Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Great JD Souther - with Black Rose

John David Souther - aka JD Souther.  I read about JD Souther in Don Felder's Eagles tell-all book called Heaven and Hell.  I think Souther remains highly respected in the music business.  Lots of legends play on this record: Waddy Watchell, Jim Keltner, Andrew Gold, Art Garfunkel, Glenn Frey, Russell Kunkel, Linda Rondstadt, Peter Asher, Joe Walsh, David Crosby, Stanley Clarke, Lowell George (very cool!), Don Henley, and many others.  But my gosh - what a stellar lineup.  Before this record came out, Souther and Glenn Frey formed a folk duo called Longbranch Pennywhistle. Their lone album, (1970) was on Jimmy Bowen's Amos Records, and it featured significant contributions from guitarists (saw him) James Burton and Ry Cooder, fiddler Doug Kershaw, ubiquitous drummer Jim Gordon, pianist and Wrecking Crew members Larry Knechtel and bassist Joe Osborn.  Later this summer we will dive heavily into the Wrecking Crew once I finish that book.   After recording an eponymous solo album in 1972, persuaded by David Geffen, Souther teamed up with Chris Hillman and Richie Furay to form the Souther Hillman Furay Band.  (I have that album).  JD is probably best known for his songwriting, and for being an Almost Eagle.  He co-wrote some of the biggest hits for the Eagles, including "Best of My Love," "Victim of Love,"  "Heartache Tonight", and "New Kid in Town."  Click this post's title for that one.

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