@70’sMusicChannel #teamwork @thelittlefeattweet May 19


I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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Teamwork and Chemistry-Little Feat

If you love music we all should be grateful for the sounds that has been recorded that can last forever. The reason for our gratitude should be acknowledging that musical acts often to succumb to a lack of teamwork and bad chemistry that changes the sound forever. One of my favorite bands is Little Feat a band that had a relative short shelf life with the line-up I loved.

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Like many bands Little Feat went under line-up transformations.

In 1972 the band released their second album “Sailing Shoes”

After that album which was not commercially successful the band broke up. Late in 1974, Warner’s paid them to reform and make another album. “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” was their breakthrough. It got them a gold record and a European tour.

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The line-up I liked was part of that breakthrough for  Little Feat and included Richie Hayward, drums. Sam Clayton, percussion, Paul Barrere, guitar, Kenny Gradney, bass, Bill Payne, keyboards, and Lowell George, guitar.

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In 1975 the trust that teams or bands need to have started to unravel. Lowell George’s love of injectable drugs was beginning to grow worse. He recorded Little Feats next album “Time Loves a Hero”  with a case of hepatitis. That album, “Time Loves A Hero” only had one song for him. The rest of the band was learning to work around him. And Paul Barrere and Bill Payne were writing great songs.

In August 1977, the band took a pile of live recordings from the Rainbow Theatre in London and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C., and compiled probably the best live album of the decade – “Waiting For Columbus.”

You owe itself to listen to the album Waiting for Columbus if you want to relive the 70’s.

It didn’t surprise anyone then that early in 1979, Bill Payne announced that Little Feat was over. Lowell recorded a solo album – “Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here”– and went on tour with it.

On June 29th after a sold-out show at the Lisner in Washington, DC Lowell was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 34 of a heart attack brought on by drugs. The band reformed in 1987 and has existed in various configurations since then but it is not the Little Feat I came to love listening to.

Thanks to Spotify I listen to the Little Feat line-up just the way I like it. In life we don’t get to record teamwork or chemistry so when you have it don’t take it for granted.

 

 

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