The Jukebox in My Head plays “Shanty” and thoughts about My Father’s Son on Philly Radio!

Jonathan EdwardsSo this morning after I had posted about Brewer & Shipley, I walked away from the computer and before I made it to the stairs, the jukebox in my head was playing and I was singing these words, We’re gonna lay around the shanty, mama and out a good buzz on” Not that I ever did that but I certainly had some friends and roommates in college that did! But I was always the one who had to drive back from concerts, they were lucky if, they remembered that we BROUGHT a car!!

Anyway, here’s Jonathan Edwards performing “Shanty”….

Hy Lit WDASNow in the brief moments when “Shanty stopped playing in my head. I started to think about drug songs on the radio and that brought my thoughts to WDAS -FM which in the spring of 1968 switched to a progressive rock format with Hy Lit i the director’s chair. We all knew Hy from his years at WIBG but now he was moving us underground!! To a station that played album cuts instead of Pop song, and we would hear Jefferson Airplane, the Moody Blues and evolving rock music that was growing all the time! He came with a bunch of great DJs including: Michael Steve Leon, Ed Sciaky, Gene Shay, Larry Magid, T. Morgan, Wayne Joel, Steve Marko, Rod Carson and the owner’s son, Steve Leon, who called himself “My Father’s Son” on the air! I can remember how radical “My Father’s Son’s (Steve was the son of station owner Max Leon) show was, he would do and say anything that was on his mind and he was suspended from the station several times. Then…..

On March 5, 1971, the FCC (supposedly under the influence of the Nixon administration) issued a public notice that warned broadcasters against playing songs “tending to promote or glorify the use of illegal drugs.” Max Leon and his son-in-law, GM Robert Klein ordered all “dope songs” off the station. 28 year-old Steve fought against this ruling, and in an infamous altercation was taken off the air and fired by his brother-in-law while playing Arlo Guthrie’s song about marijuana “Comin’ Into Los Angeles.” The next day, the station launched a “progressive soul” format. Read More

It was a day in mourning for all of us who loved WDAS-FM at the time, more than the rival station WMMR! Sadly, Steve passed away in 2012 at the age 0f 69. Here is a link to an obituary at WXPN which served as a source for parts of this post!! R.I.P. Stephen “Steve” Leon, host of “My Father’s Son” on WDAS (circa 1968 They were great times, the music was new, fresh and exciting and the DJs at WDAS made it extra special. When I was coming home from my son’shouse a couple of Sundays ago, we were listening to T. Morgan, who is still on the radio at WMGK, and Michael Tearson does his thing on XM Radio, or at least he did, and Gene Shay at WXPN and at Folk Alley, and of course, we all still miss Ed Sciaky! He introduced us to a lot of great music – they All did!!


This Day in Music – February 25, 1943 – The Youngest Beatle George Harrison was born!!

George HarrisonOn this day in 1943 in Liverpool, the youngest member of the Beatles, George Harrison was born in Liverpool! I don’t think a can really tell anyone anything new about George, so I’ll just pass on some interesting things that i read this morning about this music who was part of probably the most influential band ever!!

One of the first items that I read got me to thinking about how much of rock music is a blending of all musical genres.From this paragraph we see that George early in his musical journey was influenced by a bluesman,a Gypsy music guitarist, a County music guitarist and a black rock and roll artist.and then later, by the music of India. From Wikipedia:


Harrison’s earliest musical influences included Big Bill Broonzy, George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry and Ry Cooder were significant later influences. By 1965 he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in the Byrds and Bob Dylan, and towards Indian classical music through his use of the sitar on “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”. He developed an interest in the Hare Krishna movement and became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, introducing them to the other members of the Beatles and their Western audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music

By the time The Beatles were recording  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967.George was tiring of the band and was really focused on the music and culture of  India.. Again from Wikipedia:

His sole composition on the album was the Indian-inspired “Within You Without You”, to which no other Beatle contributed.[39] He played sitar and tambura on the track, backed by musicians from the London Asian Music Circle on dilruba, swarmandal and tabla.[40][nb 4] In 1968 his song “The Inner Light” was recorded at the EMI Studios in Bombay, featuring a group of local musicians playing traditional Indian instruments.[42] Released as the B-side to McCartney’s “Lady Madonna”, it was the first Harrison composition to appear on a Beatles single.[42] Derived from a quotation from the Tao Te Ching, the song’s lyric reflected Harrison’s deepening interest in Hinduism and meditation, while musically it embraced the Karnatak discipline of Indian music, rather than the Hindustani style of his previous work in the genre

So, while I could play any number of great Harrison songs, the first one that came to mind this morning after a weekend with no water (leaking hot water heater) and no sewer (blockage n line) that were fixed yesterday was “Here Comes The Sun” and even though we still have other problems, this morning is a bit sunnier knowing we have hot water!  From Wikipedia here’s a little about Harrison and the song…..

“Here Comes the Sun” was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: ‘Sign this’ and ‘sign that.’  Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it.  So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton‘s house.  The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric’s acoustic guitars and wrote “Here Comes the Sun.”[1]

As Clapton states in his autobiography, the house in question is known as “Hurtwood.”  When interviewed in the Martin Scorcese documentaryGeorge Harrison: Living in the Material World, Clapton said he believed the month was April.  Data from two meteorological stations in the London area show that April 1969 set a record for sunlight hours for the 1960s.  The Greenwich station recorded 189 hours for April, a high that was not beaten until 1984.  The Greenwich data also shows that February and March were much colder than the norm for the 1960s, which would account for Harrison’s reference to a “long, cold, lonely winter.

So George “Happy Birthday” and we all wish the you had been up on that stage a couple of weeks ago with Paul and Ringo!! And let’s hope “Here Comes the Sun”!


The Day in Music – Jan 29, 1969 – The Glen Campbell Goodtine Hour Premieres! Music by Glen, John Hartford and more!!

Glen Campbell Goodtime HourWhile Wikipedia sets the date at January 22, 1969, Today in Oldies Music History says that on this date in 1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour premiered on CBS! At the time, I was a big Glen Campbell fan.I had most of his hit albums and loved both his singing and his playing. The thing that I liked about the show was the presence of John Hartford for a while and later his replacement Larry McNeely! And while in the years following this show I moved away from Campbell’s music, his music and John Hartford’s helped set me on the Folk Americana music journey that I’ve been on for these many years. So thanks Glen!

Glen and JohnHere’s two videos from the show. the first is Glen and John Hartford performing the show’s theme song John’s “Gentle on My Mind”. If ny memory is correct this may be from the first show!> That video is followed by Glen, Jerry Reed and Larry McNeely playing “Rocky Top and Banjo Signal” I will admit that I had forgotten about McNeeely replacing John Hartford on the show and I had to look him up on Wikipedia, but he was a helluva good banjo player. The video also showcases Glen’s fine talents on the guitar!!


This Day in Music – Jan 3, 1945 – Happy Birthday, Stephen Stills!

Stephen StillsOver the last forty plus years of music listening one of the several people who has been there is celebrating his 68th birthday today and that would be Mr Stephen Stills! Stephen was born on this day in 1945 in Dallas, Texas.Since he was born into a military family he spent his youth in many places including: Gainesville and Tampa, Florida, Louisiana, Costa Rica, Panama Canal Zone and El Salvador, where he graduated from high school, and was an avid sailor. He also attended Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida and Saint Leo College Preparatory School in Saint Leo, Florida.[3] Stills dropped out of the Louisiana State University to pursue a music career in the early 1960s! Since the founding of Buffalo Springfield in 1966, Stills has been a part of my musical life. Whether it be in groups like Crosby,Stills and Nash(sometimes Young), Manassas and most recently in The Rides, or solo, Stephen has always be playing on whatever playback media I was using at the time,  Vinyl, tape,cassette,CD I think his music’s been on all of them, maybe not cassette? Nope, I forgot about Super Sessions with Al Kooper! I have that on cassette! I could go on an on writing about how: Stills was ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 2003 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”[1] and #47 in the 2011 list.or how Stills became the first person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield! But I’ll just list some of the things that I found most interesting in his biography at Wikipedia:

Stills made an unsuccessful attempt to become one of The Monkees. He was turned down, not due to any lack of ability, but because of a conflict with his existing music publishing contract. So instead, he recommended his friend, multi-instrumentalist Peter Tork   During a Manassas tour in France, Stills met and married his first wife singer-songwriter Véronique Sanson. Stills has since divorced and remarried twice. He was briefly married in the late eighties to Thai model Pamela Anne Jordan. His third wife is Kristen Hathaway whom he married in 1996.   Stills’ son, Justin Stills, was critically injured at age 26 snowboarding on Mt Charleston just outside Las Vegas in 1997. An episode of Discovery Health’s documentary series Trauma: Life in the ER featured his treatment and recovery. Another son, Henry, has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome,[12] and is profiled in the 2007 documentary Autism: The Musical. His daughter Eleanor is a photographer and graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Since Eleanor’s graduation, she has been responsible for all recent Crosby, Stills & Nash photography. Stills has a twenty-year-old daughter, Alex, who attends Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Son Chris and daughter Jennifer are both recording artists. His youngest son, Oliver Ragland, was born in 2004 and named in honor of Neil Young, whose maternal family name is Ragland   Stills experimented with the guitar itself, including soaking strings in barbecue sauce[15] or flipping pickups to mimic Hendrix playing a right-handed guitar left-handed. He is also known for using alternate guitar tunings, particularly when performing acoustically. Often a long acoustic solo section of the show would showcase agile fingerstyle playing in standard and altered tunings. His primary alternate tuning is usually EEEEBE, or “Palmer modal tuning”, which can be heard in “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Carry On,” and “4 + 20.”[citation needed]   For the CSN debut album in 1969, Graham Nash commented that “Stephen had a vision, and David and I let him run with it.”[citation needed] Stills played every instrumental part on Crosby, Stills and Nash with exception of some guitar by Crosby and Nash, and drums by Dallas Taylor. Read full biography

Now for the music-oh, the choices “Suite for Judy Blue Eyes”, “For What It’s Worth”?? I have always loved” 4+20″, how about something from The Rides?? How about one of my favorite songs from Manassas “Johnny’s Garden” Here’s a great video for the song!! And Stephen, Happy Birthday and thanks for ALL the great music!!


This Day in Music – Dec 19 – 1940 and 1943 – Phil Ochs and Alvin Lee are born!

Phil Ochs2Today we celebrate the birthdays of two of my favorite musicians, Both figured prominently in the early years of my musical listening. First born in 1940 is Phil Ochs, Phil was a big part of my musical listening in the late 60s and early 70s. He wrote about things that were importent to me, from the same political point of view, although he may have been a wee bit more radical than me. Secondly, in 1944 Alvin Lee was born. Alvin and his band was a mainstay on my turntable, I was a big Ten Years After fan. And while I shared their affinity for the blues, I also was a fan of their early music which had a lot of jazz overtone, hell on of my favorite tracks of theirs is Woody Herman’s Woodchopper’s Ball! The saddest part of today though is that neither artist is around to celebrate with us! Phil took his life in 1976 after years of mental  health issues that started after he was mugged,  while in Dar Es Salaam, and lost the top three notes of his vocal range. The mugging seemed to send him on a downward spiral. His last years were troubled ones. He suffered from manic depression plus an affinity for the bottle. Alvin Lee died this past March from ”unforeseen complications following a routine surgical.procedure”

From Wikipedia:

Philip David ”Phil“ Ochs (/ˈoʊks/; December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976) was an American protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical singer) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and released eight albums in his lifetime.

Ochs performed at many political events during the 1960s counterculture era, including anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies, student events, and organized labor events over the course of his career, in addition to many concert appearances at such venues as New York City’s Town Hall and Carnegie Hall. Politically, Ochs described himself as a “left social democrat” who became an “early revolutionary” after the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago led to a police riot, which had a profound effect on his state of mind.[1]


After years of prolific writing in the 1960s, Ochs’s mental stability declined in the 1970s. He eventually succumbed to a number of problems including bipolar disorder and alcoholism, and took his own life in 1976  Full Biography

You can also read more about Phil at his the Phil Ochs homepage, and at his sister Sonny’s website. Sonny has worked tirelessly at keeping Phil’s music alive over these last 30 plus years!!

Phil is one of the many musicians who left us way too early. There have been many times over the last 37 years that I’ve thought. What Phil would have thought about the current political situation. I can just hear an updating of the Song “Here’s to the State of Mississippi” with Eric Candor, John Boehner. or other right-wing-nuts as the object of his wrath!!

Alvin LeeAlvin however did leave us a lot of great memories, yes, including “I’m Going Home” at Woodstock” (listen here) and some of the recent albums that he had released prior to his death like Rocket Fuel and Still on the Road to Freedom are pretty damn good!

So what music shall I play from Phil something political nah, I think I’ll go with something that he didn’t even write only put to music and that’s “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. and then a Phil Ochs composition “Changes” Here’s a video with both and an interview in between! So Happy Birthday, Phil and Alvin, wherever you are, and thanks for helping set my musical journey on the right road!!


This Day in Music – December 18, 1943 – Happy 70th Birthday, Keith Richards!!

Keith Richards


Ok so on this date in 1943, the person on the planet with possibly the most resilient body ever, Keith Richards was born. I often joke that the only two things that wlll survive the apocalypse are cockroaches and Keith Richards!! Anyway,, I’m sure we are all amazed, and at the same time thankful that Keith survived to the ripe old age of 70!! While Keith needs no background information here’s some anyway!!! From Wikipedia:

Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and founding member of the English rock band The Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine credited Richards for “rock’s greatest single body of riffs” on guitar and ranked him 10 on its list of 100 best guitarists.[1] Fourteen songs Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.[2][3]


and here’s a little about his personal life, not it was on this date in 1983 on his 40th birthday that he was married:

…. in 1979, Richards met his future wife, model Patti Hansen. They married on 18 December 1983, Richards’s 40th birthday, and have two daughters, Theodora and Alexandra, born in 1985 and 1986 respectively.

Richards maintains cordial relations with Italian-born actress Anita Pallenberg, the mother of his first three children; although they were never married, Richards and Pallenberg were a couple from 1967 to 1979. Together they have a son, Marlon (named after the actor Marlon Brando), born in 1969,[69] and a daughter, Angela (originally named Dandelion), born in 1972.[70] Their third child, a boy named Tara (after Richards’s and Pallenberg’s friend Guinness heir Tara Browne), died on 6 June 1976, less than three months after his birth.[71]


Richards still owns Redlands, the Sussex estate he purchased in 1966, as well as a home in Weston, Connecticut and another in the private resort island of Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos.[72][73] His primary home is in Weston.[74] In June 2013, Richards said that he would retire with his family to Parrot Cay or Jamaica if he knew his death was coming.[75]Keith Richards has four grandchildren, three from his son Marlon and one from his daughter Angela.[76]


He is an avid reader with a strong interest in history and owns an extensive library.[77][78] An April 2010 article revealed that Richards yearns to be a librarian Full Biography

A librarian! You learn something new everyday!!

Richards and Jagger’s highest rated song,, yeah that’s right, at No 2 overall “Satisfaction” and here they are performing it live in 2006 – who’d a thought that Keith would have made it!! Certainly the opening riff is one of the all time best!! Happy Birthday, Keith!!


Sunday Night Flashback – 1971 John Denver’s Aerie and Poems, Prayers and Promises!

AerieSo yesterday I brought up some of my old vinyl to convert to MP3s I got around to doing that tonight and in the process I listened to a couple of old albums from John Denver that I hadn’t listened to for a long, long time.  The albums were both released in 1971 the first was Aerie and the other was Poems, Prayers and Promises. I think that of the two I listened to Aerie (the album cover is one of my fall time favorite album covers) more. Like many of  Denver’s the album included several covers sprinkled in the midst of originals. On this album the covers include: Kris Kristofferson’s “Casey’s Last Ride”, Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans” and John Prine’s ” Spanish Pipe Dream – (Blow Up Your TV) and while I prefer the originals of all three songs Denver’s covers do justice to the songs. The album also includes three  covers of songs penned by John’s friends Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert “Friends with You”, “She Won’t Let Me Fly Away” and “Readjustment Blues”. The last song is one that I had forgotten about completely but as I listened those days of protesting against the war came flashing back to me!!  Three  of the Denver songs are probably the highlights of the album. I always loved “Starwood in Aspen”, “All of My Memories” is great and according to the review written by Rob Caldwell at AllMusic  ”The soaring “The Eagle and the Hawk,” in fact, is the centerpiece of the album” and he concludes by writing: . “Though it’s a less well-known work in his (oeuvre)?, Aerie is worth seeking out to get a more complete picture of the artist’s range”.

Poems Pryers and PromisesPoems, Prayers and Promises had less covers in it and is the album that eventually set Denver’s career afire!   Sharon Mawer  writes at AllMusic:

After several albums in which he had allowed cover versions to dominate the sets, John Denver returned with an album, Poems, Prayers & Promises, in which he had written over half the songs. He should have had more confidence in his own songs, for this was at the beginning of a golden period for Denver when his songs would dominate the easy listening airwaves, especially his big hit singles. “Take Me Home Country Roads” and his first U.S. number one, “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” both surprisingly failed to reach the charts at all in the U.K.; however, the opening title track set the scene for the whole album, pleasant acoustic songs sung by Denver acked in most cases by the picking and strumming of his acoustic guitar….


Poems, Prayers & Promises was actually released in 1971 but was reissued after Rocky Mountain High nearly reached the Top Ten in 1973, and it became his second Top 20 album  Continue Reading

Now for the music! First here’s a video using the original version of “Readjustment Blues” as performed by Fat City (Taffy Nivert & Bill Danoff). followed by “Eagle and the Hawk”

 If you want you can check out Denver performing “Poems Prayers and Promises” here  It’s always been a favorite of mine!!


Today in Music – Dec 5, 1947 – Happy Birthday, Jim Messina!

Jim Messina So after Buffalo Springfield shattered in 1968 three of the members of the band, Richie Furary, Rusty Young and the fellow whose celebrating his 66th birthday today,(Dec 5th), Jim Messina went on, picked up the pieces and formed one of my wife and my favorite bands Poco. In 1970 after Poco’s first three albums Jim chose to leave the band. At the time, Jim felt that Richie Furay exhibited too much control over the group’s sound. Based the recommendation of Peter Cetera of Chicago, Messina selected guitarist/singer Paul Cotton, a one-time member of the Illinois Speed Press to be his replacement and Jim returned to studio production   Messina joined Columbia Records, as an independent producer. The first artist he was set to produce was Kenny Loggins……

Messina was first introduced to the idea of producing Kenny Loggins in the summer of 1970 while still performing on the road with Poco. Loggins first met with Messina in December 1970 at Messina’s home, where the two recorded a number of Loggins’ compositions in Messina’s living room. Loggins, at the time, was a songwriter for ABC Dunhill and not a performing artist. The songs he presented for his album leaned more toward being a folk artist, a style Messina felt might anchor Loggins in a past trend as opposed to being a part of a future trend.   In the course of deciding how to produce Loggins’ first solo album, Messina met with Clive Davis, then president of Columbia Records. The inexperienced Loggins had no agent, no manager, no business manager, and no prior experience as a performing artist; Messina felt Loggins needed some kind of an edge.   Messina proposed to Davis that he be allowed to sit in with Loggins’ on his first solo album in the same way that jazz artists had done in the past. Loggins also needed more upbeat and diverse material to help him gain appeal as a pop music artist. After reluctantly agreeing, Clive pursued the “Sitting In” concept through to the end.   With music trends moving away from folk, Messina presented Loggins with a number of songs that spilled over from his days with Poco and Buffalo Springfield. He felt Loggins could do both country rock and R&B styles extremely well, especially after hearing Kenny perform “Danny’s Song.” Full Biography 

Loggins and messinaMessina’s “sittin’ in” was a good career move for him and led to major success as a duo!! Now I was all set to play a YouTube video of a reunion show of Poco and a performance of the  group singing a Messina tune “You Better Think Twice”, a song that has always been a favorite of mine, but the video kept freezing at the same point every time I played it. So how about we go “into the night” with a 2011 performance of a Loggins and Messina song “Angry Eyes”: by Jim and his band. And Jim, I hope birthday 66 was a good one!!


Today in Music – Nov 30, 1943 – Happy Birthday – Ten Years After – Bassist Leo Lyons!!

leo LyonsSo the first time I heard Leo Lyons name mentioned was at the end of one of my favorite Ten Years After songs, their cover of “Woodchopper’s Ball” When Alvin Lee said:

TYA Intros

And today 40 plus years after, I wish Leo Lyons a Happy 71st Birthday to Leo!!

Now I could tell you all about Ten Years After as they were one of my favorite bands in the late 60s and early 70s and while much of my love came from the blues and guitar of Alvin Lee, another aspect was the influences of jazz on their music, particularly the early music, ,and part of that jazz sound came from the keyboards of Chick Churchill and the bass of Leo Lyons. But how about I let Leo tell you a little about himself – from Leo’s Blog at Cyclone Music:

“Ten Years After is probably best remembered for the bands performance at the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival and featuring in the subsequent film of the event. Original guitarist Alvin Lee sadly passed away in March 2013 and will be missed, as Alvin and I started out together and shared many of life’s experiences, he was like the brother that I never had. After many Gold and Platinum Albums and thousands of concerts under our belts TYA is still going strong and, with the addition of new guitarist/vocalist Joe Gooch, the three original members are still touring and have recorded three new CDs.

and I love those new albums and the guitar of Joe Gooch!!

Aside from my career as a bass player I have done many things since starting out on my musical journey way back in 1960. I am a recording engineer and record producer and was studio manager of Wessex Studios, London in 1975. I have also owned my own studios. Songwriting is also a passion and in 1998 I moved to Nashville where I was a staff writer for a country music publisher. I lived and worked in Nashville until 2011 before moving back to my now European base.


Joe and LeoWhat I didn’t know until this morning was that Leo and Joe had form a new power trio named Hundred Seventy Split(HSS) Leo writes at his blog…..

HSS is a three piece Blues/Rock trio featuring  guitarist/vocalist Joe Gooch, Damon Sawyer on drums and myself on bass. Joe and I still work with TYA but we wanted to do something different that rocks outside of the TYA box. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with TYA and I always enjoy playing the old songs that people still want to hear. However, that leaves no room for new material – hence the new project.


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Here’s Hundred Seventy Split with “Dance On Your Tombstone” recorded live at the Blues Garage…..


Today in Music – Nov 12, 1944 – Booker T. Jones was born – “Happy Birthday Booker T!

Booker T JonesSo on this date in 1944 Mr Booker T Jones was born! For those of you too young to remember Booker T & The MGs here’s a little background on Booker…

Booker T. Jones (born November 12, 1944) is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.’s. He has also worked in the studios with many well-known artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, earning him a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. Full Biography

Now this is usually the part where I say Booker T. YES! it’s time for some “Green Onions” But if you want to watch that you can go to Booker T’s birthday post from last year!  Here.Oops! In checking last years post I see that the post mentions that on this date both Booker T and Neil Young were born, but what I wrote about were riots on the Sunset Strip’ So if you want to read about them go Here.There’s a link in the post to go to watch “Green Onions” but the video has been removed so don’t click the link. Instead you can go here and watch Booker T perform “Green Onions” – “Live at Daryl’s House!

Now where was I oh, yeah – Tonight let’s listen to something a little more current. This afternoon in honor of Booker’s birthday listened to his 2011 release The Road from Memphis. Here’s some background on that album from Wikipedia….

Road from Memphis

In 2011, Jones released The Road from Memphis. The backing band included Questlove (drums), ”Captain” Kirk Douglas (guitar) and Owen Biddle (bass) from The Roots as well as former Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey and percussionist Stewart Killen. The album features vocals by Yim Yames, Matt Berninger, Lou Reed,Sharon Jones and Booker T. himself, as well as lyrics contributed by his daughter/manager Liv Jones.


On February 12, 2012 The Road from Memphis won at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Booker holds a total of 4 Grammy Awards

As I listened today, while the whole album is terrific, the song that stood out from the rest at least  today was “Harlem House”…. so let’s go “into the night” with a live performance of that song – as filmed by Unsteady Freddy at THE CITY WINERY in NYC on March 4 2013. .You can check out Freddy’s YouTube Channel here !

Anyway Happy 69th Birthday Booker T. Jones and thanks for all the music!