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Steve Marriott

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 10/02/2011 - 19:50


Ever wonder what's the big deal about Steve Marriott anyway?

Since we did Ronnie Lane a week or so ago, we figured we might as well do the Small Faces other founding member/principle songwriter Steve Marriott.

You really, really want to click this little gear here for an outstanding four song set from the very young ... and tiny ... Small Faces.

When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces, two great live bands were born.

Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones brought in Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart to form the Faces, and Steve Marriott, the some might say incredibly cute Peter Frampton, Greg Ridley and Jerry Shirley came together and became Humble Pie.

The first time I got to see Humble Pie was a huge deal as Donny W. of the Joe Cocker debacle, somehow got us on the guest list.

I think he was friends with someone in Mount Clemens' own The Frut who along with The J. Geils Band  opened the show, although it could have been the sound guy as Donny liked to hang out near the board. 

This time I had the presence of mind to not mention to my mother that I was heading down to the Eastown and thus avoided the embarrassment that I had experienced as a result of the above referenced Joe Cocker debacle.

Live in the studio from The Old Grey Whistle Test, here's the less well-known version of Humble Pie that includes The Blackberries as pretty much full-fledged members of the band.

This is the great Steve Marriott on lead vocal and guitar, Clem Clempson on slide guitar, Greg Ridley on bass, Jerry Shirley playing drums, and The Blackberries, Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews and Billie Barnum on backup vocals.

Black Coffee.



As an aside, Marriott's first professional gig at the age of 13 was in the London stage production of Oliver where he played both The Artful Dodger and Oliver ..... although not at the same time .....  and sang on the original cast album.

Steve Marriott was lost to the world in a house fire at the age of 44.


Ronnie Lane

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 09/24/2011 - 19:45


Ever wonder what's the big deal about Ronnie Lane?

Founding member and key songwriter of/for both The Small Faces and the Faces, Ronnie  Lane was also one of the strongest basses in the history of popular music.

Gone far to soon from Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 51, he won hearts the world over with both his songs and his smile.

This is, I'm mostly sure, Ruan O'Lochlainn on the organ and backup vocals, Charlie Hart on accordian, Steve Simpson on mandoline, either Glen Lefluer or Jim Frank on drums, and somebody whose name I just can't match up with the face and it's really, really ticking me off on bass.

And of course the great Ronnie Lane on resonator guitar and vocals, featuring the sweetest smile in the history of Rock and Roll.

Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance.

Ooh La La



Sorry about the crappy ending, to quote any of my kids on most issues, "I didn't do it."


Mr Excitement

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 09/18/2011 - 18:17


We have about 57 partially finished posts and no gumption for finishing any of them.

Our friend Richard Nolle just posted a Dexy's Midnight Runners cover of Van Morrison's Jackie Wilson Said.

One of the youngest Roanboy's favorite tunes.

Inspired, I figured we should just go with the genuine article.

Here's Detroit's own, Mr. Excitement, live in the studio, effortlessly hitting notes dead on that mere mortals can only dream about.

The great Jackie Wilson.

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Highe and Higher.

Quite possibly the youngest Roanboy's favorite song. The youngest being a good deal more soulful than his brothers.



I've no idea where these guys came up with that Mr. Soul thing.


Los Shakers

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 19:25


Of the millions of bands in the mid 60's that were inspired/influenced by The Beatles' the very best IMHO was Uruguay's Los Shakers.

Leaders of the Uruguayan Invasion, Los Shakers' command of Beatlesque harmonies and songcraft made them for a time as popular in Argentina and Uruguay as The Beatles were in the UK and the States.

After three succesful albums of Beatle influenced, Mersey Beat through Psychedelic music, Los Shakers parted company with their label over the band's desire to record music influenced by more traditional Uruguayan and Argentine influences and soon broke up.

From the movie La Escala Musicale in 1965, this is Hugo Fattoruso on lead vocals, guitar and piano, Osvaldo Fattoruso on vocals and rythm guitar, Roberto "Pelin" Capobianco on bass guitar and Carlos "Caio" Vila on the drumkit.

Los Shakers.

Only You.


Saturn's Rings

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:58


From NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day page.

As always click on the photo (the word picture feels so cheap in this instance) in order to link up with the page.

As an aside, all the links at the page for this photo are very cool in their own right.



Thanks to Richard Nolle for tipping us off to this beautiful shot.


Herding sheep ..... really.

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 21:50


Thanks to our friend Cheryl who has been around here long enough to know that I'm a sucker for a horse, and guessed that like most people who are a sucker for a horse, I'm also a sucker for a dog.

This second video in this series is the championship run from the 2008 version of this trial, and to my untrained eye seems to be about as good as you can possible get at this sport.

You have to take it to YouTube as embedding is blocked, it's well worth it.



Put Your Hands Together

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 07/03/2011 - 15:51


Despite having grown up on Motown and Detroit Rock and Roll, when asked about my favorite vocal group, I always go straight to Canton, Ohio and Philadelphia International Records' The O'Jays.

And as much as I respect the efforts of Motown Records' Holland-Dozier-Holland, Norman Whitfield, Smokey, et. al. there is no doubt in my mind that the greatest songwriters in the history of R&B, if not all of popular music are Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

This is Eddie Levert, William Powell and Walter Williams singing the Gamble and Huff classic Put Your Hands Together live on Don Cornelius' Soul Train.

The Mighty O'Jays.



Crank it!

I always do.



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