Gone But Not Forgotten # 5

During the last weeks I have heard the music of Gil Scott-Heron over and over again. I remember when I got in contact for the first time with this kind of music. It was in the late 1970s when was a young guy. Some older friends made it possible that I could get into a club where a lot of American soldiers used to hang around. Because also many coloured soldiers hung around there, their music has also run. So I was introduced what they called soul music. They played the long live version from James Browns ‘Sex Machine’, a lot of The Temptations and Gil Scott-Heron as well. This kind of music opened my ears to another kind of music that most of my friends used to listen to. First I was impressed about the rhythm and the whole sound of songs like ‘The Bottle’ and later I understand the lyrics of him. He had something to say and was always a politic person who spoke about the things his compatriots moved. Over the years he was still a possibility to grab out one of his records when I didn’t know what to play. It was a long time quietly around him and all the more it has surprised me that he has published a record a few years ago again above all that it was at the height of the time and has left his successors a legacy in which they can compete.

Gil Scott-Heron – Me and the Devil
Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott-Heron – Ain’t No Such Thing As Superman
Gil Scott-Heron – I’ll Take Care Of You
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Johnson – Your Daddy Loves You
Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me

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