Take me back to 1968

At least, back to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Season Two, when Mason Williams debuted “Classical Gas” on the show. Here’s Williams explaining how he wrote the song. Here it is as it was recorded for Williams’ album “The Mason Williams Phonograph Record”. Backing him up: Larry Knechtel and Jim Gordon of The Wrecking Crew, …

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R.l.P. Gregg Allman

Allman died today of unspecified causes after several years of health issues. He co-founded the Allman Brothers Band with his brother Duane in 1969 and cut several hugely successful albums. The band suffered the loss of Duane to a motorcycle accident in 1971 and then the loss of bassist Berry Oakley at almost the same …

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Frishberg sings

If you haven’t heard Dave Frishberg play piano, you’re missing a treat. He began as an accompanist but started singing his own compositions in the Sixties. He wrote this song for a friend. “A friend of mine in Minneapolis invited me to perform at a big party celebrating his 25th year as a lawyer,” he …

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