30/11/16 – Kissing Spell – Los Pajaros – 1970 / Embrujo – Self-Titled – 1971

Originally called Kissing Spell (El Embrujo Que Besa) and releasing Los Pájaros (The Birds) in 1970, by 1971 they had released their second album and shortened their name to Embrujo due to the uncertain political climate and how having an English name might be seen. Melodic, Folky Pop Psychedelia sung in Spanish in the pre Pinochet era […]


14/11/16 – Leon Russell – April 2 1942 – November 13 2016 / Hall Of Fame Induction By Elton John – 2011 / Talking About Songwriting / A Song For You – 1970 – A Song For You – Live – 1971 / Carpenters – Superstar – 1971 / Joe Cocker And The Grease Band – Delta Lady – 1969 / George Benson – This Masquerade

After a political thread that inspired wonderful, meaningful songs about righting the world’s wrongs, Donald Trump was elected president of the USA – then Leonard Cohen died. I left London and flew to Stockholm to rehearse with Anekdoten and then in turn flew to Holland to play, leaving the following day to drive to Germany – […]


4/11/16 – Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On – 1971/ What’s Going On – Live 1972

Marvin Gaye’s wonderful, melodic, lyrically powerful, socially conscious 1971 album, What’s Going On, spawned three American Top Ten singles, the title track reaching No.2. The song was written by Gaye, Al Cleveland and Renaldo “Obie” Benson. Benson was the bass voice in The Four Tops, Cleveland was a Motown songwriter that co-wrote I Second That […]