October 25, 1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show performing Around And Around and Time Is On My Side. (via thisdayinmusic.com)
I never sang Time Is On My Side before and I don’t know why! It’s a great tune and an old friend of mine Jimmy Norman was one of the writers of it. Jimmy passed away last year. He was a good old school blues singer and used to do the Night Owl show with me at Sweetwaters in the 80’s.
I remember that Jimmy would sing a tune and let the band jam on it, sing it again and then we’d jam some more. Sometimes a song would last 20 minutes. And this was at 2 a.m. Everyone would be drunk and no one was going anywhere so Jimmy was never in a rush to get to the next song. Those Night Owl shows were something else!
Tomorrow morning we move into the hotel and start loading in trucks and trucks of equipment for the MMRF Gala. (well, I’ll be drinking coffee and watching the load in). We have a killer lineup happening for this event I’m musical directing! Earth Wind & Fire, Jennifer Hudson and Jermaine Paul. My band and singers are the house band and we’ve got an amazing show planned. Do I sound excited? I am.
Last year when we did this gig with Stevie Wonder we had the freak October snow storm (17 inches) that almost cancelled the show. But it turned out to be the greatest and most magical night.
I hear there’s a hurricane headed our way this weekend. I think that’s a GOOD omen!