Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wednesday Crosscurrents 1/7/09

In Memoriam 2008 (part 2)

Bo Diddley, a/k/a Elias McDaniel:

I'm a Man (also done more famously by the Yardbirds), Bo Diddley, Who Do You Love?

Rolling Stones - Not Fade Away (first hit, covered of Buddy Holly tune, but with Bo Diddley beat restored full blast)

Bruce Springsteen and the E St. Band, whose keyboardist, Danny Federici, passed away last year:

Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (Federici on accordion)
Hungry Heart (Federici on organ)

Buddy Miles, drummer and band leader (Buddy Miles Express), died last year. He was with Mike Bloomfield's Electric Flag - Killin' Floor (written by Howling Wolf) - and with Hendrix's Band of Gypsys - We Gotta Live Together (written by Miles)

Beck, whose early drummer Mick Waller died last year - I Ain't Superstitious, written by Willie Dixon, from Truth album, only one with Waller

Abba, whose session drummer for all their albums died last year - Take a Chance on Me, Dancing Queen

Chuck Day, played bass with Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man (he wrote the well-known bass riff) - and played second guitar for the Mamas and the Papas - Monday, Monday

U. Utah Phillips, the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest:

The Preacher and the Slave, also known as Pie in the Sky, an old Wobblies (IWW) tune written by Joe Hill
Joe Hill (on CD with Phillips and Ani DeFranco)
Hallelujah I'm a Bum (from the Great Depression)

Blue Sky Boys, big country performers from 1936-51, featuring the late Bill Bolick - Quit That Ticklin' Me

Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen - Hot Rod Lincoln (written in 1959 by the late Charlie Ryan)

The Dave Clark Five, whose keyboardist and songwriter Mike Smith died last year:

Glad All Over (co-written by Smith)
I Like It Like That
Catch Us If You Can

Delaney Bramlett, of Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, late 60s/early 70s band whose friends included Eric Clapton and George Harrison

God Knows I Love You (co-written by Delaney and Mac Davis)
Eric Clapton - Let It Rain - co-written by Bonnie Bramlett and Clapton, and featuring Delaney on rhythm guitar and backup vocals

In honor of Genuine Risk, died at age 31, won the Kentucky Derby in 1980, one of two fillies ever to do so:

Dan Fogelberg - Run for the Roses

In honor of Sir Edmund Hillary, in 1953 one of the first two men to climb Mt Everest (his sherpa Tenzing Norgay was the other) and return alive (there being speculation that the great climber George Mallory may have reached the summit decades earlier but died on the way back)

Ike and Tina Turner - Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Phil Spector masterpiece
Gordon Lightfoot - Mountains and Marian

In honor of the many civil rights heroes, great and small, who died in 2008, including the last surviving plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education

Judy Collins - Carry It On

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