A musical palate cleanser twofer

A sad day yesterday…

I’m not a Van Halen fan, but I certainly respect Eddie’s talent.  That being said, this is too good a story not to share:

So, “Beat It”.

That should be the last time you see Michael Jackson at the blog.

I don’t know if you saw it, but another musician passed away yesterday.

Johnny Nash, whose 1972 song “I Can See Clearly Now” became a Number One hit and enduring radio song, died on Tuesday, his son confirmed to CBS. No cause of death was given. He was 80.

Nash began singing as a child in church in Houston, Texas, where he was born. As a teenager, he participated in a local variety show where he sang R&B covers, and in his late teens, he made his major label debut with 1957’s “A Teenager Sings the Blues.” The following year, his cover of Doris Day’s “A Very Special Love” marked his first charting single. Nash continued to release singles on a variety of labels and scored another chart hit with 1965’s “Let’s Move and Groove Together.”

However, it was his move to Jamaica in the Sixties and his enduring reggae-tinged hit in 1972’s “I Can See Clearly Now” that propelled him to fame. The song sold more than 1 million copies and sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks.

There was a stretch in ’72 when you couldn’t turn on your radio without hearing “I Can See Clearly Now”.  It really is one of those perfectly constructed pop songs.

Rest in peace, gentlemen.

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19 responses to “A musical palate cleanser twofer

  1. KornDawg

    I remember the first time I heard “Eruption.” I worked at a gas station car wash one summer and the station manager played it in his Pontiac Fiero. I was absolutely blown away. I’m no VH superfan, I do love their music, but EVH played guitar netter than anyone since Hendrix. I have a reason for never seeing Hendrix play, he was dead before I was born, I’ll forever regret never seeing EVH play.

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    • spur21

      I Can See Clearly Now was my anthem as I recovered from a somber time in my life.

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      • RangerRuss

        One of my best ol buddies is a retired CW5 who flew Longbow Apaches in the First Gulf War. ”Percy” was shot down at An Loc in May of ’72 and burnt over 70% of his body. He spent beaucoup time in burn units before bouncing back. I’d ask him how he felt about that oft played song; but, we don’t talk much since the VA took him off pain meds and zombiefied him with psychoactive drugs.

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  2. Previously Paul

    I wonder if Eddie ever got the dance lessons?

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  3. gurkhadawg

    I’m glad you respect Eddie’s talent. He’s considered by many the greatest guitarist in rock history.

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  4. Previously Paul

    Though not a Van Halen fan I did see them perform in either 78 or 79. The exact date escapes me at this point. No denying Eddie was enormously talented. The group was still very fresh at the time. Logs of energy. Great stage presence. The primary criticism at the time was that David Lee Roth had essentially stolen Jim Dandy’s stage persona. Jim gave his blessing though. Said he was flattered.

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  5. 1984 dropped when I was 12. Probably listened to Jump 1000 times. Had the tape. I leaned metal already then, was good timing. I will still crank some EVH on the home system.

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  6. Comin' Down The Track

    I sing in a VH cover band here in ATH occasionally. I am positively gutted. Thanks for the MPC-twofer. Johnny Nash is a bummer, too.

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  7. cowetadawg

    VH at the Omni in 1984 was by far the loudest concert I’ve ever been to. Our group was on the left edge 4th row, so I stood with my left ear angled to the stage and speakers. For roughly a week afterwards I couldn’t use the phone with my left ear. Eddie was the man; an ace talent and performer.

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  8. stoopnagle

    TIL. Thanks.

    Also: PANAMA.

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  9. Jack Klompus

    I’m certain the band figured it out, quickly. Even at the age of 10 I knew that was Eddie the first time I heard it.

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  10. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Yesterday was rough. I honestly shed some tears, and I didn’t do that for Prince or Bowie.

    For Gen-X, Eddie Van Halen was THE rock guitar god. As I’ve grown older, I know Hendrix and a few others were better, but for my generation it was Van Halen or GTFO. Now, I’m on the youngest end of Gen-X, so I got into Van Halen in middle school when their best days were behind them. Beavis and Butt-Head loved EVH, so I made sure to find out why. And when I did, damn. He is literally a guitar virtuoso. I know no better way to describe it. He did things with a guitar that others simply couldn’t. No one played faster. His sound was wholly unique, just like Hendrix. When you heard Eddie Van Halen play guitar, you KNEW it was Eddie Van Halen. No one in the world sounded like him.

    As for the band, their first album, the eponymous Van Halen, is maybe the best debut album of all time. 1984 is a one of those absolutely perfect albums like Rumours or Thriller or Let it Bleed or Sgt. Peppers. Every song is great. The energy is off the charts. It’s a perfect album.

    I know Eddie and David Lee Roth couldn’t live with each other, but for the time they did they made amazing music. I’m not much of a fan of the Van Hagar days. There’s a couple of decent albums and a few good songs like “Right Now,” but it’s just not the same. Eddie and Roth were fire and ice, an explosive combination.

    Rock and roll lost a certifiable rock god yesterday, and that it comes at the age of 65, it feels like it is far too soon. I know he and Van Halen haven’t put out any new music since the disastrous Van Halen III with the regrettable Gary Cherones, but I had always hoped I’d get to see one of those reunion tours with Roth and Hagar (and Michael Anthony instead of his kid on bass). Now I’ll never get the chance and it just makes me sad.

    This is a must-watch. It’s hard rock. It’s blues. It’s sex with an electric guitar. It’s, “Eruption,” live.

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  11. TEXBaller

    EVH — GREATNESS

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