Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Alaina Reed and James Gurley R.I.P.
Two more people that I really admired have passed away this December.
Alaina Reed from Sesame Street and 227 passed away this week. Alaina played Olivia, Gordon's sister and pro photogragher who came to live on the most diverse street on TV. She also is remembered for Rose Callaway, a neighbor and buddy of Marla Gibbs at the 227 address.
I am also very saddened to hear of the loss of James Gurley. Big Brother and the Holding Company was the band Gurley, Peter Albin, Sam Andrew and Dave Getz were rocking in San Francisco back in the magical, tragical, classical rock 1960's. Janis Joplin joined the band and the rest is history but Big Brother and the sound of Gurley's bluesy/psychedelic guitar soared in a time of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and even Jimmy Hendrix. Cheap Thrills is still one of my all time favorite albums.
Big Brother and the Holding Company
James Gurley (center)
James Gurley learned guitar by listening to old blues greats like Lightnin' Hopkins.
Blues/Rock at it's very best