A man who embraced all the major pop music styles of the last 50 years and mastered them, has died. Don Covay R.I.P. He had a pretty good career as a performer, live and recording; he'll live forever as a writer. He wrote scores of tunes and many of them are classics (you can look at the charts AND assess long-term impact here *). His importance cannot be overstated--American pop music would have a huge hole in it without him. The Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Covay An excellent bio/appreciation: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/don-c...6690/biography and discog: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/don-c...90/discography << you are well-served with either of the 5-star comps BUT for an original, he saved the best for last: http://www.allmusic.com/album/adlib-mw0000100910 His NYTimes obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/07/ar...ies-at-78.html
Some tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWioaVN9olY << He and Jimi Hendrix were great friends, thus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W13-Hwui-4 << crappy sound quality, as explained.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HPwiM8UtjE << one of my fave tunes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWwaGDsz1AU << No vocals means you get to hear how good the underlying song was--nice guitar on this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8geTmxYTwg << You may remember some White boys doing this...Mr. C happily cashed those royalty checks...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uoQIZHmAYQ << He wrote this on commission. How about in French ?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsYci3kBpFc
* He principally wrote for others--he did re-imagine some as originals or self-covers. http://www.musicvf.com/songs.php?pag...riterchartstab Another interesting Site about him: http://stones7.com/don_covay/ He wasn't all about himself--listen to this cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqVOrpvIAG4 << I like this so much, here's the AMG and, yes, I just ordered it: http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-ho...s-mw0000224840
A community radio station in KC, MO is going to cover him for 3 hours 3-6 PM CST on 10 Feb. on the fetchingly named Voodoo Kittens RoadTrippin' Blues show--they stream to all devices: http://www.kkfi.org/on-air-guide/program-schedule/