I discovered people like Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Johnny “Guitar” Watson and B.B. King all just playing the heck out of their guitar and singing their faces off. If it wasn’t for blues and gospel, I don’t think I would be who I am.
JJ Cale and Slowhand release their masterpiece on November 7, 2006. It features a number of notables including the final keyboard work of Billy Preston. Others on the album include Derek Trucks, Taj Mahal, John Mayer and Steve Jordan.
Released November 4, 1969 ~ The debut album from The Allman Brothers Band turns 50. Legendary rock writer Lester Bangs called the album “consistently … subtle, and honest, and moving,” describing the band as “a white group who’ve transcended their schooling to produce a volatile blues-rock sound of pure energy, inspiration and love.”Everything changed after that first listen. It remains my favorite from The Allman Brothers Band.
It’s #114 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Released on November 2, 1967 …
Happy birthday, to Lesley West, born on October 22, 1945 …
“Elvin Bishop’s sittin’ on a bale of hay … he ain’t good lookin’ but he sure can play.”~ Charlie Daniels, The South’s Gonna Do It Again.
Janis is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. She was just 27.
Janis and the Full Tilt Boogie Band were working on the Pearl album and were almost finished. The band put down the tracks for “Buried Alive In The Blues” and Janis planned to do the vocals the next day. The Pearl album in released on January 12, 1971. “Buried Alive In The Blues” is left on as an instrumental, and “Mercedes Benz,” a song Joplin recorded on a lark her last night alive, is included a capella. The album goes to #1 in America, as does the single “Me And Bobby McGee.”
Stevie Ray would’ve been 65 today. One can only dream about what he’d have done with those Fender Stratocasters by now …
October 3, 1970 ~
Janis and the Full Tilt Boogie Band are working on the Pearl album and are almost finished. The band put down the tracks for “Buried Alive In The Blues” and Janis planned to do the vocals the next day. Sadly, the next day Janis is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. She was just 27.
Pearl is released on January 11, 1971. It’s #122 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.