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                A Baby Boomer

 

       Muses on The Music

The Dr. Was In

I must not have been on the road, or on Sirius XM online, much early this month. (Those are the instances when I listen to Deep Tracks, the rarer-album-cuts channel.) So I didn’t hear the news of the passing of Malcom John Rebennack Jr. on June 6, at the age of 77, as the result of a heart attack. That name may not ring bells for many followers of The Music, for Mac Rebennack did most of his recording and performing under the stage name Dr. John. And for most of those familiar with that monicker, it is attached to a few early 1970s singles that got a lot of air play. But there was a lot more to Rebennack, and Dr. John, whose impact on popular tuneage, blues, jazz, R&B and the music of his na

Summer Hits, Some Are Not

It’s the first day of summer, so what’s on your playlist for the start of the season? It’s a good thing it’s also the longest day of the year, because The Music includes lots of songs that fit the theme. An hour or so on Top40Weekly.com turned up 80-plus charting singles with “summer” in their titles, just in the 1960s and ’70s. That includes several songs that had been done and redone in multiple versions. The best example of that is the classic George Gershwin/Dubose Heyward song “Summertime,” from the musical Porgy and Bess. It’s been covered by Rick Nelson, the doo-wop group the Marcels (of “Blue Moon” fame) and the Fastest Lips in the World, Billy Stewart. More recent, and more memorabl

Unfortunate John

Earlier this year, I blogged about the books about music that I was reading, including “Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music” by former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty. I was perhaps a third of the way through the nearly-400-page book at the time, and wrote then that I feared I might have a hard time finishing it. That proved to be the case; I had to steel myself to pick it up again, and skip some sections (more about that in a minute) to keep reading. The problems then were Fogerty’s logorrhea — despite having a co-writer, he rambles on and on about trivia — and his constant carping about his former bandmates, his brother Tom, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook. The reasons for his b

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