Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Rising Sons
Song:Let The Good Times Roll
Album:Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder
This is a very interesting CD featuring musicians who went on to bigger and better things after this 1966 album was not released. The Rising Sons were formed in 1964 by Taj Mahal (born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks on May 17, 1942 in New York City) & Ry Cooder (born Mar. 15, 1947 in Los Angeles). Other members were guitarist/vocalist Jesse Lee Kincaid, bassist Gary Marker & drummer Ed Cassidy. Cassidy was replaced by Kevin Kelley after he broke his hand and would later co-found Spirit. The group signed with Columbia and recorded an album produced by Terry Melcher. He is Doris Day's son and later would be an integral part of The Beach Boys. Columbia's interest in the group was motivated by the popularity of The Byrds. The single Candy Man was released but the album was never released until 1992. The album is a mix of traditional folk & blues along with some Kincaid originals. The Rising Sons split up. The general feeling among music historians is the album was before its time. Taj Mahal proved that by remaining with Columbia and was a big part of the late 60s blues revival. And Ry Cooder has been very successful too. Kevin Kelley joined The Byrds and was on Sweetheart Of The Rodeo and Gary Marker worked with Captain Beefheart. Unfortunately it doesn't look like Jesse Lee Kincaid amounted to anything. The Rising Sons CD has more than historical value and is worth checking out. Here's a video of Corinna, Corinna by The Rising Sons.