Bill Pitcock IV might not be a household name, but anyone who has ever heard a Dwight Twilley album – and I sure hope you have heard several – is feeling a bit sad today. Pitcock died this morning in Tulsa.
Pitcock was (pun fully intended) instrumental in the sound of The Dwight Twilley Band. In fact, the band recorded in a shop owned by Bill’s Dad. To say that Dwight, Phil Seymour and Bill made magic is a vast understatement.
Tons of Twilley song clips here.
For all the recent accolades about Leon Russell – well deserved, mind you – it was his split with Denny Cordell that tanked Shelter Records and almost sunk the careers of Dwight Twilley and Tom Petty. It certainly derailed the release of Sincerely, where “I’m On Fire” was an aptly named track except that no one could find the album in the stores. By the time they could, the heat was off, and who knows whether that doomed Twilley to “almost brass ring” status. Even Petty didn’t click widely until Damn The Torpedoes; his first two albums are just as good and the first three are better than the rest combined.
Pitcock continued to record with Twilley on and off over the years, most recently back in the fold for the Blimp album. Bill also just released his first solo album Play What You Mean. Check out Bills MySpace site or go to Amazon to hear some tracks.
So R.I.P. Bill Pitcock IV – your ringing guitars will live forever at my house. Here are Ten For Bill Pitcock on this week’s TGIF…
(02) – “You Were So Warm” – how was this not #1?
(03) – “Trying To Find My Baby”
(04) – “Precious To Me“- I hope Bill is playing with Phil today.
(05) – “Feeling In The Dark”
(06) – “Girls” – the uncensored video
(07) – “Looking For The Magic”
(08) – “Baby It’s You” – more Phil Seymour magic.
(09) – “I’ll Be Taking Her Out Tonight” – he and Geo Conner played guitar on The Tremblers album
(10) – “I’m On Fire” – Acoustic version, 2010, followed by the original.