On this day in 1966, Donovan topped the charts in the US with ‘Sunshine Superman’, which narrowly fell short of attaining the same position in the UK.
Did you know that Jimmy Page played guitar on it?
So, today’s topic: Songs you like which feature guitarists that you like even more.
David’s list of credits as hired-hand, of course, is almost as long as my arm, maybe even leg, but a couple spring to mind: Snowy White’s ‘Love, Pain and Sorrow’ and Paul McCartney’s ‘No More Lonely Nights’. Fine guitar-playing, I’m sure you’ll agree.
As I wrote way back, David has generated an A (Arcadia) to Z (Zevon, Warren) of session work credits and some of its contents, I suspect, were belatedly sought after once David’s involvement became known. But did you hear any without realising that you were listening to the Voice and Guitar of Pink Floyd, I wonder?
This even older discussion of David’s session work might help jog your memory.
I’d also enjoy learning your opinions on legendary guitarists making sometimes (but certainly not always) horribly over-done and ill-advised excursions into the charts. Shameless sell-outs looking to make a fast buck, or cutting-edge artistes embracing new styles and demonstrating much broader minds than those of their most loyal, yet bigoted, fan minority? I’m obviously thinking of the commercially-successful collaborations of Jimmy Page (with Puff Daddy) and Carlos Santana (with Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas), both of which I rather liked.
Finally, just to let you know, the Blog is likely to be slightly temperamental for a short time on Friday, so please don’t be surprised if you cannot view or comment as usual. Any interruption will be minimal and I apologise in advance for it.