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And the big man joined the band…

I first saw Clarence Clemons play in a college gym in the winter of ’73.  I’m not sure I can count the number of times I’ve seen him since then.  I know I can’t count the number of times I’ve played Springsteen records ’til it seemed like I’d worn out the grooves, but it’s safe to say he gave me a lot of pleasure over almost four decades.

R.I.P., Big Man.


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Sonic sorbet

I thought a little musical palate cleanser might be just the thing to lighten the mood in the wake of all the gloomy football talk we’ve subjected ourselves to since Saturday.

This comes from The T.A.M.I. Show, a musical extravaganza (check out that list of performers – all that’s missing are the Beatles) filmed in 1964 for theatrical release.

What you’re about to see is James Brown, already at the height of his powers as a live performer (Michael Jackson, eat your heart out), complete with the robe shtick. It’s an absolutely awesome performance of “Please, Please, Please”, a tour de force in every sense:

Rumor has it that these guys were a little apprehensive about following the Godfather’s act, but as you can see, being the pros that they were, they sucked it up and went on to hold up their end of the deal just fine with this show closer:

We will return to our regularly scheduled programming now…

(h/t PowerPop)


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