Sunday, February 14, 2016


"Smokestack Lightning" (or "Smoke Stack Lightning" as listed on the original single, but "Smokestack Lightnin'" on re-releases) is a classic of the blues. Howlin' Wolf recorded it in 1956, and it became one of his most popular and influential songs. It is based on earlier blues songs, and numerous artists later interpreted it.

Wolf had performed "Smokestack Lightning" in one form or another at least by the early 1930s,when he was performing with Charley Patton in small Delta communities. The song, called "a hypnotic one-chord drone piece",
It draws on earlier blues, such as Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues" (1928, , the Missisippi Sheiks' "Stop and Listen Blues" (1930), and Charley Patton's "Moon Going Down" (1930, Paramount  Wolf said the song was inspired by watching trains in the night: "We used to sit out in the country and see the trains go by, watch the sparks come out of the smokestack. That was smokestack lightning." In 1951, he recorded the song as "Crying at Daybreak" . It contains the line "O-oh smokestack lightnin', shinin', just like gold, oh don't you hear me cryin'", similar to the Mississippi Sheiks' lyric "A-ah, smokestack lightnin', that bell shine just like gold, now don't you hear me talkin'".

In Chicago in January 1956, Howlin' Wolf recorded "Smokestack Lightning". The song takes the form of "a propulsive, one-chord vamp, nominally in E major but with the flatted blue notes that make it sound like E minor", and lyrically it is "a pastiche of ancient blues lines and train references, timeless and evocative".

 Longtime Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin is credited with the distinctive guitar line. Howlin' Wolf sang and played harmonica, backed by pianist Hosea Lee Kennard, guitarists Willie Johnson and Hubert Sumlin, bassist Willie Dixon, and drummer Earl Phillips.

In 1956, "Smokestack Lightning" reached number 11 in the Billboard R&B chart.
 When it was released by Pye International Records in the UK in 1964, it peaked at number 42 in the singles chart.
 It was later included on the albums Moanin' in the Moonlight and The Howlin' Wolf Album.

01   howlin' wolf
02   muddy waters
03   oblivian sect
04   electric prunes
05   unknown
06   manfred mann
07   yardbirds
08   etta lames
09   john lee hooker
10   edgar broughtonband
11   vips
12   group axis
13   watermelon slim
14   who
15   others
16   animals
17   distortions
18   outcasts
19   smokestack lightnin'
20   george thorogood
21   coloring book
22   quicksilver messenger service
23   mike harrison
24   grateful dead

Sunday, February 7, 2016



Daniel Ivan Hicks (December 9, 1941 – February 6, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter who combined cowboy folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop, and gypsy music in his sound. He led Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. He is perhaps best known for the songs "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music." His songs are frequently infused with humor, as evidenced by the title of his tune, "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?" 
Throughout his decades-long career, Dan Hicks stood as one of contemporary music's true eccentrics. While steeped in folk, his acoustic sound knew few musical boundaries, drawing on country, call-and-response vocals, jazz phrasing, and no small amount of humor to create a distinctive, albeit sporadic, body of work that earned him a devoted cult following. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Pittsburgh power trio Fresh Blueberry Pancake formed in 1968, comprising singer/bassist Tony Impavido, guitarist John Behrens, and drummer Geoff Reidell. After two years of local gigging, the group built up enough of a fan base and enough original material to record a demo tape, and in 1970 they self-released Heavy -- issued in a pressing of just 54 copies, 


01. Hassles
02. Being in Town
03. Clown on a Rope
04. Bad Boy Turns Good
05. I Call Him Lord
06. Down On the Farm
07. Where's The Sun
08. Sleep Bound
09. Stranded


I do not have any info on this band.
If you have info please clue me in

A ONE, A TWO ,A THREE.........


Friday, February 5, 2016


A1 - Dynamite Woman 
A2 - One Way, Crash Course Love Affair 
A3 - My Girl 
A4 - Drivin' Wheel 
B1 - Starry Eyes 
B2 - Emotional Goner 
B3 - Henrietta 
B4 - Glad For Your Sake 
B5 - Knock On Wood 

Recorded live at the Armadillo in Austin, TX on the night of May 10, 1977

 01. It's Just The Same Ole Story
  2. Get On Up
  3. I Pity The Fool
4. Think About It, Baby
 5. Carol
  6. Susie Q
 7  Crazy Arms
 8 George Jones Song
  09. Nuevo Laredo
 10Purple Haze

More iive SDQ from the Armadillo World Headquarters  May of 1977

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Douglas Wayne Sahm (November 6, 1941 – November 18, 1999) was an American musician from Texas. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was a child prodigy in country music but became a significant figure in roots rock and other genres. Sahm is considered one of the most important figures in what is identified as Tex-Mex music. He was the founder and leader of the 1960s rock and roll band, the Sir Douglas Quintet. He would later co-found the Texas Tornados with Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender, and Flaco Jiménez as well as Los Super Seven.

Sahm was proficient on multiple musical instruments and was a lifelong baseball fan.

Sahm began his musical career singing and playing steel guitar, mandolin and violin. He made his radio debut at the age of five. He released his first record "A Real American Joe" at age eleven. On December 19, 1952, at the age of eleven, he played on stage with Hank Williams Sr. at the Skyline Club in Austin, Texas. It was Hank Williams's very last performance. Williams died on New Year's Day of 1953, on the road to his next show, in Canton, Ohio. Sahm was offered a permanent spot on the Grand Ole Opry at age thirteen, but his mother wanted him to finish junior high.

One of Sahm's earliest recordings was rejected by Mercury Records in 1953. In the mid-1950s, he started sneaking into San Antonio rhythm and blues clubs, such as the Tiffany Lounge and the Ebony Lounge, and he was soon performing in them. Sahm formed his first band, the Knights, in 1957. Later in the decade, Sahm joined up with Spot Barnett's band, playing mostly black San Antonio blues clubs. In 1960, Sahm travelled across the country promoting a record.He met Freddy Fender in 1958 and met Roy Head, of Roy Head and the Traits, from San Marcos, Texas, in 1959, when they shared the stage at a sock hop in San Antonio's Municipal Auditorium.

1  Just a Moment
2  Sapphire
3  Why Why Why 
4  Whirlaway
5  Baby Tell Me
6  More and More
7  Slow Down
8  If You Ever Need Me
9  Crazy Daisy
10 Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
11 Crazy Daisy

Monday, February 1, 2016


Just a moment to recognize Signe Toly Anderson who passed on the same day as  Paul' For many of us we can actually remember the day this lady fronted the band before the arrival of Grace.  I can vividly remember( as a teenager) going to one of the big department stores in downtown St Louis and picking up the "TakesOff " lp. Signe will always be a part of Jefferson Airplane for me. I feel like so many of the great musicians of my era are leaving us and it does make one feel old. 

Friday, January 29, 2016


It's time we walked away
Set me free
I must move away
Leave you be...
Time's been good to us, my friend
Wait and see how it will end
We come and go as we please...
We come and go as we please...
That's how it must be

Here in crystal chandelier, I'm home
Too many days, I've left unstoned
If you doubt my happiness
What full pleasure feels in the Sun
Ah, don't you know I'm runnin' home...
Don't you know I'm runnin' home...
To a place to you unknown?

I take great peace in your sitting there
Searching for myself, I find a place there
I see the people of the world
Where they are and what they could be...

I can but dance behind your smile...
I can but dance behind your smile...

You were the world to me for a while


This is a song from The Jefferson Airplane's album Surrealistic Pillow. It was written by Paul Kantner . Oddly the only Kantner song on that LP

I remember reading someplace that "DCBA-25" referred to the song's chord progression. 

You will notice it from the first when you listen to it, and it is repeated throughout the song. It is generally assumed that this chord progression (D-C-B-A) gave rise to the name of the song. 

It has also been surmised that '-25' was added to the title of the song to make a reference to the chemical LSD-25, which we know is a hallucinogenic drug Acid. 

As for the lyrics of the song, One can assume that at some stage Paul was leaving someone or someplace, and wanted to leave a small eulogy to that parting. 

Some would imagine that this song would also be perfect for background music if you were actually taking Acid, as it seems to have that peaceful and loving atmosphere which is most desirable when your mind is being stimulated beyond anything it has so far experienced. 

By the way, many interpret the line "too many days I've left unstoned" differently from the usual interpretation of "too many days that I didn't get stoned". I think this line is a reference to the phrase "stones left unturned". I think Paul is saying that there are many days which he did not investigate life as fully as he could have. 

I put together some of Paul's songs. Some of them are known but I tried to stay away from the basic Airplane>Starship > I am sure that you will hear many of those over the next week or so . Here are 24 from Paul's works as my tribute to  a legend.

D.C.B.A.-25      Surrealistic Pillow 

Martha      After Bathing At Baxters
Wild Tyme   
Won't You Try > Saturday Afternoon
The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil

Crown Of Creation    Crown Of Creation

Have You Seen The Saucers   30 Seconds Over Winterland

We Can Be Together     Volunteers

Let's Go Together   Blows Against The Empire
Have You Seen The Stars Tonite

When The Earth Moves Again    Bark
War Movie

Twilight Double Leader    Long John Silver

Sunfighter      Sunfighter

Your Mind Has Left Your Body   Baron Von Tollbooth

Lightnin' Rose -Freedom At Point Zero
Things To Come
Girl With The Hungry Eyes

I Came Back From The Jaws Of The Dragon  Winds Of Change

Planet Earth Rock And Roll Orchestra    PERRO (83)

Planes    Jefferson Airplane (89)

Martha Under Venusian Sun    Windowpane Collective
Love Theme From Bladerunner

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


25 all star garage band
26 tom petty& the heartbreakers
27 sandy nelson
28 cinders
29 nick cave& the bad seeds
30 telefones
31 golden cups
32 pleazers
33 grateful dead
34 johnny thunders
35 robb london & soul unlimited
36 gants
37 simple minds
38 unknown artist
39 rick springfield
40 boots
41 ted nugent
42 belfast gipsies 
43 r.e.m.
44 rickie lee jones
45 101's
46 spectres
47 shadows of knight 
48 van morrison & john lee hooker 

01  them
02  shadows of knight
03  13th floor elevators
04  los walkers
05  tracers
06  aftermath
07  blues magoos
08  far end
09  hombres
10  human beinz
11  jimi hendrix
12  king beez
13  kontikis
14  oxford 5
15  robb london a7the rogues
16  santa esmeralda
17  sky saxon
18  standells
19  doors
20  gillian row
21  hangmen
22  illusions
23  tangerine zoo
24  yardbirds