by Robert Wilkinson
This week we’ve had several great Aries musical birthdays that are featured in our Saturday Night Attitude dance! We have Bob Luman, the Flamin’ Groovies, the Chambers Brothers, and Marvelous Marvin Gaye!
Today is an eclectic batch of music. We have some great music for dancing, and I’m sure you can get into the groove!
We’ll begin with a set from rockabilly legend Bob Luman (15 April 1937 – 27 December 1978). While most haven’t heard of him, he was in the first class of rockabilly stars, along with Elvis, Jerry Lee, Carl, Roy, and Buddy. While they were at Sun Records, Bob was at Imperial Records, who also had Ricky Nelson as an up and coming star. So we enter the wayback machine to 1957, and get into the groove with the classic rockabilly of Bob Luman!
Also from 1957, with 16 year old James Burton (yes, THAT James Burton) on lead, the studio single by Bob Luman and the Shadows of "That's All Right With Me." (This is not THE Shadows, of British instrumental fame.)
From the 1957 movie Carnival Rock, also with James Burton, Bob and the Shadows cranking out "This Is the Night"
(From the James Burton website: "In 1957, James was working on the Louisiana Hayride, a very well known radio show at the time. There he met Bob Luman. The band was called ‘The Shadows’ and consisted of James Burton on lead guitar, James Kirkland on bass and Butch White on drums. Together with Luman, they made a movie in Hollywood, Carnival Rock. It was in Hollywood where Ricky Nelson first heard them rehearse and decided to hire them for his own band.")
From late in 1958, “Shake Rattle and Roll”
Here’s his studio version of the Don Gibson hit “Oh Lonesome Me”
We’ll close with a live performance from late 1958 of “Blue Suede Shoes”
April 13 was the birthday of Roy Loney (Apr 13 1947), guitarist and founder of the Flamin’ Groovies, one of the great obscure bands in history. Roy was with the band for their first three albums, and once you hear them, you’ll understand why the Groovies are a rock and roll legend!
Teenage Head (1971)
From his post-Groovies career, a compilation! Roy Loney - A Hundred Miles an Hour 1978-1989
April 13 was also the birthday of Lester Chambers, lead singer of the Chambers Brothers, one of the most soulful psychedelic groups ever to hit the stage! They gave us one of the greatest cowbell songs of all time. I believe Christopher Walken said it best on SNL: “"Guess what? I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!"
Lester Chambers (April 13, 1940 – harmonica and cowbell) along with brothers Willie Chambers (March 3, 1938 - guitar), Joe Chambers (August 22, 1942 – guitar) and George Chambers (September 26, 1931 - bass), backed by Brian Keenan (January 28, 1943 – October 5, 1985 - drums) created the Chambers Brothers, one of the first multi-racial rock and soul bands doing crossover music ranging from gospel to straight up psychedelia! So let’s jump straight to the music and more cowbell!
Without further ado, the magnificent sound of the Chambers Brothers!
Here they are live in 1969 at the Fillmore East performing an amazing 15 minute version of their truly iconic psychedelic Soul, backed by the Joshua Light Show! Kinetic, electric, and exciting! An amazing tune written by Willie and his brother Joe, the iconic “Time Has Come Today”
I had their third album, The Chambers Brothers – The Time Has Come in its entirety, but it’s completely disappeared from you tube. Better luck next Chambers Brothers birthday.
From that amazing album, one of their biggest hits, sung by Willie! This version really rocks! “Midnight Hour”
From their live performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, the audio-only version of “I Got It”
Here’s their rave up of the Soul standard “I Can’t Turn You Loose”
Live in 1969, an audio only version of the legendary Curtis Mayfield classic! “People Get Ready”
Here’s a 10+ minute live audio-only rocking performance of the classic “Wade In The Water”
From July 1970, an audio-only version of the Chambers Brothers live at the Atlanta International Pop fest cranking out “Love, Peace, and Happiness”
Here’s a great performance from their reunion tour! Live and grey, the Chambers Brothers giving us “Love, Peace, and Happiness.” And from that reunion gig, here they are live and as good as ever cranking out “Time Has Come Today”
From 1972, the Chambers Brothers groovin’ on the one! The Chambers Brothers live on the Mike Douglas Show
Here’s their very funky 1971 studio album "New Generation”
From 1974, their studio version of the classic Band tune “The Weight”
Willie and Brother Joe collaborated with Jessie Sparks in 2012, and came up with this gem! “Calendar Years”
For our closer, we have an hour and 5 of great live 1994 video footage of the Chambers Brothers playing the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival! The Chambers Brothers Live in Portland 1994
For our encore, we’ll close this tribute with the same tune that brought us in! I still have a fever, and the cure is still more cowbell! Here’s the dynamic original studio version that shook the world in 1968! “Time Has Come Today” (While I do not agree with the politics of the guy who posted this video, I respect that this clip gives us a psychedelic trip into the 60s without using LSD).
Now the time has come (Time)
There's no place to run (Time)
I might get burned up by the sun (Time)
But I had my fun (Time)
I've been loved and put aside (Time)
I've been crushed by the tumbling tide (Time)
And my soul has been psychedelicized (Time)
I believe my soul's been psychedelized....
Our third set tonight comes courtesy of a true legend, the “Prince of Soul,” Mister Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984). Again, I can’t do a full tribute to this Soul legend who had a meteoric rise and a tragic end, but I will let his music speak to your heart, so swing and sway to the groove!
Here’s Marvin Gaye on Shindig with Tina Turner giving us Smokey’s “I’ll Be Doggone” (It begins with “Money,” and quickly moves into Doggone)
And from Hullabaloo in 1965, “Ain’t That Peculiar”
The studio version of “Too Busy Thinking ‘Bout My Baby”
In honor of this day, Marvin’s studio version of “Abraham, Martin, and John”
With Tammi Terrell, the studio version of “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You”
Here they are live on television giving us their signature hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Live on television in 1969, Marvelous Marvin Gaye giving up “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
From 1972, Marvin live performing his massive hit about peace and love! “What’s Going On”
Another live performance of “Save the Children”
Our encore is his phenomenal performance at the Grammys of his last gigantic hit, “Sexual Healing”
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