Ignored Obscured Restored
The obituary page of the New York Times was filled with musicians this week. Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show was the first to draw me to the page. Then I saw that Pegi Young, Neil’s long-time wife, passed away – as did Christine McGuire of the McGuire Sisters and “Honey” Lantree of the Honeycombs.
Finally, Dean Ford, singer in the Scottish group Marmalade died last Monday in LA. He was only 72.
Marmalade’s most famous hit was “Reflections of My Life.”
Yeah, I know, it’s kind of sappy, but it brings back happy memories (for me) from a simpler time back in the early ‘70s. Its harmony vocals and orchestration give the track an early Bee Gee’s sound.
Besides, it also has that “reverse” guitar solo by Junior Campbell. Here’s how Wikipedia describes the solo (that begins at about 1:45):
The song is in the key of G major and the solo was recorded thus:
The first 4 bars were recorded as normal, with Campbell playing a long “G” note, tied over from the last beat of bar 3, through bar 4, with slight feedback sustaining the long note.
“Reflections…” reached #3 in the UK and #10 in the US.
Enjoy… until next week.