Thursday, August 10, 2006

RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK









ROLAND KIRK WAS BORN 08.08.36 AND DIED IN 1977, A COPY OF HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE, ABOVE, SHOWS HE WAS BORN RONALD THEODORE KIRK, IN COLUMBUS OHIO. ROLAND IS AN ANOGRAM OF RONALD. HE ADOPTED THE NAME RAHSAAN IN 1970, FOLLOWING A DREAM. THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW ME, WILL KNOW THAT ROLAND KIRK HAS BEEN A BIG INFLUENCE AND INSPIRATION IN MY LIFE SINCE I FIRST HEARD HIM IN 1966. I THINK MYSELF LUCKY TO HAVE SEEN HIM WHEN HE CAME TO AUSTRALIA IN 1974. IN SYDNEY, HE PLAYED AT THE SYDNEY TOWN HALL AND DID THREE SHOWS. I WAS AT ALL OF THEM, SITTING UP THE FRONT. I MET HIM PRIOR TO A SHOW, HAVING DINNER AT THE BALKAN RESTAURANT IN DARLINGHURST. IF YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OR SEEN ROLAND KIRK, CHECK MY POSTS IN JUNE, (I THINK) FOR SOME VIDEO CLIPS.

3 comments:

Macka. said...

Hi, I saw him at the Town Hall as well, he introduced himself as "God's true vehicle of the tenor sax" and he was quiet correct.

daveallen said...

Hi Macka, are you Keith's mate?
I sent him a cd for you today. I thought I was the only one of Keith's mates with such fine taste!

Anonymous said...

Yes Dave, and thanks very much for the CD, great band, great music, only ever saw Flake live a couple of times.
And I've been up the Burning Mountain as well.
I'll be waiting for you to post something from your Yamaha WX5, am very interested to see what comes out of that critter.
All the best,Macka.