Slide guitar extraordinnaire Lowell George, passed on this date in 1979. After a brief stint with Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention, George founded Little Feat (named for his small, fat feet), whom he triumphantly lead throughout the 70’s. George also tried his hand at producing, most famously taking the helm for the Dead’s Shakedown Street. Here’s a ripping “Dixie Chicken” from 1977:
Click here to check out Little Feat at Ultrasonic Studios from ’74.
Socket wrench slide guitar player Lowell George was born on this date in 1945. George founded Little Feat and also produced the Grateful Dead’s album, Shakedown Street. Click here to stream/download a 1974 Little Feat from Hempstead Studios in NY and here to download a 1975 show from Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. He died in 1979 at the age of 34.
Originally taken from Robert Palmer’s excellent 1974 album of the same name, this was the third song in a three song suite that started off with “Sailing Shoes”, moved into “Hey Julia” and climaxed with “Sneaking Sally..” Arguably Robert Palmer’s strongest album, it was in fact his solo debut and he was ably backed by The Meters, then at their peak, as well as, Lowell George of Little Feat, who wrote “Sailing Shoes”.
Here’s Phish playing “Sneaking” at their Halloween show in 1998:
Check out that slide guitar. Lowell George was the man!