Thursday, March 25, 2010

Johnny Maestro, leader of the Brooklyn Bridge, has died

The Leader of the horn rock group, The Brooklyn Bridge, has passed due to his ongoing battle with cancer at age 70. Johnny was the also the lead singer of the interracial doowop group (how many can say that?), The Crests and hit #2 in early 1969 with Sixteen Candles. Ten years later he was back in the Top 10 with Worst That Could Happen, a combination of the Del Satins & the Rhythm Method combined to form The Brooklyn Bridge. Johnny continued playing with various formations of the band for decades.

Here's the band performing their big hit on Cousin Brucie's Rock N Roll Party:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Blood Sweat & Tears at Woodstock

 Not included in the movie or either of the 2 soundtracks, the hottest band in August of 1969 was denied the fruits of this legendary 3 day festival. Who knows why? It wasn't because the music wasn't smokin'. Check out this clip and begin scratching your head...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Gotham - Pass The Butter (album review)

Gotham – Pass The Butter   Motown 1972

         With names like John Gatchell, John Eckert, and PeeWee Ellis, how can you go wrong? You can’t. And the lesser-known musicians are just as inspiring specifically drummer Jimmy Strassburg and the explosive voice of lead vocalist Schullar ‘Sky’ Ford. Produced by Tom Wilson who’s resume includes such names as Bob Dylan, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, The Velvet Underground, and the very 1st Simon & Garfunkel album, Wed Morning 3am, Pass The Butter sees Gotham on the attack from the get-go. The suits at Motown kept some of the aggression at bay leaving the group to maroon another albums worth of tunes in the vault. But they could not be contained enough to make this masterful LP. Pass The Butter may be one of the truest jazz and rock hybrids of the era. ****

Key tracks: Ease My Mind, Why Doesn’t The Sun Shine, Use It or Lose It
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