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Jan 15 in Music History: The Who release their debut single, John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat release their collaborative album

Hooker n Heat
1961 – The Supremes sign a world wide recording contract with Motown Records. Along with Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, there is a fourth member, Barbara Martin, who leaves a year later. All except Martin are under 18 (Ross is 16) and need parental consent, which is granted after label boss Berry Gordy and his sister, Esther, win over their parents.

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Joe Walsh gets down to business at The Fillmore

Joe Walsh | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com
Joe Walsh | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

It may be true that Joe Walsh is an analog man living in a digital world.  That didn’t stop the audience at The Fillmore from recording his every move as he got down to business Monday night.

Cell phones were held high across the crowd as he made his entrance; proving that not much has changed over the years, the iconic rock star hit the stage performing slow hand riffs in a pair of lace up leather pants.  Walsh’s signature howling voice was backed by two drummers, three women singing back, a rhythm guitarist, a bassist and keyboard player. Walsh played in style with a different guitar for what seemed like every song, so much so that I lost count towards the end.  Walsh continued to keep things interesting through the set, even including a techno infused DJ breakdown in the midst of a classic song.  Walsh and his team took that moment to blast a tee shirt gun at the audience under the glow of a disco ball.   Continue reading →