Tribute: ‘King of the Buskers’

Don Partridge

I’d like to take a moment to remember a dear family friend and a great musician and songwriter, Don Partridge (affectionately known as the ‘King of the Buskers’). Don is well known as a busker and has played all over the world; he was the first person to make the one man band famous on the streets of Europe.

Don was probably the first ever busker to make it into the Top Ten UK singles chart in 1968 with single ‘Rosie’ reaching #4 and this was closely followed by single ‘Blue Eyes’. Despite his success in the 60’s Don decided to return to busking and travelling the world and he never looked back. He has played with many great musicians and has supported and played with artists such as British Sea Power, Lemon Jelly, Status Quo and guitarist Gordon Giltrap. His song ‘Breakfast on Pluto’ was included on the 2005 film of the same name, starring Cillian Murphy. He has also appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks twice.
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Wake up song for today- 68

I wanted something relaxing to post on Easter Sunday, day of all roast dinners and family gatherings and chocolate eggs, and I thought of one of my favourite jazz musicians…the one and only, angel-faced heavenly-voiced Mr Baker. Here he is in 1987, one year before his unfortunate demise, with a live version of his classic recording of ‘My Funny Valentine’. Ok so it’s the wrong public … Continue reading Wake up song for today- 68

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I never travel far, without a little Big Star – RIP Alex Chilton

A proper tribute

“Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round
They sing “I’m in love. What’s that song? I’m in love with that song.”

— The Replacements’ ‘Alex Chilton’

But I’ll fall if I don’t fight/ And at my side is God/ And there ain’t no one going to turn me around/ there ain’t no one going to turn me round/Just hold on”

Big Star’s ‘The Ballad of el Goodo’.

I swear to God, poor Adam Duritz from Counting Crows is cursed. First Mark Linkous and now Alex Chilton.

I’d like to say that I’ve known Big Star for a big while, but no, I discovered them just last year, when I saw Counting Crows live. They started with a cover of ‘The Ballad of El Goodo’ and I knew I recognised the song. A quick search afterwards made me realise I had it, in Evan Dando’s great version from Empire Records.

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Tribute: Sparklehorse

The world loses another troubled genius: multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous A.K.A. Sparklehorse took his own life on March 6. Linkous has collaborated with artists such as The Flaming Lips, PJ Harvey and Tom Waits as well as producing Daniel Johnston’s record Fear Yourself in 2003. He’s been recording lo-fi, laidback, melody driven sweet indie rock since 1995. Here is Sloucher’s little retrospective and tribute to Mark: … Continue reading Tribute: Sparklehorse

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