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New Music – Ali Ferguson

Ali Ferguson has been for many a year a stable band mate of Ray Wilson, either in acoustic, Stiltskin or Klassik Genesis mode.

Back in 2005 he posted a demo track from his forthcoming solo album, finally the album “The Windmill And The Stars” is now with us.

Finally here he is with Ray and a cover of my favourite Pink Floyd song

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June 12, 2011 Posted by | New Releases, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Ray Wilson & Stiltskin – Footsteps

“Walking in your footsteps
I used to walk by your side
How could you leave me
On the very edge of suicide
Suicide…”

 

To buy the music of Ray Wilson click HERE

September 23, 2010 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Video | , | Leave a comment

Wednesday Words – Change

“But I don’t think that I can change
I’ve been feeling this way for so long now
And this feeling inside still remains
I ain’t gonna change
Ain’t gonna change “

Making the most of it
Turning a light up and
Breaking the back of a
Killing the negative
Finding the faith isn’t
As much as I’d like it to be
Follow the path set by
Somebody else’s hand
Craving addiction and
Living in fear of me

But I don’t think that I can change
I’ve been feeling this way for so long now
And this feeling inside still remains
I ain’t gonna change
Ain’t gonna change

Bent on destruction I
Have no intention
Black into day into
Dark into Night I go
Blaming myself like I
I’m in control of it
I Turn it around for a
Just for the fun of it
Back to the start I go
I Wish I had learned from you

But I don’t think that I can change
I’ve been feeling this way for so long now
And this feeling inside still remains
I ain’t gonna change
Ain’t gonna change

For more information and to buy the music of Ray Wilson click HERE

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Fiona, Video | | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Maggie

The great Maggie Bell is 65 years young today.

Born in Maryhill from a musical family, she sang from her teenage years, leaving school at the age of fifteen, to work as a window dresser by day and singer at night. Bell was introduced to Leslie Harvey, by his older brother Alex, after getting up on stage to sing with the latter. Leslie Harvey was, at that time, a guitarist with the Kinning Park Ramblers. Bell joined the group as one of the vocalists. After the band split up, Bell moved to the Mecca Band at the Sauchiehall Street Locarno, and later to the Dennistoun Palais Band.

She then rejoined Harvey, forming a group, initially known as Power, eventually travelling to Germany to sing on United States Air Force bases in the mid 1960s. Peter Grant, who was managing The Yardbirds at the time, spotted Power playing at one of these bases, and agreed to produce and manage them, impressed by the vocal ability of Bell and the guitar playing of Harvey.

Power was renamed as Stone the Crows, an expression used by Grant upon hearing this band.

“Blind Man” – Stone The Crows

This group lasted until 1973, after finding that Harvey’s death from accidental electrocution, on 2 May 1972, took too much out of the group for them to continue. The live chemistry between Bell and Harvey was missing.

Peter Grant remained as Bell’s manager after the split, and organised her first solo album, Queen of the Night, which was recorded in New York with record producer, Jerry Wexler.

Here is an appropriate song from this solo debut.

“As The Years Go Passing By” – Maggie Bell

Here is a great version of a Free classic taken from Maggie’s second solo album Suicide Sal released in 1975.

“Wishing Well” – Maggie Bell

Whilst having Peter Grant as a manager was without doubt a big advantage it became more of a burden as the monster that was Led Zeppelin continued to grow and less of his time was availabe to other bands on his roster including Maggie and even Bad Company.

As such Maggie returned in part to contributing to other artists albums as she had done so brilliantly on Rod Stewart’s “Every Picture Tells A Story” and as Tommy’s mother in the Lou Reizner recording and staging of The Who’s “Tommy” plus recording some more solo material which didn’t receive the needed promotion.

She came back into the public eye via her soundtrack recordings for “Hazell” and “Taggert” (No Mean City).

Maggie contributed a track to the Frankie Miller tribute album (as did my friend Ray Wilson) and returned from a period of living and working in Holland and is back touring the UK on a regular basis details of which can be found via her web page by clicking HERE

To buy the music of Maggie Bell click HERE

Finally as a birthday bonus here are the two tracks from the Frankie Miller Tribute album noted above.

“Jealousy” – Maggie Bell

“Good Time Love” -Ray Wilson & Amanda Lyon

To buy the music of Ray Wilson click HERE

January 12, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music | , , , , | 2 Comments

Ray Wilson – Genesis Klassic

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Between solo and Stiltskin tours Ray Wilson will often revert back to Genesis mode and finally there will be a quality CD to document this side of his musical heritage.

The Genesis Klassik show is a collection of well known Genesis songs, performed by Ray, his band, and the Berlin Symphony Ensemble.

– Land of Confusion
– Jesus He Knows Me
– Carpet Crawlers
– Ripples
– Follow You Follow Me

are just some of the songs performed by the 10 musicians, during this 100 minute show.

A CD release is being released later this month and can now be ordered from his website by clicking HERE where you also can download this brilliant version of one of Fiona’s favourite Ray songs from the Genesis album “Calling All Stations”

“Not About Us” – Ray Wilson

 

To buy the music of Ray Wilson click HERE

 

To buy the music of Genesis click HERE

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, New Music, New News, New Releases, Video | , | Leave a comment

Ray Wilson – Bless Me

May 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized, Video | | Leave a comment

Fiona Friday – BELIEVE

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Tomorrow is the big day, so here is one of Fiona’s favourite artists Ray Wilson with a song the title of which says it all.

Believe (live) – Ray Wilson

Buy Ray Wilson music HERE

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May 1, 2009 Posted by | Dumbarton FC, Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Fiona Friday – Let It Be Me

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Perhaps best know via the hit version by The Everly Brothers the song “Let It Be Me” was a favourite of both Fiona and I.

It has some special memories as Ray Wilson nailed it with a great version at our friends Andrew and Vivienne’s wedding ceremony.

Whilst Fiona always went with the Everley’s version my own favourite was the 1964 release by Jerry Butler and Betty Everett

 

“Let It Be Me” – Jerry Butler and Betty Everett

I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you, let it be me

Don’t take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever, let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always—let–it be–me

 

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ray Wilson – TV Personality

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Ray Wilson has recently made another appearance on Polish TV promoting a new video.

To view the video click HERE

For more information on Ray Wilson click HERE

To buy Ray’s music click HERE

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April 1, 2009 Posted by | Video | , | Leave a comment

Sunshine and Butterflies

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It was a misty morning here in ye olde Houston town, however, as it is my mother’s  birthday the sun has come out for the first glorious day of spring.

To celebrate here is some sun filled music.

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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