A Video History of the Guitar Wah Wah Pedal

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically. The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.

Classic Rock: Blind Faith plays Presence of the Lord

After he left Cream in 1969 and before he formed Derek and the Dominos in 1970, Eric Clapton was in Blind Faith with Steve Winwood. Here’s a song from the CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO.

Three years ago, Eric Clapton assembled a who’s who of guitar masters for the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, raising funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, a chemical dependency treatment and education facility Clapton founded.

In the summer of 2007, Clapton invited old friends and new for the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Rhino Entertainment captured the event in a two-DVD set chronicling that scorching summer day in Chicago with CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. The two-disc DVD costs $30 and is available from this link CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007.

The vocals in this performance are terrific.

Anyday and Derek – More Classic Rock

The song Anyday was written by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock in 1970 and released in 1971 on the great Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album by Derek and the Dominos. (Derek was the Eric’s pseudonym.) Duane Allman played slide guitar with Eric on this song (and several others, notably the amazing Layla). Duane Allman was the bandleader of the Allman Brothers Band (he was killed in 1971 in a tragic motorcycle accident). The drummer for the Allman Brothers Band was Butch Trucks.

In 1979 Butch Trucks nephew was born and named Derek. Derek Trucks started playing slide guitar at an early age and formed the Derek Trucks Band in 1994. He toured with and eventually joined the Allman Brothers. He toured with Eric Clapton in 2006.

Trucks is married to singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, who sings in the Derek Trucks Band performance of Anyday below, which is from Clapton’s CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007.

Anyday by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock
You were talking and I thought I heard you say
"Please leave me alone.
Nothing in this world can make me stay.
I’d rather go back, I’d rather go back home."

But if you believed in me like I believe in you,
We could have a love so true, we would go on endlessly.

[Chorus:]
And I know anyday, anyday, I will see you smile.
Any way, any way, only for a little while.

Well someday baby, I know you’re gonna need me
When this old world has got you down.
I’ll be right here, so woman call me
And I’ll never ever let you down.

[Bridge]

[Chorus 2x]

To break the glass and twist the knife into yourself;
You’ve got to be a fool to understand.
To bring your woman back home after she’s left you for another,
You’ve got to be a, you’ve got to be a man.

[Bridge]

[Chorus 2x]

Anyday, anyday, I will see you smile.
Any way, any way, just for a little, just for a little while.

Classic Rock: Blind Faith reborn

I love this music.

After he left Cream in 1969 and before he formed Derek and the Dominos in 1970, Eric Clapton was in Blind Faith with Steve Winwood. Here’s a segment from the CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO where they recapture the old magic. It’s great that these guys are still around.

Three years ago, Eric Clapton assembled a who’s who of guitar masters for the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, raising funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, a chemical dependency treatment and education facility Clapton founded.

In the summer of 2007, Clapton invited old friends and new for the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Rhino Entertainment captured the event in a two-DVD set chronicling that scorching summer day in Chicago with CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. The two-disc DVD costs $30 and is available from this link CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007.

Here’s a segment highlighting the Eric Claption and Steve Winwood playing the Blind Faith song Had to Cry Today. (The guitar interplay at the end reminds me of Eric and Duane Allman on Layla.)

These guys are music legends because they compose and play great music, not because they dance well and look like movie stars.

If you love Classic Rock music…

Here’s a rock classic performed by an guy who can sing, play, and write great music, from the CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. It’s wonderful that he’s still got the spark.

Three years ago, Eric Clapton assembled a who’s who of guitar masters for the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, raising funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, a chemical dependency treatment and education facility Clapton founded.

In the summer of 2007, Clapton invited old friends and new for the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Rhino Entertainment captured the event in a two-DVD set chronicling that scorching summer day in Chicago with CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. The two-disc DVD costs $30 and is available from this link CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007.

Here’s a segment highlighting the amazing Steve Winwood playing Dear Mr. Fantasy. Please note that he usually plays keyboards, but he can play guitar.

Steve Winwood was just shy of 19 when he formed the group Traffic in the spring of 1967.

By the time Traffic’s debut album (titled Mr. Fantasy) was released in December 1967, the group had scored three hit singles in the UK with Winwood and Capaldi’s “Paper Sun,” Mason’s “Hole In My Shoe” and the group-penned “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” (from the film of the same name), none of which appeared on the original British mono pressing of the LP. The first American version of the album (which was in stereo) was called Heaven Is In Your Mind, after another song on the album, but it was quickly changed to Mr. Fantasy, and it included the three UK singles. The song “Dear Mr. Fantasy” was never a hit single, but it quickly became an underground radio favorite in the U.S., and has long been considered one of the group’s true classics, along with such tunes as “Glad,” “Freedom Rider,” “John Barleycorn (Must Die)” and “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.”
Source: Mix

"Dear Mr. Fantasy" is a rock song by Traffic off their 1967 album, Mr. Fantasy. It was written by Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, and Chris Wood, although Winwood took on most of the musical construction of the song and sang it on the album.

The song was covered by Canadian rock band Big Sugar in 1995, and by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

In addition the song was famously performed on multiple occasions throughout the 80’s by the Grateful Dead with keyboardist Brent Mydland on vocals. Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic are known to occassionaly cover the song. It also appeared on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper in 1969, where its chord progression morphed into "Hey Jude". The riff was lifted off by Led Zeppelin.

The song was used in the promotion of the NFL Network and the movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

The song was also covered in the 1973 made for T.V. movie Go Ask Alice starring Jamie Smith Jackson and Jennifer Edwards.

The song was recently covered by the American rock band Tesla on the album Real to Reel (2007).
Source: Wikipedia