Feb 12, 2018
In 1973, he released his first solo album, Garland Jeffreys, on Atlantic Records. Around the same time Atlantic also released a single, "Wild in the Streets," that was not included on the album. Jeffreys wrote the song after hearing about a pre-teen rape and murder in the Bronx. Dr. John played clavinet and helped arrange the song, with backing from guitarist David Spinozza, drummer Rick Marotta, the Brecker Brothers on horns and David Peel on background vocals. After the single's rerelease in 1977, the track received airplay on the progressive FM-album oriented rock radio stations, and became one of his best-known songs and something of an unofficial anthem for the skate community after the cover by The Circle Jerks was featured in the 1986 film Thrashin'. It has been covered by several artists, including:
Jan 31, 2018
Jan 11, 2018
Dec 11, 2017
Nov 30, 2017
Rolling Stone said about Abby in this episode - "Meanwhile, she and Paul start hiring live bands for the bar, represented here by Garland Jeffreys' savage cover of Question Mark and the Mysterians' 96 Tears in full face paint. (Eat your heart out, Vinyl.)"
And in UPROXX: What’s the significance of the band doing the “96 Tears” cover at the bar in the finale?
Pelecanos: It’s Garland Jeffreys. He was covering that song in the early 70s, and he’d sometimes performed it in blackface, though he’s half-black himself. When punk started in the ’70s, they were covering a lot of garage band songs in the ’60s that were punk before punk, and that was one of them. What we’re doing there is saying, “There’s something happening here, but it hasn’t been identified.”
Oct 23, 2017
Get out the vote and help me get a Grammy!
Deadline to get on the ballot for a nomination is 10/29.
A guy like me who's been at this for almost 50 years naturally would like more recognition for my work.
If you or anyone you know is a Grammy voter please share this post and help 14 Steps To Harlem get recognized. The Americana category is the best fit for my eclectic style. Competition is tough.
Players and studios: Brooklyn Recording, His House-Innsbruck studio, East Side Recording, James Maddock, Tom Curiano, Brian Stanley, Charles Roth, Mark Bosch, Brian Mitchell, Steve Goulding, Alan Freedman, Zev Katz, Ben Stivers,@Aaron Aaron Comess, Savannah Jeffreys, Cindy Mizelle, Laurie Anderson, Marc Urselli, Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound, Jimmy Harry. Thanks to everyone for an album I'm very proud of.
Oct 18, 2017
When I wrote "Schoolyard Blues" I had no idea that one day there would be a real live "six foot nine boy" in our lives — Joseph Kuo, who Savannah met at Wesleyan. This video was a blast to shoot, and Jesse Moritz did a fantastic job realizing Claire's idea. Some of it might be at my expense, but I dig the spirit and fun of it. Shot at Saint Nicholas Park in Harlem.
Sep 6, 2017
WE ARE HONORED TO BE A PART OF THIS FESTIVAL! IT'S GOING TO BE A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!
Aug 31, 2017
Thanks to Irene K, who envisioned this tee shirt as a Greek icon and created this cool denim jacket.
Aug 22, 2017
Aug 9, 2017
From 1973, my solo debut on Atlantic Records!
Aug 6, 2017
It was 52 years ago TODAY that The Beatles released "Help." Here's a live version of my take on it from my "14 Steps To Harlem" — in the ballad style that John Lennon said he thought it might've been.
Recorded at Daryl's House Club with Tom Curiano Charles Roth Brian Stanley Nick Biello and Justin Jordan.
Jul 27, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
When it comes to local promotion, no one can touch Bill Tureby of Indian Lake, NY.
Last year we played Indian Lake Theater and we're going back again. This time the entire band will stay over for Bill and family's annual Badminton Tournament, a longstanding tradition complete with a regulation court.
If you're in the Adirondacks, you don't want to miss it!
Tickets available here!
Jul 7, 2017
Photo: Jerrold Mallee
FRANCE Paris New Morning
NETHERLANDS Den Haag Night At The Park Festival
ITALY Vicenza Retro
Jun 4, 2017
Hugh’s Room Live was the scene, and the man delivered. Boy, did he ever.
TEXT & PHOTOS BY ERIC THOM
I’ve never met the Pope. But I’ve met Garland Jeffreys and I’m expecting the experience to be similar. Aside from the man’s 47+ years of show business credentials and endless library of exceptional songs, he appears to stand for everything that matters in this world, embracing an absolute love of his fellow man with a buoyant, upbeat positivity that would make Julie Andrews blush – everything you’d expect of a proper pontiff. Completely approachable and extremely fan-friendly, the extra time he invested into the end of his evening turned out to be as lengthy as the 16-song set he and his Coney Island Playboys had just laid out for a full, adoring house of forever fans. Long after most artists would’ve been justifiably hotel-bound, Garland Jeffreys sincerely cares to go that extra mile.
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May 5, 2017