Sloan co-wrote a series of hit songs with Steve Barri during the 1960's and early 1970's most notably Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction", "Unless You Care" by Terry Black and "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers. Sloan & Barri on several songs which became hits for The Grass Roots - "Where Were When I Needed You", "Let's Live For Today" and "Things I Should Have Said." In addition to songwriting, Sloan was also respected session player and was associated with The Wrecking Crew.
Given the events which have taken place in Paris, "Eve of Destruction" takes on a new meaning 50 years after it was written.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
The extraordinary New Orleans producer-songwriter is no longer with us. But his music will live for as long as people sing.
His words – combining sophisticated social comment and a knowing, earthy wit in the New Orleans tradition – seemed always apt, whether coming from the pugnacious mechanic/boxer Lee Dorsey, whose best work he helmed, or Elvis Costello. He was a modern classic, Cole Porter combined with Leiber & Stoller, with lashings of tumbling funk and soul dripping from his piano keys or oozing out of his fantastic arrangements.
I have played lots of music from New Orleans over the years. This week we remember Allen Toussaint. Every time i see our college band perform i am reminded of the joy that music can bring to people. Allen epitomized the word joy in his music. RIP.