Earlier this year, Steve Martin penned a loving tribute to Earl Scruggs, published in New Yorker
. "Some nights he had the stars of North Carolina shooting from his fingertips. Before him, no one had ever played the banjo like he did. After him, everyone played the banjo like he did, or at least tried." A few minutes ago, Steve Martin offered a rare somber tweet: "Earl Scruggs, the most important banjo player who ever lived, has passed on
." One could do worse than spend some time watching and listening to Earl Scruggs perform
posted by spock
on Mar 28, 2012 -
A musician passed away
just the other day. In all likelihood you never knew his name. But you've probably heard him, no exaggeration, on thousands
of occasions. He was drummer Earl Palmer
, and some of the thousands of songs he propelled with his versatile grooves and masterful sense of time include Tutti Frutti
, La Bamba
, Let's Go Get Stoned
, I Don't Need No Doctor
, Unchained Melody
, You've Lost That Loving Feeling
... the list goes on and on
. Oh, and there's the TV themes he drummed on, like say, Mission Impossible
. And here you can see New Orleans native Earl demonstrating how he put the beat under Professor Longhair's classic Tipitina
and on Fats Domino's I'm Walkin'
. He was one superb rhythmist. Au revoir, Earl Palmer
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Sep 28, 2008 -
'Welcome to Earl's World' - one of the great forgotten blogs?
My project to log people who've registered their first name as their domain name has already found some amazing sites
, and a fair few blogs
. But this seems to be the earliest, offering a Mahir-like quotability. "One man sees a glass that is half empty. Another man sees a glass that is half full. I see a glass that is twice as large as it needs to be."
Does anyone know what happened to Earl? Is he a Mefi regular? What happened with his friend "Susan"? Is Abner Berzon still his stenographer? Film at eleven.
posted by feelinglistless
on May 21, 2001 -