Dead rock stars, dead rock stars, too many too fast…
And I've seen em all on stage. All??? Not quite. Here are some dead rock stars I will never see live.
1. Jim Morrison -woulda loved to see him, especially in his early sober days.
2. Louis Armstrong – Mid 40s, thank you very much.
3. John Lennon – My gut tells me Lennon hadn't come close to peaking as a live performer. Mid-90s woulda done it.
4. Sam Cooke – At the Copacabana not Harlem Square
5. Woody Guthrie – Mid-fifties Guthrie
6. Elvis Presley – pre Army and at the 68 come back special.
7. The Beatles – In Hamburg
8. George Harrison – In Japan.
9. Buddy Holly – No not on one of his rock and roll travelling side show -a straight up no chaser 90 minutes. Plus orchestra if and when necessary and plus the crickets when not.
10. The Wailers – With Marley, Tosh and Bunny.
11. Lynrd Skynrd – Right before the crash.
12. Jackie Wilson – An influence on EVERYONE that came after him, and a great great dancer.
13. Gregory Isaac – This one hurt because I coulda and kept on putting it off.
14. Ella Fitzgerald – When she was playing around town, I couldn't afford a tix.
15. George Gershwin – Playing "Rhapsody In Blue" at Carnegie Hall.
I could go on, I mean jazz alone: Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Mingus…
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