Eartha Kitt’s Where Is My Man; OOoo, I mean Ouch, OOoo, I mean Ouch!

Eartha Kitt‘s Where Is My Man boggles the senses! Sexy, provocative and groovy, this tune (composed by: Ruce Vilanch, Fred Zarr & Jacques Morali) is much, much more than a relic from the disco era. It is a tour de force testament to Eartha Kitt‘s abilities as an entertainer and actress.

I love the way Eartha Kitt‘s vocal on Where Is My Man teeters between singing and speaking; add her growl-like warble and you have one unforgettable performance! Let’s go back to 1983 and listen to the “Cat Womanpurrrr

Personnel as determined: Eartha Kitt vocal.

As far as the creative side of my musical persona is concerned, I am the sum total of what I have experienced musically. The emotion, the energy and the memories of music collected in my ear have shaped who I am as a composer, player and dreamer.

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Ian Paice, How We Met Again For The Very First Time!

Me, When I first Encountered Ian Paice...

Me, When I first Encountered Ian Paice; Circa 1969

We all influence people in our life circle; intentionally or unintentionally we hope that it is in a positive way. Ian Paice influenced me musically at a very young and impressionable age.

In 1968, I heard Deep Purple‘s Hush for the first time. It packed such a tremendous wallop for a top 40 tune! Everything about it was so big; that huge organ sound; that amazing guitar sound; that hard hitting, full of technique drumming! Who was this guy?

Being sick for drumming and music, I delved into Ian Paice‘s work on the first 4 Deep Purple albums. After that, my tastes changed so, although I didn’t follow the group any more, his effect on me was permanently etched into my DNA.

As kids we had a rock group “Lemon Extract“; we won a battle of the bands contest with our rendition of Hush and went off and played at a club in New York; an experience of a lifetime! Thanks Ian for letting me cop your licks!

Flash forward to Feb 15, 2012 at Just Drums in Toronto, Canada. Ian Paice came to the store for a signing; let’s see 1968 to 2012, can you believe that I got to meet him forty-four years later!

Me, When I Finally Met “The Man”.  Photo: Cary Stein, Just Drums Toronto 2012

Yes, even seasoned, hard-core career musicians get mushy; I admit it! I was, 16 years old again for 5 minutes. It was great fun!

A Little Memorabilia Doesn’t Hurt!  Photo: Cary Stein, Just Drums Toronto 2012

This great banner just got greater! By signing this, Ian immortalized my little milestone.

I always have and always will, be a bit of a romantic. I guess that’s partly how I have weathered all the storms; I loved every second of this personally historic moment!

Lets go back to 1968 and listen to one of many reasons I chose my musical path…

Personnel as determined: Rod Evans vocals; John Lord (Hammond) organ; Ian Paice drums; Ritchie Blackmore guitar; Nick Simper bass.

Thelonius Monk’s Misterioso; My Ears Are Black & Blue But I’m Smiling!

Thelonius "Sphere" Monk

Thelonius “Sphere” Monk

I love this particular version of Thelonious Monk‘s composition Misterioso more than any other. For me, it’s the imperfections of the performance (which really translates to sincerity and chance taking) that I find really amazing.

The tune is interesting in a kind of walking backwards up a steep hill kind of way and will remain in my ear forever. This is not about Monk‘s genius; for me it’s about his connection to his music through his musical being and how he gets his point across to me, the listener.

The stellar line-up has immortalized this recording forever in my music mind. Do it to me TSM

Personnel as determined: Sonny Rollins tenor sax; J.J.Johnson trombone; Thelonious Monk piano (comping Rollins); Horace Silver piano (comping Johnson); Paul Chambers bass; Art Blakey drums.

As far as the creative side of my musical persona is concerned, I am the sum total of what I have experienced musically. The emotion, the energy and the memories of music collected in my ear have shaped who I am as a composer, player and dreamer.

Louie Louie; A Kingsmen One-Off

Well, talk about your one-offs…

Richard Berry's Louie Louie By The Kingsmen. The Most Famous Party Song Ever.

*Fact: With the exception of Paul McCartney‘s “Yesterday,” Louie Louie has been covered more times than any other pop song (over 1,000 versions and counting).

*Fact: KFJC, a college radio station in Los Altos Hills, California, once played it for 63 hours straight without repeating the same recording twice, receiving unprecedented coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Tonight, Playboy magazine and various other international media sources.                                                                                    

*A Short History Of Louie Louie Eric Predoehl (©1996, ©1999, all rights reserved)

Richard Berry

Richard Berry wrote and recorded Louie Louie as a latin/calypso thing in 1955 and had some local success in the Los Angeles area. Apparently, when he felt it had run its course, he sold the publishing rights. Oops…

The Kingsmen: L-R Don Galluci, Jack Ely, Lynn Easton, Mike Mitchell, and Bob Nordby

The Kingsmen recorded Louie Louie at Northwestern, Inc., Motion Pictures and Recording in Portland WA in 1963. I was eleven and loved it!

Even now, I really love the guitar and keyboard sharing the line together (thirds I think, with the guitar in octaves?); most of all, I love the energy of the drummer. I think without Lynn Eastman’s take on the bed, the tune would have been sucked up by a black hole, never to be heard again!

Everyone was playing Louie Louie on guitar, even if you didn’t play guitar! We are talking three chords, lyrics that imply, but don’t really say anything and a groove that doesn’t stop tapping you on the shoulder, begging you to dance, sing along, drink beer or anything else that moves you!

Click, sit back and let this phenomenon do what it do…

Personnel as determined: Jack Ely vocal, rhythm guitar; Lynn Easton drums; Mike Mitchell lead guitar; Don Gallucci electric piano; Bob Nordby bass guitar.


As far as the creative side of my musical persona is concerned, I am the sum total of what I have experienced musically. The emotion, the energy and the memories of music collected in my ear have shaped who I am as a composer, player and dreamer.

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Buckinghams’ Version); A Joe Zawinul One-Off

Joe Zawinul; Consummate "Jazz" Composer & Keyboard Player

I usually write about one-offs with regard to a band/performer. In this case, it’s about Joe Zawinul, the man who wrote the music (lyrics by Johnny Watson and Larry Williams). What a monster player/composer in his own right and legendary leader of Weather Report and The Zawinul Syndicate amongst many other distinguished playing situations.

Originally, he wrote Mercy Mercy Mercy for Julian “Cannonball” Adderley in 1966. I doubt he ever thought much about the Buckinghams until, that is, they made it a huge hit! Imagine, having never written anything like it before or since, (the heavy) Joe Zawinul involved in the pop industry. I love it!

The Buckinghams' Mercy Mercy Mercy Album.

My first experience with the tune was, in fact, with the Buckinghams version when I was 15 years old in 1967. I loved (and still do) everything about the tune. The drumming is intelligent and the arrangement is really thought out. The blue tinge and horn section take it out of the bubble gum class and for me, those qualities make the performance memorable (AND, last but certainly not the least, check out the BIG ending!). Take a trip down memory lane when the British ruled the airwaves and we did our best to hang on!

Personnel as determined: Carl Giammarese guitar; Nick Fortuna bass; John Poulos drums; George LeGros vocals; Dennis Tufano vocals; Marty Grebb keyboardist.

As far as the creative side of my musical persona is concerned, I am the sum total of what I have experienced musically. The emotion, the energy and the memories of music collected in my ear have shaped who I am as a composer, player and dreamer.

The Yardbirds: Integrity With A Pedigreed Legacy

For me, there is no beginning or ending to their story or music. The Yardbirds just seem to live and not age. The shuffles, bluesy/rocky pinky finger stuff on the the bass strings of the guitars AND those CRAZY guitar leads all mixed with Keith Relf’s unmistakable nasal vocal, are still and will always be a part of my musical meanderings. Everything about them including their name (referenced from Charlie “Yardbird” Parker’s name/persona) is special and VERY Yardbirds!

The Lineup Upbove & On The Vid, L To R, Is THE One In My Mind. Jeff Beck Guitar; Jim McCarty Drums; Chris Dreja Bass; Jimmy Page Guitar; (Not Pictured But Just As Integral, Paul Samwell-Smith Producer/Bass).

We are talking about a major part of my musical DNA here! A little grit + borrowed, but honed into their own brand of American Blues/R&B + great playing/writing with just enough attitude to make it interesting = The Yardbirds. To me, they still live.

The tunes on this clip are:

1. You Go Your Way I Go Mine  Dylan
2. Over Under Sideways Down  Dreja, McCarty, Beck, Relf, Samwell-Smith 
3. Little Games  Spiro/Wainman

 

From my Aural Snap•Shot series:

As far as the creative side of my musical persona is concerned, I am the sum total of what I have experienced musically. The emotion, the energy and the memories of music collected in my ear have shaped who I am as a composer, player and dreamer.

Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side; Smooth As Broken Glass Ground Fine!

Walk On The Wild Side From His 1972 Second Solo Album Transformer

I HATE everything about Walk On The Wild Side written by Lou Reed; BUT, it’s one of my very faves of all time! I mean really, you have this smooth bed; really nice brush work over a nice whiny bass figure, very jazzy, VERY groovy. Next a breathy, sax solo that really fits. It’s gorgeous…

Everything works so well from the production on down. However, I don’t get along with the overall vocal message. Maybe it’s too gritty for me or maybe I am so into the music that the picture painted is irrelevant to me. Regardless over all, it hurts so good!

Lou Reed guitar, lead vocal; Thunderthighs, including founder Dari Lallou, Karen Friedman, Jacki Campbell and Casey Synge backup vocals; Ronnie Ross tenor sax solo; Herbie Flowers basses.

As far as the creative side of my musical persona is concerned, I am the sum total of what I have experienced musically. The emotion, the energy and the memories of music collected in my ear have shaped who I am as a composer, player and dreamer.