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FLASHBACK CITY - July 14, 2018

On my way to checking out the various covers of Buddy Holly's "Learning the Game" I stumbled across a tribute to Jane Asher with the track of the Trogg's "With a Girl Like Like You." My fave Troggs tunes were "Love Is All Around" and "With a Girl Like You." Photos of Jane and Paul along with this tune gave me a buzz. I'm fairly new to Youtrube so you have give me a little slack on this. I'm all for producing new stuff and experimenting but it's always been good for me to take trips back through the great tunes that inspired me and brought me to where I am. I love these love songs.

As some of you know we've been playing around with covering some of these retro tunes. There are some artists I would like to introduce to you. I would like you to check out "There's a Moon Out Tonight" as covered by the Roomates. They also do a great cover of the Mystics' "Hushabye." Check out their live cover performed at the Atomic 2017.


I'm down to one ohone- my text phone. Until I get a real phone or answering service this is the new reality: 616 438-8633.

YOU TUBE CHARMER- Vintage 1958 - June 14, 2018

Studying Indian cuisine and some Indian culture I came across a song on a Bollywood hits CD- "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu," which means "My Name is Chin Chin Chu." This song was originaly sung and recorded by Geeta Dutt and was in the movie HOWRAH BRIDGE. The musical movies in India had mostly lip sincs and this movie showed that even with dubbed in vocals and musicians it could still capture the audience. Movies were a powerful therapy in India, even more than in the USA. In this movie Helen (Ashok Kumar) sings the hit song and what a ball of fun she is. I've yet to see the whole movie but the Youtube video "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu" is a real treat. Helen's dancing is a riot and with all the things going on in this clip you can't help but be amused. One of the things that delights me the most is when the band starts really getting down. The clarinet player playing on his back and kicking his legs up is another tickler that gets me. What a well done piece of fun! You owe it to yourself to click on "Meer Naam Chin Chin Cu." You get Geeta Dutt's vocal, Helen's dancing and all the razzle dazzle you will ever need- vintage 1958.

Of you're charmed by "Chin Chin Chu" you may want to check out Shekina Mukhiya's cover of this on Episode 18 of Voice of India. This cover is recent and new school but it pays homage to the movie's version.

While you're at it, for an extra kick check out an Indian version of the Elvis type rocker- Shammi Kapoor doing "Baar Baar Dekho."


Checking out a song I used to listen to by the Blues Magoos- "SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT." The song was actually written by Jimmy Drew and is entitled "Willie Jean." This song was covered by David Crosby, Hoyt Axton and even the Shadows of Night (of "Gloria" fame). I like the Blues Magoos' cover but I also like the original Jimmy Drew cut. Funny how a song can take you back.
"Sometimes I think about that girl named Willie Jean
and if she made it down to New Orleans."
I was surprised to actually get to hear what the song was actually saying.

Some other covers:
Nancy Griffith's cover of Buddy Holly's "Tell Me How" and her David Letterman performance of Buddy's "Well Alright" with the Crickets.

The Beatles' cover of Buddy's "Words of Love" is the first one I ever heard but Jeff Lynn's cover of it is right up there, as far as I am concerned. It is interesting to hear different interpretations: Sioux and Jacket's cover, Gary Busey's slower version and the vocals on the cover by Two of Us.

LEON VOLTERRA - May 26, 2018

I get a kick out of stuff like this: After watching the vintage French film "Marseilles" and the documentary with it I heard the story of Leon Volterra's penguins. Leon bought 175 penguins from the South Pole for his Lune Amusement Park. His friends told him that they would not survive in the climate of Southern France. "But they're from the South Pole," He told his friends. When they arrived only 30 or 40 of them survived. He eventually earned millions from his amusement park. I just laugh that he thought the South Pole penquins could handle the warmer climate because they were from the South Pole.


I finally got the chance to watch all of the George Harrison's "LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD." It covers a long space of time. Beatle fans and Traveling Willbury fans with both appreciate this documentary. One thing that really impressed me was what George's wife, Olivia, had to say about marriage. She said when friends ask her what the secret is to a long marriage, she replied, "You don't get divorced." While not going into detail about the difficulties of being married to a famous and loved person she did share this:
"You go through challenges in your marriage. Here's what I found: When you go through things there is an incredible reward at the other end. You learn something. You let go of something. You love each other more. Life shapes you and takes away some of the rough edges."
She later said, after talking about having 30 years together it came down to George saying, "I hope I wasn't a bad husband," and her answering back, "I hope I was an okay wife." She said they were so glad they kept walking the path together. Her conversation was deep, saturated with love and wisdom. I was greatly impressed.

In the documentary Tom Petty was talking about George calling him when Roy Orbison died. Now George is gone as well as Tom Petty. Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne are the only two Willburys left.

BLUES IS - February 10, 2013


The first blues that I remember hearing other than what I heard in the cotton fields and the jukeboxes of West Texas was Bob Wills' music; the Milk Cow Blues, the Basin Street Blues and all the bles that come from Texas Swing.
-Willie Dixon

Different folks have a different idea of what blues is or how it should be delivered. A major blues magazine reviewer wrote that my stuff was more blues than a LOT of blues that's out there, but a local blues person said my stuff wasn't blues at all (and he was reffering to my Blues Guitar Deluxe CD). Add this to all the times I would get ready to play and somebody would say, "I really don't care for the blues," only to have the same person say, "That's the kind of stuff I like!" at the end of the night; after they had heard my material.

The blues is a personal statement made in musical terms which is nevertheless valid for all members of society.
-Frank Tirro

The blues as such are synonymous with low spirits. Blues music is not. With all its so-called blue notes and overtones of sadness, blues music of its very nature and function is nothing if not a form of diversion. With all its preoccupation with the most disturbing aspects of life, it is something contrived specifically to be performed as entertainment. Not only is its express purpose to make people feel good, which is to say in high spirits, but in the process of doing so it is actually expected to generate a disposition that is both elegantly playful and heroic in its nonchalance.
-Albert Murry

I love the blues and I have great respect for the blues, but in this day and age, I'd like to try to keep the ball moving forward. -Damon Fowler

When you can do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. -George Washington Carver

It is important to remember that blues is an emotional music and is based on a musical "groove" that is meant to inspire the message.
-Bob Schnieders

If I came on with the lowdown blues like I've done in the past, the kids wouldn't dig that. But with the kinds of things I'm doing now they'll accept it and I can come back later to the lowdown blues.
-Albert King

It was Armstrong's soulful blues playing that got him his first real jobs, working in three piece bands.
-Jazz (concerning Louis Armstrong)

They learn in suffering what they teach in song.
-Shelley, the poet

As in all sweetest music, a tinge of sadness was in every note. Nor do we know how much of the pleasures even of life we owe to intermingled sorrows.
-George MacDonald

The mark of rank in nature is capacity for pain, and the anguish of the singer marks the sweetness of the strain.
-Sarah (Sadie) Williams

You can hear a good song and you enjoy that song, it uplifts you. It's almost like a dose of medicine.
-Big Lucky Carter

When I first started playing guitar it was way up in Seattle, and they don't have too many of the real blues singers up there. When I went down South, all the cats there were playing blues, and that is when I really began to get interested in the scene. I just listed to the way people played blues guitar, and I dug it.
-Jimi Hendrix

Pink Floyd, formed in London back in 1965 to play a mix of R&B and blues, were first named Pink Floyd Sound by guitarist and singer Syd Barrett. The band was named after two Georgia blues artists: Pink Anderson and Floyd Councel. As the band's music changed, so did the name.

The bands Moody Blues, Lovin' Spoonful, the Rolling Stones and even Badfinger all got their band names from blues songs.

The Yardbirds started out as the Metropolis Blues Quartet (MBQ). It was singer Keith Relf who suggested the name change, Yardbirds meant "hobos who hang around train yards."

Starting out as a Jimmie Rodgers disciple, Gene Autry cut blues tunes and covered Rodger's hits for dime-store labels until he got lucky with his hit song "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine."

Western-Swing bandleader Bob Wills was very much into black music, jazz and blues. He did his own arrangements of "Sitting On Top of the World," "Corrina Corrina," and "Brain Cloudy Blues." It is documented that he once road twenty miles on a mule to see Bessie Smith perform.

Twenty-year-old Les Paul made his recording debut playing on Georgie White's "Trouble In Mind."

Before ZZ Top, Dusty Hill and his brother played with Freddie King's backup band (for three years) and in 1969 Dusty backed up Lightnin' Hopkins in Houston.

I think the biggest problem with the blues now is there is a lack of people doing something different with it.
-Joe Bonomassa

Jazz horn-man icon Sidney Bechet was blown away by a blues line he had heard while being in jail (after being picked up for being drunk and disorderly).

These are the words he heard his fellow prisoners signing in the dark:

Tied in a hundred feet of chain

Every link in the chain was an initial to his name

Warden came early that morning for him to be hung

On account of something he hadn't done

"Oh my God, that was a blues," Sidney remembered. "The way they sang it there, it was something you would send down to earth if it had been given you to be God. What you'd send your son in trouble if he was on earth and you was in heaven."

Once I began listening to the blues and realized I was a larger spectrum of music, things really opened up for me. That kicked it up a notch. I felt that I was becoming a guitar player, that t5he blues had broadened the scope of my instrument.
-Jeff Carlisi, founding member of 38 Special

Gregg and Duane Allman decided to form a band after catching a BB King show on a trip to Nashville

Steve Miller is actually a better blues guitar player than even most of his fans know. Back in the Milwaukee days his dad was very good friends with Les Paul and was even the best man at Les and Mary's wedding. It was Les Paul who taught Stevie how to play guitar. Then when the Miller family moved down to Dallas, guitarist T-Bone Walker used to play for parties in the family's living room. Stevie formed his first band at 12 years old. By 15 he was backing up Jimmy Reed in Dallas nightclubs. In Chicago Steve got to jam with a lot of the blues greats (such as Muddy Waters). So, Steve Miller is more than qualified to be listed among the blues cats. One of his later CDs, "BINGO", is an example of his blues side.


Yes, Chris Van Dyke passed away. He was a great keyboard player, easy to work with, dependable and fun to hang out with. He could do Beethoven (Song for Elsie) as well as rock and blues. He was the cat who played the organ on "Walkin' In the Sun," Percy Sledge's "Take Time to Know Her," "Texas Flood" and all the songs on the live bootleg "YEAR OF LOVE" videos. I'm thankful for all the trips he made down to Texas and other parts unknown. The news comes as quite a shock. He passed away October 13th. He was a Detroit boy up till the end. We last played together at the Blues Fest in Oxford quite a few years back. He was the real deal.

Azulado: blue-ish (in Espanol)


The first blues I can remember hearing:
"It's rainin' here, down in New Orleans
Lord it's rainin' here, down in New Orleans"
-Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman

I don't even remember the third answer-back line of the verse but I remember the first two lines (or- the first line, then the first line repeated).

Some of you may not know this but I originally did the Blues Guitar Deluxe CD to show off my guitar playing and my songwriting (and to show everybody the type of stuff we were playing). I never dreamed that so much could come from a recording project! I have appreciated all the comments from the listeners, and I am still proud of the project (even though I would have done a lot of things differently). But, having said this I am really excited about this new material.

The BLUES GUITAR DELUXE CD won the 2004 Jammie Award for Best Local Blues Album and has recieved much acclaim and notice.

I tried to translate this from the Dutch:
"Maybe a good ancedote for the future"
"He really wants to say that we should dare innovate"
"It all sounds very good"
"Sometimes sober like somewhere on a cottonfield and then is like the rush live in N.Y."
"I can only give this tip: buy this food and a thousand times dispatch"

A fresh treat! What Jacob Clyde does is suberb!
-Erick, Blues & Company Magazine (France)

4 bottles for a True-Blues Indie release that will appeal to both Blues Guitar fans and Southern/Texas aficionados.
-Andy Grigg, Editor- Real Blues Magazine

The songs are well performed and the guitar work is excellent.
-Kristy Hanson, Music Revue Magazine

Jacob Clyde's versatility will amaze you.

This Texan-turned-Grand Rapidian who plays slow-cookin' blues guitar says he's "into doing a new blues thing." His approach owes plenty to old blues guitar greats, but he also spawns some chops of his own.
-John Sinkevics, G. R. Press

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