Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher And Larry Carlton
Today March 2 is the birthdate of two of the greatest guitarists to ever live : Rory Gallagher who , had he lived would have been celebrating his 67th birthday today and Larry Carlton who turns 67 . Happy Birthday to them both and thank you for your tremendous contributions to the world of music .
Mar 02, 1948 – Jun 14, 1995
“Tore Down” (1972) Savoy Limerick
” Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal; his father, Daniel, was employed by the Irish Electricity Supply Board, who were constructing a hydro-electric power plant on the Erne River above the town. The family moved, first to Derry City, where his younger brother Dónal was born in 1949, and then to Cork, where the two brothers were raised, and where Rory attended the North Monastery School. Their father had played the accordion and sang with the Tir Chonaill Ceile Band whilst in Donegal; their mother Monica was a singer and acted with the Abbey Players in Ballyshannon. The Theatre in Ballyshannon where Monica once acted is now called the Rory Gallagher Theatre.
Both sons were musically inclined and encouraged by their parents. At age nine, Gallagher received his first guitar from them. He built on his burgeoning ability on ukulele in teaching himself to play the guitar and perform at minor functions. After winning a talent contest when he was twelve, Gallagher began performing in his adolescence with both his acoustic guitar, and an electric guitar he bought with his prize money. However, it was his purchase three years later of a 1961 Fender Stratocaster for £100 that became his primary instrument and most associated with him for the span of his lifetime.
Gallagher was initially attracted to skiffle after hearing Lonnie Donegan on the radio. Donegan frequently covered blues and folk performers from the United States. He relied entirely on radio programs and television. Occasionally, the jazz programs from the BBC would play some blues numbers, and he slowly found some song books for guitar, where he found the names of the actual composers of blues pieces. While still in school, playing songs by Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, he discovered his greatest influence in Muddy Waters. Subsequently, Gallagher began experimenting with folk, blues, and rock music. Unable to find or afford record albums, Gallagher stayed up late to hear Radio Luxembourg and AFN where the radio brought him his only exposure to the actual songwriters and musicians whose music moved him most. Influences he discovered, and cited as he progressed, included Woody Guthrie, Big Bill Broonzy, and Lead Belly. Initially, Gallagher struck out after just an acoustic sound. Singing and later using a brace for his harmonica, Gallagher taught himself to play slide guitar. Further, throughout the next few years of his musical development, Gallagher began learning to play alto saxophone, bass, mandolin, banjo, and the coral sitar with varying degrees of proficiency. By his mid-teens, he began experimenting heavily with different blues styles. “
Tattoo’d Lady live 1975
Year Title Label Editors’ Rating Average User Rating 1971 Rory Gallagher Buddha Records (19) 1971 Deuce Buddha Records (18) 1972 Live! In Europe Buddha Records (16) 1973 Blueprint Buddha Records (17) 1973 Tattoo Buddha Records (22) 1974 Irish Tour 1974 Capo Records (25) 1975 Against the Grain Eagle / Eagle Records (10) 1976 Calling Card Buddha Records (24) 1978 Photo-Finish Buddha Records / Capo Records (11) 1979 Top Priority Buddha Records (11) 1980 Stage Struck Capo / Capo Records (3) 1982 Jinx Buddha Records (10) 1988 Defender Buddha Records (7) 1988 Fresh Evidence Buddha Records (7) 1989 That’s Original Castle Music Ltd. No User Ratings 1992 Calling Card, Pts. 1-2 Castle Music Ltd. No User Ratings 1992 The Bullfrog Interlude Castle Music Ltd. No User Ratings
Rest In Peace Rory
“Cold, Cold” – with Robben Ford
” Carlton was born in Torrance, California. He started learning to play guitar when he was six years old, studying under Slim Edwards near his Torrance home. Taking an interest in jazz while at high school, his playing style was influenced by Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, and B.B. King. Saxophonist John Coltrane has also made a notable impression on Carlton, and Carlton’s live albums have featured cuts from Miles Davis‘ Kind of Blue.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, Carlton was a session musician in Los Angeles, making up to five hundred recordings a year, including albums by Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, The Four Tops, Christopher Cross, Barbra Streisand, the Partridge Family, and Charly García‘s Clics Modernos. His guitar work on Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne” from their 1976 LP The Royal Scam has been listed as the third best guitar solo on record by Rolling Stone Magazine. From 1971 to 1976 he played with the jazz-rock group The Crusaders. In 1977 he signed with Warner Bros. Records for a solo career. In 1979 he played guitar on Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall. Although still relatively unknown outside his fan-base, Carlton produced six albums from 1978 to 1984, during which his adaptation of Santo Farina‘s “Sleepwalk” climbed the pop and adult contemporary charts and his 1983 LP Friends garnered a Grammy nomination. In 1979, Carlton appeared on the Grammy award winning, self-titled, debut album by Christopher Cross. Guitar great Eric Johnson also played on that same album.
His solo career took a twist in 1985 when he signed with MCA Master Series for an acoustic jazz album. The result was Alone / But Never Alone, which included a rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer“. During this time Carlton worked with musicians from around the world, including Japanese guitarist Hideshi Takatani. From 1985 to 1990 Carlton did various solo projects including the 1986 live Last Nite. He won another Grammy for his cover of the McDonald/Abrams song “Minute by Minute,” from the successful LP Discovery.”
Year Title Label Editors’ Rating Average User Rating 1968 With a Little Help from My Friends Edsel No User Ratings 1973 Playing/Singing Edsel No User Ratings 1977 Larry Carlton: Live MCA No User Ratings 1978 Larry Carlton MCA Jazz / GRP (2) 1979 Mr. 335 Live in Japan (1) 1981 Sleepwalk MCA Jazz / GRP (3) 1981 Strikes Twice MCA Jazz / MCA (2) 1983 Eight Times Up Wounded Bird (1) 1983 Friends MCA Jazz / MCA (1) 1986 Last Nite MCA (2) 1986 Alone/But Never Alone MCA No User Ratings 1986 Discovery MCA (1) 1989 Christmas at My House MCA No User Ratings 1989 On Solid Ground GRP/Impulse! / Universal (3) 1992 Kid Gloves GRP (1) 1993 Renegade Gentleman GRP (1) 1995 Best One Universal/MCA No User Ratings 1995 Larry & Lee GRP / Universal / Universal Distribution (4) 1996 Gift GRP / Universal (1) 2000 Fingerprints Warner Bros. (1) 2000 Words + Music Warner Bros. No User Ratings 2001 No Substitutions: Live in Osaka Favored Nations Records (6) 2001 Deep into It Warner Bros. (2) 2004 Sapphire Blue Bluebird RCA / RCA (3) 2005 Fire Wire Bluebird (6) 2006 I Hear Angels Calling 335 No User Ratings 2007 Live In Tokyo 335 (2) 2008 The Jazz King: H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Musical Compositions Sony BMG No User Ratings 2010 Plays the Sound of Philadelphia 335 (1) 2010 Take Your Pick 335 (1) 2012 Four Hands & A Heart, Vol. 1 335 No User Ratings 2013 Unplugged 335 (1) 335 Blues Master Class 335 No User Ratings 335 Improv Master Class 335 No User Ratings Carrying You MCA No User Ratings Hello Tomorrow MCA No User Ratings Les Incontournables du Jazz WM France No User Ratings Minute by Minute MCA No User Ratings Smiles and Smiles to Go MCA No User Ratings
Burnable – Live Performance
Happy Birthday Larry Carlton