by Robert Wilkinson
Today is the birthday for Jerry Allison, drummer for Buddy Holly and the Crickets. It’s also the birthday of the late great Bob Welch of Fleetwood Mac.
Yes, Jerry Allison (August 31, 1939) is still around and still drumming! To check out his work, past and present, here's the link to A Happy 76th Video Birthday to the Immortal Buddy Holly. Though it’s from last year, I fixed all the busted links and added a few more live ones from Buddy and the Crickets’ 1958 UK tour. The early videos shows Jerry’s drumming at its early best.
You can also catch Jerry's work with the Crickets and Waylon Jennings by visiting Happy 2013 Video Birthday to the Legendary Sonny Curtis.
Happy Birthday, Jerry, and may you have many more. "Peggy Sue" still rocks harder than almost any other tune that's ever been written, and set the standard for 10,000 drummers since then!
*********We now turn our Happy RIP Birthday greeting to Bob Welch, guitarist for Fleetwood Mac in the early 1970s who wrote some of their most haunting tunes.
Bob Welch (August 31, 1945 – June 7, 2012) was a spectacular guitarist and songwriter. He has the same birth day and year as the great Van Morrison, whose celebration will follow later today. Here are some memories, some hauntingly beautiful tunes, and an RIP Birthday to a great talent.
“Future Games” was the first album he did with Fleetwood Mac in 1971. Here’s the title track which he wrote, “Future Games” Here’s the entire 42 minute studio album featuring Bob’s guitar: “Future Games”
Here’s a live performance by Fleetwood Mac in 1972 on their German tour of “Future Games” set to stills. Also from “Future Games,” the studio version of Bob’s other composition on that great album, “Lay It All Down”
From the second album he did as lead guitarist with Fleetwood Mac in 1972, “Bare Trees,” one of his most famous compositions, the beautiful “Sentimental Lady” Here’s the studio version from his first solo album in 1977, “French Kiss,” of “Sentimental Lady” (He was backed on the album by Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham.)
Here’s the other tune he wrote on “Bare Trees,” “The Ghost”
From 1973’s “Penguin,” here’s the Bob Welch penned “Bright Fire”
Here’s the entire 37 minute studio album featuring Bob’s guitar work. “Penguin”
From 1973’s “Mystery To Me,” the studio version of the haunting “Hypnotized”
Here’s Bob live with Mick Fleetwood in 1981 doing “Hypnotized.”
From the same show, another Bob Welch legendary composition from his post-Fleetwood Mac days, “Ebony Eyes.” His lead at the end really smokes!
From the 1978 Cal Jam live show, here’s Bob with Stevie Nicks doing “Ebony Eyes.”
From 1973 on The Midnight Special tv show, here’s Bob and Fleetwood Mac live performing “Miles Away” and “Believe Me”
Also from “Mystery to Me,” the studio versions of Bob’s compositions.
Here’s the entire album! “Mystery to Me”
From “Heroes are Hard to Find,” Bob’s last album with Fleetwood Mac, a live performance from the Record Plant in 1974 of “Angel”
More from the studio album:
We’ll close this sad tribute with another play of his most famous tune set to a music video.
RIP Bob. Sorry you felt you had to check out so young at 66. Too bad you're gone. I understand you not wanting to be an invalid, but your death is our loss. The world is a poorer place for you not being here.
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson