Is There A Dr. House In The Infirmary?


Blue Hawk In Boston

Ted Hawkins

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Ted Hawkins

Ted Hawkins in a promotional photograph for his album The Next Hundred Years

Ted Hawkins (October 28, 1936 – January 1, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter. He was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, United States.[1]

Hawkins was an enigmatic figure through most of his career; he split his time between his adopted hometown of Venice Beach, California where he was a mostly anonymous street performer, and Europe, where he and his songs were better known and well received in clubs and small concert halls.

Life and career

Born into a poor family in Mississippi, Hawkins lived a difficult early life, ending up at a reform school by age 12, and drifting, hitching, and stealing his way across the country for the next dozen years, earning several stays in prison including a three-year stint for stealing a leather jacket as a teenager. Along the way, he picked up a love of music and a talent for the guitar. “I was sent to a school for bad boys called Oakley Training School in 1949”, he wrote in a brief piece of autobiography . “There I developed my voice by singing with a group that the superintendent’s wife had got together”. After reform school, he ended up in the state penitentiary and was released at 19. “Then I heard a singer whose name was Sam Cooke. His voice did something to me.” For the next ten years or so he drifted in and out of trouble around the country, living in Chicago, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Newark. In the middle of the mid 1960s folk music boom Hawkins set out for California to try for a professional singing career. He recorded several tunes without commercial success, worked at odd jobs, and took up busking along the piers and storefronts of Venice Beach as a way to supplement his income. Hawkins made ends meet by developing a small following of locals and tourists who would come to hear this southern black man, sitting on an overturned milk-crate, play blues and folk standards as well as a few original tunes in his signature open guitar tuning and raspy vocal style. Hawkins claimed the rasp in his voice came from the damage done by years of singing in the sand and spray of the boardwalk.

A series of record producers and promoters would “discover” Hawkins over the years, only to be thwarted by circumstance and Hawkins’ unconventional approach to life. The first of these was musicologist and blues producer Bruce Bromberg who approached Hawkins about a recording contract in the early 1970s. Hawkins tentatively agreed and recorded some dozen songs for Bromberg but again got into trouble and spent much of the next decade in jail and addicted to heroin. Bromberg lost contact until 1982, when he re-located Hawkins and got him to agree to release the previously-recorded songs as an album, Watch Your Step, which was released on Rounder Records. This debut album was a commercial failure but received rave reviews (notably a rare 5-star rating in Rolling Stone). Following the release of the album, Hawkins dropped out of sight again for a time, re-uniting with Bromberg in 1985 for a second album, entitled Happy Hour. This album featured more original tunes from Hawkins and was again ignored in the U.S.; however it won acclaim and sales in Europe. Andy Kershaw encouraged Hawkins to come to the United Kingdom, and he moved to Bridlington in 1986 and enjoyed his first taste of real musical success, touring Europe and Asia.

During this period Hawkins stayed largely out of trouble and refined his musical style: a mixture of folk, country, deep southern spirituals, and soul music. Hawkins’ music was informed by but did not resemble blues music (Hawkins himself claimed he could not play the blues because his damaged fretting hand—he wore a leather glove to protect his fingers—would not allow him to bend notes).

In 1987, documentary film-maker Nick Shaw approached Hawkins to produce a profile of his life and times. Shaw followed Hawkins closely for the next two years. Eventually, this documentary was taken up by the Arts Council of Great Britain, but has not been released; however, some of this footage was eventually featured in the film “Amazing Grace” produced by David Geffen.

Despite his recognition and fame in Europe, Hawkins was restless and moved back to California in the early 1990s and again took on the role of a street performer. Several musicians and promoters encouraged Hawkins to record, but he did so only on occasion and without much enthusiasm, until he agreed to record a full album for Geffen Records and producer Tony Berg. For this first major-label release, titled The Next Hundred Years, Berg added session musicians to Hawkins’ typical solo guitar-and-vocal arrangmements for the first time, and brought national attention and respectable sales to Hawkins (though Hawkins, in typically contrary fashion, claimed to dislike the result, preferring his unaccompanied versions). Hawkins began to tour on the basis of this success, commenting that he had finally reached an age where he was glad to be able to sing indoors, out of the weather, and for an appreciative crowd. Hawkins, however, died of a stroke at the age of 58, just a few months after the release of his breakthrough recording.

His widow, Elizabeth Hawkins, sold the rights for a film version of Hawkins’ life story.

Hawkins is the subject of Mick Thomas‘s song “57 Years”. A concert by Hawkins in Glasgow, Scotland is the event which brings the fictional Graham and Linda together in the novel The Island (2010) by R J Price (better-known as the poet Richard Price).


Date Title Label Charted Certification Catalog Number
1982 Watch Your Step Rounder
1985 Happy Hour Rounder UK
1986 On the Boardwalk at Venice Beach[2] Thorp Minister
1989 I Love You Too PT Records
1994 The Next Hundred Years Geffen
1995 Songs from Venice Beach Evidence
1998 Love You Most of All – More Songs from Venice Beach Evidence
1998 The Final Tour (live 1994) Evidence
2000 The Kershaw Sessions: Live at the BBC (1986–1989) Varese Sarabande
2/2001 The Unstoppable Ted Hawkins (live in London, 1988) Catfish Records
10/2001 Nowhere To Run Catfish Records
1998 The Ted Hawkins Story: Suffer No More Rhino
2009 Cold and Bitter Tears Rounder
1996 Just Say Noël Geffen

Waylon Reads My Mood

California High Rise

77 degrees in L.A. Sky is endlessssss!! Bright blue.

Tall, thin, Washington palms  swaying, isolated,  along the boulevard.   And me?  I’m singing “Good Time Charlie”.


Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues is a song written and performed by Danny O’Keefe.

It first appeared on O’Keefe’s self-titled debut album in 1971. The following year he re-recorded it (with a slower, more downbeat arrangement) for his second album, O’Keefe; this version was also issued as a single, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

It was covered by numerous artists, including Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Mike Farris and Elvis Presley.

Born in Spokane, Washington, in 1943. O’Keefe’s musical career has spanned four decades from his early days playing in the Minnesota coffee houses to his present station in the Seattle area. He is still very active both in the recording studio and on stage.


O’Keefe is best known for his only hit singleGood Time Charlie’s Got the Blues“, which was released in September 1972, and reached #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and for “The Road”, covered by Jackson Browne on Running on Empty. “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues” stayed on the Billboard chart for 14 weeks and sold a million copies.[1] The gramophone record‘s sales culminated in a gold disc issued by the R.I.A.A. in June 1973.[1]

O’Keefe’s unique lyrical style and haunting melodies earned him a reputation as an important songwriter of his genre.[2] With Bob Dylan he co-wrote the environmental movement anthem, “Well Well Well”.[3]

In concert with his music and through his organization The Songbird Foundation, O’Keefe has been active in the environmental field, helping to develop public awareness of the effect that indiscriminate coffee-growing techniques have on the songbird population.

O’Keefe’s songs have been covered by numerous musicians, including Jackson Browne (“The Road”), Elvis Presley, Judy Collins, Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Buffett, Alison Krauss, Ben Harper, Cab Calloway, Mark-Almond, Andy Williams, and others; in Italy his song The Road has been covered by Ron (singer), with Italian lyrics written by Lucio Dalla (and titled Una città per cantare).


  • 1971 – Danny O’KeefeCotillion RecordsProduced by Ahmet Ertegün
  • 1972 – O’Keefe – Signpost/Atlantic Records – Produced by Arif Mardin. Contains the top-ten hit “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues”
  • 1973 – Breezy Stories – Atlantic Records – Produced by Arif Mardin. Contains the single “Angel Spread Your Wings”
  • 1975 – So Long Harry Truman – Atlantic Records – Produced by John Boylan. Contains the single “Quits”
  • 1977 – American RouletteWarner Bros. Records – Produced by John Court and Kenny Vance
  • 1979 – The O’Keefe FileWarner Bros. Records – Promotional CD containing songs from previous LPs
  • 1979 – The Global Blues – Warner Bros. Records – Produced by Jay Lewis and Danny O’Keefe
  • 1984 – The Day To Day – Coldwater Records – Produced by Mathew McCauley and Tony Peluso. Contained the singles “Along for the Ride” and “Someday”; both singles charted in the “20’s” in AC charts
  • 1989 – Redux – Beachwood/Chameleon Records – A re-release of The Day To Day with a new title and two new songs. Contained the singles “Along for the Ride” and “Someday”. VH1 played the video of “Along for the Ride”
  • 2000 – Runnin’ From the Devil – Miramar Records – January 25, 2000
  • 2000 – Danny’s Best 1970 – 2000Raven Records Australia – 2000
  • 2003 – Don’t Ask w/Bill Braun – Produced by Bill Braun. All songs written and performed by Danny O’Keefe and Bill Braun
  • 2008 – In Time – Bicamerical Songs – Produced by Mick Conley


  1. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 318. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^
  3. ^ – Discography – Danny O’Keefe – Danny’s Best 1970-2000: Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues
And, from  This is the biggest hit that Danny O’Keefe performed. It struck a cord with restless young people who were stuck living dreary lives in dead-end small towns while their friends were moving away to better things. (thanks, Mike – santa barbara, CA)
There are two versions of this song. The first was released on Signpost Records (distributed by Atlantic), and the second was released on Rhino’s “Have A Nice Day” Series, CD #17. The second version is longer, with different wording at the beginning. (thanks, Frank Luna – Tucson, AZ)
This song that tells the tale of a man the good life left behind and who takes “pills to ease the pain.” In an interview with Mojo magazine July 2010 O’Keefe recalled the writing of this song: “It was very simple and got to the heart of the matter,” he said. “It was written in not much over an hour. I think I hoped that a country artist would cover the song, but it made reference to pills and those references were taboo for country singers then.”
O’Keefe told Mojo about the song’s lyrical content: “Maybe it was about hipsters drawn to the high life. I lived in interesting times and there was a lot of experimentation with every kind of drug. There were a lot of damages and strange intersections of lives that provided much grist for a young songwriter’s mill.”
O’Keefe on the song’s legacy: “The success of one’s dreams is always exhilarating. Elvis cut the song with the same group of musicians I had, so there was a pride in continuity, but I didn’t think he brought anything new to it. Over the years I’ve come to appreciate it more as part of the song’s great legacy.”
This was to be O’Keefe’s only hit but he is known for penning “The Road,” a song recorded by Jackson Browne on his 1977 album, Running On Empty.

Jazz; And Patriotism

Wish I Was There!



But there are many great videos

Voodoo Child

Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
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If you survived the 60’s, you remember “Voodoo Child“.  For many, the era was only an LSD dream.  Still, Jimi’s gyrations, his sexual guitar energy, is evident in Kenny Wayne’s stylings.

I was so afraid of my self in those days.  I got into the blues long after Janice and Jimi’s deaths.  This is as close to the original as it gets.  Now I can appreciate the following performance without the drama of the drugs.  You’ll never see a better rendition.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd says of this piece, on Wikipedia,

“This is pretty much the guitar anthem of all time. From that amazing opening riff to the way he breaks it down in the middle and gets funky, the whole thing is incredible. There are things Jimi did on the guitar that humans just can’t do. You can try all day, even if you’re playing the right notes, it’s not the same. It definitely seems as if he was coming from a higher place when he played.”