LOOK OUT, Otis Redding is back.
A new Concord compilation gathers for the first time all three nights and all sets of Redding’s famous Whisky A Go Go run here on the Sunset Strip fifty years ago.
I provided liner notes and the package is gorgeously designed with a vintage-style poster to boot.
Release day, today 10/28.
Got to go get one!
“time may change me, but I can’t trace time”
Natalie, Nat and Carole Cole
SOME POIGNANT New Years Day news. Like many, I woke to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole.
For me it was a layered loss. I’d done some work for Carole Cole for a box set of her father’s work that came out about a decade ago. I’d felt lucky that I had been trusted write liner notes that would look at not just her father’s musical arc but the family’s history in Los Angeles. Like so many I grew up with stacks of Nat Cole records leaning against the hi-fi. On top of that, simply put, the Coles were L.A. royalty.
It fell to Carole in later years to keep watch over the estate and the music rights and through it was in consult with Natalie. Together they protected that story, the legacy. Every anecdote, every date, every memory was checked and double-checked. Legacy was as important to them as was his burnished voice.
Looking at the photo above, it’s impossible to wrap my brain around the fact that they are all gone. What’s hit me more than anything is that the season started officially — as always for me – on Christmas Eve when I first heard Nat Cole’s “The Christmas Song.” And the season ended upon hearing the news of Natalie’s New Years Eve passing.
Some sad magic symmetry.
NYT obit here
Sad, sad day.
I went to bed hoping that rumors flying were just that — rumors. But alas, no.
All I can saw for now is thank you, Mr. Toussaint.
“I can be feeling bad backstage, and the minute they say, `Now, ladies and gentlemen, here’s B.B. King,’ for a little while I forget whatever was hurting me.”
— B.B. King
(full NPR interview here, obit to come.)
(a very different Santa Monica)