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T.G.I.F. – Ten for Bill Pitcock IV (R.I.P.)

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

(01) – “Twilley Don’t Mind” – yeah, that bass player is who you think he is.

(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.

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Another Kickstarter: Dwight Twilley

 

Dwight Twilley is still making great music, and like many veteran artists who are ignored by radio and major labels, he’s doing it himself with a little help from his fans. In recent years Dwight has issued a number of rarities and covers albums which have both thrilled longtime followers and helped circumnavigate the industry bullshit and put some money into his pocket. 

Now in 2010, a brand new albumGreen Blimp

At this point the project goal has been surpassed, so any pledges will definitely be honored, but some interesting rewards for different purchase levels are still available. But even if you have signed up to buy the album elsewhere, you have to click on the Kickstarter site for this project and watch the video – it’s hilarious

Really excited to hear that there is a documentary film in the works as well. His is a story well worth telling, from early can’t miss status (and the fall of Shelter Records, which almost took out Tom Petty as well) to his award-winning book and recent DIY career revitalization. Anyone on board the Twilley parade knows that his hybrid Beatles/rockabilly vibe is irresistible, and songs like “I’m On Fire” are bonafide powerpop classics. 

Of course, there were also many bumps and bruises along the way, including the tragic death of his partner in musical crime, Phil Seymour. He’s had tremendous critical acclaim and periods of artistic anonymity, and although his catalogue speaks for itself, like many great artists, he’s unjustly underknown. 

But with every new album comes another chance

And if the leadoff track “Get Up” is any indication, Green Blimp will be a killer. Just knowing that Bill Pitcock IV is on guitar and Susan Cowsill is singing harmonies should be enough to get any Twilley fan salivating. 

Somewhere Phil Seymour is smiling. 

Rock Stars!

 Dwight Twilley website

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