December 28: The late great Pops Staples was born in 1914

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The late great Pops Staples was born in 1914

Roebuck “Pops” Staples (December 28, 1914 – December 19, 2000) was an American gospel and R&B musician.

A pivotal figure in gospel in the 1960s and 70s, he was a tremendous songwriter, guitarist and singer. He was the patriarch and member of singing group The Staple Singers, which included his son Pervis and daughters Mavis, Yvonne, and Cleotha, later just Pops and his daughters.

Pops Staples – Gotta serve somebody (Jools Holland, 1994(?)):

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December 27: The late great Scotty Moore was born in 1931

“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 was born in 1931

Winfield Scott “Scotty” Moore III (born December 27, 1931, died 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 44th 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.

One of THE greatest rock’n roll guitarists of all time

…he died in 2016 and he is sorely missed!

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December 27: Bob Dylan released John Wesley Harding in 1967

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Other December 27:

  • Bob Dylan recorded master versions of “Idiot Wind” & “You’re A Big Girl Now” in 1974 @ Sound 80 Studio, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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  • Songs of Leonard Cohen is the 1967 debut album of Canadian musician Leonard Cohen. It foreshadowed the future path of his career, with less success in the United States and far better in Europe, reaching #83 on the Billboard chart but achieving gold status only in 1989, while it reached #13 in UK and spent nearly a year and a half in the UK album charts.
    SongsOfLeonardCohen

    Released December 27, 1967
    (limited release);
    February 1968
    Recorded August 1967
    Columbia Studio E, New York
    Genre Folk
    Length 41:09
    Label Columbia
    Producer John Simon
  • Pretenders is the debut studio album by the British New Wave band The Pretenders, released on December 27, 1979 under Real Records (Sire Records in the United States). A combination of rock, punk, and pop music, this album made the band famous. The album features the singles “Stop Your Sobbing” “Kid” and “Brass in Pocket”.
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    Released December 27, 1979
    Recorded 1979 at Wessex Studios and Air Studios
    Genre New wave, punk rock
    Length 47:04
    Label Real (UK), Sire (US)
    Producer Chris Thomas, except “Stop Your Sobbing” produced by Nick Lowe

December 27 – Spotify playlist:

-Egil

The Best Albums 2016: 20 to 11 (part 2/3)

(Check out part 1 here, 30-21)

20 Cass McCombs – Mangy Love

Released: August 26 , 2016
Producer: 
Rob Schnapf, Cass McCombs & Dan Horne
Label: Anti Records
“Mangy Love makes itself distinct from its predecessors with its outright jazziness and ethereality. Wit’s End was a traipse though the densely forested hills of solitude; Big Wheel and Others was a road trip through odd, nameless American sub-societies,; and Mangy Love is Cass McCombs in outer space.”
– Dustin Lowman (Drowned in Sound)
This album really made me listen to the lyrics, I was fooled by the sweet melodies – but the lyrics are tough, hard, rough poems about love,sex, life and death. McCombs knows how to play with words (Switch):
Turn you on, you light up the room
Turn you off, it’s dark as a tomb– Hallgeir
End of Year lists
# 33 – American Songwriter
# 59 – Gorilla vs. Bear
# 29 – LA Music Blog
# 26 – MOJO
# 25 – Piccadilly Records
# 7 – Q Magazine
# 31 – Stereogum
# 31 – Uncut
Best songs: Opposite House, Bum Bum Bum and Switch 

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Happy 50th Birthday Jay Farrar

As a founding member of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, songwriter Jay Farrar helped popularize the alt-country movement of the 1990s. He also launched a solo career during the following decade, making it plain that his musical ambitions stretched far beyond the retro-leaning twang of his contemporaries.
~Mark Deming (allmusic.com)

“Woody has always been a reference point for me, as well a source of inspiration along the way. I was brought up around his music at a pretty early age, … The reference in the song relates more to the way my own children have become fans, I guess (laughs). If there was no Highway 61, we may not have had Bob Dylan or Leadbelly .”
~Jay Farrar

Son Volt – Windfall (Austin City Limits, 1996)

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