RIP ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke of Motörhead

Eddie Clarke, nicknamed ‘Fast Eddie’, of legendary rock band Motörhead, has died at the age of 67, as reported on the band’s Facebook page.

The three Motörhead band members, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister vocal and bass, Eddie ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke guitar, and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor drums, now sadly all gone, play one of my favourite rock anthems, in Ace of Spades. I wrote this, about the song, a while ago HERE,

Released in 1980, Ace of Spades is the definitive Motörhead anthem. It’s brash, fast, loud, and raucous. A true classic heavy metal style rock song. The three bands members, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister vocal and bass,  Eddie ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke guitar, and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor drums, make one helluva noise. Again this YouTube video, while not up to the quality or the popularity of later versions, has the necessary raw energy.

In 2007 I wrote here about Fast Eddie being mentioned in a parliamentary debate, and Lemmy is wont to relate the importance of the West Midlands in heavy metal rock history.

Nostalgia Friday song No.4: Little Richard and Long Tall Sally

The 1950’s was a rich era for rock music, many of whom died young. Think of Buddy Holly.  A standout performer of the time was Little Richard. Rock movies were popular in the 1950’s, such as Elvis in Jailhouse Rock. Little Richard featured in the films, Don’t Knock the Rock, and The Girl Can’t Help It.

This, number four in my Nostalgia Friday songs, is Little Richard singing Long Tall Sally and Tutti Frutti from the 1956 film Don’t Knock the Rock.

RIP Fats Domino, you brought joy to my youth

The music of Fats Domino accompanied my growing up in the 1950’s. Sad to hear that Fats has passed away. Nothing can eradicate the joyous memories of his songs, and simple, yet evocative, lyrics.

I could’ve chosen any number of his R&B classics, such as Ain’t that a Shame, or I’m Walkin, though think Blueberry Hill captures the essential Fats. Fats appeared in the Rock ‘n’ Roll film The Girl Can’t Help It. Oh what lovely memories. RIP Fats.

The lyrics to Blueberry Hill

I found my thrill
On Blueberry Hill
On Blueberry Hill
When I found you
The moon stood still
On Blueberry Hill
And lingered until
My dream came true
The wind in the willow played
Love’s sweet melody
But all of those vows you made
Were never to be
Though we’re apart
You’re part of me still
For you were my thrill
On Blueberry Hill
The wind in the willow played
Love’s sweet melody
But all of those vows you made
Were never to be
Though we’re apart
You’re part of me still
For you were my thrill
On Blueberry Hill