Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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Strange career. I remember when his career was on the skids in the 80's and you could catch him down in Boston at the rundown converted movie theaters in the Garden district, places you would not go if you were white. I also remember in the 70s when he came around, man it was like jesus was coming to the black people, posters everywhere, and he played the big places like the Boston Garden itself to packed houses. I think the peak of his career was when he opened for the Rolling Stones on one tour, in 1976?
I was just thinking of the first time I heard him. I was around 13 or so, I had an older cousin who had a rock band, and in the garage they jammed in they would hook up an old phonograph to a fender bass amp and play all the R&B greats for inspiration. It was fantastic music to me, the first black music I ever heard. Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Johnny Lee Hooker, Coltrane, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Willy Dixon, Muddy Waters, Chubby Checker he introduced me to all of that genre. Personally I found Brown's music one-dimensional compared to the other greats of the time, and he had four or five really outstanding hits, but most of his music was a just a rehash formula R&B stuff - but personality-wise there was no one like him. But in the end, another waste of human potential cut down by heavy drug use.
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