Category: Happy Birthday

gregorygalloway: Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 …

gregorygalloway:

Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988)

Steve Howefrom Yes: An Authorized Biography by…

Steve Howe

from Yes: An Authorized Biography by Dan Hedges, 1980.

dayniac:

dayniac:

Happy 96th Birthday, Doris !

Tony Banks, 1977.From: Genesis: I Know What I …

Tony Banks, 1977.

From: Genesis: I Know What I Like by Armando Gallo, 1980.

Patricia Quinn and Richard O’Brien from The Ro…

Patricia Quinn and Richard O’Brien from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975.

 From The Rocky Horror Picture Show Book, Bill Henkin, 1979.

twixnmix:

twixnmix:

Elton John photographed by George Wilkes, 1972.

eleanor-rigbysdreams: Happy birthday Carl Fred…

eleanor-rigbysdreams:

Happy birthday Carl Fredrick Kendall Palmer my love

isabelcostasixties:Pattie Boyd at her home pho…

isabelcostasixties:

Pattie Boyd at her home photographed by Larry Ellis.
London, March 3rd 1964 💙

Robin Trower’s final gig with Procol Harum, Ap…

Robin Trower’s final gig with Procol Harum, April 12, 1971, WPLJ-FM, NYC, “Memorial Drive”

Procol Harum and their rock god guitarist Robin Trower pulled a nifty trick in 1971 – they parted ways, and both became much, much bigger. 

Procol Harum would record their biggest album a few months after Robin left: Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, recorded in November 18, 1971, released in early ‘72, and peaking at #5 on the US chart (the band’s only album to break the top 20 here). 

While Robin would take a few years to reach his solo commercial peak (4 consecutive Gold albums from 1974-1977, plus one more in 1980), he remains very active – 5 albums already this decade, with more coming! All highly recommended, too. He’s still playing with the creativity and grace of players a third his age.

In the meantime, Robin’s final tour with Procol Harum in 1971 was positively blazing. One of the few recordings that survives just happens to be a corker – their very final gig together, a radio show recorded at the mighty WPLJ at 2 Penn Plaza, broadcast from atop the Empire State Building…and did I mention blazing? Here’s the opening number for most of the tour’s dates (including this one), “Memorial Road.” 

I normally recommend avoiding YouTube comments, but our man on the scene “fenderstratguy” gets it exactly right: “Robin’s puttin’ out some real STINK on this cut baby. Listen to that tone …..so thick you could stick a straw in it and it would stand right up.”

That’s Robin Trower for ya, my friends – puttin’ out the real stink for over 50 years, and still going strong! Enjoy this trip back to 1971,  check out his mid-70s classics starting with Bridge of Sighs, but don’t miss his 21st century marvels, either.

(Top photo pastdaily, inspired by @snortleme‘s Happy Birthday Robin Trower posts)

Chris Squire from Yes: An Authorized Biograph…

Chris Squire

from Yes: An Authorized Biography by Dan Hedges, 1980.