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« on: January 29, 2009, 04:54:52 PM »

Sad news. We've lost another legend.

BBC news report here

Though not too surprising given his spiralling health problems in recent years.

Pete
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 09:25:14 PM »

Solid Air and Bless the Weather are great albums....i love his acoustic work and songwriting.  sad to hear...
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2009, 08:08:51 AM »

That's very sad to hear - produced some great stuff.  Solid Air is one of THE classic albums.
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009, 09:21:00 AM »

I lived in London in the early 1970s and saw John play many times.  I was a regular at the Les Cousins acoustic music venue and he would sometimes turn up unannounced to play a "floor spot".  On one occasion he had just discovered the WEM Copycat and brought it along.  This subsequently featured in such recordings as "Glistening Gllyndebourne". He later moved to Hastings, a few miles up the road from where I now reside and I saw him only once there.  My firiend Liam Genockey, drummer extraordinaire, also lives in Hastings and played on some of John's records, as well as in live situations.

For all the joys of "Solid Air", "Bless the Weather" still remains a firm favourite of mine.

He had an enormous talent and pioneered a funky style of acoustic guitar playing (including percussive slaps with the back of the fingernails) that many copied over the years.

Shame he had to go so early.
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2009, 02:10:32 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBPTuAl2Qyk&feature=related

This is John and ' May you Never '   - a duet with Kathy Mattea

aaaahhhhhh, songs with ' meaning ' and heart felt emotions -  hope they make a comeback  bigrin

- Larry
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2009, 04:48:49 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBPTuAl2Qyk&feature=related

This is John and ' May you Never '   - a duet with Kathy Mattea

- Larry

That's the way I knew him...Transatlantic youtube...
With a feeling and soul in his voice
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2009, 05:52:13 PM »

Very sad news..
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2009, 06:03:57 PM »

I lived in London in the early 1970s and saw John play many times.  I was a regular at the Les Cousins acoustic music venue and he would sometimes turn up unannounced to play a "floor spot".  On one occasion he had just discovered the WEM Copycat and brought it along.  This subsequently featured in such recordings as "Glistening Gllyndebourne". He later moved to Hastings, a few miles up the road from where I now reside and I saw him only once there.  My firiend Liam Genockey, drummer extraordinaire, also lives in Hastings and played on some of John's records, as well as in live situations.

For all the joys of "Solid Air", "Bless the Weather" still remains a firm favourite of mine.

He had an enormous talent and pioneered a funky style of acoustic guitar playing (including percussive slaps with the back of the fingernails) that many copied over the years.

Shame he had to go so early.

Yes - I saw JM at the Cousins on several occasions - mainly in the late 60s at the Saturday allniters. I remember him introducing his version of Jelly Roll Morton's "Winding Boy" to a gaggle of embarrased young ladies with the words,"Well now, winding means f**k**g, girls...". A character, if ever there was one. RIP.
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2009, 06:22:33 PM »

I admire John's rejection of greater fame to do it his way - from the heart.

He reminds me of a gospel singer who is similar in some ways.
He ' tells it like it is ' and I'm sure it cost him sales because he steps on some toes.

He has an unusual , rough sounding voice - like John, Joe Cocker etc.

His name is Michael Combs and my favorite song of his is ' Not For Sale '
- in the song he tells of being offered a big contract but rejecting it because he would have to 'sell out'.

here's a link if you have an interest   (warning, spiritual content, proceed with caution  cop )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzZnnIfysj0&feature=related

- Larry


 
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2009, 11:14:37 PM »

 I've been hearing his name for years but never found the time to listen to him.  Then an old high school friend posted this video on my Facebook wall...Another song I want to learn now!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOi_wxypeGc

 It's been running through my head since then!
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2009, 09:51:45 AM »

I've been hearing his name for years but never found the time to listen to him.  Then an old high school friend posted this video on my Facebook wall...Another song I want to learn now!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOi_wxypeGc

 It's been running through my head since then!

Thanks for posting that Denis. Nice to hear that acoustic version again.  I saw John do that song live a number of times before he eventually recorded it. He said he wrote it about the large guy of Greek origin who ran Cousins with his rather attractive wife. Speaking of her, she used to refer to me as "Pete Townshend" saying I looked like him - tall and slim with a generous nose.  I met Pete in the street in London once later and mentioned this, upon which he commented, "Yes, it's the nose - but mine's bigger than yours!"
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2009, 09:44:57 PM »

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but I thought some of you might like this.  I have been learning May You Never all week, and was using the youtube linked by Denis as a reference.  Great great song. 

Then I found this, which I cant stop watching.  This is just beautiful, and so very very clever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYLVM560Fok
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