Sunday, September 19, 2010

Crossroads (Blues)

OK, more 30's: Delta bluesman Robert Johnson wrote and recorded this classic in '37, a year before his untimely death at age 27 (more about the "27 Club" later). Desperately trying to hitch a ride before nightfall - afraid of being lynched. Legend goes that Johnson sold his sold to the devil in exchange for his ability to play the blues - this was NOT mentioned in the song. Eric Clapton's '68 live recording with Cream has been termed "the greatest live rock solo ever". The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in '98. #409 on Rolling Stone's 500 Best Songs Ever and #10 on Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. " You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy Willie Brown.You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy Willie Brown.And I'm standing at the crossroads, believe I'm sinking down." CLAPTON IS GOD!!! Robert Johnson was the 1st member of the "27 Club" - musicians that have died at age 27. Others include Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Pigpen (Greatful Dead), Brian Jones, Gram Parsons and Al Wilson (Canned Heat). Spooky!

Yesterday's answer: "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Neil Sedaka. I'm partial to the original version. I grew up listening to Neil Sedaka in perfect Spanish on WKBM in San Juan. He recorded every one of his songs also in Spanish. I didn't hear him in English until I moved to Philly in '73. Finally got to see him live in Vegas a few years ago - the old guy's still great! Can you believe that neither him nor Paul Anka are in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?!

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