December 7: Tom Waits is 65 Happy Birthday

  [He’s got a voice sounding] “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.” ~Daniel Durchholz “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” ― Tom Waits “We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; …

May 7 in music history

The Rolling Stones: Paint It, Black (released 7 May 1966) (read more) The principal riff of “Paint It Black” (almost all classic Rolling Stones songs are highlighted by a killer riff) was played on a sitar by Brian Jones and qualifies as perhaps the most effective use of the Indian instrument in a rock song. The exotic twang was a …

Today: The Rolling Stones released Paint It, Black in 1966 [US] – 47 years ago

Brian Jones plucked the haunting sitar melody at the 1966 L.A. session for this classic. Bill Wyman added klezmer-flavored organ; studio legend Jack Nitzsche played the gypsy-style piano. “Brian had pretty much given up on the guitar by then,” said Richards. “If there was [another] instrument around, he had to be able to get something out of it. It gave …

Today: Tom Waits is 63

[He’s got a voice sounding] “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.” ~Daniel Durchholz “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” ― Tom Waits “We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity …

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