Rock ‘n roll heaven a little more crowded

According to the Sunday Times of London, organizers of the 2012 Summer Olympics approached the manager of Keith Moon recently to ask if the Who drummer would be available to play as part of the closing ceremonies in this year’s games.

The manager replied that unfortunately, Keith was booked at another venue and would be unable to appear.

Keith will now have to share that gig with another famous rock drummer, the great Levon Helm of The Band, who died this week after a long fight with throat cancer. Helm, an Arkansas boy who never lost touch with his roots, played a central role in American rock history in the ’60s and ’70s.

And then, of course, there was the passing of America’s oldest living teenager, Dick Clark, longtime host of American Bandstand. Clark, too, played a critical role in the development of rock and roll, helping to convert it from a dangerous, rebellious form of music to a mainstream business opportunity. To Clark’s credit, he performed that function without ever seeming to lose respect for what that music really was. He was rock’s ambassador to mainstream American culture.

I thought for a while about how to mark the passing of both Helm and Clark. The most obvious way would have been to post an appearance by The Band on American Bandstand, but I’m quite sure without even researching the question that such a thing never happened. Let’s just say that Clark and Helm moved in different circles.

So, as a compromise, we turn to the Righteous Brothers:

– Jay Bookman

386 comments Add your comment

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:04 pm

Was wondering what you’d pick tonight…good choice.

275 more days

April 20th, 2012
4:04 pm

I second that

Matti

April 20th, 2012
4:08 pm

NICE choice, Mr. Bookman!

carlosgvv

April 20th, 2012
4:11 pm

Keith Moon, idol of millions, died from an overdose of drugs. Levon Helm, idol of millions, died from throat cancer brought on by years of heavy smoking. Oh well, I guess all rock and roll stars, like all dogs, go to heaven. Right, Jay?

Matti

April 20th, 2012
4:13 pm

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:14 pm

IMAM

So, Levon never forgot his roots…is that now a good thing? :-)

However, when it comes to “The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down,” it’s the truth. If you understand that song, you understand the South. If you understand the South, you understand that song…

godless heathen

April 20th, 2012
4:14 pm

Coal miner’s daughter’s father. (In the movie)

http://youtu.be/1RIAGvFzIxI

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:16 pm

Oh, dear, and there’s that d*mned t*rd in the puchbowl of life…and, I’d posit that rock and roll stars and dogs go to heaven…anybody who brings happiness to the masses probably does…but, then, you wouldn’t want a happy moment, would, you… :-)

godless heathen

April 20th, 2012
4:17 pm

and carlosgvv will just die for no apparent reason.

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:20 pm

LEVON

RIPhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBuJB218UvU

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 20th, 2012
4:21 pm

Pretty soon another Bee Gee will be there with them. Pray for Robin Gibb and his family.

Let’s be grateful for we still have this rock ‘n’ roll legend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHDA5nHlDrQ&ob=av3n

Matti

April 20th, 2012
4:24 pm

josef @ 4:14,

Truth.

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:25 pm

OOPS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBuJB218UvU

And I’m just now on my first beer…

pogo

April 20th, 2012
4:25 pm

Godspeed Virgil Cain!

carlosgvv

April 20th, 2012
4:25 pm

josef

Actually, most of the time I feel like a bug on the windshield of life.

Thulsa Doom

April 20th, 2012
4:27 pm

Superb selection as usual. Very moving.

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:27 pm

And my own favorite…

“…a drunkard’s dream if I ever did see one..”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOi45FFfjG0

Thulsa Doom

April 20th, 2012
4:28 pm

Carlosgvv,

Look more on the brightside. Sometimes you’re the bug. But then sometimes you’re the windshield.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

April 20th, 2012
4:31 pm

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:32 pm

Carlos…

Good one! But is that a f*ck bug? What a way to go, eh? :-)

matti

I know there are a lot of people who just can’t get a handle on how some of us feel about that particular moment in our history, but nothing, and I mean nothing, so sums it up for me and my relationship thereto…Levon will forever be a saint in my Southern book of heroes for that song…

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

April 20th, 2012
4:32 pm

American Bandstand…..they had the 1910 FruitGum Company but not The Band.

Go figure.

RIP Levon Helm.

(But it was Robbie Robertson who made my heart beat faster)

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

April 20th, 2012
4:34 pm

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

April 20th, 2012
4:35 pm

You do know what the last thing to go through the bugs mind is as he hits the windshield don’t you?

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:36 pm

Pogo

I second that.

Scout…

Great choice!

And CARLOS as Thulsa might say, some more dead folks in the bleeding choir of the Great Beyond… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOi45FFfjG0

Peadawg

April 20th, 2012
4:37 pm

Baja Men – ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He82NBjJqf8

Peadawg

April 20th, 2012
4:38 pm

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:40 pm

Granny

When it comes to roots rock, it’s a toss up between Robertson and Helm in this household…

So, what’s the last thing?

josef

April 20th, 2012
4:41 pm

Peadawg

How many beers have YOU had.. :-)

Peadawg

April 20th, 2012
4:43 pm

“How many beers have YOU had..”

It was so fitting for this week…I couldn’t help it dude.

carlosgvv

April 20th, 2012
4:51 pm

Granny

No granny, I don’t. Just what IS the last thing to go thru a bug’s mind as he hits the windshield?

Road Scholar

April 20th, 2012
4:55 pm

josef: Too many!

Matti

April 20th, 2012
4:55 pm

josef,

I grew up hearing the Joan Baez version (and singing with my Daddy & his guitar.) That’s why I don’t leave, despite being invited by transplants on a regular basis to relocate myself where the political climate is more suited to my beliefs. WHY would I go somewhere that nobody understands me? I own it… the GOOD (and my responsibility to keep those things going), the BAD (and my responsibility to make sure those things go away for good), and the UGLY (sometimes things do get ugly, but we still have to get on with it.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLk54lGsiFE

skipper

April 20th, 2012
4:57 pm

Jay,
Everyone remembers The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and Cripple Creek, but did any of y’all remember Chest Fever……one of my all-time favorites; the words are crazy, but still a great song! RIP Levon! The Band was something else!

Road Scholar

April 20th, 2012
4:57 pm

Granny: His eyes?

What are the two words heard most often in Alabama after the phrase” Hey, watch this!?”

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
5:01 pm

Jay–One other well-known musician passed away last week. I’m surprised josef didn’t reference it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swQi4CAzmrA&feature=related

Jay

April 20th, 2012
5:04 pm

Skipper, here’s one of my own favorites, with an assist from EmmyLou….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76uuKFFArEM

Soothsayer

April 20th, 2012
5:05 pm

Don't Forget

April 20th, 2012
5:07 pm

Levon had a sound that was different from everybody else. The reason? wooden drum heads.

Josef 4:25
thanks, hadn’t seen that in quite a while but you know, king harvest has surely come

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaKD1Vdarnw

skipper

April 20th, 2012
5:08 pm

Jay,
Thanks….enjoyed that! Those of us in our mid-fifties remember the music well…..funny how music can bring folks together……….

josef

April 20th, 2012
5:13 pm

matti

@ 4:55

That’s it! As Granddaddy always said, “it’s yours and you have to love what’s yours.”

Why did I “come home?” It’s the place where I don’t have to explain myself…

And back at cha..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSRDwZtKcjc

Soothsayer

April 20th, 2012
5:24 pm

Tom Middleton

April 20th, 2012
5:31 pm

Before Don Imus got stupid and got the boot, he used to have Helm and his band on his show fairly regularly. Wish we had one of those segments to post.

Meanwhile, here’s Little Richard, the first performer I know about to stand on his piano and scream. I mean, if that ain’t rock and roll, what is!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqHQqb5ot74&ob=av2n

josef

April 20th, 2012
5:33 pm

JAY

Nice one…

josef

April 20th, 2012
5:36 pm

Soothsayer

April 20th, 2012
5:39 pm

josef

April 20th, 2012
5:46 pm

“I don’t want no crying only tears of joy…
…I’ll be bound for glory In the morning When I go away
…the sun’s gonna shine through the shadows When I go away”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMXCM5TCrv8&feature=related

Normal Free, plain and simple

April 20th, 2012
5:47 pm

Soothsayer

April 20th, 2012
5:49 pm

Tom Middleton

April 20th, 2012
5:51 pm

Oh wait, got one. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Levon Helm on “Imus in the Morning”…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OktseQAjnk

kayaker 71

April 20th, 2012
5:51 pm

You hit the jackpot tonight, Bookman. That’s a hellova tape.

josef

April 20th, 2012
5:56 pm

Sooth
@ 5:49

It has been a ride, hasn’t it?

getalife

April 20th, 2012
5:59 pm

Soothsayer

April 20th, 2012
6:02 pm

josef: I stumbled on that clip by accident (@5:49). It moved me so much, I had to post it. Do you, or anyone, know who the band playing on the clip is? At first, I thought it was REM (it sounds like them) but I don’t know.

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
6:03 pm

Why did I “come home?” It’s the place where I don’t have to explain myself…

Don’t know about the rest of you, but I never planned to stay in my home area, Jersey. Home or not, it’s too damn cold. I do miss the great cheesesteaks and pizza though. No such thing as an “authentic” Philly cheesesteak anywhere else.

Soothsayer

April 20th, 2012
6:08 pm

Bruno: I guess you just can’t get that “taste” from anything but an “ancient” grill. I’d say anything over 25 years qualifies as “ancient.”

Don't Forget

April 20th, 2012
6:10 pm

“He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I’m going to miss him, as I’m sure a whole lot of others will too.”
Bob Dylan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11Y987Uf1wY

josef

April 20th, 2012
6:10 pm

SOOTH

Can’t identify them myself.

BRUNO
But you don’t have to explain yourself in Jersey, though, do you?

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
6:13 pm

Bruno: I guess you just can’t get that “taste” from anything but an “ancient” grill. I’d say anything over 25 years qualifies as “ancient.”

Actually, Sooth, some chemists discovered that the difference is in the mineral content of the water.

But you don’t have to explain yourself in Jersey, though, do you?

I didn’t fit in very well growing up. My nickname was “Mr Professor”. Imagine that……

marko

April 20th, 2012
6:30 pm

Sammy Davis Jr ?

josef

April 20th, 2012
6:31 pm

Don’t Forget

Some good cuts from you this p.m.

josef

April 20th, 2012
6:35 pm

Kinda missing Hillbilly D. tonight…I know he’s with us in spirit though…he’s a lot like Levon…

stevie ray...clowns to the left, jokers to the right..here I am...

April 20th, 2012
6:38 pm

JAY,

My heart is still broken….JOHN HENRY BONHAM…He played trees on the skins like no other…he’s up there too.

Don't Forget

April 20th, 2012
6:51 pm

Josef, glad you enjoyed. Reading a little about the feud between Levon and Robbie. It’s really a shame. The original plan was for The Band to become a “studio” band but not tour. But hard feelings over all the attention and apparently money that Robbie was getting got in the way. Just goes to show, it’s best to get bad feelings off your chest and then let em go. Grudges never do anyone any good. Apparently Robbie went to see him at the end so at least the grudge isn’t eternal.

Don't Forget

April 20th, 2012
6:54 pm

Here’s the tribute page from Wolfgang’s vault. “Wolfgang” was Phil Graham the legendary concert promoter. There is a TON of great music there even if Levon or the Band weren’t your thing. I’m sure some, if not most of you, are familiear with it. But for those who aren’t, it’s a gem.

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/blog/index.php/2012/04/levon-helm-dirt-farmer-american-minstrel/?utm_source=wvip&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=remembering-levon-helm

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
6:57 pm

Hey josef–Saw your post on Kyle’s inviting HD to come back for a night.

I had the same exact thought…….

Progressive Humanist

April 20th, 2012
7:03 pm

The Band- One of the all-time greats; American roots rock played by a bunch of Canadians and a country boy from Arkansas. I hope to hear some Band tunes in Levon’s honor at the Bear in the Square this weekend.

josef

April 20th, 2012
7:03 pm

Don’t Forget

Unmentionable and I were just talking about that…what a tragedy…a lot of people know that Robertson is an Indian, but many don’t know that Levon was Chickasaw and credited that with a lot of his world view as expressed in music. He is being mourned in Indian country…

stands for decibels

April 20th, 2012
7:11 pm

One other well-known musician passed away last week. I’m surprised josef didn’t reference it:

I didn’t know about his passing, nor did I know of a publishing controversy that apparently devastated the poor guy…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/greg-ham-men-at-work-flute-player-dies-at-58/2012/04/20/gIQANrDOWT_story.html

That really blows.

stands for decibels

April 20th, 2012
7:12 pm

oh, and HD, we love you, man.

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
7:12 pm

I guess if we’re honoring musicians who are no longer with us:

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

stands for decibels

April 20th, 2012
7:15 pm

If I may return to another great who’s no longer with us…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1pJ_N73ou8

Curtis’ most interesting take on the nice Jewish boy.

godless heathen

April 20th, 2012
7:18 pm

Dang injuns are everywhere. I didn’t know that about either of these guys. Thanks.

Here is Robert Earl Keene performing his song about “The Man Behind the Drums”

http://youtu.be/TXBnFCdmUXA

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
7:26 pm

That really blows.

sfd–Speaking of great horn players, I was touched by the reception the late Chris Wood got when Traffic was inducted into the RNR Hall of Fame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QTiwVVV928

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
7:31 pm

Beautiful flute performance in this one by Chris Wood:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5T5lqxQVwg

stands for decibels

April 20th, 2012
7:34 pm

Another no-longer-with-us rock and roll great, Sterling Morrison, whose solo on this VU tune is deceptively simple, and one of my Top Ten Greatest Evah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nir4BnNIFmg

Thought of you as my mountain top,
Thought of you as my peak.
Thought of you as everything,
I’ve had but couldn’t keep.

josef

April 20th, 2012
7:36 pm

Heathen

They do just keep popping out of the woodwork, don’t they? Just can’t keep ‘em on the rez! :-)

stands for decibels

April 20th, 2012
7:37 pm

the reception the late Chris Wood got when Traffic was inducted into the RNR Hall of Fame

missed that (in truth, I’m pretty curmudgeonly about the RNR HoF ceremonies, although I totally get the significance) — but I’m sure it was well deserved.

Did I mention I’m a horn player too? Still have the alto sax, blow it once in awhile.

stands for decibels

April 20th, 2012
7:42 pm

is it possible nobody’s actually linked to Mister Moon(light)’s musical contribution to the ages?

This is one of my very favorites… it’s inconceivable to imagine this tune working without Keef behind the kit.

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

and it’s LIVE.

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
7:42 pm

sfd–Back at ya with some “mainstream” Lou Reed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqyv87h_zNA

Looked for the version with the killer intro ^^^^^^^

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
7:44 pm

Did I mention I’m a horn player too? Still have the alto sax, blow it once in awhile.

Didn’t know that about you, buddy. I dabbled with the keyboard briefly, but never went far.

Normal Free, plain and simple

April 20th, 2012
7:44 pm

Normal Free, plain and simple

April 20th, 2012
7:47 pm

stands for decibels

April 20th, 2012
7:51 pm

Bruno, that live version of “Sweet Jane” was basically my intro to Lou. But I gotta argue, the version on “live at Max’s Kansas City” is better.

but, no linkee at youtube.

So I’ll just leave y’all with this amazing live version of “Berlin” featuring VU co-founder on piano, and Nico staring in awe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4be4Az5BM-c

pleasant evening, all.

godless heathen

April 20th, 2012
7:58 pm

Normal, I hope everything went ok at the Dr. It’s a bitch to be subjected to medical care.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

April 20th, 2012
8:04 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXGAif4dKhs (Great Appropriate Oldie)

Unfortunately, some conservatives/Republicans are trying to blame Obama for the Secret Service fiasco. This unfortunate incident has nothing to do with politics and they should know that.

I call ‘em like I see ‘em.

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
8:07 pm

One of my favorite Doors songs, Normal. Nice alternative version, though you may have intended to play the original.

Oscar

April 20th, 2012
8:10 pm

More my speed.

Piano Man. Billy Joel is the man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxEPV4kolz0&ob=av2n

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
8:12 pm

Unfortunately, some conservatives/Republicans are trying to blame Obama for the Secret Service fiasco. This unfortunate incident has nothing to do with politics and they should know that.

Scout–IMO, some of these “conservatives” hurt the cause more than any Lib ever could with these ridiculous accusations.

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
8:16 pm

Oscar–I think the theme tonight is dead musicians. Billy probably should be dead if the stories about his drinking are true.

There’s a good reason why this cat is always voted the #1 guitarist of all time. Did it all without the advanced electronics of today…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRYvf_mfy9E

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

April 20th, 2012
8:20 pm

Bruno:

I agree. You may disagree but IMO they (Republicans) did the same thing regarding “Ruby Ridge” and “Waco”.

Oscar

April 20th, 2012
8:21 pm

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
8:16 pm
________

Theme. I don’t need no stinking theme. I gave you the name of the song so you would not have to listen if you didn”t want to.
No need to be a jerk.

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
8:26 pm

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
8:27 pm

Lighten up, Oscar, wasn’t picking at you.

Don't Forget

April 20th, 2012
8:27 pm

Bruno – Crazy Fingers was one of those songs I’d just get lost in. When it was over I’d always feel, well, it’s hard to describe but free and unburdened might come close.

This song is one I absolutely loved for the mood it set. Always knew it was gonna be a good show and the band was into it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzigR99mcuw

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
8:28 pm

PB is here.

Where is everyone?? Stuck with Oscar the Grouch for now, I guess………

Bruno

April 20th, 2012
8:29 pm

Alright, glad to see you back, DF. The “cool factor” just went up three notches!!

getalife

April 20th, 2012
8:29 pm

Ridiculous accusations for three years.

Welcome to the real world:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xjopFriYZg

Don't Forget

April 20th, 2012
8:30 pm

Scout, good choice and I haven’t heard it in years. I think most folks view the scandal as a temporary blemish. I imagine you don’t watch MSNBC much so I’ll tell ya that everything I’m hearing is how impressed they’ve been with the professionalism they’ve seen over the years.

Oscar

April 20th, 2012
8:32 pm

runo

April 20th, 2012
8:27 pm
Lighten up, Oscar, wasn’t picking at you.

_________

Sounding to me like you were talking down to me. I doubt that all the songs posted tonight were by dead folks.

And the posts often drift from whatever theme Jay starts with.

Every time I see you handle I think of Bruno the Brillo Pad. Seems to fit somehow.

PlatinumBlack

April 20th, 2012
8:39 pm

I assigned this to a student of mine today – a high school kid. I was amazed that he had never heard of Phil Collins. [FYI, Bru' just informed me that Groovy was originally covered by Diane and Annita.]

http://youtu.be/8Q1qQ7tHSi4

Dead musician would be the composer, just to be correct.

Also dedicate the lyrics to my mate.