Jimi Hendrix will satisfy those looking for insights and heartfelt testimonials from family, friends, music industry royalty, and fellow musicians.
"The Life and Times of Steve Marriott" is a compelling documentary about one of rock's most dynamic, exciting, and sadly; unsung heroes of rock and roll. Showcasing revelatory interviews with Humble Pie's Peter Frampton, Jerry Shirley, and Greg Ridley, the Black Crowes's Chris Robinson,
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When the album opens up with Steve Marriott bragging at the start “I've got a new axe, it's gonna make me rock hard man! “, you just know you are about to enter into a loud, powerful and epic voyage of pure rock ‘n’ roll. And if you were lucky enough to be in attendance at the Fillmore you certainly got your money’s worth, as you do with this album. Marriott and the boys play more than just a gig, they give a heroic performance that can now be remembered for the worth that it should.
Tom and John Fogerty, formed a band in El Cerrito, California in the late 1950s, they were called Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets but change their name to the Golliwogs before, Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR). The line up consisted of Tom Forgery (Rhythm guitarist), younger brother John Forgery ( guitar and vocals), Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. In June 1968, Fantasy launched their first album "Creedence Clearwater Revival", which was a pseudo psychedelic rock album. The single form the album was a cover version of Dale Hawkins old rock standard "Suzie Q."
Gene Autry, along with Roy Rogers, were the best known singing cowboys from movies and television. Besides Gene Autry’s many popular western hits, like "Back in the Saddle Again," Gene also sang several perennial Christmas song classics including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," written by songwriter Johnny Marks in 1949. A year later Gene Autry was back in the charts with Frosty the snowman, then later he co-wrote with Oakley Haldeman, entitled, "Here Comes Santa Claus."
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Steve Jones is wearing nothing more than a skimpy towel and a few soapsuds when he opens the door.‘All right Baz. Just ’avin’ a baff. I’m going out later so to save time I fort we’d do the interview while I’m ’avin me baff. Don’t worry,’ he laughs, ‘the baff’s full of fuckin’ bubbles. You can’t see nuffink.’
Prior to the introduction of the singer with the band, dance music was primarily instrumental. Then as microphones improved vocalisation became more popular and when during the war years union action prevented, card carrying musicians from recording the rise of the crooner resulted with the decline of the popular instrumental. Cool School Jazz continued to promote instrumental music but this was considered too complicated for vocals. In the early 50s, Earl Bostic, a jazz saxophonist had two instrumentals hits with Harlem Nocturne and Earl's Rhumboogie.
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It would unfair to say that Nile Rodgers is having a renaissance, as his music has never gone away nor has it aged, be it Sister Sledge or Chic, timeless classics that still enthral and pulsate any dance floor, regardless of age. I remember back in my days of clubbing, late eighties to early nighties, that Sister Sledge’s Thinking of You became a club anthem, the smiles on the dancers faces were truly beautiful,
The Jar Family are from Hartlepool, a tough port town in the North East of England, and it seems that The Jar Family are a collection of musicians from this background. Stemming from adversity, minimum pay jobs or near homelessness with a bleak future ahead, it seemed the only thing they had was music.
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