Tag Archives: Pink Floyd

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE BLOOMFIELD, RICK WRIGHT, PETER DOYLE & More…

1938- George Cummings (steel guitar w/ Dr. Hook; “Sylvia’s Mother”)         78 yrs.

George Cummings - Picture from

Dr. Hook w/ George Cummings “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman”
live video link here.

1943- Mike Bloomfield (guitarist w/ Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag; received early support from B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters + Buddy Guy; solo artist; died in 1981)

hero Mike Bloomfield

Al Kooper + Mike Bloomfield “Stop” video link here.

1943- Rick Wright (keyboards + vocals w/ Pink Floyd; Wright appeared on most Pink Floyd albums from ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, + ‘The Wall’ to ‘Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ + ‘ The Division Bell’; died in 2008)

Rick Wright Photos

Pink Floyd w/ Rick Wright “Comfortably Numb” live video link here.

1949- Peter Doyle (singer w/ The New Seekers; “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”; died in 2001)

Peter Doyle rehearsing with

1949- Simon Kirke (drummer w/ Free; “All Right Now”; a member of Bad Company)
67 yrs.

flashes he remained

1949- Steve Took (member of T. Rex; died in 1980)

Steve Took (T. Rex)

 

1972- Dan Worton (drummer w/ Ned’s Atomic Dustbin; “Grey Cell Green” + “Happy”)           44 yrs.

Dan Warton on drums.

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin w/ Dan Warton “Happy” video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WALTER ‘FURRY’ LEWIS, BOB WILLS, DAVID GILMOUR & More…

1893- Walter ‘Furry’ Lewis (blues musician; first guitarist to play with a bottleneck; once supported the Rolling Stones; died in 1981)

Folkways - Furry Lewis

1905- Bob Wills (western swing musician, songwriter, + bandleader; died in 1975)

swing icon Bob Wills' work

Bob Wills “Stay A Little Longer” video link here.

1939- Jerry Naylor (country + rock and roll artist/broadcaster; became lead singer for The Crickets following Buddy Holly’s death)                     77 yrs.

So a shaking Jerry Naylor did

1944- Mary Wilson (singer w/ The Supremes)                  72 yrs.

Mary Wilson Born: 6-Mar-1944

The Supremes w/ Mary Wilson “Come See About Me” video link here.

1945- Hugh Grundy (drummer w/ The Zombies)                        71 yrs

.

The Zombies w/ Hugh Grundy “Tell Her No” video link here.

1946- David Gilmour (guitarist, singer, songwriter w/ Pink Floyd; solo career)   70 yrs.

David Gilmour

Pink Floyd w/ David Gilmour “One Slip” live video link here.

1946- Murray Head (singer; “One Night In Bangkok”)                  70 yrs.

Murray Head, chanteur et

Murray Head “One Night In Bangkok” video link here.

1947- Pauline Matthews a.k.a. Kiki Dee (singer + actress; had hit w/ Elton John on “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”; worked w/ Dusty Springfield; first white British artist signed to Motown)                     69 yrs.

Kiki Dee at WOMAD 2005 - pic

1964- Stephen Bier a.k.a. Wayne Gacy (keyboards w/ Marilyn Manson)          52 yrs.

né Stephen Gregory Bier

1984- Chris Tomson (drummer w/ Vampire Weekend)                        32 yrs.

Chris Tomson at Austin City

These are today’s birthdays, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELMORE JAMES, BOBBY ‘BLUE’ BLAND, MARGO TIMMINS & More…

1918- Elmore James (blues singer/guitarist; thought to be ‘King Of The Slide Guitar’; died in 1963)

Elmore James

Elmore James “Rollin’ & Tumblin” link here.

1919- David Seville (musician; “The Chipmunk Song”; died in 1972)

1930- Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland (R&B singer; blues hall of fame inductee, rock & roll hall of fame inductee; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recepient; died in 2013)

bobby-bland_2598814a.jpg

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland “That’s The Way Love Is” video link here.

1945- Nick Mason (original member/ drummer/ percussionist for Pink Floyd, who played on every album)        71 yrs.

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason

Pink Floyd w/ Nick Mason live link here.

1946- Nedra Talley (singer w/ The Ronettes)                     70 yrs.

Nedra Talley

The Ronettes w/ Nedra Talley “Be My Baby” video link here.

1951- Brian Downey (drummer for and founding member of Thin Lizzy)    65 yrs.

Brian-Downey-of-Thin-Lizzy-on- ...

Thin Lizzy w/ Brian Downey “Whiskey In The Jar” video link here.

1951- Seth Justman (keyboards/vocals w/ The J. Geils Band)         65 yrs.

Seth Justman performs with

J. Geils Band w/ Seth Justman “Centerfold” video link here.

1957- Janick Robert Gers (guitarist; worked w/ Iron Maiden, White Spirit + Gillan)
59 yrs.

1961- Gillian Gilbert (keyboardist w/ The Inadequates + New Order; “Blue Monday”; member of The Other Two)                      55 yrs.

1961- Martin DeGaulle (singer w/ Sigue Sigue Sputnik)    55 yrs.
No Photo Available.

1961- Margo Timmins (vocals w/ Cowboy Junkies)                         55 yrs.

Margo Timmins and The Cowboy

The Cowboy Junkies w/ Margo Timmins “Sweet Jane” video link here.

1968- Mike Patton (singer/multi-instrumentalist w/ Faith No More)         48 yrs.

Mike Patton Tribute 2

Faith No More w/ Mike Patton “A Small Victory” video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EARL SCRUGGS, SYD BARRETT, MICHAEL HOUSER & More…

1924- Earl Scruggs (banjo/guitar player; member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys; played with Lester Flatt as Flatt & Scruggs; “The Ballad Of Jed Clampett”; member of the Grand Ole Opry; died in 2012)

1929- Wilbert Harrison (singer/songwriter; “Kansas City” + “Let’s Work Together”)
87 yrs.

Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City” live video link here.

1944- Van McCoy (singer + producer; “The Hustle”; produced for Aretha Franklin + Gladys Knight; died in 1979)

Van McCoy “The Hustle” video link here.

1946- Syd Barrett (singer, songwriter + guitarist w/ Pink Floyd; left the band in 1968; released two solo album; died in 2006)

Pink Floyd w/ Syd Barrett “Arnold Layne” video link here.

1953- Malcolm Young (guitarist w/ AC/DC; “Back In Black”)           63 yrs.

1959- Kathy Sledge (singer w/ Sister Sledge; “We Are Family”)          57 yrs.

1960- Muzz Skillings (bassist w/ Living Colour; “Cult Of Personality”)          56 yrs.

 Muzz Skillings; on left

1962- Michael Houser (founding member + guitarists w/ Widespread Panic; “Space Wrangler”, “Jack”, “Pilgrims” + more…; died in 2002)

Widespread Panic w/ Michael Houser “Driving Song/ Breathing Slow” live video link here.

1964- Mark O’Toole (bassist w/ Frankie Goes To Hollywood; “Relax”)            52 yrs.

These are today’s birthdays, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Album Review: ROGER WATERS IS AMAZING ON LIVE VERSION OF “THE WALL”

This was one of those weeks, when the list of new releases is shorter than you would like, but still with a few exceptional offerings. With live albums from Roger Waters and Rush, as well as two releases from the “Fare Thee Well” concerts, celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead, it wasn’t impossible to find one for review. Though I had seen a benefit concert during the time of Waters’ “The Wall” tour, and had been glad I hadn’t spent the money to see him, this live album that was taken from three different performances, and made me question whether or not, I was right. I decided on “The Wall”, but have determined a couple of things. If you haven’t heard the original recording from Pink Floyd or seen the movie, don’t even think about introducing yourself with this album. The other thought is that since this is such a concept album, enough to solicit a movie, it doesn’t seem fitting to review track by track for people who already know the music, so I’ll do it by set. One more thing to mention is that this is pretty much, the movie done live, so the sound effects and dialogue, are all here.

The first set begins with the dark invitation by Waters on “In The Flesh”, followed by “The Thin Ice”, which featured Roger’s son, Harry, on piano and organ. It was obvious from early on, that the benefit I had seen, must have been an off-night for Waters. The perfect levels of mystery and psychedelia permeate every space in “Another Brick In The Wall,
Pt. 1”, which moves into the ominous march of “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives” and then effortlessly back to “Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2”. The guitars and harmonies are stellar. “The Ballad Of Jean Charles De Menezes” is not from the movie, but is a lovely tribute and ties in well to the theme. Waters introduces “Mother”, which evokes chills and a huge response from the crowd, and is possibly the best version on the album, even if there are a couple clues to the effects of time on this one, the steel guitar is stirring and Roger is committed to the song. “Goodbye Blue Sky” is the balance, the yin and yang, both musically and lyrically. Rogers puts on his best forked-tongue for his sinister delivery on “Empty Spaces”, which thunders into the rock anthem of excess, “What Shall We Do Now”. The sex-driven “Young Lust” and the manic-depression of “One Of My Turns”, are easily the quality of something refined in the studio. “Don’t Leave Me Now”, is the ultimate moment of desperation and “Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2” is the explosive rebound. “The Last Few Bricks” is almost a medley of the first set and bleeds into the final bow on “Goodbye Cruel World”.

The second set begins with the crisp acoustic and electric work of “Hey You”, until the string infused psychosis of “Is There Anybody Out There?” takes over and continues on “Nobody Home”. “Vera” and “Bring The Boys Back” are short nods to the music of WWII. The lovely tapestry of psychedelia is woven richly on “Comfortably Numb”. The harmonies and vocals on “The Show Must Go On” are spot-on and somewhat reminiscent of a Queen-style tune, which is literally smacked in the face by the harsh dictatorship of the reprisal of “In The Flesh”. Waters engages the audience prior to a mind-blowingly powerful rendition of  “Run Like Hell”, complete with sound effects and a ton of percussion. “Waiting For The Worms” starts like a suicide note, but morphs into a hate-filled tirade and into a plea for a way out on “Stop”. The dark musical comedy of “The Trial” is impeccable and leads up to the crowd chanting “tear down the wall”, before you hear it come down. The solemn sounds of “Outside The Wall” usher in a unity in the form of a accordion driven sing-along, and Roger does the band introductions during an instrumental reprisal.

I can say with utter certainty, that I wish I had seen this tour, when Waters came to Denver. With only a couple of brief glimpses into the effects that the years have had on Roger, everything about his personal performance were fantastic. The rest of the musicians are incredibly talented and had absolute precision through-out. Even though I mentioned earlier, that I thought a newbie to the Pink Floyd catalog, should not start with this album and instead listen to the original or watch the movie, it is not because of anything lacking in this live version, but more because a good tree of knowledge starts at the roots, not the branches. I would easily suggest this to fans of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, and even David Gilmour, if that tells you how good it is. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMY REED, ROGER WATERS, MACY GRAY & More…

1925- Jimmy Reed (blues singer + guitarist; “Big Boss Man”, “Shame, Shame, Shame” + “Baby What You Want Me To Do”; died in 1976)

Jimmy Reed “Going To New York” audio link here.

1942-Dave Bargeron (member of Blood, Sweat & Tears; “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”)             73 yrs.

1943- Roger Waters (co-founder, singer, songwriter + bassist w/ Pink Floyd; “Mother”, “Comfortably Numb”, “One Of These Days”, “Us & Them” + more…; solo artist)
72 yrs.

Roger Waters + David Gilmour “Comfortably Numb” live video link here.

1948- Claydes Smith (member of Kool & The Gang; “Joanna”, “Celebration” + more…)
67 yrs.

1961- Pal Waaktaam (guitarist w/ A-Ha; “Take On Me”)             54 yrs.

A-Ha w/ Pal Waaktaam “Take On Me” live video link here.

1961- Scott Travis (drummer w/ Judas Priest + Racer X)            54 yrs.

1965- Terry Bickers (lead guitarist w/ House Of Love)               50 yrs.

House Of Love w/ Terry Bickers “Beatles & The Stones” live video link here.

1967- William DuVall (singer,songwriter +guitarist; Alice In Chains)                     48 yrs.

1969- Ce Ce Peniston (singer; “Finally”)               46 yrs.

1969- Natalie McIntyre a.k.al Macy Gray (singer; “I Try”; toured and recorded with Galactic)                  46 yrs.

Macy Gray “I Try” video link here.

1969- Patrick Seacor a.k.a. Paddy Boom- drummer w/ Scissor Sisters)             46 yrs.

1970- Dean Fertita (musician + Instrumentalist; member of Waxwings, The Raconteurs + Queens Of The Stone Age)                      45 yrs.

1971- Delores  O’Riordan (singer w/ The Cranberries; “Zombie”,  “Linger” + more…)
44 yrs.

The Cranberries w/ Delores O’Riordan “Linger” live video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with links for several of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE BLOOMFIELD, RICK WRIGHT & More…

1938- George Cummings (steel guitar w/ Dr. Hook; “Sylvia’s Mother”)         77 yrs.

George Cummings - Picture from

Dr. Hook w/ George Cummings “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman”
live video link here.

1944- Mike Bloomfield (guitarist w/ Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag; received early support from B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters + Buddy Guy; solo artist; died in 1981)

hero Mike Bloomfield

Al Kooper + Mike Bloomfield “Stop” video link here.

1945- Rick Wright (keyboards + vocals w/ Pink Floyd; Wright appeared on most Pink Floyd albums from ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, + ‘The Wall’ to ‘Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ + ‘ The Division Bell’; died in 2008)

Rick Wright Photos

Pink Floyd w/ Rick Wright “Comfortably Numb” live video link here.

1949- Peter Doyle (singer w/ The New Seekers; “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”; died in 2001)

Peter Doyle rehearsing with

1949- Simon Kirke (drummer w/ Free; “All Right Now”; a member of Bad Company)
66 yrs.

flashes he remained

1949- Steve Took (member of T. Rex; died in 1980)

Steve Took (T. Rex)

1965- Texas Axille (keyboards w/ Transvision Vamp)                50 yrs.

We Are Transvision Vamp!

1972- Dan Warton (drummer w/ Ned’s Atomic Dustbin; “Grey Cell Green” + “Happy”)           43 yrs.

Dan Warton on drums.

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin w/ Dan Warton “Happy” video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB WILLS, DAVID GILMOUR & More…

1893- Walter ‘Furry’ Lewis (blues musician; first guitarist to play with a bottleneck; once supported the Rolling Stones; died in 1981)

Folkways - Furry Lewis

1905- Bob Wills (western swing musician, songwriter, + bandleader; died in 1975)

swing icon Bob Wills' work

Bob Wills “Stay A Little Longer” video link here.

1939- Jerry Naylor (country + rock and roll artist/broadcaster; became lead singer for The Crickets following Buddy Holly’s death)   76 yrs.

So a shaking Jerry Naylor did

1944- Mary Wilson (singer w/ The Supremes)    71 yrs.

Mary Wilson Born: 6-Mar-1944

The Supremes w/ Mary Wilson “Come See About Me” video link here.

1945- Hugh Grundy (drummer w/ The Zombies)    70 yrs

.

The Zombies w/ Hugh Grundy “Tell Her No” video link here.

1946- David Gilmour (guitarist, singer, songwriter w/ Pink Floyd; solo career)   69 yrs.

David Gilmour

Pink Floyd w/ David Gilmour “One Slip” live video link here.

1946- Murray Head (singer; “One Night In Bangkok”)    69 yrs.

Murray Head, chanteur et

Murray Head “One Night In Bangkok” video link here.

1947- Pauline Matthews a.k.a. Kiki Dee (singer + actress; had hit w/ Elton John on “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”; worked w/ Dusty Springfield; first white British artist signed to Motown)    68 yrs.

Kiki Dee at WOMAD 2005 - pic

1964- Stephen Bier a.k.a. Wayne Gacy (keyboards w/ Marilyn Manson)    51 yrs.

né Stephen Gregory Bier

1984- Chris Tomson (drummer w/ Vampire Weekend)    31 yrs.

Chris Tomson at Austin City

These are today’s birthdays, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELMORE JAMES, BOBBY ‘BLUE’ BLAND & More…

1918- Elmore James (blues singer/guitarist; thought to be ‘King Of The Slide Guitar’; died in 1963)

Elmore James

Elmore James “Rollin’ & Tumblin” link here.

1919- David Seville (musician; “The Chipmunk Song”; died in 1972)

1930- Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland (R&B singer; blues hall of fame inductee, rock & roll hall of fame inductee; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recepient; died in 2013)

bobby-bland_2598814a.jpg

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland “That’s The Way Love Is” video link here.

1945- Nick Mason (original member/ drummer/ percussionist for Pink Floyd, who played on every album)        70 yrs.

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason

Pink Floyd w/ Nick Mason live link here.

1946- Nedra Talley (singer w/ The Ronettes)       69 yrs.

Nedra Talley

The Ronettes w/ Nedra Talley “Be My Baby” video link here.

1951- Brian Downey (drummer for and founding member of Thin Lizzy)    64 yrs.

Brian-Downey-of-Thin-Lizzy-on- ...

Thin Lizzy w/ Brian Downey “Whiskey In The Jar” video link here.

1951- Seth Justman (keyboards/vocals w/ The J. Geils Band)  64 yrs.

Seth Justman performs with

J. Geils Band w/ Seth Justman “Centerfold” video link here.

1957- Janick Robert Gers (guitarist; worked w/ Iron Maiden, White Spirit + Gillan)
58 yrs.

1961- Gillian Gilbert (keyboardist w/ The Inadequates + New Order; “Blue Monday”; member of The Other Two)          54 yrs.

1961- Martin DeGaulle (singer w/ Sigue Sigue Sputnik)    54 yrs.
No Photo Available.

1961- Margo Timmins (vocals w/ Cowboy Junkies)   54 yrs.

Margo Timmins and The Cowboy

The Cowboy Junkies w/ Margo Timmins “Sweet Jane” video link here.

1968- Mike Patton (singer/multi-instrumentalist w/ Faith No More) 47 yrs.

Mike Patton Tribute 2

Faith No More w/ Mike Patton “A Small Victory” video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SYD BARRETT, MICHAEL HOUSER & More…

1929- Wilbert Harrison (singer/songwriter; “Kansas City” + “Let’s Work Together”)
86 yrs.

Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City” live video link here.

1944- Van McCoy (singer + producer; “The Hustle”; produced for Aretha Franklin + Gladys Knight; died in 1979)

Van McCoy “The Hustle” video link here.

1946- Syd Barrett (singer, songwriter + guitarist w/ Pink Floyd; left the band in 1968; released two solo album; died in 2006)

Pink Floyd w/ Syd Barrett “Arnold Layne” video link here.

1953- Malcolm Young (guitarist w/ AC/DC; “Back In Black”)           62 yrs.

1959- Kathy Sledge (singer w/ Sister Sledge; “We Are Family”)          56 yrs.

1960- Muzz Skillings (bassist w/ Living Colour; “Cult Of Personality”)          55 yrs.

 Muzz Skillings; on left

1962- Michael Houser (founding member + guitarists w/ Widespread Panic; “Space Wrangler”, “Jack”, “Pilgrims” + more…; died in 2002)

Widespread Panic w/ Michael Houser “Driving Song/ Breathing Slow” live video link here.

1964- Mark O’Toole (bassist w/ Frankie Goes To Hollywood; “Relax”)            51 yrs.

These are today’s birthdays, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉