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    William “Bill” Payne was born on this day in Waco, Texas, in 1949. He is the co-founder, only continuous, and sole surviving band member of the original Little Feat. He is a keyboard magician who’s played with literally hundreds of artists as a session man which may be one of the reasons he’s only released one solo album thus far – too busy! Little Feat, in their present incarnation, don't seem to have disbanded, but I see he has most recently joined the Doobie Brothers as a permanent member of their current line-up.

    Bill Payne is an extremely articulate individual who likes to write and he is also interested in photography. His website … http://billpaynecreative.com

    This song was written by him for Little Feat in the post Lowell George days … “Gringo” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf8VP8t5nu4

    He appears on Jackson Browne’s For Everyman on “I thought I was a Child” …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOv6jXonYUo

    And on Bob Seger et al’s The Distance on “Shame on the Moon” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUl-83PSZks

    And this is from his album Cielo Norte, which I’m now going to have to add to the endless to-purchase list …

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    this it the best songs for all. thank for this nice composition.

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    Happy Birthday and congratulations to Dame Vera Lynn, known as the sweetheart of the armed forces ... she attains the grand age of one hundred years today! In honour of the auspicious occasion, there was a projection of her image onto the white cliffs of Dover today. Not sure from where, or how viewable that would have been by the population at large, but anyway … semantics!

    By all accounts, she deserves every accolade she’s ever received … entertainment wasn’t just a frivolous thing for her, it was a job she took very seriously, singing for soldiers, and she really grasped the terrible impact of war … she opened lines of communication, you could say, where there were none. Her career extended further during and after the war, into radio, connecting and re-connecting families through that medium, relaying messages and singing ‘Forces Favourites’, and later into TV. Her hallmarks seem to have been sincerity, humility and a genuine interest in life and people.

    A few records have been broken now, including that of 93 years in industry; she started singing on stage at the age of seven, she is the oldest living artist to have achieved a placing in the charts with the release in 2009 of her compilation album, We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn, and she is also the first centenarian to have released an album.

    That album, Vera Lynn 100, which was released a couple of days ago comprises newly orchestrated versions of her favourite songs alongside her original recordings, of which this must be a relatively recent one (as in sometime during the past thirty years! Lol!) …

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    The incredible David Perry Lindley was born on this day in 1944, in San Marino, California. He’s been called a ‘maxi’ as opposed to ‘multi’ instrumentalist and is an expert on stringed things. He plays acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass guitar, banjo, oud, mandolin, lap steel guitar, hardingfele, bouzouki, cittern, bağlama, cumbus, charango, cümbüş, ud, violin, weissenborn, zither and dobro.

    He’s had his own band, El Rayo-X, been one of a duo, made solo albums and done session work alongside many, many artists, his association with Jackson Browne being a prime example; “The Load Out” not to mention a host of other songs, just wouldn’t be the same without his magnificent contributions on the fiddle and the slide … oh … and the falsetto! Lol! Here it is … great track … another alltime favourite … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UC4SLsPQic

    I like Graham Nash’s Earth & Sky and he’s on that too … Hawaiian guitar on this one, “Out on the Island” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-m4iyg_2ws

    Another one with Nash, this version from No Nukes … trotting out all my old favs, yet again … déjà vu … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vda3QXRD28

    …. and then there’s this, also from No Nukes, which says it all, IMHO …

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    And another one … Franco Mussida was born on this day in 1947 in Milan, Italy. He is a very well thought of guitarist, also a singer, and he was a founder and the lead vocalist of Italian prog rock group Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM); he left them in 2015, having stayed around for 45 years. He has also released three solo albums, founded a school for popular and jazz music education, and he participates in other artistic endeavours/installations/projects, such as resonant sculpture, for example.

    PFM appeared on Greg Lake’s radar when ELP was touring Italy in the early seventies, and he was taken with them enough to use his influence to help get them signed to Manticore, ELP’s label at the time. Their first album on that label was Photos of Ghosts, which is pretty impressive – they have a fairly large catalogue, including some English works, or English versions of works, and a number of live albums for which they seem to have earned quite a lot of respect. Incidentally, Ian Anderson is a guest on one of ‘em, Live in Roma (with Ian Anderson).

    Here is Franco Mussida with PFM performing his composition, “Impressions of September”, live in Japan … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9jrgvnIwCc

    From his solo album Racconti della tenda rossa (Tales of the Red Curtain)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPaSH4queTs

    The title track from PFM’s album The World Became the World …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvjssJ7RRLM

    And the lead track from Photos of Ghosts … “River of Life” …

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