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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

#17: Mt. Rushmore Series

Which four musical solos deserve to be enshrined on your Mt. Rushmore?

Hope you'll forgive me for spending way too much time thinking about this particular iteration in my Mt. Rushmore series. First, I had to be sure not to duplicate any instrument. Second, the solos had to come from a piece featuring a vocal. And last (!), I wanted to include at least a few things some of you may not have heard so you'll be tempted to seek out these amazing performances. Apologies to any youngsters reading for the codger-like flavor here.

1.) Clarence Clemmons (Tenor Sax) on "Jungleland" (from "Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen): No doubt the most widely played of these four tunes - don't let that discourage you. This is the most majestic sax solo on a rock record (probably not improvised) I've ever heard.

2.) Carlos Santana (Guitar) on "You Can Have Me Anytime" (from "Middle Man" by Boz Scaggs): Not the most famous Carlos solo. For my money, deserves as much attention as the better known ones.

3.) Don Brooks (Harmonica) on "Song For Martin" (from "True Stories and Other Dreams" by Judy Collins):  Less a solo than a featured role between the vocal verses but you've simply got to hear this guy's playing. If his harmonica and this lyric are not perfect together, I don't know what is.

4.) Carmine Appice  (Drums) on "Lady" (from "Beck, Bogert, and Appice"): Carmine was never a critical darling, probably because of the bombast of his first well known band (Vanilla Fudge). Put that aside and listen to his brief solo near the end of this short rave-up. Whew!

You don't need to put as much thought into this as I did. But do share your Mt. Rushmore with me, especially if you're a lot younger than I. Always good to get juiced by a solo.


  1. Please add the following....

    Eric Clapton on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
    Don Felder (thank you, Pat, for knowing this) and Joe Walsh on "Hotel California"

    1. Nice, Kim - Who is the 4th soloist on your Mt. Rushmore? And is he also a guitar player?

  2. (1) Leo Sayer (vocals) "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"

    (2) Eddie Rabbitt (vocals and guitar) "I Love a Rainy Night"

    (3) Eddie Money (vocals) "Baby Hold On To Me"

    (4) The Shocking Blue (group) "Venus"

    1. Anonymous; Thanks for the comment. Hope to see more from you in the future.

  3. dave Gilmour --comfortably numb pat metheny--are you going with me --carlos Santana-- song of the wind keith Jarrett--koln concert part iv

    1. Hey Bro; Did not expect to see a comment from you on this since it was not a Facebook post. But I'm really glad you weighed in. Gilmour's solo on Comfortably Numb could've easily made it to the Black Hills for me too. Going to have to re-listen to Carlos on Song Of the Wind to see what that's about. Thanks for commenting.

  4. here ya go, four in one fab four tune