February 11: Hank Williams Lovesick Blues was released in 1949

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I got a feelin’ called the blues, oh Lord
Since my baby said goodbye
Lord I don’t know what I’ll do
All I do is sit and sigh, oh Lord

Hank Williams signature song was released 69 years ago today.

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February 9: Joe Ely was born in 1947

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You sure look fine tonight, in the beer sign light.
Why did you seem surprised when I saw through your disguise.
All your friends were there and no one had a care.
They all just looked away in this Honky Tonk Masquerade.
– Joe Ely

“I think I’ll always be restless, always trying new stuff, I gotta do that. I like the unknown. I like to see what’s going to happen without knowing what the outcome will be. For some reason, I like jumping off into new places where I have no clue what will happen.”
– Joe Ely

The Road Goes On Forever:

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February 6: The late great Bob Marley was born in 1945

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The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.
~Bob Marley

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
~Bob Marley

“Marley wasn’t singing about how peace could come easily to the World but rather how hell on Earth comes too easily to too many.”
~Mikal Gilmore (Rolling Stone Magazine)

Bono inducts Bob Marley into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

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February 5: Happy 74th Birthday Al Kooper

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Al Kooper, by rights, should be regarded as one of the giants of ’60s rock, not far behind the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in importance. …. he was a very audible sessionman on some of the most important records of mid-decade, including Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Kooper also joined and led, and then lost two major groups, the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears. He played on two classic blues-rock albums in conjunction with his friend Mike Bloomfield. As a producer at Columbia, he signed the British invasion act the Zombies just in time for them to complete the best LP in their entire history; and still later, Kooper discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd and produced their best work.
~Bruce Eder (allmusic.com)

Al Kooper Tribute:

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Feb 3: The Day That Music Died 1959

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“Look up in the sky, up towards the north
There are three new stars, brightly shining forth
They’re shining oh so bright, from heaven above
Gee we’re gonna miss you, everybody sends their love”

– Eddie Cochran

The day that music died 1959

Behind the scenes, documentary: The Day The Music Died:

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J. P. Richardson

 “Look up in the sky, up towards the north
There are three new stars, brightly shining forth
They’re shining oh so bright, from heaven above
Gee we’re gonna miss you, everybody sends their love”
– Eddie Cochran

The Day the Music Died, dubbed so by Don McLean’s song “American Pie”, was an aviation accident that occurred on February 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and the pilot Roger Peterson. After terminating his partnership with The Crickets, Buddy Holly assembled a new band consisting of Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup, and Carl Bunch, to play on the ‘”Winter Dance Party” tour. The tour also featured rising artist Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper Richardson, who were promoting their own recordings as well. The tour was to cover 24 Midwestern cities in three weeks.

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Feb 2: Van Morrison @ Winterland, San Francisco 1974 (Classic concert)

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Van Morrison at the Winterland Feb 2, 1974

Van Morrison remains seated and playing acoustic guitar for most of this show.  This footage is in black & white and concentrates entirely on Van Morrison. It’s an incredible set-list and the delivery is first class.

The Band:
  • Dahaud Shaar: drums
  • James Trumbo: keyboards
  • Ralph Wash: guitar
  • David Hayes: bass
  • Dorothy Morrison: backing vocals
  • Bill Combs: backing vocals

I want to single out Just like a woman:

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