Jimmy Fink heard last week’s edition of The Peak Off Peak when we talked about the Bo Diddley Beat and thought it would be cool to chat about another noteworthy sound that has helped shape what we call “world class rock.”
Today on The Peak Off Peak, the glory that is the 12-string guitar.
There are some people who make a tremendous impact on the music industry and yet so many people don’t even know their names. And that's a shame.
Tom Dowd was highly influential in creating the sound of the second half of the 20th Century. He is responsible for some of the world's greatest recordings. He has been credited with inventing multi-track recording. He put Aretha Franklin on the musical map. He introduced Eric Clapton to Duane Allman.
It’s time for an Off Peak about Tom Dowd.
The Morning Peak airs weekdays from 5 to 10am eastern in New York's backyard and online at www.1071ThePeak.com. Join us for Movie in a Minute, The Kopy Kat Kut, The Peak/Off Peak and other fun features!
Movie In A Minute is a short-form comedy bit created by the geniuses at Morningshow Sidekick, a radio prep service based in Denver with more than 140 affiliates all over the country. I have been the voice of "MIM" since its inception in the mid-90's. The premise is a "young" girl tells the story of a current movie complete with sound effects in about a minute (give or take..,).
Some say “Hero” some say “Killer”, on this edition of The Peak / Off Peak, the story behind the famous song about notorious Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés.
You will hear what six strings can do in the hands of a genius along with some of the artists who, like Cortez himself, attempt to conquer the Neil Young classic.
Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, originally released 1984, the song achieved little initial success but found greater popular acclaim through Kopy Kats. The song has been covered by almost 200 different artists in various languages. Leonard Cohen said recently that he finds the number of different kopy kats "ironic and amusing" given that when he first wrote the song his record company wouldn't release it.
They were among the MOST influential artists in the history of world class rock. They lived fast and died young -- at the age of 27. Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrision, Kurt Cobain -- the list is very impressive. But does Amy Winehouse have what it takes to be a member of the hallowed "27Club"?
The topic of discussion today on The Peak /Off Peak is not so much a single song as it is a “sound” – a sound so intrinsic to our musical heritage that it is virtually woven into the very fabric that is rock and roll.
It’s the sound of The Originator and his signature rectangular Gretsch which he nicknamed "The Twang Machine"
Talking about The Bo Diddley Beat