I honestly haven’t heard this song in decades. Haven’t thought about it in quite some time. Obviously, though, it stuck in my head for some reason, and this morning it was playing away, loud and clear. I remember playing this song on WCHL back in 1978, during the very early part of my career in Chapel Hill. I always liked it because it was one of those feel-good songs! It’s JAY FERGUSON with “Thunder Island.”
Nothing fancy today. Just straight ahead, good time rock and roll with Rick Derringer! This song started out being Johnny Winter’s tune back around 1970. The legendary blues guitar man did it then, and Rick Derringer just happened to be a member of his band. He’s also done plenty of work, with Johnny’s younger brother, Edgar, and he’s worked with Steely Dan, too.
It’s a real rock and roll classic today, from the Stones! And on this song, they were just showing off! I say that because this cut shows off some of their musicianship… starting with Keith Richards great opening guitar riff… and then continuing with some great licks from Mick Taylor. Bobby Keys was in there with some awesome work on the saxophone, and Billy Preston did his part on the keyboard. The song goes on for more than 7 minutes, but I never really get tired of the groove.
I’ve been listening to a lot of SANTANA lately! Riding down the road, Carlos and his merry band of musicians cranked up loud in the car! Luckily, the windows aren’t down, but that may change soon if this unseasonal and unreasonable weather keeps up! In going back and listening to these old songs, there’s one track, in particular, that has jumped out to me…and that’s the song I’m about to play here.
At the end of the 60’s and the beginning of the 70’s, some amazing bands emerged. There was Chicago, or Chicago Transit Authority, as they were called in the beginning, and there was a band called BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS. Both these groups were populated by excellent musicians. They each had a whole bunch of people in the band, and a lot of brass, to go along with the usual guitars, keys, and drums. Chicago went on to establish a strong, decades-long career.