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Martin Luther King's Birthday was observed Monday, but we got a jumpstart on it with his real Birthday last week.
And Freedom is of course a year-round endeavor.
This chapter I want to open up with 2 of the greatest British bands of all time, and their songs of freedom.
In our brief history of Dr. King, we note the injustice of those bad old days- doesn't make sense really.
And in light of that, the next two-song set may seem trivial.
But it was a chance to get us back to some lighter fare, and the freedoms discussed in these songs are as valid as any.
Freedom can be a very subjective feeling to those involved.
After that, for those for whom freedom comes easy, Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band.
They were doing Country-Rock as well or better than anyone during their time, and I have a song Rick wrote in the early 70's.
Neither this one nor others got much radio airplay, and it is the public's loss.
I will end this episode with one of the best song-to-song segues I have EVER done- these two were made for each other!
Join Martin and I, for some great Music!
Here's your choice of links to get on that Train Of Freedom, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
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Comment by Mike Pell on January 22, 2013 at 1:27am
Not only did Rick Nelson do a really cool song, but he won the Golden Pell, lol!
Thinking of Elvis sitting on the toilet, eating a fried peanut butter sandwich is not appealing to me.
But I LIKED the song...still do!
I see you are picking on Clapton right?
Well you are right in one way, he got to a point where he was just content to put in a workmanlike performance.
But that was later...certainly after Blind Faith and some other groups and solo efforts where he shined.
I guess a heroin addiction take a lot away from you.
What the HELL is BHBS? And what pedestal?
I am firmly on the ground.
And I will be playing another version of that train song in the next part.
But although Rod Stewart is involved, you may be surprised at just how good it is!
Thanks too for the quick listen and writing, but not for the lame, unintelligible BHBS threat, lol,
Comment by Mike Pell on January 22, 2013 at 1:11am
Well I figured we fellow icons have to stick together, lol!
That is funny, can't stay home alone but walking that far to Woolworth's was ok! 
I never worked at a store, I worked for them in the most beautiful building you could imagine- the legendary Woolworth Building, nicknamed the Cathedral Of Commerce.
And I had access laying cable to places off limits to most people, including the observation deck that was closed during WWII.
Sounding like Jon can definitely not be a good thing, and I don't think he liked that Elvis song either.
But the one key figure here is the guy who chose to play it...ME...and I like it, lol!
Nice call, that is indeed the same Minnie Riperton who sang Loving You.
Every year for a series on Springtime I indend to play it but never get to it.
That's the only Season I have never done, but there are so many other things seemingly distracting me at that time of year.
Well that's GREAT- the Golden Pell to Rick Nelson!
I have been trying to alert and convert people to him for decades now.
He was a TRUE Rocker in the 50's & 60's, and continued to grow long after that- made a lot of outstanding music over the course of his career!
Thanks for the quick listen and writing,
Comment by Jon on January 21, 2013 at 5:22pm

Rick Nelson was a really cool song. I liked it. There was other stuff I liked (not Elvis, during the song I could only think of him sitting on the toilet, eating a fried peanut butter sammich and looking out the window for some reason).

Of course Cream was cool. It's Cream, way before someone turned into a wuss. HE IS NOT A GEETAR GOD!! 

  And then came the end....I just wanted to BHBS you! Get off your pedastal, dammit!

How many versions of that traing song have there been? I believe the Rod Stewart one was (maybe) the most popular?

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 21, 2013 at 1:52pm

Wow, you started this show off with two icon's.  Nothin' at all wrong with either of those songs.

Speaking of Woolworth's, we had a couple in Augusta.  I remember going to work with my Dad in the summer (my Mom worked too, so I couldn't stay home alone yet) and walking to the Woolworth's, which was at least a mile and a half from where my Dad worked.  Funny, I couldn't stay home alone but I could walk a mile and a half to a dept. store.  Anyway, I loved it and those are great memories.

And hey, I'm alwaa-aa-aa-aa-s go-oo-oo-oo-d for an Elvis song, except for this one.  I'm beginning to sound like Jon, not a good thing.

Minnie Riperton, doesn't she sing that song Loving You, where she hits the unbelievably high note?  I think it was on Vegas Vacation with Wayne Newton singing it.  

The final two songs to mesh together well, but I'm giving the Golden Pell to Rick Nelson.  Cool song.

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