Court And Spark  

January 17, 1974 ~ A close #2 on my list of fav albums from The Chirp. It’s her sixth album and remains her most successful.

It’s #111 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

Like millions of others, the album helped me through high school and life.

 

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Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. 

He slingshoots his random rivets at you and you can catch as many as you want or let ’em all clatter right off the wall which maybe’s where they belong anyway. Bruce Springsteen is a bold new talent with more than a mouthful to say, and one look at the pic on the back will tell you he’s got the glam to go places in this Gollywoodlawn world to boot.

Lester Bangs, Rolling Stone , July 5, 1973

January 5, 1973 ~ With a boulder on his shoulder, feelin’ kinda older, 23-year-old Bruce Springsteen releases his first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

January 1

If you’re a hardcore Americana/Country fan, the day is kind of melancholy.

Townes Van Zandt, one of the greatest songwriters of his generation and a long-suffering alcoholic, died of a cardiac arrhythmia after hip surgery at age 52.

And, the man who many consider the most significant singer/songwriter of the 20th Century and one of the most important country music artists of all time — Hank Williams — died of a heart attack brought on by a lethal cocktail of pills and alcohol aged 29.

Thirty-five of his singles (five released posthumously) were placed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, 11 of which ranked at No.1, including ‘Cold, Cold Heart,’ ‘Hey, Good Lookin’, ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,’ and ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart.’ During his last years Williams’s consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life.

So, while you’re recovering today, play some Townes and Hank and listen to the words.