Taj Mahal have today’s almost forgotten track
Though the main title on this clip says Taj Mahal, and it is him singing and fronting the band, I’m posting to remind those in the know of Jesse Ed Davis…Jesse was a guitar player out of the Indian territory in Oklahoma who Robbie Robertson remembers meeting while both were still teenagers, and Robbie was playing the roadhouses with Levon & the Hawks…they had a discussion about tunings and other guitar player things, and that was that until a few years later when Jesse emerged in Los Angeles playing alongside some of the very best, including Taj, and, most notably perhaps, Jackson Browne…the story, as related in the documentary Rumble, was that Jesse Ed was recommended to Browne…Jackson wanted him to play a solo on one of his songs, but Jesse rejected the one offered and asked what else did JB have? Browne played him Doctor My Eyes and Jesse said that he could handle that and the rest is history…he played on George Harrison’s Bangla Desh concert, notably, but as time went by, he seemed to fade further and further from the spotlight, always doing good work but unable to keep control of his life, eventually dying of a drug overdose in 1988…the work he did, however, stands on its own…if you’re already a fan, I don’t need to tell you how good he was, and if you’re new to the name, check him out further.
Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then.
His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992,Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.
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