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Riding Thru the Rain
by composer Bruce Langhorne
Bruce Langhorne (1938 to 2017) was an American 'folk' musician and film composer. Bruce Langhorne was born in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, on May 11th 1938. His father taught at the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical College for Negroes, but from the age of four he lived with his mother in Spanish Harlem, New York City. He learned violin, but lost most of three fingers of his right hand as a child when lighting a homemade rocket. He was expelled from Horace Mann Prep School, and later claimed that as a teenage gang member he was involved in a stabbing, following which he lived for two years in Mexico. He started playing guitar at the age of 17, with the loss of his fingers contributing to his distinctive playing style. He began accompanying 'folk' singer Brother John Sellers at clubs in Greenwich Village, soon starting to work with other musicians. Langhorne played with many of the major performers in the 'folk' revival of the 1950s and 1960s, including 'The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem', Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Carolyn Hester, Peter LaFarge, Gordon Lightfoot, Hugh Masekela, Odetta, Babatunde Olatunji, 'Peter, Paul and Mary', 'Richard and Mimi Farina', Tom Rush, Steve Gillette, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bob Dylan. He first recorded in 1961 with Hester, which is when he met Dylan, accompanying him in 1963 on his album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan". In 1965, he was one of several guitarists on the star's next album "Bringing It All Back Home", and the title character of the song "Mr Tambourine Man" was said to have been inspired by Langhorne, who used to play a large 'Turkish frame' drum with small interior bells during performances and recordings, mainly for the Farinas. His guitar work is also prominent on several other songs on the latter Dylan album, as well as in Dylan's TV performances of "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" on "The Les Crane Show" in 1965. As a film composer and scorer, Langhorne wrote the music for the Peter Fonda western film "The Hired Hand" (1971, and featured here), as well as scores for Fonda's 1973 science fiction film "Idaho Transfer" and his 1976 vigilante movie "Fighting Mad". Other films featuring Langhorne's scores included "Stay Hungry" (1976), "Melvin and Howard" (1980) and "Night Warning" (1982). Largely retired from music by 1992, he then founded a sauce-making company, "Brother Bru-Bru's African Hot Sauce". Having already suffered a debilitating stroke in 2015, Bruce Langhorne died at a hospice in Venice, Los Angeles, on April 14th 2017, aged 78.
Posted: About 5 hours ago
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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