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This Day in Music – March 17, 1944 – “Happy Birthday John B Sebastian!”

J S Woodstock

J S WoodstockSo what can you say about John Sebastian. He had a great run with the Lovin’ Spoonful lots of great hits  like: “Do You Believe in Magic”, “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?”, “Nashville Cats” and many more. He also had a good solo career. Yet most younger people know him for one song  the theme song to, “Welcome Back Kotter! “Anyway, two of my favorite John Sebastian albums are his first self-titled solo album and Cheapo-cheapo Productions Presents John Sebastian.  Lots of good stuff on both albums. Some of my favorites from John B Sebastian include: “Red Eye Express”, Magical Connections”, “She’s a Lady” and  “Rainbows All Over Your Blues”. My favorite track on Cheapo- Cheapo is “Younger Generation” a couple of Spoonful songs “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind” and “Nashville Cats” appear on the album. Visiting Wikipedia I see that John:

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JJW’s Birthday Celebration Continues with “Ramblin’ Scramblin'” and “Morning Song to Sally”

Driftin Way of Life

Driftin Way of LifeSo return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, the year was 1969, I was a naïve eighteen year-old and sometime during that year. probably on Gen Shay’s show on WDAS-FM this song from Jerry Jeff Walker.

You know I don’t think I’d ever heard a song that included a drop kick in the crotch or someone getting rolled, let alone in the same song!! The song was from Jerry Jeff’s second release Driftin’ Way of Life. And along with “Drifting Way of Life” and “Morning Song for Sally” was one of my favorite songs from the album. Thinking about JJW and his music, one thing I like about his music is that in one song he can be all “Gonzo” and the next minute he can be singing something as nice and beautiful as “Morning Song to Sally” So before we break out the “Sangria Wine” and “Redneck Mother”, let’s go “into the night” with “Morning Song to Sally”

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This Day in Music – March 16, 1942 – Happy Birthday, Jerry Jeff Walker!!

JJW!

JJW!So on this day in 1942 in Oneonta, NY, one Ronald Clyde Crosby, aka Jacky Jack, and more well-known as Jerry Jeff Walker was born!! Jerry Jeff’s music has been a part of the musical soundtrack of my life since the late 1960s. And his music has been with me as I walked across the campus of the University of Florida singing “High Hill Country Rain”, to rocking my children to sleep to “Mr Bojangles”, to sending my son’s best friend into hysterics over “Pissin’ in the Wind” and of course “Redneck Mother” is always just a moment away in that jukebox in my head! The first few songs on his album Navajo Rug can for some reason always pull me out of a bad mood. His music introduced me to songwriters like Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bill Staines and the great Chris Wall as well as a myriad of other Texas musicians!! Ok so I could go on and on about Jerry Jeff but Jerry Jeff over the years has spread the celebration of his birthday over three days, performing concerts in Luckenbach and in Austin, so I think that it’s only fitting that I at least spread it over at least ONE day. So with that thought in mind, I will post Jerry Jeff songs throughout the day today. I can hear my wife now, oh joy! NOT!

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This Day in Music – Brewer & Shipley’s “One Toke Over the Line” Enters the Charts!!

Tarkio-Road

So on this day in 1971 Brewer & Shipley’s “One Toke Over the Line” entered the charts and eventually spent 14 weeks on the charts, and climbed all the way to # 10 during April 1971 (#5 in Canada). I always knew those Canadians knew good music!! Anyway here’s a post I wrote about Brewer & Shipley a while back and I’ll update it with the fact that at the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City the Spirit of Folk Award. Check it out here! From: July 2012….. Many times artists come into our world spend a little time, while their music because a part of our lives, and then drift away. Many times the thoughts of those artists evoke certain memories of the times and places we were when we listened to their music. One such band or rather duo that fits that description for me is Brewer and Shipley (more at Wikipedia). The duo was a part of my life in my college years and if my memory serves me right I even saw them live at the University of Florida. But since that time, I haven’t heard or thought much about them every once in a while the lyrics of “One Toke Over the Line” creeps onto the iPod in my mind. Somewhere along the way I lost the vinyl for Tarkio Road and I think I had the track of Weeds When I checked out their website today, I see they still are performing and that their début album Down in LA has been released on CD by Cherry Records in the UK. I also see a few albums released after my college years that I’ll have to check out! I know a couple of years ago I checked out Mike Brewer’s release Retro Man and enjoyed it! I also saw some news when I checked their site.  Mike and Scarlett’s house was destroyed when a tornado ripped through Powersite, Mo. in February of this year. You can see the destruction here . They were in the house and made it to th bathroom where they survived!  Mike says they will  eventually rebuild on Scarlett’s mountain! Ok computer just crashed, so let’s wrap it up with some morning music from Brewer & Shipley

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