Born on this day in 1940, in Lubbock, Texas, bassist Joe B. Mauldin. Mauldin was an original member of Buddy Holly‘s backing band, The Crickets. Mauldin was also a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, were legends like Brian Wilson recorded.
Born on this day in 1942, in Peoria, Illinois, musician Bruce Johnston. When lead Beach Boy Brian Wilson retired from touring, Johnston took his place as the band’s live bassist.
Born on this day in 1942, in Inglewood, California, musician Brian Wilson. A founding member of The Beach Boys, Wilson’s talents and accomplishments are too big and numerous to be written here.
Chrissie Hynde & Valve
Bone Woe Ensemble
Valve Bone Woe (BMG)
This is the jazzy pop record that rocker Chrissie Hynde has always threatened to make. Focusing on the late 1950’s through the early 1960’s, it’s a pleasant record that isn’t overly fussy, which is welcome relief these days. An emotional voice lending its own beauty, as well as its own flaws.
The Kinks’ “No Return” sounds even more samba-like than the original, and Brian Wilson’s “Caroline, No” gets turned into a sultry torch song. Sinatra’s “I’m A Fool To Love You” takes on a whole new elegance in Hynde’s hands. This is a very special moment in a long and fascinating career.
By Dan Pavelich