Click on the link here for Audio Player: otisredding1966-10-04
The immortal Otis Redding this week, recorded in concert at an unidentified venue (I’m thinking Baltimore? – call for clarification from readers please!) on October 4, 1966.
I forgot how turbo-charged Redding was in performance. This concert (actually two half-hour sets with an intermission in between) rocks almost continuously for over an hour.
It’s a tribute to the talent and raw energy this man had, and just what it sounds like for an artist to throw themselves into their work.
Redding was an astonishing performer, above his remarkable gift as an artist and writer. He really was an institution.
And here is an hour’s worth of why.
The sound is a bit rough, but hopefully it’s been smoothed out from some magical surgery I spent a few hours performing. It’s a frantic 71 minutes though.
Enjoy the show.
In 1966 the protests against our Vietnam Policy would get louder and more violent..
Click on the link here for Audio Player: CBS – Correspondents Report – 1966
Since we’re coming up on the end of our first week of the new year, I thought I would get one last “Thousand Yard Stare” at previous years before we packed it up until next December.
This one comes from CBS Radio and features a stellar panel of Correspondents, moderated by the venerable Walter Cronkite. Rather than a look backward, it’s a look forward with speculation and opinion on what the new year (in this case, 1966) had in store for us.
Needless to say, the Vietnam War was foremost on everyone’s minds. The longer we were in it, the more difficult it was going to become to get out. The voices of dissent were gaining in number and world opinion was turning against U.S. Foreign Policy.
In this hour long broadcast, first aired on January 1, 1966 – Cronkite, along with Mike Wallace, Charles Collingwood, Eric Sevareid, Roger Mudd, and Morley Safer discuss the events of the past year and how they will impact on the coming year.
Fascinating and ominous stuff, all at the same time.
History is often times something else. Especially when viewed in hindsight.
Paul Butterfield – straight-up, spreadin’ the message.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Paul Butterfield Blues Band – In Concert 1966
A classic concert this weekend from the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band, recorded live at The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on October 14, 1966.
Butterfield was one of the major forces, taking the Chicago Blues genre to a broader (and whiter) audience in the early-mid 1960’s. His band featured a number of names who would go on to become prominent solo artists in their own right, namely Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop.
This 1966 concert features the classic lineup with Bloomfield, Bishop, Mark Nafatlin on keyboards, Jerome Arnold on Bass and Billy Davenport on drums. It was recorded around the time of the release of the milestone East-West album, and the set closes with that track, which sadly fades out about 3/4 of the way through, being a Magnum Opus among 60s performances and not enough tape on the original reel to accomodate it. Ah, history.
But it’s a great concert nonetheless and a little touch of Down Home to toss into your Holiday Mix.
The Misunderstood – Originally a surf band from Riverside, found a champion in John Peel and a calling in groundbreaking Psychedelia.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Misunderstood – I Can Take You To The Sun – 1966
Probably one of the saddest stories in the annals of Rock, The Misunderstood were originally a surf band from Riverside California who drew the attention of British DJ John Peel who urged them to settle in the UK. Between Riverside and London The Misunderstood underwent a dramatic change. And what emerged was one of the truly groundbreaking bands of the Psychedelic period.
Their first single was released in 1966. Let Me Take You To The Sun, was met with enthusiasm from critics and the audience alike, with Peel proclaiming it one of the greatest songs ever written. But just as the band were poised to achieve great success, tragedy struck. In this case it was the Draft Board, first taking lead singer Rick Brown into the Army and Vietnam and then taking lead guitarist Greg Treadway into the Navy. The band splintered and fell apart, with the remaining members discouraged and demoralized. What had started off with huge hopes and expectations dissipated, leaving a handful of singles and a lot of potential.
Here is that debut single. If you haven’t heard Let Me Take You To The Sun before, or only heard vaguely about The Misunderstood, here’s a chance to get acquainted.
Sonny Rollins and Max Roach in 1966 – A gathering of giants.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Max Roach – Sonny Rollins – 1966
Another historic concert this weekend. This one featuring The Max Roach Quintet, joined by the legendary Sonny Rollins. All recorded on November 10, 1966 in Stockholm by Sveriges Radio. Along with Rollins and Roach are Freddie Hubbard (Trumpet), James Spaulding, (Alto), Ronnie Mathews (Piano) and Jymie Merritt (Bass).
A cool one for a Sunday Afternoon.
Bob Babbitt Funk Brother extraordinaire.
Click on the Link: Deon Jackson-Love Makes the World Go Round Feat: Bob Babbitt, Bass – 1966
Not a good week for Music. Yesterday brought the sad news about Jon Lord. But also yesterday morning brought the sad news about Bob Babbitt, one of the original Funk Brothers, who provided some of the most memorable instrumental accompaniment for the Classic Motown Sound and the great Soul tracks of the 60’s, passed away at the age of 74 after a long bout with brain Cancer.
Tonight, by way of tribute, is the 1966 mega-hit Love Makes The World Go Round, by Deon Jackson. Just listening to the intro and the bass line, it’s immediately recognizable. That’s the inimitable Bob Babbitt laying down the magic.
Like the legendary Wrecking Crew on the West Coast, The Funk Brothers were synonymous with some of the greatest Soul and R&B classics of the 60’s and 70’s, coming out of Detroit. That there is one less luminary from that Golden Age of indelible hits makes it pretty sad. But life is just like that.
Here’s a reminder if you’re familiar, and an introduction if you aren’t. Gorgeous, elegant Music making. Timeless.
Nights At The Roundtable – Cream In Session – 1966.
Cream - further evidence nothing is really ever lost.