pacific Gas & Electric has been banned from performing in Canada for 5 years due to lead Guitarist Glen Schwartz admission of smoking marijuana. Evidently he had quit using it over 6 months earlier, but he is on a Christian trip at the moment & when asked at the border if he had ever used he said yes to avoid lying. Canada wouldn’t let the band in due to this.

    Graham Parsons has this prediction:“This is the year Jesus will make the Top 10.”

    For the first time album sales have exceeded 45’s in the UK. It is trending that way in the US but hasn’t quite gotten there yet.

    The US State Dept. has revoked the visa of John Lennon. They have given no reason & the decision is cloaked in secrecy at this time.

    16 yr old, blonde haired, blue eyed, 1968 Miss Florida Teenager, Rebekah Hall has been busted for possession of marijuana.

    The annual Billboard magazine directory of recording artists has been released & here is a sampling of some of the weirder names on the list:

    The Alternate Route, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Alvin Cash & The Registers, the Delusions of Grandeur, Dr. Feel Good & the Interns, Fertilizer Freddy, R.J. Rupple Memorial Piano & Percussion Band, Stark Naked, & the Yum Yum Kids.

    Also listed are these new acts that would find varying degrees of success: The Chiffons, Delfonics, Dino, Desi & Billy, Dr. John, Narvel Felts, & Johnny Paycheck.

    Elektra Records has booted MC5 from their contract due to unprofessional conduct by the band.

    Jimi Hendrix is preparing to take a year off & go into seclusion.

    There is an article on The Band in this issue. Here are some of the highlights.
    They are still being referred to as The Band Form Big Pink. They are in San Francisco for their first gig at Winterland & Robbie Robertson is deadly ill. He has a temperature of 105, but instead of cancelling the show, Bill Graham hires a hypnotist & this person is able to drop 5 degrees off the temperature in an hr., the show went on. They played 7 songs that lasted 35 minutes, when the band left the stage a blonde in attendance could be heard yelling “Play the other side!”
    The next night was completely different as Robbie is better, the band isn’t worried about him, & they kick out the jams to a crowd that is smaller than opening night, due mostly to bad word of mouth on the opening night. The mood from the crowd & the press in attendance the second night is more amazement & that this is a vitally important band whose music is now embedded in the American consciousness.

    Nicky Hopkins is still with Jeff Beck despite constant changes in the band. He has recently also played piano on Revolution by the Beatles & on the Stones Beggars Banquet album. In the past his main fame came as a session muscian. He has worked with The Who, The Kinks, & almost every other major British group, yet he is almost unknown in the US.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Black Pearl on Atlantic Records. The ad says “ There is nothing soft or sweet about Black Pearl. They’re tough & raunchy & the music they create is hard as steel. They put a razor edge on a collection on original material for their first album on Atlantic Records. It won’t be their last.” Well I can find no information on a second album anywhere. In fact I can find no information on this band. It seems there are a couple of bands traveling under this name, but I don’t think either of them is the original. Anyone have any info on them?

    There is a new group called Womb. Their first album is available on DOT Records. The label is complaining because there are record stores that won’t stock the record because they claim the band’s name is “dirty.” They ask our assistance in righting this wrong.

    Illinois Speed Press is available on Columbia Records. James Guerico (more famous as the producer of Chicago’s & Blood Sweat & Tears albums) discovered the Rovin' Kind at the Chicago Whiskey-A-Go-Go, where they were the house band. Guercio also produced the album & also changed the name of the band. Lead Guitar player & vocalist is a guy named Paul Cotton who would go on to a successful career with the group Poco. Many of the songs Paul wrote for the ISP were redone during his years with Poco including Bad Weather, Get in the Wind, & When You Come Around.

    Leonard Cohen - Songs From A Room on Columbia

    Clarence Carter - This is Clarence Carter He sings the blues on Atlantic

    The Beatles new single is out. It’s called Get Back & the “B” side is Don’t Let Me Down. On Apple Records

    Album Reviews:

    The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Gilded Palace of Sin
    This is the most personal album by Graham Parsons yet. It’s about life in the big city where even a pretty girl can be “The Devil in Disguise.” Do Right Woman is one of only two songs on the album that weren’t written by Graham, but it is still referred to as “especially outstanding.” Stanley Booth

    Taj Mahal - The Natch’l Blues
    Taj Mahal may not be one of the most authentic, the most technically proficient, or the most emotionally cathartic practioner of the blues today, but he is certainly one of the most enjoyable & entertaining performers around. He’s a quiet soft spoken man, who enjoys fishing & building model airplanes & being a vegetarian. And his records are a solid joy to listen to. Edward O Ward


    Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
    The Velvet Underground are alive & well (which may surprise some people) & ever changing. How do you describe a group like this who moved from “Heroin” to “Jesus” in two short years. On the whole I didn’t feel like the album matches up to While Light White Heat, but it will still go a long way toward convincing the unbelievers that the Velvet Underground can write & play any kind of music they want to with equal brilliance. Lester Bangs

    Other albums reviewed:

    Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High & also Outta Season

    Leonard Cohen - Songs From a Room

    The Rascals - Time Peace

    Mary Hopkin - Postcard

    Ornette Coleman - Ornette at 12

    Sir Douglas Quintet - Mendocino

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    I'm a huge Dr. John fan. LOVE that gravelly voice.
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    Rolling Stone Issue 34

    Dated May 31, 1969. Jimi Hendrix on the cover.

    The Hendrix cover shows him on his way to see the magistrate in Toronto after being busted for “illegally possessing narcotics.” He is being followed Pied Piper like by a throng of long hairs & other assorted freaks. Reports are it was heroin, but no official sources are confirming that just yet. He is in the midst of a two month tour of the US & Canada with The Experience. A hearing date is scheduled for the first of June.

    The first episode of the Johnny Cash Show has just been taped with special musical guest Bob Dylan. Dylan is backed by the same group of musicians that backed him on Nashville Skyline, including Charlie Daniels. Also included on this show June Carter & the Carter Family, Joni Mitchell, the Statler Brothers & a new “remarkable” Cajun fiddler named Doug Kershaw. On a personal note I love Doug Kershaw.After the taping everyone went to a club in Printers Alley/Nashville, to see Doug perform live. The words used in the article are “the people in the audience were stunned as Doug ripped loose on Orange Blossom Special & others.”

    4 of the 6 Beach Boys were from Hawthorne High School in California. They once had a hit called Be True To Your School, so in that vein, they have returned to play the schools Prom night & did so for free.

    For $1,500 you can now have Frank Zappa as a guest speaker at your school. He has already been to the New School in NYC & USC. Subject matter? How about “Pigs, Ponies & Rock & Roll“… Just for a bit of comparison the highest paid public speaker at the time is Presidential Candidate Edmund Muskie at $2,000.

    Elvis has a new song out, something being referred to as being quite unexpected & unElvis like….In The Ghetto…

    James Brown has just started the 5th Black owned radio station in the US, WRDW in Augusta Ga.

    Guitar playing wizard John McLaughlin has just become the first rock musician to record with Miles Davis.

    Right on the heels of Get Back, we will also be getting The Ballad of John & Yoko. The song is based on the Gibraltar wedding & the Amsterdam bed in & all the associated madness that went with it. It is just Paul on Piano & drums with John on guitar, no George, no Ringo. John is telling the press that the new album by the group should be on the market in 8 weeks.

    There is a history & interview of sorts with Delaney & Bonnie. Delaney got his start on the show Shindig where he was part of the shows’ group the Shindogs. After the show completed it’s run & the fame began to subside, the Shindogs were playing one night in a bowling alley near LAX & sharing the bill with a duet named Sam the Soul & Bonnie Lynn, yep THE Bonnie. Five weeks later the two were married & 8 months later she was 7 months pregnant. They went to Stax records in Memphis & cut their first album under the production of Booker T., but the album never saw the light of day. Alan Pariser became their manager after Gram Parsons saw them in an LA dive, & suggested signing them to Alan. He did. Then came the contract with Elektra & the album Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Originally the “Friends” were almost anyone that sat in with them including Steven Stills, Dr. John, Buddy Miles, Albert Collins, & even Jimi Hendrix. Eventually other friends would come & go, the list is an incredible who’s who in Rock History & includes: Leon Russell, Carl Radel, Jim Keltner, Gabor Szabo, Bobby Whitlock, Bob Keyes, Jim Price, Rita Coolidge, Dave Mason, Duane Allman, & Eric Clapton. Not bad backing I would say.

    The Denver Mile High Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium is scheduled for June 27, 28, & 29. Tickets for all 3 nights can be had for $15. Scheduled to appear: Jimi Hendrix, Credence Clearwater Revival, Big Mama Thornton, Joe Cocker, Iron Butterfly, Tim Buckley, Johnny Winter, Sweetwater, Zephyr, Crosby Stills & Nash, & 3 Dog Night.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Johnny Winter on Columbia Records“A White Flame Ignited by Black Blues”

    Joe Cocker - With a Little Help From My Friends A new album on A&M Records.

    Otis Rush - Mourning in the Morning On Cotillion Records. “A Legend in his own time.”

    The first album (a double album) by the Chicago Transit Authority is now ready for your listening pleasure on Columbia Records.

    Procol Harum - A Salty Dog on A&M Records!

    Sly & The Family Stone - Stand On Epic Records….You’ve been sitting much too long.

    Album Reviews:

    Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
    Bob’s 9th album poses fewer mysteries & yet paradoxically offers greater rewards than any of his other works. It is more modern Country than John Wesley Harding was. The song Nashville Skyline Rag let’s the session musicians stretch, it’s country music at it’s most joyful sh** kicking best. Lay Lady Lay, which kicks off side 2 is an instant classic. It could well be what Dylan thinks it is, his best album….Paul Nelson

    The Mothers of Invention - Uncle Meat
    This is the soundtrack to an as yet unfinished movie, but it really doesn’t matter whether or not it ever gets finished because this soundtrack is a consummate piece of work. While it is disjointed in the extreme, there is a unity which becomes more apparent when you take into account the music, the packaging, & the Mothers. Uncle Meat, more than any other of their previous albums is a serious piece of music…Alec Dubro

    Dr. John - Babylon
    The album has some of the mystery of his first album, but on the whole it’s disappointing. It’s not at all together, it seems to fall apart inside your ear. The music is vague & center less. The sound of his singing is sinister & fascinating at first, but eventually it becomes tiresome….David Gancher

    Other albums reviewed:

    The Everly Brothers - Roots

    Otis Rush - Mourning in the Morning

    Procol Harum - A Salty Dog

    As an incentive to sign a 2 year subscription RS will give you the brand new double album by The Who. Yep, they’re giving away Tommy!!!

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    Rolling Stone Issue 35

    Dated June 14, 1969. Chuck Berry on the cover.

    It’s amazing how many times Van Dyke Parks gets mentioned in RS. So this issue they say he is composing music for a new Ice Capades show & he is doing so on the Moog Synthesizer. He has even been able to make the Moog talk, the first words being Ice Capades.

    Arthur Lee has reformed the group Love for the third time & they are now in the Whiskey A Go Go doing live shows again. He is the only original member left & they have left Elekra Records & moved to Blue Thumb.

    Frank Zappa has started his second record label called Straight Records. Already signed are Tim Buckley & Alice Cooper among others.

    On May 5th John Phillips filed for divorce from Michelle. The Mama’s & Papa’s are disintegrating before our eyes. He is charging her with extreme cruelty towards him & neglect of their 14 month old daughter Gilliam Chynna.

    The Who were on stage at the Fillmore East performing Tommy, when a fire broke out in the super market next door. Everyone was evacuated, but during the confusion an undercover cop tried to take over the mic from Roger Daltry & Pete Townshend kicked the guy off the stage. The band is being sued for assault, but they claim he never showed a badge or any authority. Pete spent the night in jail & Bill Graham had to bail him out.

    The Jefferson Airplane recently played some shows in the South for the first time & bass player Jack Cassaday was busted for pot in New Orleans while Paul Kantner got arrested for disturbing the peace in Miami. The whole thing in Miami began when a cop turned off the power during their concert mid song & when they asked for 1 more minute to finish, they were given the OK, but power was again cut 30 seconds later causing the audience to go nuts. Kantner was arrested for comments he made to the officers.

    Clapton, Winwood & Baker are announcing the addition of bass player Rick Grech to their group & in addition would like to further add that the band should now be referred to as Blind Faith. They will be recording on Atlantic Records. The album is due June 22.

    Joe South, guitar player & song writer, has some very choice words to say against Country Music. A lot of it is profanity laced so I won’t repeat it hear, but it comes down to him saying the music just isn’t honest any more. His first solo hit is Games People Play, is on the charts now, it would peak at #12 & be followed by his only other solo hit, Walk a Mile in My Shoes, which eerily enough would also peak at #12.

    While the Jim Morrison law suit in Miami is still being played out, The Doors are coming off their self imposed exhile & have announced a five city tour, starting in a 48,000 seat bull ring in Mexico City.

    The second annual “Brucemas” has just been announced. It is a celebration of underground comic Lenny Bruce & will be held on Aug. 24th in Seattle, Boston, NYC, Venice Beach, & Chicago in conjunction with the Free Press. It is being sponsored by underground papers in all those cities & as soon as sponsorship is firmed up San Francisco & London will be added to the lineup.

    There is a heads up article for the upcoming music festivals planned for the Summer Including:

    The Wild West Show in San Francisco in August with The Dead, The Airplane, The Charlatans, Steve Miller, Youngbloods, & Moby Grape.
    San Fernando Valley June 21 & 22 with Jimi, Joe Cocker, Albert King, Ike & Tina, Spirit, Taj Mahal, Creedence, Steppenwolf, Love, Eric Burdon, Jethro Tull, Poco, The Chambers Bros. & Three Dog Night.

    Atlanta July 3,4,5 with Janis, Johnny Winter, Chuck Berry, Creedence, Blood Sweat & Tears, & Johnny Cash.

    Newport Jazz Festival July 3 - 6 with Ten Years After, James Brown, Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, The Mothers, John Mayall, & B.B. King.
    Maryland & Philly July 11 & 12 with Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, Sly & the Family Stone, Led Zepplin, Buddy Guy, Jethro Tull, & Country Joe.

    Sounds like an incredible Summer, & they don’t even mention Woodstock.

    The Turtles & The Temptations performed the first ever Rock show at the White House for Tricia Nixon’s Masque Ball on May 10.

    The Who have premiered their new rock opera Tommy in a 1 hour show for the press in London to great reviews. But, almost everyone in attendance said the show was so loud that even 20 hrs. later they couldn’t hear anything.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    As safe as yesterday is, is Ok for some, but not for Humble Pie…coming soon

    To promote the new album by Grateful Dead they are announcing the PigPen look alike contest (part 2). The album is called Aoxomoxoa, on Warner Brothers.

    Lotti Golden - Motor Cycle is available on Atlantic Records

    The Charlatans on Phillips Records…..Nobody Knows What They Are Going To Do Next.

    Don Partridge - Street Busker The Brooding Bluesy Bawdy Bounder is singing for Capitol Records

    Poco - Pickin Up The Pieces is available on Epic Records. (Richie Furay, Jim Messina, Rusty Young & George Grantham 4 guys with a great new sound).

    Album Reviews:

    The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society.
    Such a joy to make new friends & each & every song Ray Davies has written is a different friend to me. You can dance to the Kinks, move your arms up & down as you move across the room, bob your head, get up & rhumba, it all sounds right. And you know that’s all that matters. I have never had much luck turning people on to The Kinks, I just hope you‘re already onto them…..Paul Williams.

    The Guess Who - Wheatfield Soul
    Despite being from the hinterlands of Winnipeg Canada The Guess Who manages to convey the sense of individuality that has made them one of the top rock bands in Canada. With this LP & their current single “These Eyes” (it would peak at #6 in April & be folowed up by Laughing) crossing the border & onto the American Hit Lists, the Guess Who are getting it together. Guitarist Randy Bachman splits song writing duties with singer & piano player Burton Cummings. On Wheatfield Soul a good native Midwestern band has managed to include enough of themselves to warrant a fighting chance as artists…..Nancy Edmonds
    On a personal note, I thought Burton Cummings had one of the most classical rock voices ever.

    The Nice - Ars Longa Vita Brevis
    With their second album, a sufficiently ambitious work to interest the critics, if no one else, they will no doubt achieve the notoriety they have been trying so hard to attract, musically & otherwise. Keith Emerson a master of the polyrhythmic, pyrotechnical jazz organ, does with his keyboards what people like Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton do with their guitars. Hopefully the album, despite it’s demands on the cerebrum of the listener, will earn them the attention they need….John Mendelson

    Other albums reviewed:

    Freddie King - Is a Blues Master

    Spider John Koerner & Willie Murphy - Running, Jumping, Standing Still.

    Mark Spoelstra - Mark Spoelstra

    Autosalvage - Autosalvage

    The Dillards - Wheatstraw Suite

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    Quote Originally Posted by razorbacker;3139352;
    On a personal note, I thought Burton Cummings had one of the most classical rock voices ever.
    As the Guess Who & I share the same hometown, I'm a bit biased, but I agree. Cummings' voice was (and still is!) one of the best in rock music.
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    I recently bought a book called the Billboard Top 100. It charts every song that ever hit the Top 100 on the Billboard Pop Charts beginning in 1955(the beginning of the rock era) through 2005. So, for those 21 years there were a total of 24,256 songs that spent time on this particular chart. It lists them by year & from the Top (ususally the song that spent the most weeks at the Top & combined on the charts) to the bottom (usually a song that spent only 1 week at #100). So it is full of info & great fun to read through. So in that spirit I dug out the following & thought you might like it.

    For anyone that doesn’t know, I used to work for Disney, am still a huge fan & love the History of the company. So, I thought I might interest some of you by relating this Billboard Chart History book to the beginning of the Rock Era & a bit of Disney History to go with it.

    The rock era first began in 1955 when Bill Haley & the Comets had a hit with Rock Around the Clock. This was also the year that Walt Disney would open the World’s first Theme Park, (prior to this they had always been known as Amusement Parks), & from the outset Disneyland would be a different animal. (A side piece of trivia…The cost of building Disneyland came in at $17 million…the cost of building The Great Movie Ride at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, $17 million…times & costs have changed, haven‘t they?)

    On TV in 1955, Disney’s show Disneyland was one of the hottest things going. The show would introduce us to The Adventures of Davy Crockett & spur one of the biggest fads of the year…The Coonskin Hat. It would also provide us with one of the years biggest Billboard singles “The Ballad of Davy Crockett. This song would chart 4 times by 4 different artists this year.

    Bill Hayes would see his version go all the way to the Top in March & spend 5 weeks there, thereby giving him the #7 biggest hit of the year.
    Tennessee Ernie Ford would release the song just 2 months later & his version would spend 4 weeks at it’s highpoint of #5, slotting him in the position of #33 song of the year.
    At the very same time as Ernie, Davy Crockett himself (otherwise known as Fess Parker) also had a version of the song on the charts. His version would also peak at #5, but spend only 1 week at that level, so he is relegated to the 38th position on the Charts.
    Strangely enough, between Bill Hayes in March & the other versions in May, we would have a man named Walter Schumann release the song in April. Folks, for some reason, didn’t take to his version though as it reached only as high as #14, spent 2 weeks there, & gives Walter the #104 position on the Charts for the year.

    247 total songs hit the Top 100 this year & 4 of them were The Ballad of Davy Crockett. Not to bad eh?

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