One thing I didn’t expect to happen when writing posts about 50s music discovered by me in the mid 80s: to hear from any of the bands/artists’ family members. But not only has that happened, more so I’ve heard from a band member!
Incredibly, I’ve now had the immense pleasure of being in contact with ‘Wild’ Bill Lee Balsbaugh, piano player in The Jiants, having initially been contacted by Aaron Hedges, son of Jerry Hedges, the guitarist.
Not only can I set some of my own speculations—made in absence of any info—about the band straight, I can also correct a big inaccuracy found in the scant information that could be found online.
Poetry without comment beyond thanks to Melanie Wupperman for use of the header imager (original colour can be viewed in link).
As Summer ebbs, thoughts on the looming Autumn. With thanks to Lukasz Szmigiel for use of the header image. Continue reading
Poetry about the self and stillness in the modern world.
With thanks to Loc Dang for use of the header image (uncropped version available in link). Continue reading
“The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.”
— Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800 – 1859), British historian and MP.
The internet did a wonderful job of showing true colours with illegal music downloads alone; people who would never dare shoplift having a field day doing exactly that via the world wide web. Continue reading
Poetry without comment beyond thanks to Stefano Zocca for use of the header image. Continue reading
I used the net to test fond memories and found they came up wanting. With thanks to Daniel Frank for use of the header image. Continue reading
This delve into songs first heard in the 80s at one of the record hops still taking place as part of London’s remaining 50s/60s Teddy Boy/Rocker scene looks at:
Song: ‘Lights Out’
Artist: Jerry Byrne
From: New Orleans
Being pulled back in time and down into the London Underground when reviewing Ian Arkley’s two led not only to a couple of memories being stirred, but more so the discovery of a little known unsavoury World War II fact involving Winston Churchill.
I can’t remember what took me to Mundo Primitivo’s Paisaje Interior, but Holy shit I’m sure glad who/whatever it was did.
Track 1: ‘Intro’ is an instrumental with a rock ‘n’ roll swagger reminiscent of Duane Eddy’s ‘Peter Gunn’; there’s menace and purpose in the brooding prowl, a cat on the move but always taught and ready to pounce; it turns out to be the calm before the storm.