Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Hot Club

Louisiana Steve looked up at the small Hot Club TV and asked when the HC was getting the new big plasma TVs that Josh Miller promised. Photogenic said, "When they get a flat screen TV, my daughter will be graduating college."

Turns out the lads made a statement and went to the Fish Company for Sunday's Patriots game. No 42-inch plasma TVs in the Hot Club, no regulars.

Bags told me "Even if I didn't say that, don't print it."

We heard Hooks had his first date (of the new millennium?). Someone said he was on a $40 budget. Enough for beer, Viagra, wood for the fire and a woody.

In talking about my stint in the Air Force ('68-'72), I told Peter (of Mr. D.'s band Almond Joy) that I was against the Vietnam War and had a poster in my room showing Arlington National Cemetery. The caption read, "We are the unwilling, led by the unqualified, to do the unwanted for the ungrateful". They made me take down the poster after one day.

Peter, a steeplechase runner, used to work for Converse sneakers. Fleet Feet Pete said Larry Bird and Kevin McHale had a fresh pair of sneakers for every game. 82 games. 82 new pairs of game sneakers.

Congratulations to Britt for winning an award from the RI Hospitality and Tourism Association as one of 5 Employees of the Year. Britt, pleased to be so recognized, was given the award at the Hyatt on Goat Island in Newport. She noted it only took 17 years.

Also Happy Belated Birthday to Eben who just turned 30. Sister Brittan did a great job of decorating the HC's waterside bar with life-size blowups of Hideki Matsui, Darth Vader and other members of the Evil Empire. Eben, Brittan and dad Tom are all Yankees' fans. Wind from the deck kept blowing down the cutouts. Foot Joy said he wanted to kick a Yankee while he was down. I suggested a nail gun. Brittan had Augie use a staple gun.

Overheard at the Hot Club: "Anything that bleeds 12 months a year and doesn't die has supernatural powers."

Jesse M. wants it known that I misquoted him. He did not agree with Contraire re OJ Simpson's chase as memorable. Actually Jesse made fun of Contraire for suggesting it.

And condolences to Mike Solomon whose mom Sarah passed away last week at 72.


After reading the 2 links from Chuck D Computer (see E-Mail), I learned this: Gram Parsons was hired by Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman of the Byrds as a jazz pianist. Parsons got the Byrds to leave LA and record Sweetheart of the Rodeo in Nashville.

Parsons spent one semester studying Theology at Harvard. You know how that turned out. He saw God a lot earlier than he should have.

Gram became friendly with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. The Stones allowed Parsons and the Burritos to record Wild Horses (released before the Stones' version). Mick Jagger agreed but with the provision that the song could not be released as a single.

Parsons was invited to Keith Richards' Villa Nellcôte in the South of France during the making of Exile on Main Street. It is believed that Parsons was a big influence on Honky Tonk Women and Country Honk though the Stones have never given him writing credit.

Gretchen Carpenter, Parsons' girlfriend, accompanied him to Villa Nellcôte. They fought so much that Anita Pallenberg, Richards' long-time companion, asked them to leave.

Parsons' friendship with the Stones did get the Flying Burrito Brothers a gig as the opening act at Altamount (the concert that ended the Summer of Love). The Burritos did 6 Days on the Road, which is in the movie Gimme Shelter. Parsons took the last helicopter out.

It was Chris Hillman that got Parsons to attend a performance by Emmylou Harris at a Georgetown (Wash. DC) club. After hearing her, Parsons invited her to sing on GP.

The band Parsons used for his 2 solo LPs, GP and Grievous Angel was Elvis Presley's backing band: James Burton - lead guitar, Ron Tutt- drums, Glen D. Hardin - piano and Al Perkins - pedal steel. He couldn't afford the backing band to do a road tour so he assembled a different group of musicians known as the Fallen Angels.

Emmylou Harris is given credit for getting the Fallen Angels to practice and come up with a playlist for the tour.

Parsons once played and jammed with Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, a band managed by Phil Kaufman.

Kaufman served time with Charles Manson on Terminal Island and produced Manson's LP LIE.

Kaufman raised the money for the $700 fine (for stealing Gram's coffin) by hosting a Parsons' tribute called Kaufman's Koffin Kaper Koncert. Jonathan Richman, Dr. Demento and Bobby 'Boris' Pickett performed.


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