Ever wonder why there are so many Elvis fans out there and why they are so fanatical about loving Elvis music; almost setting him to God-like status? So maybe you think to yourself, yeah I’ve heard an Elvis tune here or there before, invariably the songs like “Jailhouse Rock”, “Love me tender”, or “That’s all right.” Of course who hasn’t? His classic 50’s stuff is great, but why would you dig any deeper? Isn’t that all his best stuff? If you asked me or almost any other Elvis fan in the world we would say, “What are you talking about? Some of his best stuff is in the later period.” Surprised? Check out “That’s the way it is.” A live album capturing non-other-than “The King” at the Hilton in Vegas in 1970 at the absolute height of his powers...karate kicks and all.
Questionably the best live concert ever committed
Welcome to part two of a two part interview with Bob Croutchman. If you have not listened to the first half you might want to go back and start there?
Some back catalogue and interesting related music to checkout:
Della Reese – to be honest I really had no idea who Della Reese was before this interview. I picked up some of her albums afterwards and really liked them. I would put her under the category of solid secondary listening material.What I mean is, she isn’t Elle Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, or Billy Holiday, but rather the next step down; i.e. dame good. Some albums to lookout for are:
Della Reese live on ABC – Paramount – A great time capsule of a great live act; great atmosphere that is fresh and definitely not
Whether it’s Neil Young singing about his roadie and friend Bruce Berry in his landmark tune, “Tonight’s the Night” or Charlie Parker naming a classic Bebop tune after his drug dealer, “Moose the Mooche,” musicians have realized that it’s the people in the background that are often the ones with the interesting lives. Professionals who not only drive the buses, make the costumes, or run the soundboards, but also help give context and life lessons to the artist’s work. Aside from making stuff happen behind the scenes, these over-looked workers sometimes take centre stage. Take for example Lemmy; did you know that before he got famous as the lead singer of Motorhead that he was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix? He is not the only one either. David Gilmour was a roadie for Pink Floyd before they asked him to join them as lead guitarist. In fact, Noel Gallagher(Oasis), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedy’s), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) and even Henry Rollins (Black Flag) all got their start as roadies. 1
There are guys like Owsley Stanley (nicknamed “Bear”)