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Old 11-25-2020, 12:34 AM
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A few stories and a pre-Thanksgiving feast of photos.

Like most women, my mother was a fan of George Benson’s popular music of the 1970’s and 1980’s. I like his jazz work on Verve in the 1960’s and the recordings he did for Creed Taylor in the supergroup Fuse One (Stanley Turrentine, Wynton Marsalis, Ndugu, Ronnie Foster, Stanley Clarke, Dave Valentine, Tom Browne, Eric Gale). He was doing the summer tent circuit in the late 1980’s and came to the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA. A friend and I drove down to get him after the show. The dressing room was a small building separate from the actual performance building. We got there after the show and after most of the cars had left the parking lot, walked up to the building and the door was wide open. There is a large room that was almost like a reception area for the musicians and fans. George was standing there with a group of women fawning over him. We walked up and got his autograph on a few items. One of the items I got was a CD of some of his Verve recordings. As with many of the studio jazz recordings in the 1950’s and 1960’s they did not keep track of all of the musicians. We got into a deep conversation about that. My friend said that the women went and stood in a corner until we were done as they did not understand. I think he appreciated it.

Henry Rollins was scheduled to do an in store appearance at the Tower Records in Boston on a Sunday. Rollins was a singer in the punk band Black Flag, he also gives spoken word performances, is a writer and photographer. My now ex-wife and I had planned on going into town for the Newbury Street open gallery day. It was good timing as Tower Records sat at the intersection of Mass Ave. and Newbury Street. We could go to the galleries and I could then drop into Tower after. I walked into Tower and he was standing near the front door talking to a couple of thrashers (skateboard kids). The first floor of the store was mostly for checking your bags. There was a small area of items, but the records were up the escalator on the next three floors. The kids were talking to him about skating, tatoos and hardcore music. I started asking him about the D.C. music scene as I was aware of bands that never travelled up to Boston like Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers (Bustin’ Loose), Trouble Funk and Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band. He was talking about the go go and r and b scene down there and the records available – most of Trouble Funk’s records came in a white sleeve. It was an interesting conversation and he suddenly states: ‘James Brown is God’. The kids give him a look like he just spoke in Sanskrit. It was the funniest thing as they did not know what to say and wandered off. I don’t ever fawn over musicians or call them the greatest. They are normal people and when I meet them and treat them that way the conversation can be great as they are relaxed.

The Bee Gee’s were in Boston to play the KISS-108 concert. An all day radio station concert that was usually the first event of the year at what was then called Great Woods in Mansfield, MA. Most of the big names would stay at the Four Seasons in Boston for the show. The better people would play later in the day and at night. A handful of us were waiting for them to come back from the venue. Their bus pulls up and parks on the street. They get out and start to sign autographs. I got my Rock Book signed. They posed for photos with those that wanted them. One brother was still standing there signing and the others walked away. One person had not gotten a photo and said he would like one. The brother still standing there yelled to the others, who were about 30 feet away, that they had one more photo. They gladly walked back and posed for one more. Really nice guys. I have never been one to get photos with musicians. I think I have 3 – George Benson, Lionel Ritchie and Rick Derringer and one photo of Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats signing something for me.

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George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic in store record signing Tower Records, Washington, D.C.
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Ritchie Blackmore while in Rainbow Harbor House Lynn, MA 1980-81
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David Johansen at the Orpheum Theatre Boston opening for The Ramones 1979
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Evelyn 'Champagne' King at Woodrow Wilson Plaza Washington, D.C.
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Noel Redding while playing in Cork with Corky Laing Plantation Club, Worcester, MA circa 2002. Whomever printed this for me did a poor job.
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The Rockats opening for the Clash Bonds NYC 1981
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Roger Steen of The Tubes Orpheum Theatre Boston 1979
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Old 11-25-2020, 12:31 PM
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A few stories and a pre-Thanksgiving feast of photos.
Great stuff Michael, please keep it coming.
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Old 11-25-2020, 05:13 PM
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Michael You mentioned in a previous post that you had seen Gang of Four. I saw them at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC and Black flag was on the bill as was REM. To be honest I definitely remember Black Flag but REM not so much. I saw REM again in 1990 Brendon Bryne Arena.
The David Johanson Ramones double bill I saw as well.Back in his Frechette days. Great shows.. thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-26-2020, 03:47 AM
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I've seen David Johansen at various times. Twice with his band opening for the Ramones (Orpheum 1979, Brandeis University in my hometown), as Buster Poindexter (Boston Common late 80's), Buster Poindexter in Spanish (Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Casino, CT) and twice acoustic (Jammin Java, Vienna, VA and Nightcat, Easton, MD 2010)
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Make sure you get there early, if it's the same lineup as scheduled last year, you will want to see the Interrupters, they're great!

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Emma and I are planning to make a day of it for sure.
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Bassist Tim Bogert passed away earlier today of cancer at the age of 76. He is best known for his work with Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert and Appice. He also did some work with Bob Weir. I had the opportunity to see him play twice: The Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Show at MSG in 1988 and at Jaxx here in Springfield, VA, October, 2006.

This is him and Vinny Martell with Vanilla Fudge at Jaxx. The opening act that night was Cactus. Cactus included 3 original members - Bogert, Carmine Appice and Jim McCarty. Bogert and Appice formed Cactus after Vanilla Fudge broke up. McCarty had been with Mitch Ryder and in the late 70's in the Rockets who had a radio hit with a cover of 'Oh Well'.
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Ticket from the show.
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From my Rock Book. Bogert signed it 3 times - BBA, Cactus and V. Fudge. Three of the people on this page have passed away, Bogert and Robin and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees
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3/4 of Vanilla Fudge on the television cue sheet for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary show. The full item is about 15 pages. My ex Father in Law was president of Madison Square Garden at the time. I got to spend part of the night backstage. I started getting this signed while chasing musicians around Boston. At first I got them on the first page then got smart and had them sign the page that listed their performance. Appice signed the first page. I also have two programs from the show with multiple signatures. I know that Vinny Martell did not play at the show, but he is part of the original band so I had him sign it. My favorite signature on these items is LaVern Baker. She was great and so happy to sign autographs at a small club in Somerville, MA called Johnny D's.
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We lost another one on Wednesday, January 13. Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls passed away. Not only did he play rhythm guitar in the Dolls, he was responsible for their look. Coming from a family that worked in the clothing business he designed the spandex pants and androgyny that became their signature style.

Though we think of him as a New Yorker, he had lived in Atlanta for a number of years. I guess that is where some of the NY punkers find refuge. Wayne/Jayne County, of Wayne County and the Electric Chairs also moved there.

I knew he was battling cancer. It is still strange when it is people you enjoy seeing perform. Very talented and a nice guy. I got to meet him twice. The first time was 2010 at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. when he was with the Batusis. The second time was in 2013 at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA when he was doing a punk acoustic tour with Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols.

Sylvain at the Black Cat
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Sylvain at the Black Cat. The other guitar player is Cheetah Chrome of the legendary punk band the Dead Boys ("Sonic Reducer"). On drums is Lez Warner of The Cult.
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Sylvain with Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols - Jammin Java
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Sylvain at Jammin Java
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Neither Jammin Java nor the Red Room at the Black Cat uses tickets. I rely on these:
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I thought I had a signed copy of his first solo album. I either traded it or sold it. My favorite song on it was "Teenage News". He told me his favorite was "14th Street Beat".
Here is a signed copy of the 45 'Fool for You Baby" b/w "Pills" live. This was a 2011 Record Store Day release
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Every time a rock star dies I now think of you, as I did 3 days ago with Sylvain.
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