Dance Macabre

Dance Macabre

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Some Nashville Country Music Figures

Billy Sherrill ~ American Country Music producer and composer known for the slick Nashville Sound w/ George Jones ("He Stopped Loving Her Today"), David Houston ("Almost Persuaded"), Charlie Rich ("Behind Closed Doors"), Tammy Wynette ("Stand By Your Man"), Marty Robbins.

TAMMY WYNETTE ~ "STAND BY YOUR MAN";


GEORGE JONES ~ "HE STOPPED LOVING ME TODAY";


CHARLIE RICH ~ "BEHIND CLOSED DOORS";


Buddie Gene Emmons ~ 78 ~ American Country steel guitarist, played with; Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, Lenny Breau, Little Jimmy Dickens, The Carpenters, Nancy Sinatra, Gram Parsons, John Sebastian and Ray Charles, George Jones, Henry Mancini, Mel Tillis, Donna Fargo, Duane Eddy, Charlie Walker, Everly Bros

ERNEST TUBB ~ "WALKING THE FLOOR OVER YOU";


ERNEST TUBB ~ "DRIVING NAILS IN MY COFFIN";


ROGER MILLER ~ "DANG ME";


RAY PRICE ~ "CRAZY ARMS";


Monday, 8 June 2015

Some Figures From The 1950's & 60's Folk Revival

Ronnie Gilbert ~ 88 ~ Singer with The Weavers (along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman), the group who kicked off the 1950's Folk Revival with hits like "Goodnight Irene", "Kisses Sweeter than Wine", "The Wreck of the John B" (aka "Sloop John B"), "Rock Island Line", "If I Had A Hammer", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and "The Midnight Special". The Weavers popularized the work of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Solomon Linda and John Jacob Niles and influenced later figures like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Rooftop Singers, Kingston Trio and The Tokens. The Weavers were also heavily involved in left wing politics especially civil rights and anti-war and as such they were widely blacklisted from radio and television after Seeger and Hays refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Committee, and even though they scored a number of pop hits. The broke up and reformed several times throughout the mid-fifties and sixties until they finally disbanded in 1964. They reformed for a reunion in 1980 which was filmed for a hit movie "Wasn't That A Party". Ronnie Gilbert went on to sing with the group HARP with Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie as well as Holly Near. She later wrote and appeared in a one-woman show about early twentieth century leftist leader Mother Jones.

THE WEAVERS ~ "GOODNIGHT IRENE";


THE WEAVERS ~ "TZENA TZENA TZENA";


THE WEAVERS ~ "WIMOWEH";


Jean Richie ~ 92 ~ American folk singer and mountain dulcimer player of the early 1960's Folk Revival, known as Queen Of The Dulcimer, she singlehandedly popularized the insturment.

JEAN RICHIE ~ "SHADY GROVE";


JEAN RICHIE ~ "MY DEAR COMPANION";


Bruce Rowland ~ 74 ~ Drummer for 1960's British Folk-Rock band Fairport Convention, Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood, Shawn Phillips, Andy Mackay, Jackie Lomax, also played on "Jesus Christ Superstore".

FAIRPORT CONVENTION ~ "TIME THE WISER";


FAIRPORT CONVENTION;


Tut Taylor ~ 91 ~ American Bluegrass dobro player from the 1960's on with The Folk Swingers, The Dixie Gentlemen, John Hartford's Aero-Plane, and Jerry Douglas

JOHN HARTFORD ~ "TURN YOUR RADIO ON";


JOHN HARDFORD'S AERO-PLANE ~ "STEAM POWERED AEROPLANE";


Friday, 15 May 2015

B.B. King, Ben E King & Other R&B Figures


BB King ~ 89 ~ Iconic Blues singer & guitarist from the 1950's on. Born in Mississippi as Riley B King, he learned blues and gospel including having singer Bukka White as a mentor. When White moved to Memphis King went as well. King became a performer on Beale Street where he picked up the name "B.B" meaning "Blues Boy" King. He met T Bone Walker and appeared on Sonnyboy Williamson's radio show and was recorded by Sam Phillips' (later owner of Sun Records) for King Records in 1949. He began a string of hits that lasted all through the 1970's including "You Know I Love You", "Woke Up This Morning", "Please Love Me", "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer", "Whole Lotta Love", "You Upset Me Baby", "Every Day I Have the Blues", "Sneakin' Around", "Ten Long Years", "Bad Luck", "Sweet Little Angel", "On My Word of Honor", "Please Accept My Love" and "The Thrill Is Gone". In 1988 he scored a comeback hit in a duo with U@ on "When Love Comes To Town". He developed a distinctive style based on his dislike of playing and singing simultaneously by instead singing a line then backing it up with a guitar line as a call and response. He was cited as a major influence by Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Gary Moore, all of whom he played with. He also appeared in movies and TV commercials including "Blue Brothers 2000". He continued to tour until late last year when health issues finally sent him into hospice care.

BB KING ON TV 1968 pt.1;


BB KING Pt.2;
BB KING & JIMI HENDRIX with PAUL BUTTERFIELD 1968;


Ben E King ~ 76 ~ R&B singer best known for the classics "Stand By Me" and "Save The Last Dance For Me". King was singing with Doo Wop group the Five Crowns around 1958 when the manager of The Drifters, an established group, hired the Five Crowns to replace the original Drfiters who had quit or been fired. The Drifters had several hits including "There Goes My Baby", "Save The Last Dance", "This Magic Moment" and "I Count The Tears" (the melody and chorus of which was later lifted for the Grassroots hit "Live For Today". He would later go on to many more solo hit including "Spanish Harlem", "Stand by Me" and "I Who Have Nothing". Also recorded with LaVern Baker, Dee Dee Sharp, Bo Diddly and The Average White Band. BEN E KING ~ "STAND BY ME":


BEN E KING ~ "SPANISH HARLEM";


Percy Sledge ~ 74 ~ R&B singer with Atlantic Records, had hit with classic hit version of "When A Man Loves A Woman"

PERCY SLEDGE ~ "WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN";


Harold Battiste ~ 83 ~ New Orleans Jazz pianist, saxophonist, composer and arranger/ worked with Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"), Joe Jones, Lee Dorsey ("Ya Ya"), Sonny and Cher ("I Got You Babe"), Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Joe Jones, Tom Waits

SAM COOKE ~ "YOU SEND ME";


LEE DORSEY ~ "YA YA";


SONNY & CHER ~ "I GOT YOU BABE";


Ornette Coleman ~ 85 ~ Iconic Jazz Sax player and founder of Free Jazz from 1950's on.
ORNETTE COLEMAN ~ "THE SOUNDTRACK";



Friday, 24 April 2015

A Few Figures From The New Wave

Steve Strange was the singer for early 1980's New Wave band Visage, and the founder of the brief New Romantic movement, a glammed up response to the dark and angry world of Punk, Posy Punk and Goth. Strange (real name Steve Harrington) was originally one of the group of early fans of the Sex Pistols who followed the band around wearing flashy punk gear including and who later formed bands of their own including Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin (of the Banshees), Billy Idol and Tony James (Generation X), Shane McGowan (Pogues), and Sid Vicious who later joined the Pistols. Strange began forming abortive bands of his own using musicians like Chrissy Hynde (later of the Pretenders) Vince Ely (Psychedelic Furs), Mark Ryan (Adam & The Ants) and Topper Headon (The Clash).

VISAGE ~ "THE DAMNED DON'T CRY";


By 1979 Strange was able to put together a group working with Midge Ure scooping a member of Ures old band The Rich Kids Rusty Eagan (later in Ultravox along with Ure) and members of Magazine (then on hiatus); Barry Adamson, John McGeoch and Dave Formula. They recorded the first album "Visage" produced by Martin Rushent in 1979 and scored hits with the classic "Fade To Grey", "Mind Of A Toy" and "Tar". A followup album "The Anvil came in 1981 with hits in "The Damned Don't Cry" and "Night Train".

VISAGE ~ "FADE TO GREY";


With it's first album Visage moved away from it's Punk roots and into a more glam image influenced by the Holy Trinity of Bowie, Roxy Music and T-Rex and Strange as the frontman became the defacto spokesman of the New Romantic movement. The New Romantics response to the dark and angry Punk and Post-Punk was to retreat into dance music with often pretentious but meaningless lyrics and over-the-top flashy clothes and makeup. Later, far more successful New Romantics included Adam & The Ants, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Ultravox and Spandau Ballet.

VISAGE ~ "MIND OF A TOY";


As for Visage, such a flashy collection of veterans led by a prima-donna singer in Strange was bound to be unstable and Strange's increasing drug problems didn't help. By 1981 Ure had left to take over a reformed Ultravox (after John Foxx left), taking Billy Currie. Barry Adamson went off to record with Steve Shelly and Nick Cave and John McGeogh joined Siouxsie & The Banshees. Legal problems further tied up the band until 1984 by which time Visage (never popular with critics anyway) were decidedly old hat. A very slick and fashionable hat mind you but old. An attempt at a solo career fared no better and Strange retreated into drugs for more than a decade returning in 2004 for the 80's revival circuit. He died of a heart attack at age 55.

VISAGE ~ "NIGHT TRAIN";


Nick Marsh ~ 53 ~ Singer w/British New Wave/Goth band Flesh For Lulu ("I Go Crazy" used in soundtrack for "Some Kind Of Wonderful" and "Postcards From Paradise" later covered by The Replacements and The Goo Goo Dolls). Marsh later formed Gigantic and Urban Voodoo Machine.

FLESH FOR LULU ~ "I GO CRAZY";


FLESH FOR LULU ~ "POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE";

Billy Borgioli ~ Guitarist with 1970's & 80's Boston punk bands The Real Kids, a cult fave of the Ramones/Flamin Groovies school of Garage/Pop/Punk. Later formed The Primitive Souls.

THE REAL KIDS ~ "OUTTA PLACE";


THE REAL KIDS ~ "MY BABY'S BOOK";

PRIMITIVE SOULS ~ "LITTLE SISTER";


Don Joyce ~ 71 ~ Singer with American Avant Garde Noise/Collage band Negativeland. Originally Negativeland didn't have a singer at all and built songs by using sound collages. Joyce was a host radio show Over the Edge on the Berkeley, California, radio station KPFA who joined the band to contribute snidely mocking vocals that often parodied popular songs including U2 on their cover of "I'm Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". Another former band member Ian Allen died in January.

NEGATIVELAND ~ "I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR";


NEGATIVELAND ~ "CHRISTIANITY IS STUPID";


ESP Records Label Founder Dies

Bernard Stollman ~ 85 ~ Founder of American Jazz, Folk and Underground Rock record label ESP-Disk. ESP was an odd label orginally set up by Stollman to release records in Esperanto, an artificially created language which still has thousands of hobbyist followers. Realizing that this was not exactly a large audience base Stollman was persuaded to branch out into other music focusing on an eccentric collection of avant garde folk (The Holy Modal Rounders, Old Time Custard Suckers), Free Jazz (Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Pharaoh Sanders, Sun Ra) re-releases of other jazz (Billie Holliday, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Paul Bley) underground Rock (The Fugs, Godz, Pearls Before Swine, Jayne County), spoken word (William Bouroughs, Timothy Leary) world music and assorted weirdness (Charles Manson, Yma Sumac) . The label suspended recordings in the 1970's although the existing catalog has always been kept in print. ESP recorded a number of artists who other wise might have been forgotten and kept their work in print. On the down side Stollman was notorious for not paying royalties to his artists.

THE GODZ ~ PROMO CLIP;


THE GODZ ~ "CANDY'S GOING BAD";


JAYNE COUNTY ~ "ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH TO BE A WOMAN?"


THE FUGS ~ "KILL FOR PEACE";


THE FUGS ~ "BOOBS-A-LOT";


THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS ~ "BOUND TO LOOSE";


ALBERT AYLER ~ "SUMMERTIME";


SUN RA ARKESTRA ~ "SHADOW WORLD";


ORNETTE COLEMAN ~ "ROMA";


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Some 1950's & 1960's Figures Pass On



Jack Ely ~ 71 ~ Singer with 1960's Garage Band The Kingsmen on classic hits like "Louie Louie", "Jolly Green Giant". Quit the Kingsmen after a messy legal dispute and formed The Courtmen and recorded a cover of "Louie Louie" and "Ride Baby Ride" to limited success. Later drafted into the army during the Vietnam War, developed a drug habit and quit the music business.

THE KINGSMEN ~ "LOUIE LOUIE";


THE KINGSMEN ~ "MONEY";


Keith McCormack ~ 74 ~ 1950's & 60's American singer w/The Patio Kids, the Rock 'n' Rollers, the Latin Teens and the String-A-Longs and songwriter of "Sugar Shack" later covered in hit version by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs

JIMMY GILMER & THE FIREBALLS ~ "SUGAR SHACK";


Doug Rowe ~ Singer for New Zealand/Australian/Canadian Country-Rock band The Flying Circus

THE FLYING CIRCUS ~ "LA LA";


THE FLYING SAUCER ~ "FINDING MY WAY";


Johnny Gimble ~ 88 ~ Western Swing fiddle with Bob Wills & Texas Playboys, later with Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty,Connie Smith, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, and Chet Atkins> Appeared (as Wills) in Clint Eastwood's 1982 movie "Honky Tony Man".

BOB WILLS & TEXAS PLAYBOYS ~ "STAY A LITTLE LONGER";


BOB WILLS & TEXAS PLAYBOYS ~ "IDA RED";


BOB WILLS & TEXAS PLAYBOYS ~ "SAN ANTONIO ROSE";


Jim Ed Brown ~ 81 ~ Singer with 1950's Country group The Browns w/hits "Three Little Bells", "Scarlet Ribbons", "Blue Christmas"

THE BROWNS ~ "THREE LITTLE BELLS";


Dorothy Ann Dillard ~ 91 ~ Singer with 1950's & 60's pop vocal group The Anita Kerr Singers who sang backup for Perry Como, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Pete Fountain, Al, Hirt, Burl Ives, Snookie Lanson, Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, Jimmy Dean as well as on The Grand Ole Opry.

ANITA KERR SINGERS ~ "OH LONESOME ME";


Wally Lester ~ 73 ~ American singer w/1950's Doo-Wop group The Skyliners ("Since I Don't Have You" & "Pennies From Heaven").

THE SKYLINERS ~ "SINCE I DON'T HAVE YOU";


Twinkle ~ 66 ~ (Real name Lynn Annette Ripley) British 1960's singer/songwriter had hits w/"Terry" (a reworking of "The Leader Of The Pack") and "Golden Lights" (later covered by the Smiths) TWINKLE ~ "TERRY";


Ernie Maresca ~ Doo-Wop singer and songwriter from the 1950's & 60's. Sang with The Monterays and The Desiresand solo, had hit with "Shout! Shout! Knock Yourself Out!". Wrote songs for Dion & Belmonts including several hit songs including "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer", "Lovers Who Wander"; and "Donna the Prima Donna".

DION ~ "RUNAROUND SUE";


DION ~ "THE WANDERER";


DION ~ "DONNA THE PRIMA DONNA";


Wayne Carson Thompson ~ 72 ~ Songwriter with hits for the Boxtops including "The Letter", "Soul Deep", "Neon Rainbow".Also wrote "Always On My Mind", done by Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson
THE BOXTOPS ~ "THE LETTER";
THE BOXTOPS ~ "SOUL DEEP";


ELVIS PRESLEY ~ "ALWAYS ON MY MIND";

Monday, 6 April 2015

Some 1960's Prog & Psyche Rockers Pass On

Edgar Frosse ~ Keyboardist and founder of German electronic pioneers Tangerine Dream. Originally playing with a Psychedelic Rock band The Ones who recorded a single in 1967, Frosse formed Tangerine Dream and recorded their first album in 1969. Over more than a dozen albums Tangerine Dream's sound utilized the new technology of Moog synthesizers to make long insturmentals which paved the way for later electronic groups such as Kraftwerk and early Industrial groups like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire and later New Age electronic noodlers like Jean Micheal Jarre and Yani. Unlike most other electronic groups who mostly kept to the studio Tangerine Dream toured heavily throughout the 1970's and 80's recording many live albums. They also moved into soundtrack work with influencial music for "Thief" and "Sorcerer". By the 1990's most other such groups evolved into dance music but Tangerine Dream instead drifted into dull New Age albums and some ill-advised attempts at crossover appeal by adding the occasional vocalist. By then after several lineup changes Frosse was the only original member left although his son did join the group.

TANGERINE DREAM ~ LIVE 1975;


TANGERINE DREAM;


Dave Ball ~ Guitarist for 1960's Prog-Rock band Procul Harum ~ 65

PROCUL HARUM ~ "WHITER SHADE OF PALE";


PROCUL HARUM ~ "A SALTY DOG";


Preston Ritter, 65, American drummer w/The Electric Prunes, later w/Beach Boys, Linda Rondstad

THE ELECTRIC PRUNES ~ "I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT";


THE ELECTRIC PRUNES ~ "GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME";


THE ELECTRIC PRUNES ~ "LONG DAY'S FLIGHT";


Micheal Brown ~ 65 ~ Keyboardist for 1960's Baroque Pop band The Left Banke ("Don't Walk Away Rene"), later in Montage, The Stories, The Beckies.

THE LEFT BANKE ~ "WALK AWAY RENEE";


Chris Squire ~ 67 ~ English bass guitarist for 1970's Prog Rock Band Yes

YES ~ "OWNER OF A LONELY HEART";


YES ~ "FLY FROM HERE";


John Trout ~ Keyboardist for U.K. Prog Rock band Renaissance

RENAISSANCE IN 1977;


John Renbourn, 70, British guitarist w/ 1960's folk-rock band Pentangle, later solo and with Stefan Grossman

PENTANGLE ~ "MAY THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN";


PENTANGLE ~ "LIGHT FLIGHT";


Jerome Cooper ~ 68 ~ Free Jazz drummer with 1960's & 70 group The Revolutionary Ensemble also, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor. Also played trumpet, flute and piano.

THE REVOLUTIONARY ENSEMBLE ~ "INVASION";


THE REVOLUTIONARY ENSEMBLE ~ "PSYCHE";