Monday, August 01, 2005

[Previously in the Continuing Adventures of Jud...]

May 11, 2003: Spent two days just chillin' at my favorite motel in Kissimmee, pool and HBO, trying to rest, then spent the day at Epcot on an electric wheelchair which is pretty much a requisite now for anything over an hour. Made it all the way through!
Saw the Rock and Roll All Stars, which was made up of lead people from several groups including Iron Butterfly, Sugarloaf, Blues Image, and Rare Earth. (Some in more than one.) Mike ? of Iron Butterfly and Blues Image did Ride Captain Ride, which he wrote, and I really got into it, and when he came out into the audience to jam during the solo, he gave me a hug! I spoke to him after the show during the meet & greet and while getting his autograph commented how surprised I was to hear the band doing InDagadaDavita and then Ride Captain Ride, but when you are combining the repertoire of several bands, things like that happen! I also said to him that Ride Captain Ride had been virtually an anthem of the time and he was genuinely moved to hear that.

Except for the autograph of Arlo Guthrie below, I cannot identify any of those displayed, though I did note the page that was by members of the All Stars Band. If anyone can identify any of them, please let me know!

May 23, 2003 1:05 am: Just got back from a spur of the moment trip to Kissimmee: realized Monday at 4 that the Turtles were playing their last night at Epcot and at 4:30 I was on the road! But they wouldn’t do any Flo & Eddie! (if you don’t know what I am talking about, it doesn’t matter: if you do, it does!)

Flo & Eddie, aka the Turtles.
Decided to stay for a couple of days and ended tonight with the last Grassroots concert of their gig at Epcot, then headed back here to Hernando. Good show, but a wee bit different than the days of yore! Especially when the lead “rocker” is 59 1/2! LOL!!!!!! But they still played and sounded good!
May 28, 2003 12:42 am: Today’s report, or rather, yesterday!
Epcot is running the International Flower & Garden Show through Jun 8, and as part, they have a nightly 60’s or 70’s band. So far have seen the Grassroots and The All Star Band, featuring people from Iron Butterfly and a couple of other notables.
But! I decided today I am going down on the 3-6th, cause I will catch the last night of the Buckinghams (~Kinda a Drag~), then two nights of Lovin Spoonful (~Do You Believe in Magic~)...
The Lovin Spoonful, (though lacking John Sebastion.)
...then the first night of Arlo Guthrie (~City of New Orleans~)! That will about wrap it up for me for the summer at Disney as the crowds are back! Will probably not go back till September when it slows down again. But having the annual pass is great!

Pat writes: “Jud, i envy you getting to see Arlo Guthrie if you get to meet him in person, please get me an autograph. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.”
As a matter of fact, I *have* been getting autographs, as they do a “meet & greet” after each show, (three a night), except the last, (which is why I *didn’t* get anyone from Grassroots). I don’t know if I can get two, but if I can, I will have him sign, “To Pat– thanks for the good time!” [note: I did and he did.]
Jun 6, 2003 10:59 pm : I just got back from four days in Kissimmee (two of which I spent in bed having inadvertently gotten a good hunk of wheat somehow or other) Ended with two of Arlo’s shows, and he did City of New Orleans as his last song, after telling how he met the writer and saying some nice things about him! (Okay, so I forget the writer's name, but you should remember!)
Arlo Guthrie, his daughter, her husband and another member of the band. My apologies for not knowing all the names- no disrespect is intended, for all were fantastic musicians.
May 28, 2003: Carol writes: “This just kept bugging me, so I looked it up. This song isn’t that old… and Steve Goodman wrote and recorded it before Arlo. Steve Goodman is a great songwriter who has written some good Country songs. You might find this interesting...

Growing up in what he called “a Midwestern middle-class Jewish family,” Steve Goodman began playing the guitar as a teenager. He was influenced by the folk revival of the early ‘60s and by country performers such as Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. After attending college in the mid-’60s, he turned to playing in Chicago clubs by night and writing commercial jingles by day. In 1971, he opened for Kris Kristofferson and was seen by Paul Anka, who financed demo recordings that led to a contract with Buddah Records and the release of Steve Goodman, which featured his train song “The City of New Orleans,” a Top 40 hit for Arlo Guthrie in 1972 and now a folk standard. Goodman made a second album for Buddah, Somebody Else’s Troubles (1973), then broke with the label, which went on to issue an outtakes record, The Essential Steve Goodman (1975). Goodman moved to the singer/songwriter-oriented West Coast label Asylum for his first charting album Jessie’s Jig & Other Favorites in 1975, the same year that “outlaw” country singer David Allen Coe made the Top Ten of the Country charts with a cover of his “You Never Even Called Me by My Name” from the Steve Goodman album. Goodman’s subsequent Asylum albums were Words We Can Dance To (Apr. 1976) (featuring “Banana Republics,” popularized by Jimmy Buffett), Say It in Private (Oct. 1977), High and Outside (Feb. 1979), and Hot Spot ... None became a major commercial success, but Goodman established himself on the national club and festival circuits, frequently appearing with mandolin player Jethro Burns, formerly of the country duo Homer & Jethro. Goodman turned record producer for his friend and fellow Chicagoan John Prine on Prine’s 1978 album Bruised Orange.
In 1983, Goodman followed Prine in establishing his own independent label, Red Pajamas, which released the live Artistic Hair and Affordable Art (1984). Goodman died of leukemia after battling the disease for many years. Red Pajamas released Santa Ana Winds (1984) posthumously, as well as a double-disc LP drawn from a concert in his memory, A Tribute to Steve Goodman, which featured John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, and others. After a second posthumous release, Unfinished Business, Red Pajamas licensed the Asylum material and put out two Best of the Asylum Years compilations.
Jun 19, 2004: On the Disney list, I was absent for a few days and one of the topics that came up was “Where’s Jud?”. That inspired a photo album of all the places and events I'd attended.
Teri writes: “Judley! I love it! What a fun album. Arlo Guthrie!!!! WooHoooo! He’s one of my all-time favorites.”
He was great! Only one not doing a “remember when” show. Performed as if he were still a working musician! And isn’t it great the way his beautiful daughter is looking at me? Too bad her husband next to her got cut out of the shot...
I told Arlo that back when I was the morning DJ in college, I played City of New Orleans every morning. He said simply, "Thank you!"
Pat writes: “LOL Jud, he is there to make sure no one gets to close to her. She must look like her mom, cause she sure don’t look like her dad. And boy, it is hell getting older. My mental picture of Arlo was still 20 yrs ago. Sigh.”

Hehehhehee… Was the same for most of the performers. But, Arlo’s voice was still as good as ever! He was the best of those I saw as far as current performance.

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