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The Guess Who: “Clap for the Wolfman”

I highly recommend the Facebook Page of Neil Ratner, who calls himself the “Roc Doc.”

His entertaining posts have an almost limitless wealth of remembrances and inside knowledge. This one focuses on “Clap for the Wolfman,” The Guess Who’s tribute to Wolfman Jack.

Above is the version featuring the Wolfman. It has no video, though the photos are interesting. Below is a video of the band performing the song, sans Wolfie.

Here is more on the great Canadian band, which also is associated with Bachman Turner Overdrive. Canada has produced some of the greatest rock/pop musicians and songwriters.

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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