Music Diary – 10th December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 10th December!

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

On the 10th December 1967 the American soul singer Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash. The airplane (carrying the musician and his whole band) crashed at 3.28 pm into the Lake Monomo near Madison, Wisconsin. Beside Redding (born on 9th September 1941) the members of the Band „The Bar-Kays“ – Jimmy King (guitar), Ronnie Caldwell (organ), Phalon Jones (saxophone) and Carl Cunningham (drums) – died also. The only survivor was trumpet player Ben Cauley. Redding and his band were booked that day for a show at the Factory nightclub, which was located next to the University of Wisconsin. This tragedy happened just three days after Otis Redding recorded „(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”. This song should become Redding’s biggest hit.

 

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Music Diary – 12th November

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

Neil Young

Neil Young

Happy birthday to Mr. Neil Percival Young, who was born on the 12th November 1945 in Toronto, Ontario! The Canadian singer-songwriter started his music career at the age of 15. In 1966 he moved to California where he founded with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay the Folk-Country-Rock band Buffalo Springfield. After the group called it a day, Neil startet his solo career in 1968 and one year later he joined the famous trio Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member. Neil Young’s work is outstanding and all over the decades he still likes it to experiment with all types of musical genres. He is also called the „Godfather of Grunge“ and so it’s no surprise that Neil Young also toured and recorded with Pearl Jam.


Neil Young recorded over 35 studio albums in his outstanding career. Many of them became real milestones in Rock history like „Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere“ (1969 – feat. the classics „Cinnamon Girl„, „Down by the River“ and „Cowgirl in the Sand„), „After the Gold Rush“ (1970 – feat. „“Southern Man„), „Harvest“ (1972 – feat. „Heart of Gold“ and „The Needle and the Damage Done„),  „Rust Never Sleeps“ (1979), „Freedom“ (1989), „Ragged Glory“ (1990), „Harvest Moon“ (1992), „Sleeps with Angels“ (1994) or the cooperation with Pearl Jam on „Mirror Ball“ (1995).

 

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Music Diary – 16th October

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 16th October!

CCROn the 16th October 1972 one of the most popular bands of that time called it a day: The American rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival aka CCR announced the break up. John Fogerty (lead vocalist, lead guitarist and primary songwriter), rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty (John’s brother), bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford founded the band undet the moniker The Blue Velvets in 1960. After signed to Fantasy Records they changed the name firstly into The Golliwogs and in December 1967 the quartet called itself Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR).

One year later the self titled debut album was released which features the two covers
I put a Spell on you“ (written by Screamin‘ Jay Hawkins) and „Susie Q“ (by Dale Hawkins). In 1969 three studio LPs followed: The first one was „Bayou Country„. The Single „Proud Mary“ reached the second place on the charts and with the heavy rotation on the US radios the fanbase became bigger and bigger. Then „Green River“ with the Single outtakes „Lodi“ and „Bad Moon Rising“ entered the charts worldwide. And finally „Willy and the Poor Boys“ hit the market before 1970 get started. And two more hit Singles follwed: „Fortunate Son“ and „Down on the Corner„.


In April 1970 the first Europe tour happened followed by the fifth CCR studio album „Cosmo’s Factory„, which features more hits like „Run through the Jungle„, „Who’ll stop the Rain“ and the cover version of „I heard it throught the Grapevine„. In December the next LP was released: „Pendulum„. The Single „Have you ever seen the Rain“ charted also worldwide and became No. 1 in Canada. Afer the recording sessions, Tom Fogerty left the band. This was the beginning of the end: On the 11th April 1972 the last studio album „Mardi Gras“ featuring „Sweet Hitch-Hiker“ was released by CCR. The LP received only poor reception and after a two-month tour through the USA, Fantasy Records and Creedence Clearwater Revival officially announced the disbanding of the band on the 16th October 1972.


The Fogerty brothers started their solo careers while Stu Cook and Doug Clifford played with the Don Harrison Band. In 1995 Cook and Clifford started as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

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Music Diary – 9th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 9th September!

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

On the 9th September 1941 Mr. Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was born in Dawson, Georgia. He was one of the most outstanding Soul singers in music history. At the age of 15 he left school and started supporting Little Richard‘s backing band „The Upsetters“. Then he joined Johnny Jenkins‚ group „The Pinetoppers“. In 1962 he recorded his first single „These Arms of mine“ for Stax records. Otis Redding’s debut album „Pain in my Heart“ was released two years later. In 1967 he performed at the legendary Monterey Pop Fesival and shortly after that he recorded with Steve Cropper from Booker T. & The M.G.’s „(Sittin‘ on) The Dock of the Bay“ . The final recordings of this song were done on the 8th December 1967.


Two days later, on the 10th December 1967, Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash. His very last recording „(Sittin‘ on) The Dock of the Bay“ became the first posthumous number-one record on the Billboard charts. The afterwards released album of the same name reached the first place in the UK charts.

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Otis Redding - Original Album Series 1  Otis Redding - Original Album Series Vol. 2 Otis Redding - Complete Stax - The Vaults Singles