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

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.

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Published on April 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson


April 11, 2018 - 3:07 am


Interesting story.
Far too many talented Musicians did not get the success they should have and far too many became victims to the pitfalls of the industry and culture.

Great Song, Great Performance, if those
Walls could only speak!

Had early Taj Albums and saw perform several years ago, still listen to him every once in a while

THX for posting.

April 11, 2018 - 4:05 pm


Jesse was the best part of Lennon’s Walls and Bridges! Great stuff, Greg.

April 12, 2018 - 1:44 am


I spent some time learning about Jesse Ed.

He was obviously very talented and respected by many in the Music Industry.

A very sad ending to his life, unfortunately it happens far too often.

Thanks for Posting the Music and the Story.

April 19, 2018 - 8:15 am

Greg Simpson

Thanks all for your comments on one of the finest guitarists of his time.

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