Category: Music legends

Wiki bio

This cool guy saved the life of a music legend

Folk singer John Baldry was born on this day, January 12, 1941, and the world of music thanks him from the bottom of its collective heart.

If “Long John” Baldry — he was 6-feet-7 — had never been born, an unknown pianist named Reggie Dwight might have been doomed.

Back in 1969, keyboard musician Reginald Dwight was engaged to be married to a young woman. There was one problem. Dwight was secretly gay. In those days the closet door was firmly closed.

Male homosexuality was a criminal offense in Britain until 1967 — punishable by forced medication and/or jail time.

ATTEMPTED SUICIDE

As the wedding day approached Dwight was torn up inside and sank into a deep depression. He tried to kill himself.

Enter Dwight’s pals, singer John Baldry, who was also gay, and lyricist Bernie Taupin. They told their friend to admit his true sexuality and call off the wedding.

Taupin and Baldry and Elton john
Reg Dwight and Bernie Taupin

Dwight told his fiancée, Linda Woodrow, the truth and the wedding was cancelled. Dwight later changed his name to include part of Baldry’s, and the rest, as they say, is history.

🎵 ’Saved in time, thank God my music’s still alive’ 🎵

The “someone” in Elton John’s 1975 hit “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” which was written by Taupin, is Long John Baldry — Sugar Bear in the song.

PIONEER IN BRITISH ROCK SCENE

John Baldry, who died on July 21, 2005, was known as a pioneer in the British blues-rock scene in the 1960s.

He started out as a folk singer, touring Europe with American Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and formed a couple of different bands, one with the afore-mentioned Reg Dwight on keyboard, and another with a guy named Rod Stewart.

Rod Stewart and John Baldry, back when.

Baldry’s one big hit was “Let the Heartaches Begin,” which went to No. 1 on the British charts in 1967. This is one sweet song.

ROD STEWART WAS THERE FOR HIM

When John Baldry died in Vancouver, Canada, on July 21, 2005 at the age of 64, Rod Stewart was at his bedside.

P.S.

Elton John did not publicly come out as gay until 1988.

Linda Woodrow later moved to America, got married and had three children.

John Baldry Wikibio HERE


The Everly Brothers

Two discordant personalities sang in perfect harmony

Remembering Phil Everly, the son of a Kentucky coal miner, who died on January 3, 2014, at the age of 74.

“Your sound, dear Phil, was my model of beauty and charisma when I was 14,” Art Garfunkel said in a tribute at the time. “You guided my musical development, my life. I always saw you up in Mt Rushmore, next to the other guys — a great hero of American culture.”

Harmony singing had been key in country and bluegrass, but starting with their first hit, 1957’s “Bye Bye Love,” the Everly Brothers brought the sound of deeply intertwined voices — and more than a hint of Appalachia — to rock & roll. That blend resulted in 15 Top 10 hits between 1957 and 1962. The brothers were also a major influence on rock & roll, impacting on the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, the Mamas & the Papas, and many others. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

David Browne, Rolling Stone

“Every night on tour we were in the hotel rooms playing music and Don and Phil would be there with us,” said guitarist Waddy Wachtel, a member of the Everlys band in the early 1970s. “It was unbelievable. They’d start singing in the rooms and it was like the heavens would open up.”

In 1973, after a gig at Knotts Berry Farm in California, the two brothers broke up onstage in spectacular fashion, with Phil smashing his guitar down and storming off the stage.

After less than successful solo careers spanning 10 years, the Everly Brothers reunited onstage In 1983 at the London’s Royal Albert Hall.

They went on to record several studio albums in the 1980s, but rarely performed after the 1990s, and lived 2,000 miles apart — Phil in Los Angeles and Don in Nashville. Don Everly will be 83 on February 1st.

Phil and Don, 1985
Phil and Don Everly, 1985.