Today we note with sadness two deaths: the actress Mary Tyler Moore, and the drummer Butch Trucks.
Mary Tyler Moore was a beloved figure in American popular culture, and rightly so: she was gifted, beautiful, charming, funny, intelligent, decent, and magnetically appealing. She touched nothing that she did not adorn, and I think I speak for everyone of my generation when I say it hurts to know she is gone.
I’ll miss Butch Trucks, too; the Allman Brothers were a hell of a band, and he was a big part of the reason why. I never got to meet him or work with him, but I’ve heard he was a mighty nice guy.
We’ll be seeing plenty of Mary Tyler Moore over the next few days, so I won’t worry about finding links here. (Go and watch a few episodes of the old Dick Van Dyke Show in her memory.)
For you drummers out there though, here’s a clip of Butch Trucks, explaining how to play Whipping Post.