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HAPPY BDAY TO GUITARIST MICK TAYLOR

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 17, 2020… HAPPY 71ST BIRTHDAY TO MICK TAYLOR, ONE OF THE BEST DAMN GUITARISTS THAT WAS EVER PART OF THE ROLLING STONES. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROLLING STONES FROM 1969-1974 AND APPEARED ON CLASSIC STONES ALBUMS LIKE ‘LET IT BLEED’, ‘STICKY FINGERS’ ‘EXILE ON MAIN STREET’ AND ‘IT’S ONLY ROCK N’ ROLL’. THERE WERE MANY REASONS GIVEN FOR TAYLOR LEAVING THE BAND. IT’S BEEN STATED HE WAS PROMISED WRITING CREDITS FOR SOME OF THE SONGS HE WORKED ON AND THEN DIDN’T RECEIVE THEM. ANOTHER REASON WAS HE LEFT TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY FROM THE DRUG CULTURE THAT SURROUNDED THE STONES. WHATEVER THE REASON, TAYLOR ANNOUNCED HE WAS LEAVING THE GROUP IN DECEMBER OF 1974 AT A PARTY, AND IT COMPLETELY CAUGHT THE GROUP BY SURPRISE. HE WAS EVENTUALLY REPLACED BY RON WOOD.HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MICK TAYLOR, GUITARIST EXTRAORDINAIRE ! HERE’S VINTAGE STONES WITH TAYLOR EXCHANGING RIFFS WITH KEITH RICHARDS CIRCA 1972 DURING A BAND REHEARSAL.

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NEIL YOUNG -”HEART OF GOLD”

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 17, 2020…ON THIS DATE IN 1972 NEIL YOUNG RELEASED THE SINGLE “HEART OF GOLD.” YOUNG WROTE THE SONG IN 1971 AFTER HE HAD SUFFERED A BACK INJURY WHICH MADE IT DIFFICULT TO PLAY THE ELECTRIC GUITAR, SO ON THE HARVEST ALBUM HE PLAYED ACOUSTIC GUITAR. THIS SONG WAS RECORDED AT THE FIRST SESSIONS FOR THE ‘HARVEST’ ALBUM. A QUICK SONG FACT FOR YOU. THE SONG FEATURES BACKGROUND VOCALS FROM JAMES TAYLOR AND LINDA RONSTADT. ‘HEART OF GOLD’ BECAME YOUNG’S BIGGEST HIT. HERE’S YOUNG PERFORMING THE SONG FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1971

LAMONT & TONELLI CONGRATULATE TOM JOHNSTON FOR THE DOOBIE BROTHERS ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

As Lamont and Tonelli announced yesterday morning, The Doobie Brothers will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This morning Lamont and Tonelli personally congratulated Tom Johnston on the band’s induction and talked about The Doobie Brother’s upcoming 50th Anniversary tour.

The list of honorees for the 2020 class include:

1. The Doobie Brothers
2. T-Rex
3. Nine Inch Nails
4. Depeche Mode
5. Whitney Houston
6. The Notorious B.I.G.
7. Jon Landau and Irving Azoff are the recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

The 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on May 2nd in Cleveland, Ohio. Performances and special guests will be announced soon. The ceremony will be broadcast live on HBO on May 2nd at 8pm ET.

The Doobie Brothers‘ 50th Anniversary Tour will be at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on September 12th.

Tickets are on sale now through: www.livenation.com

Listen to Lamont and Tonelli’s interview with Tom Johnston from The Doobie Brothers.

Follow The Doobie Brothers here.

BOB-O’S WEEKLY FOOTBALL PICKS

Lamont and Tonelli interviewed Bob-O for his weekly Football picks.

Pro’s:

Take San Francisco (buy 1 point) -6.5 vs. Green Bay

Take San Francisco to win the Super Bowl +125

MR. SKIN’S MUST WATCH THIS WEEK

Lamont & Tonelli talked to Mr. Skin for his weekly fun bags forecast, including Shameless setting a new record for the most nude scenes for a TV show. Plus, from Netflix’s “The Witcher” Anya Chalotra is the most searched actress at MrSkin.com and IMDB.

ZZ TOP’S FIRST ALBUM

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 16, 2020…ZZ TOP’S FIRST ALBUM BROKE ON THIS DATE WAY BACK IN 1971. HERE’S SOME INTERESTING ZZ TOP TRIVIA. THEY ARE THE LONGEST RUNNING AMERICAN ROCK BAND WITH NO MEMBER CHANGES. ALL THREE MEMBERS OF ZZ TOP WERE BORN IN 1949. THEY WERE ALL 19 YEARS OF AGE WHEN THEY FORMED THE GROUP. WHEN JIMI HENDRIX WAS ON ‘THE TONIGHT SHOW’, HE CALLED BILLY F. GIBBONS “ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST YOUNG GUITARISTS”. GIBBONS HAD WARMED UP FOR HENDRIX ON A NUMBER OF SHOWS. THEY ALSO OPENED UP FOR JANIS JOPLIN FOR A NUMBER OF SHOWS. ZZ TOP’S MANAGER WAS BILL HAM, AND WAS CONSIDERED THE GROUP’S 4TH MEMBER. HE ACTUALLY HELPED BANKROLL THIS FIRST ALBUM, AND PRODUCED ALL OF THE BAND’S ALBUMS UP TO 1996. HERE’S ZZ TOP IN CONCERT WITH OFFICIAL VIDEO FROM THEIR WEBSITE. BTW,THE VIDEO IS AN HOUR LONG ! WHEN I SAY ZZ TOP IN CONCERT , I REALLY MEAN ZZ TOP IN FREAKIN’ CONCERT.

 

 

LINDA RONSTADT AND ‘POOR POOR PITIFUL ME’

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 16, 2020…FORTY TWO YEARS AGO THE SINGLE ‘POOR POOR PITIFUL’ ME WAS RELEASED BY LINDA RONSTADT. I’VE ALWAYS LOVED RONSTADT’S VOICE AND HER INTERPRETATION OF WARREN ZEVON’S SONG WAS PURE GOLD. WARREN ZEVON’S VERSION WAS A LITTLE MORE CRUDE AND RISQUE. HIS CHARACTER WAS A MESS AND TRIED COMMITTING SUICIDE BY PUTTING HIS HEAD ON THE TRACKS, BUT THE TRAIN STOPPED RUNNING. HE THEN MET A WOMAN AND ENGAGED IN A LITTLE S&M. RONSTADT’S VERSION IS GENDER REVERSED AND CLEANED UP A LITTLE. THE CHARACTER STILL FAILS AT SUICIDE, BUT ALL THE S&M REFERENCES WERE TAKEN OUT. HERE’S A GREAT VERSION OF ‘POOR POOR PITIFUL ME’ FROM 1996 WHEN SHE PERFORMED AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

I CAN’T EXPLAIN- THE WHO

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 15, 2020…THE SINGLE ‘I CAN’T EXPLAIN’ WAS RELEASED ON THIS DATE 55 YEARS AGO IN AMERICA. IT WAS THE FIRST SINGLE TO BE RELEASED BY THE GROUP UNDER THE NAME ‘THE WHO’. THEIR PREVIOUS SINGLE WAS ACTUALLY RELEASED UNDER THE NAME ‘THE HIGH NUMBERS’. HERE’S A BIT OF TRIVIA ON ‘I CAN’T EXPLAIN’. JIMMY PAGE OF LED ZEPPELIN CLAIMS TO HAVE PLAYED GUITAR ON THE SINGLE WHEN HE WAS DOING SESSION WORK. THIS WAS CONFIRMED BY PETE TOWNSEND, HOWEVER, PAGE’S CONTRIBUTION IS SAID TO NOT HAVE MADE THE FINAL MIX !!! WTF !! HOW DO YOU CUT OUT JIMMY PAGE’S GUITAR WORK ?!?! HERE’S THE WHO WITH ‘I CAN’T EXPLAIN’ AND A VIDEO FROM 1971 WHEN THE BAND PERFORMED AT THE FILLMORE EAST.

RONNIE VAN ZANT’S BIRTHDAY

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 15, 2020…TODAY WOULD HAVE BEEN RONNIE VAN ZANT’S 72ND BIRTHDAY. VAN ZANT OF COURSE PASSED AWAY ON OCT 20,1977 WHEN THE PLANE CARRYING LYNYRD SKYNYRD CRASHED IN MISSISSIPPI. HE WAS ONLY 29 YEARS OLD. ACCORDING TO HIS BANDMATES AND FAMILY MEMBERS, RONNIE WOULD TELL THEM ALL THE TIME THAT HE “WOULD NEVER BE 30 YEARS OLD”, AND ACCORDING TO FORMER BANDMATE ARTIMUS PYLE HE SAID THAT “THE MAN KNEW HIS DESTINY’. SPOOKY STUFF. HERE’S AN ISOLATED TRACK OF RONNIE VAN ZANT SINGING “SIMPLE MAN”. ENJOY

 

 

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