Heard the news today that Johnny Winter has died at age 70. You’ll notice on my post of 25 essential albums from 1960 to 1974 I listed Johnny Winter’s Progressive Blues Experiment. Talk about being blown away. I’ll never forget hearing that for the first time.
1. Bee Gees 2. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin 3. Joni Mitchell as college student 4. Young David Bowie (not available in some countries) 5. Beatles 1962 6. Stevie Ray Vaughan 1980 7. Eric Clapton 1964 8. John Mayer 1999 9. Bob Dylan first network show 10. Leon Russell 1965 11. Jeff Beck 1965 12. Paul Shaffer 13. Elvis 1955 with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly 14. Aretha Franklin 1964 15. Whitney Houston 16. Barbara Dennerlein 1984 as a teenager 17. Derek Trucks @ 15 18. Beach Boys 1962 (not available in some countries) 19. Young Neil Young 20. Young Warren Haynes 21. Young Johnny Winter 22. Todd Rundgren in High School (next clip with Nazz, Todd on guitar) 23. Glen Campbell 24. Jim Seals & Dash Crofts before Seals & Crofts (on sax and drums) 25. Susan Tedeschi 1996 26. Steely Dan 1973 27. Etta James 28. Frank Zappa 1963!
If you’ve read or listened to my interviews, then you know I’ve asked several musicians questions about what they would like to see if they could go back in time. Day dreaming about time travel seems to be a fairly universal pastime among music lover.
I decided to take it a step further than day dreaming and wrote a bit of fiction for music lovers. It’s the story of Nathan Ballew who has a brush with death and finds himself back in 1962 with his memory from 2013 fully intact.
The only drawback, he’s in the body of an 11-year-old. So what would you do in this situation? You you can read a few sample chapters, or download the Kindle book here.
Forgive the headline hook, but that’s my own personal fantasy. Before going to sleep last night, I listened to a recording of the Allman Brothers Band from January 23, 1971. They were opening for Delaney and Bonnie at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY.
If you’re a serious Allman Brothers fan, you recall the laid back crowd reactions on the Fillmore recordings. Without even hearing any music, this crowd reaction will give you an indication of just how smoking hot Duane Allman and the band were that night in 1971.
A special celebration and concert for the living members of the freshman class will be held during the NAMM show in Anaheim, California on January 24, 2014.
Visit http://www.hammondorganco.com next month for more details and a special webpage devoted to the Hall of Fame.
BB King was only a couple of weeks away from his 87th birthday when he played the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 5, 2012. For the finale he was joined on stage by Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, and John Mayer.
Even now BB King tours nearly 300 nights a year, clearly the love he gives and receives keeps him going. I was lucky enough to catch BB King in a small lounge in Reno, Nevada in 1973 and it remains a vivid memory.
Here’s a tip, rent or buy his DVD about his life, it has interviews with Clapton, Santana, Derek Trucks, Dr. John and many, many more. It is a wonderful film about an amazing person.