"I can work with pretty near any blues singer there is, I don’t care what kind. As long as they play the blues, and, uh, rock and roll, I can work with them."
Not many blues players could make that kind of claim, but Otis Spann, whose piano playing was the driving force in the Muddy Waters band for nearly 20 years, could speak with authority. More than almost any other blues instrumentalist, he brought a unique combination of forcefulness and sensitivity to his playing, and whether he was accompanying Chuck Berry or Little Walter or Sonny Boy Williamson or Buddy Guy he always indicated his sympathy for their style by some subtle variation in his approach. He left his mark on every record on which he played, and when he died this month at the age of 40 there was no one to take his place.
Some friends of Otis Spann’s were recently asked, separately, to talk about him. They included Muddy Waters, bassist Willie Dixon, drummer Sam Lay and guitarist Mike Bloomfield.
Steve Tyler & Joe Perry - I’m a King Bee (Live)
Albert King/Stevie Ray Vaughan - Match Box Blues
Duane Allman, who passed away in 1971 at the age of 24.
"It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)" by Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington.
Duane Allman & Dickey BettsAllman Brothers BandFillmore East, New YorkJune 27, 1971
Duane is my all time favorite!
i need to go have a lie down
John Legend performing Marvin Gaye’s classic album, “What’s Going On” in its entirety, with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the Los Angeles Philharmonic live from the Hollywood Bowl.
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I love my SG Standard P-90. All the goodness of an SG Standard. Plus the even more goodness of P-90s.
I would love it if Gibson USA made “real” SG Specials again. Not what they call an SG Special these days…with uncovered humbuckers, decal on the headstock and no neck binding, but the ORIGINAL SG Special of the 1960s. P-90s, dot markers, bound neck. 3 on a plate Klusons with white plastic buttons. Real headstock inlay. And GLOSSY! Come on Gibson! How about it??
Ask Carlos…he knew!
(note: half face ‘guard, so his “Special” was made before ‘67. Also looks like it does not have 3-on-plate Klusons. It was a common “upgrade” in those days to change the tuners. Personally I love the originals….)
Photo of Catfish and The Bottlemen performing taken from the band’s official facebook page.
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials - “Never Miss Your Water”