The Red-Headed Stranger

The Red-Headed Stranger releases his first new material since … well … the Red-Headed Stranger album on February 17, 1983. It’s his 28th album.

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Ziggy Stardust arrives The night David Bowie changed music

The legend of David Bowie is one rightly flecked with genius and creativity but we suspect we wouldn’t be sat here still talking about the musician if it weren’t for his most cherished and legendary persona Ziggy Stardust. It all started on this day in 1972.

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Harvest

The album is stupid successful, topping the charts in the UK and US. Critics don’t handle it well. John Mendelsohn wrote in his Rolling Stone review: “He’s seemingly lost sight of what once made his music uniquely compelling and evocative and become just another pretty-singing solo superstar.” In 2003, smarter heads prevail and the magazine puts Harvest at #78 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Critics be damned … it’s a classic.

But maybe Mendelsohn was on to something. In 1977, Shakey included this in the liner notes to his Decade compilation album:

Heart Of Gold’ put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore, so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride, but I saw more interesting people there.

Shakey

The King of The Slide Guitar

Elmore James ~ born on January 27, 1918.

He was inspired by the local performances of Robert Johnson to take up the guitar. In fact, it was a number by Johnson (“Dust My Broom”) that became James’ signature song and laid the foundation for his recording career. First cut by James in August 1951, “Dust My Broom” contains the strongest example of his stylistic signature: a swooping, full-octave opening figure on slide guitar. His influence went beyond that one riff, however, as he has been credited with practically inventing blues rock by virtue of energizing primal riffs with a raw, driving intensity.

The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon and Garfunkel’s final album together turns 50 today ~ released January 26, 1970.

Both the single and the album shoot to #1 in America, with the album spending 10 weeks at the top spot and the single staying for six. They sweep the Grammy Awards, winning for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It’s #51 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

The album sells over 25 million copies — many of the songs deal with the duo’s long friendship and the fracture of their musical relationship: “The Only Living Boy In New York” was written by Simon to express his loneliness after Garfunkel spent months away making a movie.

 

Charlie

His politics got a little wonky for me in the latter days, but I’ve been diggin’ the CDB since college when Charlie Daniels introduced me to “southern rock.” I was hooked. I met him doing a interview a few years later and I was at his induction into the Grand Ol’ Opry on January 19, 2008. Charlie Daniels IS the genuine article.