In its quirky way, this was a band that cheered up the down-trodden, the weary, and the struggling. The average person loved Supertramp, but the critics, not so much, at least not initially.
In 1969 Stanley 'Sam' August Miesegaes, a Dutch millionaire, gave his friend Rick Davies money to form a band. Davies did what all musicians did at the time when looking for a band, and placed an ad in ‘Melody Maker’ magazine. The initial band produced two albums that really didn’t go anywhere, and in 1972 Miesegaes withdrew his financial support – he has probably been kicking himself for a long time since.
Happy Birthday Robert - born 100 years ago this week.
Eric Clapton called him “the most important blues singer that ever lived”, and spent his entire career trying to get a sound even approaching his. (Check out “Me and Mr. Johnson” to see if you think he got close).
This week it is a full 100 years since the birth of an acclaimed blues legend who many attribute to be essential, to ultimately what became rock and roll. Of course this was clearly delta blues music in its finest form. Johson, born May 8, 2011 and died August 16, 1938), lived a life shrouded in mystery and myth.
The last time I was in a serious physical altercation I was 10 years old. O.K. Well at least it seemed serious at the time. Believe it or not it was over a record.
I was coming back from one of my friends house down a walk-way to my house, when this kid that I did not particularly like, Mark E., jumped out and knocked a record out of my arm and stomped on it. You see I had been using it as background music for my ‘multi-media’ presentation on the Vietnam War. It was the Gordon Lightfoot album “If You Could Read My Mind”. I thought the title song sounded good and I was using it as background music. It was moving and it made my presentation better – my teacher seemed to dig it too which didn’t hurt.