Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Lost souls

Once again, The Vinyl Word raises a glass to two more musicians who have died.
Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith was 93 and earned his nickname with Guitar Boogie, a 1948 US hit record that was one of the most influential of pre rock and roll guitar instrumentals. The number was later covered by The Virtues and Bert Weedon as Guitar Boogie Shuffle. In 1955 he wrote a number called Feudin' Banjos which was featured uncredited as Duellin' Banjos in the 1972 film Deliverance. Smith won a landmark legal battle for back royalties. He was a prolific songwriter in the country field, set up a recording studio in Charlotte and also produced TV and radio shows for many years. His band the Crackerjacks included Mel Tillis and George Hamilton IV among its members at various times.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lQ9VbO-m-I
Wayne Henderson, who was 74, was a jazz trombonist and record producer who co-founded The Jazz Crusaders (later the Crusaders) in 1961. He left the group in 1975 but revived the New Jazz Crusaders in 1995.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g6DN1zcn9Y
Louisiana-born Jesse Winchester was reported to have died earlier this week although he is now reported to be 'clinging to life'. (Apologies for including him prematurely). He moved to Canada in 1967 to avoid the draft and as a result was unable to tour the US, but was discovered by The Band's Robbie Robertson and made several albums during 1970s. He was better known as a songwriter and his most successful single (in Canada at least) was Yankee Lady in 1970.      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju-HxeU__2M


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