Sad to hear of the passing of Jeff Beck. An unsung hero of the rock world, a guitarists guitarist.
I have been going to concerts for over fifty years. Although, I feel blessed to have seen Jeff perform live, twice, during those fifty years. I also feel sad that I didn’t manage to make it to more of his shows.
The first time I was treated to the Beck phenomenon was when he appeared at Portsmouth Guildhall, as part of Beck, Bogert and Appice. This was 25th January, 1974. What a powerhouse group they were, although they were referred to as a “supergroup” by the music press. Jeff Beck, of course, on guitar. Carmine Appice on drums and Tim Bogert on bass. My memories are not strong enough to confirm this, but the interweb shows that Bobby Tench was part of the group although I don’t remember there being a fourth guy on stage. I wish I had been able to find a quality video to include. However, below is a track from their album.
The last time I saw Jeff live, was an entirely different kind of concert. I had won the tickets in a competition, courtesy of Planet Rock. Not one of my favourite venues, we caught him live at Southampton Guildhall, 3rd July, 2009. Venue aside, all I can say is this has to be one of the best concerts I have ever attended. His playing was superb and he just about blew my socks off. The support act, on that occasion, was an upcoming Imelda May. Much more than a warm up act but it was clear who the audience were there to see. Imelda came back onto the stage to provide some stunning vocals during Jeffs set. The entire show was fabulous, spine tingling. Have a listen to the following, just a small part of that show.
Thanks for the music and the memories Jeff. May you Rest In Peace.
Mad, impetuous fools that we are, we are heading up to Wooroloo and El Caballo Resort for an outdoor musical extravaganza.
The show is entitled Simply The Best and is an evening of tribute acts and the line up goes like this …..
Roy Orbison Show 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Johnny Cash & June Carter Show 5.00pm – 5.20pm
The Beatles Show 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Elvis Presley Show 6.30pm – 6.50pm
Creedence Clearwater Revival Show 7:30pm – 8.30pm
Marylyn Monroe Show 8.30pm – 8.45pm
Tina Turner Show 9.00pm – 10.30pm
We will either have a fabulous time or it will be a monumental disaster. Only time will tell.
I was very much saddened to hear of the death of JJ Cale. He was 74 and died of a heart attack.
JJ Cale helped found the “Tulsa Sound”, a fusion of blues, rockabilly, and country. Whilst mainly known for his guitar playing, JJ Cale also played piano, keyboards, bass, drums.
He was a prolific singer / song writer and many of his songs were covered by other artists. These included covers by musicians such as “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton, “Clyde” by Waylon Jennings and “Call Me the Breeze” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Johnny Cash. Other artists that have recorded Cale’s work include Carlos Santana, Tom Petty and Randy Crawford. JJ Cales songs could be best described as laid back, mellow, yet with a driving groove and over the years he has collaborated with many artists. Many more, including Neil Young, Bryan Ferry and Mark Knopfler, cite him as one of the influences of their own music.
Once again the world has lost a major talent. But, thanks to his magic, the world is a richer place and his influences on other current musicians ensures that his legacy is carried forward.
And folks, if you don’t know the works of JJ Cale, there are over twenty albums out there for you to dip into.
It has been reported that Patty Andrews has died at the age of 94.
The Andrews Sisters close harmonies have given, and continue to give great pleasure whenever I hear them singing. Dated they may be but the songs always make me smile. Here are a couple of tunes to remind you and as a tribute to Patty and the gang.
As many of you know Radio Paradise is my station of choice to listen to when I am working. However, just once in a while it has an adverse effect and stops me from working. Well we just had one of those moments. Had to kick back, turn up the volume and close my eyes ….. They played the following tracks in succession…
Sonny Landreth – Congo Square
Stevie Ray Vaughn – Pipeline
Not the version played on RP but this is a great clip to watch.
California Guitar Trio – The Good The Bad and The Ugly
Again, not the version played by RP but well worth watching as an intro to these guys.