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Guitar Crusher


Guitar Crusher - Message to Man - 1995 - In-Akustik

Sidney Selby is a true blues man. He also goes by 'Bone Crusher' and 'Guitar Crusher', names he earned throughout his career. Born in rural Hyde County N.C. in 1931 during the height of the Depression, he toiled in the cotton fields during his youth but set aside Sundays for exercising his rich baritone in the choir of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, continuing a tradition which gave rise to a whole generation of blues singers of his era. He moved to New York in the 50s, found a job and started singing in Church again. However. encouraged by his friends, he soon formed his own band, the Midnight Rockers and began attracting a large following. The year 1960 marked the beginning of a decade of performances with The Drifters, The Isley Brothers, Ben E. King and other major R&B talents which flourished during the 1960's musical renaissance. Selby was signed by Columbia Records and remained under contract until 1970, when the musical tastes in America began to shift away from blues and soul sounds. So, in the early 80s GUITAR CRUSHER headed for Europe and a more hospitals blues climate. Here his performance on major festivals marked the start of his comeback. The now internationally-known singer and writer has since accorded 4 albums singing his own compositions with force and assurance in his gospel-inflected voice. His transfixing vocal power won him a reputation as 'The Big Voice From New York', a headliner on the european blues-circuit. © http://www.guitarcrusher.com/

Sidney Selby aka Guitar Crusher was discovered by Mike Vernon, who in the 60's recorded him for the Blue Horizon label, backed by Ten Years After. "Message to Man" was produced by Calvin Owens, the musical leader of the B.B. King Band. Again, Guitar Crusher is backed on 3 tracks by Alvin Lee. Check out Guitar Crusher's "Googa Mooga" album


1 Heartfixing Man - Ed Davis 4:27
2 Long Green Folding Friend - H.J. Müller, Sidney Selby 4:40
3 Message to Man - G. Leonhard, H.J. Müller, Sidney Selby 7:18
4 Stealing a Little Love - Sidney Selby 6:02
5 Darling I Miss You - Sidney Selby 6:33
6 Day by Day - C. Owens, Sidney Selby 3:42
7 You Know How to Hurt a Man - Sidney Selby 5:46
8 Do It Well - Sidney Selby 4:35
9 Trying to Fool the Whole Town - Sidney Selby, C. Sykes 5:31
10 I Wanna Be with You - H.J. Müller, Sidney Selby 3:50
11 I Can't Stop Loving You - Don Gibson 7:46
12 Time to Throw Down - N. Katzman, Sidney Selby 4:08


Sidney "Guitar Crusher" Selby (vocals, harmonica)
H.J. Muller (guitar)
Alvin Lee (guitar) on "Heartfixing Man", "Long Green Folding Friend", and "Message To Man"
Stephan Wagner (bass)
Linus Wahl (keyboards)
Andre Schnisa (Hammond organ)
Christian Bleiming, Christian Rannenberg (piano)
Uli Wagner (drums)
Lenjes Robinson (congas)
Tyree Glenn (saxophone, tenor saxophone)
Arno Haas (alto & tenor saxophones)
Tyree Glenn, Jr. (tenor saxophone)
Elmar Schafer (saxophone)
Calvin Owens, Bernd Hufnagel, Rudiger Ruf, Thomas Nell, Rudiger Baldauf, Thomas Vogel (trumpet)
Siggi Davis (vocals)


Hans McMiniman told me the old bluesman got his nickname one night at a club in New York City. “Someone got nasty with a lady, and Sidney crushed a guitar over his head.” Hardly sounded like the warm and friendly fellow I met at the Funky Blues Shack. But then again, nobody in the well-behaved crowd of blues fans gave Sidney “Guitar Crusher” Selby a reason to live up to his handle. Joined by McMiniman on guitar and Joe “Fingers” Fuller on keyboards, Crusher treated the diverse audience to classics and a handful of memorable original songs. Crusher’s 72-year-old voice is ragged but right; when he warbled Jimmy Reed’s Bright Lights, Big City, I figured he must have done the song thousands of times before, yet McMiniman’s dynamic guitar playing and Fuller’s nifty keyboard work seemed to inspire him. “We met in 1993 when I worked with Katie Webster, the great boogie blues singer and piano player,” McMiniman said. “She had a stroke one night when we were playing in Crusher’s hometown (Freiburg, Germany), and he got up there and saved the gig.” The two have remained good friends for over a decade. Crusher performed most of the time he was in town, and received a warm reception everywhere he appeared—the Funky Blues Shack, Destin Commons, Baytowne Wharf, and WaterColor at Seagrove Beach, where McMiniman has a steady solo gig every Friday afternoon. This marked singer/guitarist/harmonica player Crusher’s second trip to the area this year. In February, he and wife Mara visited the McMinimans, and it rained the whole time. “I was born in North Carolina in 1931,” Crusher said. “I grew up in the church.” In 1947, young Selby left for New York to stay with his mother, full of musical experiences and ambition. Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Louis Jordan were early influences, but Crusher also had the good fortune to witness the birth of bebop—Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach. His aunt was in charge of a club on a military base where Count Basie and Duke Ellington regularly performed at dances. McMiniman describes his friend’s style as “somewhere in between Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, and B.B. King. He covers a lot of good soul tunes, down home blues, and big city tunes. It’s just fun playing with him. An old gentleman of the blues—there’s not too many of them around from that generation.” “Goddamn rheumatism, I can’t really use my right hand,” Crusher said during a break at the Funky Blues Shack. He pulled up his shirt and showed me the scar from the heart operation he underwent in 1998. “My heart took a lickin’ but kept on tickin’!” he laughed. Crusher still managed to strum a few chords while McMiniman played lead guitar, and his breathless harmonica playing suggested years of smoke- and drug-free living. The blues man’s only vice seems to be the occasional glass of red wine. His appearance at the small venue climaxed with a high-spirited rendition of The Blues Is Alright. Crusher sauntered into the audience and encouraged a mighty call and response. At one in the morning, as the crowd was thinning out, Fuller returned to the piano and Crusher sang a heartfelt Stand by Me, the Ben E. King favorite. “He’s the most soulful and easiest guy I’ve ever worked with,” Fuller said. “I can mess up, and he’ll say, ‘That’s all right, man.’ I think it’s kind of sad that he had to go to Berlin to make a name for himself. But if anyone can get Calvin Owens to do all the horn charts for his album, he’s got to be well thought of there.” Owens is renowned for his work with B.B. King—he arranged the 1995 Sidney “Guitar Crusher” CD Message to Man, which also featured three songs by McMiniman and lead guitar by Ten Years After’s Alvin Lee. The next evening, McMiniman accompanied Crusher in the fountain area behind Acme Oyster House at Baytowne Wharf. The more relaxed setting didn’t stop the duo from giving intense readings of Hound Dog and Hoochie Coochie Man. Crusher’s inventive phrasing on Georgia on My Mind made for a nice Ray Charles tribute. McMiniman got off some nice bass note runs (Willie Nelson style), and Crusher’s harmonica bursts were well timed. Fuller dropped by during one of his breaks—he was performing with a band at nearby Hammerheads—and clearly enjoyed Crusher’s world-class wailing on Stormy Monday and A Change Is Gonna Come. The latter, popularized by Sam Cooke during the height of the civil rights struggle, brought up some memories of Crusher’s previous trips to the south. “During the 1960s, I played with Ben E. King, the Drifters, the Isley Brothers,” Crusher recalled. “I had two or three thousand dollars in my pocket, and I couldn’t go no damn where to get nothing to eat. I had to get a damn can of pork and beans.” Crusher continues to tour all over Europe—he’s especially well liked in Italy and Spain. McMiniman estimated the seasoned performer still does about 70 gigs a year. Crusher hopes to return to Destin early next year to perform and possibly record with McMiniman. “Play ‘til you drop. This is something you don’t want to retire from,” McMiniman said. He hopes he’s still keeping on at Crusher’s age. “He’s a good role model for people over 70. He still has lots of ideas and things he wants to do. As long as you’re doing something, you never really get old.” [from the article "No Longer Crushing Guitars, Still Devastating Audiences" by & © Chris Manson August 12, 2004 Issue © The Beachcomber, Inc. 2003 - 2010. All rights reserved http://www.thebeachcomber.org/guitarcrusher.htm]


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