Daily Archives: September 20, 2009

Sunday Night Music Byte

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian rock group, The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as the end of The Band’s illustrious touring career, and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood and Neil Young.

The Band was a  group active from 1967 to 1976. The original group (1967-1976) consisted of four Canadians: Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals); Richard ManuelGarth Hudson (organ, piano, clavinet, accordion, synthesizer, saxophone); and Rick Danko (bass guitar, violin, trombone, vocals), and one American, Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, vocals). (piano, harmonica, drums, saxophone, organ, vocals);

The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’ backing group, The Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963. Upon leaving Hawkins in 1964 they were known as The Levon Helm Sextet (the sixth member being sax player Jerry Penfound), then Levon and the Hawks (without Penfound). In 1965, they released a single on Ware Records under the name the Canadian Squires, but returned as Levon and the Hawks for a recording session for Atco later in 1965. At about the same time, Bob Dylan recruited Helm and Robertson for two concerts, then the entire group for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966. They also joined him on the informal recordings that later became The Basement Tapes.

Because they were always “the band” to various frontmen, Helm said the name “The Band” worked well when the group came into its own and left Saugerties, New York, to begin recording their own material. They recorded two of the most acclaimed albums of the late 1960s: their 1968 debut Music from Big Pink (featuring the single “The Weight”) and 1969’s The Band. They broke up in 1976, but reformed in 1983 without founding guitarist Robbie Robertson.

Tonight’s music byte features Van “the Man” Morrison singing an inspired version of his mega-hit “Caravan” at the concert while being backed up by The Band. This is a terrific performance. You gotta love his 1970’s era maroon leisure suit. Watch the members of The Band closely. It is evident that they are having an absolute blast playing with Morrison. Finally, watch Morrison leave the stage before the number is finished in typical (for him) “ego inflated” style. Have fun watching this one.

Sunday Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 10


BREAKING NEWS:  Orly Taitz, the dentist, real estate agent and attorney has had another of her “birther” lawsuits dismissed. Judge Clay Land of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia has dismissed Connie Rhodes vs. Thomas D. Macdonald which sought to prove that President Barack Obama is not a natural born American citizen. Additionally, the court deemed the case to be frivolous and threatened Taitz with sanctions should she commence another such action in his court. Let’s hear it for the judge.

THIS JUST INFox News has embarrassed itself once again. This week the Republican voicebox network took out newspaper ads the subject of which was last week’s crazy Tea-Bagger march in Washington D.C. The ads stated, “How did, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN miss this story?” Problem is, nobody missed it. All of the major networks covered the event. Fox News simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth. Now Fox, go wash your mouth out with soap.

BREAKING NEWS:  Rush Limbaugh has just jumped back aboard the racism bus. In fact, he now claims that America should go back to racially segregated buses. Speaking about an incident last week in which a white boy was beaten by black boys while on a bus Limbaugh said, “I think the guy’s wrong.  I think not only it was racism, it was justifiable racism. I mean, that’s the lesson we’re being taught here today. Kid shouldn’t have been on the bus anyway. We need segregated buses — it was invading space and stuff. This is Obama’s America.” Do I see an advertiser boycott coming?

THIS JUST IN:  Tammy Bruce was on The O’Reilly Factor last week and said, “But ultimately, it comes down to his inability to govern, and the fact that he seems to have, it seems to me, some malevolence toward this country, which is unabated.” Honestly, Where does Fox find these morons?

BREAKING NEWS:  A Kentucky high school football coach used a school bus to transport 9 of his players to his Baptist Church to be baptized without seeking consent of their parents. The school district took no action because it insisted the trip was voluntary. Now, there is a case of separation of church and state for you. I wonder what that particular school district’s position was concerning Barack Obama’s speech to school children last week?

THIS JUST IN:  A panel of three federal appellate judges, all Republican appointees, has ruled that U.S. citizens who were held without charge during post-9/11 terror investigations can sue then-Attorney General John Ascroft for unlawful imprisonment. The Court ruled that Ashcroft violated the right s of citizens held on material-witness warrants when the government lacked probable cause to arrest them. The Court sai the detention policy was, “repugnant to the Constitution.” Will Fox News‘ Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck report about and condemn these actual U.S. internment camps or will they continue to simply fabricate a rumor that Obama wants internment camps?

BREAKING NEWS:  CNN reports, ” Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won the Values Voter Summit’s 2012 presidential straw poll Saturday, grabbing nearly 29 percent of the vote in a crowded field.Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence each won roughly 12 percent of the 597 votes cast.” See the rest of the story, here. Poor Sarah Palin.

THIS JUST IN: The $ 63,500.00 question is, “Who is this Cathy Maples of Huntsville, Alabama, the high bidder in the Have Lunch With Sarah Palin auction on Ebay?” Enquiring minds want to know.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along to this Sarah Palin song parody also, too.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L–cqAI3IUI


(sung to the Beach Boys song “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”)

Wouldn’t it be nice if Sarah Palin
Represents the brand new G.O.P.
And wouldn’t it be nice if daughter Bristol
Becomes the face of teen abstinency

You know that truth can be stranger than fiction
But this grabs me just like a drug addiction

Wouldn’t it be nice if Sarah Palin
Is the Red State candidate anew
The Democrats will win the next election
Then to Sarah, we can bid adieu

And though she’ll feel that life is such a bummer
She can spend her time with Joe the Plumber
Wouldn’t it be nice

Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true
Sarah then could find a periodical to subscribe to
She could be learning
Instead of book burning

Wouldn’t it be nice

(bah ba ba ba ba ba bah)
(bah ba ba ba ba ba bah)

You know the more it seems we sing about it
It only makes it worse to live without it
So let’s sing about it
Wouldn’t it be nice

(bah ba ba ba ba ba bah)
(bah ba ba ba ba ba bah)
(bah ba ba ba ba ba bah)
(bah ba ba ba ba ba bah)

Saturday Night Music Byte

William Everett “Billy” Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his successful, Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Eric Burdon, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Mick Jagger, Richie Sambora, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He played the Fender Rhodes electric piano and the Hammond organ on the Beatles’ Get Back sessions in 1969.

Preston along with Tony Sheridan are the only two non-Beatles to receive billing as an artist alongside the Beatles (as distinct from receiving credit as a session musician on album packaging) on an official Beatles record release. The label of the Get Back single credits the artists on the record as The Beatles with Billy Preston.

Signed to the Beatles’ Apple label, in 1969, Preston released the album That’s the Way God Planned It and a single of the same name (produced by George Harrison). His relationship with Harrison continued after the breakup of The Beatles; he was the first artist to record “My Sweet Lord”, in his album Encouraging Words (Harrison’s own version of the single hit number one in the U.S. and the UK and was the first number one by a former Beatle after they disbanded) and he was on several of Harrison’s 1970s solo albums. Preston also made notable contributions to The Concert for Bangladesh, the Harrison-organized charity concert, toured with Harrison on his 1974 tour of North America and, after Harrison’s death, The Concert for George. Preston also worked on solo recordings by two other ex-Beatles, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. Sadly, he passed away in 2006.

This video clip is a rousing rendition of That’s The Way God Planned It from the 1971 Concert For Bangladesh. Take note of George Harrison’s white suit and stylish hairdo.