Sunday, July 3, 2011

And then there was Pickett's charge

If contributor Al Tays really wanted to spoil your Sunday at the Sanctuary he would have mentioned that Roy Rogers' horse Trigger died on this day  in 1965. He (Trigger) was 25. Tays, age unknown, soldiers on.

 By Al Tays
Look both ways when you cross the street today, Sanctuary seekers, 'cause there's lots of bad karma on this day in music history.

1969: Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones drowns.

1971: Doors frontman Jim Morrison is found dead in a bathtub in Paris.

1972: Blues great Mississippi Fred McDowell ("I do not play no rock 'n' roll")
dies of cancer.

1973: Laurens Hammond, the inventor of the Hammond organ, dies.

2001: Singer-songwriter Johnny Russell dies. The Beatles, with Ringo on lead vocals, covered his "Act Naturally," which was first recorded by Buck Owens.

So much music to choose from to honor these greats, but we're in the mood to hear some sweet Hammond B-3. So listen to Jimmy Smith rip it up on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and light some candles for our Band of the Dearly Departed.


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