Musical Notes – October 12

This week on Musical Notes are news bits on Duane Allman, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, and The Greatest Guitar Solo.

Musical Notes

Duane Allman:
The Allman Brothers have decided that the time is right to park the bus but that doesn’t mean the brothers have not been busy.

Brother Duane died in 1971 as the result of a motorcycle accident. If Duane had survived he would have been 70 this year.

During Duane’s all too short career he had worked with his band Hour Glass, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Otis Rush, Lulu, Aretha Franklin, Delaney and Bonnie, and Eric Clapton when he was a member of Derek and the Dominoes.

After Duane’s death an anthology album was released that featured a career spanning song list. That album has been out of print for quite some time. But on October 28, Mercury/UMe is re-releasing the album on the original vinyl.

A limited edition package is also being offered that will include a 20 page booklet, and one that will include a T-shirt.

Included on the album is a B.B. King medley from Hour Glass, and performances with Wilson Picket, Clarence Carter, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, John Hammond, Boz Scaggs, Johnny Jenkins, Delaney & Bonnie, Cowboy, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, and “Layla” with Derek & The Dominoes.


Rod Stewart:
British rocker Rod Stewart joins Sir Paul, Sir Elton, Sir Van, Sir Mick, Sir Cliff, and Dame Shirley as a member of the Musical Knights.

His Royal Highness Prince William did the honours of Knighting Sir Roderick at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace October 11.

Honoured as a part of The Queen’s Birthday list for his contributions to music and charitable endeavours, Sir Roderick was accompanied by his wife Penny and sons Alastair and Aiden.

Speaking on the honour, Sir Roderick said, “a monumental honour . . . I couldn’t ask for anything more. I thank Her Majesty and promise to ‘wear it well.'”

Sir Roderick noted that he and the Prince spoke about music and his career saying, “he said ‘It’s great that you’re still going’ and I said: ‘I have to — I’ve got eight children!’
He congratulated me on my long career, and I said how happy this made me. I just wish my mum and dad had been here to see it.”


The Beatles:
LEGO bricks have long been a staple in every imaginative child’s playroom. But LEGOs are not just for kids anymore.

The newest addition to the LEGO collection is the “Yellow Submarine” of Beatle fame.

Set for a November 1 release, the set features 550 pieces to construct the submersible and five LEGO people – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Jeremy (Hillary Boob). However, the set does not include any Blue Meanies

The “Yellow Submarine” set will sell for $60.

The “Yellow Submarine” LEGO set was created by amateur musician Beatles and LEGO fan Kevin Szeto.


Greatest Guitar Solo:
There are certain guitar riffs that every guitar student finds it obligatory to learn – the open to “Stairway to Heaven”, the opening to “Smoke on the Water”, some Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix.

But the subject of which guitar solo is the greatest is a matter of contention depending on who one asks.

Recently Classic Rock Magazine in England asked that very question of a group of music critics, musicians, and musicologists.

Their answer?

The number one greatest guitar solo comes from “Stairway to Heaven” by British rockers Led Zeppelin.

The top 10 list of great guitar solos:
“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
“Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd
“Hotel California” by The Eagles
“Freebird” by Lynrd Skynyrd
“All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix
“Eruption” by Van Halen
“Killer Queen” by Queen
“Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns ‘N’ Roses
“Purple Rain” by Prince
“Paranoid” by Black Sabbath

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