Jam with Johnny Winter / Live KSAN-FM Texas Special
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In early January of 1973, Johnny Winter and Joe Crane reunited after a long time. Joe used to play bass with Johnny and Edgar Winter when they was in high school, Joe in Conroe, Texas and The Winter Brothers in Beaumont, Texas. Joe had written a tune back in 1968 that the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils had been doing for a few years called "All Tore Down". It was also recorded by the legendary Bay Area artist, Rodger Collins. The HRD had recorded it a few times, finally featuring a Wurlitzer electric piano, inspired by "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles.
Joe sat down with Johnny one afternoon and played it for him on an acoustic guitar and Johnny flipped. He loved it and actually thought Joe had personally written it for him. It wasn't but a few months and Johnny recorded it on his "Still Alive And Well" album. Later that afternoon, Joe and Johnny went to see Funky Features where Jack Leahy had recorded a lot of the Hoodoo's stuff . It wasn't too long before John Rewind , Glenn Walters, and Roger Stanton showed up and a great jam session ensued. Jack quickly fired up the studio, put a tape on a portable one-inch 3M eight track tape recorder that belonged to Steve Miller, and captured 3 tracks which are featured here on "ONE NIGHT ONLY". ("Crazy 'Bout Oklahoma", "How Long", and "Battle of the Bottle".) Joe sang and played Hammond organ , Johnny Winter played Rewind's 1960 "American Pickle" Gibson ES-335, John Rewind played Joe's 1960s Fender Esquire, Roger on his custom Prairie Prince painted Fender Jazz Bass, and Glenn playing the recording studio house Gretsch drum kit.
Later that month, on January 28, 1973, KSAN-FM in San Francisco, CA hosted a Texas Day Special that featured 24 hours of Texas music. That's not hard to do with dozens of great Texas artists like Freddy King, Buddy Holly, George Jones, Big Mama Thornton, Doug Sahm, Tracy Nelson (Mother Earth), Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Janis Joplin (Big Brother), Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Ray Price, Smokey Hogg, Clifton Chenier, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Navasota, ZZ Top, Boz Scaggs, Freddie Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Steve Miller, Powell St. John, Johnny Taylor, 13th Floor Elevators, Navasota, Point Blank, B.J. Thomas, Van Cliburn (?), Blind Willie Johnson, Asleep At The Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Johnny Taylor, Willie Nelson etc... culminating with a live broadcast from Alembic Studios in San Francisco, featuring the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils with special guests artists, The Pointer Sisters. It was the last night that Keith Knudsen played with the Hoodoo's before going on to the join The Doobie Brothers. Martin Fierro and Frank Morin sat in making up the horn section. The HRD opened with "Crazy 'Bout The Ladies". Then the Pointer Sisters joined the line-up for a great rendition of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" featuring Glenn Walters on vocals, then Wilson Pickett's "634-5789" featuring Joe Crane on vocals, closing with a medley with the Hoodoo's classic KSAN standard "Too Hot To Handle", the Bobby Fuller Four hit "I Fought The Law", and an obscure HRD song, "Move With Me".