God bless Henry McCullough July 21st 1943 – June 14th 2016
We present this special edition of Wang Dang Doodle that was first broadcast on Nov 9th 2012, days after Henry suffered a massive heart attack. Since then he has been nursed by his incredible wife Josie. And today, while she held his hand and they listened to a song he’d written about their love, the song Foolish Heart, Henry slipped away.
Henry McCullough Hero Of Rock’n’Roll Wang Dang Doodle
00:00 BP Fallon salutes Henry McCullough
00:20 BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle – Ronnie Drew
00:30 Failed Christian – Henry McCullough
09:37 Drunk Side Of The Moon – Henry McCullough
09:59 Last Of The Bluemen – Henry McCullough
14:00 BP verbal
15:32 Shining Star – Henry McCullough
20:39 I Couldn’t Sleep For Thinking Of Hank Williams – Henry McCullough
24:29 House Of The Rising Son – Henry McCullough
34:27 BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle – The Blind Boys Of Alabama
34:33 The Ballad Of Sarah And Jack – David Holmes
38:57 When It Comes To Tears – Pete Cummings
42:50 Slow – Tricky
46:11 Unlock Your Mind – Soul Rebels Brass Band
50:14 “Yeah, baby!” – Jaime Coon
50:15 Big Old River– Henry McCullough
52:44 Peacock’s Waltz– Henry McCullough
54:52 BP love to Henry
56:31 Ould Piece Of Wood– Henry McCullough
60:26 Music is the massage
60:33 BP back for a moment
61:03 I Couldn’t Sleep For Thinking Of Hank Williams (Tulsa) – Henry McCullough
65:00 Poor Man’s Moon (Reprise) – Henry McCullough
66:35 And the jingles jangling go auld triangling
BP Fallon & Henry McCullough, Dublin 2012 by Hedge
Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix & Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine)
& Henry McCullough (Eire Apparent) on tour together USA 1968
The Jimi Hendrix Experience & Pink Floyd – Syd on right behind Waters – & The Move & Amen Corner & Eire Apparent & Outer Limits, touring Britain together in 1967. Note Eire Apparent’s ace guitarist Henry McCullough grinning away second-last row on left
Sweeney’s Men – Terry Woods & Johnny Moynihan & Henry McCullough
Joe Cocker w/ Henry McCullough & Alan Spenner of The Grease Band
The Grease Band on stage at Woodstock in 1969 – Henry on right
of photograph in white shirt – before Joe Cocker joined them
With A Little Help From My Friends – Henry McCullough & Joe Cocker
triumph at Woodstock
Two Dodgy Geezers – BP Fallon presents Ian McLagan with the album ‘Still Legal’ on which Mac plays Hammond organ. Photography by Crystal at The Lucky Lounge, Austin, Texas
BP Fallon writes:
It’s a year ago today since Ian McLagan died. It was so shocking, this effervescent man so suddenly gone. I heard the news from Austin and in New York I wept. Can I tell you how amazing Mac was/is? No need. You know. Magical on the keyboards, magical as a man, twinkling onwards through any passing storms… Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan of Small Faces/Faces, played with The Stones, was in Dylan’s band, in The New Barbarians with his chums Keith and Ronnie and the mighty Bobby Keys. And so on, including gracing the BP Fallon & The Bandits album with his incredible Hammond organ.
I found this old message that Mac had sent me on FB in 2011. He said “Lots of love BP. If I ever download those pics from my UK phone there’s a bunch of great ones of us from upstairs at Whelans. See you soon Mac x”. Whelans is a venue in Dublin where Mac had played and we’d had such fun. I never dreamed then that one day he’d play on our record. Well, I never dreamed I’d make records, it never occurred to me. Then it happens. Amazing. I’m so honoured that Mac played with us.
These pictures below are our little tribute to the great Ian McLagan. I wish he was still here with us. I love him. It breaks my heart.
– BP Fallon Dec 3rd 2015
Ian McLagan & BP Fallon during the recording of the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’ at Red Horse Studio in Austin, Texas. Photography by Radek
Mac recording with The Bandits – guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan hips him to a suggested vibe and Mac’s on it. Photography by BP Fallon
Eat your heart out Booker T! Photography by Radek
Bandit bassman Nigel Harrison from Blondie tells Mac what kind of shirts the Small Faces were wearing when he first saw them play live. Photography by Radek
Dinner at Red Horse Ranch – Mac’s friend and publicist Jo Rae DiMenno and Mac well chill & Nigel is spacing out at the ultra-ness of it all. Another fantastic dinner, thank you Jimmy & Harper Quill. Photography by BP Fallon
But it wasn’t all fun & laughter, there were deep moments of sombre reflection too, of loved ones departed too early from this world… Photography by Radek
Yet even in the dark, Mac was a beacon of light – BP Fallon, Hector Munoz, Clem Burke, Ian McLagan & Aaron Lee Tasjan having a vibe under the stars at Red Horse Ranch. Photography by Radek
Ronnie Wood at home in Ireland with he and BP talking on the speaker phone to Ian McLagan at home in Austin, 1997. Photography by BP Fallon
The mighty Howlin’ Wolf & his very young keyboard player Mac
The magical Small Faces – Kenney Jones & Ronnie Lane & Steve Marriott with out front Ian McLagan
When Mac was playing in The Rolling Stones, he & Ronnie & Mick went to see Muddy Waters in southside Chicago at the down-home Chequerboard Lounge
You’re Never Alone With A Hat – Bob Dylan & his merry band 1984 – Colin Allen (drums) & Ian McLagan (keyboards) & Greg Sutton (bass) & Mick Taylor (guitar)
The New Barbarians 1979 – drummer Ziggy Modeliste from The Meters & ace sax man Bobby Keys & jazz man bassist Stanley Clarke & the triad of Ian McLagan (keyboard/bvs) & Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood (guitars/vocals)
Two Dodgy Geezers. Nice stitching! 🙂
And flash to Austin in March this year:
‘Upward and Onward’- Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan Remembered
A bunch of Ian McLagan’s friends gathered at SXSW in Austin earlier this year to pay tribute to their pal.
On the panel – singers BP Fallon and Patty Griffin both of whom Mac recorded with, bass-player Jon Notarthomas of Ian McLagan & The Bump Band who played with Mac solo too, KUTX radio personality Jody Denberg, Jo Rae DiMenno who did Mac’s press and David Fricke Senior Editor of Rolling Stone.
Says BP Fallon here – “What is stardom? Stardom is generosity of spirit and the joy of life made contagious and in that context Ian McLagan was as big a star as anyone”.
BP talks about Mac watched by Patty Griffin and David Fricke. Photography by Radek
David Fricke & BP Fallon & Jody Denberg & Jo Rae Di Menno & Patty Griffin & Jon Notarthomas. Photography by Radek
Ian McLagan with Patty Griffin – ‘Never Say Never’ – The David Letterman Show
Ian McLagan’s home in Austin. Photography by BP Fallon
Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan. May 12th 1945 – December 3rd 2014.
Photography by Theresa DiMenno
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 1970: John Lennon & Yoko Ono & Mal Evans & BP Fallon. Photography by Ron Howard/Redferns courtesy of Guitar World.
“So it’s John Lennon’s 75th Birthday, God bless him. I’m very sad he’s not here and I’m very glad that he was. Glad? John Lennon changed my life, he changed everything for so many people, he and The Beatles and beyond. The world will never be the same, thanks to John and his chums.
“And yet… Give Peace A Chance. Yes please. We need it now as much as ever – wars all over our battered yet still blessed planet, lunatics rushing around with guns, this uncertain globe melting from greed and stupidity.
“Did John Lennon save the world? No. But he gave it a try in his naive and magical way, Dr Winson O’Boogie from Liverpool, England, with his guitar and his music and his aspirational and inspirational thoughts.
“Was he perfect? No. Strangely strange but oddly normal, a fallible human being like all of us, not some deity but an enormously special and gifted rock’n’roller who reached out. John, thank you. We love you. Rest in peace”
– BP Fallon, October 9th 2015
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band and the classic performance of Instant Karma on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops Feb 12th 1970.
Left to right – John Lennon [vocals & piano], Yoko Ono [knitting & Kotex eyewear], the Beatles’ road manager Mal Evans [tambourine], BP Fallon [bass guitar & hat], the Apple Records official House Hippy Richard DiLello [camera], Klaus Voorman [bass guitar] and Alan White [drums].
The following week John Lennon was to be heard being interviewed on BBC radio by Emperor Rosko and telling his host “BP Fallon playing the bass guitar, that’s concept art”.
“I can’t play bass” says BP today, laughing, “but it’s better than whacking a tambourine into John’s left ear and almost putting him off his singing”. Which – as our next two pictures show – is what BP did the previous week on the Top Of The Pops of February 5th 1970…
‘Instant Karma’ produced by Phil Spector.
John Lennon, Phil Spector, members of Stevie Wonder’s band and BP Fallon, Madison Square Gardens, New York City 1972
John Lennon: October 9th 1940 – December 8th 1980 RIP
“I believe in Dr Winston”
BP Fallon & Debbie Harry at Electric Picnic, Ireland 2014. Photography by Radek
Happy Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry !!!
We’re always touched by your presents, dear…
BP Fallon & Debbie Harry first met in London in 1977, introduced by Blondie’s English bass-player Nigel Harrison with whom BP had worked in 1972/1973 with the magnificent ripped-velvet roses-in-the-gutter punk group Silverhead. Blondie were doing their first-ever UK tour, supporting Television.
Here we present a unique collection of photographs of these two rock’n’roll legends Debbie & BP… and friends including former New York Doll David Johansen, BP Fallon & The Bandits whose lineup includes Nigel Harrison & Clem Burke from Blondie plus Aaron Lee Tasjan, Scott Asheton from The Stooges God bless him, Barry Cadogan from Primal Scream… and also here, The Strypes.. and even Ben E King, God bless him too.
Debbie in Dublin 2011. Photography by BP Fallon
Debbie in her dressing-room at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash NYC 2001. Photography by BP Fallon
Two Dolls – David Johansen & Debbie perform at the at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon
Stand By Me – Ben E King & Debbie at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon
BP & Debbie chinwagging outside the Blondie exhibition at The Chelsea Hotel Gallery NYC 2014. Photography by Bob Gruen
Blondie ‘Parallel Lines’ photo-session out-take 1977 – Nigel Harrison (bass guitar) & Frank Infante (guitar) & Chris Stein (guitar) & Debbie Harry (vocals) & Clem Burke (drums) & Jimmy Destri (keyboards). Photography by Edo Bertoglio
No Debbie – BP Fallon & The Bandits’ very first gig, Austin 2010 – Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar) & Clem Burke (drums) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Nigel Harrison (bass guitar). Photography by Bob Gruen
Blondie – Union City Blue 45 written by Debbie Harry/Nigel Harrison – Nigel Harrison & Chris Stein & Clem Burke & Jimmy Destri & Frank Infante & Debbie Harry, New York 1979
BP Fallon & The Bandits 2013 – Nigel Harrison & Aaron Lee Tasjan & BP Fallon & Barry Cadogan & Scott Asheton RIP & Clem Burke. Photography by Christopher Durst
Debbie & Clem. Photographer unknown
BP & Debbie, Austin 2014. Photography by Linda Carbone
Charlotte Kemp Muhl & BP Fallon at Blondie, Austin 2014. Photography by Glen Brown
Clem & Debbie & The Strypes
BP Fallon & The Strypes with Clem – Ross Farrelly (guitar/backing vocals) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Josh McClorey (guitar/backing vocals) & hidden Evan Walsh (drums) & Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar) & Clem Burke (cowbell) – Lou Reed Tribute Concert, Austin 2014. Photography by Christopher Durst
One Dodgy Geezer – Electric Picnic in Ireland. Photography by Radek
Debbie Harry In The Flesh. Photography by Chris Stein
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On the 24th anniversary of the death of the great Johnny Thunders, we present this reflective and moving piece by his former manager BP Fallon. From the book ‘My Generation: Rock’n’Roll, An Imperfect History’ (Lilliput Press 1996).
The New York Dolls, particularly their gutter peacock guitarist Johnny Thunders, they were gods to the whole of 1976 punk, and The Sex Pistols, The Clash, they carved themselves from the shadows of
Iggy And The Stooges, Lou Reed and The Velvets, Bolan and Bowie and The MC5 and a boy called Johnny.
You meet Johnny in 1972 in the after midnight of a dentist’s surgery in Harlem. He’s a flash peacock in rags of glitter, platform boots and a jet-black plumage of shoulder-length backcombed hair as if a buzzard has been nesting on his head. On-stage upstairs at Max’s his streetwise Italian face pouts as he poses, a cross between Keef Richard and an urban subterranean gutter glam outlaw. A punk. Plus of course Johnny plays the bestest, most exciting, powerful vicious guitar in town.
Come ’76 The Dolls have collapsed in a storm of too much drink and too many drugs, rejected at large for their Neanderthal rock’n’roll, and Johnny is in England fronting The Heartbreakers, he and The Dolls’ second drummer Jerry Nolan. The first, Billy Murcia, he accidently OD’d on Mandrax. Johnny and Jerry, they’re junkies and they celebrate their stupidity with songs like ‘Chinese Rocks’ and ‘Too Much Junkie Bizness’. The Heartbreakers collapse.
At a party for Patti Smith, Johnny Thunders asks you to be his manager. Listen, heroin is the horrors, the darkest of darknesses, a hole into which junkies pour their very life. If you wanted an ad against heroin, Johnny Thunders was it to a T. A rock’n’roll genius turned into shambolic mess. We managed some gigs at The Speakeasy, Steve Jones and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols playing with their hero. Sid Vicious got up once. He idolized Johnny and wanted to form a group with him called The Junkies. One gig was billed as ‘The Living Dead’.
In interviews, Johnny has kindly said that I was responsible for putting together his best LP, the album ‘So Alone’. Loyal musicians who lent their support came from The Sex Pistols, The Only Ones, The Heartbreakers, even Traffic. Chrissie Hynde sang backing vocals. On the storming version of Derek Martin’s R&B classic ‘Daddy Rolling Stone’, first Johnny, then Phil Lynott, then Steve Marriott sing a verse. Phil, he was concerned at Johnny’s health. “He’s too out of it, knowarramean?” And then there was Johnny’s most beautiful, sensitive tragic song. It was titled ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’ but Johnny, he always sang it “You can’t put your arm around a memory”. Christ, Johnny.
BP Fallon & Johnny Thunders 1990 by Paul Murphy
Sunday afternoon at the tail-end of April 1990 and Johnny is over at your house. He’s been in Ireland a week or so and the previous night appeared in Dublin at the New Inn. Naturally, it was chaotic. And sad. And brilliant sometimes, like when Johnny’s into a rambling blues and he’s saying “And there’s you kids, the reason, the reason why. I tell ya, if it wasn’t for the kids!” and the guitar, it cries, a flurry of notes weeping the blues. Johnny is playing his heart out.
Sunday afternoon, sunny, we sit here and play records and talk and Johnny plays a tape of some new stuff he’s recorded.
Heroin? Naw, he’s just on methadone now he says, gets it on prescription. Doesn’t do heroin, no not never. Well… hardly ever.
He’s hoping for a record deal somewhere. His wife Julie is back in Michigan with the kids, has been for years. He’d been living with his girlfriend Susanne in Sweden but that … well, that isn’t happening either.
And then you put on The Shangri-La’s song ‘Give Him a Great Big Kiss’ from Johnny’s So Alone album and Patti Palladin, her voice all Noo York sass like all of The Ronettes chewing gum, she teases “Well I hear she’s pretty bad” and Johnny, he responds “Well she’s good bad but she’s not evil”, and sitting here now Johnny’s lived-in face, the mouth grins lopsidedly and there’s a twinkle from under the drooping eyelids and for a moment he looks so happy and so vulnerable, the wounded artist touching the sunlight for a moment and you understand again why you love him.
Johnny’s leaving now, leaving for the airport. He has no home, no number. Says maybe he’ll go to New York after he’s played in London, maybe go back to Paris. Says he’d like maybe to live in New Orleans.
Johnny gathers his plastic bag of medications and in the street we hug. Once, he’d had a muscled torso like Iggy. Now underneath his pinstriped suit he seems suddenly frail. This battered artist who sings from the slums of his soul is on the home run.
Six days short of a year later, Johnny Thunders is in New Orleans. He’s just done a tour of Japan. Two days ago he’s recorded with the group Die Toten Hosen, recorded his Heartbreakers favourite ‘Born To Lose’. He’s thirty-eight years old. And he’s dead. The police find vials of methadone, and in the toilet a syringe. The coroner’s report says the cause of death may have been drug-related.
Bye bye Johnny.
– BP Fallon 1996
Johnny Thunders ~ So Alone (full album). Produced by Steve Lillywhite. Directed by BP Fallon
Johnny Thunders July 15th 1952 – April 23rd 1991
Billy Murcia October 9th 1951 – November 6th 1972
Jerry Nolan May 7th 1946 – January 14th 1992
Arthur Kane February 3rd 1949 – July 13th 2004
Chris Wood June 24th 1944 – July 12th 1983
Phil Lynott August 20th 1949 – January 4th 1986
Steve Marriott January 30th 1947 – April 20th 1991
John ‘Irish’ Earle 1944 – May 8th 2008
Billy Rath 1948 – Aug 2014
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