Sunday, May 5, 2013

May 5, 2013

PAUL SIMON...There Goes Rhymin' Simon  (1973)
There Goes Rhymin' Simon, the third solo album from Paul Simon, was released 40 years ago today in 1973.  It reached number 2 on the U.S. Billboard album charts.  I highly recommend this record, giving it a 4 out of 5 stars.  First, and foremost, perhaps my favorite Simon solo tune is on this album, "Something So Right."  I have always loved this song, the melody and the acoustic guitar playing are so brilliant.  Paul Simon is an outstanding guitarist, something you don't normally hear.  Two big hit singles come from this set, "Kodachrome" and "Loves Me Like A Rock," both excellent songs.  Other highlights include "American Tune" and "Take Me To The Mardi Gras."  It had been a very long time since I had heard this album (my uncle would play it for me when I was a teenager) so it was very refreshing to hear it today.  You must check it out
(CD, vinyl, Allmusic review)

Bill Ward of Black Sabbath is 65; James LaBrie of Dream Theater is 50; Shawn Drover of Megadeth is 47;


1984 Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders marries Jim Kerr of Simple Minds
1986 Cleveland, Ohio is chosen as the site for the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame
1990 Jason Bonham gets married, and at the reception he plays a 5 song set with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones
1995 Steven Alder, formerly with Guns 'N' Roses, is arraigned on possession of heroin charges
2000 Rod Stewart undergoes surgery to have a growth on his thyroid removed, which turns out to be benign
2002 Legendary songwriter Otis Blackwell dies in Nashville, Tennessee. Blackwell was 70
2003 Ted Nugent makes racist statements in an interview with a Denver radio station. Nugent is then dropped from the upcoming Summer Celebration Festival in Michigan
2006 Songs From Black Mountain by Live is released
2012 Brian "Head" Welch performs with KoRn for the first time in 7 years

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