Mick Taylor as he performed with the Rolling Stones in 1972/1973.
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Michael Kevin ‘Mick’ Taylor will turn 65 in about a week, but I hope he resists retirement as his credits make him one of England’s greatest contributions to Blues and Rock. He’d deserve that accolade if all he’d ever done were his stints with John Mayall and the Rolling Stones.
Some believe that there are only four Rolling Stones, but then some say there's a fifth: keyboardist Chuck Leavell. He's been on tours with the band for more than 30 years — but that hasn't been his only gig. At 20, he was asked to join The Allman Brothers Band.
Darlene Love, one of the background singers featured in <em>Twenty Feet From Stardom</em>, didn't receive credit for singing hits in the 1950s and '60s and says her career was derailed by legendary producer Phil Spector.
Twenty Feet from Stardom, filmmaker Morgan Neville's new documentary, is a reminder that most of pop music's catchiest hooks, riffs and refrains were sung by voices harmonizing in the background. Neville says he wanted to put backup singers — black, female and honed in church — front and center.
"I was really more interested in people who were voices for hire," he says, "who were able to walk into sessions never knowing what they had to do and could bring it."
Most of us think of Muddy Waters as one of the all time legends of the Blues, the standard by which we judge Chicago Blues. There was a time in his career though that he had faded from being the “King Bee” we think of today.