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Re: Two Friends

Postby RobertaSparrow » 11 Oct 2013, 17:18

JimLED wrote:How about Bob Dylan?
How good as friend he was for Rory?


Wow, I almost accidently made a big mistake and edited your post when I only meant to quote it :shock: I gotta learn how to use this thing.....

Anyway, yeah, Bob Dylan left that note for Rory, and that surely must have boosted his spirits.

Still, I'd like to see Bob Dylan do more- try to get Rory inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, or do a chart-breaking version of I Could Have Had Religion. Or both. ;)
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Re: Two Friends

Postby Strat59 » 17 Oct 2013, 14:21

Total insult that Rory isn't in the HOF. I don't think they rate Blues highly in that organisation nor non American musicians. That was a great clip. I have listened to hundreds of slide players but IMHO Rory was the true master and stella slide maestro. He truelly was possessed by the soul of an old Southern Bluesman. His touch, feel, phrasing and tone has it in spades. Close your eyes and you would swear you were listening to an old Mississippi Delta player. Acoustic , Resonator or Electric he was killer on all. Never missed a beat when reaching into his pocket and pulling out his hand with slide on finger then letting rip with his incendiary playing on his old strat or tele.

We don't need a HOF to confirm Legend status on Rory. His ever loyal Worldwide fan base and the new generations of young players discovering his legacy and being inspired will carry his memory long into the future. A better ambassador for the blues and role model for Keepin it Real and remaining true to your soul we couldn't have asked for in Rory Gallagher. The epitome of a Bluesman.
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Re: Two Friends

Postby RobertaSparrow » 17 Oct 2013, 15:14

I agree completely- but still, it would be nice if those who are already there, and knew of Rory's gift of music, his influence and the lasting mark he left on the others that followed, and of his personal integrity would champion his cause, rally to his defense. I know Slash has been very outspoken, but what of the rest? I can accept that the "entertainment industry," the stuffed suits who have always been of the opinion that they know what sells, can have an attitude about Rory Gallagher along the lines of, "well, what have you done for us lately," but the artists whose gifts actually allow that industry to exist ought to be bold enough to speak up. And, as far as the R&RHofF, I don't think it's so much because Rory was not American- British rock musicians have been more than acceptable here for decades (yes yes I know, Rory was Irish, and proud of it, and that is not the same as British, but not to most Americans, right or wrong that's what most of us over here do), but more because he shunned the commercial aspects of success, and that is un-American.

What I find even more irritating is that the Blues Hall of Fame practically ignores that Rory ever existed. Now, in that case I think it is to a fair extent snobbery and outright prejudice, because Rory was a master of blues, but he was also not American, or even English ('cause Eric Clapton made it in there, as did Peter Green, and many other Brits), not he was *gasp* Irish, so what could he possibly know about the blues??? I had communicated with some of them, the Blues Hall of Fame, and lobbied as best a non-musican, not-rich garden variety average music fan can, and they suggested, well if you're really a fan of the blues, then why don't you pay dues and join. So I did, and I wrote an article suggesting that Rory be given a place in their hall of fame, or at the very least recognized for the hard work he had done, spreading blues music to other parts of the world where it was fairly unknown- and all they have to do is open their eyes to see it.

But no, not only did they refuse to publish the letter, but they told me Rory was not qualified because he hasn't had a new album, and he hasn't done anything lately!! If you search the Blues Hall of Fame for awards, Rory's name does not come up, not even once!. . . but Curtis Salgado does- and I have nothing against Curtis Salgado, but he's more known for promoting gambling casinos and hawking assorted crap in commercials up here than he is for any contribution to blues music- but he's there.

Not the best quality recording, but the earliest version of Rory's Taste that I could find- 1967? He was still a kid there . . .

So the last time they asked me for membership dues I told them that should they ever decide to mention Rory Gallagher in a positive way, even once, I'll consider it.

But I digress . . .
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Re: Two Friends

Postby Strat59 » 17 Oct 2013, 21:45

It's woefull when you look at some who have been inducted yet Rory hasn't. Very much a snobbery thing. Rory has been a major influence on so many latter day superstars,
and personally apart from listening to original blues it was Rory that made the blues appealing for me. Rory's personality, energy, playing and his interpretation of the blues turned so many on to the blues. When you talk about his performance ability / album sales / writing ability as well as his covers of blues classics and giving credit on stage to those orig performers. His knowledge of the blues, staying true to the genre and popularity all over the World as a bluesman, and the high regard and respect he had from his peers.How can anyone refute Rory's place as a Legend of the blues.

I mean SRV, Johnny Winter, Otis Clay, Joe Louise Walker, Jody Williams ?, Allen Toussaint, Robert Cray........ are you Kidding Rory is not as worthy as Robert Cray ! Laughable. No disrespect but Crays career and influence are nothing compared to Rory.

Or Allen Toussaint !!! Johnny Winter also.......... Rory has been far more influential and far more an all round blues performer (not simply a slide player as Johnny is known for) and far more successful than Johnny or Allen.

Charlie Musselwhite !!! ...... give me a break, are they serious.

Rory is not considered as worthy as Bonny Raite ! You have to be kidding.
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