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Earl King: Poet Laureate of New Orleans

Top-notch music journalism from Geoffrey Himes commemorating the birth of Earl King. The article is populated by the equally excellent Michael Smith photographs. He was living proof that an active, well-stocked mind doesn’t always come with scholarly credentials. “A lot of New Orleans records didn’t have enough bass on them,” King asserted. “You’ve got to…

John Paul Jones

Happy birthday. The least godly of rock gods? — 20 Things You Didn’t Know John Paul Jones Did Basically it was a soul rhythm section with a rock-and-roll front line bassjohn paul joneskeyboardsLed Zeppelinrhythm and bluesrock and roll

Remembering Gary Thain

One of the all-time bass greats. Glad to see that there are a few Thain aficionados out there. Audio Culture has a rough and ready page dedicated to the man. This YouTube comment pretty much sums up his status. bassgary thainuriah heep

John Deacon

Happy birthday to John the shyest funkmeister (with a penchant for soul) that ever made it into the big time. We walked passed each other (me on dog walking duty) a few times since we lived very close to each other. Of course Queen was greater than its parts but the primary creative axis was…

Phil Lynott

Gee, has it really been thirty years ago? Paid my respects in Dublin. In case you don’t know who this chap (a non-Quiltonian) is, for what it’s worth here is his wiki entry. As with Nils Lofgren, Thin Lizzy should have cracked the US but never really did.   bassmusicnils lofgrenPhil Lynottrock and rollThin Lizzy