This has been a horrendous year for the passing of musicians, but then most were septugenarians or even older. Their music was generally of the early post war decades, 50s, 60s and 70s. Emerson, Lake and Parfitt were British ‘bulge babies’, born at the close of World War II, but my compilation does not include anything by them because I have nothing by them in my archives.
Nor do I have anything by George Michael or Prince, but that’s because their particular heydays were in the 80s around the time I left the UK.
Mott the Hoople’s inclusion is because their breakout hit was written by David Bowie, and Mott’s drummer was Dale Griffin who died just six days later.
Collectively, there is a great deal of variety in their music and that is how they will all be remembered.
01. Otis Clay – Trying To Live My Life Without You
02. Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
03. Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman – Appalachian Champagne
04. Man (w. Phil Ryan) – Born With A Future
05. Fairport Convention (w. Dave Swarbrick) – Walk Awhile
06. Henry McCullough (w. Grease Band) – The Visitor
07. Gilli Smyth – Back To The Womb
08. Prince Buster – Madness
09. Quincy Jones – Stomp (lyrics by Rod Temperton)
10. Stina Nordenstam (Leonard Cohen) – I Came So Far For Beauty
11. Leon Russell – Beware of Darkness
12. Mose Allison – Parchman Farm