Friday, May 15, 2015

B B King

B B King has died at the age of 89.

One of his own favourite albums was Indianola Mississippi Seeds, named after the town "Blues Boy" regarded as home. It was recorded, bar one track, at the Record Plant in Los Angeles. The core rhythm section included Russ Kunkel on drums (he's featured on close to 1,000 albums in one role or another) and Bryan Garofalo on bass. They came together in a Long Beach garage band, which evolved through names including The Satin Five, The Barons, and Evil, to Things To Come, and, with that name, became resident at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, and got a record deal with Warner. 

Producer Bill Szymczyk picked the pair up at the suggestion of his secretary, who was a friend of Bryan's wife.

Szymczyk came to production through Navy training in radar and radio. He liked clean sounds and close mikes, but had no musical training. He went on to work with The Eagles.

Most of the tracks have Carole King on piano (Kunkel and Garofalo featured on her early solo albums). But Hummingbird featured writer Leon Russell. Joe Walsh was on rhythm guitar.

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