May 28: John Fogerty Birthday

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May 28: John Fogerty was born in 1945 – Happy 71th birthday!

But I think beautiful is simple and elegant, like a ballad with simple harmony.
~John Fogerty

Even though I have often recorded alone, I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.
~John Fogerty

Bruce Springsteen Inducts Creedence Clearwater Revival into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993:

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May 26: Miles Davis Birthday


Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991)

“Don’t play what’s there; play what’s not there.”
― Miles Davis

“Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.”
― Miles Davis

Miles Davis is my definition of cool. I loved to see him in the small clubs playing his solo, turn
his back on the crowd, put down his horn and walk off the stage, let the band keep playing,
and then come back and play a few notes at the end.
~Bob Dylan (to Scott Cohen – Sept 1985)

Miles Davis Quintet – Footprints – 31 Oct 67 (Stockholm, Sweden):

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Van Morrison – In Conversation and Music 1988 (video)

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Van Morrison 
In Performance with Derek Bell & Clive Culbertson 
In Conversation with Martin Lynch, Professor Bob Welch & Derek Bell 
Riverside Theatre 
New University of Ulster 
Coleraine, Ireland 
April 20th 1988 

Ulster Television Production 


  1. Foggy Mountain Top 
  2. Conversation #1 
  3. Western Plain 
  4. A Sense Of Wonder 
  5. Conversation #2 
  6. Celtic Ray 
  7. In The Garden 
  8. Conversation #3 
  9. Raglan Road


May 21: Marvin Gaye released What’s Going On (album) in 1971

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May 21: Marvin Gaye released What’s Going On (album) in 1971

What’s Going On is not only Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece, it’s the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music, delivered by one of its finest voices, a man finally free to speak his mind and so move from R&B sex symbol to true recording artist.
~John Bush (

… Marvin Gaye then did something no other Motown artist had ever dared. With What’s Going On (1971), he started a revolution. Although it spawned three hits—the antiwar title song, the ecological plea “Mercy Mercy Me,” and “Inner City Blues”—this was Motown’s first true album. Its blend of unembarrassed spirituality and unflinching social realism, as well as relentless percussion set against lush orchestration, was unlike anything that came before it in both form and content. For Gaye, it was a self-produced declaration of independence.
~ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide

What’s Going On:

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Great Album: Van Morrison – His Band and the Street Choir (1970)

van morrison his band and the street choir

“Why did you leave America
Why did you let me down,
And now that things seem better off,
Why do you come around,
You know I just can’t see you know,
In my new world crystal ball,
You know I just can’t free you now,
That’s not my job at all.”
– Van Morrison

His Band and the Street Choir is another beautiful phase in the continuing development of one of the few originals left in rock. In his own mysterious way. Van Morrison continues to shake his head, strum his guitar and to sing his songs. He knows it’s too late to stop now and he quit trying to a long, long time ago. Meanwhile, the song he is singing keeps getting better and better.”
– John Landau, Rolling Stone Magazine (1971)

Morrison is still a brooder–“Why did you leave America?” he asks over and over on the final cut, and though I’m not exactly sure what he’s talking about, that sounds like a good all-purpose question/accusation to me–but not an obsessive one, and this is another half-step away from the acoustic late-night misery of Astral Weeks. As befits hits, “Domino” and especially “Blue Money” are more celebratory if no more joyous than anything on Moondance, showing off his loose, allusive white r&b at its most immediate. And while half of side two is comparatively humdrum, I play it anyway. A
~Robert Christgau (Consumer guide)


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