Clarence Burke Jr passed away on May 25th, he was 62. He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist with 1970’s family band “The Five Stairsteps“. The band was best known for it’s hit “O-o-h Child“, a song rated at 392 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 of All time. The video below is the band on “Soul Train“.
I am adding a new feature to my Song Of The Day category. I hit random on my iPhone and whatever song pops up is my Song Of The Day. This feature joins my current group consisting of “Remembering”, “Canada’s Best Music”, “Let’s Explore The Blues” (which I’m resurrecting) and the “Song Of The Day” (which makes up everything else).
I couldn’t have chosen a better song to start this series. The Commitments, filmed in 1991, follows the forming of a soul group in Dublin, Ireland. It is unique in that the actors were chosen for their musical talent and not their acting ability. Kind of like the Blues Brothers in that respect. The result, a terrific movie and an absolutely great soundtrack. The song that popped up was the Mack Rice classic, “Mustang Sally“. The song has had a great life, being recorded by Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy, The Rascals, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and many others.
Tony Sheridan, an early Beatle (Ok the Beat Brothers), he is one of only 2 men (the other being Billy Preston) to be credited on a Beatle song, and the only person to sing lead on a Beatle single, passed away on February 16, 2013. All the stories have been told, so no point in rehashing them. Suffice to say that the Beatles first album was released as “My Bonnie” by Tony Sheridan and the Beatles. The band’s name was changed to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers as the word Beatles sounded too much like the German word for penis. I wonder how they dealt with that as the Beatles became more and more famous.
He was an original rock & roll artist, but migrated to more of a jazz player as his career continued. He continued recording right up to 2008. Here is a sampling of his work.
Shake It Some More, recorded in 1966.
With The Beatles
Some more recent material
It has been a tough week. Been to busy to sit at the keyboard, with more hecticness to come. Blogging will be slow until next week. Having said that, we did find time to finish off Breaking Bad to current. Heard this song on the credits(great show for music) and had to smile. I mean, The Monkees!!. Still, a great song, good enough to make song of the day.
- Mike Nesmith says he and his fellow Monkees will tour again (examiner.com)
March 6th was a tough day. The world also lost Alvin Lee, guitarist, leader and singer of Ten Years After. This band is one of those bands that etched a big place in the soundtrack of my life, this song in particular. “I’d Love To Change The World“. It has a short interview at the beginning and gets cut off at the end, Oh well.
The band hit its stride at Woodstock, and contributed to the idealism of the 60’s and early 70’s. Terrific player, great band, he will be missed, Alvin Lee, dead at 69.
- Tributes To ‘Ten Years After’s’ Alvin Lee Led By Queen Guitarist Brian May (contactmusic.com)
- RIP Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee (brooklynvegan.com)
- Ten Years After singer Alvin Lee has died at 68 (todayentertainment.today.com)