Monday, February 05, 2007
The Original Artists
That damn Keith Christopher is a nut. He´s played with everybody from an all black funk band in Florida to Humble Pie in England to Billy Joe Shaver in Nashville. Half the fun of being out with The Yayhoos is sitting in the back of the van with him and listening to all the stories he has to tell. On the way back to Madrid yesterday he was telling me about doing a record for K-Tel Records. They had hired them to do a record of all of the current hits at the time. All of the songs were "done by the original artists!"..well...that was the name of the band, The Original Artists! That´s how they were trying to get around it. I don´t think the publishing companies were amused. They hunted them down, shut down the operation and Keith says they barely got out of the studio with their instruments before the authorities came there to arrest them.