In the early days, Dave didn’t have a whole lot of musical guests. Not like he did in later years. Still, he managed to have some classic performances on his show in those early years. Like James Brown in 1982 (first year Dave was on the air). And in 1983, when Late Night was the site […]
B.B. King appeared on Late Night With David Letterman on Nov 17, 1983. He played a couple of songs, including this version of “Hummingbird”. “Hummingbird” is from his 1970 album Indianola Mississippi Seeds. It’s a Leon Russell song, and was one of the hit singles off the record. So back in 1983 – the second year […]
This clip comes from Neil Young’s Solo Trans Tour, which was part of his tour with the Shocking Pinks supporting Everybody’s Rockin’. As I understand it, Neil would do a solo set with the occasional flourish from the The Shocking Pinks in the background, then bring them out for an encore that grew larger as […]
“Loser” has always been one of my favorite Jerry tunes to play on the guitar. It’s a classic cowboy song, but with an edge to it. Here are the boys doing it in 1983. Good solo from Jerry in this one, too. High quality audio and video from Music Vault.
“Electric Avenue” was released as a single in 1982, and became a hit in 1983. It was on Eddy Grant’s album Killer on The Rampage. The song is about the 1981 Brixton Riot, and Electric Avenue is a street in the Brixton area of London. Of course, as a kid, I didn’t know that, and it […]
“I don’t know how to say what’s got to be said / I don’t know if it’s black or white / There’s others see it red! / I don’t get the answers right / I’ll leave that to you” I picked up a used copy of the deluxe reissue of War the other day. Used, because I’m not paying […]
This is an amazing clip. Sly Stone and a couple of hand picked musicians join Paul Schaffer and band on Letterman to play “If You Want Me To Stay”, with a quick dip into “Sing A Simple Song” at the end. It’s one of the best jams I’ve seen on Letterman, Sly is all smiles […]