Tag Archives: California

C’mon Take a Walk with Me.


Sunday 5th October 2014.

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I love Rizzoli and Isles and this really is one song I really loved.



Southern Girl.


Monday 28th April 2014

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 header-brocks-120.jpg This week I have on offer some really nice tunes, slightly leaning towards the country style. They are however very pleasing to the ear. There are many other titles of the same and varying music styles if you would like to check them out, but please enjoy my offerings. Thank you.


The video above is my favourite, just love this style, the sound, the beat almost everything about it. I first heard it made me want to listen to more of Tim McGraw.

 What is it with this sound, I cannot get enough. It seems strange to me, a Brit loving this American style of country music. Hope ye’ all enjoy it as much as me.

Another song that makes me see and think of nothing but sunshine. Being a guitar player I would so love to play this type of music, but it just does not suit a Brit. When I was gigging back in the 70’s-80’s I played in band that played country music, but it was what we musician types would call 3 chord wonders. Put you to sleep music, definitely if one played it. 


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Harry Manx.


Friday 20th December 2013


     Harry Manx is a musician who blends bluesfolk music,  and Hindustani classical music. He was born on the Isle of Man where he spent his childhood and now lives on Saltspring IslandBritish ColumbiaCanada.

Manx plays the slide guitarharmonicasix-string banjomohan veena and Ellis stomp box. He studied for five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He has released eleven albums.

Manx was a nominee in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for his cover of “I’m on Fire”.



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Background information
Born Isle of Man
Genres blues
folk music
Hindustani classical music
Instruments Slide guitar
six-string banjo
Mohan veena
Stomp Box
cigar box guitar
Labels Dog My Cat Records
Associated acts Michael KaeshammerKevin Breit    
Website www.harrymanx.com


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Days of Summer


Wednesday 9th October 2013.

My little piece of the last and dying part of my summer. My porch and rocking chair is on the verge of being made redundant for the next few months. Enjoy these wonderful songs of differing sounds and era. As an Englishman it is a little bit disappointing that I could not find any British artist to fulfill my want for this post. Hope you enjoy my selection, I love them all.

Canned Heat is an American blues/boogie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. The group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material as well as for efforts to promote …Wikipedia

OriginLos Angeles, California, United State

MembersAdolfo de la ParraDale SpaldingAlan Wilson, More

Lead singersAlan Wilson (1965–1970), Bob Hite (1965–1981)

The Decemberists are an indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States, fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Meloy. The other members of the band are Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, and John Moen. Wikipedia

Lead singerColin Meloy (2000–)

OriginPortland, Oregon, United States

MembersColin MeloyJenny ConleeChris FunkJohn Moen, More

Record labelsRough Trade RecordsCapitol RecordsHush Records,Kill Rock Stars


Edward Raymond ‘Eddie’ Cochran was an American rock and roll pioneer who in his brief career had a lasting influence on rock music. Wikipedia

Born: October 3, 1938, Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States

Died: April 17, 1960, Bath, Somerset England

Last albumSummertime Blues




October 2013.

Retired Ruth’s 5 O’ Clock World


“When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out. ~ David Weatherford             

This song request came about quite differently then most others have. Our follower, Ruth from “retiredruth Life in the 50’s and beyond” has  asked about a tune she recalled from a brief visit in Monterey, California USA.  She only recalls liking the song quite enough to listen to it over and over again on a local radio station while visiting California in 1966. That she heard the song repeatedly  on the radio is telling that it appeared to be getting a lot of air time. The hints Ruth can recall are astonishing really, since when she returned back to the Mid West where she is from she never heard this tune again,  despite trying to find it,   Thus song  has remained with her to this day.  Don’t you just love that about music when it affects you like that?

{ To Ruth, this is the song  we talked about that popped into my head at the first reading of your hints. There was no happy results from a search using the hints as tag search words. It became immediately obvious none of the results were the song you are looking for. If this  song  5  O : Clock World is not you song know only that we tried and hope you enjoy this tune anyway in its place. }

Ruth’s hints;  a clock,  passing of time, the year was 1966 that the song was popular and receiving a lot of radio air time, and she was in Monterey California. She also added that it is a light pop/rock tune. So it is with this that we are posting 5 O Clock World.  It is a great song that will move your toes in time ti the music. One that we thought worth posting and taking the chance we could be giving Ruth her song. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions about this search for Ruth’s song we would love to hear from you. We are open to them always.

A different focus; this post will feature information on the venue of Monetery California USA.

Monterrey, California, the city itself known for its superb venue for live music performances is as well  known for its historic influence on America’s Rock, Pop, & Jazz Industry. The San Francisco music scene, with bands like Quick Silver Messenger Service, It’s  a Beautiful Day, Santana,  & The Grateful Dead became a genre of their own to their fans. Using Ruth’s memory which stems from her c visit to this southern California  city in 1966 is a perfect segue into  this post about this multifaceted Music City venue.

The Monterey, California (USA)  Music Venue:

What has now become known as The Monterey Jazz Festival The Monterey Pop Festival‘s beginnings go back to 1958, with performing artists  like  Louie Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday.

The festival  now claims to be “the longest running jazz festival in the world” ( as reported since the Newport Jazz Festival moved locations). This original three-day concert was held the 16th-18th of June 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The “Summer of Love’s” peak as it is thought of today. It was the first of its kind to be-a promoted and heavily attended rock festival,  The concert reportedly had an estimated 200,000 total attendees with 55,000 to 90,000 people present at the event’s peak at midnight on Sunday. This was the  first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and blues artist Otis Redding.

The 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 20-22, 2013 at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California

For , more info about the 2013 jazz Festival Season:


For More information about The Monterey Pop Festival:


A Commando Caddo Request ~ The Last leaf


For Caddo Veil upon her request. The Last Leaf by The Cascades.

For You Caddo~

Please Note that all three songs here are original works by John Gummoe.}

Th song request by Caddo  is The Cascade’s The Last Leaf, with its beautifully written lyrics and harmonies for which this group was known for. There was a question put forth with this request as to whether The Cascades version is the original, It is, Written by lead singer/songwriter John Gummoe it is a song that to many in the U.S. still today represents the era of the USA‘s involvement in the Vietnam war. This group heralds from the ((USA ) San Diego California area where the USA Marine Corps/Naval Base, “Camp Pendleton” is still today. For the area of San Diego California and the west coast of the United States this is an iconic group. This song was listened to over and over by many waiting to ship out to sea, or waiting for a love one to ship back home from the war, it was getting plenty of air time locally. The Last leaf was a follow-up to the groups earlier hits, but not even it matched the success of their big hits.

We do hope you enjoy Caddo~

Bit of Biography:  In 1960, the SilverStrands were a group of musicians of United States Navy personnel serving on the USS Jason (AR-8) based in San Diego, California and overseas  in Sasebo, Japan. This group, then known to many of the servicemen and the local inhabitants as The Silver Strands were playing at local venues all around town. Their friend, John Gummoe, also aboard the Jason was their biggest fan and soon began acting as their manager. Gummoe had the band playing 5 nights a week before long and had also been working up some duets with band mate Dave Wilson.

The SiverSounds then recruited John Gummoe as a full on band member, they all left the Navy to become the new civilian group The Thunder Notes, the Cascades’ original name. The groups members include: John Claude “John” Gummoe ( singer/songwriter, lead vocals), Eddie Snyder (guitar), Von Lynch (keyboards), Ronald Lynch (keyboards, saxophone), Dave Stevens (bass) and Jim Owens ( AKA Dave Szabo) (drums). Their first single was an instrumental, “Thunder Rhythm” on the Del-Fi label,
The group then began to be more interested in vocal harmonies and were said to be influenced by the California Beach Boys. Their recorded demos tapes ended up with  producer Barry De Vorzon at Valiant Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. who signed them and also changed their name to The Cascades – inspired  by a nearby box of dish-washing detergent. (I did not make this up!)

The Cascades  “There’s A Reason” became a regional hit in summer 1962. The Cascades went to Gold Star Studios in Los Angles and recorded the song which Gummoe had written in his Navy days while on watch. The back-up musicians on the recording included studio session musicians ”  The Wrecking Crew” consisting of Jim Owens (Dave ] on drums, Carol Kaye, on bass, and now legend country-pop singer/songwriter Glen Campbell on guitar. Arrangement by Perry Botkin.

In  November 1962  “Rhythm of the Rain” was released and became the groups most well-known song. It rose to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart  March 9, 1963. This still popular song  became a major hit in over 80 countries. It peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart. “Rhythm of the Rain” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The song spent two weeks at number one on the US Easy Listening charts,  It also made a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom, and a number-one single in Ireland. In 1999, BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) listed the song as the ninth most performed song on radio/TV in the 20th century, also an extremely popular cover tune. This Cascades’ recording was used in the soundtrack of the 1979 film Quadrophenia and included in its soundtrack album.

The Cascades perform in a 2006 concert

The group continued recording, producing an album, and several further singles. The Cascades did continue to receive major radio airplay in their hometown, San Diego. The Cascades  song “Maybe The Rain Will Fall” did fairly well on San Diego radio charts in the summer of 1969.
The group stayed  together and performed for some years, playing in local San Diego clubs like The Cinnamon Cinder, and at other times, touring widely. John Gummoe left the group in 1967 to pursue a solo career and later formed the band Kentucky Express.  A reunion of The Cascades with John Gummoe, Jim  Owen, and  Eddy Snyder as the remaining original members were held a few times over the ensuing years. They split up again in 1975. Snyder later recorded country music under the name Eddie Preston, John Gummoe recorded a dance mix of “Rhythm of the Rain” in 1990. The group reformed in 1995, 2004, and again in 2006. The three original members are often doing charity gigs as reunion shows in the San Diego area.


Resource: Wikipedia
The Cascades
Origin    San Diego, USA
Genres    Pop music
Years active    1960 to 1975
Reunions in 1995, 2006 and 2012
Labels    Valiant (US), Warner (Canada)
Past members
John Gummoe
Eddie Snyder
David Szabo
Dave Stevens
Dave Wilson
Chart singles
Year    Title    U.S. Hot 100[9]    UK Singles Chart[12
1963    “Rhythm of the Rain”    3    5
“The Last Leaf”    60    –
“Shy Girl”    91    –
“For Your Sweet Love”    86    –
1969    “Maybe The Rain Will Fall”    61    –

Rhythm of The Rain (1963)
What Goes On Inside (1968)

Caddo we hope this gave you what it is you are looking for and then some, Thank you for the support to Cyklopps, Rides Again. Come on back with another request any time. We’d love to do it again for you.

For an interview with John Gummoe just click on link.