Barry Goldberg

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Barry Goldberg
Barry Goldberg performing Sept 7 2013.jpg
Goldberg performing Sept 7, 2013 with Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Background information
Birth name Barry Joseph Goldberg
Born (1942-12-25) 25 December 1942 (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Genres Rock and roll, rock, blues
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Keyboards
Associated acts The Electric Flag, Barry Goldberg Reunion, The Rides

Barry Joseph Goldberg (born December 25, 1942, Chicago, Illinois) is a blues and rock keyboardist, songwriter and record producer.

Career[edit]

As a teenager in Chicago, Goldberg sat in with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, and Howlin' Wolf. He played keyboards in the band supporting Bob Dylan during his 1965 newly 'electrified' appearance at the Newport Folk Festival. He formed The Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield in 1967, and later formed the Barry Goldberg Reunion in 1968.[1]

Goldberg's songs (some of which co-written with Gerry Goffin) have been recorded by many musicians including Rod Stewart, Gladys Knight, Joe Cocker, Steve Miller, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Gram Parsons and B. J. Thomas.

Goldberg's first professional recording session was "Devil With The Blue Dress On" / "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels. Among the albums he contributed to are Leonard Cohen's Death of a Ladies' Man, The Ramones' End of the Century, The Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin, and Super Session which featured Michael Bloomfield, Stephen Stills, and Al Kooper.[citation needed]

Goldberg also has co-produced albums by Percy Sledge including Blue Night (Grammy nominated and WC Handy soul album of the year) as well as Shining Through the Rain, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, The Textones plus Bob Dylan's version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready".

In 1992 he played keyboards with the Carla Olson & Mick Taylor band, which resulted in the live CD Too Hot for Snakes, featuring the talents of artists like Ian McLagan, and Jesse Sublett, and John "Juke" Logan.

In 1994, Goldberg and Saul Davis produced Blue Night by Percy Sledge, which featured Bobby Womack, Steve Cropper, Mick Taylor, Greg Leisz, Bob Glaub, Ed Greene, Mikael Rickfors, the Waters... and songs written by Rickfors, Gregg Sutton, Pat Robinson, Carla Olson, the Bee Gees, Quinton Claunch, Fats Domino, and Otis Redding.

By 1999, Goldberg both wrote and performed the theme to the Disney Channel original movie Smart House, entitled "The House is Jumpin'," with Phil Shenale and Sterling Smith, with vocals by Chan André. He wrote the song with Jill Wisoff and Joel Diamond.[2]

2004: Shining Through The Rain by Percy also co-produced by Davis and Goldberg, featuring Larry Byrom, Denny Freeman, Clayton Ivey, Ed Greene, Phil Upchurch, Bob Glaub, the Waters, Jakob Dylan... and songs by the Bee Gees, Mikael Rickfors, Carla Olson, Jackie Lomax, Earl Carson, Bobby Moore.

In 2002, he was featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley - A Tribute!, playing piano on the songs "Pills", "I'm A Man" and "Before You Accuse Me". (produced by Carla Olson). Carla also produced Barry's "Stoned Again" album which featured Denny Freeman, Mick Taylor and Ernie Watts.

In 2005-6, he toured with the Chicago Blues Reunion featuring Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel, and Corky Siegel. Their debut CD reached #2 on the Billboard Blues Chart and received a four star review from Rolling Stone magazine's David Fricke.

On July 7, 2009 Goldberg's self-titled 1974 album was reissued with never before released tracks and a restored sound. The album was produced by Dylan and Jerry Wexler.

Work from 2000 to present[edit]

Goldberg in rear with guitarists Stills and Shepherd in the front

In 2012, Stephen Stills recruited Goldberg in founding a new band dubbed The Rides, culling some of Stills best work from the past, adding guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and session drummer Chris Layton. Goldberg co-wrote four songs on their first album titled, Can't Get Enough, released that year. The feature track is "Word Game". Much of the album reflects the work Stills did on the Super Session album with Mike Bloomfield in 1968.[3]

Goldberg appears on the Carla Olson album Have Harmony, Will Travel (April 30, release date on Busted Flat Records) playing Hammond B3 organ on Del Shannon's Keep Searchin' sung by Carla and Peter Case and piano and organ on the Little Steven song, All I Needed Was You, sung by Scott Kempner (Del-Lords).

The long awaited film "Born In Chicago" documenting Chicago blues will also be released soon. It'll premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March. Goldberg has been working on this project for the last few years. It includes unique contributions by Bob Dylan, BB King, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Eric Burdon and many others.

Barry produced three tracks on the new EP by The Voice (U.S.) Season One semifinalist, Nakia, with longtime friend, Johnny Lee Schell.[4]

"Can't Get Enough," the album by the Rides ie Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry was nominated for a 2014 Blues Foundation WC Handy Award for "Best Rock / Blues Album."

Personal notes[edit]

Goldberg's uncle was Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1966 Blowing My Mind (Epic LP; reissued on CD: Collectables and Acadia)
  • 1968 There's No Hole in My Soul (Buddah LP; reissued on CD: One Way)
  • 1969 Two Jews Blues (Buddah LP; reissued on CD: One Way)
  • 1970 Street Man (Buddah LP)
  • 1970 Ivar Avenue Reunion (RCA 4442)
  • 1971 Blasts from My Past (Buddah LP)
  • 1972 Barry Goldberg & Friends (Record Man LP)
  • 1974 Barry Goldberg (Atco LP)
  • 1976 Barry Goldberg & Friends Recording Live (Buddah LP)
  • 2002 Stoned Again (Antone's/Texas Music Group) produced by Carla Olson and featuring Denny Freeman, Ernie Watts, Mick Taylor, Gregg Sutton...
  • 2003 Live (Unidisc)
  • 2006 Chicago Blues Reunion (Music Avenue)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Simmons (December 28, 2009). "Barry Goldberg & Bob Dylan's Secret Gem". Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ "Barry Goldberg-IMDB". IMDB. 
  3. ^ Cubarrubia, RJ (May 17, 2013). "Stephen Stills' New Band, the Rides, Play a 'Word Game' - Song Premiere Generations Come Together for New blues-rock project". Rolling Stone magazine. Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nakia announces new album; Willie Nelson cancels show". Austin-American Statesman. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  5. ^ Stars of David: Rock 'n' Roll's Jewish Stories - Scott R. Benarde - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 

Sources[edit]

  • Larkin, Colin. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness Publishing, 1992.
  • Muirhead, Bert. The Record Producers File. A Directory of Rock Album Producers 1962-1984, Blandford Press, 1985.
  • Wright, H. Stephen; Limbacher, James L. Keeping Score. Film and Television Music, 1980-1988, Scarecrow Press, 1991.

Interviews[edit]