“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.“ B.B.King I saw him on one of his farewell tours at the NEC Birmingham in April 2006, a great night with a legend and fine showman; but not quite as intimate as this gig.
My school friend Bill Llewellyn’s dad would sometimes collect him from school. Occasionally I would cadge a lift too – it swapped the two buses from to Rumney to central Cardiff and on to Whitchurch for a shortish walk. One in May 1969, shortly before O’levels, during one of those trips “Something in the Air”Continue reading “Call out the instigators. Because there’s something in the air. RIP Thunderclap.”
I thought that during 2016 I would share more of my musical likes & (perhaps) dislikes. You can also look at The Daily Vinyl & Student Disco Tracks on Pinterest to see more of my more historical stuff. The most recent Don Henley album, Cass County, was released in September 2015. It’s very country butContinue reading “Don Henley – Cass County”
I have been listening to Rhiannon Giddens’ solo album for months and couldn’t work out why this song was so familiar. Then I remembered.
THE WHO today confirmed that they are postponing all remaining dates on their “THE WHO HITS 50!” North American tour. They had initially postponed FOUR shows on doctors orders after Roger Daltrey contracted a mystery virus. Initially it was hoped that the rest of the tour might proceed, but after extensive tests the seriousness ofContinue reading “The Who – Spero ante decessero senescunt.”
Shame to lose such a great man, he lived on a bus for large amounts of his working life, made many farewell tours and was still playing more than 100 nights a year in his late 80s. What differentiated him was his ability to make his music swing when he played – with a lotContinue reading “B.B. KIng – RIP”
Firstly, Raphael Ravenscroft who played that saxophone riff on Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street died last Sunday. He received a cheque for £27 which he said was bounced by the bank – he framed it and hung it the wall. Rafferty was reported to be earning £80K a year from the song at the time ofContinue reading “Two more authors of iconic riffs passed on this week.”
De Barra’s is a great little pub / music venue in Clonakilty. It’s hardly a place that you would think was associated with Jimi Hendrix but De Barra’s was, for many years, the haunt of the one time bass guitarist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience the late Noel Redding who lived at Ardfield. It’s aContinue reading “Sharon Shannon at De Barra’s”