45 years ago today, Eddie Harris recorded the album which would ultimately come to be called INSTANT DEATH.
Although his voice would sometimes have you believe that he’s two or three times older, Tom Waits turns 67 years old today. He’s not an artist whose level of critical acclaim – which is profound – comes anywhere close to paralleling his commercial success, but he’s written plenty of songs which have been covered by other artists, many of whom have indeed found themselves rising relatively high in the charts with their take on one of Waits’ compositions. The most obvious example, of course, is Rod Stewart’s success with “Downtown Train,” but there are a number of others who’ve done quite well with Waits’ songs.
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You’re welcome.
We’re kicking off a new feature on Rhino.com, one where we explore the artists who have been influenced by other artists, and since today would’ve been J.J. Cale’s 78th birthday, it seems only appropriate to begin by spotlighting Mr. Cale and arguably the most famous of the musicians to have been influenced by his work: Eric Clapton.