Friday, April 04, 2008

by Jhonny #9

Maury Muehleisen "Gingerbread" 1970























Maury was born on January 14, 1949 in Trenton, New Jersey, the second of eight children of Maurice and Margaret Muehleisen. He took piano lessons from the age of nine, mastering the classics and more. Picking up the guitar at age seventeen, he taught himself and excelled. By the time he was twenty, Maury had a recording contract and a Capitol Records LP - Gingerbreadd - eleven original works by Maury, produced by Terry Cashman and Tommy West.

Even though his album and the promotion of it was not very successful, he was lucky enough to be given an opportunity to share his musical talent with the world through his friendship with Jim Croce, as Jim's lead guitarist. And Jim would have been the first to say that he was lucky to share his spot in the limelight with Maury. For it was this gifted combination that created Jim's three ABC albums - You Don't Mess Around With Jim, Life and Times, and I Got A Name in 1972 and 1973.

Maury's life came to a tragic end at age 24 on September 20, 1973, killed in an airplane crash along with Jim Croce, Jim's road manager Dennis Rast, his booking agent Ken Cortese, the opening act comedian George Stevens, and the pilot Robert Newton Elliott.

Maury's short-lived career with Jim has been rewarded with three gold albums, two gold singles, and global attention in the years since his death. Yet, in those years, his family, friends, and fans have always remembered the young man who maintained unwavering pride in his name and his birthplace, a young man who just wanted to sing for people and asked only for a smile in return.

(Thanks to ^abracadabra^ for the rip)

DL


Peter LaFarge "As Long As The Grass Shall Grow" 1963
















DL


Peter LaFarge "On The Warpath" 1965

info:
http://www.wirz.de/music/lafarfrm.htm
http://www.peterlafarge.com/

























DL

8 Comments:

Blogger Kees said...

I love Lafarge's music. I dig that dark indian voice. I have got this Bear cd with the 2 albums you have here now, but did not find his other LP's. Is there anybody who has a recording of the other old vinyls? I'd love to hear them...

05 April, 2008 04:10  
Anonymous leno said...

a classic. wonderful stuff.

05 April, 2008 06:49  
Anonymous kev said...

Fantastic - many thanks!

07 April, 2008 05:25  
Blogger Bitterpill said...

RE: "Gingerbread"

Shame on me, I only knew Maury Muehleisen through his work with the late, great Jim Croce. His LP is a definite find. Thanks for sharing this with the unwashed masses.

Cheers!!!

09 April, 2008 06:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please let me repeat for the Maury Muehleisen album Gingerbreadd:

"Please check here:

http://www.maurymuehleisen.com/buy.html

His sister Mary is selling them. She also compiled a 2nd CD as you can see there."

09 April, 2008 18:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been looking for Gingerbreadd forever, thank you very much for posting it.

22 May, 2008 07:06  
Anonymous zappahead said...

thank you for these marvellous albums from peter la farge....very underestimated in the folk music circles......but these prove he was a top man...all the best.

16 December, 2008 04:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, please, please re-upload the Maury Muehleisen LP. Can't find it anywhere. Thanks, I love the blog.

19 April, 2012 07:49  

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