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Ronnie Wood

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It has been lying around the house for ages but on the back of my recent posting on Rod Stewart I have finally started to read Ronnie Wood’s autobiography “Ronnie” and what a jolly good read it is.

His early years are covered quickly and you are soon drawn into his world as a guitar slinger, finally breaking through with mod group The Birds,

the birds

thereafter going on to learn and play bass with The Jeff Beck Group where he started a long term partnership with Rod Stewart

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 which progressed to The Faces and the early Rod Stewart solo albums.

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After The Faces collapsed, in part due to Rod Stewart’s chasing the dollar sign with a solo career which provided commercial success if not quality product, he finally ended up as Keith Richard’s guitar weaving aide in The Rolling Stones.

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Here is The Birds take on The Who’s “Run Run Run”

“Run Run Run” – The Birds

To buy the music of The Birds click HERE

 

Finally here is one of Ronnie’s favourite songs “I’m Walkin'” by Fats Domino famous as being one of, if not the, first songs to be “faded out” on vinyl.

“I’m Walkin'” – Fats Domino

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October 12, 2009 Posted by | Books, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Anjani

anjani thomas

One of the benefits in re-organising your music collection is coming across some forgotten gems.

Anjani (Thomas) released the album “Blue Alert” back in 2006 and the track “Innermost Door” was on my Favourites Playlist for many a month.

blue alert

Anjani Thomas (born 10 July 1959) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist, best known for her work with singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, as well as Carl Anderson, Frank Gambale, and Stanley Clarke. She became a solo artist in 2000.

Anjani was born in Honolulu, Hawaii where she trained in guitar, piano and voice. She attended Berklee College of Music for a year then moved to New York City to a pursue a music career. She performed in jazz clubs before meeting producer John Lissauer, who hired her to provide backup vocals on Leonard Cohen‘s influential song “Hallelujah” from Various Positions. Anjani went on to tour with Cohen in 1985 as his keyboardist and backup vocalist, and has regularly worked with Cohen ever since, lending her talents to I’m Your Man, The Future, and Dear Heather.

Anjani launched a solo career with Anjani in 2000 followed by The Sacred Names in 2001 – an ode to the Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew names of God. In 2006, Cohen contributed lyrics and production talents to Anjani’s music and arrangements for Blue Alert on Columbia Records. The song “Blue Alert” was used in a 2007 Old Navy TV spot.

 

To buy the music of Anjani click HERE

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Video | | Leave a comment

   

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