1941

Maurice White - Black And White Pic

16/2/16 – Maurice White – December 19th 1941 – February 4th 2016 / Earth Wind And Fire – Build Your Nest – 1973

It’s impossible to cover Maurice White in a few short paragraphs.  You could write a book about his early years as a drummer – he played sessions in the early sixties for Chess records, that is Etta James, Muddy Waters, The Impressions – the list is endless. You could investigate his time with Jazz pianist Ramsey […]

Dan Hicks Pic from Original Recordings - B:W

15/2/16 – Dan Hicks – December 9th 1941 – February 6th 2016 / Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks – I Scare Myself – 1969/ / Thomas Dolby – I Scare Myself – 1984

Here in Europe there’s music thats off the radar and there’s music that the radar will never track, especially when it is unique at origin. That music is generally something that falls between ‘the crack of styles’ and when it’s achieving that tag in its own country it has little chance of penetrating other continents. […]

Signe Anderson B:W

31/1/16 – Signe Toly Anderson – September 15th 1941 – January 28th 2016 – Jefferson Airplane Takes Off – 1966 / Memphis Minnie – Chauffeur Blues – 1941

In one of the great tragic cosmic coincidences, Jefferson Airplane’s Signe Toly Anderson has died on the same day as the band’s singer/guitarist Paul Kantner. Anderson was only with the band for the first album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off released in 1966. Both Anderson and original drummer Skip Spence were replaced by the better known Grace […]

Paul Kantner B:W sixties sunglasses and cigarette

29/1/16 – Paul Kantner – March 17th 1941 – January 28th 2016 / Jefferson Airplane – Today – 1967

In 2006 I was asked to perform at Rickenbacker Guitar’s 75th Anniversary celebration. The main event was at the House of Blues in Los Angeles with many artists performing, including the late Chris Squire, The Minus Five featuring Peter Buck, Susannah Hoffs and Matthew Sweet, The Smithereens, Billy Hinsche from Dino, Desi and Billy as […]

Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman Cover Art 1966

21/4/15 – Percy Sledge – 25th November 1941 – 14th April 2015 / When A Man Loves A Woman – 1966

In the wrong hands, When A Man Loves A Woman might be considered the ultimate in schmaltz, but when Sledge sang it with that powerful emotionally charged voice, he gave the song such anguish, such truth that you could feel it too and literally live through the pain of the break-up he himself had gone through. Overplayed to […]

Glenn Miller

9/1/14 – Glenn Miller – In The Mood – From The Movie – Sun Valley Serenade – 1941

Here’s a fantastic clip of the Glenn Miller orchestra in the Hollywood movie Sun Valley Serenade 1941 starring John Payne and Sonja Henie. This is The Glenn Miller Orchestra playing In The Mood – check out Tex Beneke on sax at 1.20. I only signal him out because he was also the band’s vocalist but […]