Donovan (Leitch) - b. May 10, 1946 - is responsible for more 1960s style singalongs than  any other songwriter of that period - even Bob Dylan, whose Blowing in the Wind has nothing on Donovan’s Catch the Wind and Colours as far as the number of bonfire, amateur singer and guitar strummer renditions is concerned…
In the mid to late ’60s, Donovan transformed himself out of folkiedom into a flower-power hippie  persona he never seems to have shed, even now when he celebrates his  65th birthday…
Photo: Donovan w. sitar - John Pratt

Donovan (Leitch) - b. May 10, 1946 - is responsible for more 1960s style singalongs than any other songwriter of that period - even Bob Dylan, whose Blowing in the Wind has nothing on Donovan’s Catch the Wind and Colours as far as the number of bonfire, amateur singer and guitar strummer renditions is concerned…

In the mid to late ’60s, Donovan transformed himself out of folkiedom into a flower-power hippie persona he never seems to have shed, even now when he celebrates his 65th birthday…

Photo: Donovan w. sitar - John Pratt

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Mother Maybelle Carter: Wildwood Flower - from Mother Maybelle Carter (1973, Columbia)

This is a really interesting old LP recorded in February 1973 at the House of Cash in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with a formidable cast of musicians, including Fred Carter Jr. on electric guitar, Pete Drake on pedal steel, Charlie McCoy on harmonica and of course Mother Maybelle on autoharp and guitar.

Many of the tracks, including this one, feature in-studio banter between Mother Maybelle and the other musicians, with so much joking and relaxing you get the feeling they were shuffling into the kitchen between songs for turkey sandwiches and beers.

On this track, Mother Maybelle says she’d “like to try to do it” on her autoharp first, before starting in with her guitar. Well she tries it on her autoharp alright. Nails it, is what she does. Then she begins picking a mean guitar, and the rest of the guys join in. This is like country music instrumentation 101. Study it. Mother Maybelle really was something else.

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Back at the very beginnings of country music as a commercial genre we find The Carter Family…
Today we celebrate the birthday of “Mother” Maybelle Carter (May 10,  1909 - 1978), singer and distinctive guitar picker in the family combo.
Photo of the original Carter Family: A. P. Carter, his wife Sara and Maybelle (seated) - Maybelle was married to A.P.’s brother Ezra (Eck) Carter and was also Sara’s first cousin…

Back at the very beginnings of country music as a commercial genre we find The Carter Family

Today we celebrate the birthday of “Mother” Maybelle Carter (May 10, 1909 - 1978), singer and distinctive guitar picker in the family combo.

Photo of the original Carter Family: A. P. Carter, his wife Sara and Maybelle (seated) - Maybelle was married to A.P.’s brother Ezra (Eck) Carter and was also Sara’s first cousin…

Another cool birthday: Léon Bakst (May 10, 1866 - 1924) - Russian artist who was a close  friend of and collaborator with Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.  Bakst was born Rosenberg, but constructed his pseudonym from his  grandma Baxter’s last name…
Photo: E.O. Hoppé, 1916

Another cool birthday: Léon Bakst (May 10, 1866 - 1924) - Russian artist who was a close friend of and collaborator with Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Bakst was born Rosenberg, but constructed his pseudonym from his grandma Baxter’s last name…

Photo: E.O. Hoppé, 1916