Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Remington Ride - Danny Gatton



Great guitar player, came to a tragic end. As I frequently ask myself: why can't people just be happy? Some of us aren't made that way, like poor Danny.

But what a great guitar player! And all the way on the fun program too, just having a great time with his friends. The way he spins off onto wild, unexpected tangents he reminds me of Jeff Beck, except Danny's band can really keep up. The times I saw Jeff do it, he ended up playing on his own.

I find as I make my seemingly endless way through this life, so much time, so little to do, that I am forgetting things. Not having all of my archives handy doesn't help, on the scene I could reach out a hand and be reminded; here I can look something up on the 'Net but only if I know what I'm looking for. Who was that other Telecaster guy? Blond? Goatee? Shy fellow, but versatile and dynamic as a 'Tele slinger. It'll come to me. Maybe "roy" plus "telecaster" will do it.

4 comments:

fred c said...

Boy, that was easy. Not only did "roy" plus "telecaster" do it neatly, but it came to my while I was typing it.

fred c said...

I suppose that technically speaking it's not a Telecaster. Without the front pick-up it's a Broadcaster.

Cletis L. Stump said...

Fred, I lived in Maryland for many years and was crushed when Danny killed himself. He was very, very good and never received the proper acclaim from the public but just ask any guitar man about him....

fred c said...

Depression is a heavy burden, he said knowingly, hanging his head. Danny had it all in spades, content, tone, musicality, innovation, everything, and all with great enthusiasm. It was a great gift to us, but for him, in the end, it wasn't enough. I wish . . . but as my mother-in-law used to say, "if wishes were horses, beggars would ride."