Delaney & Bonnie & Friends Rip It Up

Originally posted March 29, 2008

Riches abound at YouTube this morning. I never got further than the first item on my list of things to look for.

I’m not exactly sure when this video was shot, but it seems to have been on the same tour in England that brought about the album Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour With Eric Clapton. At least, it’s around the same time. Among the Friends mentioned yesterday, I didn’t see Tex Johnson or Rita Coolidge here, but they may be hidden behind speakers or amps. All of the other Friends I mentioned yesterday are here: Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Price, Bobby Keys and Eric Clapton. And there are two guests, one very visible and the other, it seems, not seen on the video but mentioned by Delaney at the end. Those guests are George Harrison and Billy Preston.

For me, this is about as good as it gets.

Video deleted.

A Few Notes
In the older essay about the summer of 1972 that I posted the other day, I said that the drafting of young men into the U.S. military ended by 1971. A reader named David, a year younger than I, sent me a pleasant note telling me that the draft was active at least a couple years more and his lottery number was 254. I was confused, as I was certain that the law authorizing the draft had lapsed in 1971. So I took a look at Wikipedia, which reports that the law did lapse but that Congress, after some wrangling, passed a two-year extension. I would imagine that, having gotten No. 354 in the lottery for men born in 1953, I was relieved enough that I paid no attention to what Congress did about the draft. No matter what the reason might have been for my being unaware of the dates, I should have checked them before I posted the essay. Thanks for the heads-up, David!

David, along with reader Yah Shure, also noted that a book about rock history, referred to in my post regarding Alex Taylor, was written by Lillian Roxon, not Ronson. I should note, then, that the quote I posted about James Taylor’s music likely did not come from that book. Taylor’s album, Sweet Baby James, came out in 1970, and Roxon’s book was first published in 1969. So I’m not sure where I read the quote about Taylor’s music, but I read it somewhere. It’s too good a quote for me to have made up!

And then, about yesterday’s post, which touched vaguely on science fiction’s place in leading me to be a writer: Had I known as I wrote on Wednesday morning that Arthur C. Clarke had died the day before, I certainly would have mentioned it. In fact, it might have been an entirely different post. Of the few writers I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Clarke is likely the one I would have tagged as the best, based on his ability to generate a story that grabs one’s attention, is based in the facts of science and is well-written throughout. As a farewell, I thought it would be appropriate to share a couple of lines from one of Clarke’s most famous characters (created with Stanley Kubrick, certainly), the HAL 9000 computer.

“I’m sorry, Dave, but I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

“Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave?”


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