The Marshall Tucker Band

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The Marshall Tucker Band is a southern rock band hailing from Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, that blends country, rock and the blues into their unique type of music.  Though the band still continues to this day (they played at the Georgia State Fair last night (April 28th)), their heyday was the 1970s.  The original line-up was Doug Gray on vocals, Toy Caldwell (1947-1993) on lead guitar and vocals, George McCorkle (1946-2007) on rhythm guitar, Tommy Caldwell (1949-1980) on bass guitar, Jerry Eubanks on flute and sax and Paul Riddle on drums.  Toy Caldwell was a much overlooked guitar player and deserves recognition as one of the greatest guitarists in all of rock and roll history.

Marshall Tucker took their name from a blind piano tuner who had rented the warehouse space prior to the band renting for rehearsals and his name was inscribed on the warehouse key.  Their 1974 double album “Where We All Belong,” which was half studio and half live recordings is their true masterpiece and is a must have album for fans of this musical genre.

These photos were shot at Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio, USA sometime probably in the early 1980s.

 

Note: A friend called to tell me that they had checked out these photos and thought that several looked terrible.  I then stopped over at his place to see for myself and was embarrassed by what I saw.  Looking at the photos on my computer, they looked exactly as they should.  However, looking at them on a different computer, they did indeed looked terrible.  I am going to contact the WordPress support staff to see what they have to say about this problem.  I hope than none of the other photos I have posted this past year on WordPress have had similar results.  I apologize to anyone that have looked at my photos only to find the quality severely lacking in appearance.

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

Health Care Services

While reading the April 26th Columbus (Ohio, USA) Dispatch op-ed column “Sweden weathered a storm, and it’s doing just fine now” by the Washington Post’s Robert J. Samuelson, I was dumbfounded by his comment that Sweden has relied on higher patient co-payments to discourage people from overusing health care services.  So many Swedes were going to the doctor when they weren’t sick was the primary cause of that country’s runaway health care costs?  Really?

I do not know about most people, but as a middle-aged man the only time I go to my doctors are routine bi-annual visits to get refills for my life-saving meds.  I do not know of any person who schedules a doctor’s appointment without just cause.  Granted, health care costs have risen drastically the past several decades but I seriously doubt that the reason is due to people overusing their benefits.  Most likely, the real culprit is runaway health care fees for doctor visits, tests and prescriptions.

A large part of the problem is that it seems most hospitals now days are for-profit.  Another cause centers on the fact that many of the clinics that patients are referred to for various tests are owned by the very doctors that are sending their patients to.  Then there is the pharmaceutical industry, which is the most profitable industry in America.  And remember, President George W. Bush made it a law that the U.S. Department of Human Services cannot bargain with Big Pharma over the price of the meds it buys.

Our television airwaves are saturated with commercials for pharmaceuticals, most of which it seems are for Viagra or some other erectile dysfunction drug.  If anyone is overusing health care services, it is all those old men getting their sex-inducing drugs just so they can have intercourse all night long.  Charging people a higher fee to visit their doctor would result in many people being unable to pay their co-pay for an office visit when they are sick.  Other than an occasional hypochondriac, I seriously doubt that there are large numbers of people who visit their doctor when they have no need to do so.

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Romney Vs. Hilary Rosen (i.e., The Mommy War)

Anyone with half a brain knew exactly what Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen meant when she opined that Ann Romney had not worked a day in her life, that being she never held a job outside her home.  I would like to see someone ask Mrs. Romney how many nannies and maids were employed while she was raising her five children.  I would then like to see someone ask Mitt Romney if any of these servants were illegal immigrants.

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eighty-Five Reasons Why Stevie Ray Vaughan Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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The following are reasons why Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll history, is not inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame:

1.     James Brown (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1986)
2.     Ray Charles (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1986)
3.     Jimmie Rodgers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1986)
4.     The Coasters (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
5.     Aretha Franklin (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
6.     Marvin Gaye (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
7.     Louis Jordon (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
8.     Clyde McPhatter (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
9.     Smokey Robinson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
10.   Hank Williams (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
11.   Jackie Wilson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1987)
12.   The Drifters (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1988)
13.   Berry Gordy, Jr.  (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1988)
14.   Woody Guthrie (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1988)
15.   The Supremes (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1988)
16.   The Ink Spots (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
17.   Bessie Smith (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
18.   The Soul Stirrers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
19.   The Temptations (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
20.   Stevie Wonder (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1989)
21.   Louis Armstrong (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
22.   Charlie Christian (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
23.   The Four Seasons (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
24.   The Four Tops (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
25.   Holland, Dozier, Holland (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
26.   The Platters (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
27.   Ma Rainey (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1990)
28.   LaVern Baker (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1991)
29.   The Impressions (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1991)
30.   Johnny Cash (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1992)
31.   The Isley Brothers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1992)
32.   Doc Pomus (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1992)
33.   Ruth Brown (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1993)
34.   Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1993)
35.   Dinah Washington (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1993)
36.   Johnny Otis (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1994)
37.   Al Green (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1995)
38.   Martha And The Vandellas (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1995)
39.   The Orioles (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1995)
40.   Gladys Knight And The Pips (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1996)
41.   Pete Seeger (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1996)
42.   The Shirelles (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1996)
43.   The Bee Gees (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1997)
44.   The Jackson 5 (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1997)
45.   Mahalia Jackson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1997)
46.   Bill Monroe (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1997)
47.   Jelly Roll Morton (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1998)
48.   Lloyd Price (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1998)
49.   Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1999)
50.   Charles Brown (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1999)
51.   Curtis Mayfield (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1999)
52.   The Staple Singers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 1999)
53.   Nat “King” Cole (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
54.   Earth, Wind And Fire (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
55.   Billie Holiday (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
56.   James Jamerson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
57.   The Moonglows (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2000)
58.   The Flamingos (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2001)
59.   Michael Jackson (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2001)
60.   Isaac Hayes (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2002)
61.   Brenda Lee (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2002)
62.   Benny Benjamin (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2003)
63.   The Righteous Brothers (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2003)
64.   The Dells (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2004)
65.   Prince (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2004)
66.   The O’Jays (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2005)
67.   Percy Sledge (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2005)
68.   Miles Davis (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2006)
69.   Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2007)
70.   The Ronettes (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2007)
71.   Madonna (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2008)
72.   The Ventures (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2008)
73.   Little Anthony And The Imperials (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2009)
74.   Run-D.M.C.  (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2009)
75.   Bobby Womack (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2009)
76.   ABBA (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2010)
77.   Jimmy Cliff (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2010)
78.   Neil Diamond (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2011)
79.   Darlene Love (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2011)
80.   The Beastie Boys (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
81.   The Blue Caps (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
82.   The Comets (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
83.   The Famous Flames (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
84.   The Midnighters (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)
85.   The Miracles (inducted in Hall Of Fame in 2012)

Granted, many of these artists had great careers and contributed immensely to the music of America, however, does that make them eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?  I think not.  Along with Stevie Ray, the following bands or guitarists have yet to be inducted into the Hall (in alphabetical order):

1.     America
2.     Bad Company
3.     Blue Oyster Cult
4.     Charlie Daniels Band
5.     Chicago
6.     Dave Mason
7.     David Gilmour
8.     Deep Purple
9.     Elvin Bishop
10.   Emerson, Lake & Palmer
11.   Flying Burrito Bros.
12.   Free
13.   Gary Moore
14.   George Thorogood & The Destroyers
15.   Grand Funk Railroad
16.   Gram Parsons
17.   Humble Pie
18.   Iron Butterfly
19.   Iron Maiden
20.   Iggy Pop
21.   J. Geils Band
22.   James Gang
23.   Jethro Tull
24.   Jimmie Vaughan
25.   Joe Walsh
26.   John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
27.   Johnny Winter
28.   Journey
29.   Judas Priest
30.   King Crimson
31.   Little Feat
32.   Lonnie Mack
33.   Lou Reed
34.   Marshall Tucker Band
35.   MC5
36.   Michael Bloomfield
37.   Montrose
38.   Moody Blues
39.   Mott The Hoople
40.   Mountain
41.   Nazareth
42.   New Riders Of The Purple Sage
43.   Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
44.   Outlaws
45.   Ozzy Osbourne
46.   Pat Travers
47.   Paul Butterfield Blues Band
48.   Peter Gabriel
49.   Peter Green
50.   Procol Harum
51.   Pure Prairie League
52.   Rainbow
53.   Rick Derringer
54.   Robin Trower
55.   Rush
56.   Savoy Brown
57.   Spirit
58.   Stephen Stills
59.   Steppenwolf
60.   Steve Miller
61.   Styx
62.   T Rex
63.   Ten Years After
64.   The Doobie Brothers
65.   The New York Dolls
66.   Thin Lizzy
67.   UFO
68.   Uriah Heep
69.   Walter Trout
70.   Yes

This list of bands that have yet to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame includes some of the greatest guitarists and most influential bands that made their name during rock’s heyday of the 1960s and ‘70s.  How these bands are not in the Hall Of Fame is astonishing when you consider many of the names that have been inducted.  If the only criteria for induction is that it has been twenty-five years since their first record was released, maybe this benchmark should be amended.  It just might be possible that twenty-five years is much too long for those who vote for induction to remember the significance of a particular group or artist.  How else can a person explain how many if not all of the bands listed above have yet to be inducted?

The above photos of Stevie Ray were shot at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio, USA in either 1986 or ‘87, as I forget exactly what year this concert was.  This show was prior to the state fair charging administration to their concerts and as such, I have no ticket stub to serve as a reminder.

Steven H. Spring

Tax Day In America

How is it that when a poor or disabled person receives some form of government assistance, it is considered welfare and a huge drain on the federal budget, but when a millionaire receives an enormous tax credit for their million dollar mansion, it is nothing more than a standard itemized deduction?  In 1913, under section 26 U.S.C. 163 (h) of the Internal Revenue Code, Congress approved the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction, which allows homeowners to deduct all interest paid on a primary residence with a mortgage up to one million dollars from their taxable income.

Speaking as one who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability, I survive on $698 a month in benefits plus food assistance.  Then consider a person who buys a million dollar mansion at five percent interest receives a $50,000 tax credit the first year of the loan and a corresponding credit every year thereafter for the life of the mortgage.  In years when home mortgage interest rates are not at historic low levels, the tax deduction is even much greater.  If the interest rate were ten percent, the tax credit would be an astounding $100,000.  If this hypothetical millionaire homeowner were paying the top tax rate of thirty-five percent, the tax savings would be $17,500 to $35,000, depending on the mortgage interest rate in these two examples.

Why is our government subsidizing millionaires who buy million dollar mansions and every other homeowner?  Depending on whom you ask, I have seen the total number of pages representing the entire U.S. taxation code at more than 70,000 pages.  In reality, all you need is one page: that being a schedule listing the applicable tax rate per income level.  Every other page in this enormous code document legal means for rich folk and businesses to avoid paying their fair share of income tax.

There is indeed class warfare being waged in this country and it is by the wealthy elite at the expense of the poor and the working class.

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

Thin Lizzy Bassist Phil Lynott #41A & 42A

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Phil Lynott, who passed away on January 4, 1986, was the charismatic frontman for the Dublin, Ireland rock band Thin Lizzy, which was founded in 1969 and whose heyday was probably mid ’70s through the early ’80s.  The group’s biggest hit was The Boys Are Back In Town, which was all over the radio airwaves in 1976.  These photos are from a November 15, 1980 show at the Agora in Columbus, Ohio, USA.  The price of the ticket was $7.00.