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I saw over the weekend that Mark Knopfler celebrated his birthday, so let’s celebrate, too, with my favorite Dire Straits song, “Expresso Love”.
That’s the E Street Band’s Roy Bittan tickling the ivories. Great lyrics and — it almost goes without saying — great guitar work.
If you grew up in the Sixties, you heard this guy and often.
Glen Campbell, the sweet-voiced, guitar-picking son of a sharecropper who became a recording, television and movie star in the 1960s and ’70s, waged a publicized battle with alcohol and drugs and gave his last performances while in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, died on Tuesday in Nashville. He was 81.
Tim Plumley, his publicist, said the cause was Alzheimer’s.
There’s a lot going on in those two sentences.
Campbell was a self-taught musician who couldn’t read music, which is pretty amazing for a guy who first made his bones as a member of the legendary group of LA session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. He was a helluva guitarist, as this 2001 version of one of his big hits, “Galveston”, demonstrates.
As the article notes, he was a member of the Beach Boys for a few months in the mid-60s and toured with the group, which leads me to my favorite Campbell song, his first release.
Brian Wilson penned “Guess I’m Dumb” and worked on it with the Beach Boys, but never released it through the group. Instead, he arranged and produced the song as Campbell’s first single. Campbell is backed by his mates from The Wrecking Crew and purportedly the background singers are Beach Boys.
The result sounds like Brian Wilson channeling Burt Bacharach and it’s a great pop tune.
Big Sur, a swimming pool, swaying hippies, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young… what else did you need?
I’m currently reading James McBride’s excellent book on James Brown, Kill ‘Em and Leave, and what can I say? I’m in the mood for some Godfather of Soul moves.
Here are a couple of clips from the period when I would say the man was at the height of his power, backed by his best band, the JBs. First, from Paris in 1971 (and if you don’t own Brown’s Love Power Peace: Live at the Olympia, Paris 1971, you don’t know what you’re missing), here’s a three-minute bite that serves to show off a few members of the band.
And here are 15 glorious minutes on Italian TV.
As the dancer in the back demonstrates, it was also a time when the Afro was at the height of its power. Enjoy.
The song is Wilson Pickett’s version of the Beatles’ “Hey Jude”.
The guitar player Eric Clapton asked about is Duane Allman.
So Andy Staples puts out a top 25 Disney songs list and ranks “Cruella de Vil” 23rd. Clearly, the man has gone through his entire life without hearing The Replacements version. Sad!