27. February, 2012
Billy Strange, about two years old
I’m still very sad about the passing of the great musician Billy Strange. Not was he only a wonderful guitarist, producer and arranger, he was also a great friend. A unique man: thoughtful, funny, clever, heardheaded and supportive. He had the greatness to let others shine on stage and on records.
Over the years I’ve met Billy several times. And the more I learned about his life and career, the more in awe I was. That’s why I started writing about him on this blog. Later I interviewed Billy on video. Two parts of this video interview were published by Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger (English with German subtitles):
Das unbekannte Genie hinter Elvis und Sinatra: Teil 1
Das unbekannte Genie hinter Elvis und Sinatra: Teil 2
Here is my farewell to Billy (in German):
Der Forrest Gump der Musikgeschichte
And here are some articles from this blog about Billy Strange:
Billy Strange talks about Nancy Sinatra
Billy Strange’s Fuzz Guitar Spices Up Ann-Margret Ballad
The Billy Strange Story of Chubby Checker Hit Song ‘Limbo Rock’
The Birth of a Beach Boys Song
The Forgotten Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood CD
Billy Strange instrumentals on iTunes
1. October, 2010
Nancy Sinatra in the studio with Billy Strange.
Part 2 of my mini-video-documentary is now online: Billy Strange – Hit Maker.
29. September, 2010
Nancy Sinatra, Billy Strange (middle) and Lee Hazlewood in 2003.
Today Billy Strange celebrates his 80th birthday in Nashville, TN. Here’s a video interview with Billy Strange I did. He talks about working with The Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Phil Spector and Nancy Sinatra.
Billy Strange helped the Beach Boys, Elvis, Frank and Nancy Sinatra and many others to make hits.
He was a number one studio guitarist in the music studios of Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s. You can hear his guitar on songs like “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, “Sloop John B.” and countless other Beach Boys and surf songs. He’s also famous for playing the haunting guitar on “Bang Bang”, the song that was used by Quentin Tarantino in “Kill Bill”. His arranging skills made songs like “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”, “Some Velvet Morning” and “Something Stupid” immortal.
13. May, 2010
B.B. Kings Gitarre aus der Flut gerettet (Foto: Samuel M. Simpkins/The Tennessean)
Was haben die Gitarren von Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Les Paul, Tommy Tedesco, Pete Townshend und Peter Frampton gemeinsam?
Das reissende Wasser hat sie alle am 1. Mai in Nashville beschädigt. Die Instrumente gehören zur Sammlung des Museums Musicians Hall of Fame and Music, das kürzlich seine Räumlichkeiten wegen eines bevorstehenden Abbruchs verlassen musste. Deshalb wurden die Instrumente eingelagert. Unglücklicherweise liegt das Lagerhaus am Cumberland Fluss und wurde von der Jahrtautausendflut überschwemmt.
Hier ein Video von tennesean.com mit den beschädigten historischen Instrumenten: Musicians Hall of Fame instruments destroyed in flood.
10. January, 2010
Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock & Roll” actually was a country music star. Contradictory, isn’t it? No, it isn’t, claims music author Colin Escott in his article about Elvis published on the Country Music Hall Of Fame website. And he makes some good points.