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The Music in My Head: Finding A Home In Music, Part 2

In my last remembrance, I talked about my early music influences, starting with Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Sam Cooke… going through great artists such as The Temptations, Four Tops, and all the other Motown groups. Plus, the great soul music coming out of Memphis and other places down South knocked me out, too. Sam Dave, Wilson Pickett, and my favorite, Otis Redding. When I got into my first radio job, I was able to interview several of these talented folks, and that only magnified my love for the music. A lot of that these days is considered Beach Music. Whatever you call it, it’s all great stuff.

Of course, there is no way to overestimate the importance of The Beatles and everything having to do with The British Invasion. The Fab Four were always at the front of the pack, but The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Who, Cream, and all the other groups that took this country by storm took me by storm, too, and I was changed forever, just like a lot of other kids my generation. The scope widened during my college years, and I still listened to all the soul music, but acquired a taste for the rock ‘n roll coming out of the United States… especially the innovative sounds coming from the West Coast. The Byrds, in particular, made a big impact. It was that special California country rock with the jangling guitars that really touched my soul.

I couldn’t help becoming a big fan of Jimi Hendrix. As far as I was concerned, he had no peer when it came to his artistry with the guitar.

I still feel that way. I was also a big fan of The Doors, Mamas The Papas, Joni Mitchell, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, and other acts

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