Music Diary – 3rd September

Welcome back to my Music Diary – today for the 3rd Sepetmber!

Al Wilson (Canned Heat)

Alan Christie Wilson (4th July 1943 – 3rd September 1970)

 

On the 3rd September 1970, Alan Christie Wilson aka Al „Blind Owl“ Wilson was found dead in his home in Los Angeles. The member of  the legendary Blues/Boogie/Rock band Canned Heat died at the age of 27. Wilson was guitarist, harmonica player, singer and a founder member of the group and wrote one of the biggest hits for Canned Heat: „Gonig up the Country„. This track became the unofficial theme song of Woodstock.

The album „Hooker ‚N Heat is a double album released by Canned Heat with John Lee Hooker in 1971. It’s the last studio album featuring Alan Wilson. The photo for the cover was taken after Wilson’s death, but his framed picture can be seen on the wall.

Buy recommendations (Europe/Germany):

Canned Heat - Canned Heat (1967) Canned Heat - Boogie with Canned Heat (1968) Canned Heat - Living the Blues (1968) Canned Heat - Future Blues (1970) Canned Heat - Vintage (1970) Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker - Hooker'n'Heat (1970)

Buy recommendations (USA):

Canned Heat - Canned Heat (1967) Canned Heat - Boogie with Canned Heat (1968) Canned Heat - Living the Blues (1968) Canned Heat - Future Blues (1970) Canned Heat - Vintage (1970) Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker - Hooker'n'Heat (1970)

 

Music Diary – 12th March

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 12th March!

CharlieParkerProf

On the 12th March 1955, Jazz saxophonist Charles „Charlie“ Parker died of a heart attack at the age of 34 years. Charlie, also nicknamed „Bird“ or „Yardbird“, was a leading force in the development of Bebop and became also an icon of the „Beat Generation“.

Born on the 29th August 1920 in Kansas City, little Charlie began playing saxophone at the age of 11. In the following years he developed his own style by practing up to 15 hours a day. Parker played with local Jazz bands in Kansas and in 1938 he joined pianist Jay McShann’s territory band. One year later he moved to New York City and in 1942 he started to play with Earl Hines, whose band also featured Dizzy Gillespie. Charlie Parker also jammed with young groups at the Clark Monroe’s Uptown House and Minton’s Playhouse. During that period he also crossed paths with pianist Thelonious Monk, guitarist Charlie Christian and drummer Kenny Clarke.

On 26th November 1945, a historic Jazz session happened at the Savoy label. Charlie Parker recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis on trumpet, Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums. During these sessions, the quintet played the legendary tracks „Ko-Ko„, „Billie’s Bounce“ and „Now’s the Time„. Finally, in 1956, it was releases as „The Charlie Parker Story„.


Charlie Parker
became very soon an additc to heroin and he used the drug throughout his life. This caused always troubles for „Bird“ and he missed gigs and lost work regularly. On the 12th March 1955, Parker died in New York City in a suite at the Stanhope Hotel in New York City. The official causes were lobar pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and a heart attack. He also had an advanced case of cirrhosis. The coroner estimated Parker’s 34 years old body  to be between 50 and 60 years of age.

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