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>I’ll tell you someone who was a terrific performer who is generally overlooked when considering the great guitar men – Rory Gallagher. How he didn’t make Rolling Stone magazine’s top 100 guitarists of all time beats me.

Rory Gallagher (pronounced “Ro-ree Gall-a-her”) (born Liam Rory Gallagher, 2 March, 1948– died 14 June, 1995) was an Irish blues/rock guitarist. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland, he grew up in Cork City in the south of the country. He is best known for his solo albums, and for his tenure in the band Taste during the late 1960s. A multi-instrumentalist who gained a reputation as a gifted and charismatic live performer, Rory Gallagher’s albums have sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide.

Bullfrog Blues is a ‘traditional’ blues rock tune for which Gallagher is recognised as having the best version. The following are audio only. I picked them because they are the best versions I could find.

Rory Gallagher – Terrific live version

Canned Heat – Monterey ’67

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>Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll

>No cover version tonight. I’ll post a few videos of the remarkable Rory Gallagher.

Rory Gallagher (born Liam Rory Gallagher, 2 March, 1948– died 14 June, 1995) was an Irish blues/rock guitarist. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland, he grew up in Cork City in the south of the country. He is best known for his solo albums, and for his tenure in the band Taste during the late 1960s. A multi-instrumentalist who gained a reputation as a gifted and charismatic live performer, Rory Gallagher’s albums have sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide.

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>Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll covers

>“Get It On” (retitled “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” in the U.S.) was the second UK number one song for the British rock group T. Rex. It was released from their best-known album, Electric Warrior.

While it only spent four weeks at the top in the UK, starting July 24, 1971 (“Hot Love” was number one for six weeks from March-May), it was the group’s biggest hit overall, selling nearly a million copies in the UK. It peaked on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number ten in January 1972, becoming the band’s only major U.S. hit. The song reached #12 in Canada in March 1972.

The Hollywood and Vine version has had less than 200 views on Youtube but it’s actually a pretty good version and the girls have really good voices.

Bang A Gong (Get It On) – Terrific live version

Power Station – what was Robert Palmer (R.I.P.) thinking?

Hollywood & Vine – not bad at all

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>Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll covers

>“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is a rock ballad written by George Harrison for The Beatles on their double album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). The song was ranked #135 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. The song was also ranked #7 on “Rolling Stone”‘s list of the 100 greatest guitar songs of all time.

The Original – The Beatles

Sad Loss – Jeff Healey

This guy is great – Jake Shimabukuro

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>Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll covers

April 12, 2009 2 comments

>“Money (That’s What I Want)” is a 1959 hit single by Barrett Strong for the Tamla label, distributed by Anna Records. The song was written by Tamla founder Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford, and would become the first hit record for Gordy’s Motown flagship label.

Anna Records was operated by Gwen Gordy, Anna Gordy and Billy ‘Roquel’ Davis. Gwen and Anna’s brother Berry Gordy had just established his Tamla label (soon Motown would follow), and had the ANNA label in 1960 distribute nationally this single to meet the demand which was a resounding success in the Midwest. The song features Strong curtly demanding that money is what he needs, more than anything else. The single became Motown’s first hit in June, 1960, making it to #2 on the US R&B charts and #23 on the US pop charts.

The song has been covered by a plethora of artists, including Buddy Guy, The Beatles, John Lennon during his solo career, Dave Matthews Band, The Kingsmen (US pop #16), The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pearl Jam, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Flying Lizards, Shonen Knife, Scissor Sisters, Secret Machines, The Sonics, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hanson, Cheap Trick, Josie and the Pussycats, Great White, RC Succession, The Blues Brothers, The Avengers, and Motown labelmates The Supremes, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, The Miracles, Etta James, Jimmy Barnes, Boyz II Men and The Pretenders.

The song was also featured in the movie Animal House in which it was performed by John Belushi. When the Blues Brothers band covered the song 18 years later on their Blues Brothers & Friends: LIVE! From Chicago’s H.O.B album it was performed by John’s brother Jim Belushi in the role of Brother Zee Blues along with Elwood Blues and Sam Moore.

Also, the song was used in the Beatles biopic Backbeat performed by a band composed of alt-rock musicians (including REM’s Mike Mills, and Nirvana’s Dave Grohl. It was mimed in the film by the actors playing the Beatles.

The British film The Bank Job featured the song as covered by The Storys, who were also featured as the wedding band in an early scene.

The song was listed as #288 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Original – Barrett Strong

The Greatest Cover – The Beatles

And who can forget The Flying Lizards’ version?

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>Things I hate – Kanye West

April 9, 2009 5 comments

>Can someone please tell me what they like about Kanye West?

His music is execrable.

He carries on like a jerk.

He’s as ugly as a hat full of arseholes.


Who the heck voted this guy not one, not two but twelve Grammy Awards?

Now you might be asking yourself whether I’m just too old and unhip to ‘get’ what it is people like about Kanye West.

And you’d be right. I am too old and unhip to get it.

But here’s something that you might not suspect if you’ve read this far.

I have seen Kanye West live in concert.

That’s right. Live in concert.

Not that I wanted to.

He was a support act for a proper band – U2.

Let me give you the tip. His performance was truly terrible. That surprised me somewhat given all the hype about him.

Given a choice between going to a Kanye West concert and going surfing – which I also hate – I’d choose surfing.

Unless someone had a radio playing Kanye West.

That’d be the pits.

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>Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll covers

>“Come On Feel the Noize” is a hard rock song originally released by Slade in 1973.
Written by Jim Lea and Noddy Holder and produced by Chas Chandler, “Cum On Feel the Noize” was Slade’s fourth number one single in the UK and their first to enter straight at number one. As a single from Slade it was a follow-up to “Gudbuy t’Jane”, a #2-hit in the U.K., kept off the top notch by Chuck Berry’s novelty single “My ding-a-ling” and later again by another novelty hit, “Long haired lover from Liverpool” from 9 year old Little Jimmy Osmond.

“Cum On Feel the Noize” entered at the top slot in the U.K.charts, was quite a rare feat at the time and was the first time this had happened since The Beatles with “Get Back” in 1969. It went on to spend four weeks at the top of the chart in March 1973. Typical of Slade’s releases at the time, it fared less well in the USA where it would only peak at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song actually inspired Kiss to create their popular trademark rock anthem “Rock and Roll All Nite”.

The Original – Slade

Great cover version – Quiet Riot

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>Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll covers

March 29, 2009 1 comment

>“Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” is a song written by Neil Diamond, whose recording of it on Bang Records reached #10 on the U.S. pop singles chart in 1967.

The song first appeared on Diamond’s album Just for You, which came out the same year. The mono and stereo versions of this song differ slightly. On the mono “Just For You” LP as well as on the 45, the strings do not come in until the second verse. It also has a slightly longer fade. The stereo “Just For You” LP version has a shorter fade and the strings come in on the first chorus.

“Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” garnered a second life span when it appeared on the 1994 Pulp Fiction soundtrack, performed by rock band Urge Overkill. Other versions have been done by Cliff Richard (1968), Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (1969), the Biddu Orchestra (1978), and 16 Volt (1998).

The Original – Neil Diamond

Cover version – Urge Overkill (from Pulp Fiction)

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>Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll covers

>“Proud Mary” is a song written by American singer and guitarist John Fogerty. It was first recorded by rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (in which Fogerty played lead guitar and sang lead vocals) on the 1969 album Bayou Country. Released as a single in January 1969, it became the band’s first top ten hit on the U.S. Pop chart, peaking at number two, or number one according to some charts. It was the first of five singles that the band released that would reach that peak on the chart, though the group never had a single reach number one, giving them the record for most No.2 singles for a group without a No.1.

The song was written on a steamboat called the “Mary Elizabeth” owned by the Grafton family.

Stylistically, the song merges elements of several genres, including rock and roll, blues, gospel, and soul. Nevertheless, it contains many of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s most characteristic elements, including a repeated guitar riff, “down-home” lyrics, and a guitar solo Fogerty said was influenced by Steve Cropper of Booker T. & the MGs.

The second line of the second verse has generated considerable confusion, and can be considered a type of mondegreen. Listeners have variously interpreted it as “pumped a lot of pain” and “pumped a lot of ’pane”, referring to propane, which is commonly used as a fuel. The controversy was further fueled by Ike & Tina Turner’s cover, in which Tina sings “pumped a lot of ’tane,” referring to octane, the grading scale and chemical in gasoline. The author, Fogerty, finally laid the confusion to rest, saying, “Sometimes I write words to songs because they sound cool to sing. Sometimes the listener doesn’t understand what I’m singing because I’m dedicated to singing the vowel, having fun with the word sounds coming out of my mouth. ‘Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis, pumped a lot of pain down in New Orleans,’ is a good example. I think Tina Turner sang ‘`tane’ instead of ‘pain,’ as in a contracted form of ‘octane’. But I knew what she meant.”

The Original – Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Famous Cover – Ike & Tina Turner

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>Sunday night rock ‘n’ roll covers

>“Hey Joe” is an American popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard, and as such has been performed in a multitude of musical styles. Diverse credits and claims have led to confusion as to its authorship and genesis. It tells the story of a man on the run after shooting his wife. The earliest known commercial recording, and the first hit version, is the late 1965 recording by the Los Angeles garage band, The Leaves, although currently the best-known version is the The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1966 recording, their debut single. The song title is sometimes given as “Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?” or similar variations.

While claimed by some to be a traditional song, or often erroneously attributed to the pen of American musician Dino Valente (who also went by the names Chester or Chet Powers, and Jesse Farrow), “Hey Joe” was registered for copyright in the US in 1962 by Billy Roberts.[2]. Roberts is the author, and the song may have been written by him earlier. Scottish folk singer Len Partridge has claimed that he helped write the song with Roberts when they both performed in clubs in Edinburgh in 1956.[3] Another source (singer Pat Craig), claims[2] that Roberts assigned the rights to the song to his friend Valente while Valente was in jail, in order to give him some income upon release.

The Original – The Leaves

The Master – Jimi Hendrix

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