Added by nonamedufus on February 27, 2010 at 7:20am —
The “softer” 70s brought a popular, yet relatively short-lived group to popularity, known as Argent. The group was led by organist-singer Rod Argent, former founding member of the Zombies who had a string of hits into the late 60s.… Continue
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Well we started a series this past Tuesday, with a profile of Seals and Crofts, taking a look at the incursion of soft-rock in the… Continue
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Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian music legend. The then struggling folk singer came to prominence in the early 60s and his songs have been recorded by a who’s who of artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Barbara Streisand, Ian and Sylvia, Peter, Paul and Mary, Sarah McLachlan and John Mellencamp.
For more and a performance of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, paddle on over to… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on February 4, 2010 at 5:18am —
We’re spending the week looking at several notable Canadian acts. We had some great bands through the years. Not all were as big in the States as they were in Canada – some of my American readers might think them to be obscure – but they were nevertheless popular north of the border and competed for record sales and chart positions of American artists.
One such group was A Foot In Cold Water. The group was actually a collection of… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on February 2, 2010 at 5:17am —
When you think about this song you immediately think of the version by Jimi Hendrix, first recorded in 1966 by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It’s usually held as the classic version of this song. I’m also partial to the version by Deep Purple on their first album Shades of Deep Purple in 1968.
Were you aware Seal, Robert Plant, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Standells, Patti Smith, Alvin Lee, the Byrds and Roy Buchanan all recorded covers of… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on January 28, 2010 at 4:33am —
In 1965, a little tune called She’s About A Mover by the Sir Douglas Quintet rocketed up the charts. It was a great song and most people thought it was the next big thing from Britain. Turns out organist Augie Myers and guitarist and lead singer Doug Sahm and their bandmates were from Texas. And it was the next big think alright – Tex-Mex.
Flash forward to 1990, add Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez and the next big thing was born – The… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on January 26, 2010 at 5:29am —
Billy Bragg is an English alternative rock musician, who I first discovered through my brother Jim. Thanks, Jim. And I’ve bought pretty much everything he’s put out since.
He played in a punk band, busked throughout London and collaborated with other musicians, perhaps most famously on a couple of albums with Wilco which set Woody Guthrie lyrics to music.
For more and a performance of A New England pop on over to… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on January 21, 2010 at 5:05am —
In 1976, after spending several years at university followed by a couple of years in the working world, I’d returned to school to study journalism. A fellow classmate introduced me, musically, to a fusion violinist – Jean-Luc Ponty. I think I still have the album he “loaned” me, to this day.
The sound was something new to me and I liked it. The album was called Imaginary Voyage.
For more and a video performance trip on over… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on January 19, 2010 at 8:18am —
Duane Allman, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, passed away as the result of a motorcycle accident in 1971, just weeks shy of his 25th birthday. Yet, he was an in-demand session musician, spent several years in that capacity at famed Muscle Shoals, traded licks with Eric Clapton on the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs By Derek and the Dominos and formed 2 other groups with brother Gregg before they achieved success as the… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on January 14, 2010 at 5:34am —
In 1965 the Goldberg-Miller Blues Band was gigging in Chicago and New York and appeared on Hullabaloo. Half the group’s namesake – Steve Miller – left the group for the psychedelic scene of San Fransisco and formed the Steve Miller Blues Band, which was shortened to the Steve Miller Band when they landed a contract with Capital records in 1967.
For more and a performance of The Joker go to… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on January 12, 2010 at 7:30am —
In the late 70s I was working the evening shift, Mondays thru Saturdays at a Canadian all-news radio network. Anyone who knows about shift work knows that their internal clock is screwy. Would I go to bed when I got home? No I’d usually make myself some dinner and watch Carson. But Saturdays were even better. That’s when Midnight Special aired and that was must-see TV for any rock fan.
I recall new wave having an influence on music… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on January 7, 2010 at 4:00am —
David Bowie had an out of this world hit – literally – when he released Space Oddity in 1969. The BBC used the song during it’s Apollo 11 moon landing coverage. Talk about exposure. The song went to #5 in Britain. However, in the States it couldn’t even crack the Top 100.
For more and a clip of Bowie's first TV appearance rocket on over to… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on January 5, 2010 at 4:49am —
Well it’s New Year’s Eve and one of the finest commemmorances of the occasion is U2’s New Year’s Day. The track is from their 1983 album War and the lyrics were originally intended to be from Bono to his wife but were altered and in the final version were written about the Polish Solidarity movement.
For more and a performance of New Year's Day head on over to… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on December 31, 2009 at 6:25am —
You found us! Great. Happy New Year – well almost – and welcome to the new home of dufusdownbeat. We’ve cleaned things up and as we get a little further along more items will be added to the pages and sidebar. I hope you enjoy the blog, and the music that helps shape my world.
For more and John Mayall performing Room to Move visit the new home of… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on December 29, 2009 at 6:46pm —
For our last "unusual" Christmas rock tune we go back to 1974 when Greg Lake took a break from buddies Emerson and Palmer to record a song he'd written protesting the commercialism of Christmas.
For more and a performance of I Believe in Father Christmas, zip on over to… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on December 27, 2009 at 5:05am —
Well, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and got all the CDs you were asking for! We conclude our week of unusual rock Christmas tunes today with what has become a modern day classic.
For more and a video of Happy Christmas shoot on over to… Continue
Added by nonamedufus on December 26, 2009 at 4:52am —
Merry Christmas! I just had to include this song from U2 this week and today seemed like the most appropriate day to do it. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was co-written by Phil Spector and originally sung by Darlene Love in 1963. It had been intended for Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes.
For more and a performance of Christmas(Baby Please Come Home) hop on over to… Continue
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