John Townes Van Zandt I (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including “If I Needed You” and “To Live Is to Fly”, are considered standards of their genre.
-Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Wanda Jackson, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Gene Vincent, Johnny Cash, Dick Dale, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins
-Bob Dylan, Ray Davies, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Nico, Captain Beefheart, Mick Jagger, Grace Slick, John Lennon, John Fogherty, Marc Bolan, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix
David Bowie, Townes Van Zandt, Freddie Mercury, Bob Marley, Leonard Cohen, Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, Jonathan Richman, Tom Waits, Tom Petty, Roger Waters, Ozzy Osbourne, Joey Ramone, Bruce Springsteen
Big record find from a couple months ago at a flea market: The Greatest Country Music Recordings of All Time by the Franklin Mint; a 50-box, 100-LP set with extensive liner notes. Goes from the earliest recordings through the early 80s.
Best of all, it didn’t break my rule of only buying $2 records. Got the whole set for $100. Heckuva deal!
Found someone who annotated some of the details if you’re interested:
I’m currently obsessed with Richard Dobson. This is his song “Forever, for Always, for Certain.” Discovered it earlier today and it did me in. Still working on an arrangement that works for me.
It’s a shame it took me this long to get into his music. He spent time in the 1970s hanging out and playing with some of my songwriting idols: Guy Clark (who actually recorded this song), Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle and, yes, Townes Van Zandt. Geez, the only one missing was John Prine.
If you haven’t already, I HIGHLY recommend you check out the Heartworn Highways footage of him performing this and another song. It was included as a DVD bonus, which explains why I missed it the first time I streamed it on Qello. I really should get a physical copy. Didn’t think that documentary could change my life more than it already had.
Also, Dexter thinks guitar cases are beds and he enjoys joining in on the music with sonorous barking.