Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Breakfast of Champions. A fill-in on 12/28/11.

Selections from my 27+ favorite Records of 2011. (It's true...some I didn't get to but the complete list-with links-is below this post)

Background music for most of the show - Chris Joss - Sticks

Rhys Chatham - "Outdoor Spell" from Outdoor Spell
Ethel Profit - "I Got to Make It" from V/A - This May Be My Last Time Singing
Willie Wright - "I'm So Happy Now" from Telling the Truth
Shabazz Palaces - "Are You...Can You...Were You..." from Black Up
Thomas Bryan Eaton - "When You're Dancing" from When You're Dancing 

The Cars - "Free" from Move Like This
Dan Melchior und das Menace - "Drama Queens on Prozac" from Catbirds & Cardinals

Band of the Week: Joel R.L. Phelps - "Spokane Motel Blues" & "Get the Chills"

Cheap Girls - "Pure Hate"

Delaney Davidson - "Another Man's Eyes" from Bad Luck Man
Bird Names - "The Beach at the Lake" from Metabolism: A Salute to the Energy of the Sun
The Field - "Burned Out" from Looping State of Mind
The Bees - "Silver Line" from Every Step's a Yes
Peter, Bjorn, & John - "Second Chance" from Gimme Some

Doug Shipton - "Track 17" from Dedicated Swallower of Fashion
Wooden Shjips - "Lazy Bones" from West
Paul Messis - "What Am I Going to Do?" from The Problem With Me
Dawes - "How Far We've Come" from Nothing Is Wrong
Jonathan Wilson - "Can We Really Party Today?" from Gentle Spirit

O'Death - "Ghost Head" from Outside
The Higher State - "It's Not Up to You" from Freakout at the Gallery
The Cambodian Space Project - "Have Visa, No Have Rice" from 2011: A Space Odyssey
Yellow Chair - "Bebe Zeva" from Curses
Ikebe Shakedown - "The Hold Up" from S/T

Glossary - "Keep It Coming" from Long Live All of Us
The Impossibles - "Mister Slow" from V/A - Intercontinental Transmissions, Vol. 1
Jeff & Jane Hudson - "Los Alamos" from Flesh

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The 27 Best Records of the Year

It's time. Here are my choices for the best 27 LPs released this year. Additionally, I've added my favorite LP of the Year, Single of the Year, Reissue of the Year, and Anthology of the Year. I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. What'd I miss? Oh, this is in no particular order.

Paul Messis - The Problem With Me (13 O'Clock Records)
The Higher State - Freakout at the Gallery (13 O'Clock Records)

Thomas Bryan Eaton - When You're Dancing (Self Released)

The Only Sons - American Stranger (This Is American Music)

The Bees - Every Step's a Yes (ATO Records)

Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Temporary Residence)

The Cars - Move Like This (Hear Music)

Ikebe Shakedown - S/T (Ubiquity Records)

Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen (Mute Records)

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up (Sub Pop Records)

Bird Names - Metabolism: A Salute to the Energy of the Sun (Northern Spy Records)
Wooden Shjips - West (Thrill Jockey Records)

Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong (ATO Records)

Doug Shipton - Dedicated Swallower of Fashion (Fat City)

Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit (Bella Union)

O'Death - Outside (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Lauderdale - Moving On (Not Sure, Self? TIAM?)

McCarthy Trenching - Fresh Blood (Slumber Party Records)

Yellow Chair - Curses (Self Released)

Cambodian Space Project - 2011: A Space Odyssey (Metal Postcard Records)

The Field - Looping State of Mind (Kompakt)

Prison Book Club - S/T (Big Bullet Records)

Dan Melchior und das Menace - Catbirds & Cardinals (Northern Spy Records)

Darondo - Listen to My Song: The Music City Sessions (Omnivore Recordings)
Delaney Davidson - Bad Luck Man (Voodoo Rhythm Records)

Glossary - Long Live All of Us (Self Released)

Rhys Chatham - Outdoor Spell (Northern Spy Records)

My favorite record of the year is Glossary's Long Live All of Us. Kids, no one is doing such perfect, no nonsense, no bullshit rock and roll right now better than this band from Murfreesboro, TN. If you don't know them run to and pick their stuff. You can thank me later. No, seriously, get going...

Single of the Year:
Cheap Girls - "Pure Hate" (No Idea Records)
Reissue of the Year: TIE!
Willie Wright - Telling the Truth (1977) (Numero Group)

Jeff & Jane Hudson - Flesh (1983) (Captured Tracks)

Anthology of the Year: TIE!

V/A - This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 rpm, 1957-1983 (Tompkins Square)

V/A - Intercontinental Transmissions, Vol. 1 (Kala Bandar Records)


Friday, December 23, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 12/22/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Booker T. & the M.G.'s - In the Christmas Spirit

William DeVaughn - "Be Thankful for What You Got"
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "May This Be Love"
Lou Bond - "Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards"
Little Walter - "Keys to the Highway"
Free - "West Indian Woman"

The Rolling Stones - "Far Away Eyes"
Big Dan & the Gospel Heavyweights - "I Believe I Will Go Home"
Kitty Wells - "Christmas Ain't Like Christmas Anymore"
Dusty Springfield - "No Easy Way Down"
Jimmy Smith - "Ain't That Just Like a Woman"

Aaron Neville - "For Every Boy There's Girl"
The Lijadu Sisters - "Amedo"
The Box Tops - "I Met Her in Church"
O.V. Wright - "Let's Straighten It Out"
B.B. King - "Help the Poor"

Janis Joplin - "Trust Me"
The Mighty Hannibal - "I Need a Woman ('Cause I'm a Man)"
Mavis Staples - "You Are Not Alone"
Roy Hamilton - "You Belong to My Heart"
Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva - "I Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Inex & Charlie Foxx - "Baby Drop a Dime"
Brian Auger - "Red Beans & Rice"
Question Mark - "Hey Hey Girl"
Clifton Chenier - "Why Did You Go Last Night"
Don Hollinger - "I Had a Nightmare"

Marvin Gaye - "It's a Desperate Situation"
The Furys - "You're My Little Baby"
Los Matematicos - "La Pelea"
Guitar Slim Green - "Shake 'Em Up"
Riley - "Funky Tar Paper Shack"
The Johnny Otis Show - "Country Girl"

Outro: "Christmas Must Be Tonight" - The Band

Lost & Found playlist for 12/15/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Spirit Free - S/T

Baby Huey & the Babysitters - "Hard Times"
Jimmy McGriff - "Brown Paper Bag"
Al Green - "One Woman"
Duane & Gregg Allman - "Got Rest His Soul"
Arthur Alexander - "Miles and Miles from Nowhere"

The Blues Busters - "Soon You'll Be Gone"
The Rolling Stones - "If You Really Want to Be My Friend"
Gil Scott-Heron & George Jackson - "Winter in America"
100 Proof (Aged in Soul) - "Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)"
James Brown - "It's Christmastime (Part 1)"

Muddy Waters - "Bottom of the Sea"
Lee Dorsey - "Get Outta My Life, Woman"
Darrell Banks - "Only the Strong Survive"
J.J. Barnes - "Chains of Love"
Kwame Nkrumah - "Ninth Son"

Scrapper Blackwell - "Trouble Blues, Part 1"
Jesse Mae Hemphill - "Merry Christmas, Pretty Baby"
The Whirlwinds - "Jesus on the Mainline"
Steve Mancha - "Keep the Faith"
Aaron Neville - "Cry Me a River"

Chubby Checker - "Goodbye Victoria"
Louis Howard - "Comin' Home"
Mike & the Censations - "Victim of Circumstance (Part 1)"
Cal Tjader - "Tra-La-La Song"
Etta James - "You Got It"

Joe Hicks - "Ruby Dean"
Lennie Hibbert - "Real Hot"
Lady Margo - "This Is My Prayer"
Them Two - "Am I a Good Man?"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Friday, December 09, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 12/8/11

Intro: "Sleigh Ride" - Jon & the Nightriders

Background music for the show: V/A - Yule Struttin'

Thin Lizzy - "Got to Give It Up"
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - "Call On Me"
T. Rex - "Light of Love"
The Hombres - "Let It All Hang Out"
The Animals - "Bury My Body"

The Family Dogg - "Run Run Run Fly Fly Fly"
Bobby Charles - "Small Town Talk"
Alex Chilton - "All I Want Is Money"
Roky Erickson - "You Don't Know Me Yet"
Curved Air - "Back Street Love"

The Remains - "Why Do I Cry"

Leftcoast Leftover from the Under Assistant West Coast Promotions Man, Patrick Bryant: The Bob Seger System - "Gone" from the 1968 LP Ramblin' Gramblin' Man on Capitol/EMI.

Bill Nelson - "Rejoice"
John Cale - "Paris 1919"
The Beatles - "Two of Us" [Naked Version]
The Blues Cellar:

Sonny Boy Williamson with the Yardbirds - "Take It Easy, Baby"
Jimmy Witherspoon - "In the Dark"
Harmonica Williams with Little Freddie King - "Born Dead"
Magic Sam - You Don't Love Me, Baby"
Percy Mayfield - "Sign on the Dotted Line"
Nazz - "Featherbedding Lover"
Henry Flynt & the Insurrections - "Uncle Sam Do"
Greg Kihn - "All the Right Reasons"
Lyme & Cybelle - "Follow Me"
The Firebird - "Living Doll"

Emmit Rhodes - "She's Such a Beauty"
The Daisy Chain - "I'll Come Running"
The Rasperries - "Nobody Knows"
The Rolling Stones - "Drift Away"
The Sonics - "Don't Believe in Christmas"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

This is getting absurd.

Soul stars keep dropping and there isn't anyone to replace these unbelievable singers. Instead we get Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Anyway, that is an argument for another day. For now, rest in peace Howard Tate and Dobie Gray.

Here is a song from each man to listen to and remember:

Howard Tate - "Half a Man"

Dobie Gray - "Out on the Floor"

Friday, December 02, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 12/1/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Freddie Hubbard - First Light

Hot Knives - "You Can Get Anything You Want"
The Louvin Brothers - "There's a Higher Power"
Ethel Profit - "I Got to Make It"
Al Greene - "Don't Hurt Me No More"
Timmy Thomas - "People are Changin'"

The Rolling Stones - "Don't Be a Strangers"
Tony Joe White - "Don't Steal My Love"
Bo Diddley - "Heart-O-Matic Love"
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces - "Try My Love Again"
Syl Johnson - "Falling in Love Again"

Found Song of the Week: Paul Messis - "The Problem With Me" from The Problem With Me, 2001, on 13 O'Clock Records

The Kinks - "Long Tall Shorty"
Howlin' Wolf - "Howlin' for My Darling"
Baby Ray - "There's Something On Your Mind"

Leftcoast Leftover from the Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man, Patrick Bryant: Salena Jones - "Do I Love You" off of This N That from a 2002 BMG release.

Jean Wells - "I'll Drown in My Own Tears"
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens - "Lift My Burdens"
Todd Rundgren - "Honest Work"
Tom Waits - "Ol' 55"
George Perkins & the Silver Stars - "Crying in the Streets"

The Three Sounds - "Sittin' Duck"
Allen Toussaint - "Sweet Touch of Love"
Little Richard - "Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes"
Mike & the Censations - "I Need Your Lovin'"
The Falcons - "(I'm a Fool) I Must Love You"

Sister Love - "You've Got to Make the Choice"
Gloria Jones - "Tainted Love"
Cash McCall - "Love Me Baby"
Mel Brown - "Blues for Me"
Lee Moses - "Bad Girl, Pt.2"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


It was stuck in my head and now it is stuck in yours. You're welcome!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

One final thanks.

I am grateful to all who pledged to the Thursday Lost and Found. With some late donations I set my own personal best of $3508 which is totally awesome. Thank you to all whether you pledged or not. I love doing this radio show and all the listeners make it worth while. Have a safe, happy, and relaxing Thanksgiving.

 Meanwhile, here is some Thanksgiving soul for you to cook your turkey by:


Dee Dee Sharp - "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)"

Little Eva - "Let's Turkey Trot"

  Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby - "Groovy Gravy"

The Clickettes - "Jive Time Turkey"

Friday, November 18, 2011

Two things.

1) If you like the Leftcoast Leftovers feature on the Thursday Lost & Found, you can find all of them (with video links when available) over on the sidebar. Check 'em out.

2) This is way too hot for mere mortals:

Lost & Found playlist for 11/17/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Chris Joss - No Play No Work

Eli "Paperboy" Reed - "The Tips of My Fingers"
George Benson - "Full Compass"
Jimmy Lewis - "I Got My Troubles"
Brother Willie Eason & His Gospel Guitar - "I Want to Live (So God Can Use Me)"
The Rolling Stones - "Back of My Hand"

Emmit Rhodes - "Holly Park"
The Beau Brummels - "Turn Around"
The Left Banke - "Dark is the Bark"
Todd Rundgren - "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference"
Cream - "What a Bringdown"

Leftcoast Leftover from the Under Assistant West Coast Promotions Man, Patrick Bryant: "Like a Seed" from the 1972 LP Like a Seed on Little David Records

Area Code 615 - "Stone Fox Chase"
Ricky Allen - "No Better Time Than Now"
Angela Alexander & J.D. Sandler - "Don't Make Me Kill You"
Sam & Dave - "Soul Sister, Brown Sugar"

Joe Walsh - "I'll Tell the World"
Aaron Neville - "Speak to Me"
Lloyd Price - "Tell Me Pretty Baby"
Frankie Ford - "I Want to Be Your Man"
Elliott Shavers & His Blazers - "Scratch that Itch"

The Kinks - "So Long"
The Flamin' Groovies - "Shake Some Action"
The Hollies - "King Midas in Reverse"
Lou Reed - "The Heroine"
Eugene McDaniels - "The Lord is Back"

The Dedications - "So Many Fallen By the Wayside"
Joe Bataan - "I Wish You Love, Pt. 1"
Jerry Townes - "Just Say the Word"
Ted Taylor - "I'll Be Here"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 11/10/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Mr. Chop - Switched On

Albert King - "She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride"
The Brothers of Soul - "Come On Back"
The Fantastic Angels - "Jesus Been Good"
The Rolling Stones - "Prodigal Son"
Little Ed & the Soundmasters Band - "Struggling For Survival"

Todd Rundgren - "We Gotta Get You a Woman"
Exile - "Devil's Bite"
The Beach Boys - "Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)?"
Lazy Smoke - "Sarah Saturday"
Mickey Newbury - "Mobile Blue"

Found Song of the Week: The Higher State - "These Things Take Time" from Freakout at the Gallery, 2011, 13 O'Clock Records

George Jackson - "I Can See Sadness Ahead for Me"
Joe Hicks - "Ruby Dean"
Milton Henry - "Good Old Days"
Ramsey Lewis - "Party Time"
Darrell Banks - "Beautiful Feelings"

Ray Charles - "Worried Life Blues"
The Mighty Hannibal - "I'll Come Back to You"
A.C. Jones & the Atomic Aces - "Oh Baby"
Little Ben & the Cheers - "Never More"
The Falcons - "Part Time Love"

Lord Luther & the Esquires - "Tremble"
Jimmy Briscoe & the Beavers - My Fallen Angel (You Turned Out to Be a Devil)"
Otis Redding - "Open the Door"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Friday, November 04, 2011

Fundraising totals by year including 2011.

2005: $780
2006: $1500
2007: $1150
2008: $1700
2009: $2245
2010: $3200
2011: $3508 (so of 11/21/11)

Thank you to all who have donated this year and past years. Gracias!


Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Ok, all you listeners fundraising has arrived. I would be incredibly grateful if you would give me a ring during my show today. The phone number is 617-253-8810 and the internet pledging can be found at:


I have complete faith in the listeners to this show so I hope to hear from all of you this afternoon. I have some special premiums you'll need to listen to the show to hear about but the theme of this year's Thursday Lost and Found fundraiser is "Keep Vinyl Alive."

Give a ring if you can, ok?

Much love,


O.V. is waiting patiently for you to call us at 617-253-8810, son.

Monday, October 31, 2011

What up-ski?


It has been a strange coupla weeks around here. On 10/20, I had a work issue to deal with and had to have Bob Dubrow cover the show. (Thanks, Bob!) Last week, the 27th, I had my final 2010 pledger do his radio show so I didn't really do the show myself. This Thursday, the 3rd, is my day for fundraising. I hope y'all will call in or via the internets and donate to my show or just the station in general. All pledgers to my show will receive a special premium that won't be announced on the air. All? Yup, all. Even if you pledge $5.00 you'll get the special Thursday Lost and Found premium. I just won't be talking about consider yourself in the know. Also, another premium I have and will be giving to the highest pledger is a pair of tickets to see Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on Thursday night in Portland, ME. I might even be willing to babysit for you if are a friend and would like a night out with your significant other. We will see.

Finally, I've started a Twitter feed for the show/website. Follow me. I will be giving tips on music, tickets, other shit y'all should know about. Just click the little button on the sidebar there and you are in like Flynn (whoever Flynn is).

Talk to you on Thursday, I hope and pray.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 10/13/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: The Field - Looping State of Mind

Little Richard - "The Second Line"
The M.G.'s - "Sugarcane"
Jackie Day - "If I'd Lose You"
Smokey Robinson - "Wanna Know My Mind"
The Apostles of Music - "Wade in the Water"

Melvin Van Peebles - "Come Raising Your Leg On Me"
Warren Zevon - "Frank and Jesse James"
"Spider" John Koerner - "Running, Jumping, Standing Still"
Todd Rundgren - "A Long Time, A Long Way to Go"
Billy Preston - "As I Get Older"

Found Song of the Week: Meyer Hawthorne - "The Walk" from How Do You Do

Gladys Knight & the Pips - "Window Raising Granny"
Etta James - "(I Don't Need Nobody to Tell Me) How to Treat My Man"
Ernie Hines - "Sugar Plum (Gimme Some)"
Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Lead Me On"

Michael Gregory Jackson - "Clarity"
Tavares - "Whodunit"
Demon Fuzz - "Hymn to Mother Earth"
O.V. Wright - "Rhymes"
Wilson Pickett - "Trust Me"

The Rolling Stones - "Long, Long While"

Leftcoast Leftover from the Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man, Patrick Bryant: Bloodstone - "Damn that rock 'n' roll (Bo Diddley/Daddy Diddley)" medley from the 1972 LP Natural High on London

Mulatu Astatke - "Yegelle Tetzeta"
Lester Young - "I Got the Right"
Mike & the Censations - "I Need Your Lovin'"

Jr. Walker & the All Stars - "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You"
Len Barry - "I Struck It Rich"
Sugar Pie DeSanto - "Mama Didn't Raise No Fools"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Friday, October 07, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 10/6/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: V/A - The Thriller Memorandum

The Velvert Turner Group - "Talkin' 'Bout My Baby" (Soul Mix)
Boogaloo Joe Jones - "Brown Bag"
Gil Scott-Heron - "The Needle's Eye"
Jon Kane - "Soulful Lady"
G.L. Crockett - "Watch Me .32"

Little Richard - "Milky White Way"
R.L. Burnside - "Goin' Down South"
The Jimmy Castor Bunch - "Troglodyte (Cave Man)"

Found Song of the Week: J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound - "I Got High" from Want More

Nazz - "Tighten Up"

The Uniques - "All These Things"
The Leftcoast Leftover with the Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man, Patrick Bryant: The 3 Pieces - "I Need You Girl" from Vibes of Truth (Fantasy, 1975)

Mick Jagger - "Don't Tear Me Up"
Sun Ra - "I Am Strange"
Lou Johnson - "Gypsy Woman"

The Blues Cellar:

Willie Dixon - "Spoonful"
Driftin' Slim - "Standing Around Crying"
Jimmy Reed - "Shame, Shame, Shame"
Larry Davis - "The Whole World's Down on You"
Robert Johnson - "Phonograph Blues"

Mike & the Censations - "Don't Mess With Me"
Alton Ellis - "Dance Crasher"
The Chambers Brothers - "I Can't Stand It"
The Pac-Kays - "Greasy Pumpkin"
Doris Duke - "I Don't Care Anymore"

Freddie Scott - "(You) Got What I Need"
Joe Bataan - "Young, Gifted, and Brown"
Nina Simone - "I Shall Be Released"
Phil Upchurch - "The Way I Feel"
The Wallace Brothers - "Thanks A Lot"
Bo Diddley - "No More Lovin'"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Monday, October 03, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 9/29/11

Rubber Soul-ville 2. Soul, jazz, and blues covers of the Beatles.

Intro: "The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist" - Freddy King

Background music for the show: George Benson - The Other Side of Abbey Road

Junior Parker - "Taxman"
Wee Willie Walker - "Ticket to Ride"
Fats Domino - "Lady Madonna"
Maxine Brown - "We Can Work it Out"
James Brown - "Something"

Nina Simone - "Revolution [Part 1 & 2]"
R.B. Greaves - "Paperback Writer"
Booker T. & the M.G.'s - "Michelle"
Donald Height - "Don't Let Me Down"
The Supremes - "You Can't Do That"

The Brothers Johnson - "Come Together"
The Overton Berry Trio - "Hey Jude"
Ike & Tina Turner - "Let It Be"
Roy Redmond - "Good Day Sunshine"
Earth, Wind, and Fire - "Got to Get You Into My Life"

The Vibrations - "And I Love Her"
Big Maybelle - "Ellenor Rigby" (sic)
Ramsey Lewis - "Cry Baby Cry"
Edwin Starr - "My Sweet Lord"
Peter Tosh - "Here Comes the Sun"

The Moments - "Rocky Racoon"
The Meters - "Come Together"
Harvey Averne - "I Feel Fine"
The Main Ingredient - "Get Back"
Natalie Cole - "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

Gladys Knight & the Pips - "The Long and Winding Road"
The Four Tops - "The Fool on the Hill"
Al Green - "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
George Benson - "The End"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Monday, September 26, 2011


The headline says it all. From the NY Post.

Funk legend Sly Stone now homeless and living out of a van in LA

Last Updated: 5:33 AM, September 25, 2011
Posted: 2:05 AM, September 25, 2011

In his heyday, he lived at 783 Bel Air Road, a four-bedroom, 5,432-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion that once belonged to John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.

The Tudor-style house was tricked out in his signature funky black, white and red color scheme. Shag carpet. Tiffany lamps in every room. A round water bed in the master bedroom. There were parties where Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Miles Davis would drop by, where Etta James would break into “At Last” by the bar.

Just four years ago, he resided in a Napa Valley house so large it could only be described as a “compound,” with a vineyard out back and multiple cars in the driveway.
But those days are gone.

Today, Sly Stone -- one of the greatest figures in soul-music history -- is homeless, his fortune stolen by a lethal combination of excess, substance abuse and financial mismanagement. He lays his head inside a white camper van ironically stamped with the words “Pleasure Way” on the side. The van is parked on a residential street in Crenshaw, the rough Los Angeles neighborhood where “Boyz n the Hood” was set. A retired couple makes sure he eats once a day, and Stone showers at their house. The couple’s son serves as his assistant and driver.

Inside the van, the former mastermind of Sly & the Family Stone, now 68, continues to record music with the help of a laptop computer.

“I like my small camper,” he says, his voice raspy with age and years of hard living. “I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”

Stone has been difficult to pin down for years. In the last two decades, he’s become one of music’s most enigmatic figures, bordering on reclusive. You’d be forgiven for assuming he’s dead. He rarely appears in public, and just getting him in a room requires hours or years of detective work, middlemen and, of course, making peace with the likelihood that he just won’t show up.

There was a time when Sly was difficult to escape. Stone, whose real name is Sylvester Stewart, was one of the most visible, flamboyant figures of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The multiracial, multi-gender band that Stone assembled fused funk, soul and psychedelic rock and became one of the most influential acts ever. The San Fran-based group released a string of hits beginning with the 1968 album “Dance to the Music,” followed by “Everyday People,” “Family Affair,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” and “Stand!”

The group’s costumes and showmanship were just as memorable. The members favored giant afros, flashy capes, Beatle boots, neon vests and leopard-print jumpsuits.

Stone learned to sing in church as a child. He grew up in a middle-class, Christian household in Vallejo, Calif., and he and three of his siblings sang in a gospel group. As a young man, he studied music at a local junior college and worked as a soul disc jockey at a local radio station. He played in several bands with his brother, Fred, a guitarist.

The lineup of Sly & the Family Stone, which included Fred and sister Vet, solidified in 1966. The band’s energetic live shows, positive lyrics and diverse membership earned it buzz in the Bay Area, and the Family was signed by CBS Records.

Appearances on shows like “Music Scene” and “The Ed Sullivan Show” soon followed, and in the summer of ’69, at the peak of their power, they managed to turn what should have been a snoozy middle-of-the-night slot at Woodstock into one of the highlights of the festival. As the band began to play, tens of thousands of people creeped out of their sleeping bags to watch. They left the stage with the audience still roaring, “Higher!”

And then the inevitable cracks began to appear. Sly moved to Los Angeles while the rest of the band remained in the Bay Area. He started hanging around with unsavory characters. There were whispers of cocaine and PCP abuse, Mafia connections and guns being pulled on people.

Things got dark. Stone started missing rehearsals and even performances. In 1970, he failed to show up at 26 of the band’s 80 gigs and quickly developed a reputation as mercurial.

“There were these people that say I had to pay a $50,000 bond, so if I’m late, they keep the money, right?” Stone says. “It seemed that people saw to it that I was gonna be late, and I get there, and this promoter ran out and started shouting, ‘You gonna be late again? F--k you! We don’t need that s--t, man!’ I’m thinking about music, and the only time when I can play is when I am happy. So I just leave.”

Sly & the Family Stone began to fall apart. Drummer Greg Errico and bassist Larry Graham (who’s credited with creating the much-imitated slap-bass sound) bolted in the early 1970s, and by 1975 the group called it quits.

Drugs took a tighter hold. One night close to Christmas, Stone headed out to buy presents for his young son, Sylvester, whom he had with Kathy Silva, a model he married on stage at Madison Square Garden in 1974.

“I had about $2,500 to spend,” Stone recalls. “By the time I get [to the store], I had spent it all on drugs. Yes, I did. And when I getting close to little Syl’s house, I thought, ‘Oooh, man. I never should have done that.’ When I saw him, I said, ‘I spent your money up on drugs. I spend it up on dope.’ ”

Over the years, Stone has dropped tens of thousands of dollars on his other hobby: automobiles. In his early days, he drove a Jaguar XKE he painted purple. There were Hummers, a London taxi and a beloved Studebaker, which Stone asked to have painted in exchange for this interview. (The Post declined.) A few years ago, he would cruise around LA on a bright-yellow, custom three-wheel chopper. He was known to give cars to friends.

By 1980, the group’s popularity had declined enormously from its heyday. Stone appeared on an episode of “The Mike Douglas Show” and promised, “I’m going to do one more album real quick, and if it’s not instantly platinum, bye-bye.” Sly & the Family Stone’s 10th and final album, 1982’s “Ain’t But the One Way,” flopped.

Stone kept his word and mostly vanished. He was arrested a few times in the 1980s for cocaine possession and performed sporadically, but his days of sold-out shows and magazine covers were gone. A 1987 performance would prove to be his last for 19 years.

He finally reappeared during a 2006 Grammy tribute, shuffling on stage, his posture hunched and his neck bent as a result of a fall he suffered at his home. He arrived midway through a medley of his classic hits, played the keyboard and sang for a few bars, waved, then inexplicably left the stage before the song concluded.

Today, Sly is disheveled, paranoid -- the FBI is after him; his enemies have hired hit men. He refuses to let The Post into his camper, but, ever the showman, poses flamboyantly with a silver military helmet and a Taser in front of his Studebaker.

The singer claims his money troubles escalated in 2009, when his royalty payments stopped flowing after Stone accused his manager, Jerry Goldstein, of fraud. Stone says he was tricked into signing a rotten contract with Goldstein in 1989, giving the manager control of his finances in exchange for a weekly paycheck.

Last year, Stone sued Goldstein for $50 million, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalty payments. (Contributing to the singer’s dire financial situation, he foolishly sold his valuable music-publishing rights to Michael Jackson for a reported $1 million in 1984.)
Goldstein did not return calls seeking comment.

The performer’s cash-flow problems forced him out of his Napa Valley house that he rented with money from a 2007 European tour and into cheap hotels and the van in 2009. Stone hopes to soon put the lawsuit and his other woes behind him.

“My music is a format that will encourage you to have a song you won’t forget. That’s why I got so much money, that there are so many people around, and that’s why I am in court. Millions of dollars!” Stone says. “But now please tell everybody, please, to give me a job, play my music. I’m tired of all this s--t, man.”

Earlier this year, Stone released an album of his hits re-recorded with other artists. Stone has new songs, but he no longer trusts record companies or managers and is wary about making a deal to release another album. He works constantly on new music, often staying up for two days straight, then sleeping for the next two. (In a nice piece of symmetry, some of his 1971 album, “There’s a Riot Goin’ On,” was recorded in a Winnebago.) He has hundreds of new tracks recorded in his van that he keeps for himself. For now, at least.

“But, with new energy, it will feel good to step on stage,” he says. “I see all the guys playing those old songs. Let these guys know, like Lady Gaga, let me come in, just let me come in and pay me if you like it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What's a-coming?

This coming Wednesday I will be spinning musics at River Gods in Cambridge. Stop by...say me a beer. Whatevs. From 9-1. For the full deets you can go to

See you there?

On Thursday the 30th it will be another installment of Rubber Soul-ville. The show will be all Beatles songs covered by soul, blues, and jazz artists. Here is what we played last time. No, we won't be repeating any of 'em. Got any suggestions? Email me at the address over on the right hand side.



Lost & Found playlist for 9/22/11

A rock 'n' roll Thursday. You're welcome.

Intro: "Mad Mod Speed Ball" - The Psychedelic Psymphony

Background music for the show: V/A - Essential Dub

Sir Lord Baltimore - "Master Heartache"
Dug Dug's - "Eclipse"
The Animals - "Inside Looking Out"
The Troggs - "I Just Sing"
The Zombies - "I Don't Want to Know"

Emmit Rhodes - "Warm Self Sacrifice"
Bridget St. John - "I Don't Know If I Can Take It"
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - "Shifting Sands"
McGuinness Flint - "Friends of Mine"
Big Star - "Don't Lie to Me"

Joe South - "Hush"
Honeybus - "I Can't Let Maggie Go"
Van Morrison - "Fair Play"
The Kinks - "Lost and Found"
The Rolling Stones - "Let Me Down Slow"
The Blues Cellar:

Keb' Mo' - "Mommy, Where My Daddy?"
Junior Parker - "Look on Yonders Wall"
Joe Turner - "Piney Brown Blues"
B.B. King - "Why Do Everything Happen to Me"
Mance Lipscomb - "Rocks and Gravel Make a Solid Road"
Nazz - "Rain Rider"
AKA - "Do What You Like"
The Human Instinct - "Fall Down"
Windfall - "Workers"
Golden Wing - "Hear Me"

Free - "Travellin' in Style"
Demon Fuzz - "Fuzz Oriental Blues"
Lord Luther - "W-P-L-J"

R.E.M. (R.I.P.) - "Femme Fatale"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Lost & Found playlist for 9/15/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Swamp Dogg - "My Heart Can't Stop Dancing"
Ernie Hines - "Electrified Love"
The Abraham Brothers - "The Spirit of the Lord"
Slim Green - "Shake 'Em Up"
Suzee Ikeda - "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You"

The Three Sounds - "Repeat After Me"
Sam Cooke - "Trouble Blues"
The Rolling Stones - "The Spider and the Fly"
Howlin' Wolf - "Evil"
The Johnny Otis Show - "Country Girl"

Betty LaVette - "You'll Never Change"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Mama Don't Like My Man"
Ella Washington - "Sweeter and Sweeter (Ray, Ray, Ray)"
Barbara Lynn - "This is the Thanks I Get"
Dori Grayson - "Try This Love"

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim with Astrud Gilberto - "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars"
Muddy Waters - "Rollin' and Tumblin'"
Daddy Cleanhead & the Chuck Higgins Band - "Something's Going On in My Room"
Question Mark - "Hey Hey Girl"
Darondo - "Didn't I"

Tavares - "Never Had a Love Like This Before"
The Brothers of Soul - "Come On Back"
Arthur Alexander - "I Want to Marry You"
Joe Bataan - "If This World Were Mine"
Joe Williams - "Say It Isn't So"

Bob & Gene - "These Lonely Nights"
The Soul Stirrers - "Why Am I Treated So Bad"
Geater Davis - "Wrapped Up in You"
James & Bobby Purify - "Section C"
Irene Reid - "Dirty Old Man"
Ortheia Barnes - "Never Ever Leave Me"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Lost & Found playlist for 9/1/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Didn't write it down, sorry!

Slippery When Wet - "Get Me Hot"
The Wooden Nickels - "Nobody But You"
Mill Evans - "Ain't You Glad"
Bobby Montgomery - "I'm Your Stepping Stone"
The Fabulous Dinos - "Diamond Ring"

Darondo - "Legs (Part 1)"
Marva Lee - "If You Can't Be True"
The Inconquerables - "For Your Love"
The Chambers Brothers - "All Strung Out Over You"
Cliff Nobles - "My Love Is Getting Stronger"

Tower of Power - "What Is Hip?"
Gil Scott-Heron - "The Bottle"
Alton Ellis - "Cry Tough"
The Ambassadors - "(I've Got to Find) Happiness"
The Dynamics - "The Girl's Got Soul"

Terry & the Tyrants - "Weep No More"
James Duncan - "All Goodbye's Ain't Gone"
Salt & Pepper - "A Man of My Word"
Archie Bell & the Drells - "Here I Go Again"
Bobby Freeman - "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"

The Ovations - "Qualification"
Dan Brantley - "It Must Be Love"
Otis Day & the Knights - "Shout"
Wendell Watts - "Kiss a Good Thing Goodbye"
Jr. Walker & the All Stars - "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You"

Johnny Nash - "Three Rooms with Running Water"
Tony Mason - "Don't You Know (A Good Thing When You See One)"
The Metros - "Losing You Again"
The Insiders - "I'm Just a Man"
Ann Bailey - "Sweeping Your Dirt Under My Rug"

George & Greer - "To Me, It's Stormin'"
Jesse Jones - "I've Been Crying"
Lenny O'Henry - "Across the Street"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lost & Found playlist for 8/25/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show - George Benson - Beyond the Blue Horizon

Larry Davis - "As the Years Go Passing By"
The Rolling Stones - "Down Home Girl"
B.B. King - "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother"
Mississippi John Hurt - "Monday Morning Blues"
Bo Diddley - "Who Do You Love?"

George Jackson - "I Can See Sadness Ahead for Me"
Arlene Brown - "I'm a Streaker Baby"
James Knight & the Butlers - "Just My Love for You"
Bobby Womack - "Woman's Gotta Have It"
Boz Scaggs - "Waiting for a Train"

O.V. Wright - "The Time We Have"
Jimmy Witherspoon - "You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Love Her"
Booker T. Jones - "Progress"
Carla Thomas - "Stop Thief"
Queen Ida & the Bon Temps Band - "Ja Vas Revenir"

Joe Tex - "Funny How Time Slips Away"
Andrew Brown - "You Made Me Suffer"
Big Bill Broonzy - "Black, Brown, and White Blues"
Jimmy McGriff - "Fat Cakes"
King Floyd - "Handle With Care"

Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo Diddley - "Goin' Down Slow"
Little Richard - "Baby What Do You Want Me to Do"
Clay Hammond - "You Messed Up My Mind"
Robert Moore - "Am I Wasting My Time"
Freddie King - "My Credit Didn't Go Through"

James Carr - "I Don't Want to Be Hurt Anymore"
Doug Anderson - "Mama, Here Comes the Preacher"
Earl King w/ the Meters - "You Make Me Feel Good"
Marvin & Johnny - "Cherry Pie"
Chuck Berry - "My Ding-A-Ling" (Live Version, edited)
Jimmy Holiday - "I Can't Stand It"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Copyright law explained

No, really, it isn't as boring as you think it might be.

Stevie Wonder - "You Haven't Done Nothin'"

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Oh fuck...R.I.P. Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber

Nick Ashford obit.

Jerry Leiber obit.

Great appreciation from Melinda Newman.

Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff on the passing of Nick Ashford:
Philadelphia, PA – “Nick Ashford was truly one of our favorite songwriting colleagues and producers. He and Valerie Simpson had a major impact on Gamble & Huff's songwriting career, as Nick was responsible for producing a song we wrote, ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,’ with Motown. Nick heard the song after we wrote it for Dee Dee Warwick and made it a major hit for Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations together. We also worked with Ashford & Simpson on ‘Is It Still Good to You,’ which they wrote for Teddy Pendergrass, and they did an excellent job. We’re longtime admirers of Ashford & Simpson as one of the greatest songwriting teams ever. Nick was a multi-talented artist, and he will be truly, truly missed by both of us.”
Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff on the passing of Jerry Leiber:

From Leon Huff:
“Jerry Lieber was a great inspiration and was vital to the start of my songwriting career. I also had the fortunate opportunity to play piano on many Leiber & Stoller recording sessions as a musician in the early days. When I had dreams of being a producer, I met Leiber & Stoller in the Brill Building when they called me to play on ‘Boy From New York City.’ I was so nervous, but when I started grooving, that's when I really settled down, because Jerry and Mike cut some really groovy records.  That was a great time for me as a studio musician. I’ll never forget Leiber & Stoller because they helped me get the knack of the studios. Jerry will be missed".

From Kenneth Gamble:
“I admire him as one of the great songwriters of our time. All of his songs – from Elvis Presley and the Coasters straight through to Smokey Joe’s CafĂ© – were a testament to his stature. As a songwriting team, when you work together so long and one of you passes, the partner loses a person with a truly special connection. We send our condolences to Michael Stoller, their families and their friends.”


This sucks. We are losing too many invaluable soul people.

Lost & Found playlist for 8/18/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Nat Adderley - Work Song

The Buckeye Politicians - "Girl I Could Love You More"
Chris Clark - "Whisper You Love Me Boy"
The Cavaliers - "Ooh It Hurts Me"
The Fabulous Denos - "Once I Had a Love"
Alice Clark - "Chains of the Arms of Love"

Gloria Jones - "Share My Love"
Mary Johnson - "These Tears"
Jimmy Ruffin - "Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me"
The Determinations - "Bing Bong Goes My Heart"
The Millionaires - "You've Got to Love Your Baby"

Found Song of the Week: Grey Reverend - "Box"

Bobby Womack - "Tarnished Rings"
Father's Children - "Dirt and Grime"
The Drifters - "When My Little Girl is Smiling"
Gladys Knight & the Pips - "It Should Have Been Me"

Stone Coal White - "You Know"

The Blues Cellar:

Johnny Young - "Deal the Cards"
Memphis Minnie - "Me and My Chauffeur Blues"
Marilyn Scott - "Beer Bottle Blues"
Buddy Guy - "South Side Jumps"
Mississippi Fred McDowell - Jesus is on the Mainline"

Lou Bond - "To the Establishment"
Joe Bataan - "I'm No Stranger"
Marta Baizan - "Te Vere en Septiembre"
King Nando - "Mama's Girl"
Lola Flores - "El Televisor"

Swamp Dogg - "Synthetic World"
Mary Gresham - "Let's Walk Down the Street Together"
Doris Duke - "A Little Bit of Your Love"
Clarence Reid - "Don't Look Too Hard"
The Persians - "Gee, What a Girl"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Lost Highway. A fill-in on 8/13/11

Intro: "Lost Highway" - Johnny Horton

Kitty Wells - "Sincerely"
Bobby Bare, Sr. - "The Streets of Baltimore"
Elvis Presley - "One-Sided Love Affair"

Lynyrd Skynyrd - "The Seasons"
Sonny James - "Just a Matter of Time"
Charlie Feathers - "Wild Side of Life"
Asie Payton - "I Love You" (Acoustic version)
Queen Ida & the Bon Temps Band - "Ja Vas Renevir"

The Moondoggies - "Black Shoe"
Justin Townes Earle - "Poor Fool"
Kris Kristofferson - "The Best of All Possible Worlds"
Goose Creek Symphony - "Rush on Love"
Boris McCutcheon & the Salt Licks - "Bad Road, Good People"

Robert Ellis - "Friends Like These"
Drag the River - "Leaving in the Morning"
Gram Parsons - "Wheel of Fortune"
Hank Williams - "Angel of Death"
The Great Book of John - "Black Heart"

Dawes - "If I Wanted Someone"
Bob Dylan & the Band - "Apple Suckling Tree"
Malcolm Holcombe - "Becky's Blessed (Backporch Flowers)"
John Doe - "Sweetheart"
Magnolia Electric Company - "Whip-Poor-Will"

Lucero - "Nights Like These"
Josh T. Pearson - "Woman, When I've Raised Hell"
Whiskey Folk Ramblers - "Into that Slide"
Lenny & the Piss Poor Boys - "Lowenbrau"
Lightnin' Hopkins - "Darling, Do You Remember Me?"

Possessed By Paul James - "Ferris Wheel"
The Louvin Brothers - "Katie Dear"
Wanda Jackson - "Half as Good as a Girl"
Cajun Gems - "Bless This Snack"

The Beaten Sea - "Turn Out Empty"

Lost & Found playlist for 8/11/11

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the entire show: Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everybody [Remix Album]

Shirley Wahls - "That's How Long (I'm Gonna Love You)"
The Millionaires - "And the Rains Came"
Philip & the Faithfuls - "What'cha Gonna Do"
The Stratoliners - "Your Love"
Spencer Wiggins - "Love Attack"

O.V. Wright - "When You Took Your Love From Me"
Them Two - "Am I a Good Man?"
Junior Parker - "(Ooh Wee Baby) That's the Way I Feel About You"
The Extremes - "How I Need Your Love"
Big Frank & the Essences - "I Won't Let Her See Me Cry"

Found Song of the Week: "Santos and Ken" - The Stepkids

Joe Tex - "I'll Never Break Your Heart, Pts. 1 & 2"
The Gospel Chandeliers - "Honesty is the Best Policy"
The Falcons - "Girl of My Dreams"
Dennis Coffey - "Don't Knock My Love"

Jimmy Holiday - "I've Been Done Wrong"
The Emeralds - "Baby You've Got Me"
The Cheques - "Deeper"

The Blues Cellar:

Frank Frost - "Pocket Full of Money"
The James Cotton Blues Band - "Don't Start Me Talking"
"Big Mama" Thornton - "I'm Feeling Alright"
Shakey Jake Harris - "Family Blues"
Lightnin' Hopkins - "Darling, Do You Remember Me?"

Willie Wright - "Nantucket Island"
George Perkins - "A Man in Love"
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces - "When I Get This Feeling"
Syl Johnson - "This Heart of Mine"
Memphis Minnie - "Me and My Chauffeur Blues"

David & the Giants - "Ten Miles High"
The Milestones & Littler Leroy - "The Joker"
George & Greer - "To Me It's Storming"
Bobby Hutton - "Come See What's Left of Me"
Elbie Parker - "Please Keep Away from Me"

Ike & Tina Turner - "I Love Baby"
The Cherry People - "And Suddenly"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Monday, August 01, 2011

R.I.P. Gene McDaniels

Gene McDaniels, at 76; soared up charts as versatile singer, writer of Roberta Flack hit


NEW YORK - Eugene McDaniels, whose mellifluous voice brought him high onto the Billboard charts several times in the early 1960s and who later wrote “Feel Like Makin’ Love,’’ which Roberta Flack took to the top of the charts in 1974, died Friday at his home in Kittery Point, Maine. He was 76.

With his four-octave range, Gene McDaniels, as he was first professionally known, hit number three in the spring of 1961 with “A Hundred Pounds of Clay’’ and number five later that year with “Tower of Strength.’’ He last hit the Top 40 with “Spanish Lace’’ in late 1962.
Mr. McDaniels’s songs, including those he wrote for other artists later in his career, jumped from jazz to blues to ballads to gospel and could be laced with cultural criticism and political protest.
The lyrics of his bluesy up-tempo song “Compared to What,’’ recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1969 by the pianist and singer Les McCann and the saxophonist Eddie Harris, include:

“The president, he’s got his war Folks don’t know just what it’s for Nobody gives us rhyme or reason Have one doubt, they call it treason’’ After hitting number one in 1974, Flack’s rendition of Mr. McDaniels’s swooning “Feel Like Makin’ Love’’ (“Strollin’ in the park/Watchin’ winter turn to spring/Walking in the dark seein’ lovers do their thing’’) was nominated for a Grammy. It has since been covered by numerous artists. Eugene Booker McDaniels was born in Kansas City, Kan., to Booker and Louise McDaniels. The family later moved to Omaha, where his father was a minister. He sang in the church choir, became enthralled by jazz, attended the Omaha Conservatory of Music, and moved to Los Angeles when he was 19. There he began performing jazz as a solo singer before meeting and performing with his jazz idol, McCann. That led to his signing with Liberty Records. Later in his career, Mr. McDaniels became a producer for, among others, organist Jimmy Smith and singers Nancy Wilson and Merry Clayton. Mr. McDaniels’s first two marriages ended in divorce. Besides his wife, the former Karen Thompson, he leaves five sons, Dylan Patterson, London, Christopher, Django, and Mateo; a daughter, Dali; a sister, Patricia Nichols; and nine grandchildren. Although Mr. McDaniels was absent from the charts as a performer after the early 1960s, his writing continued to leave its mark. His songs “have substantial melodies and rich, useful harmonies,’’ Don Heckman wrote in The New York Times in 1970, adding that it was “difficult to think of any other composer since Bob Dylan who has managed so well to find musical expression for the swirling cultural currents that envelop us.’’

A video for "Tower of Strength"