“When I heard Heartbreak Hotel, I knew what I wanted to do in life. It was as plain as day. All I wanted to do in the world was to be able to play and sound like that. Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty.” … Keith Richards
Scotty Moore died yesterday at the age of 84.
Winfield Scott “Scotty” Moore III (December 27, 1931 – June 28, 2016) was an American guitarist and recording engineer. He is best known for his backing of Elvis Presley in the first part of his career, between 1954 and the beginning of Elvis’s Hollywood years. He was ranked 29th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
One of THE greatest rock’n roll guitarists of all time!
Great song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, recorded by Elvis Presley June 25 & 26, 1961.
Here are some great videos of Elvis and others; Dwight Yoakam, Robert Plant, Pearl Jam & Ry Cooder.
August 8, 1961
June 25 & 26, 1961
Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
“Little Sister” is a rock and roll song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.It was originally released as a single in 1961 by American singer Elvis Presley, who turned it into a No. 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The single (as a double A-side with “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame”) reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. An answer song with the same melody, but different lyrics was recorded and released under the title “Hey, Memphis” by Lavern Baker on Atlantic Records (Atlantic 2119-A) in September 1961. In 1970 Elvis Presley performs this song as part of a medley with “Get Back” in the rockumentary film, That’s the Way It Is.
Almost a forgotten album, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart takes listeners to the deepest, most inward areas of Van Morrison‘s renegade Irish soul, the culmination of his spiritual jazz period and also — perhaps not coincidentally — the last record he made for Warner Bros. Four of the 11 tracks are moody instrumentals, which might partly explain the indifference of many rock critics toward the album, although the album’s very title gives a clue to their presence.
-Richard S. Ginell (allmusic.com)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart is a highly underrated piece of art.
I decide to check out what the Van Morrison “experts” had written about it (books, websites, magazines, etc..), and express my own opinion as well.
June 18: The Late great Jackie Leven would have been 66
Jackie Leven was brilliant and truly under-appreciated. I never tire of his music.His lyrics stand as poetry of the highest order.His life ended much too soon. I was lucky to see him in concert just a year before he died. He was a master story-teller both in his songs and between his songs.
After the show he asked me what my name was, I told him that it was Hallgeir. He said: “What?” and then tried to say it and laughed. “What does it mean?” I said that it is an old viking name that it literally means stone spear. He signed his cd for me with the words: “To my big viking friend, Hallgeir!” He was a sweet, funny and very talented man.
I found some fine moments on YouTube to celebrate a fine songwriter.
Jackie Leven – Empty in Soho Square and a fine interview (2004):
Jackie Leven – Ancient Misty Morning medley – Tramway Glasgow 1995:
Jackie Leven (18 June 1950 – 14 November 2011) was a Scottishsongwriter and folkmusician. After starting his career as a folk musician in the late 1960s, he first found success with new wave band Doll by Doll. He later recorded as a solo artist, releasing more than twenty albums under his own name or under the pseudonym Sir Vincent Lone. He sometimes complained that his record company wouldn’t let him release as many albums as he wanted. And he wanted to release a lot!