November 27: Legend Jimi Hendrix was born in 1942

“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
― Jimi Hendrix

“Music is a safe kind of high.”
― Jimi Hendrix

Oh, I loved… I loved Jimi Hendrix.
~Bob Dylan (Verona press conference, May 1984)

Neil Young inducts Jimi Hendrix Experience Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 1992:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along The Watchtower (Official Audio):

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November 26: Happy Birthday Tina Turner

I’m pleased with my life, with the journey.
~Tina Turner

The most dynamic female soul singer in the history of the music, Tina Turner oozed sexuality from every pore in a performing career that began the moment she stepped on-stage as lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in the late ’50s.
~John Bush (allmusic.com)

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November 23: The late R. L. Burnside was born in 1926

“He was a happy-go-lucky nihilist…. he took things exactly as they were. No more, no less.”
~Matthew Johnson, the founder of Mr. Burnside’s record label, Fat Possum.

“I didn’t mean to kill nobody I just meant to shoot the sonofabitch in the head. Him dying was between him and the Lord.”
― R.L. Burnside

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November 18: Danny Whitten died in 1972 – Rest in Peace

Danny Whitten died 18 November 1972, 43 years ago today

Daniel Ray Whitten (May 8, 1943 – November 18, 1972) was an American musician and songwriter best known for his work with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and for the song “I Don’t Want To Talk About It“, a hit for Rita Coolidge, Rod Stewart and Everything but the Girl.

“I am not a preacher, but drugs killed a lot of great men.”
– Neil Young (liner notes Decade)

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November 17: Bruce Springsteen @ Shrine Auditorium, LA 1990

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On November 17, 1990 Bruce Springsteen plays Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. This is the second concert (he played on November 16 as well), and a  slightly better concert than the first.

These 2 concerts are absolutely fantastic, Bruce hadn’t played live for a while… and he is a bit nervous and 100% focused. These recordings are a MUST for any Springsteen fan.

Nebraska:

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November 16: Satan is Real by The Louvin Brothers was released in 1959

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The Louvin Brothers – Satan is Real

What is it about this album?
Why is it so important in the americana /country/gospel music canon?

Satan Is Real is a gospel album by American country music duo The Louvin Brothers.

Released November 16, 1959
Recorded August 8–10, 1958
Genre Country, Gospel
Length 31:54
Label Capitol
Producer Ken Nelson, John Johnson (Reissue)

The gospel/country duo Charlie and Ira Louvin was born and grew up in the Sand Mountain region of Alabama, they lived on a cotton farm south of the Appalachian Mountains, that’s where they developed their distinct harmony style in the deep Sacred Harp tradition of the Baptist church.

Ira Louvin died in a car wreck in 1965. Charlie Louvin died two years ago at 83 just a few months after publishing his story about The Louvin brothers.

In The recently published book, Satan is Real, the ballad of the Louvin Brothers, Charlie talks about their singing style.This is not a straight quote, but it goes something  like this:

…people who saw the Louvin Brothers perform were mystified by the experience. Ira was a full head taller than me, he played the mandolin like Bill Monroe and sang in an impossibly high, tense, quivering tenor. I(Charlie) strummed a guitar, grinned like a vaudevillian and handled the bottom register. But every so often, in the middle of a song, some hidden signal flashed and we switched places — with Ira swooping down from the heights, and me angling upward — and even the most careful listeners would lose track of which man was carrying the lead. This was more than close-harmony singing; each instance was an act of transubstantiation.

I could not find any live footage from Satan is real, but this clip of them singing, I don’t belive you’ve met my baby is a fine showcase for their intricate singing style:

“It baffled a lot of people,” Charlie Louvin explains in his fantastic memoir. “We could change in the middle of a word. Part of the reason we could do that was that we’d learned to have a good ear for other people’s voices when we sang Sacred Harp. But the other part is that we were brothers.”

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