I’m a farmer with a mandolin and a high tenor voice.
“To me there’s no difference between Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe.”
~Bob Dylan (to John Pareles, Sept 1997)
William Smith Monroe (September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, who created the style of music known as bluegrass. Because of this, he is commonly referred to as the “Father of Bluegrass“.
June 13: Hank Williams recorded “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” in 1952
Goodbye Joe me gotta go me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne the sweetest one me oh my oh
Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou
“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”
19 July 1952
13 June 1952
at Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
K-11283 (U.S. 7″)
“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” is a song written and recorded by Americancountry music singer Hank Williams that was first released in July 1952. Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres.
But I think beautiful is simple and elegant, like a ballad with simple harmony.
Even though I have often recorded alone, I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.
Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker (May 28, 1910 – March 16, 1975) was a critically acclaimed American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who was one of the most influential pioneers and innovators of the jump blues and electric blues sound. He is the first musician recorded playing blues with the electric guitar. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked him at #47 on their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
Gary Stewart (May 28, 1944 – December 16, 2003) was a country musician and songwriter known for his distinctive vibrato voice and his southern rock influenced, outlaw country sound. During the peak of his popularity in the mid-1970s Time magazine described him as the “king of honkytonk.” He is remembered for a series of country chart hits from the mid- to late- 1970s, his biggest hit being “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles),” which topped the U.S.
“River Deep – Mountain High” is a may 1966 single by Ike & Tina Turner. Considered by producer Phil Spector to be his best work, the single was successful in Europe, peaking at #3 in the United Kingdom, though it flopped on its original release in the United States. Spector claimed to be pleased with the response from the critics and his peers, but he then withdrew from the music industry for two years, beginning his personal decline. After Eric Burdon covered the song in 1968, it was re-released a year later, and has since become one of Tina Turner’s signature songs.In 1999, “River Deep – Mountain High” was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
I’ve always felt that with true talent, and a commitment to hard work, it is possible to achieve an enduring respect and appreciation. In other words, I don’t take my fans for granted. – John Fogerty
John Cameron Fogerty was born May 28, 1945. He is a songwriter, and guitarist, best known for his time with the swamp rock/roots rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) and as a #1 solo recording artist.
Mystic Highway (Letterman, May 2013) – John Fogerty:
Fogerty has a rare distinction of being named on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists at #40 and the list of 100 Greatest Singers at #72. The songs “Proud Mary” and “Born on the Bayou” also rank amongst the Greatest Pop songs (“Proud Mary,” #41) and Guitar songs (“Born on the Bayou,” #53).
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplayand often figures in various media. The band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone.Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.They were ranked at 82 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest artists of all time.
Someday Never Comes (Letterman, May 2013) – John Fogerty and The Dawes:
Album of the day @ JV is his marvelous comeback album from 1985, Centerfield:
Since Fogerty always romanticized a past he never lived, these sepia tones suit him but it also helps that he’s written a clutch of terrific songs: that giddy ode to his beloved game, the equally sunny rocker “Rock and Roll Girls,” the snappy Sun tribute “Big Train from Memphis,” the gently swaying “I Saw It on TV,” the rip-roaring “I Can’t Help Myself” (only slightly undone by its hyper-active drum programming) and, of course, “The Old Man Down the Road,” a callback to CCR’s spooky swamp rock so successful that Saul Zaentz, the then-president of Fogerty’s former label Fantasy, sued John for plagiarizing himself.
A great artist, a great rock guitarist and singer,
Happy birthday John Fogerty!