How a group of British Invasion veterans became ’70s studio maestros of the highest order, packing their acerbic, twisted songcraft into glossy, shimmering packages, best known for a simpy love song that refuses to rhyme.
From The Lonely Surfer to Up Where We Belong, from arranging the historic Wall of Sounds sessions for producer Phil Spector to cutting movie soundtrack albums with Captain Beefheart and Miles Davis, the late Jack Nitzsche had one of the most amazing careers in music ever.
Capt. Beefheart: Hard Workin’ Man
John Lee Hooker/Miles Davis: Comin’ To Town
Mick Jagger: Memo From Turner
Joe Cocker: Up Where We Belong
Rolling Stones: Let’s Spend the Night Together
Neil Young: A Man Needs a Maid
Marianne Faithful: Sister Morphine
Jackie De Shannon: When You Walk In the Room
Ronettes: Be My Baby
Mink deVille: Mixed Up Shook Up Girl
Ron Nagle: House Of Mandia
Buffalo Springfield: Expecting To Fly
Ringo Starr: Photograph
Jack Nitzsche: The Lonely Surfer
Chris Jagger, Simon Townshend, Mike McGear, Livingston Taylor … a tribute to rock star siblings and radio parlor game — Whose Brother Is This?
Son of an Oscar-winning composer and a famous movie studio vocalist, Gold was more than singer of a couple of dippy TV themes; he was the secret weapon behind the Linda Ronstadt hits, a masterful pop parodist and one of Hollywood’s great rock recording artists. – Joel Selvin
He was the king of rock and roll… before there was rock and roll.