This Spotify playlist presents some of the essential songs performed or written by black artists that were covered by the Rolling Stones.
The original songs are presented back to back with the Stone’s covers.
Needless to say that the Stones learned a lot from these songs and built a 50 year career on them.
If you want to dig deeper into songs covered by the Stones, I recommend Gerard Slinkert’s project Undercover. He presents 83 original songs and compares them with the Stone’s version. You can listen to both the originals and the covers.
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
Canadian rock group 'Rush': Satin or polyester?
Rocktownhall features a wonderfull section called Rocks Unfullfiled Fashion Ideas. If you got strong nerves, check out fashion nightmares such as capes, athletic wear, and silly shades.
See also: The Hair Of Old British Pop And Rock Stars: Does It Ever Turn Gray?
Rod Stewart: When football meets bad taste
Nancy Sinatra in the studio with Billy Strange.
Part 2 of my mini-video-documentary is now online: Billy Strange – Hit Maker.