August 17, 1969 – Woodstock continues with “Morning Maniac Music” from the Jefferson Airplane….

So on Sunday morning August 17, 1969 Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane took the stage at the Woodstock festival and opened Bless Its Pointend Little Head 2the day with some morning maniac music! By 1969 the Airplane had already released five studio albums and one live album. I did not pick up on the Airplane until 1968, and their release Crown of Creation by that time they had already had big hits like “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” (their only top ten hits) but with songs like the title track, “Greasy Heart”, David Crosby’s “Triad”, along with Jorma’s guitar on “Chushingura” the album became one of my all-time favorites! Actually, after Surrealistic Pillow (3) it was their highest charting album peaking at #3 on the US charts. Their next two albums Volunteers and the live release Bless Its Pointed Little Head, with the later being another all-time favorite with the opening track “3/5 of a mile in ten seconds” possibly being my favorite Airplane song!! William Ruhlman writing at AllMusic says this about the album……

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Woodstock Day 2 – August 16, 1969 – with thoughts about Santana……..

August 1969: Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown perform with the group Santana at the Woodstock Music Festival

August 1969: Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown perform with the group Santana at the Woodstock Music Festival

 

Quill opened day two at Woodstock.Since I don’t remember or didn’t know them I went to Wikipedia to find out a little about the band……

Quill was a popular Northeast United States band that played extensively throughout New England, New York and the mid-Atlantic states in the late 1960s and that gained national attention by performing at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. The band was originally founded by two singer/songwriters and brothers from the Boston area, Jon and Dan Cole.

 

Well, that explains it, if they came to Philly, I don’t remember hearing about them! Anyway Country Joe MacDonald played solo next, he would return later to play with Country Joe and the Fish.

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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…..

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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

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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!!

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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:

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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”

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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]

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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”.

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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……

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