I remember when the boss and I first started working with Ray Charles. Ray thought we were trying to pull a fast one (just a misunderstanding, soon corrected) and he called us down to his studio so he could yell at us in person. So, like dorks, we went. There was Ray Charles giving us a tongue lashing and there we were, taking it. Soon Ray got a bit disoriented and was yelling at the wall while we were to his left. Marshall and I looked at each other, shrugged, and then moved over to be right in front of him again. Both of us were thinking "wow, we are being yelled at by RAY CHARLES!"
Funny but true.
But no one wants to come here to be yelled at about their work. We ain't Ray Charles.
Shawn Britton said:
I spoke with Terry Howard, Ray Charles' Engineer of 20+years (Ray used to laugh that he "stole Terry from Barbra Streisand"), and about two weeks before Mr. Howard was arrested (after winning several Grammys for "Genius Loves Company" and BTW, got ripped off for what should have been his Producer credits on a song or two)-Terry told me that after DCC released several Ray projects, one of the versions of "Georgia On My Mind" ended up missing, either the album version or the single version (can't recall) was not locatable, and as Terry said: "Ray was just sick about it". As far as that news story from the BBC above, chalk it up to jealousy in the office. Terry was acquitted. The only people who had access to those "Georgia On My Mind" tapes at the time were: Terry Howard, Steve Hoffman and Ray himself.
Later, though, Steve did manage to locate a version of a Brother Ray tune with no reverb on it from a record company friend in Germany, and sent it to Terry. Hoffman's guilty conscience?
He once claimed his 24 Karat "Hit The Road Jack" was taken from an alternative master with less reverb. It sounded exactly the same to me as all the other stereo versions I've got. Maybe half a second more fade, that's all.
He must have been asked about it, because I can't find the post to link to it.
We all know about STEVE's rocket-fueled career. He was involved in anything and everything happening in SoCal in the 70s. Just imagine - in 1974 the SLA left their infamous ransom tape at the exact radio station STEVE was moonlighting at while attending college. How about that? Why, if it wasn't for STEVE, Patty Hearst may have remained Tania for the rest of her life.
In 1971, a mere three years earlier, big Daddy Hoofman took little STEVIE to the Thrifty Drug Store to buy him a new needle for his minty Zenith rekkid player. Cost $2.00.
Which just goes to show you how fast and how much our Host accomplished in his whirl-wind lifetime. Thanks, STEVE!
"Don't get me wrong, I'm one of them there millionaires, bucko, and I could buy anything I wanted..." - S.H. 10/22/16
Post by Boozin' Susan on Feb 26, 2019 20:24:44 GMT
Steve Hoffman said:
Back in the 1970s I loved a pioneering female rock band called FANNY. They have many fans, loyal to this day. Their ace guitar player/singer June Millington and drummer Alice de Buhr are our Facebook Friends. When I stumbled on this newly restored 1971 video from the German BEAT CLUB TV show of Radio Bremen, I couldn't believe it. The quality, the music, the band. They were SO fantastic. So, here is June Millington on guitar, her sister Jean Millington on bass guitar, Alice de Buhr on drums and Nickey Barclay on keyboards. Watch and love! From November of 1971..
Just thought of a Fanny related story. It was like 1983 or so, and our record company was having a picnic with the label execs and the Go-Go's. Celebrating something or other, one of their releases going gold maybe. We were all sitting around chatting and one of the top execs of the company (who shall be nameless) muttered over in our direction: "Personally, I'm a Fanny Freak myself." I looked at him astonished and said "Me too!" We shook hands and that was it. Our way of reminding our little group where the real talent was.. Funny, haven't thought of that in years. "Fanny Freaks!"
I just listened to what I could take of that. Verdict: their polyester lumpen rawk just doesn't compare to the swagger of Josie and the Pussycats — and certainly not 1/100th as good as the Go-Go's were.
"Desiring and then acquiring an expensive watch is prima facie evidence you are a cunt." — Steve Albini