Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Harrison's Gretsches

OK, more Fabdom: George Harrison's first Gretsch Country Gentleman was destroyed when it fell from his car. When did his second one make its last "public" appearance and who owns it now? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjEUwZ21wts Answer: Olivia gave it to Ringo upon George's death and he still has it. Last seen in "Help" doing "You're Gonna Lose That Girl". The GREAT Gretsch sound! I string mine with Pyramid Gold lights - nothing else will do! http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=VjEUwZ21wts

Saturday, May 5, 2012

"Pomp and Circumstance"

OK, time to don your caps and gowns: The title of this British romantic composer's 1901 march comes from Act III, Scene III of Shakespeare's "Othello". It was dedicated to his friend Alfred E. Rodewald and the members of the Liverpool Orchestral Society. The Trio section, "Land of Hope and Glory" debuted in the U.S. as the processional at Yale's 1905 commencement when the composer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music. It has since become a standard in U.S. high-school and university graduations. Work? Composer? Answer: "Pomp and Circumstance Military March No. 1 in D" by Sir Edward Elgar. In Puerto Rico, the "Triumphal March" from Verdi's "Aida" is the standard processional music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moL4MkJ-aLk

Monday, January 2, 2012

"Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan.

OK, back to the 70's: This Beatles-influenced Irish singer singer/songwriter/pianist's given name was Raymond Edward; his stage name was adapted to resemble that of a popular 19th century operettist duo. His only U.S. #1 hit was a 1972 poignant and introspective quasi-autobiographic account of contemplating suicide after being left at the altar as well as the death of his parents. It topped the charts for 6 weeks, received 3 Grammy nominations and Casey Kasem ranked it as the 5th most popular song of the 70's. The memorable nylon-string guitar solo comes from English session musician Big Jim Sullivan. Artist? Song?


Comment: This beautiful pop ballad first hit the U.S. market in Philly and was still hot when I arrived there during the summer of '73.