Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Great Legends: Rory Gallagher (1948-1995)

Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland, on March 2, 1948, but the whole family moved shortly after the port city of Cork, residing in MacCurtain Street. At an early age, nine years, began learning the guitar, because of their great love for the songs on the radio I heard the blues and American musicians mainly from skiffle king, Lonnie Donegan. No teacher, with the help of some books, Rory Gallagher was learning folk themes, rock'n'roll and especially blues. At ten years and participated in competitions for young talent, reaching out his photography at age twelve in the front page of the Evening Echo. At that age he acquired his first electric guitar and the following year he read an ad in The Cork Examiner guitarist was sought for orchestra, thus brightening started playing small parties by Cork, Kerry and Limerick with The Fontana Showband. At fifteen, he bought the Fender Stratocaster crushed with which we have seen in a thousand photos, Strato of 61, second hand, which cost him £ 100 and then the 16 years he was playing four nights a week with Fontana. The formation of Fontana Showband era: Rory Gallagher, lead guitar, John Lehane, sax, Eamon O'Sullivan, battery, Declan O'Keeffe, rhythm guitar, Oliver Tobin, bass and Bernard Tobin, trombone, saxophone and later.
In 1964, Rory saw the Beatles made possible the emergence of bands playing their own music with success, and the Marquee in London opened its doors to these new groups. He went to London to see the Rolling Stones, who had seen the previous year in Cork. It is time for change and Rory and the rest of Fontana faced a turning point in his style, renaming of Impact. They come to the U.S. military airbase of Torrejon and play for several days, from here to Hamburg and go through all the clubs where they can play. At that time, were dressed like the Beatles, and even played several of these issues. There were changes within the band: Michael Lehane, organ and Johnny Campbell on drums. During his visit to Spain Rory began to think about leaving the orchestra to see that the military asked them the songs that he really liked to play, since only took rock'n'roll and blues.
And tested experiments began with peers Johnny Campbell and Oliver Tobin touching as a trio, out of the orchestra, performing several shows in Hamburg. The rest of the orchestra was reorganized and returned to get the name of Fontana.
In 1966, Rory Gallagher decided to form a new trio with Norman Damery on drums and on bass and Eric Kitteringham the name of Taste, playing their own songs as well as customized versions of classic Blues, but they were the majority in their repertoire. Days of risk, as playing their own songs with Taste, was charged much less than with an orchestra versions.At the beginning of Taste, exterlinas charged 30 pounds per night. They performed at countless clubs without success knocked on his door.Bassist Dave Glover Showband of George Jones, who previously played with The Monarchs Showband by Van Morrison, was impressed and talked to them advisable to go to Belfast, and Belfast spoke of them. Van Morrison and Them had converted to public Rythm'n'Blues Belfast fans.Taste This appeared at the Maritime Hotel in Belfast, a former ballroom become Rythm'n'Blues club, playing several nights. That's where he saw Marvyn Solomons, a scout who saw him recommended to the Taste, the revelation of the moment. He was so pleasantly surprised that the next day offered a record in July 1967. This promotional disc, now we know the name of "In The Beginning", an album of very short lived, as a clueless technician of the material deleted by mistake. And that started it all: concerts and more concerts, and in August 1968, there are changes in training: Richard McCracken, bass and John Wilson on drums. Signing by Polydor.
Visiting London, but that does not make them much attention, because at that time is John Mayall and others account for the success and attention among youth who discovered the great blues. Go to Hamburg, where sweep to return back to London, where this time it is wonderful with this fresh new blues band. Perform a North American tour with Blind Faith and then to Europe with John Mayall. The reputation precedes them all the places you go, and although his real debut LP "Taste" fails to shine, his second "On the boards" left critics speechless who qualify and Rory as one of the best guitarists of the time. But when they are raised in the success and shortly after to shine at the Festival of the Isle of Wight, the group disintegrates. On the one hand make off Richard and John to create Stud, and another Rory, who embarks on his solo career.
In 1971 he recorded his first LP "Rory Gallagher" with Gerry McAvoy on bass, drums and Vincent Campbell Wilga Crane piano. Collaborated on albums by Muddy Watters "London Sessions" and Mike Vernon "Bring It Back Home" and pulls out a new album, "Deuce". From this last tour LP material is removed for the third, "Live in Europe", which puts you at the top of the charts and popularity. In the Melody Maker is the guitarist chosen as number one among its readers ahead of Eric Clapton and Alvin Lee in 1971 and 1972. Thousands of interviews, TV appearances and a long list of world tour concerts precede new studio sessions, brewing and brought to market the acclaimed album "Blueprint" with new members to enter Wilga will DeAth to Rod battery and the great Lou Martin thereafter have a fixed place in the group for his incredible mastery of all kinds of keyboards.That same year, 1973, in addition to playing non-stop around the globe, working with Jerry Lee Lewis in his "London Sessions", sweeping the Reading Festival and spawned another Top Ten: "Tattoo". 1974 is another year of endless work for Rory, the frenetic pace of concerts, from which comes the double LP and film "Irish Tour '74" masterful work, essential album for any fan of blues-rock, add their collaboration in the disk of Chris Barber and the new request for help to engender the Muddy Watters "London Revisited."
More and more shows, more and more television appearances leading up to the recording of "Against the Grain" (1975), not as honored as those who preceded him, followed in 1976 by the release of "Calling Card", produced by the vinyl Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, in which there is a sound approach to hard rock, which will introduce a new tour, during which works with Lonnie Donegan in "Puttin 'On The Style" and Joe O'Donnell "Gaodhal's Vision". Located in the Montreux Jazz Festival with Albert King, who invited him to play with him in his show at the Gran Casino de Montreux concert that was published as "Albert King Live." And follow the successful world tours and collaborations, as in 1978 also contributed their bit in the work of arranger Mike Batt ("Tarot Suite"). That same year, in May, returns to be changes in the band, going to the battery Ted McKenna Rod leaving Death. Rory also dispensed with the services of Lou Martin, in composing hard rock material in which there was no room for keyboards. They are at times "Photo Finish", an album crude, strong, full of grit, which is followed by "Top Priority" and a live LP in 1980, "Stage Struck" which summarizes what have been the previous shows , in solid rock, just rock.
In March 1981, Ted McKenna left the band to be made under another guitar hero, Michael Schenker, and is replaced by Brendan O'Neill.Engraved with "Jinx", an album that, while still being hard rock, exudes scents of their old roots everywhere.
Record sales are not as numerous as before, but against what one might think, Rory recitals were always overflowing. He had left the bestseller lists, but still remained unchanged its reputation of being fabulous concerts. His reputation as a guitarist never ceased to be regarded as "more than excellent." The proof is that all artists want their collaboration (Box of Frogs, The Fureys & Davey Arthur, Davy Spillane Band, Phil Coulter, Gary Brooker, etc.) Making arrangements on all your disks, the same with electric guitar sounds.
As early as 1987 published a new blues album with "Defender", accompanied by a video, "Messin'with the Kid", which summarizes the recital he gave at Cork City Hall, to his countrymen, although this did not see the light until 1990, which published its latest vinyl "Fresh Evidence".Experiencing serious problems with alcohol, the band abandons him, and enlist new members: Jim Levaton, keyboards, and David Levy on bass, Richard Neuman, drums. Dedicated exclusively to the live shows, television interventions, to collaborate on the albums of your friends (Samuel Eddy, Energy Orchard, Dubliners, etc.), Rory Gallagher gets sick to 1995. His heavy drinking have taken their toll on your liver, so it is successfully transplanted a new one, but subsequent complications, make Rory dies June 14, 1995.
Lots of tributes in his honor have been performed worldwide, has put his name to streets, libraries, schools, and artists of international fame have recognized its merit and influence, greatly lamenting his loss. Rory Gallagher was one of the few artists of blues-rock, never retreated, never rested in his career, having performed in all corners of this world.
All who witnessed one of his concerts not forget, and those not so lucky, at least they can enjoy their legacy of great songs and countless recordings that were made throughout his career, being able to say that Rory Gallagher left us, but remains and will present in our memories.

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