Back in 1971 Daddy Cool released their Lollipop Extended Play. The ‘A’ side was titled the ‘Jump Side’ and the reverse the ‘School Side’. The idea was to feature each of the lads vocally on one of the songs and, in one case, his instrument of choice. Now I wasn’t a big fan of their … Continue reading Hammerin’ On The Blow
I have been well ministered by Steve Williams on the need to stay away from the vocal when playing harmonica, both in the band and in the recording studio. In recent times I have become increasingly discerning of harp players trying to play too many notes and play phrases that don’t appear to have any … Continue reading The Space Is The Place!
G'Day Raffers, Music review time. Hot off the press! I'm pleased to offer you access to a mighty fine blues tune written by Gary Young of Daddy Cool fame on one of his experiences in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Gary recorded this with good mate Steve Williams (ex Rock Doctors, John Farnham band), who provides the Blues … Continue reading Shack Up Inn
Hello Riff Raffers, Rodney 'Gravy' Harris had a dream to be up on stage belting out 'R & B' songs with his own band and recording an album. For many years he had worked back stage with legendary Australian bands, 'Daddy Cool' and 'Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons' as their hard working 'roadie'. He … Continue reading Making Gravy
Hi Riff Raffers, It was the summer of '63. The venue Flinders Street Extension outside the 'Mission for Seaman'. A fifteen year old boy from Hampton was hitching to Torquay for some surfing. His lift to the city couldn't take him any further and as he alights from the passenger side into the street he … Continue reading Break A Leg
Hi Riff Raffers, Going to take you back to the year 1970, to an age of herbal music festivals. The venue for this festival is just twenty minutes from the authors home in the 'Dandenongs'. Launching Place, the town was named as freshly cut logs of timber were launched here on the Yarra River and … Continue reading Marooned At Launching Place.
Hello Riff Raffers, Two new books that might interest you riff raffers. Firstly from Starman Books is a biography on Dingoes singer and harp man, Broderick Smith. Titled, ‘Man Out Of Time’. Only 300 copies printed, each are individually numbered and include a signed, ‘Boy On The Run’ lyrics sheet. Price ain’t cheap folks at … Continue reading Man Out Of Time