Frampton was introduced to the talk box effect while working with Harrison on All Things Must Pass. Perhaps the most impressive part of that statement is that Harrison had chosen Frampton to work on that wonderful and expansive post-Beatle solo album. Frampton had just turned twenty and was enjoying great success with his role in Humble Pie and his many session dates with the likes of Harry Nilsson, John Entwistle, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The nod from Harrison simply added to his great charge forward, especially as a visiting guitarist on the Beatles lead guitarist’s triple album. Impressive.
The original drummer and bassist from Dutch band Deisel died – both from heart attacks – within a week of each other in 2009. I discovered that sad coincidence while researching their terrific band, and it makes me sad that these talented guys are gone.
In the mid-to-late seventies, it’d be a rare day when you didn’t turn on your local AM rock station (remember AM radio, kids?) and hear a song by Jerry Doucette. And although many, many songs just became annoying when played so often, I never tired of hearing Doucette’s tunes.
I’ve recently written about the fine Canadian band The Headpins, so it’s only fitting that I write now about the band I saw them on a double bill with, many many years ago – Canada’s great hair/pop-metal band Helix.