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The Bottomless Pit

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 23

by Marshall Crenshaw
Chet Atkins (courtesy Gretsch Guitars)

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.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 16

by Marshall Crenshaw
Doc Pomus

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.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 9

by Marshall Crenshaw
Iggy and The Stooges with Scott Asheton, right (photo: Sophie Howarth)

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.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 2

by Marshall Crenshaw
Etta James (photo by Gilles Pétard)

"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.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For July 26

by Marshall Crenshaw
Charlie Haden (courtesy of the artist's Facebook page)

For most of tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, we'll hear the music of the now late Charlie Haden, and the now late Tomas Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, who of course both passed away back on July 11. True, I acknowledged them both last week and played some of their music, but it wasn't enough, not for me anyway. In between hearing from these two great and now departed souls, we'll hear a little bit from Somi, Vintage Trouble and of course much much more.