December 23: The late Chet Baker was born in 1929

“People said I’d never make 35, then I’d never make 40, 45; now I’m almost 50, so Im beginning to think maybe they might be wrong.” – Chet Baker “An Evening with Chet Baker” (aka “Live at Le Dreher 1980″) Director: Leon Terjanian (43min video):

R.I.P. Joe Cocker

God, I’m just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know? ~Joe Cocker It’s all a matter of hearing what I like and seeing if I can make it fit into my style. ~Joe Cocker MK: Who are your favorite contemporary singers? BD: Oh, let me see, Joe Cocker, I suppose. Graham Nash can sing. Van …

December 22: The great Joe Strummer passed away in 2002

 “We aren’t particularly talented. We try harder!”―Joe Strummer     “Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn’t have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed” ― Joe Strummer

December 21: Frank Zappa was born in 1940

 A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open. ~Frank Zappa My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can. ~Frank Zappa

December 20: Pat Hare birthday

If highly distorted guitar played with a ton of aggression and just barely suppressed violence is your idea of great blues, then Pat Hare’s your man. ~Cub Koda (allmusic.com) ….Auburn “Pat” Hare, the most aggressive picker to work at Phillips’ studio [Sun Studions that is]. Together, Hare and James Cotton produced one of the truly great blues recordings, “Cotton Crop …

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