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Sunday, August 6, 2006

Sad weekend in L.A.

Arthur Lee (top center), who blew everybody's minds in the late '60s with his group Love, has left the building. A fascinating life, some great music.

Here's a 2003 performance by Lee of a song that was in heavy rotation on the Jonathan Schwartz radio show in New York in the early '70s:

And here's Lee laying the groundwork for punk, way back there, on American Bandstand (of all places):

Trivia question of the day: Who wrote that last song?

Rest in peace, Arthur.

Comments (1)

Who wrote that last song?

I had to Google it (having not yet been born when the song was released). Interesting. Is there anything that guy can't write?

Looks like I'll be making a stop at Everyday Music today.

Posted by: Chris Snethen at August 6, 2006 07:31 AM

Is there anything that guy can't write?

He's got quite a catalog of monster hits.

Posted by: Jack Bog at August 6, 2006 12:51 PM

I was also bummed to see that local bass player Tom Miller passed away. He used to frequent a restaurant I worked at back in the 80s and he was very funny. I told him a lame joke one time and he just turned to the waitress and said, "Check please." That really cracked me up. It was initially a nice surprise to see his picture in the Oregonian this morning. Then I realized it was the Obituary Section and it was quite a shock.

Posted by: Bill McDonald at August 6, 2006 05:37 PM

The first time I heard I ever heard "alone again or" was a cover version in the early 80's by a Goth/punk band from England called the Damned. I always loved that song. I never even knew it was a cover until my wife brought home a starbucks compilation cd a few years ago called "peace love and music" with a bunch of songs from the 70's. The version I knew stayed pretty true to the original. I think I'll be picking up a Love cd in the near future.

Posted by: jason at August 6, 2006 05:53 PM

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