Remembering a blues legend... -- Perfect-o '60's night out... -- Bowie gets gross...

(Courtesy of RCA Records)

5/24/1963 (54 years ago today) - Truly legendary blues guitarist-singer-songwriter Elmore James passed away from a heart attack at age 45 -- He was known as "King Of The Slide Guitar" and for being one of the first players to use extremely loud amplification -- Classic compositions include "The Sky Is Crying" (covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton), "Done Somebody Wrong" (check The Allman Brothers version on "Fillmore East", yowza!), "Rollin' And Tumblin'" (Cream and Jeff Beck) and "Shake Your Moneymaker" (done by Fleetwood Mac, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and name-checked for the title of The Black Crowes debut album)...

5/24/1966 (51 years ago today) - Oh, what a night indeed...: Here's the triple-bill for tonight at The Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood -- Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band are the headliners; opening the evening's festivities are Buffalo Springfield and The Doors. We say, "GAAAACCKKK!!!"

5/24/1974 (43 years ago today) - David Bowie released his eighth studio album, the pseudo-concept-epic "Diamond Dogs", notorious for its cover art-work by Belgian painter Guy Peellaert (who also did The Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock And Roll" LP cover) featuring David as a...well, rather striking half-man/half-dog and clearly displaying the hybrid's genitalia, of course -- After his last release, the all-covers "Pin-Ups" LP,  Bowie had wanted to make a theatrical production of George Orwell's "1984" but the author's estate denied him the rights, so he took his own vision(s) of a post-apocalyptic world and made this still-weirdly-underrated gem instead, a kind of "Ziggy"-in-despair-affair, creepy and definitely hard-rockin'...

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