724. Bob Dylan - Street Legal (1978)
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Day 724 of @ughwax
Street-Legal is the 18th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on June 15, 1978 by Columbia Records. The album was a departure for Dylan, who uses a large pop-rock band including female backing vocalists.
Before work began on Street Legal, Dylan's personal life underwent a major change. In February 1977, Dylan spent several days at Gold Star Studios where Leonard Cohen was recording a new album, Death of a Ladies Man, with Phil Spector and Allen Ginsberg. After one session where Dylan and others indulged in a substantial amount of alcohol, Dylan returned to his Malibu home with an old friend of Cohen's, a woman named Malka. According to a declaration by Sara Dylan's legal representative (publicly released in March 1977), "On February 22nd...[Sara] came down to breakfast and found Dylan, the children, and a woman named Malka at the breakfast table. She said that it was then that Dylan struck her on the face and ordered her to leave." It's unclear whether this statement is true; any additional context or information was sealed by Judge Raffedie. (Judge Raffedie also sealed Dylan's response to his ex-wife's allegations; the order was given before Dylan's response was filed.) The divorce was quickly settled, becoming final in June of 1977, with apparently little effort at reconciliation. Sara would receive initial custody of the children.
Swipe left for clip! Here’s a little more of “I’ll Be With You When the Roses Bloom Again” from Burnett and Rutherford in November 1926. “Rattle of the battle…” is some fine lyrical alliteration. Leonard Rutherford was a full-time live-entertainer and recording artist. He toured with Dick Burnett for 35 years, and recorded with John Foster for about 5 years simultaneously. Rutherford has been described as ‘one of the prettiest of old time fiddlers’ but Burnett often jabbed him for his lack of showmanship. Rutherford met Burnett in 1914, when Rutherford was only 14, and he assisted the blind musician on his trips. Burnett taught Rutherford to play the fiddle, and as he improved it became profitable for them to travel further. Columbia scout and producer Frank Walker once said "I've had a heap of people recording for me here, but you two fellers are the two smoothest musicians that I ever had record for me." Burnett and Rutherford records sold well, and they were invited to record at more sessions for Columbia in 1927 and 1928. They left Columbia in 1928 after a royalties dispute and later recorded for Gennett with guitarist Byrd Moore.
Willie Chambers (Part 1 of 2)
Willie Chambers was born and raised in Lee County, Mississippi. The son of a humble sharecropper family, he moved to Los Angeles in 1954, where he began performing gospel and folk throughout Southern California. In 1965, the addition of white drummer Brian Keenan not only made the Chambers Brothers an interracial group, but also pushed their music closer to Rock & Roll. The group signed to Columbia to issue Time Has Come Today, scoring a major pop hit with the title track, an 11-minute psychedelic soul epic in its original album incarnation. The song has been used in over 100 film and TV soundtracks, including Oliver Stone’s The Doors, Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, Coming Home and Girl, Interrupted. The classic song Love, Peace, and Happiness soon followed.
Longtime Chambers Brothers fans and rock historians well remember the time in the 60s and 70s when, like their West Coast contemporaries Sly and the Family Stone, the constantly touring groups shattered racial and musical divides to forge an incendiary fusion of funk, gospel, blues, and psychedelia. In the years before they achieved household name status – which came via a string of appearances in the Big Apple circa 1965, introduced by none other than Bob Dylan – the Brothers were a church-born and bred group that broke ground and pushed cultural boundaries.
(Part 2 continued below)