Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Clarence Clemons RIP

January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011


Clarence Clemons, saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, has died aged 69.

The musician had been in hospital since suffering a stroke at his Florida home last weekend (June 11-12) and passed away yesterday (18), a spokesman for the band confirmed to BBC News.

Springsteen led the tributes to his “great friend” in a statement on his website,, where he spoke of his “overwhelming” loss.

Here the best tribute that I can provide is to show him at his best.




Two E-Street Band concerts feature in my Top 10 all time gigs, Edinburgh Playhouse in 1981 (a sleep out all night for tickets job) before he went mega and Wembley Stadium on 4th July (my birthday!) 1985 things can never be the same for Springsteen and the remaining group members now.

June 19, 2011 Posted by | New News, Video | , | Leave a comment

Sunday Jazz – The Nat King Cole Trio

Almost a perfect Sunday Album.

The smoky, smooth pop vocals of Nat King Cole make us tend to forget that, at heart, he was essentially a jazz performer. His piano proficiency, vocal phrasing, and utter coolness all hark back to his jazz roots which are ideally demonstrated on this album.

Listening to him as pianist and not just as a vocalist, it is easy to understand why Diana Krall rates him as her primary influence, to the extent of recording a whole album in tribute to him and his Trio.

Nobody could sing “Sweet Lorraine” like Nat and he recorded it several times, the first with his Trio in December of 1943.  After Nat evolved into more of a “singer” than a “piano player” in the 1950’s, his jazz audience clamored for more of the “old Nat”, and he obliged with the series of recordings which make up the “After Midnight” album.

During August and September of 1956, Nat invited some guest musicians in with him to re-record some of the old Nat King Cole Trio hits from the 40’s like “Sweet Lorraine”.  In this instance, the great Count Basie sideman, Harry “Sweets” Edison took the honors on his trumpet.

Included was this version of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” unusual in the way that Nat sings “six six” and not the original “sixty six”

“Route 66” – Nat King Cole and his Trio



to buy the music of Nat King Cole click HERE

June 19, 2011 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment


It is hard to believe that Bonnie has been gone two years today, time flies by even when you are not having fun.

“My Bonnie” – The Beatles with Tony Sheridan

On her way to Houston for a life way too short.

June 19, 2011 Posted by | Old Music, The Dugs | , , | Leave a comment


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