New Music For Old People: John Fogerty, Al Kooper, Howard Tate



Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. “Train of Fools” — John Fogerty

Mr. Clearwater is back again with catalog duets and a few new tunes on his release, Wrote a Song for Everyone. I prefer the new tunes and here’s one, albeit devoid of his trademark snarling vocal sound.

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2. “Up on the Bandstand” — Al Kooper feat. Mickey Thomas

This is from the rarely heard jam album I cut in the ‘80s, Championship Wrestling. A Randall Bramblett tune I always loved, it gave me a rare chance to employ the vocal skills of Mickey, who gave Elvin Bishop a big hit with his vocal on “Fooled Around and Fell In Love.” No such luck for me, but great fun playing baritone guitar and clavinet alongside guitars by Jeff Baxter and the rest of the studio players gang! This was produced by Bill Szymczyk, who coincidentally produced the Elvin Bishop single.

3. “These Are The Things That Make Me Know You’re Gone” — Howard Tate

A rare non-Jerry Ragovoy-produced track helmed by multi-hit artist Lloyd Price on his signature Turntable label in 1970. It was part of a full album they collaborated on entitled Reaction. This followed a string of hits supervised by Ragovoy from 1966-68 on Verve. Jerry and Howard reunited again in 1972 on Atlantic. This was the best track from the Lloyd Price album. In hindsight, Tate’s best work was when he was partnered with Ragovoy. His last three albums (all without Jerry) are comparatively non-listenable and yielded no sales or airplay. This track contained signature Tate spark and stands up nowadaze.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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One comment on “New Music For Old People: John Fogerty, Al Kooper, Howard Tate
  1. Championship Wrestling is not “rarely heard” at my house. It is on one of my most listened to playlists for walking. Love your work. Been a fan for five decades.

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