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(Pop Matters)   Shuggie Otis was asked to join the Rolling Stones. Famously, he declined the offer   (popmatters.com) divider line 30
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2013-04-20 06:56:46 PM
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2013-04-20 08:46:18 PM
Why isn't Shuggie Otis recognized by more people as a genius?

Because he isn't one. He's great, but Roy Buchanan was an actual genius.

And, the Stones invited him to join too.
 
2013-04-20 09:25:04 PM
Love Shuggie.  Inspiration Information and Shuggie's Boogie were in regular rotation back in my college days.  So glad he's back.
 
2013-04-20 09:41:46 PM
who?
 
2013-04-20 09:46:18 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: who?


Exactly, but give him a listen. He's great.  And I'm not some hipster asshole who's looking down my nose at you for not knowing him.  No one does, really.  He's awesome, but never broke out of obscurity.
 
2013-04-20 10:04:40 PM
 He's great, but Roy Buchanan was an actual genius.

That is the truth.

I listened to a little Shuggie back in the day, but never really got into him. There was so much good music in those days, I just kind of overlooked him.
 
2013-04-20 10:06:08 PM
DRTFA, but Shuggie Otis is a monster player that very few have heard of. I think Al Kooper discovered him, but I could be wrong. Actually owned his first album and stole some of his licks when I first started learning to play. He's a touch player - sounds good no matter what he's playing.
 
2013-04-21 12:19:01 AM

Farkomatic: He's a touch player - sounds good no matter what he's playing.


that's the mark of a true player.
 
2013-04-21 12:55:12 AM
I was intrigued by the review and DL'd the album. It is brilliant through the filter of today because we have an appreciation of electronic music, but I imagine folks in 1974 were all 'WTF is up with that cheesy rhythm box?' Folks then were looking for 'real drummers'. They just were not ready for drum machines.
I love vintage drum machines. My buddy has a Maestro Rhythm King Mk 2 (Which I'm sure is what Shuggie used) that we run through a Delta Lab Effectron (the legendary reverb/echo unit favored by Studio One dub artists and used on Bauhaus' Bella Lougosi's Dead). It sounds ungodly amazing, but it would have confused the hell out of people back in the 70's.
Thanks for the heads up subby! That shiat will be in heavy rotation for a few weeks.
 
2013-04-21 01:29:16 AM
The Stones asked a bunch of people before they asked Ron Wood.  It is known.
 
2013-04-21 02:22:54 AM
I think Al Kooper discovered him,

Still one of the best musician's books that I have read. And, there has been a flood since the success of Keith Richards' book. Seems that everyone that has been in the rock and roll business for a few years is releasing a book. Al Kooper released one years ago, and then updated it.

Do yourself a favor and enjoy reading Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards.
 
2013-04-21 04:51:41 AM
Kooper played together with him early, but years before that his dad had him on the bandstand.
 
2013-04-21 07:28:24 AM
I learned about him when David Byrne re-released his album on his label Luaka Bop in the early 2000's ('01-'02?).  Was on heavy rotation for me for a while, but haven't listened to it for a long time.

Cool to see he's getting some attention again, definitely a classic.

It's interesting to see how many people has sampled his stuff.
 
2013-04-21 07:39:06 AM
Well, that review wasn't pretentious sounding at all.
 
2013-04-21 07:48:13 AM
For anyone is interested in hearing a song by Shuggie that is not Strawberry Lett. 23.
 
2013-04-21 08:12:26 AM
Gotta admit I don't know who the dude is. A quick youtube session and I understand why I don't know who he is. Not that he sucks or anything like that, it just all sounds so very soul 70s that it could be anybody and everybody.
 
2013-04-21 09:11:01 AM
userserve-ak.last.fm: you call it "enigma?
 
2013-04-21 09:26:24 AM
To 'join' the Rolling Stones is not the same as becoming a Rolling Stone.
Chuck Leavell has been playing keyboards for the Stones since 1982 - not an official 'Stone'
Ron Wood started playing with them in 1975 - not an official 'Stone' until 1993

/So good move Shuggie - you'd probably still be adding to the group without ever being a true Rolling Stone
 
2013-04-21 09:47:45 AM

redsquid: I was intrigued by the review and DL'd the album. It is brilliant through the filter of today because we have an appreciation of electronic music, but I imagine folks in 1974 were all 'WTF is up with that cheesy rhythm box?' Folks then were looking for 'real drummers'. They just were not ready for drum machines.
I love vintage drum machines. My buddy has a Maestro Rhythm King Mk 2 (Which I'm sure is what Shuggie used) that we run through a Delta Lab Effectron (the legendary reverb/echo unit favored by Studio One dub artists and used on Bauhaus' Bella Lougosi's Dead). It sounds ungodly amazing, but it would have confused the hell out of people back in the 70's.
Thanks for the heads up subby! That shiat will be in heavy rotation for a few weeks.


   Several B-3 guys, doing singles and kicking bass pedals,had the Rhythm Ace as early as '72....My memory is hazy though..maybe even earlier.   Seems like Rhythm Ace eventually became Roland.
 
2013-04-21 10:02:24 AM
 
2013-04-21 01:49:45 PM
Harvey Mandel was supposedly recruited as a band member one time as well.
 
2013-04-21 01:59:08 PM
Shuggie is amazing (better than the rolling stones, IMO).  Granted, most people don't know who he is. . . .
 
2013-04-21 04:22:48 PM

Dwight_Yeast: The Stones asked a bunch of people before they asked Ron Wood.  It is known.



even after he was in and was really strugling with alcohol; George Thorogood was in strong consideration in the early 80s when they were sick of Ronnie's shiat.  And I think they also made a run at SRV.
 
2013-04-21 04:53:19 PM
you people go buy this! go buy it now! seriously serious!


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2013-04-21 05:52:52 PM

johnnygew: To 'join' the Rolling Stones is not the same as becoming a Rolling Stone.
Chuck Leavell has been playing keyboards for the Stones since 1982 - not an official 'Stone'
Ron Wood started playing with them in 1975 - not an official 'Stone' until 1993

/So good move Shuggie - you'd probably still be adding to the group without ever being a true Rolling Stone


You forgot Daryl Jones, Billy Preston, Bobby Keys and a bunch of others.

And Mick Taylor quit because Jagger and Richards flat-out refused to give him writing credits on the songs he helped write.
 
2013-04-21 05:58:42 PM

Omahawg: you people go buy this! go buy it now! seriously serious!


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for the album jacket alone!
 
2013-04-21 06:20:06 PM
rickythepenguin:

even after he was in and was really strugling with alcohol; George Thorogood was in strong consideration in the early 80s when they were sick of Ronnie's shiat.  And I think they also made a run at SRV.


It's hard to believe they would think that Thorogood would be any kind of a fit in their band, or how a guitar heavy-weight like Vaughn would work, either.
 
2013-04-21 06:28:12 PM

doctor wu: rickythepenguin:

even after he was in and was really strugling with alcohol; George Thorogood was in strong consideration in the early 80s when they were sick of Ronnie's shiat.  And I think they also made a run at SRV.


It's hard to believe they would think that Thorogood would be any kind of a fit in their band, or how a guitar heavy-weight like Vaughn would work, either.


  I think SRV turned down a Bowie tour in the early 80's....After "Let's Dance" anyway..
 
2013-04-21 07:20:10 PM

doctor wu: It's hard to believe they would think that Thorogood would be any kind of a fit in their band, or how a guitar heavy-weight like Vaughn would work, either.


the 81 or 82 tour ronnie was having some serious issues and George opened that tour.  by some accounts, the stones were really, really close to booting Woody for George.
 
2013-04-21 11:35:38 PM

rickythepenguin: the 81 or 82 tour ronnie was having some serious issues and George opened that tour.  by some accounts, the stones were really, really close to booting Woody for George.


Likely because Ronnie was fit-shased all the time.
 
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