The “Beale Street Blues Boy”

b. September 16, 1925 …

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I remember waking up on August 27, 1990 and shaking my head just a little still in wonderment of the musical happening just hours before. At breakfast, we talked about how lucky we were to witness Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughan all on the same stage together. On the way home later, we literally had to pull of the highway when we heard the news on Milwaukee radio. Silence. We just sat there in stone, cold silence.

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On August 24, 1981, The Greatest Rock ‘n Roll Band in the World releases an album largely made up of outtakes and songs that didn’t make past albums — some dating back 10 years. The album becomes one of their most succesful and ends up at #213 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

Outtakes. Fucking … outtakes. That’s greatness.

Not necessarily stoned but … beautiful

August 23, 1967 ~ the debut album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience is released. It’s #15 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

Writer and archivist Reuben Jackson of the Smithsonian Institution wrote: “it’s still a landmark recording because it is of the rock, R&B, blues … musical tradition. It altered the syntax of the music … in a way I compare to James Joyce’s Ulysses.”

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