Sunday, March 21, 2010

Waiting for the Sun (Barney Hoskyns) - a book review

I am enjoying the Barney Hoskyns book "Waiting for the Sun; a Rock and Roll History of Los Angeles."   Barney begins with the jazz club scene on Central Avenue.  I am at the part now where the surf scene is waning as the Beach Boy and The Byrds have to contend with the Beatles.  The author gives credit to John Henry Ramistella (Johnny Rivers), as he played Chuck Berry songs, for first creating what would become the LA Sound.  The author tells how producer Lou Adler drifts into Gazzari's and sees for the first time - people dancing to rock and roll music.  In the book, Hoskyns relates how in 1964 Phil Spector is desperate for a follow-up hit after Be My Baby as he comes in contact Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield.  With their soulful voices, black sailers at the El Toro Navy base dubbed them the righteous brothers.  Hoskyns details the Wall of Sound recording of You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling.  Spector and Jack Nitzsche re-assembled The Wrecking Crew - with Hal Blaine and his monster drum kit.  Johnny Rivers Golden Hits is on the Liberty/UA Imperial label, produced by Lou Adler, some with Hal Blaine on drums.  TRB Greatest Hits is on the blue Verve Records label.

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