Saturday, March 25, 2017

All-American Blues Bandstand

Somehow missed the passing of harmonica giant James Cotton at the age of 81, on 16 March. Rolling Stone has details & a good cross-section of embedded tunes. Pat Hare's guitar stands out in this Memphis number.
Paying to see & hear a performance probably doesn't qualify as a "Brush w/ Greatness", nonetheless, this reporter saw Mr. Cotton wail thrice; once, probably in 1968, at Seattle's Eagles Auditorium, then at B.B. King's Blues Dump at Universal CityWalk, sometime in the early '00s, where J.C. was confined to a chair on stage, & co-billed w/ a giant of blues guitar, who I can't for the life of me remember. (Buddy Guy? Buddy Buddy?) The last time was this event at Hollywood's Bowl.

And I still have a promo single of a ℗1975 Buddah Records® remake of "Rocket 88", entitled "Rockett 88". One side of which is stereo (BDAS-468-A) & one mono (BDA-468-A) as if it made any difference in 1975.

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