Rolling Stone Issue 54
Dated March 19, 1970. Sly & the Family Stone on the cover.
Sly’s first recording was called On the Battlefield for my Lord & it was recorded before he was 5 years old. By the age of 5 he was already proficient on drums & guitar. The Family Stone was formed in 1967 & by that time he could play over a dozen different instruments & had full grasp of how to work the recording studio boards. Sly’s manager is a guy named David Kapralik who discovered & signed the band to Columbia records, but he was also responsible for finding & signing a lady named Barbra Streisand. By the time this article was written The Family Stone had already achieved chart success with their first hit Dance to the Music, followed by their next single & first #1 hit Everyday People, Stand which would peak at #22, Hot Fun in the Summertime made it all the way to #2, & their current hit Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) is on the rise & would become their second chart topper.
Blood Sweat & Tears just broke a record previously held by Frank Sinatra when they were nominated for 10 Grammy Awards. Spinning Wheel, You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Variations on a Theme by Eric Satie have all been nominated in one song category or another & the BS&T Album is up for album of the year.
Little known blues guitarist, Slim Harpo has died of a heart attack at the age of 45.
Timothy Leary is being held in jail without bail after an arrest & conviction for possession of marijuana, (allegedly two roaches). This stems from being pulled over in his car on Dec. 26th 1968. His wife & son were in the car, & were also convicted but let go on their own recognizance.
Finally the name of the next Beatles album has been changed to Let it Be & is scheduled for release sometime in April. The single is set for release on March 2.
After all the trials & tribulations & excursions into other groups, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood & Jim Capaldi are reforming as Traffic. No word yet on the status of Dave Mason. A new album is just a couple of months off.
The NY Post has put together an expose that states that The Beatles music may have indeed played a part in the murder of Sharon Tate & others. They make reference to the lyrics in the songs Piggies, Blackbird, Helter Skelter, Revolution 9, & Sexy Sadie, & then try to tie all the loose ends together.
In another reformation of a previously defunct group, The Jimi Hendrix Experience with Jimi, Mitch Mitchell & Noel Redding are back together & set to record again. No hard feelings all around. Hendrix is denying the rumors of him becoming more closely associated with the Black Panthers saying he found out about it himself in the pages of The Rolling Stone.
Rumor is that the next single by The Stones will be called Wild Horses. The tape is now in the hands of Chris Hillman & Sneaky Pete of The Flying Burrito Brothers, so they can add some steel guitar & backup vocals.
Also being rumored is that Paul McCartney is working on a solo album to be released after the next Beatles album, Let It Be.
Ads for groups or albums this issue:
James Taylor - Sweet Baby James…his first for Warner Brothers
Joan Baez - One Day at a Time on Vanguard
Ronnie Hawkins - The legend continues on Cotillion Records & Tapes
The Guess Who - American Woman on RCA Records & Tapes
The Doors - Morrison Hotel on Elektra
Mountain - Climbing on Windfall Records
Frijid Pink - Their first album on the Parrot label featuring their hit House of the Rising Sun.
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water on Columbia Records
Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica on Straight/Reprise
The Chambers Brothers - Love Peace & Happiness
Van Morrison - Moondance
Moondance is an album of musical invention & lyrical confidence. The strong moods of Into the Mystic & the fine, epic brilliance of Caravan will carry it past many good records we’ll forget in the next few years. Van Morrison plays on….Lester Bangs
The Rascals - See
This album contains, predictably, a pair of dynamic Top 40 songs (See & Carry Me Back are the songs referenced & they would peak at 27 & 26 respectively & would in effect be the last we heard of the band) , & then proceeds to space them among 10 other songs than can’t be called so much bad as forgettable. The Rascals have always had a tendency towards the bland & in a sense SEE shows that they haven’t outgrown this….Lenny Kaye
Other albums reviewed:
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky
Trivia Time…back in 1966 there was a band called Dr. West’s Medicine Show. They were out of Chicago & had a regional hit with a song called The Eggplant that Ate Chicago, it reached # 52 on the Billboard charts before it fizzled out. The band also fizzled, but the leader of them was none other than Norman Greenbaum.
The Shocking Blue-
More Trivia…This was a one hit wonder band out of Holland whose single Venus went all the way to #1, spent a week there & they were never heard from again.
Dion - Sit Down Old Friend
Eubie Blake - The 86 years of Eubie Blake
The Insect Thrust - Hoboken Saturday Night
Link Davis - Cajun Crawdaddy
Johnny Ace - Again, Johnny Sings