I'd originally planned tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 as a straight-up summer rerun of show #98, from May 2013. Instead, it'll be a "modified rerun," swapping the original Part 1 for a now-overdue tribute to the great guitarist and songwriter Dick Wagner; he passed away back on July 30. I first saw Dick with his band The Frost at the roller rink in Caseville, Michigan when I was about 14 years old (along with my friend Charlee Throneburg) and became a Fan for Life. Dick was one of the heroes of my youth.
In addition to the great and now sadly late Dick Wagner, we'll hear some great experimental avant-garde music from three ex-members of Paul Revere and The Raiders, the Joyride album by Drake Levin and Friendsound, a real keeper. To be honest, I forget what else is on the show; I've been away from my desk for about three weeks now. But I encourage you to tune in and find out!
Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a straight-up rerun. I'm not exactly on vacation—it's more like the opposite—but I'm away from my desk for the next couple of weeks with the Bottle Rockets, headed across Texas, up and down California, etc. The show is a salute to Gretsch guitars: it got lots of plaudits and kudos when it first ran, and it features the sounds of Sal Salvador, Billy Zoom, Mary Osborne, George Harrison, plus many many more.
On "The Bottomless Pit" tonight at 10, a one-hour salute to one of the greatest of the greats, songwriter Doc Pomus (1925-1991, born Jerome Solon Felder). I had great respect and admiration for Doc and was a friend of his for many years. He wrote and co-wrote some of the best and most beloved songs of all time, and lived a life that was absolutely epic. I encourage you to see, as soon as you can, the outstanding movie "AKA Doc Pomus," directed by Peter Miller and Will Hechter and edited by Amy Linton. If you enjoy books, there's the great biography Lonely Avenue by Alex Halberstadt, which is a real spellbinder.
Immediately following FUV's live broadcast of St. Vincent from Celebrate Brooklyn tonight, "The Bottomless Pit" will be joined in progress. Although tonight's show will be truncated, abridged, etc., due to the concert, it will be a repeat of a tribute that I did for drummer Scott Asheton, who passed away on March 14, 2014. It's one of my favorite shows of all and features some of the greatest rock music of all time by The Stooges, the Scott Morgan Band, Sonic's Rendezvous Band and Dark Carnival. I keep my mouth completely closed until the very last couple minutes of the show.
"At Last" by Etta James— is it humanly possible to not love that record? I'll bet that there's not one living person who's heard that record who doesn't love it. Besides Etta, or I should say "along with Etta," the person who deserves the most credit for making that record the work of art that it is would be arranger Riley Hampton, a real unsung hero of popular music. For a couple of decades he made the world a more beautiful place, lending his artistry to a ton of classic hit records, many of which are lifelong favorites of mine. The focus of tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 will be a tribute to Riley Hampton, featuring Jerry Butler, Etta James, Dee Clark and many other legends.