Know When To Fold Them

Sad news the lead singer in the 1960s group First Edition has passed away…you may know his as “The Gambler” or maybe better as Kenny Rogers.

Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country, and pop with hits like “Lucille,” “Lady,” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” died Friday night. He was 81. He died at home in Sandy Springs, Ga., his representative tells the AP, adding that Rogers was under hospice care and died of natural causes. The Houston-born performer with the husky voice and silver beard sold tens of millions of records, won three Grammys, and was the star of TV movies based on “The Gambler” and other songs, making him a superstar in the ’70s and ’80s. Rogers thrived for some 60 years before he retired from touring in 2017 at age 79. Despite his crossover success, he always preferred to be thought of as a country singer. Rogers was a five-time CMA Award winner and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

A true rags-to-riches story, Rogers was raised in public housing in Houston Heights with seven siblings. His breakthrough came when he was asked to join the New Christy Minstrels folk group in 1966, which re-formed as the First Edition. After the group broke up in 1974, Rogers started his solo career and found a big hit with the sad country ballad “Lucille” in 1977, which crossed over to the pop charts and earned Rogers his first Grammy. Suddenly a star, Rogers added hit after hit for more than a decade. “The Gambler,” the Grammy-winning story song, came out in 1978 and became his signature song, spawning a hit TV movie of the same name and several sequels. Over the years, Rogers worked often with female duet partners, most memorably Dolly Parton, with whom he performed “Islands in the Stream.” Rogers’ family is planning a private service “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency,” per a statement. A public memorial will be held at a later date.

May he Rest In Peace……

Please enjoy Kenny from the past….

 

 

Please enjoy your day……be well and be safe….

“lego ergo scribo”

That Old Time Country Music

What great weather we are having down here……the forecast is for light rain….

Light rain my ass!

Looking out my front door…..CCR “Who’ll Stop The Rain”……

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It is the weekend again and I need to flush the turds of American politics out of my mind…..

I have always enjoyed music…..of course the rock of my generation….I enjoy classical…..even some jazz but not all…..I even enjoy country music….not the crap of today but the music of Don Williams, Hank Williams (senior not that worthless lump of crap Junior), Conway, Waylon, Willie, Loretta and the rest of true country music.

Speaking of Loretta…..she has weighed in on today’s country music….and I agree with her 100%…..

Country music is dead, according to a legend of the genre. “I think it’s dead. I think it’s a shame,” Loretta Lynn tells fellow country singer Martina McBride on the latter’s podcast Vocal Point, per People. “I’m getting mad about it. I am. Because it’s ridiculous,” says the 87-year-old, whose career has spanned 60 years. “I think that they’re completely losing it. And I think that’s a sad situation.” This isn’t the first time the singer has offered her take on modern country music. “Some of these new country singers aren’t really country … I think some of them should be singing pop music and leave country alone,” she wrote in the introduction to her memoir, Coal Miner’s Daughter, when it was reissued in 2010, per the Boot.

But all hope isn’t lost. “I think that every type of music should be saved, and country is one of the greatest. It’s been around, as far as I’m concerned, longer than any of it,” Lynn tells McBride. And at 87, “I’m here to start feeding it.” Though the singer has suffered health issues in recent years—including a stoke in 2017 and a broken hip in 2018—her 2018 album hints at more gas in the tank. “Spring is just around the bend/Ain’t no time to go darlin’ … The children need your guiding hand/Ain’t no time to go darlin’,” Lynn sings in “Ain’t No Time to Go” from Wouldn’t It Be Great.

Modern country music is nothing more than what we use to call “Southern Rock”…..we need the old days to return to save country music from itself.

For a musical interlude….a few true country singers…..

Enjoy some TRUE Country music.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

What If The Blues Had A White Baby?

AS an old fart I can remember the days of great guitar players….Hendrix, Clapton, Kooper and Bloomfield…..and that is where I would like to pick up this post.

Please do not get me wrong I do not want to take anything away from the great blues musicians like King, Hooker, Waters, et al……just that it was amazing that a young white boy could feel the music in his soul……

I have always been a great fan of the blues and especially what has been called the “electric blues” like Beck, Lee, etc mostly white guys that were excellent at the guitar….and Mike Bloomfield was one of the best……at least in my opinion…..

One of my favorite albums was the one titled Super Session….with Stills, Kooper and Bloomfield…..and then the world in 1981 lost a great giant of a guitar player when Bloomfield died…..

Michael Bloomfield began playing in Chicago blues clubs while still in high school. By 1968 he was considered one of the best guitarists in the world along with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. By that time, Bloomfield had joined and left the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, played on Bob Dylan’s masterpiece album Highway 61 Revisited and formed the genre busting group The Electric Flag. Like so many other musicians, especially of his generation, he had also developed a taste for opiates and the relief they provide.

Michael Bloomfield died in 1981 on Valentine’s Day. Although the autopsy report was somewhat contradictory, he probably overdosed on fentanyl (sold mistakenly as China White heroin), which had recently made an appearance in the San Francisco streets. I was never a user of opiates, but friends of mine were. They talked about a new monster high that was like heroin but much more powerful. The only reason I was personally familiar with fentanyl was because a friend had almost died from it earlier in the decade after buying some in Washington, DC. Bloomfield was supposedly cleaning up his act, but like most users, he wasn’t done completely with narcotics. Unfortunately, he went back one too many times.

The Blues Had a White Baby and His Name was Michael Bloomfield

Let me help those that may not know the name……first…..from the group Electric Flag…..

This one from the Super Session album….Season of the Witch…always a favorite of mine…..

Please enjoy and hopefully it will bring some great memories to us old farts…..

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Closing Thought–07Oct19 #2

In my younger days I was a huge fan of Cream…..Clapton, Bruce and Baker…..their music will live forever.

Sad news the drummer of Cream and Blind faith has died at 84…..

Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician best known for his time with the power trio Cream, died Sunday at age 80, reports the AP. Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and become one of the world’s most admired and feared musicians. With blazing eyes, orange-red hair, and a temperament to match, the London native ranked with The Who’s Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham as the embodiment of musical and personal fury. Using twin bass drums, Baker fashioned a pounding, poly-rhythmic style uncommonly swift and heavy that inspired and intimidated countless musicians. But every beat seemed to mirror an offstage eruption—whether his violent dislike of Cream bandmate Jack Bruce or his on-camera assault of a documentary maker, Jay Bulger, whom he smashed in the nose with his walking stick.

Baker and his many admirers saw him as a rounded, sophisticated musician—an arranger, composer, and student of the craft, absorbing sounds from around the world. “He was so unique and had such a distinctive personality,” Stewart Copeland of the Police said in 2013. “Nobody else followed in his footsteps. Everybody tried to be John Bonham … but it’s rare that you hear anybody doing the Ginger Baker thing.” Baker teamed with Eric Clapton and Bruce in the mid-1960s to become Cream—one of the first supergroups and first power trios. The band broke up in 1968. He endured his old enemy, Bruce, when Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and for Cream reunion concerts a decade later. Baker performed regularly in his 70s despite health issues. No stranger to vice and not a fan of modesty, he called his memoir Hellraiser: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Drummer. “John Bonham once made a statement that there were only two drummers in British rock ‘n’ roll; himself and Ginger Baker,” Baker wrote. “My reaction to this was, ‘You cheeky little bastard!'”

May he Rest In Peace.

In closing a little known album…Ginger Baker’s Air Force….

I Read, I Wrote You Know

Sunday– 07Oct2018

It is Sunday…let’s have some fun!

Back when I was younger and managing a bar I use to spend lots of time listening to musicians trying to find ones that would be a good fit for the club.

Back in those days “Folk Music” was all the rage and there were a couple of songs that were standard fair if you were a folk singer….one was about a restaurant and a dashboard fixture for your car……

Since today is a Sunday and a day of relaxation I will give the two songs as my musical interlude……

And second is a plastic dashboard fixture……

Hope you guys enjoyed the music….a couple of dittys from the past….being an old fart I spend a lot of time there…..

To further your entertainment……In closing the best comic routine EVER!

In Living Color came close to topping but fell a little short…..a bit more political than the original….be warned…..

I hope these small offerings made your day….and that everyone has a terrific Sunday……see you Monday with more stuff….chuq

Jimi, We Miss You

Closing Thought–18Sep18

There was a time when I thought of myself as a “rock star” then in 1969 in a club called the “Oleo Strut” I got to see a musician named Jimi Hendrix and from the that day on I knew I would never be a “rock star”…..

I bring up Jimi because on this day , 18 September 1970 Jimi Hendrix passed leaving a huge hole in American music scene……

Jimi Hendrix left us on Friday, Sept. 18, 1970. He was only 27. He pretty much lived the way he wanted to. But his time to die came much too early.

Forty years later, it’s hard to express the shock and disbelief we music fans felt that morning as the word spread from London. Hendrix was a rock star, and rock stars just don’t die at 27. Sure, there had been other rock ‘n’ roll star deaths, probably the most famous involving “the day the music died,” the plane crash in Iowa that killed Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. But Jimi Hendrix had moved beyond being a mere rock star. He was a rock god. And gods just didn’t die, so we thought.

https://blog.chron.com/40yearsafter/2010/09/jimi-hendrix-burned-brightly-died-too-young/

In memory of this superb musician I give you this “Best Hits” interlude……enjoy the trip back in time……

Time for me to take my leave….I shall return tomorrow….chuq

 

Getting Old And Replaceable

One more Saturday and waiting for Spring to be sprung and that damn stupid….spring forward…..daylight savings time….the lamest idea ever!

Any way I am old….I can recall the music on the radio, then TV, then onto portable music…the 8-track and soon to be replaced by the cassette player….all the while my albums were still a source for enjoyment and then the CD was born and my vinyl lost popularity (it has since returned)….the CD killed the album and now the CD is a thing of the past…..

Bad news for the future of CDs (and, let’s face it, probably the future of CD wallets, too). Billboard reports two major CD retailers—Best Buy and Target—are reconsidering their relationship with the three-decade-old music format. Sources say Best Buy—which has gone from the “most powerful” music seller in the US to a “reduced and shoddy” selection that brings in only about $40 million a year—will stop selling CDs on July 1. Meanwhile, sources say Target—which is carrying far fewer CDs these days but still managed to move over 500,000 copies of Taylor Swift’s most recent album—wants to change to a consignment model where it wouldn’t have to pay suppliers for any CDs that go unsold. Sources say at least one major label is considering pulling its music from Target rather than agree to the new financial risk that would represent.

The changes at Best Buy and Target could speed up the CD’s demise, but they’re far from the first signs of its impending doom. USA Today reports CD sales hit $13.2 billion in 2000, and 712 million CDs were sold in 2001. In the 14 years since that peak, recorded music lost 40% of its global value, according to NPR. In 2016, streaming took over as Americans’ main means of listening to music and Kmart stopped selling CDs. In 2017, Ford manufactured its first car without a CD player in 25 years. That same year, CD sales in the US dropped 18.5%. However, while things look bleak now, CDs could always make a vinyl-like comeback a few years down the road. In fact, while Best Buy is giving up on CDs, it will reportedly continue selling vinyl records for another two years. (Speaking of: Sony is doing an about-face after helping kill vinyl.

That is all for me today……I shall enjoy my weekend as much as possible for I return to the surgeon Monday to get my check-up…..I have my fingers crossed…..chuq

Death Of A Working Class Hero

I apologize this post was suppose to be posted yesterday but I got all sidetracked with medical stuff…..

37 years ago on this day, 08 December, John Lennon was shot and killed……I have chosen his best work in my opinion as a tribute to the man and the musician…

This one song tells more about society than a wealth of philosophers……

His talent has been sorely missed……chuq

Oh No He Didn’t!

Today is Sunday, 22Oct17, and the US Gran Prix.

I am a big fan of Formula One racing ever since in 1959 I was at the French Gran Prix….even though some of the best drivers in the world were American, especially in Formula One….Penske, Gurney, Andretti, as a matter of fact Andretti was the world champion in Formula One driving for Ferrari……the sport does not have much of a following here in the US any more.  Needlessly to say that means not much PR here in the states….but that could change today.

I bring all this up because of something that has been reported for this race.

By now every American knows about the “takin a knee” in protest….it is possible that it will make international news today.  Why?

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he might take a knee in protest when the national anthem is played prior to the United States Grand Prix later this month.

The Mercedes ace has already spoken out against racism and voiced concern for the current political climate in the USA. President Donald Trump has recently criticized NFL players for what he calls a lack of respect in kneeling during the anthem.

Hamilton suggested, in an interview with The Sunday Times out of the United Kingdom, that he could very well do the same on Oct. 22.

“I’ve not even thought about that race, but of course I will have to start to think about it — what would be right for me to do, or do I even need to get involved?

“It’s not my national anthem, but the issue that is in the States … well, it’s not just in the States, it is a global thing. It’s more focused and probably at its worst perhaps in America. I think we all do need to stand together.”

This could be the only report of the United Stats Gran Prix….that is if he carries forth his threat.  That should make F1 the talk of the town and Lewis Hamilton as well……
We will see if this Mercedes driver has the cajones to go through with the protest.
Personally, I will enjoy the race with or without this show of defiance.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Sunday and another day in the garden……well what’s left of it…….a little sun, some heat, snacks and wine…sounds perfect, right?

Back in the day I was a budding guitarist…I just knew that I was gonna be one of the greats…..then in 1967 I visited a club, the Oleo Strut, and saw a live performance of a up and coming rock star…..

After watching this man play a guitar I realized that I would NEVER be that capable of playing and after that I abandoned all pretense of being a “rock star”……

You had to be there a small club that sat 200 people maximum and see this individual play….I shall never forget it….EVER!

I bring this piece of personal history up because of something that I read recently……

The convention couldn’t sound less rock-and-roll — the National Association of Music Merchants Show. But when the doors open at the Anaheim Convention Center, people stream in to scour rows of Fenders, Les Pauls and the oddball, custom-built creations such as the 5-foot-4-inch mermaid guitar crafted of 15 kinds of wood.

Standing in the center of the biggest, six-string candy store in the United States, you can almost believe all is well within the guitar world.

Except if, like George Gruhn, you know better. The 71-year-old Nashville dealer has sold guitars to Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift. Walking through NAMM with Gruhn is like shadowing Bill Belichick at the NFL Scouting Combine. There is great love for the product and great skepticism. What others might see as a boom — the seemingly endless line of manufacturers showcasing instruments — Gruhn sees as two trains on a collision course.

Source: The death of the electric guitar – Washington Post

I too see a problem…the music today is too mamby pamby….all blue skies and lollipops…..techno crap is replacing artistry…..slowly the real guitar artists are disappearing…I am only glad that I was there when there were real artists playing for the love of music……

My day is done and I feel like listening to some rock from my day…..

Have a good day and get some rest…..peace out…..chuq