Saturday, 03 January 2004
Pix Of The Day: Minnie The Moocher & Turnup Root
CREDIT: © Bob Gruen/BobGruen.com
WHERE: music performance venues. WHAT: jazz & blues progenitors of rock.
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Bob Gruen has stood beside some of the best known names in Rock 'n' Roll, and he has pictures to prove that on his web site. The gallery list of legendary bands and solo performers runs to eighty four entries, each with their own section. There is a POTD (Picture Of The Day) section that makes up with insight what it lacks in punctuality; the interview by Carlo McCormick outlines Bob's career; and the 9/11 pictures provide a sad counterpoint, a world away from the show biz razzle dazzle. We will leave you to discover other features for yourself, such as John Lennon in Cuba.
These five choices from Bob's galleries do not necessarily indicate our own musical preferences, though they do probably indicate we are of a certain age. Left to right you see:  Cab Calloway;  Little Richard;  Muddy Waters;  Chuck Berry; and  Bo Diddley. Click on the thumbnails to view each performer's gallery on Bob's web site, and click on the numbered links to read a short biography we have selected.
Cab Calloway's first Chicago nightclub gig was at the Dreamland Café in 1928, the year Bo Diddley was born. Cab's first big hit and theme song of 1931 was 'Minnie The Moocher'. The typically idiosyncratic name Bo Diddley has given to his web site is 'Bo Bo Diddley's Turnup Root'. The span of Bo's life has seen interesting times.
Cab died at the age of eighty seven on 18 November 1994 in Hockessin, Delaware, after a stroke earlier in that year. Bo was scheduled to celebrate his seventy fifth birthday on last Tuesday, 30 December 2003, in the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Unfortunately, we have been unable to load Bo's Turnup Root official web site. Perhaps the celebrations got a little out of hand, and somebody knocked it over.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)