Davy Jones RIP
Blues, rock and roll, soul, fifties and sixties pop, cajun, jazz, folk, vinyl records, LPs, EPs, singles, New Orleans, Memphis, UK rock, nostalgia, girl groups, ska, rocksteady.
Over dinner at the monthly Woodies meet-up last night the conversation turned to guitarists. Just who were the greatest guitarists of the rock and roll era? Opinions will vary, but I've come up with a list of the 50 guitarists who had the most influence during the period up to around 1970. This conveniently allows me to omit most, but not all, of the axemen who dominated in the era of prog rock and heavy metal. Additions and arguments for and against those on the list are very welcome. First, my top ten, then the others in no particular order.
Growing up in South London in the sixties I was exposed to Jamaican music and came to love ska, rock steady and early reggae. As a teenager I would often go to Brixton and sometimes landed up in West Indian blues clubs and shebeens where the girls were sexy and the music was loud. I didn't buy many ska records new at the time, and by the time second hand ones turned up they were often knackered and with the title and artist scratched off so that rival would-be DJs wouldn't know what they were listening to. Today many of these 45s are highly sought after and I am always on the lookout for them.
The Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans has been a fantastic event over the last ten years and has featured dozens of obscure and half-forgotten names from the world of rock and roll, soul, blues, swamp pop and garage. Last year's show may not quite have reached the heights of previous years (largely because so many great artists have died over the last few years) but it was nevertheless the highlight of the year for everyone who attended. So it's a great disappointment to hear that the Stomp will not take place this year.
I came across an obscure doowop 45 yesterday - not in great condition unfortunately - but worth a mention in my Vinyl Obscurities series. Details are as follows: