Over mythologizing of players. Favorite urban legends?

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  1. therhodeo

    therhodeo Member

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    The Robben Ford thread had me thinking about this. It happens all the time with musicians (and athletes, pop culture icons, etc.). Within almost every fanbase there is this tendency to exaggerate attributes of the player till with some there is a whole list of urban legends about them. And in most cases the player would still be great without the fanciful stories.

    So what are you favorite ridiculous stories about great players?
     
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    Keith Richards snorting his dad is a personal favorite.
     
  3. Seth L

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    Stevie Ray putting super glue on his fingertips and then putting them on his thigh and ripping them away creating new calluses. Mythology about Robben Ford? That's a new one on me.
     
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    I've never heard that story that way specifically about Vaughan.

    The Robben ford thing was just overselling his greatness because of liking his music.
     
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    His vast understanding of music is of mythical proportions.
     
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    Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil and overnight set the blues world all kerfluffle.
     
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    I’ve always enjoyed the “up and coming/local opener blows away the well known headliner” stories.
     
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    Heard this 1st about Joe Walsh, then a couple of other people later on:

    He really loved the Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing" and learned how to play that amazing intro, despite finding it next to impossible to be playing 2 notes far apart at the same time..... only to learn later there were 2 guitars on the original recording.
     
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    Seth L Silver Supporting Member

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    You don't have to like his music. His talents speak for themselves.

    Most people are saying the opposite. Like, he's just a natural.
     
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    IIRC, it’s harmonized in thirds. Not “far apart” at all. Any closer and it would be unison, or dissonance.
     
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    The measure of his understanding is mythological. Like, science isn’t even there yet.
     
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    I’ve seen paul McCartney play both parts at the same time. And he’s a bass player!
     
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    Frank Marino overdosing on LSD. When he came out of it he was gifted with the spirit of Jimi, and miraculously could play like that.

    I’ve heard SRV glued his calluses down, as he would rip them up during a performance.
    He played hard.
     
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    I'm not saying the legend was true or made sense, but just what it was: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/guitar-man/

    And yes lots of guys have played both parts live since.
     
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    No one has said anything like that, however, his upbringing has given him a very sophisticated pallet. It's in his DNA. He has a very unique style.
     
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    That’s what I meant to say. That’s my entry for this thread.
     
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    That's hardly mythology.
     
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    It’s not?! You cited his DNA and that he is both nature AND nurture!
     
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    He's very talented and was raised in a musical family. You're starting to sound a little jealous. Can you play Politician? :)
     

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