I’m not going to quote from this bio of Bukka White because the whole thing is so interesting, particularly the involvement of John Fahey. You can hear White’s influence in his music. Please check it out.
Another bio says that White’s young cousin is none other than B.B. King, and that White gave him his first guitar.
Here are Panama Limited, which is mentioned in the first bio, Fixin’ to Die Blues and two songs — Aberdeen Mississippi Blues and another version of Poor Boy A Long way From Home. I am not a guitarist, but I’ve never seen anyone play slide that way.
James Milton Campbell, Jr. died in 2005.
Professor Jam’s take on the top ten songs of 1973, from a list of 100. I’m not sure of the criteria he used.
Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly Carly Simon: You’re So Vain Diana Ross: Touch Me in the Morning The Carpenters: Sing Stevie Wonder: You are the Sunshine of My Life Gladys Knight & the Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia Elton John: Daniel Temptations: Papa Was a Rolling Stone Paul McCartney and Wings: My Love The Carpenters: Yesterday Once More
I look for any rationale for playing great tunes. So, happy 58th birthday, Mark Avsec. Avsec was the keyboardist in Wild Cherry, whose Play that Funky Music reached number 1 in the U.S. in 1976. Avec is a member of Donnie Iris & the Cruisers and a copyright attorney. The question is whether he still can fit into that black jumpsuit.
The Knack’s great My Sharona — which features one of the most infectious hooks ever — was awarded a gold record on this day in 1979. The lead guitar player, who I believe is named Berton Averre, is terrific.
Meet the Gospel HOF’s newest member. That makes two divas who the site featured today.
Opera is a complex and demanding form of music. It makes no sense for an individual who doesn’t really understand it to offer commentary or opinions. It would be like somebody who has never cared about rock and roll pontificating on the difference between a great guitar player and a hack. It’s easy for a person who has lived with that form of music. To somebody who hasn’t, it’s not.
It’s a major form of music that can’t be ignored by a site such as this. That said, the only indicator I have of a singer’s quality is what others say and write. Callas seems to be at the top of the list.