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Roy Clark died Thursday, at 85. If it had strings, Roy could play the life out of it. He was also, by all accounts, a great guy.

 

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Great fingerpickers gone, Chet Atkins (the master), Glen Campbell and now Roy C. As an acoustic player, I can't even come remotely close to any of these guys, unless a slower, less frenetic tune. Truly fingerpickin' MONSTERS.

As he aged and slowed down some....Chet did covers of Beatles and various pop tunes...always impressive. His cover of the old hit "Starry starry night" beautiful and semi playable for a hack like me, though his "stretches" I can't attain, my small hands more suitable to motorcycle cramped quarters than to 6-8 fret stretches. Guy was truly gifted.

Then again, Chet never could check valves on a Desmodue Ducati. ;D

Sorry to go a bit off topic here, K.
 

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If I may be allowed to stray once more while on fingerpickers .....Vicente Amigo...I've posted his stuff before. Flamingo, totally different culture, style and background, but truly a MONSTER. Wow. Hit youtube for more of his works, live performances both solo and with backup musicians.






Sorry, K, i'll bow out now, you got my motor runnin'.
 

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Check Andres Segovia and Carlos Montoya for Flamenco guitar. For all around rowdiness, the late Johnny Winter was hard to beat. I can't even air guitar as fast as he played.
 

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Saw Johnny Winter many times 1969 at the Fillmore East in NYC. I believe these were his first really "big time" gigs.

I'll never forget him jamming onstage with BB King....King dressed in all white....Winter in all black. Looked like Elsie the cow was up there. In those days, BB was still standing while performing.

These were in the days before his heavy drug use took hold...both his playing and singing was with great conviction....great ability to "go off" within guitar solos (that was prevalent in those days....wandering (musically) into another song, then bringing it back)....and his most capable bandmates (bass and drums) were adept at following. They were indeed, a very "tight" trio.


Didn't he later retire awhile to recoup from the drugs?
 

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Vicente Amigo, holy cow! That's some otherworldy playing. As far as threadjacking, I don't think Roy would have minded. He never seemed to have a problem letting others have the spotlight.
 

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I just had to revisit this, because this guy was the real deal. Here he is, with an introduction by Johnny Cash

 

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https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/8492089/ray-sawyer-vocalist-dr-hook-obit
This is a few days old but relevant to the discussion at hand....well...at least the title:
Ray Sawyer, Vocalist With Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, Dies at 81




The voice behind the song "The Cover of Rolling Stone"
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show’s hits included “Sylvia’s Mother,” ″When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman,” and “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone."


Sawyer wore a patch over his right eye after suffering an injury from a car accident as a young man.


His agent, Mark Lyman, said Sawyer died in his sleep Monday in Daytona Beach, Florida, after a brief illness. Lyman declined to give a cause of death Wednesday out of respect for his family’s privacy.
 

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yet more musicians of note gone

This past Friday, my wife sent me a text at work telling me Eddie Money died.



Esophogial Cancer at age 70.



Not two minutes ago, she sent me a text that Rick Ocasek from the Cars passed away at 75.



Apparently from natural causes as no evidence of foul play was found.



That's two in just three days. I'm afraid who might be next.....seems they always arrive in 3s........sean
 

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Wow, I didn't know about Rick Ocasek. The Cars were from the Boston area. I saw them in a funky, rundown '40s ballroom on the ocean, south of Boston (The Rexicana Ballroom in Marshfield, one of the faves of my youth), just as "You're Just What I Needed" was starting to get radio play. As they were playing that song I turned to my friend and said "Wow, they sound just like the guys who do this song". He looked at me and said "You idiot, these ARE the guys who do this song". A few years later, I was watching them on this new cable channel called MTV (remember when they played videos 24/7? Jeez, Hall and Oates were VJs in the early days).

Eddie Money was a great songwriter and quite the showman. Quite the character too, apparently. Every time one of these musicians of my youth passes away, it hurts a bit.
 

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Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker died this week.

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/ginger-baker-obituary-trailblazing-drummer-of-supergroup-cream-1.4046574


https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/black-sabbaths-bill-ward-pays-tribute-to-creams-ginger-baker/


Bill Ward, long time Black Sabbath drummer wrote this:

"The bass drums are not in time with each other, I search for a 1, listen to the hats, no 1 on the hats, listen for 4 beats on a crash ride, I can't find them, they're in his head. I fall back and listen to the entirety of the rhythm, I hear it all, it's quiet, brilliant, unique, a leap forward, and alluring, what is this, multiple rhythms, endorsing progress, showing what can be brought out of a drum kit, when I thought I understood, he changed everything around, and what I was holding onto, pushed me away and almost demanded I start all over and listen closer this time.



"This man I'd never met, this traveler, rule breaker, this man, who showed the very many that change is possible, will live forever, his final punctuation marks leave me listening to the drums of Africa, and I am brought to a place to sit and rest and look at the swollen dark clouds, now opening slightly allowing sun rays to shoot to the ground, something great has happened. Something beautiful has passed.
"Thank you, Ginger. Rest in peace. Respectfully, Bill Ward"
 

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Incredible, the sound that those three guys (Cream) could produce, but when two of those members were Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker...

It seemed immediately after his passing, tributes started coming in from some very notable musicians, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger. He left his mark, for sure.
 

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And another of the all time great drummers is gone. Neil Peart, of Rush, died yesterday of brain cancer. He was a humble guy with immense talent. He was also a serious motorcyclist who often rode his bike from show to show.
So, one of the greatest drummers, playing for one the most talented and enduring rock bands, while riding the wheels off his motorcycle. How cool is that?
 

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And another of the all time great drummers is gone. Neil Peart, of Rush, died yesterday of brain cancer. He was a humble guy with immense talent. He was also a serious motorcyclist who often rode his bike from show to show.
So, one of the greatest drummers, playing for one the most talented and enduring rock bands, while riding the wheels off his motorcycle. How cool is that?

This is a tough one.

From the time I could remember rock and roll was a HUGE part of my life, from waking up as a kid on a weekend to records blaring on the stereo rock music was a passion of mine.
I remember where I was and who introduced me in 5th grade to the new Rush album, "Moving Pictures". "Tom Sawyer" got me hooked on this band and from that point on EVERYTHING was Rush, Rush and Rush. I had the posters, I clipped out magazine pictures, I had all of the albums, the flea market t-shirts...anything I could find of Rush memorabilia was hanging on my bedroom walls.

At the beginning of this past summer I happened to browse on Netflix the Rush documentary. WOW!!! Brought back a ton of childhood memories, showed a side of the band I never realized and solidified how these three men were amazing musicians...and even better human beings.

But Neil Peart was always the "one". The music was awesome but everyone always waited in anticipation for the drum solos. I used to listen to "Exit...Stage Left" and replay over and over Neil's drum solo from "YYZ".

I could go on and on but there's not many "celebrities" that I'd really mourn. I mean, I hate to see anyone pass away that's entertained the masses but Neil Peart is different. I've been reading some of the posts fans have left and many said something to the effect that, when Elvis dies their parents cried and they couldn't understand why. But with the passing of Neil Peart, now they know.

Well, I haven't been crying but I won't lie and say it doesn't feel like the world is missing something. I've read Neil's books and was in awe of how this guy lost his college-aged daughter then his wife only ten moths later. And the fact that he jumped on his BMW and rode across Canada just to try to find some relief in his grieving. He was a huge motorcycle enthusiast and always either rode to the next city while touring or had his motorcycle shipped wherever he went.

There's only one other celebrity that really made me feel this way and that was the day Robin Williams passed.

R.I.P. Neil Peart

 

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My first introduction to Rush was probably the late 1970s....1979 or so. I was 13. 2112 was the album and while I now remember little of what I heard, I remember thinking I really liked it. Fast forward to late 1980 and Moving Pictures. That album is what I would call, part of the sound track of my life. So many good songs on that album. Witch Hunt and Red Barchetta have to be my all time favorite Rush songs.



I recently, as within the last couple of months watched the Rush documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage on Netflix. Great show covering a history of the band.



RIP Neil Peart. You and Rush have been ever present the entirety of my adult life. Nothing I could summon to write or say can ever describe that impact nor how I feel knowing of your passing.
 
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