Dale, at that time. Belushi was not popular enough to get away with that type of thing.
Years ago, I read the biography of Belushi by one of the "Watergate" writers and it was fascinating. What was fascinating was not so much Belushi, but how, if someone gets celebrity status and personal abuses are taking control, how there are so many around them who excuse it all, help their negative habits. They do whatever because the celebrity is making a lot of money for the TV and movie studios, and that is the priority.
Belushi's abuses were amazing, one both drugs and food.
Don't know, but in my dream band, Joe Cocker sings and Alvin Lee plays the guitar. Did they ever perform together? I can think of no other singer who can match Joe Cocker's voice, tone-sureness and magic appearence on stage - still to this day. He's as good singer as Alvin is guitarist, IMHO. Imagine a slow blues or a swinging gospel with those two on stage..
Sep 16, 2005 - 10:41PM
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I would love to see them do a number together, it would be fun. But I think of Joe as more of a Rhythm and Blues guy. I just had a vision of Joe singing Help Me. But, I would rather see the originator singing and playing his the best blues harp in the business, the late Sonny Boy Williamson.
I have always loved really good vocal harmonies, so if Alvin played with some backup singers.
How about Alvin recording with one of my favorites, in their early years, before they had a few top singles, "The J. Geiles Band" !!
If you have never heard J. Giles live album "Full House", it absolutely smokes with incredibly energy and talent. Now they had maybe the most original blues harp player and someone who has the best nick name in Rock/Blues, "Magic Dick". Peter Wolf could sing and play with "off the chart energy", and they knew the blues, real roots blues too.
With the energy that Alvin generates just by himself, and the early J. Geiles, WOW.
I am thinking, who is still alive who really knows how to sing with their heart and soul. Buddy Guy would be fantastic, to play and sing with Alvin. Steve Winwood.
Billy Preston would be nice as well.
Although Alvin abviously more than made up for this, with his talent, prescence and energy, but I would have liked it if TYA would some of the times record or have some singers who could harmonize, just add a little more seasoning to the pot.
Interesting thing, though... In the mid-to-late 60s, many old blues guys toured over here in the UK.. some well-known (I remember seeing John Lee Hooker, Jesse Fuller, Jimmy Reed) and some obscure.. possibly hoiked out of jobs as janitors and waiters... to cash in on awareness brought about by people like the Stones referencing them. But when we bring up names of people who're still around, whose influences hark back to the blues... they're invariably white and more often than not, British. Black artists, and it was black music after all.. had already moved on - into Soul and Motown (at least, those who got famous), mostly, when the blues revival took shape.
Sep 19, 2005 - 11:30AM
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It is an unfortunate fact of history that most white artists benefited far more from the influence of black music than the black artists that originally created it.
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Well said and very important to remember.
While most music artists have gotten screwed by their management or record companies, black artists REALLY got screwed.
If one follows the history of blues/rock, it parallels the unfortunate racism that is still so prevelent in the U.S.
I have always felt that Racism of all kinds has been the "achilles" heel of the U.S. and as a citizen and someone who cares deeply about this country, it is important to discuss and be aware of.
I do feel a debt of gratitute for the "British Invasion" artists from The Beatles, to Alvin Lee to The Rolling Stones, Clapton, etc, etc, etc who listened, understood what they were hearing, covered all those songs, added another dimension to that great "American Form" and most importantly, gave credit to and helped promote the artists who inspired them.
Sadly the Brits and Europeans were more exposed to the great American artists than white Americans were.
PS: Is anyone interested in the trivia question answer ?????