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July 24: Bob Dylan & others: The Weight, Virginia Beach, Virginia 2013 (video)

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… then a real thrill: Tweedy and Jim James are introduce, and the band broke into the opening chords of “The Weight.” Time stood still! Bob started off the lyric very strong, then the group botched the chorus, but James and Tweedy each shined on their vocals and were clearly enjoying the moment, as was Dylan. Tweedy practically died and went to heaven on stage. Really quite a treat to see that.
~Thad Williamson (boblinks.com)

Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia
24 July 2013

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, grand piano & keyboard)
  • Stu Kimball (guitar)
  • Colin Linden (guitar)
  • Donnie Herron (violin, mandolin, steel guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Receli (drums & percussion)
  • Jim James and Jeff Tweedy on acoustic guitars
  • Peter Wolf  (vocal)

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Happy 75th birthday Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples

Well, you know I’ve always liked Mavis Staples ever since she was a little girl. She’s always been my favorite… She’s always had my favorite voice.
~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner, Nov 1969)

The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself (Live 1972 – Wattstax music festival):


Birth name Mavis Staples
Born July 10, 1939 (age 75)
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Rhythm and blues, soul, gospel
Occupations Singer
Years active 1950–present
Labels Epic, Stax/Volt, Curtom, Paisley Park, Alligator, Anti-, Warner Bros.,Verve
Associated acts The Staple Singers, Prince
Website www.mavisstaples.com

Mavis Staples  was born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois she is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family’s band.

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group. Roebuck “Pops” Staples (1914–2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), Yvonne (b. 1936), and Mavis (b. 1939). They are best known for their 1970s hits “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me)”, and “Let’s Do It Again”.

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8 fine cover versions of Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist Of Fate”



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Nobody sings Bob Dylan as Bob Dylan off course. There are however nice interpretations of many of his songs.

Here are 8 fine covers of “Simple Twist Of Fate”:

Jerry Garcia Band, August 7, 1977, Keystone – Berkeley, CA

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Today: Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is 46 Happy Birthday


Jeffrey Scot “Jeff” Tweedy (born August 25, 1967) is an American songwriter, musician and leader of the band Wilco. Tweedy joined rockabilly band The Plebes with high school friend Jay Farrar in the early 1980s, but Tweedy’s musical interests caused one of Farrar’s brothers to quit. The Plebes changed their name to The Primitives in 1984, and subsequently to Uncle Tupelo. Uncle Tupelo garnered enough support to earn a record deal and to tour nationally. After releasing four albums, the band broke up in 1994 because of conflicts between Tweedy and Farrar.

In 1994, Tweedy formed Wilco with John Stirratt, Max Johnston, and Ken Coomer. Wilco has released eight albums and found commercial success with their albums Yankee Hotel FoxtrotA Ghost Is BornSky Blue Sky and Wilco (The Album). The band also released two collaboration albums with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5. Jeff Tweedy has been the recipient of two Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Album for A Ghost Is Born. Tweedy has also participated in a number of side groups including Golden Smog and Loose Fur, published a book of poems, and released a DVD of solo performances. He was originally influenced by punk and country music, but has later reflected more experimental themes in his music.


Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar’s departure. Wilco’s lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released eight studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5.

Wilco’s music has been inspired by a variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay and Television, and has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts. The band continued in the alternative country of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A.M. (1995), but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music, including elements of alternative rock and classic pop.

Impossible Germany – live:

Wilco – Dutch TV 2012 (42 min. set):
Set list:
1: I Might
2: Dawned On Me
3: Impossible Germany
4: Born Alone
5: Jesus etc
6: The Whole Love
7: I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
8: Art of Almost

Album of the day – Kicking Television, Live In Chicago (2005):

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The late David Ruffin was born in 1941 – 72 years ago

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His voice was so powerful — like a foghorn on the Queen Mary… It jumped out of the speakers and ravished my soul..
~Rod Stewart

One of the greatest lead singers the Motown stable ever had
~John Lowe (allmusic.com)

One of the greatest “Motown voices”.. and thus one of the greatest voices in recorded american music history.

The Temptations – My Girl:

From Wikipedia:

Birth name David Eli Ruffin
Born January 18, 1941
Whynot, Mississippi, U.S.
Died June 1, 1991 (aged 50)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres R&B, pop, soul, disco, gospel
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, drums
Years active 1956–1991
Labels Anna, Chess, Motown, Warner Bros., RCA
Associated acts The Temptations, Eddie Kendrick, Jimmy Ruffin

Davis Eli “David” Ruffin (January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of the Temptations from 1964 to 1968 (or the group’s “Classic Five” period as it was later known). He was the lead voice on such famous songs as “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” Known for his unique raspy and anguished tenor vocals, Ruffin was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2008. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 for his work with the Temptations. Fellow Motown recording artist Marvin Gaye once said admiringly of Ruffin that, “I heard in [his voice] a strength my own voice lacked.”

The Temptations

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Live 1966:

His voice had a certain glorious anguish that spoke to people on many emotional levels
~Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates)

I don’t know what kind of voice I have, I really don’t… it’s just about the feeling I get for the song.
~David Ruffin

Album of the day:

The Temptations – The Ultimate Collection (1997)


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