Thursday, February 28, 2008

Music Week Continued in this Journal

There are 3 music items to note today, one happy and the other 2 sad.  Last night American Masters on PBS featured fold singer Pete Seeger who is 88 years young.  I remember in the early 1960s at Camp Wel Met in the Catskills singing Pete's songs such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", If I Had A Hammer," "Wimoweh," and "We Shall Overcome.  My favorite Seeger song has to be "Turn Turn Turn" as recorded by the Byrds.  Pete was a political activist and was actually banned from television for 17 years because people though he was a communist.  I was glad to see that he is so active at an advanced age.  The show featured interviews with many fold performers including Bob Dylan.

Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five died today at age 64.  About 5 years ago he suffered a serious spinal chord injury from which he never fully recovered.  The Dave Clark Five will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in two weeks.

Buddy Miles has also died. He was 60. He co founded the Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield and was part of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys


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