From his great Live At Newport album, here’s Muddy Waters performing “Hoochie Coochie Man”.
If you don’t have this album, you should. Sound quality is excellent and Muddy and his band are in fine form. Highly recommended.
Eh, what the heck – here’s a bonus track, the exuberant “Got My Mojo Working”.
The oral history behind one of the least obvious amalgams ever in popular music history…
… is fascinating.
I mean, seriously… May 16, 1966 – greatest day in the history of American popular music, or greatest day evah?
Once upon a time, there were things called “records”, which you played on “record players” and (eventually) on “stereos.” To find “records,” you could play on your “record player,” you went down to a place called a “record store.” And, if you consult Rolling Stone and Billboard, you will discover that May 16, 1966 was a helluva day at America’s record stores.
Fifty years ago, two magnificent pieces of art became available generally for the first time.
Pet Sounds is probably the more influential of the two a) because it lit a fire under The Beatles and inspired them to record Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and b) because Blonde on Blonde has to be seen as part of The Master’s Great Trilogy that also includes Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, a nine-month explosion of creativity that never will cease to amaze me, and that nearly killed the musician.
Lawdy, mama. I’m not even going to try to rank those two against each other. I’m not worthy.
Geez, fifty years later, and “Caroline No” still rips me up every time I hear it.
Have you ever thought about how hard it has to be to craft a great pop music song? Catchy melody, lyrics that resonate, a memorable hook, all in less than three minutes – if it were all that easy, anyone could do it.
Here’s one of my all time favorites: Dusty Springfield’s “Don’t Forget About Me”, from her classic Dusty in Memphis.
My crappy computer speakers don’t really do this baby justice. It’s impeccably recorded. There’s so much great going on here, from the propulsive bass line and the slinky guitar work to the way the horns and back up singers lift the chorus. And of course topping off the whole thing are Dusty’s incomparable, throaty vocals. Really, the whole thing is just perfect.
See what I mean?
The other musical stars from Purple Rain, Morris Day and The Time:
How did those guys lose, anyway?
Here’s the Audiobook version of Hunter Thompson’s classic piece “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”:
In honor of Bo Davis compounding his Joker Phillips mistake into a guaranteed departure by “being dishonest” about it, here’s the sixteen-year old (!) Jonny Lang bringing it with “Lie To Me”.
Oh, and don’t cry for Tuscaloosa, peeps. Saban’s reportedly already found a replacement and as far as any potential problems with the NCAA go, “In similar cases, a coach’s resignation could be enough to avoid future punishment for the violation for ‘impermissible contact.'”