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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 3, 2019 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: JAN 68 1/5 Kenny Rogers on drugs, Ottis , Matchstick Men, et.

I'll post this early to get into some music going .

JAN 1968 1/5

THE FIRST EDITION - I JUST DROPPED IN
What better way to open the year than with a drug song sung by Kenny Rogers, ( well, maybe a imitation drug song...)that appears in the “Big Lebowski” dream sequence . Written by Mickey Newbury, and already recored twice before the The New Edition version (the second is a great one by Jerry Lee Lewis, of all people) . This was the first hit for Kenny Rogers, and he doesn’t like it . That is Glen Campbell doing the psychedelic guitar ! The quality of this vid is not so great , but man !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ8k6fVe25k

ULTIMATE SPINACH -album - Jan 6
The “Bosstown Sound” was a marketing campaign to create a “scene” around bands from Boston to rival the San Francisco “sound” . Well, the campaign faltered, but some of the records are enjoyable, if nothing else , as period pieces . The best know of the groups, was “Ultimate Spinach, who sound like they spent way too much time listening to the Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe, and the Doors .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ZfXrHc4no&;list=OLAK5uy_m2WsoxgmfLJYVFdIjhpy4K5eO7weoeYxA&index=4

The instrumental stuff is nice psychedelic background music .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7jm-p4Gobc&;list=OLAK5uy_m2WsoxgmfLJYVFdIjhpy4K5eO7weoeYxA&index=2

OTTIS REDDING - (SITTING ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY - Jan 8
Redding has started the writing this, while staying at a houseboat in Sausalito CA. Later he got Steve Cropper, the guitarist for Booker T. & The M.G.s , the Stax house band, to help him finish it . He was still working on it when he died on 12/10/67 in the plane crash . Cropper finished mixing it , and one of Redding’s best song was a posthumous one . The album “Dock of the Bay” came out in February .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyPKRcBTsFQ


SAM 7 DAVE - I THANK YOU - Jan 8
Another great one, written by the Stax team of David Porter, and Isaac Hayes . This was their last Stax record, and one of their last hits . The flip side “Wrap it Up” is great also . Great single !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxQM7GXA8Tc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNaK1WeLLjo

THE ASSOCIATION - EVERYTHING THAT TOUCHES YOU - Jan 8
Of their slower songs, this might be their best one. I didn’t know it till recently . It was their last top 10 hit . It is one of those were the mono single mix is better than the stereo .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D5xMz-17sI&;list=RD1D5xMz-17sI&start_radio=1

STATUS QUO - PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN - Jan 8 (UK) March (US)
You know what I like ? I like this !. This quintessential British psychedelic song was their only hit in the US (#12) . The “Matchstick Men” come from the odd thin figures in British painter L.S. Lowry’s painting . The music owes a little to the Hendrix version “Hey Joe” (as does Marmalade's "I See The Rain", and Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy) . There are differences between the mono single, and the later stereo lp version . The mono version has wha wha and that phased out vocals, and is FAR preferable .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huybJRdzyNk

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Poster: user unknown Date: Dec 4, 2019 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JAN 68 1/5 Kenny Rogers on drugs, Ottis , Matchstick Men, et.

"The Bosstown Sound" did produce some rather well known musicians. There was "Steady Rollin" Bob Margolin, Peter Rowan, David Grisman and an unknown drummer who found fame on another avenue...Chevy Chase.

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Poster: segan63 Date: Dec 10, 2019 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JAN 68 1/5 Kenny Rogers on drugs, Ottis , Matchstick Men, et.

Of course this Chevy Chase mention led me down a Wikipedia rabbit hole to discover that in 1967 Chevy played drums with a Bard College band called The Leather Canary featuring bandmates Walter Becker and Donald Fagen...

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Poster: user unknown Date: Dec 11, 2019 2:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JAN 68 1/5 Kenny Rogers on drugs, Ottis , Matchstick Men, et.

Did not know that. The "Bosstown Sound" band he palyed with was Chameleon Church.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Dec 3, 2019 3:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JAN 68 1/5 Kenny Rogers on drugs, Ottis , Matchstick Men, et.

I never knew that was Kenny Rogers. I'm glad you're starting these posts again- there's not much new GD stuff to discuss these days.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Dec 3, 2019 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JAN 68 1/5 Kenny Rogers on drugs, Ottis , Matchstick Men, et.

Cause they're dead?

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Poster: wineland Date: Dec 4, 2019 2:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JAN 68 1/5 Kenny Rogers on drugs, Ottis , Matchstick Men, et.

Kenny Rogers on Drugs is my fantasy football name next year.