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2014 has released a few more souls

December 30, 2014

When I was young, the death of musicians I loved near my age bothered me a lot. Why choose to wander stoned on the edge of a cliff? Too many fell into a crypt way too soon. One of my favorites to this day is little recognized. Alan “blind owl” Wilson discovered the blues working in the old world retail “music store” selling vinyl records. Anyway, he loved the blues, and some in Chicago thought he ripped off music from other older blues players. I don’t know, but I do know he had the questions a lot of us asked in the 1960’s. Going Up The Country and a great boogie song On The Road Again are worth a listen and a download.

Blind Owl is one of the best blues harp players of all time.

Blind Owl is one of the best blues harp players of all time.

So from that same era, we say goodbye to Joe Cocker. He passed away recently from illness. I have been adding a lot of his music to my digital library. Jim Belushi did a hilarious impersonation of Joe on SNL many many moons ago. Joe appeared to be in spasms and contortions when he was deep into his song. It seemed odd, but hey England celebrates eccentric personalities! The funniest was that the promoters of Woodstock assumed he was black when they heard his songs. Here comes this tall white dude belting out soul singing!? Woodstock kind of opened the door to his fame.

Joe Cocker kept the flame alive until the end.

Joe Cocker kept the flame alive until the end.

Goodbye Joe. The heavenly choir will get some more soul!

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