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About Willie G. Moseley

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  • Birthday 07/19/1950

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    I now only have a few "token examples " of classic models I use for lectures, + a few instruments custom-made to my specs (i.e., heirlooms) + an '84 Peavey utility bass
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    G & K Backline 110, Danelectro NIfty Fifty
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    Electro Harmonix---Small Stone, LPB-2; Danelectro chorus, distortion, and tuner (separate stomp boxes)

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    My family, writing, the Space Race + early experimental aircraft history, cardiovascular weight training, acting

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  1. Willie G. Moseley

    ZZTop last Tuesday night

    RE: Citations of other groups besides ZZ TOP: The references to REO made me recall I had another decent photo of Dave Amato taken at the same Styx-REO-Felder show from which I'd posted some images here back in April. Here 'tis, + a previously-unposted image of the Reverend Gibbons to remain faithful to the thread...
  2. Willie G. Moseley

    ZZTop last Tuesday night

    AS for '70s bands that are "not phoning it in"; i.e., still putting on an exuberant performance, I'd add Styx. Maybe REO Speedwagon too, and Foreigner might qualify for some fans, even if they've got an alternate lead singer and, at times, zero original members onstage. Caveat emptor for concertgoers...
  3. Troy’s Sartain Hall hosted memorable music events Demolition recently began on Troy University’s Sartain Hall, the school’s former (frontline) gymnasium. It had opened in 1962, when the institution of higher learning was known as Troy State College. Sartain would be the site of memorable basketball games for many Troy alumni, and in the gym’s earlier days, the school’s sports teams’ nickname was the Red Wave instead of the Trojans. However, for probably even more former students, a lot of Sartain Hall memories are associated with concerts that were staged there. When I attended that school—which was known as Troy State University at the time—Sartain Hall hosted numerous shows by artists in more than one musical genre. Some of the performances clicked with concert-goers, some didn’t. Other concerts at other colleges are probably memorable to erstwhile students and alumni from those schools for similar reasons. Token examples from the same time frame in this area would have included the Who at the University of Alabama in November of 1971, and the Faces (featuring Rod Stewart) and the Free at Auburn University in April of 1972. However, most college concert memories probably involve one’s own alma mater, and Troy State University’s shows in that era were quite diverse. The following list of selected Sartain Hall performances isn’t in any particular order. The Allman Brothers Band: February 1971. This show was by the original sextet, a month before they recorded the immortal Live at the Fillmore East album in New York City. The Troy concert had the same song selections, for the most part, although the extended jams would have been different, of course. Guitarist Duane Allman would die from injuries sustained in a motorcycle wreck on October 29 of the same annum, just before the Fillmore East album was released. TANGENT: When the Allmans took a break at the TSU concert, a student named Barry Diamond did a stand-up comedy routine. In later years he appeared in movies such as Bachelor Party and National Lampoon’s Class Reunion. The Ike & Tina Turner Revue: A tour-de-force show that started out with instrumentals from the Kings of Rhythm, then two songs by (backing vocalists) the Ikettes. When Tina Turner hit the stage and yowled “Do ya like good music!?!” (the first line of “Sweet Soul Music”) the audience went berserk, and stayed in that mode for the rest of the show. As it turned out, the show was unique from a personnel standpoint, as two of the Ikettes were fighting when the concert ended, and one of them was fired. A live album by Ike & Tina called What You Hear Is What You Get is an authentic sonic sibling to the Troy show. Sugarloaf: Decent rock band that had charted with “Green-Eyed Lady,” but the audience wasn’t familiar with their other music and didn’t relate to their musical stylings. Bill Deal & the Rhondels: Another reason that Sugarloaf struggled was because of this opening act, a show band with beach music and white soul leanings. They put on a dynamite performance of mostly- familiar material, and were so well received that they performed again in Sartain some months later. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Riding high due to numerous hits (including “Mr. Bojangles”), the NGDB’s bright, country rock approach easily won over the attendees. Dennis Yost & the Classics IV and Gary Puckett & the Union Gap: Both bands were booked at the last minute to replace the Rascals, who’d cancelled. Both gave decent-if-perfunctory performances. Two members of the Classics IV, Dean Daughtry and Bill Gilmore, were originally from the Wiregrass, and had been members of the Candymen (“Georgia Pines”). Kenny Rogers & the First Edition: A bit more country rock-oriented than might have been expected. They also purveyed a respectable amount of humor and schtick to work the audience. Big fun. Steve Wonder: Arguably the most remarkable “big name” concert in TSU history, as most of Wonder’s band, except for the drummer, guitarist, and bassist, had been stranded at an airport, so Wonder and his three associates rehearsed intensely with TSU music students backstage and put on a show anyway. Yes, there were delays in the starts of both sets but the result was an incredible one-of-a-kind experience. So even if some shows at Sartain Hall weren’t exactly inspiring, others were unforgettable, for valid reasons. I’m sure there are a lot of musical ghosts hovering around the remains of the venue.
  4. Willie G. Moseley

    R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

    I bet the bulk of that Billboard article was already in stasis, w/ the details of the passing and funeral arrangements dropped in. Nothin' wrong with that kind of journalistic pre-planning, particularly if it's widely known that someone is in a terminal slide. For that matter, around the time we called in hospice for my father, I wrote some remarks while "still waiting" that were ultimately presented at his funeral. The Billboard article is well-written, IMO. Jeffro enlightened me about such "bios on ice" (my term, not his) about a dozen years ago.
  5. Willie G. Moseley

    R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

    One CD I've never purchased (and should have) was Aretha--Live at Fillmore West. Arguably the best live soul album ever, and it included a reprise of "Spirit in the Dark" w/ Ray Charles. And now, Don't Fight the Feeling, that four-CD collection of complete Fillmore West recordings (w/ King Curtis) looks awful tempting, all of a sudden.
  6. Willie G. Moseley

    Guitar Center's Pro Warranty

    An extended warranty by any other name and/or presentation... I recently bought a new vehicle---high quality rep, good value for the base model I purchased, made nearby (w/ tier factories in my town), industry-leading warranty (100K mi. on drive train), so when the salesman broached the extended warranty, I asked "If it's such a good product, why do I need an extended warranty?" His pitch was that if anything goes wrong within respective warranties (rest of the vehicle besides drive train) that the defective item would most likely be one of the electronic items (and those gizmos are on the increase in new vehicles...but mine had fewer 'coz it's a base model). $1500 have would extended the 100K bumper to bumper but I passed.
  7. The Ventures: Still rocking in their 60th year Over 20 years ago, I was discussing the history of popular music with a business associate who was a couple of years younger than me. He had played in a relatively-popular band in north Alabama during the early ‘70s. They were what was called a “show band” in such times, and usually played clubs or fraternity parties. He and I were in agreement that the Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was the revelatory event for what musical aspirations we developed, and we also agreed that our respective efforts had been nurtured by an influential band known as the Ventures. “When the Beatles came along, I thought they were good, but they weren’t the Ventures,” he’d said. His memorable observation was probably shared by many teenage aspiring musicians across the nation. Founded in the Pacific Northwest in 1958 by guitarists Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, the Ventures have occupied a unique national niche in popular music for decades, as they specialize in crafting unique instrumental versions of popular hits as well as movie and television themes. “We’d glom onto any trend,” Wilson said of his band’s history in a mid-‘90s interview. The Ventures charted in 1960 with a version of “Walk, Don’t Run,” (their first national release) during the middle of popular music’s “teen idol” days. The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart and #3 on the Cashbox chart. Many Boomer males probably recall early ‘60s “surf music” as the first genre to which they related as a would-be player. Surf music was guitar-based and primarily instrumental, which made it an obvious opportunity for the Ventures. And the band did indeed garner surf music hits. Their cover of “Mr. Moto,” originally released by a surf band called the Bel-Airs, was a bigger hit than the Bel-Airs’ version. Moreover, the Ventures released an updated version of their at-the-time signature song as “Walk, Don’t Run ’64,” and it, too, was a smash hit (#8 in Billboard, #9 in Cashbox). The unique same-band, same-song’s Top Ten hit status would ultimately become a trivia question decades later on Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 radio program. The ‘60s were indeed the golden decade for the Ventures. The band’s classic lineup consisted of guitarist Nokie Edwards, drummer Mel Taylor, Bogle (usually on bass) and Wilson. The three stringed instrument players would often switch roles in the studio or onstage if one player’s guitar style worked better for a particular song (another validation of a pro musical ensemble). The band was particularly popular in Japan (the second largest music market in the world), where they reportedly sold twice as many albums as the Beatles. So it wasn’t surprising that a 1965 album, The Ventures On Stage, featured concert material from Japan on one side. Thereon, Mel Taylor got the show off to a rousing start with what is arguably the best version of the iconic drum-centric song “Wipeout” ever recorded. Taylor’s performance is all the more amazing considering his minimal drum kit. The band also put out a series of instructional albums, and astoundingly, those releases actually made the record charts. The Ventures’ late ‘60s version of the theme from the original “Hawaii Five-O” television would ultimately supplant “Walk, Don’t Run” as their signature song. Over the decades, minimal personnel changes happened to the band, even as guitar-based instrumental music fell out of favor in the U.S. marketplace. The band remains wildly popular in Japan. In its 60 years of existence, the Ventures have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Except for Don Wilson, the classic lineup of the Ventures is deceased. Wilson’s retired but reportedly records with the band when appropriate. …which means that the present-day Ventures have no classic lineup members (RE: The Light Crust Doughboys, Foreigner, etc., as discussed herein last year). That said, the, er, franchise has some impressive members, including Mel Taylor’s son Leon on drums (for over 20 years), and longtime ancillary guitarist Bob “The Fifth Venture” Spalding. Bob’s son Ian and bassist Luke Griffin round out the roster. They’ve just released a new album titled Here We Go Again. The evolution of some iconic rock bands to no-original-members status is on the increase, but the Ventures’ music is still melodic and professionally presented. Their web site proclaims the band to be “the best selling instrumental rock band in music history.” It shows.
  8. Willie G. Moseley

    F**k Snakes?

    I've heard his hair style in what was prolly his most famous mug shot described as "Medusa-like". Subliminal connection?
  9. Willie G. Moseley

    R.I.P. Lorrie Collins

    One of the Collins Kids (along with her brother Larry), who figured into the advent of West Coast rockabilly. Dated Ricky Nelson at one time. Passed away on 4 AUG at the age of 76. The timing of her passing is ironic, on accounta her Martin guitar with an early Mosrite neck is featured in the new issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine. There's a hole worn in the top of the instrument, a la Willie Nelson's "Trigger", which validates how energetic her playing was.
  10. Willie G. Moseley

    Which Headstock Decal Would You Choose?

    This one's available for players over 18 (chronologically if not emotionally); proof of age required prior to purchase:
  11. Willie G. Moseley

    So I was watching a Freddie King video...

    coupla comments: 1. As cited in "We're an American Band", Freddie King opened for Grand Funk RR on tour in '72, and I saw a show (taped at Madison Square Garden?) that was broadcast on ABC's iconic and unforgettable "In Concert" show. Thereon, King performed a blistering cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" that practically decapitated this at-the-time-still-aspiring guitarist, as was prolly the scenario for thousands of other would-be players. That show prolly boosted sales of his '72 album Texas Cannonball immensely. Still prefer King's version over Withers' original. 2. When King died in '76, I read in some magazine (prolly Rolling Stone) that Clapton was highly upset by his unexpected passing. 3. Different strokes for different folks, but having seen and heard Cream live in 1968, I was sorely disappointed in the '05 recordings, and didn't keep the CDs or DVD. While Clapton did indeed exhibit some renewed vigor, I think this forum has discussed the '05 shows before, and someone had noted that tonally, there's a big difference between a Strat thru tweed Twins vs. a Gibson (even a Firebird I) thru Marshall stacks. I'd hazard a guess that anyone who heard Cream in concert 50 years ago and was a fan back then still favors Clapton's Gibson/Marshall configuration. Certainly the case for me.
  12. ^^^^Izzat an air guitar or a John Holmes wanna-be pose?
  13. As for the Woodstock guitar, I've never seen one that nice.
  14. 'Course, Brimley uttered one of my all-time favorite movie lines (and it went over a lotta folks' heads) in Cocoon: "Blue steel. A cat couldn't scratch it." My parents, the Missus and I went to see the film together in '85. In the theater, my father's reaction to Brimley's remark was a loud guffaw. My mother didn't get it. I am now five years older than my father was in '85.
  15. Willie G. Moseley

    Talk to you later...

    In that time, the frenetic marketing caused some pundits to dub the event the "Buy-centennial".
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