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The Allman Brothers paying tribute to King Curtis 8/26/1971

The Allman Brothers – Live at A&R Studios in New York City, August 26th, 1971

They had recorded their seminal live album, At Fillmore East, in March 1971, and continued to tour relentlessly. In July, At Fillmore East was released to critical acclaim. It was back on the road again to promote that album. One important stop was at New York’s A&R Studios. The show was broadcast live on FM.

This show was broadcast two weeks after the death of King Curtis. This article from Hittin’ The Note by Tim Hoover details Curtis’ influence on Duane Allman.

During the broadcast, Duane pauses to reflect on his fallen friend: “About King Curtis – that was one of the finest cats there ever was. He was just right on top of getting next to young people, you know? It’s a shame. If y’all get the chance, listen to that album he made out at Fillmore West… Boy, it’s incredible, it’s unbelievable, the power and the emotional stature the man had. He’s an incredible human being.

“At the funeral, boy, Aretha sang and Stevie Wonder played… they played ‘Soul Serenade.’ Duane breaks off into the melody of Curtis’ signature song, and a few in the audience respond with polite applause of recognition.

“Y’all probably a little bit young. It’s fantastic. We’ll do some of that… yeah, I know where we’ll do it…”

“Duane and the band jump into the intro for ‘You Don’t Love Me.’ A little over eight minutes into the song, Duane slows the band, reaching an achingly slow transitional phase, gradually leading everyone into his own version of ‘Soul Serenade’. When Duane plays the melody of the song again, the audience immediately begins clapping along to the sweet melodic tune. Suddenly, Duane jumps in and absolutely cuts the melody to shreds with one of the most moving, heart-felt solos you will ever hear, taking it right up into the stratosphere. Mirroring his words for Curtis, the ‘power and emotional stature’ of Duane’s own very personal and passionate eulogy for his lost friend is delivered as only he can do it – powerfully, lovingly, and gracefully.

Tragically, the Allman Brothers Band lost their founder and leader when Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon on October 29, just two months after this show.

Statesboro Blues
Trouble No More
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Done Somebody Wrong
One Way Out
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Stormy Monday
You Don’t Love Me ->
Soul Serenade (in memory of King Curtis)->
Mountain Jam>
Hot ‘Lanta
Band Intro’s



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January 12, 2009 Posted by | 1971, allman brothers, duane allman, fillmore, ghost of electricity, guitar, jameson, King Curtis, rock, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

"I think I lost It at The Carousel": Vintage Grateful Dead Radio Promos

Here’s a little nugget that I dusted off the other day. Remember when radio was, well, relevant? No, I don’t either…but it used to be. Remember when LiveNation or ClearChannel or Ticketmaster ceased to exist….good times, good times.

Cue 1968, The Dead were the puppeteers of the Haight/Asbury scene, and about to relocate to Marin County to start the next chapter in their history. This radio promo spot is advertising for the run of shows that they played at the legendary Carousel on the weekend of June 7th-9th, 1968.

The Carousel was the former El Patio Ballroom on the second floor of the car dealership on the southwest corner of Market and Van Ness. It opened in 1966 with a performance by the Yardbirds.

In July of 68, legendary S.F. entrepreneur Bill Graham left the Fillmore Auditorium to take over the Carousel Ballroom. He would rename it The Fillmore West.

Today the Carousel Ballroom is now the service and repair shop of a Honda car dealer. sigh…



Grateful Dead – Duprees Radio Ad
Grateful Dead – Rate The Record Radio Ad
Grateful Dead – Doin That Rag Radio Ad
Grateful Dead – Port Chester Apology Ad

February 12, 2008 Posted by | 1968, bill graham, california, fillmore, fillmore west, Garcia, grateful dead, jamband, jerry garcia, music, psychedelic rock, radio ad, rock, san fracisco, the carousel, vintage | Leave a comment

Odd Pairings: The Grateful Dead w/ The Beach Boys: 4/27/1971 @ The Fillmore East

Talk about a culture-clash. Cue April 1971. You’re going to the legendary Fillmore in NYC to catch one of the last rock shows before the doors will be closed forever. And what you witness is Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead sharing a stage with the (mudda fuggin’) Beach Boys. Gotta love it.

Well, since I was still about 6 years from being created, all I have left to document this fabled night is a crispy soundboard courtesy of the Dead’s vault. And I share it with you….

Check out “Okie From Muskogee”, featuring the long-haired ones on vocals (by “long-hairs”, of course, ahem!, I mean the Beach Boys…)

We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don’t take our trips on LSD
We don’t burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin’ right, and bein’ free.

From a review by Blair Jackson in The Deadhead’s Taping Compendium Vol. 1 1959-1974

The second set starts with a handful of short tunes, all nicely played, and then at mid-set the Dead are joined onstage by members of the Beach Boys for a wild mini-set of rock n roll classics, one Beach Boys song, and Merle Haggard’s right-wing screed, “Okie From Muskogee” (which includes the immortal lines “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee/ We don’t take our trips on LSD…”). If you’ve ever seen pictures of the Beach Boys from this era, you know that in the early seventies they were not the short-haired, clean-cut crew they were in the mid-sixties (and again in the late-seventies), At the Fillmore, they appeared in Caftans and sported long hair and bushy beards– yep, they were heads! The playing and singing is pretty sloppy during this segment, but it’s still a fun ride, a true curiosity that probably belongs in every serious tape collection. Then, the Dead-only finale, with “Sing Me Back Home” and “Uncle John’s” going into a cool “Lovelight” are a nice wrap-up to a show that is all over the map. The “Lovelight” is Pigpen (Ron McKernan) at his best as he tries to play matchmaker for kids in the audience: How does a guy convince the young lovely next to him to go home and go to bed with him? Just ask her and “Tell ’em Pigpen says it was OK!” Wish I’d thought of that in 1971.



The Grateful Dead (with The Beach Boys) – Okie From Muskogee.mp3
The Grateful Dead (with The Beach Boys) Johnny B Goode.mp3


January 17, 2008 Posted by | bill graham, fillmore, Garcia, grateful dead, jam, jamband, jerry garcia, live music, music, pigpen, psychedelic, rock, the beach boys, the dead | Leave a comment