the glitter fades"
2001, 2002, 2003,
2004, 2005, 2006,
2007, 2008, 2009
by The Great
Our 10th Year!
The Bands and Artists
This is who we truly loved to listen to and where our music dollar was spent--which doesn't always correspond to what the rest of the world thinks. Some artists on the list are obvious, but some are very important musical icons that somehow fell through the cracks of fame. For me personally, these albums have left an everlasting mark.
Michael Bloomfield, Buddy Miles...
We loved that Chicago Blues sound.
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND HIS MAGIC BAND
Consisted of four brilliant musicians:
Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, Ric Grech, and Stevie Winwood
Started out as Dylan's backing band and consisted of:
Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel,
Garth Hudson, Rick Danko and Levon Helm
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
with Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, crossed over
into new musical territory, as we all know, and left us
with a mind-bending permanent streak in our gray matter.
Initially, they were a strange kind of blues band.
The first musicians were: Mick Abrahams,
Glen Cornick, Clive Bunker and Ian Anderson
A successful English band consisting of Rod Argent,
Colin Blunstone, Paul Atkinson, Chris White and Hugh Grundy
Jim Morrison certainly made a dent in my brain mass.
Formed in 1964 with Roger McGuinn,
Chris Hillman, Gene Clark, David Crosby
and Michael Clark.
How musically historical can you get?
BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY
Formed in San Francisco by Peter Albin, Sam Andrew,
James Gurley and Chuck Jones. Then Janis was added.
Joni's folksy, comfortable, natural look
suited her and her music. She's an amazing songwriter.
CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH
They had an immediate impact as well as a lasting one.
JOE COCKER AND MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN
The musicians included Leon Russell, Chris Stainton,
Don Preston, Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner,
Chuck Blackwell, Sandy Konikoff, Bobby Torres,
Jim Price and Bobby Keys.
The Choir members were Rita Coolidge,
Claudia Lennear,Daniel Moore, Donna Weiss,
Pamela Polland, Matthew Moore, Donna Washburn,
Nicole Barclay and Bobby Jones
TRACY NELSON AND MOTHER EARTH
At seventeen years old, Tracy was one of
the greatest white vocalists then, as she still is today.
They were probably Hollywood's signature
band. We claimed them as our own and
treated them like royalty.
His first American album with Your Song,
No Shoestrings for Louise, Take Me to The Pilot--
I used to blast that album till the windows shook
while I cleaned my house. Funny, how I still do that.
Musicians were: Diana Lewis, Paul Buckmaster, Elton,
Bernie Taupin, Gus Dudgeon, Caleb Quaye, Steve Brown
Relatively unknown to most people, but not
to my neighbors back in the sixties.
BONNIE AND DELANEY AND FRIENDS
"I've got a never ending love for them, too"
Rita Coolidge, Bobby Keys, Jim Price,
Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Bobby Whitlock,
Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Dave Mason
were Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett's "friends"
Greatest verson of "It's All Over Now Baby Blue"
JOHN KAY AND STEPPENWOLF
along with Goldy McJohn, Michael Monarch,
Jerry Edmonton and Rushton Moreve.
Even their music wasn't pretty,
but it kicked ass.
Dickie Peterson, Ralph, Holden, Paul Whaley
An icon, still going strong.
Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, Rod Stewart
and Ian McLagan. Check out Ian's website: macspages.com
"Van the Man"
Original members: Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge,
Mike Pinder, Denny Laine, Clint Warwick
What would music sound like today without their influence?
Band: Chuck Blackwell, Bill Boatman,
Sandi Konikoff, Gary Gilmore, Jesse "Ed" Davis
THE BEE GEES
Those first albums were creative masterpieces.
Eric Burdon, John Steel, Hilton Valentine,
Chas Chandler, Alan price
I bet I still have scorch marks deep in the center
of my cerebrum, from The White Album.
Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young,
Bruce Palmer, Dewey Martin, Jimmy Messina
Way ahead of their time.
They could have been rock icons.
I will never forget that guy's voice--
absolutely incredible. Why he's not a household
word, I will never understand.
His voice could pierce right through you, boomerang
off the walls, and whiz back through again. He had
the most powerful, unforgettable voice
I've ever heard.
THE ROLLING STONES
Once the fathers, now the grandfathers of
rock and roll. I'm sure you could hear harmonious
zipper sounds all over Hollywood the day this
album was released.
She's worth a second mention.
BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY
with guess who?--Janis again.
Canned Heat cooked at the Whisky.
That band was our musical fodder.
We had to have our daily rations of Led Zep.
Famous last words from a friend of mine:
"That band sucks! They won't last long.
SPENCER DAVIS GROUP
I brought Spencer home with me one night
so I have privileged memories for "I'm a Man"
What hasn't been said?
This is one of my favorite albums of all time.
The side men on this album were:
Artie Butler, Rick Danko, Leonard Feather,
Jimmy Lewis, Charles 'Honeyman' Otis,
Robbie Robertson, and Bill Wyman.
Formed in 1967 by Randy "California" Wolfe.
Jay Ferguson, Mark Andes
The vocalist, Ron Darling, had a blues "growl"
that was exceptional for a blonde white boy
The mighty Prunes were underrated by
everyone but us. The members were:
James Lowe, Mark Tulin, Ken Wiliams,
"Weasel" Spagnola. Michael Weakley, drummer
pictured in the photo on left, was replaced by
Preston Ritter in the right photo. Kenny Loggins
was in the band briefly in 1968.
Proud to be a member of "My Generation"
John Kay is still going strong.
He appeared here in Nashville recently.
THE YOUNG RASCALS
You bet your booty we loved the Rascals.
Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, David Brigati,
Gene Cornish, Dino Danelli.
Jerry Miller, Don Stevenson,
Peter Lewis, Skip Spence, Bob Mosley
They epitomized the tough and hard
of my generation--loud and brash.
He had it all--looks, brains, talent and old
Note: I just started this
"Bands and Artists" page.
There are several more I need to add that were
very impressionable. Some of the old blues artists--
Sonny Boy Williamson,
John Lee Hooker, Muddy
Waters, Otis Spann...
and some of the local Hollywood bands like
The Yellow Jackets, Sound of
Seventh Son, Sparrow, East Side Kids.
I'll need to find more information on these artists,
so stay posted.
If you have info or would like to see a band added
to my list, please email me: Hllywd4ever@comcast.net
And, oh yeah! Otis Redding!