Ed King (R.I.P.) Top 5

His name may not ring a bell, but he was a great guitarist/bassist that most famously played in Lynyrd Skynyrd.

5 Lynyrd Skynryd – The Needle And The Spoon

4 Hunger – Mind Machine

3 Lynyrd Skynyrd – The Ballad Of Curtis Loew

2 Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense & Peppermints

1 Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesday’s Gone


R.I.P Randy Rampage Top 5

I just heard Randy Rampage has passed away. He was a revered Canadian musician in both the early punk scene and the thrash metal scene. He was a founding member of D.O.A., the early lead singer of Annihilator and a member of several other bands. The Canadian metal and punk genres owe this man a lot for his early influences.

5 Annihilator : Human Insecticide. – The album that influenced Megadeth features this thrash feat of greatness.

4 D.O.A. : World War 3 – Randy could really blaze on the bass at lightning fast speeds.

3 Annihilator : Alison Hell – Changing up from a punk bassist to a thrash metal vocalist may have never been done before or since.

2 D.O.A. : Disco Sucks – Yes it does Randy. Yes it does.

1 D.O.A. : The Prisoner – I am a prisoner of that awesome bass sound


Aretha Franklin (R.I.P.) Top 11

I heard the sad news that Aretha Franklin died today at the age of 76. She won 18 Grammy awards, is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, is on Rolling Stones list of Greatest Artists Of All Time plus their list of Greatest Singers Of All Time, and earned the title Queen Of Soul.

11 A Different World TV Theme – I had no idea this was Aretha, but I used to watch this show a lot back in the day and this theme song brings back those younger days.

10  Freeway Of Love -Another song that threw me back to younger days near the start of MTV/Much Music. It was kind of a secret pleasure back then, and shows it`s age today, but her talent shines through.

9 Baby, I Love You – This one almost has a country meets soul feel to it. Her voice is put at the forefront right where it belongs.

8 The House That Jack Built – The sax and the background singers are amazing here, and Aretha is Aretha.

7 I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) – A slow sultry beat and some sky high vocals set this one apart

6 Spanish Harlem – Aretha along with some funky guitar and some chunky bass. Enough said.

5 A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like) – Carole King co-writing and Aretha singing had to be good.

4 Bridge Over Troubled Waters – The organ work, the backgound singers, and Aretha make this one of the best cover songs ever.

3 Chain Of Fools – Any fools that think this song is not awesome need to be chained up.

2 Think – I think I will listen to some more Aretha

1 Respect- R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Aretha take care, TCB.



15 Years Ago Today

On August 14, 2003 millions of people in North America lost electrical power. Many U.S. States and almost all of Ontario lost power. Some for many hours, some for many days. I personally remember being on my back deck, listening to my local radio station (107.5 Dave FM) with a battery powered radio. They had just gone on the air July 21 2003, and they were doing test signals. They played unique versions of songs I had never heard before. I was still able to BBQ and the fridge and freezer kept the food cold as long as they were not left open too long. I went into work as usual the next day and the power was not on yet. They were telling us if the power did not go on shortly, that we could go home. Unfortunately it did go on at work. However many parts of the province still had no power. There were only a few customers so I was allowed to leave early. We left for Long Point to visit my sister-in-law and her family. They had no idea the power outage was this huge. One good thing about a vacation is you get to shut off the outside world and just have fun. We proceeded to light a campfire and the stars were awesome due to the lack of light pollution.

Those are some of my memories. Feel free to share yours with the class.