Friday, March 23, 2007

Fill in the___FQ___blanks

ROUTE 1 readers give credit where credit is due by filling in the blanks to complete this week's FRIDAY QUESTION:
"_______ does not get adequate recognition because _________."
Rick T. -- Old Country Music does not get adequate recognition because of the executives in Nashville pushing the NEW country.
Kerstin H. -- "Gilmore Girls," because it never gets nominated for any awards but it is one of the best-written shows on TV and the acting is some of the best acting I have seen.
Brian C. -- The Wrecking Crew does not get adequate recognition, because this group of session players provided the music on some of the major rock and pop albums of the 1960s. I had never heard of the Wrecking Crew until I received the March issue of American Heritage magazine. In those days, we bought those albums, believing that the artists on the cover were the ones playing on the album inside. The Wrecking Crew were so good, they were in constant demand.
For example? Here are the Wrecking Crew's Top 10 albums, according to the article: 1. Pet Sounds (Beach Boys); 2. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel); 3. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (Mamas & Papas); 4. The Monkees (The Monkees -- the word WAS out about their 'musicianship'); 5. Boots (Nancy Sinatra); 6. Whipped Cream (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass); 7. Insight Out (The Association); 8. The Age of Aquarius (Fifth Dimension); 9. Live at the Whisky a Go-Go (Johnny Rivers); 10. Close to You (The Carpenters).
Scout S. -- Scout does not get adequate recognition because the world is a big stupid head.
Mike D. -- Disco does not get adequate recognition because of Bill Veeck and the Disco Sucks crowd. There were some great songs that could even get Gary D. out onto the dance floor.
Erik H. -- Paul Griffin does not get adequate recognition because his lack of appropriate credit belies his status as one of rock and soul's greatest pianist.
Griffin receives credit for playing on Brother Jack McDuff's "Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring." Did you also know he played the organ intro to Chuck Jackson's "Any Day Now?" He also played on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" (in fact, Griffin played on all three of Dylan's seminal, first albums of electrified rock), the Shirelle's "Tonight's the Night," B.J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" and Don McLean's "American Pie." There are many, many more songs I could list.
Griffin died in 2000 at age 62 while awaiting a liver transplant. His obit in the Washington Post ran only three paragraphs. Griffin did so much for music, it should have run a whole page.


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