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Glenn Schwartz 11/2018

Glenn Schwartz, torn between rock and religionNovember 3, 2018 – Glenn Schwartz (the James Gang) was born on March 20, 1940 in Cleveland Ohio. While in Los Angeles on tour with the James Gang in 1967, Schwartz strolled onto the infamous Sunset Strip and stopped next to a small group of people listening to street preacher Arthur Blessitt, according to Stevenson’s book. Some time later he professed conversion to Christianity, saying “I was finally blessed by mercy for I heard the Gospel of Christ.”

Following his conversion, his zealous, new-found faith was not accepted well by the band, his family or his friends. As per Stevenson, Schwartz said: “I had some Christian friends who had some round stickers that read ‘Real Peace Is In Jesus’ and we stuck those all over our clothes … We put some on Janis Joplin but she didn’t like it and took them off. I remember she got pretty upset. Continue reading Glenn Schwartz 11/2018

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Tony Joe White 10/2018

Tony Joe White – October 24, 2018 was born on July 23, 1943, in Oak Grove, Louisiana as the youngest of seven children who grew up on a cotton farm. He first began performing music at school dances, and after graduating from high school he performed in night clubs in Texas and Louisiana.

As a singer-songwriter and guitarist, he became best known for his 1969 hit “Polk Salad Annie” and for “Rainy Night in Georgia”, which he wrote but was first made popular by Brook Benton in 1970. He also wrote “Steamy Windows” and “Undercover Agent for the Blues”, both hits for Tina Turner in 1989; those two songs came by way of Turner’s producer at the time, Mark Knopfler, who was a friend of White. “Polk Salad Annie” was also recorded by Elvis Presley and Tom Jones.

In 1967, White signed with Monument Records, which operated from a recording studio in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, Tennessee, and produced a variety of sounds, including rock and roll, country and western, and rhythm and blues. Billy Swan was his producer.

Over the next three years, White released four singles with no commercial success in the U.S., although “Soul Francisco” was a hit in France. “Polk Salad Annie” had been released for nine months and written off as a failure by his record label, when it finally entered the U.S. charts in July 1969. It climbed to the Top Ten by early August, and eventually reached No. 8, becoming White’s biggest hit.

White’s first album, 1969’s Black and White, was recorded with Muscle Shoals/Nashville musicians David Briggs, Norbert Putnam, and Jerry Carrigan, and featured “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” and “Polk Salad Annie”, along with a cover of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman”. “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” was covered by Dusty Springfield and released as a single, later added to reissues of her 1969 album Dusty in Memphis.

Three more singles quickly followed, all minor hits, and White toured with Steppenwolf, Anne Murray, Sly & the Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival and other major rock acts of the 1970s, playing in France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and England.

In 1973, White appeared in the film Catch My Soul, a rock-opera adaption of Shakespeare’s Othello. White played and sang four and composed seven songs for the musical.

In late September 1973, White was recruited by record producer Huey Meaux to sit in on the legendary Memphis sessions that became Jerry Lee Lewis’s landmark Southern Roots album. By all accounts, these sessions were a three-day, around-the-clock party, which not only reunited the original MGs (Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr. of Booker T. and the MGs fame) for the first time in three years, but also featured Carl Perkins, Mark Lindsay (of Paul Revere & the Raiders), and Wayne Jackson plus The Memphis Horns.

From 1976 to 1983, White released three more albums, each on a different label. Trying to combine his own swamp-rock sound with the popular disco music at the time, the results were not met with success and White gave up his career as a singer and concentrated on writing songs. During this time frame, he collaborated with American expat Joe Dassin on his only English-language album, Home Made Ice Cream, and its French-language counterpart Blue Country.

In 1989, White produced one non-single track on Tina Turner’s Foreign Affair album, the rest of the album was produced by Dan Hartman. Playing a variety of instruments on the album, he also wrote four songs, including the title song and the hit single “Steamy Windows”. As a result of this he became managed by Roger Davies, who was Turner’s manager at the time, and he obtained a new contract with Polydor.

The resulting album, 1991’s Closer to the Truth, was a commercial success and put White back in the spotlight. He released two more albums for Polydor; The Path of a Decent Groove and Lake Placid Blues which was co-produced by Roger Davies.

In the 1990s, White toured Germany and France with Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton, and in 1992 he played the Montreux Festival.

In 1996, Tina Turner released the song “On Silent Wings” written by White.

In 2000, Hip-O Records released One Hot July in the U.S., giving White his first new major-label domestic release in 17 years. The critically acclaimed The Beginningappeared on Swamp Records in 2001, followed by Heroines, featuring several duets with female vocalists including Jessi Colter, Shelby Lynne, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Michelle White, on Sanctuary in 2004, and a live Austin City Limits concert, Live from Austin, TX, on New West Records in 2006. In 2004, White was the featured guest artist in an episode of the Legends Rock TV Show and Concert Series, produced by Megabien Entertainment.

In 2007, White released another live recording, Take Home the Swamp, as well as the compilation Introduction to Tony Joe White. Elkie Brooks recorded one of White’s songs, “Out of The Rain”, on her 2005 Electric Lady album. On July 14, 2006, in Magny-Cours, France, White performed as a warm-up act for Roger Waters’ The Dark Side of the Moon concert. White’s album, entitled Uncovered, was released in September 2006 and featured collaborations with Mark Knopfler, Michael McDonald, Eric Clapton, and J.J. Cale.

The song “Elements and Things” from the 1969 album …Continued features prominently during the horse-racing scenes in the 2012 HBO television series “Luck”.

In 2013, White signed to Yep Roc Records and released Hoodoo. Mother Jones called the album “Steamy, Irresistible” and No Depression noted Tony Joe White is “the real king of the swamp.” He also made his Live…with Jools Holland debut in London, playing songs from Hoodoo.

On October 15, 2014, White appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman alongside the Foo Fighters to perform “Polk Salad Annie”. Pointing to White, Letterman told his TV audience, “Holy cow! … If I was this guy, you could all kiss my ass. And I mean that.”

In May 2016, Tony Joe White released Rain Crow on Yep Roc Records. The lead track “Hoochie Woman” was co-written with his wife, Leann. The track “Conjure Child” is a follow up to an earlier song, “Conjure Woman.

The album Bad Mouthin’ was released in September 2018 again on Yep Roc Records. The album contains six self-penned songs and five blues standards written by, amongst others, Charley Patton and John Lee Hooker. On the album White also performs a cover of the Elvis Presley song “Heartbreak Hotel”. White plays acoustic and electric guitar on the album which was produced by his son Jody White and has a signature Tony Joe White laid back sound.

White died of a heart attack on October 24, 2018, at the age of 75

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I started this website sometime in 2013 as a legacy site to pay tribute to the many wonderful musicians, singer frontmen and songwriters that paved the soundtrack of my life with their music. As an amateur rocker, who did not only listen to the music, but also played in many coverbands, duos and trios over the decades since rock and roll exploded into our lives, I realized later on in life, as I’m reluctantly entering the supposedly quiet years, that rock music between the mid 1950s and the 1990s, drove our entire culture. More than ever before in history was a global generation defined by music, as Rock and Roll became the soundtrack of our lives. It changed and over time defined politics, commerce, industry, transportation, communication, social interaction and education.

For 40 years it guided our sense of values, what was waste, what was cool and what was not. The guitar was cool. Rock and Roll was driven by the advance of the electric guitar. It demanded attention, even if only because of the volume and reach. It guided the best educated generation in history into adult hood.

But when our generation became too overly self important and self indulgent, Rock and Roll lost its driving cultural influence and handed it over to new genres like Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music (EDM).

By the 1990s, as one generation handed the musical torch to a new generation, rock had been bent and bullied into new music genres, promoted by different music distribution platforms and rapidly advancing entertainment technology outlets, and we kind of turned away from rock as if it were a youthful indiscretion.

And then, as history usually goes, we turned old enough to remember the power of rock and roll in our younger years and we created niche markets for rock to live in, at least for the remainder of our years. Personally I have noticed that a lot of young females guitarists are picking up the torch, aided by educational online resources such as youTube and Vimeo video channels. It gives me hope for the future of rock and roll. But for now it’s still derivative as these young talents still focus on what we did fifty years ago. Give it time and they will make it their own and select new directions for rock and roll.

This website serves a little bit as a reminder to all of us baby boomers and rock music lovers, who picked up a guitar or kicked a drum in our formative years, and gained an understanding of how music transformed us.

Johan Ramakers

2019

JANUARY

• Pegi Young  – Neil Young’s ex and singer/songwriter with The Survivors (December 1, 1952 – January 1, 2019) – cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegi_Young

• Kris Kelmi – Russian singer-songwriter for Autograph ( 21 April 1955 – January1, 2019] – cardiac arrest • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Kelmi

• Daryl Dragon – Captain and Tennille (August 27, 1942 – January 2, 2019) – renal failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daryl_Dragon

• Steve Ripley – guitarist for the Tractors (January 1, 1950 – January 3, 2019) – cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Ripley

Eric Haydock – The Hollies (February 3, 1943 – January 5, 2019) – cause of death unknown • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Haydock

• Clydie King – backup singer for superstars (August 21, 1943 – January 7, 2019) – age • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clydie_King. She was my ultimate singing partner,” said Bob Dylan. “No one ever came close. We were two soulmates”

• Lorna Doom – American punk rock bassist for Germs (January 4, 1958 – 16 Jan 2019) – cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorna_Doom

• Ted McKenna – drums for Alex Harvey, MSG and Rory Gallagher (March 10, 1950 – January 19, 2019) – hemorrhage during a routine operation for a hernia • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_McKenna

• Paul Whaley – drummer with Blue Cheer (January 14, 1947 – January 28, 2019) – heart failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Whaley

• Michel Legrand – famous French Composer) (February 24, 1932 – January 28, 2019) -sepsis • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Legrand

• James Ingram – soul/R&B legend (February 16, 1952 – January 29, 2019) – brain cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ingram

FEBRUARY

Tim Landers – bassist/vocalist for Transit (November 1, 1956 – February 2, 2019)

• Kofi Burbridge – flutist/keyboards for Tedeschi-Trucks Band (September 22, 1961 – February 15, 2019) – heart failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kofi_Burbridge

Gerard Koerts – guitarist/keyboards for Earth and Fire (December, 1947 – 20 February, 2019) – emphysema •

• Peter Tork – The Monkees (February 13, 1942 – February 21, 2019)  – adenoid cystic carcinoma • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Tork

• Andy Anderson – drummer for the Cure (January 30, 1951 – February 26, 2019) – cancer • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Anderson_(drummer)

• Stephan Ellis ( bassist for Survivor), (June 10, 1951 – February 28, 2019)-

MARCH

Eddie Taylor Jr. – Blues guitarist/singer (08 Mar 2019)

Hal Blaine – American Hall of Fame drummer for The Wrecking Crew (February 5, 1929 – March 11, 2019) – natural causes • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Blaine

Dick Dale – King of the Surf Guitar (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019) – heart and kidney failure • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Dale

• Bernie Tormé – guitar for Ozzy, Gillan and Dee Snider (March 18, 1952 – March 17, 2019) – pneumonia • https://rockandrollparadise.com/bernie-torme-3-19/

• Scott Walker – The Walker Brothers (January 9, 1943 – March 22, 2019) – cancer • https://rockandrollparadise.com/scott-walker-3-2019/

APRIL

Paul Raymond  – Guitarist/Keyboards for UFO (Nov 16, 1945 – April 13, 2019)- heart attack • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Raymond_(musician)

MAY

 

JUNE

Dr. John born Malcolm John Rebennack (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019) heart attack • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._John

 

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